The market for prepaid card services continues to grow at a dramatic rate.  According to industry estimates, users and issuers loaded $124.6 billion onto open-loop prepaid products in 2009, up 61 percent from 2008.  Bryan Cave prepaid and consumer law experts Judie Rinearson and John ReVeal will be featured at the 2011 Prepaid Expo, “Prepaid’s Next Phase: Solutions to Achieve Profitability and Increase Distribution in a Changing Industry,” March 6-9, 2011, at the Orlando Marriott World Center, Orlando, Florida.  We invite you to join us at this special networking and discussion event—contact us for a special 10% registration discount.

Technological and regulatory changes are rapidly shaping the prepaid industry, and the 2011 Prepaid Expo is the original and largest event designed exclusively for prepaid professionals, more than 1,700 of whom attended the 2010 conference.  The conference focal points are interactive dialogue with experts and networking opportunities.  Trade organizations including the Retail Gift Card Association, the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association, the Global Prepaid Exchange CEO Round Table, and the Incentive Gift Card Council plan to hold meetings in conjunction with the Expo.  Keynote speaker General Colin Powell will speak on leadership, while Robert Safian, Editor and Managing Director, Fast Company, will address innovation as the key to thriving in the competitive prepaid market.  Presenters and exhibitors include nearly every major player in the industry, and presentations will cover social media channels, consumer behavior, the Dodd-Frank Act, digitization, the B2B (“Business-to-Business”) prepaid corporate incentives market, payroll cards, international opportunities, and fraud prevention.  For more information and for online registration, please visit the conference website

On Wednesday, March 9, Bryan Cave’s Judie Rinearson will describe increased regulatory scrutiny of the prepaid industry as part of the panel discussion, “What’s on the Regulatory Horizon:  How to Best Protect Your Business Over the Next Year.”  John ReVeal, a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions group, will be providing interactive expert guidance on bank regulatory compliance during a special “Test Drive an Expert” session on March 8.  Please consider attending this year’s Expo, a unique opportunity to enhance or develop your prepaid program and related financial services.

We also invite attendees to join Bryan Cave for a Private Dinner at the conclusion of formal conference activities on Monday, March 7, at the Mikado Steak House, Orlando World Center.  Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, February 25, to damaris.poggy@bryancave.com.