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NOTICE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

OSLO, NORWAY 07 January 2021 - The board of directors of Zwipe AS call for an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held on 28 January 2021 at 10:00 CET.

Please find enclosed the notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting.

Following the capital increase in September and November, the nomination committee and the board of directors (the "Board") in Zwipe have assessed the need for changes to the nomination committee, so that the new nomination committee may assess the need for changes to the board of directors prior to the annual general meeting in 2021.

As part of its work on proposing new candidates for election to the nomination committee, the nomination committee, consisting of Paal Raaholt, Magnus Berner and Jörgen Lantto, has been in contact with several key persons related to Zwipe. The nomination committee has been in contact with shareholders, in particular the new major shareholder Vasastaden, as well as previous major shareholder (and now second largest shareholder) Lars Windfeldt. The nomination committee has also been in contact with the Board and the company's management, prior to presenting their proposal to the Board.

Resulting from these contacts, the nomination committee proposes that a new nomination committee is elected, consisting of Niclas Eriksson (Vasastaden), Lars Windfeldt and Jörgen Lantto.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Zwipe, I welcome the fact that our new major shareholder Vasastaden, a renowned Swedish institutional investor, wishes to take an active role as member of Zwipe’s nomination committee through its Chairman, Niclas Eriksson. I also welcome that Lars Windfeldt, who has been a major shareholder for Zwipe since 2011, wishes to join the nomination committee as its Chairman. The fact that our two largest shareholders wish to invest their time and energy into supporting the company, besides their capital investments, is very encouraging” said Jörgen Lantto, chairman of the Board of Zwipe.

As a result of this, the Board decided to call for an Extraordinary General Meeting, and proposed the following agenda:

  1. Opening of the general meeting by the chair of the Board. Registration of meeting shareholders
  1. Election of a meeting chairperson and person to co-sign the minutes together with the chairperson
  1. Approval of the notice and the agenda
  1. Election of members to the nomination committee

Proposed decisions from the Board (extracts only, please see the attachments to the notice for the full proposals)

Matter no. 4: Election of members to the nomination committee

In accordance with the proposal from the nomination committee and the support from the board of directors, the Board propose the following new nomination committee is elected:

  • Niclas Eriksson
  • Lars Windfeldt
  • Jörgen Lantto

Further it is proposed that Lars Windfeldt is appointed as the chair of the nomination committee.

Notice of attendance, in person or by proxy, shall be given no later than 27 January 2021 at 16:00 CET. Shareholders are encouraged to register via the following link here.

Alternatively, the attached form may be sent by e-mail to genf@dnb.no, or regular post to DNB Bank ASA, Verdipapirservice, NO-0021 Oslo.

Attachement: Zwipe AS 210107 Notice of EGM on Nomination Committee

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For more information, please contact:

Lars Kristian Solheim, CFO
+47 991 661 35
lars.kristian@zwipe.com

This is information that Zwipe AS is obligated to make public pursuant to the continuing obligations of companies admitted to trading on Oslo Børs Merkur Market and on Nasdaq First North Growth Market. Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North is FNCA Sweden AB, info@fnca.se, +46 (0)8528 00 399. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, at 16:00 CET on 7 January 2021.

Well positioned for growth

Season's Greetings from André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe

OSLO, NORWAY - 23 DECEMBER 2020 - Zwipe is enjoying strong traction in the payments industry with solid operational and commercial progress this fall and early winter.

Leading stakeholders in the global payments industry are engaging with Zwipe because of our full dedication to biometric payment solutions, and our leading technology platform, Zwipe Pay ONE. To support our global efforts, we have recruited seasoned experts, both commercial and technical, from leading companies to accelerate our mission of bringing the next generation contactless payment solutions globally.

Acceleration in partnerships and issuer engagements
Our collaboration with TietoEVRY, a leader in payment services in the Nordics and Baltics, has already proven highly effective in accelerating commercialisation of Zwipe Pay ONE. Within weeks of our go-to-market agreement we jointly secured the first pilot on Zwipe Pay ONE with OP, the largest Financial Services Group in Finland. The bank aims to bring biometric payment cards to the market after the pilot. At the same time, many more dialogues with banks are ongoing, boding well for further commercialization in Europe and beyond.

