America’s trillion-dollar challenge: S&P Global Ratings’ Trevor D’Olier-Lees writes for Infrastructure Intelligence

Infrastructure in the US needs trillions of dollars of investment for repairs and renewal. Pressure will only mount as disruptive technology increases in scope and the need to be environmentally sustainable rises up the agenda. In a feature for Infrastructure Intelligence, Trevor D’Olier-Lees, senior director at S&P Global Ratings, outlines the state of a selection of American …

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A New Playing Field: Deutsche Bank discusses the implications of the new European Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) in Flow Magazine

PSD2 is certainly not a minor update of the original EU Payment Services Directive (PSD1) established in 2007. It brings three major changes to PSD1: it widens the geographical and currency scope of predecessor regulation; it introduces higher levels of payment security and authentication; and finally, and perhaps most disruptively, PSD2 licenses third party providers …

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Broadening export horizons: Commerzbank’s Agnes Vargas explores Myanmar and Vietnam in The Asset

Vietnam’s economic development has been driven by its export-led industries, and Myanmar looks set to follow in its footsteps. In a feature for leading Asian finance magazine The Asset, Agnes Vargas, Regional Head of Greater China and ASEAN, explains that continued economic progress in both countries will depend on diversifying trade beyond their traditional partner China …

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In the fast lane: Deutsche Bank examines the potential impact of instant payments in the business-to-business space in Flow Magazine.

Instant payments (also referred to as real-time or immediate payment schemes) come in many different forms. Typically, however, they share a few common characteristics: they offer (near) real-time crediting of a payee’s account (usually meaning under a minute), they operate 24/7/365, and when successful, are final and irrevocable. For consumers, small businesses and retailers, a …

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Commerzbank “Best Bank in Germany” and “Best Bank for Western Europe’s SMEs” for Euromoney

Euromoney’s 2017 Awards for Excellence have recognised Commerzbank as the best financial institution serving SMEs in Western Europe. As the defending champion from last year’s awards, Commerzbank also retains the title of top German bank.



BNY Mellon’s Margaret Guevara explains how banks are adapting to fintech technology in article for Revista Fortuna

The rapid innovation of financial technology or “fintech” holds enormous potential to reengineer the payments space. And with investment in the sector soaring at an astonishing rate, fintech reach is only expected to grow. For Mexican publication Revista Fortuna, Margaret Guevara, Head of Sales and Relationship Management for Mexico and Central America, BNY Mellon Treasury …

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Falcon Group secures USD$150M securitization from Natixis

Falcon Group has announced the completion of a US$150M securitization of cross-border multi-bank instruments. Natixis, the international corporate, asset management, insurance and financial services arm of Group BPCE, acted as the sole initial purchaser. Falcon will use the additional funding capacity to provide trade finance to mid-cap and large companies. Chris Howarth, CFO of Falcon …

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BPL Global’s Sian Aspinall discusses why insurers need a coordinated voice in TFR interview

In TFR’s 60 second interview, Sian Aspinall, joint managing director of BPL Global, advocates the need for a coordinated voice to represent the Credit and Political Risk Insurance (CPRI) market. Aspinall explains that the foundations of the private market has been built on the basis of policy confidentiality, so their presence has always been overshadowed …

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In Banker Middle East, BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari considers fintech’s potential to transform the region’s financial landscape

Global fintech investment is soaring, nearly doubling to US$23.3 billion in 2016, from US$12 billion in 2014. Yet, the Middle East currently lays claim to just 0.1 per cent of this. Nevertheless, fuelled by the growing influence of a millennial population and rising expectations for efficiency, transparency and accessibility, fintech initiatives are rapidly gaining purchase …

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Natixis’ Eric Le Brusq speaks to The Banker on digitisation and structured products

Digitisation and automation are transforming the way banks sell structured investment solutions. In fact, the latest developments see investment banks acting as platforms that enable professional buyers to create and execute their own products to the end client’s objectives. In a special report for the The Banker, Eric Le Brusq, Global Head of Equity Derivatives, comments …

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