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Afterpay delays vote on $29 billion buyout as Square awaits Spain nod


Afterpay Ltd. will delay a shareholder meeting to approve Square Inc.’s $29-billion buyout of the Australian ‘buy now, pay later’ leader, as the Jack Dorsey-led payment company awaits regulatory nod in Spain.

The investor meet was set for Dec. 6, but Afterpay said it would likely take place next year as Square,
which has rebranded itself to Block Inc., is likely to get an approval from the Bank of Spain only in mid-January.

The delay is unlikely to impact the completion of
Australia’s biggest deal, which is set for the first quarter of 2022, Afterpay said.

“We continue to believe that the risks of the transaction closing are minimal,” RBC Capital Markets analyst Chami Ratnapala said in a brief client note.

Meanwhile, Twitter Inc.’s cofounder Dorsey is expected to focus on Square
after stepping down as chief executive of the social media platform as it looks to expand beyond its payment business and into new technologies like blockchain.

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