Escalent strengthens its expertise in financial services with the addition of Mercator Advisory Group


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LIVONIA, Michigan, March 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Escalent, an award-winning analytics and advisory firm, today announced the acquisition of Mercator Advisory Group, a trusted research and advisory firm that serves the global payments industry. The addition of Mercator’s seasoned and talented analysts to Javelin Strategy & Research builds an industry-leading thought leadership force to meet clients’ payment needs. Escalent acquired Javelin Strategy & Research in December 2019.

“Mercator offers powerful payments research and insights, so we saw a great opportunity to expand and invest in our payments expertise,” said Melissa Sauter, CEO of Escalent. “We are delighted to welcome their highly respected executives and analysts to the Escalent family.”

Mercator’s team of payments industry analysts will join that of Javelin and continue to seamlessly service the company’s existing client roster. Mercator clients will also benefit from Javelin’s in-depth financial services industry coverage in fraud and security, digital banking, lending and wealth management. Additionally, Mercator clients will have the opportunity to gain more comprehensive engagements by accessing Escalent’s award-winning personalized financial services research team, qualitative research practice, and marketing and business science division. data.

“The knowledge and expertise of the Mercator team is a fantastic addition to Javelin’s payments and financial services capabilities,” added Jacob Jegher, President of Javelin Strategy & Research. “Our customers value helpful information and guidance as they navigate the intricacies of the financial services ecosystem. Our combined team promises an unparalleled level of thought leadership and service. »

Mercator’s current President and CEO, Rob Misasi, will help oversee the entire transition before stepping down.

“This is a unique opportunity for the Mercator team and for our customers,” said Misasi. “With Escalent’s mission-critical data capabilities alongside Javelin’s renowned financial services practices, Mercator is able to join a growing platform that will continue to deliver truly exceptional coverage of the payments and banking industry. cutting-edge information producing tangible results.”

Escalent’s track record of effectively integrating acquired companies dates back to the successful acquisition of Javelin in 2019, followed by the 2021 acquisition of global search leader Grail Insights.

About Escalent

Escalent is an analytics and consulting firm based in Livonia, Michigan, with offices in the United States and Canada, China, India, Ireland, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. As catalysts of progress for over 40 years, Escalent helps clients understand human and market behaviors to address business disruption and transformation. He has earned a reputation for accelerating growth by leveraging a seamless flow between primary, secondary, syndicated and internal business data, providing consultancy and advisory services from insight to implementation. Based on a deep understanding of what drives people and markets, Escalent identifies actions that build brands, improve customer experience, inspire product innovation and drive business productivity. Escalent is ranked #20 in the Insights Association’s Top 50 US Market Research and Analytics Companies 2021.

About Javelin Strategy and Research

Javelin Strategy & Research, part of the Escalent family, helps clients make informed decisions in a digital financial world. It provides strategic insights to financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, brokerages, and insurers, as well as payments companies, technology providers, fintechs, and government agencies. Javelin’s independent information is the result of a rigorous research process that assesses consumers, businesses, vendors, and the transaction ecosystem. She conducts in-depth primary research studies to identify dynamic risks and opportunities in digital banking, payments, fraud and security, lending and wealth management.

About the Mercator Advisory Group

Mercator Advisory Group is the leading independent research and advisory services firm focused exclusively on the payments and banking industries. He provides pragmatic and timely research and advice to help clients uncover the most lucrative opportunities to maximize revenue growth and contain costs. Its customers range from the world’s largest payment issuers, acquirers, processors, merchants and associations to leading technology providers and investors. Mercator Advisory Group is also the publisher of the online banking and payments news and information portal PaymentsJournal.com.

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