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LATAM Payments - January 17, 2017 - New York, NY
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LATAM Payments


January 17, 2017 - New York, NY

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Bryan Cave Offices
1290 Avenue of the Americas,
35th Floor, NY 10104-3300


Tuesday,  January 17, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


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Latin America: Local payments for an international community


Latin America offers huge opportunities in payments innovation. Despite recession in Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela and meager GDP growth in Mexico, Colombia and Chile, e-commerce and emerging payments are growing rapidly, from 15%-40% per year depending on the market. With rapid growth for a least five more years, a large unbanked population and expanding penetration of smartphones, the digital transformation has arrived in Latin America’s payments industry.


Yet considerable challenges remain for payment players and merchants in Latin America. The use of cash payment methods, local credit card networks, complicated installment plans, and an opaque yet complex regulatory environment make billing customers a challenge at best and a complete quagmire at worst. Growing competition in the e-commerce enablement space means payment processors must constantly improve their offerings to remain relevant. Companies without a local strategy will perform poorly. As growth returns to the region in 2017, payment players and merchants must be ready to embrace rapid changes.


In our panel, Latin America: Local payments for an international community, we will cover why Latin America is challenging from a payments perspective and identify particular opportunities for innovation. Our panel of e-commerce payment processors and merchants will share insights on how to develop a local payments strategy.

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6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Announcements 
7:05 PM Presentation on LATAM Payment Landscape by Lindsay Lehr, Senior Director at Americas Market Intelligence, LLC (AMI)
7:20 PM Panel discussion on LATAM Payments
  Michelle Vautier, Chief Revenue Officer at dLocal
  James Esposito, Vice President, Treasury, Payments & Risk at Etsy
  Panel moderated by: Lindsay Lehr, Senior Director at Americas Market Intelligence, LLC
 8:30 PM Q & A and Networking


Michelle Vautier

Chief Revenue Officer at dLocal

Michelle is a results-driven payments executive with over 15 years of experience in emerging markets and an in-depth knowledge of the payments value chain. As Chief Revenue Officer at dLocal, she leads sales, marketing, and product strategy. Her top priority is maximizing payment conversion rates for dLocal’s merchant customers. Prior to joining dLocal, Michelle lead Facebook's global payments strategy. Before that, she managed global expansion efforts at MasterCard, Netflix, and UPS with oversight for revenue/authorization optimization, innovative payment product development, and partnerships. Her passion: creating a payments ecosystem that has no borders. Michelle holds an MBA from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Economics.


Michelle Vautier

James Esposito

Vice President, Treasury, Payments & Risk at Etsy

Jim Esposito is a payments professional with twenty plus years of operations, technology, partner management and merchant/e-commerce experience with multiple, billion dollar businesses. Jim is a battle tested executive leader with a level headed, business focused approach to deployment/operation of critical payment systems and high touch management of payment partnerships. As a strategic thinker, direct communicator and cross collaborator, Jim has built and led high performing teams through significant product launches, major partner outages, program transitions and security breaches.

Spanning both the technology and payments industries, Jim's career has included stops in high profile companies including Square, Subway Restaurants and Nortel Networks. Jim has a strong connection to the merchant community including a term as a Board Member of the Merchant Advisory Group. Currently, Jim is the Senior Director of Payments as well as the Treasurer of Etsy, Inc. At Etsy, Jim leads an organization managing Payments, Risk Operations and Treasury that powers Etsy's global marketplace of 26+ million Buyers and 1.7 million Sellers.

Jim resides in New York City with his wife - Susana - and two daughters - Paola and Valentina.

James Esposito


Lindsay Lehr

Senior Director at Americas Market Intelligence, LLC (AMI)

Lindsay Lehr is a specialist in market and competitive intelligence in Latin America and an emerging thought leader in the payments industry. As Senior Director at Miami market intelligence firm Americas Market Intelligence, Lindsay has spearheaded over 75 consulting engagements in 20+ LatAm markets since 2012. Her industry specialization is cards and payments, with experience in e-commerce, mobile money, digital wallet, mobile payments, POS technology, payment networks and aggregators, financial inclusion, prepaid cards, and corporate and personal credit cards. Lindsay has authored various industry publications, presented at industry events, and is active in payments industry circles in Silicon Valley, California, where she resides. As a Latin American enthusiast, Lindsay is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, has a comprehensive understanding of the business environment in Latin America and a deep practical knowledge of daily life in the region. Prior to her employment at AMI, Lindsay lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she founded and operated an English language tutoring and translation agency. Since then, Lindsay has eagerly followed developments in the region and continues to be passionate about Latin America, its culture and people.

Lindsay Lehr






Location Bryan Cave Offices 1290 Ave of the Americas, New York, United States

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Tuesday 17 January 2017, 06:00pm - 08:30pm
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