David Pitts joins Crown Agents Bank’s IDO team as senior advisor

Crown Agents Bank is delighted to announce that David Pitts has joined the bank’s International Development Organisations (IDO) team as Senior Advisor. Joining from Ecobank, Pitts brings a wealth of experience – including his work with international donors, development finance institutions (DFIs), the United Nations and major NGOs – as well as a passion for …

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Natixis Payments introduce France’s first Instant Payments initiative – covered in specialist pres

Through Natixis Payments, Groupe BPCE has become the first banking group in France to offer Instant Payments to its customers. Whether used for real-time compensation of insurance losses, flight purchases in Europe or inclusion in mobile banking services, account-to-account payments within 10 seconds are now accessible in France for Natixis Payments and Natixis Assurances customers. …

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RiskFirst examines pension plan de-risking strategies in Pensions and Investments

Many US pension plans typically opt for one of two de-risking methods: either hibernation – creating a low risk liability driven investment portfolio, or termination – removing all risk through a combination of retiree annuity buyouts and bulk lump sum offerings to terminated vested participants. However, as even those opting for hibernation will have to …

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Natixis’ Chief Economist for Asia Pacific discusses Europe’s role in trade war with Cinco Días.

Featured in Cinco Días, the oldest financial and business newspaper in Spain, Alicia García Herrero, Natixis Chief Economist for Asia Pacific, discussed how the ECB’s delay in raising interest rates represents an opportunity for stock markets and European companies to win in the commercial trade war. Ultimately, the trade war is strategic, not tactical, says …

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Tradeteq’s Michael Boguslavsky on how machine learning can improve credit scoring for SMEs in TRF News

Michael Boguslavsky, head of AI at Tradeteq, and author of a newly-released whitepaper, “Machine Learning Credit Analytics for Trade Finance”, has written a commentary for Trade & Receivables Finance News where he discusses how machine learning techniques, combined with broader and deeper company data, can dramatically improve credit scoring for SMEs. Current scoring methods – such as forms …

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ICC United Kingdom Secretary General discusses benefits of Heathrow expansion and infrastructure investment in BBC Business Live interview

Speaking to BBC Business Live, Chris Southworth, ICC Secretary General, explains that the expansion of Heathrow Airport and approval of a third runway was exactly what British businesses needed to remain competitive, especially following Brexit. Countering claims that investment should have gone to regional airports instead, Southworth said it was not a case of “either …

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ICC United Kingdom Secretary General discusses the need for updated digital trade rules in the latest issue of World Trade Matters

Writing for the Institute of Export and International Trade’s professional journal, World Trade Matters, Chris Southworth, ICC United Kingdom Secretary General, explains why digital trade rules – which haven’t been updated at the WTO since 1998 – should be reformed at the international level. Digital trade is key to enabling SME growth and access to …

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Untapped potential: UniCredit’s Holger Frank and Siow Chin Yeo discuss Asia’s emerging trade asset market for The Asian Banker

Asia’s estimated $600 billion trade finance gap is an enduring problem – but supporting and facilitating a sophisticated secondary market for trade finance assets may be, at least part of, the solution. UniCredit’s Holger Frank, Head of Global Transaction Banking and Financial Institutions Group, Asia Pacific, and Siow Chin Yeo, Head of Trade Finance, Asia …

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Falcon Group launches Falcon Bridging Finance Limited

Leading specialist financier Falcon Group have launched Falcon Bridging Finance Limited, the first publicly-rated bridging finance lender in the UK. Falcon Bridging Finance will offer a range of non-regulated products for both the residential and commercial property sectors – offering bridging loans of up to £10 million, and a loan-to-value (LTV) of up to 75%. …

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News of BPL Global opening its doors in Geneva covered by the specialist press

BPL Global – the leading specialist credit and political risk insurance broker – recently announced the opening of a new branch in Geneva. Philippine de Villèle (left) re-joins from UBS to head the office. With a focus on developing new relationships with Swiss-based banks, traders, NGOs and other potential clients, the branch will also act …

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