Emily Boese


Merchant Acquiring


Emily Boese, a Principal, has been with First Annapolis for over ten years and worked in the payments industry more than 15 years. Emily advises on a full range of tactical and strategic matters including operational considerations, sales channel strategies, new acceptance markets, pricing and retention strategies, product strategy, and M&A transactions. She leads our efforts in assisting merchants on acceptance questions and working with all parties on acquiring operational implementation and conversion issues. Emily’s experience includes extensive work with merchants, leading merchant acquirers and ISOs, banks, and card networks, along with several emerging payment companies.

Her recent focus includes working with many large merchants to evaluate their current payment acceptance strategies and selecting new card processing partners.  Other recent projects include extensive conversion support, assisting several leading private equity firms in evaluating specific acquisition opportunities within the payments sector; advising a bank holding company in the divestiture of its merchant acquiring portfolio; supporting the sale of a niche-market merchant acquirer; and conducting competitive and sizing analysis for a acquiring partnership.  Previous projects include working with several large acquirers to conduct thorough pricing and strategy analysis, determine best practices for sales and marketing; providing industry overviews; and performing an overall risk review of the merchant acquiring practice of a top-5 U.S. bank.


Merchant Acquiring
Point of Sale Technology
Merchant Acceptance


University of Virginia Darden School of Business M.B.A.
Washington University in St. Louis B.S. in Computer Science & B.E. in Electrical Engineering

Professional Background

Joined First Annapolis in 2002
American Express, Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrop Grumman

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