In an interview with Finextra, BNY Mellon’s Isabel Schmidt explores the changes in thinking towards ISO 20022 over the last decade

Published in 2010, SWIFT’s guidebook ‘ISO 20022 for Dummies’ presents a useful tool to gauge the changes in thinking toward ISO 20022 over the last decade. In an article with Finextra, Isabel Schmidt, Global Head of Direct Clearing and Asset Account Services, BNY Mellon Treasury Services, explores how assertions and predictions made about the migration have played out over the last decade.

Schmidt explains that while a lot of industry discussions currently focus on payment messages and core cash management messages, “overall thinking has also evolved to embrace the concept that a more robust payment message also provides the basis for major efficiency potential in the pre- and post-payment exception and investigations space.”

Schmidt explores how SWIFT’s first attempts to help banks improve this space dates back over 10 years when the E&I initiative was launched and that unfortunately the initiative lacked a sufficiently robust standard to really enable comprehensive automation of exception workflows.

“This space is now being revisited, based on more structured and more robust payment data which the ISO 20022 standard will provide. This is a considerable incremental efficiency opportunity for banks and a further step towards a much-enhanced client experience end-to-end.”

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The EU’s post-COVID recovery plan could create its own green safe asset, says latest S&P Global Ratings report covered by the specialist press

With leaders due to meet in Brussels on Friday 17th July to discuss the latest proposal for the EU’s post-COVID recovery plan and new long-term budget, the region has the potential to become the main liquidity provider for a green safe asset, according to a report published by S&P Global Ratings.

If the EU carries out a proposal to finance 30% (€225 billion) of its planned €750 billion recovery fund through green bond issuance, it could become also become largest supranational liquidity provider for a green safe asset. A larger pool of green assets would also assist policymakers and central banks achieve their aim of greening the financial system and likely reinforce the international role of the euro as a green currency.

“EU green bond issuance on such a large scale would help respond to a fast-growing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investor base and increase the size of the global green bond market by around 89% compared with total issuance in 2019,” said Marion Amiot, Senior Economist, S&P Global Ratings, and author of the report.

Following outreach by Moorgate-Finn Partners, the report was covered by: International Financing Review, Institutional Asset Manager, Chief Investment Officer, ESG Clarity, Expert Investor Europe, DevDiscourse, Scottish Financial Review, Opalesque and Global Capital, The Washington Post and Environment Analyst  here and here.

Specialist press covers RiskFirst’s hire of seasoned industry professional Tarik Ben-Saud

RiskFirst has announced the appointment of Tarik Ben-Saud, who has been hired in an advisory capacity to support and accelerate the development of RiskFirst’s front office investment management capabilities, including the roll-out of its fixed income and LDI attribution application, PFaroeAttribution. Ben-Saud has 30 years’ investment management experience, including senior roles at Blackrock and Insight Investment.

The news was covered by Private Equity Wire, Global Banking & Finance Review, Financial IT, Fintech Finance, Fintech Zoom and Yahoo Finance.

RiskFirst discusses the role of technology in pension risk management in Benefits and Pensions Monitor magazine

Today, assets and liabilities are changing in more complex ways and being impacted by more factors, making effective risk management far more challenging – and far more crucial. In Benefits and Pensions Monitor, Matthew Seymour, CEO of RiskFirst, explains how, with the right technology tools, advisors and asset managers can be equipped to help plans identify and understand their needs; make optimized decisions on how risk can be best managed; and capture opportunities to maximize their investment strategies.

To read the full article, please click here and turn to page 27

BRI is a lesson in patience for financial institutions, says Commerzbank in The Asset

Writing for The Asset, Commerzbank’s Agnes Vargas and Hans Krohn assess the opportunities that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) may bring for Europe’s small- and medium-sized enterprises, and how they can engage with the project.

While the “first phase” of the BRI – the construction of large-scale infrastructure – largely excludes SMEs across Central Europe, it is the “second phase” – financing and trade opportunities along these revived trading corridors – for which international financial institutions should be preparing.

