Joel Van Arsdale



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Joel Van Arsdale, a Partner with First Annapolis, is Managing Director of the firm’s business in Europe.  Joel is a leading global expert on digital payments, payment acceptance, and transaction processing.  He is a frequent author and speaker on the subjects of e/m-commerce, payments innovation, and the global marketplace for merchant payment acceptance.

Joel advises financial institutions, retailers, processors, networks, and innovators throughout EMEA on business strategy as well as mergers and acquisitions and partnership formations.  He is recognized by clients as a thought-leader with unique perspectives and experience in digital commerce and other areas of payment acceptance.  Joel has helped clients to understand markets around the world and to form winning global and local strategies.  Joel advised market leaders on many of the marketplaces most transformational deals and events including the development of the e/m-commerce marketplace in Europe and the consolidation of European payments marketplace.  He supported clients on dozens of M&A transactions and partnership formations including many of the largest transactions within the EMEA region.


Europe Initiatives
Merchant Acquiring
Mergers and Acquisitions


University of Virginia Darden School of Business M.B.A. with academic distinction
Emory University B.A. in economics with Magna Cum Laude

Professional Background

Joined First Annapolis in 2003
Financial Services practice of Ernst & Young

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