Natixis joins blockchain platform for commodities trade finance, komga SA, covered by tier one, specialist press

Natixis has joined a new venture, komgo SA, a blockchain platform set to digitalise the trade and commodities finance sector. The venture, founded by Natixis and 14 of the world’s other largest institutions, aims to build an innovative, open and efficient network within commodity trading, optimising the flow of physical commodity operations.

The platform will be developed in partnership with ConsenSys, the largest formation of technologists and entrepreneurs building applications, infrastructure, and solutions on the Ethereum network.

The news was covered by the Financial Times, BloombergReuters, TXF, Fintech FuturesCoin Telegraph, Block Tribune, Ledger Insights, Coin Rivet, Finextra, Coindesk, Bitcoin Magazine, Crypto Vest, ETH News

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.”

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ANZ and ICC Banking Commission’s Mark Evans quoted on the impact of blockchain on trade finance in The Banker

In an article for The Banker, Mark Evans – member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission Executive Committee and ‎Managing Director, transaction banking, at ANZ – comments on the benefits of blockchain in trade finance.

Evans says that Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) “enables every participant in the chain to be able to see all transactions or touch points in one ‘block’ of information. This provides a high level of visibility and transparency to the progress of the transaction.”

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BNY Mellon’s Dino Sani examines how regtech could impact Latin American banks in BNamericas

In a commentary article for BNamericas, Dino Sani, Head of Treasury Services Latin America, discusses how regulation technology – or “regtech” – can enhance regulatory processes in Latin American banking. He examines the challenges banks are facing due to heightened compliance demands, the growing interest in regtech across the industry, and how regtech tools such as AI and blockchain technology could help to decrease compliance costs and improve efficiency.

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thyssenkrupp trades an FX forward over blockchain with Commerzbank

The first such transaction involving a large German company, Commerzbank’s €500,000 deal was covered by ReutersBanking Technology, The Trade, IBS Intelligence, coindesk, 4-traders, Blockchain News, The Blockchain, CoinShot, Blockshapers, The Paypers, Cypto Currency News, RTT News, coinzdaily, Econotimes Blockchain Revolution, Cryptocy News, Bitnews Today, Coin Telegraph, cryptovest, Finextra and Profit & Loss.

Deutsche Bank’s Andreas Hauser reflects on SWIFT’s DLT testing for Banking Technology

The recent completion of SWIFT’s ground-breaking proof of concept (PoC), which tested the application and potential of distributed ledger technology (DLT) for nostro reconcilitation, has given the 34 financial institutions involved, amongst them being Deutsche Bank, much to consider. The blockchain technology was tested in a sandbox environment throughout 2017 and proved it can, as expected, help to deliver real-time liquidity monitoring and reconciliation. This said, the effective application of the technology is largely dependent on, and thus limited by, a bank’s existing system infrastructure and business models.

Reflecting on the results of the PoC in discussion with Banking Technology, Andreas Hauser, Senior Business Product Manager for Intraday Liquidity Management, Cash Management, Deutsche Bank, assesses that “DLT shows promise [but] unanswered questions remain”, particularly regarding the “considerable prerequisites” involved in adopting the program.

Hauser also points out that “what really drives value for nostro real-time liquidity monitoring and reconciliation isn’t the blockchain technology itself”: similar results could be achieved by connecting the pre-existing systems of the provider and user via APIs.  Hauser concludes that “the clearest benefits are expected for financial institutions – typically medium-sized, regional banks of investment firms – with a higher dependency on nostro services”.

Read the full article at Banking Technology here.

Blockchain-based trade shifts up a gear: Commerzbank and Audi drive progress with the Batavia platform

Commerzbank has successfully executed its first pilot transactions for corporate clients, including Audi, with Batavia – the blockchain-based trade finance platform supported by IBM and other major banks. The transactions facilitated the export to Spain of cars from Germany and textiles from Austria.

BNY Mellon examines the rise of real-time payments in The Paypers

Writing for The Paypers’ 2018 edition of its “B2B Fintech: Payments, Supply Chain Finance and E-Invoicing Market Guide”, BNY Mellon’s Karen Braithwaite, Head of Global Product Management, Treasury Services and Carl Slabicki, Director, Immediate Payments, Treasury Services, discuss the momentum behind the adoption of real-time payments (RTP) across the world.

Sparked by client demand for a payment service that meets modern expectations for speed, together with technological advancements and the influx of fintechs entering the marketplace, countries across the globe are transforming their domestic transaction capabilities by implementing new real-time payment rails. What’s more, with the potential for such systems to be connected to other initiatives, such as SWIFT gpi, blockchain technology, ISO 20022 standardisation and mobile transactions, there is scope for added reach, efficiencies and value that could further revolutionise the payments sector.

To read The Paypers’ “B2B Fintech: Payments, Supply Chain Finance and E-Commerce Market Guide”, please click here. The article is featured on pp. 34-35.

It’s here: Commerzbank’s latest issue of FI.News

The spring issue of Commerzbank’s interactive financial institutions newsletter is out now. It brings together all the major cash and trade finance updates in a range of exclusive articles and interviews.

See how evolving technology can further transform the trade finance industry, prepare for important updates at SWIFT, get ready for the impact of new developments in the payments sector, and learn why Commerzbank is convinced of the need to invest in the future.

In the magazine’s spotlight features on emerging markets, learn from Commerzbank’s regional experts about Pakistan’s increasing integration into the global economy, and the challenges facing the nations of Southern Africa. Explore the reasons behind newfound optimism in Uzbekistan – and discover how Commerzbank’s close partnership with a local bank eases the flow of trade in the country.

Moorgate has produced FI.News since 2013.

UniCredit’s Thomas Dusch considers how blockchain will impact German corporates in Corporate Finance magazine

Amid the hype surrounding blockchain technology, discussions of how it can bring value to corporates have often been vague and speculative. Yet as the technology matures and use cases become more concrete, a clearer picture is emerging of how it could shape the everyday work of corporate treasuries. Writing in Corporate Finance, UniCredit’s Deputy Global Head of Global Transaction Banking, Thomas Dusch, explains how German corporates can take advantage of this exciting new technology.

To read the full article please click here (article in German).