The London-based online payment provider Moneybookers, rebranding itself as Skrill, claims 15m people use its technology. It allows anyone with an email address to send and receive payments online securely and cost-effectively and counts eBay among its clients. The private-equity firm Investcorp took a 51% stake in 2007 when it backed a €105m (£71.5m) buyout, and Skrill plans to float on the London Stock Exchange this year. Growth has come on the back of overseas expansion, with a focus on mainland Europe and a roll-out into America. Led by Skrill’s joint chief executives, Martin Ott and Nikolai Riesenkampff, foreign sales grew 90% a year, from £9.1m in 2007 to £32.9m in 2009.
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