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Bank of Singapore Officially Launches European Wealth Management Subsidiary

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 aprile 2019

Bank of Singapore, the private banking arm of Southeast Asia’s second largest financial services group OCBC Bank, officially launched its wealth management subsidiary, BOS Wealth Management Europe S.A. (“BOSWM”) that further positions Bank of Singapore to capture opportunities in Europe.This ushers in a new growth phase to its presence in Europe which has the largest population of ultra-high net worth individuals in 2018 worldwide – 35% of the global population – with an expected increase of 24% over the next five years1.
Heading the Luxembourg-headquartered subsidiary is Chief Executive Officer Mr Anthony Adriano Simcic. Ms Liz Bottomley is the General Manager of the UK branch of BOSWM, based in London, reporting to Mr Simcic.BOSWM presently has 30 employees across its Luxembourg and London offices and plans to continue hiring strategically.
On 1 April 2019, BOSWM held the official opening of the business in Luxembourg, officiated by the Finance Minister of Luxembourg Mr Pierre Gramegna. Singapore’s High Commissioner to the UK Ms Foo Chi Hsia graced the opening of BOSWM’s UK branch in London on 2 April 2019.
Mr Samuel Tsien, the Group Executive Officer of Bank of Singapore’s parent company, OCBC Bank, Ching Wei Hong, Chief Operating Officer of OCBC Bank and Chairman of Bank of Singapore, and Bahren Shaari, Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Singapore, as well as 400 guests were present at both events.Commenting on the official launch of BOSWM, Bank of Singapore Chief Executive Officer, Mr Bahren Shaari, said, “This is an important milestone for Bank of Singapore. Europe has always been an integral part of our business. The setting up of BOS Wealth Management Europe in two leading financial hubs further deepens our commitment to serving the ultra-high and high net worth individuals in this region.”
Luxembourg’s Minister of Finance, Mr. Pierre Gramegna, said, “The launch of BOS Wealth Management Europe is an important occasion. It is the first Singapore financial institution to establish a presence in Luxembourg. The fact that Bank of Singapore has chosen to set up its European hub in the Grand Duchy confirms Luxembourg’s role as one of Europe’s leading wealth and asset management centres.” Prior to the set-up of BOSWM, Bank of Singapore had been serving its European clients from its Singapore headquarters and through its parent company OCBC Bank’s London office.

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U.S. Bank Unveils New Brand Advertising Campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 aprile 2019

Hard work in the small, everyday moments can lead to achieving the most important goals in a person’s life, with the support of U.S. Bank as the right financial partner.So says a new brand advertising campaign the company will launch nationally next week. Initially appearing on major network channels during prime viewing hours, the new look, feel and message will make its way across U.S. Bank’s physical and digital footprint shortly thereafter.The new campaign replaces The Power of Possible, which has been running in select markets since 2016.“Our ‘Power of Possible’ campaign was a great start to help us think about how we are central to our customers’ lives,” said Beth McDonnell, chief marketing officer. “This new campaign demonstrates how we are there at the in-between life moments, too. Having a goal – and support from the right partner – helps you bring your vision to life.” A total of six new spots will run during the life of the campaign and will feature stories about customers working toward their goals with persistence and determination. The robust national TV/video advertising effort will be supplemented by banner ads, social media, radio and print. Customer stories will be featured in print issues and digitally with Money, PEOPLE, Parents and REAL SIMPLE telling real stories of how U.S. Bank has helped customers navigate those “in-between” moments toward achieving their goals.

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Signature Bank Announces Availability of Materials for 2019 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 marzo 2019

Signature Bank (Nasdaq:SBNY), a New York-based full-service commercial bank, announced today the Bank’s proxy materials for its 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are now available and also can be viewed via the Internet.The record date for determination of shareholders entitled to vote at the annual meeting is February 27, 2019. A proxy statement with more information will be sent to shareholders of record along with a 2018 Annual Report. Both documents will be available for viewing through the investor relations section of Signature Bank’s website at http://www.signatureny.com. Signature Bank’s 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) at The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street, New York, NY, 10017, (212) 661-9600.
Signature Bank, member FDIC, is a New York-based full-service commercial bank with 31 private client offices throughout the New York metropolitan area and Connecticut as well as San Francisco. The Bank’s growing network of private client banking teams serves the needs of privately owned businesses, their owners and senior managers.Signature Bank’s specialty finance subsidiary, Signature Financial, LLC, provides equipment finance and leasing. Signature Securities Group Corporation, a wholly owned Bank subsidiary, is a licensed broker-dealer, investment adviser and member FINRA/SIPC, offering investment, brokerage, asset management and insurance products and services.Signature Bank recently introduced its revolutionary, blockchain-based digital payments platform, Signet™, enabling real-time payments for its commercial clients. The Signet Platform allows the Bank’s commercial clients to make payments in U.S. dollars, 24/7/365, safely and securely, without transaction fees. Signature Bank is the first FDIC-insured bank to launch a blockchain-based digital payments platform, and Signet is the first such platform to be approved for use by the NYS Department of Financial Services. Signature Bank is one of the top 40 largest banks in the U.S., based on deposits (S&P Global Market Intelligence).

