Mazars assists KB during acquisition Roger

Prague, 14 October 2020 - Mazars Transaction Advisory Department assisted Komerční Banka during the largest Czech fintech acquisition of 2020. KB entered the company Roger and its subsidiary Invoice Financing, specialising in the online auction of invoices. As the first step of the designed Transaction, our client acquired a 24.9% shareholding in the target, while in the following three years it has the preferential right to acquire the majority stake. The Mazars team was represented by Jaroslav Křivánek (FAS Partner), Lukáš Hruboň (Head of FAS) and Rosica Čakarová (FAS Senior).

“It was an honour that Komerční Banka chose us as their advisor for such an important transaction. The entrance to the fintech startup Roger through the subsidiary KB SmartSolutions fits perfect with the company’s strategy and future plans to move the products and services offered to clients to a digital format to the greatest possible extent,” stated the Transaction Advisory Partner, Jaroslav Křivánek.

The fintech startup Roger was established in 2013 and is focused on the mediation of online auctions of invoices through investment platforms in which there are more than a thousand independent investors. The typical users of the auction product are as follows: (i) Self-employed persons (SEPs) or smaller companies, (ii) companies with an annual turnover of up to CZK 60 million (SMEs - small and medium-sized enterprises), (iii) companies or SEPs that have long payment conditions negotiated with their business partners.

KB SmartSolutions is a subsidiary of Komerční Banka focused on building partnerships between the bank and innovative fintech companies and startups and the in-house building of startups in the fintech area. Currently, companies such as re:ceeve and PAYMIUM are in the portfolio of partnerships in the area of fintech/factoring. At the beginning of July, KB SmartSolutions obtained a minority share in the fintech company upvest, which provides crowdfunding investments into real estate projects, and since September of this year, thanks to the completed transaction, it has also included Roger and Invoice Financing in its portfolio of partners, which enables Komerční Banka clients to quickly and easily obtain the financing of issued invoices through online auctions.

Mazars is an international, integrated and independent organization specialising in audit, accountancy, tax, and advisory services.  The company operates in 91 countries of the world and employs more than 40 000 experts, who help large international organisations, small and medium-sized enterprises, private investors and public bodies in all phases of their development. Mazars has been operating in the Czech Republic since the year 1995, providing comprehensive services and employing 250 -