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Paysafe Group Limited
IndustryOnline payments
HeadquartersLondon, UK
Key people
Stuart Harvey[2][3]
Philip McHugh[4][5][6]
ProductsElectronic money
Digital wallet
RevenueIncrease US$1.426 Billion (Fiscal Year Ended 31 December 2020)[7]
Decrease US$19.680 Million (Fiscal Year Ended 31 December 2020)[7]
DecreaseUS$126.714 Million (Fiscal Year Ended 31 December 2020)[7]
Total assetsIncrease US$7.021 Billion (Fiscal Year Ended 31 December 2020)[7]
Total equityIncrease US$2.905 Billion (Fiscal Year Ended 31 December 2020)[7]
SubsidiariesSkrill, Neteller, paysafecard
WebsitePaysafe Group

Paysafe Group Limited (formerly known as Optimal Payments PLC) is a multinational online payments company.[8] The group offers services both under the Paysafe brand and subsidiary brands that have become part of the group through several mergers and acquisitions, most notably Neteller, Skrill, Paysafecash and paysafecard.

Paysafe is based in the Isle of Man and regulated in the United Kingdom, authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority. The company was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index until it was acquired by a consortium of The Blackstone Group and CVC Capital Partners in December 2017.[9]


The company was formed from the combination of Neteller PLC, Netbanx Ltd and Optimal Payments Limited. Netbanx was founded in 1996,[1] Optimal Payments in 1997,[10] and Neteller in 1999.[11] In April 2004, Neteller PLC raised about $70 million in its initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange.[12]

In November 2005, Neteller PLC acquired Netbanx Ltd.[13] In November 2008, Neteller PLC renamed itself to Neovia Financial PLC.[14] In February 2011, Neovia Financial PLC acquired Optimal Payments of Montreal, Canada.[15] Next month, Neovia Financial PLC changed its name to Optimal Payments PLC.[16] In early 2012, the acquisition was revealed to be a reverse takeover with the purging of a number of the senior management along with the chairman of the board.[17]

In July 2014, Optimal Payment PLC expanded its United States interests by purchasing Meritus Payment Solutions, a California based payment processing company, and Global Merchant Advisors, Inc. based in the U.S. in a deal worth over $235 Million.[18] In March 2015, Optimal Payments PLC revealed that it would acquire rival Skrill group, including pre-paid voucher provider paysafecard, for a fee of around €1.1 billion.[19] In the same year, Optimal Payments rebranded as Paysafe Group.[20]

The company moved to the main market of the London Stock Exchange in December 2015.[21] On 25 November 2016, Paysafe Group, owner of Neteller and Skrill, restricted the use of the Net+ Prepaid MasterCard to countries within the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). This left users in over 100 countries unable to withdraw cash from ATM's, which left no recourse but to make purchases with Neteller/Skrill merchant partners or transfer funds to a bank account.[22]

In August 2017, it was announced that Paysafe would be sold to a consortium of The Blackstone Group and CVC Capital Partners for £2.96 billion,[23] making it the largest private equity backed takeover of a London-listed company since the financial crisis of 2007–2008.[9] The acquisition was approved by the European Commission on 22 November 2017.[24] On 21 December 2017, Paysafe got delisted from the London Stock Exchange.[25]

In April 2019, with the likelihood of the upcoming withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU), the so-called "Brexit", Paysafe Group announced their plans to prevent any negative effects for their customers and merchants. If Brexit takes place, the company will transfer its European Economic Area (EEA) business to a newly incorporated group company based in Ireland. “Paysafe Payment Solutions Limited” is authorized and regulated as an electronic money institution by the Irish financial services regulator, the Central Bank of Ireland.[26]

In July 2020, it was announced that Paysafe bought payment gateway Openbucks for an undisclosed amount of money. It was announced that the Openbucks team would become part of the parent company's eCash solutions group.[27][28][29]

In December 2020, the company announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to merge with special-purpose acquisition company, Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp, in a US$9 billion transaction.[30]

Products and services[edit]

The company provides the following products and services:

  • Neteller is an electronic money/digital wallet service that allows consumers to add, withdraw and transfer funds to and from merchants and other people.[31] Net+ prepaid payment card available in eight currencies is mainly intended to be used with Neteller and is accepted as normal MasterCard payment card.[32]
  • Skrill is a product that allows payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet, with a focus on low-cost international money transfers.[33]
  • paysafecard is a prepaid payment method that allows customers to make payments online without the use of a bank account or credit card information.[34]
  • Fans Entertainment is a mobile commerce product which offers mobile ordering.[35]
  • IncomeAccess is an affiliate marketing and business intelligence provider.[36]


Optimal Payments was the official sponsor of Crystal Palace Football Club for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, with the front of the team's shirts displaying Neteller's logo.[37]

In February 2018 it was announced that Paysafe would sponsor the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda, shared by Zachary Claman DeMelo and Pietro Fittipaldi, in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series.[38]


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  21. ^ "Paysafe moves to London Stock Exchange's Main Market today". Leap Rate. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  22. ^ "Neteller and Skrill to pull prepaid Mastercard from 100 countries". Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  23. ^ "Paysafe is about to be sold for almost 3 billion pounds - Slotsday". Slotsday. 2017-08-05. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  24. ^ "Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Paysafe by CVC and Blackstone". European Commission. Brussels. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
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  26. ^ "eWallet-Optimizer • Paysafe Brexit Plans". eWallet-Optimizer. 2019-04-02. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  27. ^ "Paysafe Group acquires Openbucks". 28 July 2020.
  28. ^ "Paysafe To Buy Openbucks and other Digital Transactions". Digital Transactions.
  29. ^ "Paysafe card added as a payment option in Microsoft store". Finance Magnates.
  30. ^ "Paysafe Is Near a $9 Billion Deal to Go Public". Bloomberg. 2020-12-07. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  31. ^ "Accept NETELLER in your Ecommerce Shop". About Payments. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  32. ^ "Net+ Prepaid Card Review". Prepaid365. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  33. ^ "Skrill Holdings Limited: Private Company Information". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  34. ^ "Paysafecard". Mollie. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  35. ^ "About us". Fans Entertainment. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  36. ^ "About us". IncomeAccess. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  37. ^ "Optimal Payments Becomes Official Shirt Sponsor". Crystal Palace F.C. Official Website. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  38. ^ Malsher, David (2018-02-07). "De Melo confirmed at Coyne with Paysafe sponsorship". Retrieved 2018-02-18.

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