Grab Holdings Inc is boosting its ownership of the Indonesian mobile wallet provider Ovo to about 90% by acquiring stakes from PT Tokopedia and Lippo Group. 

Singapore-based Grab, which plans to go public via a merger with Altimeter Growth Corp by the end of this year, increased its holding in PT Bumi Cakrawala Perkasa, Ovo’s parent, from about 39%, according to a filing with the ministry of legal affairs. Grab has been expanding beyond ride-hailing into financial services and originally invested in Ovo as part of that effort. 

The fate of Ovo has been thrown into question however because the e-commerce platform Tokopedia merged with Gojek, a ride-hailing company that is Grab’s primary competition in the region. The combined GoTo, an internet giant in Indonesia, held a stake in Ovo alongside Grab, as the companies vied for leadership in Southeast Asia. 

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