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Payoneer is a financial services company that provides online money transfer and digital payment services and working capital solutions.[1][2] Account holders can send and receive funds into their bank account, Payoneer e-wallet, or onto a re-loadable prepaid MasterCard debit card that can be used online or at points-of-sale.[3] The company specializes in facilitating cross-border B2B payments. It provides cross-border transactions in 200 countries and territories[4] and more than 150 local currencies,[5] with its cross border wire transfers, online payments, and refillable debit card services.[6]

Payoneer Inc.
Founded2005
HeadquartersNew York, NY United States
Key people
  • Yuval Tal, Founder & President
  • Scott Galit, CEO
  • Keren Levy, COO
  • Michael Levine, CFO
ServicesOnline payment, International money transfer
Number of employees
1,395 (2019)
Websitewww.payoneer.com

Companies like Airbnb, Amazon, Google and Upwork use Payoneer to send mass payouts around the world.[7] It is also used by eCommerce marketplaces such as Walmart and Wish.com,[8][9] freelance marketplaces such as Fiverr[10] and Envato,[11][12] and works with ad networks to connect these firms with publishers based outside of their headquartered country.[13][14]

In the content creation space, Payoneer works with Getty Images,[15] iStock,[16] Pond5,[17] and others as well as in the and freelance marketplace.[7] The company is headquartered in New York City.[18] As of 2019 the company employed approximately 1,200 people,[19] and serves over 4 million customers[20] in 14 offices around the world.[4] In 2019 the company was valued at over $1 billion.[20]

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HistoryEdit

Payoneer was founded in 2005 with $2 million in seed funding from founder and then-CEO Yuval Tal, an ex-officer in the Israeli army, and other private investors. 83North (Greylock Israel)[5] led an additional $4 million in funding in 2007,[21] with additional investors including Carmel Ventures, Crossbar Capital, Ping An, Wellington Management, Susquehanna Growth Equity[5] and Nyca Partners.[22][23]

In March 2016, the firm acquired internet escrow company Armor Payments.[24] aiming to address the market for B2B transactions between US$500 and $1,000,000 where credit cards and Letters of Credit are not suitable.[25] It also began working with the Latin American eCommerce site Linio[26][27][28].

In August 2016, the firm added an automated tax form service to its mass payout offering.[29]

In October 2016, the company raised $180 million from Technology Crossover Ventures, bringing the total funding to $234 million.[3]

In 2009 Payoneer became available for use in the Philippines and later opened offices in Manila [30][31] in 2016.[32] The company opened offices in Japan in 2016. It partnered with the Japanese based e-commerce giant Rakuten in a deal aimed at opening up their US site, Rakuten.com, to vendors outside the USA.[33]

They also partnered with the Korean online B2B marketplace EC21.[34] In 2017 the company released an Integrated Payments API for SaaS providers to link cross-border B2B payments across cloud platforms.[35]

In June 2017, the company opened an office in London.[36][37][38]

In 2017 and 2018 Payoneer was named as CNBC's 40th and 13th most disruptive companies, respectively. [39][40]

Dubai investigationEdit

On January 19, 2010 Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, then chief of logistics and weapons procurement for the military wing of Hamas, was found dead in his hotel room Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Investigation by Dubai Police showed that some of the murder suspects used MasterCards branded by US-based Meta Bank, but issued by Payoneer to pay for their plane tickets to Dubai. [41][42]

Some speculated that the assassination was orchestrated by the Mossad. [43] Payoneer offered its full cooperation to the Dubai police during their investigation of the murder.[44]

French AirbnbEdit

Payoneer partnered with popular rental website Airbnb in November 2013. The arrangement allowed hosts to conveniently withdraw their earnings using their prepaid Payoneer debit cards.[45] In December 2017[46] French authorities investigated the payment system, which allowed hosts to receive their payments directly without having to first be deposited in their bank accounts, which could lead to the possibility of tax avoidance. Airbnb agreed to withdraw the payment system in France. [47]

Payoneer responded, stating that it was "a regulated payment company, which operates in total conformity with the laws and regulations of the European Union," and that "the idea that Payoneer products would help avoid paying taxes or allow money laundering is categorically wrong." [48]

IndiaEdit

The firm closed its services in the Indian market in 2011 by the Reserve Bank of India due to certain directives enforced by the RBI.[49] Payoneer re-entered the Indian market in 2016, after partnering with IndusInd Bank and receiving central bank approval.[50] The company customized its offerings for the Indian market, with special reporting systems and fund-transfer limits that comply with local rules.[51][52][53][54]

EU money remittance licenseEdit

In order to lawfully remit money within the European Single Market Payoneer is registered with the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission.[55] Payoneer was the first digital payment platform in India to provide customers with a Foreign Inward Remittance Certificate (FIRC) digitally, thereby simplifying the required business processes.[56][57]

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