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...


November 2018

Contact Person

Kai-Christian Claus
Partner & Managing Director
Andreas Kornowski
Jan Lettow


12. January 2019
Open-banking demands a clearly defined digital strategy https://t.co/Dlefn6Rsvt
11. January 2019
How will the megatrends - #mobility, environmental concerns, #urbanization and #digitalization drive change and imp
10. January 2019
Learn how a verified and enriched #digitalidentity has the potential to provide a
08. January 2019
#payments BS PAYONE, Ingenico Retail assets in DACH merge operations https://t.co/uJhiiGhVjV
08. January 2019
#payments BBVA invests in invisible payments startup Grabango In https://t.co/LaIOwrL8JN
08. January 2019
#payments I'm excited: Starling eyes France and Germany https://t.co/12rS02NhZk
08. January 2019
#payments Nets and Concardis merger completed In https://t.co/pOJGq4Btfq
07. January 2019
#payments #vc Fingerprint payment card firm Zwipe aims to raise $13.7 million https://t.co/mUKgX35lRa
05. January 2019
M&A appetite returns for #banking and capital markets as deal intentions reach their highest level in three years.
03. January 2019
#payments Ant Financial in talks to buy WorldFirst https://t.co/cifpdyjw5J
24. December 2018
How the adoption of a verified and enriched digital ID is simplifying client #onboarding. Explore more from EY in t
27. November 2018
What markets will be open for open banking? Depends on the right mix of consumer demand, regulation, and competitio
24. November 2018
Does #risk management play a significant role in the bank’s digital strategy? Only 20% say yes. More in our bank rihttps://t.co/ULimeFMDLcMDLc
24. November 2018
#payments @Amazon.com reported to launch mobile wallet @Amazon Pay https://t.co/asN2j4iTpN
22. November 2018
CEO Valitor, Vidar Thorkelsson, gives us his views on some of the hottest #payments trends during our Global Paymen
21. November 2018
PPRO CEO, Simon Black, answers 9 payments related questions in 60 seconds as part of our #payments fire challenge d
20. November 2018
Insightful as always https://t.co/y6IqWpjzow
20. November 2018
Why does Martina King, CEO Featurespace, prefer finger over voice authentication. Hear the results of the #payments
20. November 2018
#payments good read: FinTech M&A: How its shaping the financial future https://t.co/gWWRe1RCgB


MPE 2019
19. - 21. February 2019
Berlin, Intercontinental