"Global payments provider Checkout.com announces intent to acquire French identity verification startup ubble, increasing trust and safety as digital economy continues to grow"

Press release - London, UK-12 May, 2022

As part of its drive to expand its financial services offering, global cloud-based payments provider Checkout.com today announced its intent to acquire digital identity
verification (IDV) startup, ubble.

The deal—slated to close later this year pending regulatory approval—comes amid the continued growth of online transaction volumes around the world, and the concurrent increased risk of fraud and money laundering. It also supports Checkout.com’s mission to enable businesses and their communities to thrive in the digital economy.

The acquisition of ubble will enable Checkout.com to expand its current suite of financial products that allows fintechs and e-commerce merchants to accept and send payments to and from their customers while managing the financial risk involved.

The addition of IDV capabilities will support another important aspect of the payment journey: ensuring merchants and fintechs are compliant with local regulations, can verify that their customers are who they say they are, and can stay ahead of potential changes to the complex EU and global regulatory landscape in the future.

Co-founded in 2018 by CEO François Wyss, CRO Juliette Delanoe and CTO Nicolas Debernardi, ubble pioneered the technical foundations of real-time video-based identity verification, and today has almost 100 people employed in its French offices. The company’s flagship solution enables the automated verification of a user’s identity for over 2000 types of documents from 214 countries, using best-in-class machine learning models.

To date, ubble-which was funded by Partech, Breega, Kima Ventures and other angel investors-has gained traction with many of the french fintechs, ride-hailing and delivery apps, as well as major banking networks and traditional financial institutions. Its success has been driven by an uncompromising approach to security and compliance and the development of its proprietary technology.

From here, the potential use cases remain far-ranging—especially considering the role that IDV can play in marketplaces, issuing or crypto trading, for example.

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