OP Financial Group – Sale of Checkout Finland to Paytrail

We represented OP Financial Group in the sale of Checkout Finland Oy’s entire share capital to Finnish online payment company Paytrail Oyj, which is part of the international Nets Group.

Nets is a leading supplier of payment solutions in the Nordics. OP and Nets have a long history of cooperation. Through this deal, Paytrail and Checkout will form a strong domestic player in a field that is facing intensifying international competition through rapid consolidation.

The completion of the transaction is subject to approval from the FIN-FSA.

Checkout Finland is a domestic payment gateway service that provides merchants payment solutions both in ecommerce and in store. Checkout’s services are currently in use in over 10,000 Finnish stores and it has forwarded over 12 million payments.

Paytrail was established in 2007 and is the largest Finnish online payment service. The company handles payment traffic for over 10,000 online stores.

OP Financial Group is Finland’s largest financial services group and is fully owned by its customers. OP Financial Group employs over 12,000 people. It has approximately 3.3 million private customers, 300,000 corporate customers and 2 million owner-customers. OP Financial Group is made up of 137 independent cooperative banks and their central cooperative, OP Cooperative, with its subsidiaries and affiliates.

The C&S team included legal experts from our Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets & Financial Regulation, Data & Technology, Tax & Structuring, Competition & Procurement and Employment services.