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Modulr becomes a principal issuing member of Mastercard

Modulr By Modulr on 8 September 2020   •   4 mins read
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  • Modulr further embeds itself in critical financial infrastructure
  • The partnership will help drive fast, simple and frictionless payments in key market verticals
  • Along with direct access to Faster Payments, Bacs and principal issuing membership of Visa, this latest partnership sees the FinTech take even greater control of its financial infrastructure

London & Edinburgh, UK, 8th September

The FinTech Modulr has today announced it has joined Mastercard as a principal issuing member, granting it direct access to the leading global payments network.

The new partnership sees Modulr further embed itself into critical financial infrastructure and will bring additional functionality to the FinTech’s offering, including improved scalability and speed to market.

Modulr will use the partnership to further expand its product portfolio and diversify the range of options it offers to its customers. The partnership will also be used by Mastercard and Modulr to drive adoption within key market verticals, including card issuing for travel and alternative banking.

Myles Stephenson, CEO of Modulr says, “Gaining even further direct access to key financial infrastructure, such as the Mastercard network, enables us to have even greater control and to further enhance our delivery of fast, simple and frictionless full payment capabilities to our clients. Granting access to non-banks such as ourselves also helps to create a level playing field and promotes positive competition in the sector.

“We look forward to partnering with Mastercard to not only extend the functionality of Modulr’s core platform, but to accelerate payments innovations across the industry.”

Edoardo Volta, Head of FinTechs at Mastercard says, “We look forward to working with Modulr as they enable innovation across payments by expanding their product portfolio, which will allow even more businesses across the UK and Europe to benefit from Mastercard products, driven by Modulr’s powerful payment solutions.”

In 2019, Modulr became one of only a few non-banks to gain direct access to Bacs and Faster Payments. The FinTech also became the first non-bank or building society to launch Confirmation of Payee, a fraud prevention initiative spearheaded by Pay.UK in September this year.

Through direct access to Faster Payments, Modulr holds an account in the Bank of England’s (BoE) Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system, which enables the FinTech to settle payment obligations in central bank money under its Modulr FS Limited entity (FRN 900573). It has now done the same with its principal issuing membership for both Mastercard and Visa.

Modulr, which powers the likes of Sage, Revolut, Salary Finance, Iwoca and Paxport, is a Payment as a Service API platform created for digital businesses that need a faster, easier and more reliable way to move money.



About Modulr

Modulr is the Payments as a Service API platform for digital businesses. It integrates into any product or system. Modulr’s new type of payment accounts are built for businesses that need a faster, easier and more reliable way to move money. Businesses can automate payment flows, embed payments into their platforms and build entirely new payment products and services themselves. All managed in real-time, 24/7 from one API.

Modulr’s API makes it easy for businesses to streamline existing services, launch new products and scale more efficiently. Modulr Finance Limited (FRN: 900699) is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as an EMD Agent of Modulr FS Limited (FRN 900573). Modulr FS Limited is an Authorised Electronic Money Institution, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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About Mastercard

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.

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