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(LONDON) June 12, 2012 — Locke Lord’s Global Head of Cards and Payments Robert Courtneidge, who recently was named Chairman of the Prepaid International Forum (PIF), has made the top of the list for the 2012 Prepaid Power 10, an international group of key contributors to and leaders in the prepaid industry. Courtneidge was named runner-up to first place by a global advisory board and an international prepaid audience of more than 20,000 industry leaders, who selected the Top 10 from a list of nominees from around the world.
Courtneidge joined Locke Lord’s London team in February and is noted for his knowledge and experience in the e-money area. His clients are among the biggest financial institutions in the world, as well as several significant Internet merchants and social media businesses. He is a longtime and key contributor to the evolution of cross-industry guidelines and codes of practice and has been active for many years in PIF, a not-for-profit international trade organization that provides an industry voice for the prepaid sector and that he co-founded in 2007.
In 2011, Courtneidge became the first lawyer ever recognized as “Best Industry Contributor” by The Prepaid Awards, and his strong network of contacts throughout the prepaid industry – including regulators and industry bodies – is unparalleled. He advises on a wide variety of card schemes, from general purpose network branded prepaid cards, incentive card programs and gift card solutions to payroll and commercial card schemes, and has used his deep knowledge of the area to help financial regulators in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa shape emerging prepaid regulations. He works closely with The Payments Council, HM Treasury and the Financial Services Association.
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