Consolidating our global delivery footprint
We continued to leverage and expand our strong global partner network. In the last six weeks alone, we consolidated our position in the Middle East significantly, cementing and finalising our technology and go-to-market partnerships with three leading players in card payments, areeba, Inkript and VeriTech. Our partners have already started to put biometric payments on the agenda of leading issuers in the Middle East. We are also gaining momentum in other fast-moving regions. During the year, we also announced five new smart card manufacturing customers (in Asia, LATAM and Europe) and some first small orders.

Continuous progress equals de-risking
Monday 21 December, Zwipe and Idemia announced that the next generation biometric card secure chip they are co-investing in, has obtained the ICCN security certificate from EMVCo, as planned. Zwipe has worldwide exclusive rights to this disruptive single-chip biometric technology which, combined with our comprehensive biometric system on card offering and our deep technical and ecosystem expertise, is what makes Zwipe the natural “One Stop Shop” for all smart card manufacturers aiming to meet the soaring demand for a more convenient, truly contact free payment experience. The ICCN certification is one important step further in de-risking our solution towards the long awaited launch in 2021.

Looking ahead
In 2020 we have experienced increased interest in biometric payment cards with commercial activities picking up and first rollouts finally commencing on certified biometric card platforms. We look forward to more such rollouts during 2021 as the now mobilized ecosystem gains pace.

Market studies from the Nordics, the UK and the United States show strong demand from consumers for safer and more secure contact-free payments. A vast majority of consumers want their next payment cards to be biometric, and 1 in 2 is even prepared to pay a meaningful fee to the issuers for all the benefits that next generation cards deliver. We seem to face a broad, mass market demand, rather than a niche market demand only. Consequently, the long-term potential of the market for biometric payment cards (BPCs) seems to be much larger than previously anticipated. The recent ABI Research report on BPCs pointed to the likely long-term scenario that biometric payment cards will eventually take over from today’s contactless cards. In fact, I believe that biometrics will be as ubiquitous in payment cards towards the end of this decade as it is in mobile phones today.

We announced the first commitment for a pilot on Zwipe Pay ONE in 2020 and expect many more to come, laying the foundations for the first commercial deployments in 2021. While COVID-19 did cause some delays across some parts of our ecosystem, we also experienced an unprecedented acceleration in our engagements with issuers and card manufacturers in H2 2020. We are confident that our continuous progress and strategic go-to-market partnerships, as well as our technological leadership in biometric payment, are laying the foundation for a long journey of value creation for our customers, our shareholders and for society at large. We remain focused on securing important commercial wins going forward. 

I would like to take the opportunity to thank each valued member of my outstanding team at Zwipe for their relentless efforts and to thank our customers, partners and shareholders for their immense faith in Zwipe.

On behalf of everyone at Zwipe, I wish you all safe and happy holidays. See you all in 2021!

Here is an overview of our recent major announcements:


For further information please contact: André Løvestam, CEO, +47 991 66 135 info@zwipe.com

IDEMIA and ZWIPE achieve a new milestone towards the next generation of biometric cards

OSLO, NORWAY AND COURBEVOIE, FRANCE – 21 December 2020 - IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, has obtained, as planned, the ICCN security certificate from EMVCo, for the next generation biometric card secure chip, for which ZWIPE has secured worldwide distribution rights[1].This is a major step forward in delivering on our joint vision of an affordable biometric card for all.

In a context where global demand for contactless payments is booming, biometric cards are best placed to ensure secure, hygienic and convenient payments. The exclusive partnership and distribution agreement between IDEMIA and ZWIPE aims to promote biometric card as the reference for tomorrow’s contactless payments.

The ICCN[2] security certificate is a key milestone towards the next generation biometric card and confirms IDEMIA's outstanding expertise in the field of payments and biometrics. Our biometric payment chip complies with the most demanding performance and security criteria for a safe and convenient payment experience.

