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Payments Technology


February 2020

Dear Clients and Friends,

Marlin & Associates (“M&A”) is pleased to share our debut quarterly report on the Payments Tech ecosystem.

As you will see in this report, for companies within the sector that have achieved growth, scale, and a differentiated value proposition for their solutions, valuations continue to be up, as is transaction volume. Additionally, many trends within the industry continue to drive positive momentum and increased interest in the sector, with both m&a and financings staying robust.

As we witnessed in the past decade, the payments eco-system continues to rapidly change, and incumbents continue to adjust to ensure relevance and mitigate competition. In the coming decade, we believe several trends will continue to reshape the eco-system, specifically with software becoming more ubiquitous, built-in payments capabilities becoming more integral, B2B payments getting digitized, financial inclusion remaining front and center, and innovation around new payment flows and rails.

Last year, our firm had its strongest year since the 18 years we have been in business – helping clients successfully complete 14 m&a transactions, and we have already announced four m&a transactions this year.

We would love to hear from you. Please reach out to me ( to discuss this is in greater detail, or with any questions. Separately, please feel free to directly call me (212-257-6055) with any business-related matters.

M&A is a leading FinTech and Data & Analytics focused advisory firm that has advised on over 200 transactions across the FinTech and Data & Analytics universe in 27 countries. In addition, we have been recipients of several awards since our inception, including three awards in 2019:  ACQ5 – TMT Advisory Firm of the Year; ACQ5 – Gamechanger of the Year (Ken Marlin); ACQ5 – Middle-Market Investment Bank of the Year. Our global team has consistently produced successful results and we look forward to continuing to do so in 2020!  Thank you to all our clients, partners and friends of M&A.

In case you missed it, we also recently published our thoughts on the Mortgage Tech sector.

Kind regards,


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