knowledge-hub header

Unzer to Take Over Acquirer Clearhaus and Payment Service Provider QuickPay

These acquisitions will make Unzer a fully integrated payment service provider

2 Minutes

Unzer, one of the fastest growing fintechs in Europe, is set to take over acquirer Clearhaus and payment service provider QuickPay from Denmark, subject to approval by the relevant supervisory authorities. These acquisitions will make Unzer a fully integrated payment service provider and help the company take a major step forward in terms of its ambitious growth plans.

The founders of Clearhaus and QuickPay are to remain co-invested. All parties involved have agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding the purchase price. Clearhaus is a payment service provider and acquirer that was founded in Aarhus and focuses on payment processing for online shops in Europe. The company employs more than 50 people at its Aarhus location, all of whom will be integrated into Unzer following conclusion of the acquisition. QuickPay is a payment service provider that was also founded in Aarhus back in 2004. The company processes transactions for online shops and offers all popular payment types in Europe. The two companies have been cooperating with one another since 2014.

Dr. Axel Rebien, Co-CEO at Unzer, comments: "We are delighted to enter into a partnership with both Clearhaus and QuickPay. The two companies not only boast a great deal of expertise and highly developed technology, they also have well trained teams with excellent knowledge and experience of the payment sector. Although competition in the race for the two companies was fierce, Unzer was ultimately able to highlight the best development opportunities. For us, this represents a great confirmation of our overall strategy." 

"We were looking for a buyer who could show us an interesting proposition with a scalable business model. This is precisely what Unzer did. We have enjoyed fantastic growth over the last few years and are keen to pursue this further. I feel both delighted and honoured to be part of such an ambitious European player together with our team," comments Claus Methmann Christensen, CEO at Clearhaus. The acquiring license that Clearhaus brings to the table will enable Unzer to both cover and monitor the entire added value chain of payment.

About Unzer

Unzer is a fast growing, innovative and modular platform for international payment transactions. Companies of all sizes and from all sectors rely on the data-driven, secure and perfectly tailored solutions to help them drive growth – whether online, mobile or at the point of sale. The modules, which are easy to integrate, cover the entire spectrum of payment management: from processing of various payment types, through automated analytics of customer behaviour and requirements, all the way up to integrativerisk management. Unzer was founded in 2003 as "heidelpay". As one of the pioneers in the sector, the company has repeatedly introduced groundbreaking innovations in and around transaction management over the course of the last 17 years.Over 600 payment experts and tech enthusiasts throughout Europe today work on helping retailers achieve sustainable growth in a dynamic market. KKR has been the majority shareholder in Unzer since 2020.

About Clearhaus

Clearhaus is a payment institution that is licensed as an acquirer in Europe. The company supports more than 17,000 online shops in 33 countries with its simple and secure solutions, which are offered at highly competitive prices. Working with Clearhaus allows online retailers to accept payments from Visa and MasterCard within 1-3 days. Clearhaus has been able to win market shares among European acquirers within a short space of time and is constantly working on new and innovative functions to make payments even smoother and more effortless.

Press contact

Dr. Lydia Prexl (Director of Communications) +49 172 5638402

More articles
Learn more.