Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with more than 8,500 employees worldwide, Global Payments is a member of the S&P 500 with merchants and partners in 30 countries throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil.
HSBC Bank plc. and Global Payments Inc. established a joint venture company in the UK in 2008. The new company, HSBC Merchant Services LLP, was initially 51 per cent owned by Global Payments Inc. and 49 percent owned by HSBC Bank plc. At the same time a 10 year exclusive marketing alliance was agreed whereby HSBC Bank provides merchant referrals. Global Payments Inc. acquired the outstanding 49 percent equity shareholding in HSBC Merchant Services LLP in 2009, resulting in HSBC Merchant Services LLP being 100 per cent owned by Global Payments Inc. The marketing alliance has been extended by one year until June 2019.
We have operated under the trading name of Global Payments in the UK since 2013 and are HSBC’s preferred supplier for card processing. In March 2015, Global Payments acquired Realex Payments, one of Europe's largest and fastest growing online payment gateways, providing a range of payment technology services for businesses, selling online and processing payments valued in excess of €28 billion per annum on behalf of 12,500 retailers throughout Europe with clients in 30 countries. Global Payments is a direct member for both the Card Schemes and the UK Cards Association (UKCA).