Nilson Report

Issue 1153 | May 2019


Companies featured in this issue include:

Top Acquirers in Europe Ranked by Purchase Transactions

Investments & Acquisitions—April 2019

U.S. Credit Card Debt 1988-2018

Top 20 General Purpose Card Acquirers in Europe

Largest Merchant Acquirers in Europe 2018—Ranked by Visa/Mastercard Transactions

Top 20 Acquirers of Web Transactions in Europe

Investments & Acquisitions—April 2019

In April 2019 there were 62 mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, private placements, and other investments in 20 countries. Turn to page 4 to see all 62 deals.

1. Epsilon (United States)
Acquired by Publicis, $4.40 billion
2. Network International (Dubai)
IPO, $1.40 billion
3. Wirecard (Germany)
Bonds purchased by Softbank, $1.00 billion

Full access to the Investments & Acquisitions—April 2019 study is available when you subscribe to The Nilson Report.



Web Payment Security Interest Group

The Fido Alliance, EMVCo, and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have created the Web Payment Security Interest Group to identify the need for new technical specifications, analyze the gap between existing specifications and global interoperability, and identify standardization opportunities for each organization.

The Web Payment Security Interest Group will not publish specifications. Technical work is carried out in other groups within the Fido Alliance, EMVCo, and W3C including the Fido2 Technology Working Group, the W3C Web Payments Working Group, and several at EMVCo. 

W3C’s mission is to ensure that the web remains open, accessible, and interoperable around the globe. Specifications developed by W3C include HTML5, CSS, and the Payment Request API. 

EMVCo is the technical body that facilitates global interoperability and acceptance of secure payment transactions by managing EMV specifications and related processes. 

The Fido Alliance is an open industry association that promotes stronger authentication standards on the web to reduce dependence on passwords.


EMVCo  Brian Byrne is Director of Operations in Daly City, California,,

Fido Alliance  Christina Hulka is Chief of Staff in San Francisco, California,,

W3C  Ian Jacobs is Web Payments Lead in Chicago, Illinois,,

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