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Northern Trust Establishes EU Bank in Luxembourg and Celebrates 50 Years in EMEA

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 marzo 2019

Northern Trust (Nasdaq: NTRS) has today established its EU bank in Luxembourg, marking a significant milestone in the expansion of the company’s 50-year presence across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).The establishment of Northern Trust Global Services Societas Europaea (NTGS SE) underscores Northern Trust’s strategic focus and growth strategy in continental Europe. Headquartered in Luxembourg and with branches in the UK, Netherlands, Sweden and Abu Dhabi, Northern Trust’s EU bank will ensure continuity of the financial institution’s global products and services after the UK leaves the European Union. Northern Trust’s EMEA headquarters will remain in London, UK
Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has a global presence with offices in 20 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and across 23 locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of December 31, 2018, Northern Trust had assets under custody/administration of US$10.1 trillion, and assets under management of US$1.1 trillion. For more than 125 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation.

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ACI Worldwide Propels National Bank of Kuwait to Become Country’s First Bank to Implement SWIFT gpi

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 gennaio 2019

ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a leading global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, today announced that National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) has successfully launched SWIFT Global Payments Innovation (gpi) services for its customers, utilizing the built-in gpi capabilities that are integrated into ACI’s flexible, global payments engine. NBK customers can now benefit from same day transfer and use of funds, reduced timelines and greater transparency.NBK, a pioneering bank in Kuwait and the Middle East and a long-time ACI customer, achieved the milestone through upgrading its existing implementation; joining a growing global gpi community that now includes nearly 300 banks. SWIFT gpi has quickly become the new de facto standard in global payments, with member banks able to send and receive funds quickly and securely to anyone, anywhere in the world, with full transparency over where a payment is at any given moment. With the new integration, NBK continues to strengthen its position to develop value-add services for customers that leverage the enriched data available as part of the new format.ACI Worldwide, the first certified vendor of SWIFT gpi solutions and a SWIFT partner for more than twenty years, enables banks around the world to take full advantage of real-time, cross-border payment opportunities with a direct connection into the SWIFT central database to monitor inbound and outbound gpi transactions. The gpi Data Service and gpi Connect capabilities are available as part of ACI’s UP Real-Time Payments solution and ACI Money Transfer System.“Effectively leveraging the richer data of SWIFT gpi messages will allow NBK to further optimize the customer experience and differentiate against competitors,” said Craig Ramsey, Head of Real-Time Payments, ACI Worldwide. “NBK now delivers customers greater transparency and traceability in cross-border transactions, which facilitates better communication and reconciliation for the bank’s customers.” “NBK is committed to maintaining its leading position in Kuwait through ongoing technological innovations – and this means improving efficiency and adopting the latest advancements to offer better services to customers through the implementation of SWIFT gpi,” said Mohammed Al-Khorafi, General Manager – Operations Group, NBK. “ACI’s certified gpi module enabled us to configure ACI’s Money Transfer System and lead as the first bank in Kuwait, and one of the first in the wider MENA region, to become a SWIFT gpi member bank.”

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RES Announces Regulatory Approval of Pennsylvania’s First Bat Conservation Bank

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 dicembre 2018

RES, the nation’s largest environmental solutions provider, has received approval from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) for Pennsylvania’s first bat conservation bank. It is also the state’s first species conservation bank, and represents several years of close coordination with the USFWS to define and create greater certainty and predictability for projects requiring bat habitat mitigation.To create the Pennsylvania Statewide Bat Conservation Bank, RES coordinated with the USFWS Pennsylvania field office over the course of three years to select a site, develop a crediting methodology, and finalize the first endangered species conservation banking instrument in the State.The bank is located within the known range of the Indiana bat and includes more than 438 contiguous acres of high quality habitat used by two Indiana bat maternity colonies. Although Indiana bats have experienced significant population declines due to a malady known as white-nose syndrome, the Indiana bat maternity colonies in Washington and Greene Counties persist.“Conservation banking creates a collaborative incentive-based approach where habitat for listed species is treated as an asset rather than a liability,” said Elliott Bouillion, President and CEO of RES. “By permanently protecting high-quality forested habitat in a critical Indiana bat habitat zone, the bank provides an advanced compensatory mitigation mechanism to support economic development while complying with the Endangered Species Act and the relevant federal mitigation initiatives.”“The conservation bank provides high-quality, self-sustaining bat habitat to offset statewide impacts to the federally listed Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and its habitat in a biologically significant area,” said Dr. Alex Silvis, Ecologist and Qualified Bat Biologist for RES.The maternity area includes three partially conjoined maternity colonies consisting of primary and alternate roost trees and the surrounding 2.5-3-mile foraging habitat (USFWS 2016). Acoustic surveys on the site indicate the likely presence of 8 bat species in addition to Indiana bats, including Northern long-eared (Myotis septentrionalis) and Tri-colored bats (Perimyotis subflavus).In addition to providing extremely high-quality bat habitat, the bank site abuts two known Biodiversity areas identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and hosts the only known Mixed-Mesophysic Forest Target Plant Community (an extremely rich terrestrial community type on deep soils in protected concave coves or lower slopes) in Greene County, PA.

