European Card Acquiring Forum® 2008

4 – 6 June 2008, Brussels
The only strategic event bringing together European acquirers, merchants, schemes, processors and industry profess.

About the Conference

Over 200 professionals from 34 countries got together for a 3 day conference to discuss the most critical challenges in the European Card Acquiring Value Chain.

This was the Empiria Groups inaugural event on Card Acquiring. It was a great pleasure to see so many professionals from all over Europe and beyond.

The event brought many lively debates between merchants, card acquirers, schemes and processors. During three really intensive days, the audience has had a chance to hear several case studies, that have been shorter, but had an abundance of “hard facts” and practical advice.

What the event was:

•    a meeting point for 200+ participants (card acquirers, merchants, schemes)

•    a place to share the strategies and issues that merchants, card schemes and banks are dealing with

•    a discussion-oriented & higly-interactive platform

•    a place for confronting different perspectives during strategic talks

Key topics:

•    changing standards for SEPA

•    interchange fee & merchant service charge debate

•    new business models for card acquirers

•    cross-border acquiring: Opportunity for everyone?

•    centralized card processing for pan-European retailers

Industry breakdown:

•    Banks 40%

•    Global Merchants 20%

•    Inter-bank and Comm. Processors 14%

•    Schemes 10%

•    Terminal Manufacturers 8%

•    Regulators 5%

•    Other Involved Parties 3%

For merchants:

•    A special pre-conference day focused on e-commerce payments

•    learn how will SEPA rules be further defined

•    build on the experience of pan-European merchants with implementation of centralized card payment solution

•    gain an insider look into the card acquiring and become an equal partner in discussions with acquiring banks, regulators, schemes and industry experts

•    explore the latest threats, i.e. the impact of data breaches on the merchant service charge

For banks:

•    discuss the future scenarios of interchange fee and merchant service charge

•    identify new revenue sources and niche markets

•    benchmark your acquiring business with other European competitors and learn how they are cultivate their merchant relationships

•    understand the challenges of cross-border acquirers developing a fully pan-European acquiring business

For schemes and processors:

•    take this opportunity to join the discussion and present your view to your partners in the card acquiring value chain

•    network and develop new relationships with senior decision makers and industry experts from banks, global merchants and regulatory bodies

•    explore and understand the viewpoints of banks and merchants on the separation of major schemes and processing.



“A professionally run conference with excellent attendance from specialists within cards industry, important industry topics addressed and knowledge excellently delivered by the speakers with value added from the subsequent Q&A sessions run
Head of International Acquiring, Sales, HSBC International


“The Forum was very well organized with high quality speakers, relevant topics and excellent overall venue. It was impressive to meet so many card acquiring senior professionals from leading market players covering different countries and regions. I liked the format with short to-the-point presentations and discussion panels moderated by field experts. Special thanks to organizers for very good job
Head of Cards, TietoEnator Banking & Insurance


“When me and my colleagues first looked at the agenda of the event, we thought it was the best agenda we've ever seen regarding card acquiring.“
Head of Department of Merchant Acquiring, OTP Bank


“I think the conference has hit the target. In terms of the programme, you can't do better than you have here.“
PCI Project Manager, Change & IS, Post Office Ltd

“I think I've already met all the people I wanted to meet...
General Manager-Treasury, Air Malta Plc


“A new format for card conferences: many speakers – many subjects. A wide view on the market in just a few hours.
Managing Director, EPCI


“Excellent opportunity to meet all those involved in the acquiring market in one place.
CEO, Monex Financial Services


“Very useful and informative event with a lot of industry experts. Organisation was outstanding.
Co-Head of Cards, Product Management, Deutsche Bank



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