Breakfast Briefing – Tales from America

Breakfast Briefing: Tales from America – an overview of developments in payments from across the pond.                      

Friday, 9th November 2012 – 8.00am until 10am        

Addleshaw Goddard LLP, London EC1                                     

Presented by:

Joel Van Arsdale, Partner, First Annapolis Consulting

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This breakfast briefing will explore what is happening in payments over in the USA and how the introduction of EMV is being received and potential implications.  You will hear about what effect new regulations, such as the Card Act and Durbin Amendment, is having on consumer card issuing fundamentals.  We will also explore areas around the evolution of U.S. mobile commerce and mobile wallets and how it forshadows events in Europe.  Other key issues to be discused, include, the battle for merchant ownership and the compression of the acquiring value chain; the toggling of private-label and co-brand card programmes; the strategic expansions of Visa, MasterCard and PayPal and what Google and Apple are up to…. or not up to!  Put your questions to our expert, Joel Van Arsdale and find out what knock on impact there may be over in the UK and what we can learn from the USA payments industry.


Joel Van Arsdale, a Partner with First Annapolis manages the firm’s business in Europe including a personal specialisation in payment acceptance. Joel advises acquirers, processors, and other payments service providers across Europe on business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and partnership formations. Joel also advises leading retailers on credit issuing and payment acceptance. Joel’s experience spans the globe and he is a frequent author and speaker on merchant acquiring, payment acceptance, e-commerce, and mobile commerce. Joel advised clients on a number of the market’s most influential transactions. He spent eight years advising clients in the U.S. market prior to moving to Europe in 2008 to lead the First Annapolis business in EMEA.

Prior to joining First Annapolis in 2003, Joel advised U.S. financial services clients at Ernst & Young LLP, first with the Risk Management & Regulatory Consulting practice then with Quantitative Economics & Statistics practice where he advised clients on risk management and business strategy.

Joel received his M.B.A. with academic distinction from the University of Virginia’s Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in economics from the Emory University.

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