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TypePrivately held company
IndustryPayment services
FounderTeddy Sagi
David Avgi
Number of locations
13 sites
Area served
ServicesOmnichannel payment services, fraud prevention solutions and connection to payment method
Number of employees
400 (2019)[1]

SafeCharge, a Nuvei company, is a global payments technology company that provides omnichannel payment services, fraud prevention solutions and connection to payment methods. The company counts 400+ employees, 54% of them are in development and tech support. Its headquarters is in Montreal, Canada and it has offices in Israel, UKNetherlands, Hong Kong, Italy, Austria, China, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Guernsey, Mexico, Singapore and in the US.[2]

SafeCharge has payment processing (gateway) licenses from the main card schemes in Europe: Visa and Mastercard. It connected with 300+ global and region-specific alternative payment methods, such as: WeChat Pay and Alipay (China), Apple Pay (US), iDeal (Holland), POLi (Australia), PayPal (global), and Amex (global).[3]

In 2013, SafeCharge received principal membership status for merchant acquiring by Visa and Mastercard Europe. It is an acquiring bank and licensed as a member of Mastercard as of 2014 and of Visa as of 2015.

In August 2019 SafeCharge was acquired by Nuvei, a privately owned electronic payment processing company, for the amount of US$889 million.


SafeCharge was co-founded by Teddy Sagi and David Avgi in 2006.[4]

The company began trading on the London Stock Exchange in 2014.[5]  At that time, SafeCharge International had revenues of $43.18 million,[6] and it raised $126 million  from public offerings with its IPO pricing.[4] That was the second largest IPO out of the main Israeli companies going public in 2014.[7]

In 2017, SafeCharge International expanded to the Asian markets via a partnership with 2C2P,[6] and working with WeChat Pay in London’s Camden market.[8]

In 2018 The company was authorized as a payment institution by the UK Financial Conduct Authority.[9]

In 2019, Nuvei Corporation announced its acquisition of SafeCharge, and agreed to pay US$889 million in cash for it.[10] The deal saw Nuvei pay $5.55 for each SafeCharge share, representing a 25% premium to the London-listed company's stock.[11]

In August 2019, Nuvei completed the acquisition. In the same month, the AIM Stock Exchange in London agreed to SafeCharge's application for the cancellation of the admission to trading SafeCharge shares on AIM.[12]

In February 2020, Credit card company Max signed a deal with SafeCharge to acquire control of CreditGuard.[13]


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  2. ^ ""SafeCharge was my baby"". (in Hebrew). 2019-05-23. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  3. ^ "WeChat partners with SafeCharge for in-store acceptance across Europe". PaymentsSource. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  4. ^ a b "Teddy Sagi's SafeCharge raises $126m on AIM - Globes". Globes (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  5. ^ Reuters Editorial. "Payment company SafeCharge to list on London's AIM". U.K. Retrieved 2018-07-18. {{cite news}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  6. ^ a b "SafeCharge Three Years After IPO | Payment Consultants and Interim Managers". Payment Consultants and Interim Managers. 2017-06-05. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  7. ^ Armstrong, Ashley (2014-02-11). "Israeli tech start-ups join London IPO wave". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  8. ^ "SafeCharge, Camden Market team up to offer WeChat Pay in the UK". Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  9. ^ "UK Financial Conduct Authority awards license to SafeCharge - Globes". Globes (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  10. ^ PYMNTS (2019-05-22). "Nuvei To Acquire SafeCharge For $889M". Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  11. ^ Orbach, Meir (2019-08-01). "Nuvei Completes $889 Million Acquisition of Paytech Company SafeCharge". CTECH - Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  12. ^ "Scheme of Arrangement becomes Effective - RNS - London Stock Exchange". Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  13. ^ "Max buys CreditGuard from SafeCharge for NIS 70m". (in Hebrew). 2020-02-09. Retrieved 2020-04-23.