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The Rise and Fault of Merchant Risk

Challenges and Opportunities of Quantifying Merchant Risk

Thursday, April 25, at 1 pm Eastern / 10 am Pacific

Medium-risk merchants are on the rise across merchant portfolios. Is this due to trends in risk criteria across merchants or a change in risk rating methodology for the merchant sponsors?

Cihat Fitzgerald and Caroline Hometh explore this trend in a one-hour virtual fireside chat (bring your own fire). You’ll learn about quantifying your risk, the types of risks to consider, and the various perspectives at your company to consider.

Bring your questions about quantifying merchant risk as well as questions around legal, financial, transactional, and reputational risks.


This webinar qualifies for one hour of ETA continuing education credit.

About the Speakers

Cihat Fitzgerald is an experienced global payments risk and compliance leader with a 25-year career in the industry. He is recognized for developing and implementing global risk management and compliance initiatives, fraud controls, and dispute mitigation strategies, and is author of the Visa Global Acquirer Risk Standards, Visa Prepaid Issuer Risk Standards, and Visa Payment Facilitator and Marketplace Risk Guide. Cihat is proficient in criminal investigations with federal and international law enforcement, and is adept in regulatory risk, trust & safety, AML compliance, and payment processing. Furthermore, he is known for effectively advising financial institutions, fintechs, and large multinational merchants on fraud and dispute reduction, gaps in risk controls, and remediation of compliance violations.


Caroline Hometh is the Managing Partner at RPY Innovations, a global payment advisory group that specializes in connecting technology companies, acquirers, payment facilitators and payment service providers to the resources and strategies they need for strong payments growth – both domestically and internationally. Caroline has an extensive background in the payment industry, with thirty years of acquiring experience. She started her career as an early adopter ISO and has worked for many leading companies and projects in this sector, including the first encrypted eCommerce payment transaction and the initial cross border purchases.