Competition Commission of India approves Flipkart-eBay India deal

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved e-commerce major Flipkart's proposed acquisition of eBay India.

The fair trade regulator has also approved eBay Singapore’s subscription of compulsorily convertible preference shares issued by Flipkart.

In a tweet, the CCI said that it has approved “subscription by eBay Singapore of CCPS issued by Flipkart and acquisition of eBay India by Flipkart.”

As per the notice submitted to the regulator, the transaction relates to the acquisition of 100 per cent share capital of eBay India by Bangalore based e-commerce firm Flipkart.

The transaction also involves the acquisition of certain compulsorily convertible preference shares of Flipkart by eBay Singapore.

Earlier this year, Flipkart raised USD1.4 billion from Tencent Holdings, Microsoft Corp and eBay Inc.

Competition Commission of India approves Flipkart-eBay India deal

eBay will invest USD500 million in Flipkart as the two firms will merge operations in India. As part of the deal, Flipkart will own and operate eBay’s business in India.

“eBay and Flipkart have also entered into an exclusive agreement in which they will jointly pursue cross-border trade opportunities to make eBay's global inventory accessible to more India consumers,” eBay said in April.

Flipkart will continue to operate as an independent entity.