SOURCE: Net Element, Inc.

Net Element, Inc.

November 22, 2016 08:45 ET

Net Element Partners with Mashreqbank in United Arab Emirates

Payment gateway processing agreement with leading UAE financial institution expands Net Element's processing capabilities in the region

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - Nov 22, 2016) - Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) ("Net Element" ), a provider of global mobile payment technology solutions and value-added transactional services, today announces that Net Element FZ, LLC has signed an agreement with Mashreqbank, a leading financial institution in the United Arab Emirates' (UAE). The agreement includes transaction clearing, draft capture and settlement of bankcard transactions in multiple currencies, as well as full integration with Net Element's Internet Payment Gateway and risk management services.

The Payment Gateway Processing agreement with Mashreqbank, known as one of the most innovative banks in the Gulf Region, allows Net Element to process transactions for merchants in the UAE.

"We are excited about our partnership with the award-winning Mashreqbank, UAE's leading financial institution," comments Suresh Menon, CEO & managing director of Net Element FZ, LLC UAE. "Under this agreement, Net Element will launch its merchant acquiring in the UAE as part of its government payment processing solutions offering."

"At Mashreq we continue to look at new and innovative financial solutions for our partners and customers. In line with our efforts, our partnership with Net Element FZ, LLC Dubai is yet another step in our endeavor as we contribute to Dubai's vision toward Smart City," commented Pankaj Kundra, Head of Payments for Mashreqbank.

About Mashreq
Mashreq is the oldest bank in the UAE with an extensive branch network across the Emirates. Mashreq is also present in 11 countries outside UAE with 21 overseas branches and offices spread across Europe, USA, Asia and Africa providing a comprehensive range of international financial services. Established in 1967, Mashreq has established itself as a market leader by delivering award-winning customer experiences and innovative thinking across its financial products and services. Mashreq's various banking divisions cater to its own unique specialisms and expertise and include: Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, International Banking, and Innovative Treasury Services. The bank also allows for customers to experience Sharia'h Compliant financial banking solutions. As a leading financial institution, Mashreq is committed to supporting every community it serves. In the UAE, the bank pays particular attention to recruiting, training, and developing UAE National employees. Mashreq is the only financial institution in the UAE to have been awarded the CSR Label by Dhabi Chamber for five years in a row. Further information is available at www.mashreqbank.com.

About Net Element
Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) operates a payments-as-a-service transactional and value-added services platform for small to medium enterprise ("SME") in the US and selected emerging markets. In the US, we are growing transactional revenue with innovative services including our cloud based, restaurant point-of-sale solution Aptito. Internationally, Net Element's strategy is to leverage its omni-channel platform to deliver flexible offerings to emerging markets with diverse banking, regulatory and demographic conditions such as UAE, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan where initiatives have been recently launched. Further information is available at www.netelement.com.

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