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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.

Deutsche Bank’s Dave Watson talks cybercrime in Treasury and Risk

Corporate treasurers have already taken significant steps to fortify their cybercrime defences however, chinks in the armour of many treasury departments still remain – mainly in the form of third parties.

Indeed, according to research undertaken by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), whom surveyed more than 300 corporate treasury executives on their existing cybersecurity defence mechanisms, 19% of companies still do not check whether their suppliers use the same methods for identity authentication as they do. They have not, for example, asked whether suppliers have secure email systems to protect confidential information, or whether they offer the ability to check the IP addresses of log-ins to match them with preassigned, or “white-listed” addresses.

Writing in Treasury and Risk, Dave Watson, Deutsche Bank’s Global Head of Digital Cash Products, and Americas Head of Cash Management for Deutsche Bank GTB business, explains how such gaps leave the door open for imposter fraud in which hackers attempt to manipulate payment instructions, either by posing as a supplier and sending fraudulent invoices or by altering the payment instructions of legitimate invoices in order to redirect funds to a different account.

For Watson, avoiding falling victim to such incidents is a matter of working with supply chain partners to jointly tighten security protocols. “Basic steps include ensuring third parties use a secure email system,  including two-factor authentication (or equivalent) to verify that employees of the supplier are who they say they are. In addition, companies should check whether their suppliers track the IP addresses of those entering their treasury management or email systems.”

After all, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

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The Paypers’ B2B Fintech Guide: UniCredit’s Cédric Derras reflects on the instant payments go live in Europe, and considers what the future holds

With instant payments going live across Europe in November 2017,  UniCredit’s Global Head of Cash Management, Cédric Derras, discusses in The Paypers’ new B2B Fintech: Payments, Supply Chain Finance & E-invoicing Guide the lessons learned from the first six months of operation.

Derras explains how results have already exceeded expectations – with instant payments proving popular both in corporate and retail settings, while coverage has already extended to 20 banks from eleven countries.

And although there is still work to be done to ensure a seamless integration with corporate systems and manage issues such as exception handling and reporting, Derras is confident that the stage is set for instant payments to become the norm across Europe and beyond.

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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 Cédric Derras writes in TMI that the European payments landscape is entering a promising new era in 2018

With significant developments such as SWIFT gpi, instant payments, and the Second Payment Services Directive all either coming into play or entering full maturation in the European payments market, Cédric Derras, Global Head of Cash Management at UniCredit, explains in Treasury Management International how these initiatives add up for corporates, who stand to benefit from faster, more efficient, and more tailored services.

To read the full article, go here.

Commerzbank is Global Finance Magazine’s “Best Treasury & Cash Management Provider in Germany for 2018”

Commerzbank has won the magazine’s award for the third year running.

Klaus Josef Mueller, Head of Product Management Trade Finance & Cash Management, comments: “It’s a real honour to be included, yet again, among such a prestigious list of winners, and even more so in the home market. This award reflects our dedication to helping our growing corporate customers in Germany reach their operational potential. Making good on this commitment requires us to be at the cutting edge of treasury and cash management. Clients now expect high-end products and services from their banks to be cloud-based, driven by apps, and digitally secure – and here, we’re the ones raising the bar.”

What were the key lessons learned at Sibos 2017? UniCredit’s Global Co-Head of Trade Finance, and Global Head of Cash Management explore:

Sibos 2017 came and went in a flash. But what were the key messages from the event?

Writing in TMI, Raphael Barisaac, UniCredit’s Global Co-Head of Trade Finance, and Cédric Derras, UniCredit’s Global Head of Cash Management, reflected on the event: “After years of preoccupation with regulation and compliance, the industry is once again gearing up for growth. A number of new services will soon hit the market, and bank-fintech collaboration is the hot topic when it comes to meeting the most challenging client needs”.

They added; “now that Sibos 2017 is over – and ended on a decidedly positive note – we look ahead with optimism to the coming year. Banks are gunning for growth once again and bringing a spate of innovations to the market. This time next year, in Sydney, we may just be saying that clients have never have had it so good.”

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UniCredit’s Cédric Derras discusses the impact of instant payments and PSD2 in The Paypers’ “Online Payments and Ecommerce Market Guide 2017”

With instant payments and the new Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) on Europe’s doorstep, the payments market is undergoing a paradigm shift in how consumers and businesses exchange money. Cédric Derras, Global Head of Cash Management at UniCredit, explains in The Paypers Online Payments and Ecommerce Market Guide 2017 what these developments will mean for corporates and the wider payments community. In order to grasp the opportunities, and avoid any pitfalls, Derras explains that all parties involved will need to be proactive and brace for the transition.

To read this article in full, download the full Guide here and turn to page 111.