Casino news | Aug 24, 2021
Paysafe set to acquire German platform viafintech
By RTR Dennis
Viafintech’s majority shareholder Glory Ltd., signed a referral agreement with the company enabling Glory to offer paysafecard as a form of payment within its in-store payments kiosks, and for Paysafe to offer Glory’s cash technology solutions to its merchants.
The specialized payments platform Paysafe announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a German fintech company, viafintech, in an all-cash transaction. viafintech, known under the brands of Barzahlen/viacash and viacash, offers the largest, bank-independent, payments infrastructure in the DACH region.
This latest acquisition not only boosts Paysafe's growth opportunities in Germany but also creates revenue-generating opportunities to cross-sell viafintech’s alternative banking and payments solutions to its merchants around the world.
This new development builds on Paysafe’s recent Latin American acquisition agreements with PagoEfectivo and SafetyPay. On completion of the three acquisitions, the Paysafe eCash business will be able to offer eCash and open banking solutions in over 60 countries with over one million distribution points.
Following the sale of their shares to Paysafe, viafintech’s majority shareholder Glory Ltd., a cash technology solutions company, will enter into a new strategic partnership with Paysafe. The two companies have signed a referral agreement that enables Glory to offer paysafecard, one of Paysafe’s eCash solutions, as a form of payment within its in-store payments kiosks, and, in turn, for Paysafe to offer Glory’s cash technology solutions to its merchants.
Meanwhile, GRENKE BANK AG, which has been providing viafintech’s German bank license and proven regulatory framework since 2017, as well as being a shareholder of the company, will continue to provide the same banking service going forward.
“We are very excited to welcome a star player like viafintech into the Paysafe family," Udo Müller, CEO of Paysafe eCash and Open Banking
As part of the deal, the viafintech team, including viafintech’s managing directors, Sebastian Seifert, Achim Bönsch, and Andreas Veller, will become part of Paysafe’s eCash and open banking solutions’ team which is headed up by Paysafe eCash CEO.
The transaction is expected to close over the coming months, subject to customary closing conditions and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Until that time, the two organizations will continue to operate independently.
Udo Müller, CEO of Paysafe eCash and Open Banking, commented: “We are very excited to welcome a star player like viafintech into the Paysafe family. We believe the team is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the shift away from the legacy banking system in Germany and beyond as more and more challenger banks enter the market and consumers opt to use mobile-based solutions for banking and payments. By combining viafintech’s leading solutions with our existing eCash and APM portfolio, we are well-positioned as an essential payments partner to challenger banks around the world as consumer banking habits continue to evolve.”
Sebastian Seifert, Co-founder and Managing Director of viafintech, added: “We are delighted to become part of the Paysafe Group and believe this move will enable us to build on our business achievements to date and accelerate our future growth as Europe’s number one, non-banking, cash-in / cash-out infrastructure, further fuelling the shift away from legacy banking and driving more financial inclusion in general.”