Escalent, an analytics and advisory firm, has acquired Mercator Advisory Group, a trusted research and advisory firm serving the global payments industry. Mercator will join Escalent’s Javeline Strategy & Research, a thought leadership firm supporting payment needs.

Following the deal, the firm’s team of payment analysts will join Javelin’s team and will continue to deliver services for the firm’s clients. The firm’s clients will benefit from Javelin’s financial services industry coverage for fraud and security, digital banking, lending, and wealth management.

“The Mercator team’s knowledge and expertise are a fantastic addition to Javelin’s payments and financial services capabilities,” added Jacob Jegher, president of Javelin Strategy & Research. “Our clients value meaningful insights and guidance as they navigate the twists and turns of the financial services ecosystem. Our combined team promises an unmatched level of thought leadership and service.”

“This is such a unique opportunity for the Mercator team and for our clients,” said Rob Misasi, Mercator CEO and president. “Backed by Escalent’s strategic data capabilities alongside Javelin’s renowned financial services practices, Mercator is able to join a growing platform that will continue to deliver truly exceptional payments industry coverage and market-leading insights yielding tangible results.”