Personio Acquires Spanish API-Startup Rollbox and Launches New Payroll Product Offering


Personio, the Munich based software company that offers a holistic HR and applicant management software, today announced its acquisition of Rollbox, a Spanish startup focused on building a highly scalable and automated payroll solution. Following the merger, Personio also announced the launch of Personio Payroll, a new offering based on the Rollbox engine that is set to revolutionize the payroll process of SMEs.

The deal consists of a combination of cash and equity with some investors transferring their shares to Personio while some will be bought out. Xavi Leal and Ismael Sanchez, who founded Rollbox in 2016, will become shareholders and key members of the Personio management team. The company will keep both offices including all of the more than 200 employees in both locations and continue to expand its headquarter in Munich (190 employees) as well as the Madrid office (25 employees), which will be extended by various functions.

Hanno Renner, co-founder and CEO of Personio on the acquisition: “I’m very excited about this merger as it will help us extend our platform with a highly synergetic product that will provide a lot of value to our customers by automating their payroll. Furthermore, I am excited to have Xavi and Isma as well as their entire team join our efforts of building the category leading HR management, recruiting and payroll platform in Europe. They have done an amazing job of building a payroll engine that can be scaled across multiple countries and thus aligns very well with our international ambitions.”

Rollbox founder and new member of the Personio management team added: “We are excited to join Personio and view is as an amazing opportunity. We’re connecting and merging our payroll engine with a market-leading HR Platform. Together, we’re ready to offer one of the best and most seamless payroll experiences for European companies. Our products and teams work really well together, therefore we’re glad to become part of such a well performing team and jointly pursue a larger vision.”

Personio and Rollbox have already partnered in the past to combine the strength of Personio’s HR platform and Rollbox’ multi-country payroll engine to offer highly automated and revolutionary services to its customers. Since the beginning of 2019, the payroll of several Personio customers has already successfully been processed by the Rollbox engine. Over the
coming months Personio will offer this new service to all of its over 1500 existing customers and future ones.

Given the international nature of the payroll engine, which today already covers automated payroll calculations for Germany, Spain and the UK, it will also help Personio on its path to becoming the leading European HR and Payroll platform. The market potential for Personio has tripled due to this merger and it now tackles the European HR management and payroll market for SMEs that amounts to €30bn.

About Personio

Personio was founded in 2015 and is a fast growing, well-funded software startup based in Munich that offers a holistic HR and applicant management software designed for companies with 10 to 2,000 employees. More than 1,500 customers already use the HR operating system in over 35 countries. Next to the product itself, Personio also acts as a knowledge broker within the HR sector. Regular networking events for HR managers as well as in-depth content via the company blog form part of their mission: Enabling Better Organizations. For more information  visit

About Rollbox

Rollbox was founded in 2016 as an API first company. The Madrid-based company has since build out its API Payroll engine to automate payroll in Germany, Spain and the UK. Having the complex technical challenge of building a payroll engine that can be adopted to different country-specific requirements it has calculated over 200.000 payslips already. Besides the
automated calculation of payslip the Rollbox API also generates bank transfer files, tax certifications as well as automates the communication to government and insurances.

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Sabrina Koch, Personio GmbH
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