Deep Dive Merchant Acquiring - EU/EEA

Course Duration - 7 Weeks

Level - Intermediate

Course Description

The EU/EEA payments markets are complex and fragmented with respect to the size of the ecosystem, the number of service providers, regulation and licensing requirements.This course will enable you to navigate this complexity and ask the right questions in relation to business plans, investments and defining operational requirements for your business. It will also provide valuable learning and insight into operational aspects of running an acquiring business, such as pricing, underwriting and risk management.

Overall Course Objective

This course will provide participants with learning and insight in to the characteristics and dynamics of the EU/EEA markets, as well as the key disciplines that successful businesses must master in order to operate in these markets.


Deep Dive Merchant Acquiring EU/EEA is a course for professionals who are seeking a deeper understanding of the EU/EEA payments markets, with a particular focus on acquiring.

Course Fee


Minerva Company Description:

Minerva is an expert and agile management consultancy that helps fintech, payments, ecommerce and cryptocurrency businesses to grow and prosper. We bring ideas and knowledge into organisations and we help them to discover and use their own knowledge and assets in new ways.


Our consultancy focuses on six key areas of activity:

▪ Strategic Planning

▪ Organisational Development

▪ Risk & Regulatory Compliance

▪ International Card Payments

▪ Visa & MasterCard Audits and On-site Reviews (Approved vendor for Visa's GARS program)

▪ Leadership Development & Coaching

In addition to working with our clients on long and short-term consultancy projects, we also help to build in-house capability and knowledge by providing bespoke training for senior executives and managers.

To learn more please visit our website: www.minervapartnership.eu

Meet the Minerva Instructors

Michael Burtscher
Michael Burtscher
Founder and Managing Director

Michael is Founder and Managing Director of Minerva. He is an expert in international payments and works with clients across Europe, North America and the Middle East, providing advice and guidance to CEOs and senior teams of fintech, payments, ecommerce and cryptocurrency businesses. In addition to leading Minerva, Michael is a board member of a number of fintech companies, advising on strategy. 

Stanley Skoglund
Stanley Skoglund
Co-Founder and Director

Stanley is a Co-Founder and Director of Minerva. He is a recognised leader in the global payments industry and has held senior and board roles in several European and US financial services companies, most recently as Senior Vice President of Payment System & Enterprise Risk at Visa Europe. Stanley consults for start-ups, blue chip companies and public sector organisations in Europe and the US. He is an executive board member of the European Women Payments Network and is also a non-executive director of a number of payment companies.

Dagmar Björnsdóttir
Dagmar Björnsdóttir
Senior Payments Consultant

Dagmar is a Senior Payments Consultant with Minerva and also leads Minerva Academy. She is a payments specialist with particular expertise in underwriting and compliance and draws on detailed knowledge of Visa and Mastercard operating regulations. Dagmar is also the country ambassador for Malta and a mentor for the European Women in Payments Network (EWPN).

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