Commerzbank’s Christian Hoppe stresses the value of nurturing fintechs in Euromoney

Banks have not been blind to the rise of financial technology (“FinTech”) start-ups, nor has their approach to the new upstarts been completely characterised by competition. On the contrary, many banks have been encouraging the industry’s growth – setting up “FinTech labs” to nurture start-ups’ expansion for mutual gain. In a new report for Euromoney, …

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ICC UK cited in The Telegraph’s Live Davos blog

In response to Theresa May’s speech at The World Economic Forum in Davos today – as well as her speech earlier this week outlining the Government’s exit strategy – ICC UK’s Chris Southworth has been cited in The Telegraph’s Live Davos feed. Chris comments on the practical aspects regarding the UK’s vision for free trade …

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Increased infrastructure spending and market uncertainty could bolster project finance debt, says S&P Global Ratings

As of June 2016, S&P Global Ratings had rated $159.7 billion of global project finance debt. The majority of the debt is for projects in the U.S. (46%) and Europe (23%), with two thirds rated at investment grade (BBB- and higher). A recent study, published by the S&P Global Fixed Income Research Group, finds that …

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ICC UK’s letter to the Financial Times: UK business must make the case for trade during exit talks

A letter from ICC UK’s Secretary General, Chris Southworth, has been published in the Financial Times. In response to the article, ‘Business should assume a hard Brexit’ – and indications that the UK Government will give up membership to the Single Market – the letter discusses the importance of making the case for free trade …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson explains US energy winners and losers in the age of Trump

The US executive office is soon to have a leader with environmental aims significantly different from those of his predecessor. While the Obama Administration’s energy policies strived to address global warming, President-elect Trump has presented himself as agnostic to the idea of climate change. In Business Green, S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson details how energy …

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Crown Agents Bank addresses the issue of risk-based approaches to AML in Payments Compliance

Taking a risk-based approach to facilitating international financial flows forms a key part of complying with anti-money laundering (AML) regulation – itself essential to combating financial crime. But is maintaining such an approach becoming too costly and complex for international banks? Richard Jones, CEO of Crown Agents Bank, offers his perspectives to specialist magazine, Payments Compliance. In …

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S&P Global Ratings assigns High Speed Rail’s £314 million debt issue ‘A-’

U.K.-based entity High Speed Rail Finance PLC (HSRF) has issued £314 million of senior secured rated debt. S&P Global Ratings has given a long-term ‘A-’ rating and stable outlook to HSRF’s issue, due to the project’s strong stand-alone credit profile. In addition to a lack of construction risk, S&P argues that the project benefits from …

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Deutsche Bank publishes new guide to EU Payment Services Directive 2

Banks and payment providers will need to adapt their systems and processes to comply with the requirements of the new EU Directive on Payment Services (PSD2), according to a new guide published by Deutsche Bank, in collaboration with PPI AG, that explains the directive’s most important provisions, as well as its impact on the operations …

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Marc Kirchhoff explains why Commerzbank’s cash management gets a five-star review in Euromoney

Commerzbank has emerged as a “Five Star Cash Manager for Western Europe 2017” in Euromoney’s Cash Management Survey – which takes into account the opinions of more than 30,000 non-financial corporations. Delving deep into the poll’s results, the article “When quality not quantity counts in cash management” identifies those banks whose people, services and products are the …

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Deutsche Bank’s Andrew Reid in The Paypers: B2B payment innovation is possible only through collaboration

Andrew Reid explains in The Paypers that collaboration is needed for banks to achieve the same level of transformation and convenience in the B2B space that they have already delivered in the retail banking space. In an interview previously published in the B2B Fintech: Payments, Supply Chain Finance & E-invoicing Guide 2016, Reid says that …

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