J.P. Morgan (NYSE: JPM) has reported entry into an agreement with Viva Wallet Holdings Software Development S.A. The European cloud-based payments fintech company has agreed to J.P. Morgan acquiring a 49% stake subject to regulatory approvals. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We are very excited to make a strategic investment in Viva Wallet to support their vision to empower new growth and payments innovation targeted at European small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and middle market merchant services clients,” said Takis Georgakopoulos, Global Head of J.P. Morgan Payments. “The European payments landscape is fragmented yet large in terms of opportunity, with more than 17 million merchants ready to implement scalable payments solutions and this is a big focus area for added growth for J.P. Morgan Payments in the future.”
“Viva Wallet’s mission is to change the way businesses pay and get paid in Europe with cutting edge technology, unprecedented agility and in-depth knowledge of the European payments landscape,” said Haris Karonis, CEO & co-founder of Viva Wallet. “This strategic investment from J.P. Morgan’s Payments business will enable us to complete the build out of our vision to deliver fully localized payments and transactions services to SMBs across Europe.”
J.P. Morgan’s payments business has been focused on growing its merchant acquiring capabilities offered to European SMBs. “J.P. Morgan’s strategic investment in Viva Wallet signifies our confidence in their technology and team who already offer a holistic omnichannel merchant acquiring capability across Europe and better serve SMBs,” said Max Neukirchen, Global Head of Payments & Commerce Solutions, J.P. Morgan.