Category Archive: Transaction Banking

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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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.



Writing for Finextra, Deutsche Bank’s Christian Westerhaus believes clarity over EU FTR 2015 is needed

Effective since 26th June 2017, the EU Funds Transfer Regulation 2015 (FTR 2015) sets out to ensure the traceability of payments transactions, which is a powerful tool in the prevention, detection, and investigation of money laundering and terrorist financing. But with its implementation comes unexpected hurdles for payment service providers (PSPs). Writing for Finextra, Christian …

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Europe’s “Best Trade Bank”: Commerzbank builds its track record in TFR’s awards

Commerzbank has been recognised by leading specialist publication Trade & Forfaiting Review as the “Best Trade Bank in Europe”. The accolade is the latest in a series of successes for Commerzbank in the magazine’s “Excellence in Trade Awards“, having taken the German title in 2016. Commerzbank’s Alexandre Bessy, Vice President, Advisor Trade Services, takes home the prize.



Deutsche Bank’s Christian Schaefer discusses requirements ahead of PSD2’s effective date with Euromoney

  The second “European Directive on Payment Services in the Internal Market”, commonly referred to as PSD2, offers ample opportunities for Third Party Providers (TPPs) to innovate the traditional banking sphere – by bringing them under greater regulatory scrutiny. Interviewed by Euromoney, Christian Schaefer, Deutsche Bank’s Head of Payments, Cash Management Corporates, outlines TPP’s requirements …

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UniCredit’s Jan Kupfer and Claudio Camozzo on bank-fintech collaboration in Finance Digest

With banks and fintechs both bringing a raft of new innovations to the industry, how these two parties co-exist in today’s environment remains a key question. While some banks may have seen fintechs as a threat, many are now trying to learn from their innovative mindsets and agile setups. Collaboration is now being viewed as the preferred approach, with banks …

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Deutsche Bank publishes new whitepaper outlining the incoming EU Funds Transfer Regulation

Financial institutions and regulators require a common understanding of the EU Funds Transfer Regulation 2015’s (FTR 2015) revised scope and implications before its effective date or else they risk disruptions to transaction flows. This is according to Deutsche Bank’s newly-published whitepaper, “Funds Transfer Regulation 2015: a regional regulation with a global impact”. Applicable from 26 …

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Vietnam and Myanmar should diversify beyond Chinese trade, suggests Commerzbank’s Agnes Vargas in Trade and Forfaiting Review

In a relatively short space of time, Vietnam has emerged from a history of conflict, partition and poverty to become an industrialised, exporting powerhouse. The economy grew by 6.2% last year, and is likely to expand by a further 6.7% in 2017. Following closely in Vietnam’s footsteps is Myanmar. One year on from the election …

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UniCredit’s Luca Corsini explains in GTR how transaction bank evolution is good news for corporates

The current challenging environment in global trade is compelling transaction banks to re-examine client relationships, improve efficiency and step up innovation to remain competitive and future proof their business models. Luca Corsini, Global Head of Trade Finance at UniCredit and new Global GTB Co-Head starting from August, explains in GTR that despite the impetus, it’s …

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iGTB’s Tapan Agarwal cited in Global Trade Review cover story on “regtech”

Tapan Agarwal, product council head at iGTB, has been cited in the cover story of the latest issue of Global Trade Review, speaking on the subject of “regtech” – the use of technology to resolve regulatory issues and manage compliance risk. Agarwal discusses iGTB’s DDIQ engine – developed by OutsideIQ – which uses artificial intelligence to undertake due diligence. DDIQ …

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