Ready-to-roll-out in the second half of 2021, the new generation biometric cards, FCODE Gen2 for IDEMIA, and the ZWIPE Pay ONE technology platform for ZWIPE, will deliver state-of-the art performance and security, as per market and schemes requirements. IDEMIA leverages its unique combination of payment, biometrics technologies and expertise to drive adoption, and accelerate market growth together with ZWIPE.

With this new generation of biometric cards, we want to shape the future of payment and to offer an unparalleled and affordable technological experience, accessible to all. We are proud that IDEMIA's cutting-edge technology can deliver a new, more secure user experience to the market. Our ambition is to make biometric card a reality and more than ever, we are on the right track”, said Amanda Gourbault, IDEMIA’s Executive Vice-President Financial Institutions.

“The ICCN security certificate from EMVCo is an important step towards offering ZWIPE Pay ONE to our global customer network. This disruptive biometric technology platform, combined with our deep technical and market expertise, is what makes ZWIPE the natural One Stop Shop for all smart card manufacturers aiming to meet the soaring demand from issuers and consumers for a more convenient, truly contact free payment experience”, said André Løvestam, CEO of ZWIPE.


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For further information, please contact André Løvestam, CEO, +47 991 66 135 / ir@zwipe.com


About IDEMIA
IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, provides a trusted environment enabling citizens and consumers alike to perform their daily critical activities (such as pay, connect and travel), in the physical as well as digital space.

Securing our identity has become mission critical in the world we live in today. By standing for Augmented Identity, an identity that ensures privacy and trust and guarantees secure, authenticated and verifiable transactions, we reinvent the way we think, produce, use and protect one of our greatest assets – our identity – whether for individuals or for objects, whenever and wherever security matters. We provide Augmented Identity for international clients from Financial, Telecom, Identity, Public Security and IoT sectors. With close to 15,000 employees around the world, IDEMIA serves clients in 180 countries.

For more information, visit www.idemia.com / Follow @IDEMIAGroup on Twitter
Press contact: Hanna Sebbah, idemia@havas.com /+33 (0) 6 63 73 30 30



[1] IDEMIA and ZWIPE partner to offer a disruptive biometric payments card platform, September 2019

[1]IDEMIA, ZWIPE and IDEX achieve key milestone towards next generation biometric card platform, April 2020

[2] ICCN: Integrated Circuit Certificate Number, a unique number that identifies the EMVCo compliance certificate for an IC

Zwipe strengthens organization with top payments industry talents

OSLO, NORWAY – 08 December 2020 – Zwipe, a leading biometric fintech company, is pleased to confirm that it has appointed John Goodale, formerly Senior Vice President, Sales Operations at TSYS International, as its new Chief Sales Officer, Andy Saines, formerly Sales Director at Giesecke + Devrient, as VP Key Accounts and Anders Bigseth, formerly PR Lead at Huawei Norway, as VP Marketing and Communications.

Mr. Goodale joins Zwipe in January 2021 after spending nearly two decades at TSYS, one of the world’s largest payments processors, serving in a variety of senior business development roles where his business acumen, coupled with his technical knowledge, has enabled him to develop compelling sales propositions and win new business across a broad portfolio of financial products and services all over the world. Mr. Goodale will lead Zwipe’s engagement and conversion efforts with smart card manufacturers, while also supporting engagement with issuers and selected go-to-market partners to further strengthen Zwipe’s position in the global biometric payments market.

Mr. Saines joins Zwipe from January 2021 from Giesecke + Devrient Mobile Security, one of the world’s largest card manufacturers, where he served for nearly five years as UK Sales Director. Before that, he spent 18 years at Entrust Datacard, of which the last 5 years were as EMEA Sales Director. He brings with him extensive smart card industry experience and deep knowledge of card issuance solutions. As VP of Key Accounts, Mr. Saines will be responsible for driving deeper relations and business with strategic accounts.

