We are one of the leading management advisory firms in the payments industry.

Our clients include market-leading companies as well as suppliers to the industry, new entrants, investors and entrepreneurs. Our knowledge and our continuous engagement across the full range of stakeholders and all parts of the payments industry, enables us to be at the forefront of the market.

Our team has in-depth expertise along the entire value chain within cards, payments, digital commerce and digital convergence.

Our clients benefit from the passion of our consultants, our extensive international project experience, our proven methodologies and our proprietary industry data and benchmarks.

In addition to our own proven expertise, we are also able to leverage our extensive global network of industry subject matter experts.

The combination of our excellent payments industry knowledge and EY’s expertise and global reach enables us to holistically advise our clients in every situation. As an example, the cooperation allows us to provide comprehensive judgement from a commercial, as well as financial, perspective when conducting due diligences. Moreover, we can expand our services to include leading-edge methods, such as data-analytics.

Our clients

  • Banks
  • Issuer
  • Acquirers
  • Processors and suppliers
  • Payment networks and regulators
  • Payment service providers
  • Merchants
  • Financial investors

Industry Expertise

  • Card Issuing
  • Merchant Acquiring
  • Processing
  • Core and Corporate Payments
  • Online Payments
  • Mobile Payments
  • Digital Commerce
  • ATM

Functional Expertise


  • Market Entry Strategy
  • Product and Pricing Strategy
  • Regulation
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Corporate Finance Strategy
  • Commercial Due Diligence


  • Operating Model
  • Restructuring
  • Cost Reduction
  • Post Merger Integration


Growth strategy for a medium-sized broker
A medium-sized broker with a focus on industrial business and a 150-year tradition is confronted with increasing competitiveness in the market and sinking margins in the core business...
International growth strategy for an acquirer
The customer belongs to the leading providers of payment solutions in Europe and the US, especially in the Merchant Acquiring segment the market position is excellent...
Improvement of the earnings position
Within the scope of strategy workshop sponsored by INNOVALUE, the board of directors of a top 30 savings bank (assets of approx. €8 billion) its growth strategy...
Accompanying a trans­action upon acquisition of a terminal portfolio
The customer is one of the leading providers in the net­work operations and merchant acquiring segment. The inter­national presence is expanded by entering of markets with a "follow your customer" strategy...
Cost benchmarking in insurance sales
As part of the merger of several subsidiaries, efficiency and effectiveness were to be increased in the different sales channels within the sales/marketing department...
Mobile payments business field strategy for a telco company
The customer belongs to the leading international tele­communications companies. Based on declining growth and increasing com­petition in the core business, the company has began looking for future growth areas...
Business valuation of an online financial service provider
An online financial service provider experiencing dynamic growth was seeking to raise further capital to expand its business...
Regulation – stress test, regulation and options for action
A large foreign insurance company is pursuing the goal of positioning itself as a leading international specialist for life insurances and pension solutions in Germany...
Product strategy in online payments sector
The customer belongs to the leading global suppliers of online payments solutions and within the scope of a change in management and ownership, the company reviews its corporate and product strategies...
E-money institution vs. full bank
A European provider of online payments solutions was faced with the challenge of a constantly growing volume of e-money...
Realignment of operational model
The current business climate in the insurance industry is putting pressure on the operational models of insurance companies, therefore they are faced with the challenge of aligning the internal processes to the new circumstances...
Target operating model for a PoS terminal manufacturer
The customer belongs to the leading global suppliers of Point of Sale (PoS) terminals. The company has grown quickly through acquisitions without an integration of the acquired company into a target operating model...
Restructuring and sale of a credit card processor
As a former monopoly, the customer was the market leader in the technical pro­cessing of electronic card transactions. With the de­regul­ation the company faced increasing pressure and the need of restructuring…
Market strategy for a top-5 insurance company
A globally operating top-5 insurance company offering life, composite and health insurance products through various sales channels, generates about 20% of the overall turnover through insurance agents and brokers...
Increasing bAV business
In a large regional database with more than 200 offices, the business field of company pensions is processed by both a GmbH (LLC) – for approaching corporate customers – as well as an in-house pensions department...


August 2017

Contact Person

Kai-Christian Claus
Partner & Managing Director
Andreas Kornowski


08. November 2017
#payments #vc Mobile lender WeLab scoops $220 million in financing In https://t.co/Tmm66uKKCM
08. November 2017
#payments Apple's person-to-person payments service has launched in public beta In https://t.co/FBSabjfig2
07. November 2017
#payments USA Technologies acquires Cantaloupe Systems for USD 85 mln In https://t.co/jmhJ0hYbgn
07. November 2017
#payments Challenger bank Monzo raises another £71M from Goodwater Capital, Stripe and Michael Moritz Inhttps://t.co/IzqdCQSSOTT
07. November 2017
Interested banks, PISPs and AISPs might want to give us a call - you are very welcome https://t.co/k4ppp23yzV
02. November 2017
01. November 2017
Voice triggers revolution in commerce and payments @EY_Innovalue @Jan Lettow @Stefan Thomalla @The Paypers https://t.co/ygN2IWUO38
01. November 2017
#payments #vc Remitly closes in on $115m funding round In https://t.co/YL5qPWdyUI
26. October 2017
#payments Kinecta Federal Credit Union invests $3m in Constellation Digital Partners In https://t.co/RC5lWx2Fmb
26. October 2017
25. October 2017
#payments I suppose I'm British: UK contactless card users neglect to check the transaction amount https://t.co/5z1SKOcTgV
25. October 2017
#payments #vc Banco Sabadell and Investec lead £1.5 million round in Budhttps://t.co/5rFicuqtedd
25. October 2017
@N26 #payments US incumbent directly responds: JPMorgan @Chase joins ranks of neo-banks with mobile-only Finn https://t.co/WpBGyW3BLh
24. October 2017
#payments #vc Deserve raises $12m for Gen Z-targeting credit card https://t.co/iW3bQR3Ev3
24. October 2017
#payments Nordea invests in PFM startup Tink In https://t.co/I5GQHUmSBN
24. October 2017
#payments @N26 announces plans to launch in the US by mid-2018 In https://t.co/dJvUsBiePc
23. October 2017
#payments Mobile banking startup Zero raises $8.5m In https://t.co/zgCq5tcPms
23. October 2017
#payments #vc App-driven trading startup BUX raises EUR10.6 million in Series C funding In https://t.co/AomeYevjOL
23. October 2017
#payments Global payments revenue to increase by USD 0.9 trillion by 2026 In https://t.co/IiH4iizQVf
23. October 2017
#payments The missing link between Revolut and Xero? Countingup raises £750,000 Inhttps://t.co/gHjhmkWpoNN