Ebury, one of Europe’s largest fintech companies, has announced its first acquisition: Frontierpay, an international payroll payments provider with offices in the UK and Singapore.
Fast-growing Ebury, has acquired the payroll payments business as part of its expanded technology investment programme.
The acquisition forms part of Ebury’s broader strategy to invest in technologies that will help accelerate the automation of international payment processes, specifically targeting those within finance and treasury functions of mid-market corporates.
In addition to payments Ebury is investing in technologies that improve the global trade process for SMEs including FX and currency hedging, international cash management and trade finance. It has announced major banking partnerships announced this year with SACE Simest and Unicaja Banco.
Frontierpay, which was founded in 2009, delivers cost effective and reliable payroll payments across 180 countries. The payroll business will enhance Ebury’s global trade and transaction banking platform, and accelerate its growth.
With an office in Singapore, the acquisition also extends Ebury’s geographic footprint in the Asia-Pacific region alongside its new Australian office.
The transaction follows a period of geographic expansion for Ebury, which currently has 25 offices globally in 20 countries.
Juan Lobato, Ebury’s Co-founder and CEO, commented: “I am delighted to announce Ebury’s first acquisition. This transaction comes during a period of change for our business, as we partner with more financial institutions and invest heavily in the technologies that will change the way SMEs trade and make payments internationally.
“We know Frontierpay well so are confident of the product, client and geographic benefits and, most importantly, the cultural fit. The addition of Frontierpay’s founders to our team will complement our entrepreneurial spirit and add valued experience to our team.”