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Worldpay shares soar on bid approaches from Vantiv, JPMorgan

* Bidders have until Aug. 1 to bid or walk away

* Approaches for Worldpay said to be unsolicited

* Tech giants might decide to enter the fray (Updates JP Morgan comment, adds context)

By Dasha Afanasieva and Noor Zainab Hussain

LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) - Worldpay Group Plc, Britain's largest payment processor, on Tuesday received rival bid approaches from U.S. credit card technology firm Vantiv Inc and JPMorgan Chase Bank, sending its shares up by more than 25 percent.

The bid approaches show how automated payments specialists have become attractive targets for credit card companies, banks and technology firms seeking to capitalise on the growth in popularity of paying by smartphone or other mobile devices.

Danish payment services company Nets A/S, said over the weekend that it had also been approached by potential buyers.

Worldpay, which sells technology to businesses so they can take payments via cards, online or on mobile devices, said the approaches were preliminary and there was no certainty of any deal. Sources close to the company said...


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