FIT FOR FUTURE BUSINESS: SCHUFA ACQUIRED A MAJORITY STAKE IN FINAPI GMBH
Frankfurt, 11 February 2019. Fintech company finAPI GmbH, founded in 2008, and SCHUFA Holding AG will closely collaborate in the Access to Account (X2SA) solutions segment in the future. To substantiate this partnership, SCHUFA acquired a majority stake in finAPI in December 2018. finAPI will continue to operate independently.
finAPI GmbH is an established provider of software solutions for banks and other financial service companies. At its headquarters in Munich, the company develops and implements solutions for data integration and analysis. finAPI’s REST-API platform enables secure access to currently 58 million end customer bank accounts and is already used by several SCHUFA clients. Moreover, finAPI disposes of a BaFin-License, which is required for the operation of account information services or payment initiation services in accordance with the Payment Service Directive 2.
Both companies significantly benefit from the collaboration: finAPI provides XS2A solutions, which are highly relevant for SCHUFA customers aiming to digitize their businesses. At the same time, finAPI gains access to SCHUFA’s extensive customer base. Thus, the transaction enables finAPI to grow its business and SCHUFA to establish itself as an attractive XS2A solutions provider. Furthermore, the transaction is a clear signal for the future strategic positioning of SCHUFA and its continuous development as a provider of client solvency, identity and fraud detection solutions, serving both enterprises and end-customers.
ACXIT Capital Partners acted as exclusive M&A advisor to SCHUFA Holding AG.
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The complete press release of SCHUFA Holding AG, dated 21 December 2018, is available here (German only).
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