Shared service centres (SSCs) are expanding in scope - particularly as ongoing economic challenges encourage the pursuit of cost and process inefficiencies. Citi recently hosted a Shared Service Centre Forum, bringing together market experts from a cross-section of industries to discuss the opportunities and challenges at hand. Read more ...
In order to achieve greater financing flexibility the group extended its current bank facility and then reviewed its portfolio. When the bank financing was almost complete Willis launched a waterfall tender for its bonds - with an outstandingly successful result.
SEPA brings both challenges and opportunities. While some of the theoretical advantages, such as reducing bank relationships, may be less realistic for some companies than others, this should not obscure the genuine advantages that SEPA can offer to multinational businesses.
Many treasurers still see SCF as a single point solution - however, it is actually a multi-facet challenge that requires the involvement of various functions and stakeholders.
A global standardisation body should act as the main hub of the system, making sure that configurations are applied to the various banking systems and data are exchanged in pre-defined uniform standard.
The problem of how to best manage foreign exchange volatility has plagued multinational companies for decades, and is often cited as one of the top concerns amongst treasurers.
TMI talk to Neal Livingston about his perceptions and aspirations in his new role as Head of EMEA Global Transaction Services (GTS) at RBS.
DONG Energy's Group Treasurer explains the benefits gained by abandoning hedge accounting in favour of a hedging strategy that was more closely aligned to the needs of the business, and implementing a new income reporting strategy.
While some countries within the region are becoming better suited for in-house banking, there are others that are unable to support this type of model. Careful consideration should also be paid to changing regulatory requirements.