Category Archive: Banking

ICC Banking Commission “Rethinking trade and finance” report featured in Nordea Insights

In its most recent newsletter, Nordea Insights – the Nordic banking organisation – has published an interview covering the latest ICC Banking Commission “Rethinking Trade and Finance” report. The interview, which features responses from a number of Banking Commission Executive Committee members, delves into various aspects of the report – including digitalisation and standardisation, sustainability …

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In Trade Arabia, BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari discusses how fintech can drive financial sector growth in the Middle East

  Technological innovation is changing the face of finance. In recent years fintech investment has reached new highs across the North America, Asia, and Europe. Now, fintech is gaining recognition across the Middle East – bringing with it the promise of enhanced efficiency, security and transparency. Moreover, banks in the region are propelling digital developments …

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Austria’s first BPO: Commerzbank’s landmark transaction covered by the specialist press

Commerzbank has reached a milestone in the digitalisation of the trade finance industry, having processed the first Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) deal in Austria. A BPO allows the automatic release of funds between banks based on the matching of electronic data. Companies are increasingly recognising the benefits of the trade instrument, which include faster communication …

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iGTB’s Herber de Ruijter writes in FX-MM about how banks can lead the charge when it comes to digital transformation

iGTB’s Head of Digital for Corporate Banking, Herber de Ruijter, has written an expert piece for FX-MM arguing that APIs and historical client data can enable banks to thrive as the industry undergoes widespread digital transformation. With enriched data offering a comprehensive and granular understanding of their clients’ needs and aims, banks can offer new, business-aware services, …

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BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari discusses how bank-fintech collaboration is creating opportunities for trade in the Middle East in Cash and Trade

Recent years have heralded a new, dynamic “fintech era”. Global investment in fintech has skyrocketed in recent years, yet, the vast majority of fintech investment originates from other regions, with the Middle East only accountable for 0.1% of the global total in 2016. However, fintech companies are increasingly looking at how new innovations can improve …

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Natixis’ Madrid appointment reported in Expansión, Cinco Dias, and Reuters

Following Moorgate’s outreach, leading Spanish business and economics publication Expansión reported on Natixis’ appointment of Claudio Boada as Senior Adviser to the Madrid office. In their print edition, Expansión explains that Boada will help on the continuous expansion of Natixis’ portfolio of clients and assist with the bank’s growth and development plans in the region, alongside Carlos …

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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.



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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