Foreign Currency Direct (FCD) today launches as Lumon, bringing together customers from recent acquisitions including Infinity International and Earthport FX under one distinctive, forward-thinking brand. In the crowded overseas payments space, Lumon combines the companies’ expertise to bring bank-beating rates and cutting-edge technology together to provide clarity on moving money across borders for both business and personal customers across the portfolio.

The new name is inspired by light. Lumon shines an expert light on overseas payments and reveals the overseas payments landscape to customers. Its strength lies in its focused support, dedicated to helping customers understand the options open to them to achieve their goals.

Alongside an effortless payment process and bank-beating rates, Lumon offers true expertise and a relationship-based approach. Optimising the power of the latest payment technologies, coupled with the laser-sharp focus and personal service of the European-wide team and partners, Lumon unites people, technology and expertise to meet the needs of existing and new customers.

Shamus Hodgson, Chief Executive Officer at Lumon, said:

“The overseas payments industry is rapidly evolving and yet we believe it’s crying out for reinvention. Through a period of economic market volatility and rapid development of digital first offers, we’ve always had our customers’ end goals in mind.”

Following extreme volatility in the currencies market caused by global events such as Brexit and COVID-19, Lumon’s new strategic direction seeks to disrupt the world of overseas payments. Lumon’s state-of-the-art payment platforms and sophisticated hedging and commercial strategies help customers move their money effortlessly, analyse currency risks and understand the myriad of options available to them, leaving them to focus on their day-to-day business needs and individual aspirations. The team’s deep sector expertise and continuous focus on customer goals mean that Lumon can provide clarity. By working with them to manage risk end-to-end, Lumon can create an overseas payments strategy that makes business goals and individual aspirations a reality.

Shamus continued:

“For too long businesses and individuals have been left in the dark; there’s been a lack of transparency from the overseas payments sector about the solutions available and the costs involved. Lumon is our challenge to the market.”

“By consolidating our resources and expertise under one brand and one team, our distinctive offering gives our customers sector-leading service that is always tailored to their goals – from purchasing a new property overseas to expanding a business internationally – and is always underpinned by our values. Like our previous brands, Lumon will be unashamedly customer-led. We see value in focusing on tomorrow’s plans, not just daily foreign exchange rates”.

Lumon is part of Pollen Street Capital's portfolio of companies. An independent, alternative investment management company, Pollen Street Capital specialises in driving digitally-led high growth businesses in the financial and business services sectors.