Category Archive: Transaction Banking

UniCredit’s preparations for multinational roll-out of instant payments covered by specialist press

UniCredit and EBA Clearing have announced that UniCredit has started testing with RT1, EBA Clearing’s pan-European, real-time payments platform. This test phase is a key milestone for UniCredit in its preparations to roll out euro instant payment products to its customer base across Europe. UniCredit is one of the first banks preparing to make real-time …

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UniCredit’s Luca Corsini in TMI leader article on how corporates are set to benefit from transaction bank evolution

A convergence of trends in the global trade environment is spurring many transaction banks to action: many previously thriving geographies are seeing reduced demand for trade finance, traditional bank-mediated trade finance instruments are declining in use while open account transactions wax rise, and necessary regulatory pressure are adding further costs onto many banks’ books. Luca …

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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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“A lack of clarity over FTR 2015 could harm payment flows” writes Deutsche Bank’s Stefan Fruschki for Global Banking and Finance Review

To strengthen the European payments industry’s efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, the EU Funds Transfer Regulation 2015 (FTR 2015) came into effect on 26th June 2017. There is more to FTR 2015 than meets the eye, however. Concerns are mounting that FTR’s obligations are, in places, open to interpretation. Writing for Global Banking and …

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FTR 2015’s regulatory success relies on further industry collaboration, writes Deutsche Bank’s Christian Westerhaus for Money Laundering Bulletin

Last month, the EU Funds Transfer Regulation 2015 (FTR 2015) – which aims to ensure the full traceability of payments – came into effect. Helping to prevent and detect illicit financial transactions, FTR 2015 implements the updated international anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) recommendations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and, therefore, …

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Writing for FX-MM, Deutsche Bank’s Stefan Fruschki highlights the challenges arising from new funds transfer regulation

Applicable since 26th June 2017, the EU Funds Transfer Regulation 2015 (FTR 2015) broadens and revises the information requirements that transactions involving EU or EEA-based payment service providers (PSP) must comply with. The regulation enables the region’s regulators to better trace transfers of funds – and thereby contributes to the prevention, detection and investigation of …

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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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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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