Mr. Bigseth joined Zwipe as of 1 December 2020 with an award-winning background in public relations and communications, serving in a variety of senior communication positions at DNB, Teller (formerly Visa Norway), Telia and most recently Huawei, where he led public relations efforts in Norway. As VP Marketing and Communications, Mr. Bigseth will utilize his extensive communications experience and media network to further Zwipe’s strong position within the fast-growing segment of next generation contactless payments.

“The biometric payments marketplace is evolving quickly, and we see a strong increase in the demand for Zwipe’s products and services globally. I am delighted that we have been able to attract such qualified and talented new team members from such prominent companies. This is a testament to our strong position and future outlook,” said André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe.

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For further information please contact: André Løvestam, CEO, +47 991 66 135 info@zwipe.com

Zwipe and VeriTech partner to deliver next generation contactless payments in Kuwait

OSLO, NORWAY and KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT – 03 December 2020 Biometric fintech company Zwipe and VeriTech, the leading payment and banking technology solutions provider in Kuwait, have partnered to address the growing demand for biometric payment solutions in Kuwait and across the Middle East.

VeriTech is the market leading provider of EMV payment card personalization, self-service kiosks, POS and Mobile NFC and Host Card Emulation to banks in Kuwait. Its vision is to be acknowledged as the trusted banking and payment distributor of leading next generation payment solutions across EMEA, whilst exceeding its partners and stakeholders’ expectations.

Speaking on the partnership Shakeel Khokhar, CEO of VeriTech, said “Kuwait has been a test bed and early adopter of innovative payment offerings for many years. Having seen firsthand other solutions in the market, we are excited to embrace Zwipe Pay ONE as our preferred biometric payment card product,” adding “the urgency with which issuers are demanding more contact-free payment alternatives is really driving interest and investment in this area with some of the largest banks in the region who we count as customers.”

Through this partnership, Zwipe will provide key components for the Zwipe Pay ONE biometric payments platform and take lead on providing advisory services directly to banks and card issuers focusing on user experience in close collaboration with VeriTech.

“This partnership is another big step forward for Zwipe in driving our continued expansion in the Middle East where we have a strong network of technology partners in place. Working closely with VeriTech, we will be harnessing both companies’ unique technology, product and market assets, including VeriTech’s close relationships with leading banks in Kuwait, to offer innovative biometric payment solutions” said André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe.

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About VeriTech

VeriTech is specialized in providing tailored solutions to Financial market with more than 20 years of experience in secure payment systems. VeriTech always strives to have the best solutions catered to its customers with the help of strategic partners. VeriTech’s solutions have always had “Security and advanced technology” as its primary moto. Headquartered in Kuwait and operation more than 20 customers locally with our office, partners and international distributors active in 32 countries. To explore more, visit www.veritechkw.com

For further information please contact: Mohammed Shakeel Khokhar, CEO, +965 2245 6250 info@veritechkw.com

For further information please contact: André Løvestam, CEO, +47 991 66 135 info@zwipe.com

Zwipe Pay ONE in biometric payment card pilot

OSLO, NORWAY– 23 November 2020 – Biometric fintech company Zwipe confirms that its Zwipe Pay ONE platform will be incorporated in the recently announced market pilot with TietoEVRY and OP Financial Group. OP is Finland’s largest financial services group offering banking, non-life insurance and wealth management services for over four million customers. TietoEVRY is the leading provider of software and digital banking services and a leader in card payment services in Nordic & Baltic region. Subject to a successful pilot, OP will consider launching biometric payment cards.

See announcement from TietoEVRY here.

Based on a disruptive single silicon payment platform, Zwipe Pay ONE is a first-of-its-kind solution delivering superior energy efficiency and excellent biometric performance at highly competitive prices.

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This is information that Zwipe AS is obliged to make public pursuant to the Continuing obligations of companies admitted to trading on Oslo Børs Merkur Market, Nasdaq First North Growth Market and the EU Market Abuse Regulation. Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North is FNCA Sweden AB, info@fnca.se, +46 (0) 8528 00 399. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 09:20 CET on 23 November 2020.

For further information please contact: André Løvestam, CEO, +47 991 66 135 info@zwipe.com