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Mastercard Expands Support of Latin America Real-Time Payments with Acquisition of Arcus

Mastercard Expands Support of Latin America Real-Time Payments with Acquisition of Arcus
Arcus’ full-stack platform improves speed and access to Mexico’s financial services ecosystem and is a gateway into Latin American markets

Mastercard announced it has acquired Arcus FI, an alum of the company’s Start Path program, to help support the delivery of bill pay solutions and other real-time payment applications across Latin America.

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“Arcus is the ideal partner for our needs. We can use its suite of solutions to provide our customers with an unmatched payment experience around utilities payment and cash options to pay their credit cards”

With offices in New York and Mexico City, Arcus helps to enable bill pay and cash-in, cash-out services for some of the biggest billers, retailers, fintechs and traditional financial institutions in the U.S. and Mexico, with expansion into Latin America. Its flagship solution, the Arcus Pay Network, has access to the largest retailers and direct connection with many of the largest billers in Mexico.

“The past year has shown how critical digital solutions are for people and businesses across the region,” said Laura Cruz, division president for Mexico and Central America at Mastercard. “With the addition of the Arcus team, we will enhance existing payment experiences and create new opportunities to address every day needs by connecting more people to the digital economy.”

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Arcus’ platform recently received approval to enable payment processing, settlement and reconciliation via Mexico’s real-time Interbank Electronic Payment System (Sistema de Pagos Electrónicos Interbancarios or SPEI).

“Edrizio de la Cruz and I began this company to help immigrants like us have a proper way to track our finances and send money home. For nearly a decade, we have grown from those aspirations to help pave the way toward greater financial inclusion in Latin America,” said Iñigo Rumayor, co-founder at Arcus. “We’ve tapped into some of the region’s brightest minds, and built a world-class team alongside Marc Sacal, who has helped us expand beyond those initial cross-border payments to give people a greater control of their financial lives. Now, becoming part of the Mastercard family and a direct participant in the SPEI network expands what we can deliver to our customers.”

Arcus has helped to pioneer the adoption of digital payment solutions in Latin America. Today, the company supports fast and easy access to deposits, withdrawals and payment services.

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