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Bank of America Merrill Lynch Continues Rise in Commercial Card Rankings

Places No. 1 in Purchasing Card, No. 2 in Corporate Card in Annual Nilson Report

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:00 am EDT


New York
"We believe these results reflect our clients’ satisfaction with the investments we’re making in delivering a broad range of solutions."

Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s commercial card payment solutions have gained in importance to the firm’s clients, as reflected in transaction volume rankings for calendar year 2015 that were recently published in the Nilson Report, which covers card payment systems worldwide.

BofA Merrill continues to be the No. 1 provider of purchasing card solutions, which includes physical purchasing cards along with related virtual card solutions. The firm improved from No. 3 to No. 2 in corporate cards and from No. 5 to No. 4 in commercial prepaid. BofA Merrill is the only global bank that retained or improved its ranking in all three Nilson categories.

“We are once again very pleased with these results as our clients continue to expand their global business-to-business payments programs with us,” said Kevin Phalen, head of Card and Comprehensive Payables in Global Transaction Services for BofA Merrill. “We believe these results reflect our clients’ satisfaction with the investments we’re making in delivering a broad range of solutions.”

Recent enhancements to BofA Merrill’s card capabilities include:

  • Expansion of mobile alert messaging.

  • Enhanced fraud detection.

  • Expanded prepaid web services.

  • Launch of travel and entertainment cards into the United Arab Emirates.

"Our investments in card products are driven by feedback from clients, and their input has led to our continued expansion of integrated payment solutions around the world,” Phalen said. “We are proud to be one of the few providers who have stayed resolutely committed to the commercial card and prepaid business.”

Separately, BofA Merrill won the Gold award for Innovation at the 2016 Innovation Summit held by in recognition of the success of its Travel Pro solution launched in Europe last year.


About Bank of America Merrill Lynch Commercial Card
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is a leading provider of card solutions to large and middle-market companies, globally, and to federal, state and local government entities in the United States. BofA Merrill’s Commercial Card group works with these organizations to design integrated ePayments solutions that help unlock working capital while increasing efficiency, visibility and control. As part of the Global Transaction Services business, BofA Merrill’s Commercial Card and Comprehensive Payables group develops strategies and solutions that are closely aligned to the treasury goals of corporate, commercial and government entities. BofA Merrill cardholders can be served in numerous languages and have access to a worldwide network of more than 40 million credit card merchants and ATMs.

For more information regarding BofA Merrill’s card solutions, please visit

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