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 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 payment acceptance.  Joel helps clients to understand payments markets around the world and to develop winning global and local strategies.  He has helped clients to transform and adapt to digital disruption and increasing competitive intensity.  Joel is a trusted advisor on many of the marketplace’s most transformational deals.


Markets Across EMEA
Merchant Acquiring
Card Issuing
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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