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CCI Approves Merger of Garagepreneurs Internet with North East Small Finance Bank

Merger of Financial Technology and Banking

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the merger of a financial technology company, Garagepreneurs Internet Private Limited (GIPL), with the North East Small Finance Bank (NESFB). This strategic move aims to combine the strengths of both entities in the financial services sector.

The Proposed Transaction

The proposed transaction involves the merger of GIPL, including its subsidiaries Quadrillion Finance Private Limited (QFPL) and Intergalactory Foundry Private Limited (IFPL), with NESFB and its subsidiary RGVN (North-East) Microfinance Limited (RGVN). This merger is subject to the approval of the jurisdictional National Company Law Tribunal and certain related transactions.

Garagepreneurs Internet Private Limited (GIPL)

GIPL operates under the brand name “slice” and focuses on facilitating payments and credit products through digital means in India. The company’s core mission is to enable access to financial services for underbanked customers through affordable and transparent cost solutions and structures.

North East Small Finance Bank (NESFB)

NESFB is a private sector small finance bank headquartered in Guwahati, Assam. It has a strong presence in the North Eastern states (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and Sikkim), as well as in West Bengal, with branches across these regions.

Synergies and Opportunities

The merger of GIPL and NESFB presents several potential synergies and opportunities for both entities. GIPL’s expertise in financial technology and digital solutions can complement NESFB’s extensive network and reach in the North Eastern region and West Bengal. Together, they can leverage their strengths to enhance financial inclusion, expand access to credit, and offer innovative financial products and services to underserved communities.

By combining GIPL’s technological capabilities with NESFB’s banking infrastructure and local knowledge, the merged entity can provide seamless and efficient financial services tailored to the unique needs of customers in these regions.

Regulatory Approval and Next Steps

The merger has received approval from the CCI, which is responsible for regulating competition in the Indian market. The next step will be to obtain approval from the jurisdictional National Company Law Tribunal, as well as complete any other necessary regulatory processes.

Once finalized, the merger is expected to create a formidable player in the financial services sector, combining the best of both worlds – cutting-edge technology and a strong regional presence – to drive financial inclusion and empower communities across the country.

Important takeaways for all competitive exam:

  • North East Small Finance Bank Ltd (Head Office) in Hatigaon, Guwahati;
  • North East Small Finance Bank Ltd MD & CEO: Satish Kumar Kalra;
  • North East Small Finance Bank Ltd Established: October 17, 2017.


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