Employee involvement in companies under the European Company Statute (ECS): Equens SE
Headquartered in Utrecht/The Netherlands with subsidiaries in Germany, Italy and Finland, Equens is a full-service payment processing company offering services in payment and card processing and a European leader in this business segment. The transformation of Equens N.V. into an SE was concluded in July 2008 by a merger with the German subsidiary. This also reflects the strong European vision of the company. As a financial payment processor in an increasingly European market, the company follows its aims to become a truly European service provider. The case of Equens reflects the search of transnational operating companies for options to harmonise and simplify their governance structures including the practice of employee involvement and participation.