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.



BNY Mellon’s Margaret Guevara explains how banks are adapting to fintech technology in article for Revista Fortuna

The rapid innovation of financial technology or “fintech” holds enormous potential to reengineer the payments space. And with investment in the sector soaring at an astonishing rate, fintech reach is only expected to grow. For Mexican publication Revista Fortuna, Margaret Guevara, Head of Sales and Relationship Management for Mexico and Central America, BNY Mellon Treasury …

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Falcon Group secures USD$150M securitization from Natixis

Falcon Group has announced the completion of a US$150M securitization of cross-border multi-bank instruments. Natixis, the international corporate, asset management, insurance and financial services arm of Group BPCE, acted as the sole initial purchaser. Falcon will use the additional funding capacity to provide trade finance to mid-cap and large companies. Chris Howarth, CFO of Falcon …

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BPL Global’s Sian Aspinall discusses why insurers need a coordinated voice in TFR interview

In TFR’s 60 second interview, Sian Aspinall, joint managing director of BPL Global, advocates the need for a coordinated voice to represent the Credit and Political Risk Insurance (CPRI) market. Aspinall explains that the foundations of the private market has been built on the basis of policy confidentiality, so their presence has always been overshadowed …

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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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Natixis’ Eric Le Brusq speaks to The Banker on digitisation and structured products

Digitisation and automation are transforming the way banks sell structured investment solutions. In fact, the latest developments see investment banks acting as platforms that enable professional buyers to create and execute their own products to the end client’s objectives. In a special report for the The Banker, Eric Le Brusq, Global Head of Equity Derivatives, comments …

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UniCredit scoops five Euromoney “Awards for Excellence” 2017

Many congratulations to UniCredit, who has been honoured with several prestigious industry awards by the leading global financial publication Euromoney. Announced at a ceremony held at the Tower of London on the 6th July, UniCredit was awarded five of Euromoney’s “Awards for Excellence” 2017: Best Bank in Italy and Croatia, Best in Transaction Services and …

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ICC United Kingdom’s Chris Southworth discussing UK trade negotiations on Sky News

This afternoon, ICC United Kingdom’s Secretary General, Chris Southworth, appeared on Sky News – commenting the importance of transitional arrangements during Brexit negotiations. The interview took place after the Confederation of British Industry strongly urged Government to keep Britain in the single market and customs union until a final Brexit deal with the European Union is …

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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.



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