Given the enormity and volume of the infrastructure projects defining the first phase, it is likely to be some years until these projects will link to enable the second phase’s transcontinental trade flow. So for the time being, European SMEs should treat the BRI as a lesson in patience. In the meantime, advise Vargas and Krohn, financial institutions should take advantage of the time they have to prepare.

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Natixis, Sole Structuring Bank and Sole Lead Arranger of the first issue of renewable energy asset backed securities “REBS”, covered by the specialist press

Natixis acted as Sole Structuring Bank and Sole Arranger for the first issue of asset backed securities (ABS) backed by a portfolio of renewable energy plants (REBS) sponsored by Glennmont Partners, for a total amount of EUR 51.5 million (USD 58m).

The proceeds of the issue have been applied to acquire a portfolio of project finance loan agreements disbursed to finance or refinance the construction of eight wind farms totalling 52 MW and six solar photovoltaic (PV) plants with a combined capacity of 14.4 MW.

The news was covered by reNEWS, Energy Rev, Renewables Now, PFI, Private Equity Wire, TXF, MfDowJones, Citywire, Investire, Energia & Mercato, Il Sole 24 Ore, Il Messaggero, Il Giornale.

Natixis’ Global Head of Aviation Gareth John interviewed in Airfinance Journal

In an interview with Airfinance Journal, Gareth John, Natixis’ Managing Director and Global Head of Aviation, says the bank is looking to become more of a “strategic partner” and less of a “transactional lender” to its clients.

In addition to covering Natixis’ own strategy within the industry, Gareth discusses transaction trends and outlook on the market. He foresees a gradual decline in the health of the industry over the next 12 to 18 months, but says this is more of a correction than a downturn.

To read the full article, please click here (please note the paywall)

Natixis appoints Emmanuel Verhoosel as Global Head of Real Estate & Hospitality, covered by the specialist press

Natixis has appointed Emmanuel Verhoosel as Natixis’ new Global Head of Real Estate & Hospitality for Corporate & Investment Banking.

The appointment aligns within Natixis’ New Dimension strategic plan and its aim to become a “go-to” bank for the sector in Corporate Investment Banking. Emmanuel will report to Olivier Delay, Global Head of Real Assets, and will be based in Paris.

The news was covered in IFR, Global Banking and Finance Review, Real Estate Finance & Investment, Property EU.

Natixis sells business lines to Groupe BPCE, covered by tier one press

Natixis plans to sell its Consumer financing, Factoring, Leasing, Sureties & guarantees and Securities services businesses to its majority owner Groupe BPCE SA, for a total of €2.7bn.

The move, if successfully completed, will allow Natixis to accelerate the development of its asset-light model. In turn, Natixis would invest up to €2.5bn over its New Dimension strategic plan, primarily in asset management, compared with €1bn initially planned.

The news was covered by The Financial Times, Reuters, IFR, Globesnewswire, Law 360, Yahoo Finance, New York Times, Market Watch, This is money, CNBC, Euroinvestor, Post Online Media, Investsize.

RiskFirst quoted in P&I feature examining how evolving technology is key to improving efficiencies in asset servicing

In a special report on AI and technology in operations by P&I, Matthew Seymour, CEO of RiskFirst, describes some of the challenges of technology adoption and standardisation in the asset servicing industry. The report examines how the ongoing development of technologies – such as blockchain and AI – could not only drive efficiencies but also serve as a catalyst, encouraging all market participants to speak the same transactional language.

Seymour noted, however, that “cooperation among major players in the industry isn’t a given”. He said: “The biggest challenge is the vested interest of financial services market participants. Accepting AI will require some to change their businesses. Right now, the collection of data is a real gold mine for some companies. Their concern about maintaining or growing their data businesses, at the same time as AI and blockchain, will make data more accessible to everyone, will make the adoption of new technology more measured while firms assess how this will affect their business models. It’s not just technology adapting to business, but business adapting to technology.”

To read the full article, please click here. (Please note, this article lies behind a paywall).