Research and Advocacy

Advocating the interests of merchants is at the heart of what we do.

Our research and economics department plays a key role in CMSPI’s extensive work within the merchant community. While a large part of the work we do is partnering directly with merchants, we also work independently within the wider payments market to advocate for fairer regulation and encourage a healthy payments landscape that works well for merchants.

Our dedicated economics team supports merchants and other merchant advocates by providing expert knowledge in a wide range of environments, including: litigation support; economic analysis and commentary; business case guidance; and in-depth industry reports.

Since our founding over 27 years ago, we’ve worked hard to campaign on behalf of merchants to battle against unfair fees, and to rally support for positive changes for merchants throughout the payments landscape. We’ve spear-headed multiple campaigns across the globe, and most recently have formed the International Payments Regulation Forum. Advocating the interests of merchants is at the heart of what we do – whether that’s working alongside individual merchants to help them achieve optimized payments arrangements, actively campaigning on behalf of the wider merchant community, or providing industry-leading insight and analysis in the form of publications or events.

Benefits of Working With CMSPI

Vast Knowledge Hub

We have over 27 years' of industry knowledge and insight.


Experienced in providing industry-leading analysis and insight.

Benchmarking Data

We can confidentially benchmark against your peers and best practice.

Unrivaled Expertise

Our analysts and consultants are uniquely placed to provide expert advice.

Areas of Our Research and Advocacy

Regulation Campaigning

We regularly champion campaigns calling for a fairer payments market for merchants.

In-depth Industry Reports

Our economics team supports our clients with deep, independent insight into the payments market.

Business Case Analysis

For merchants wondering if a new technology, internal process, or supplier is right for them - we can help with the business case.

Global and Domestic Market Analysis

We guide merchants considering market expansion and provide a better understanding of the potential challenges and benefits.

Litigation Support

Our economics team works closely with merchants and merchant advocates to provide robust economic support to litigation battles.

International Payments Regulation Forum

Earlier this year we formed the IPRF - a group committed to helping to shape the future of the payments landscape and to enhancing ongoing global cooperation.

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