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Italian banks’ asset-quality trends positive through 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 settembre 2018

Scope has long indicated that it views the large stock of Italian non-performing exposures (NPEs) as a legacy issue, and manageable for most Italian banks. From their peak, NPEs had declined by a quarter to EUR 258bn by March 2018. In a report out today, Scope says the rapid decline in NPEs will continue and expects gross sector NPEs to fall to around EUR 200bn by the end of 2018 and below EUR 150bn in 2019.Just as growth in 2017 was driven by UniCredit’s EUR 17bn Project Fino portfolio sale, 2018 has seen several mega-deals, including the EUR 24bn GACS-assisted NPL securitisation by MPS; the EUR 18bn NPL sale by the Venetian banks to SGA; and the EUR 10.8bn transaction between Intesa and Intrum. BPM and UBI also completed sizeable transactions (EUR5.1bn and EUR3.5bn, respectively), and several smaller banks transacted significant deals.
Intesa (A, Stable) and UniCredit (A, Stable) have both published business plans which explicitly include NPE reduction as a strategic priority and they have already executed significant actions aimed at such reductions. Both banks are rapidly progressing towards their asset-quality targets and will in Scope’s view over-deliver.In Q2 2018, Intesa reported a gross NPE ratio of 9.3% (net NPE ratio 4.6%). That’s already half way to the long-term target in the first six months of the bank’s four-year plan.UniCredit is only midway through Transform 2019, initially presented in December 2016. Since then, it has improved on its targets twice: in December 2017 it revised down its 2019 NPE ratio target to 7.8% (from 8.4%) and in the Q2 2018 results presentation it slightly reduced the 2018 target for non-core run-down to EUR 19bn from EUR 19.2bn. The run-down of non-core should be completed by 2021.Troiano added a general note of caution, however: “There are some clouds on the horizon, mostly related to policy uncertainty following the March elections,” he said.However, the renewal of the GACS scheme until March 2019 will likely continue to support the market in the last quarter of the year and into the beginning of 2019, according to Scope.On the political front, the agreement between League and M5S seeks to undo a series of reforms that Scope had deemed positive. Specific to banks, the government agreement mentions the suppression of any regulation that allows action against debtors without court authorisation. This would lengthen NPE recovery time and probably lower recovery rates for banks. The roll-back of pension reform is another key point of the government agreement.On top of this, the macroeconomic outlook has softened: in July, the Bank of Italy cut its GDP growth forecast for 2018 from 1.5% to 1.3%, and for 2019 from 1.2% to 1.0%. If the uncertainty has a more prolonged impact on growth, banks could be looking at a new wave of credit deterioration while also reducing investor appetite for NPE sales.

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Signature Bank Appoints Two Teams to Its New San Francisco Banking Office

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 settembre 2018

Signature Bank (Nasdaq: SBNY), a New York-based full-service commercial bank, announced today the appointment of two private client banking teams, based at its San Francisco office on 201 Mission Street.Dale Zeigler and Sumiko Sheaffer were each named Group Director – Senior Vice President and will lead their own teams. These banking professionals previously worked with Joe Petitti, Signature Bank’s Head of West Coast Operations.Zeigler brings 33 years of commercial banking experience to his new role, with more than 20 years spent in the San Francisco market. Prior to joining Signature Bank, Zeigler was Vice President and Principal Business Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco for 12 years, where he managed the financial needs of a large portfolio of middle market companies across various industries, including non-profit organizations. Earlier, Zeigler was Senior Vice President and Business Banking Manager at Business Bank of California (South San Francisco) and Assistant Vice President in Commercial Lending for The Pacific Bank in San Francisco.Sheaffer has 32 years of banking experience, 27 of which were spent at MUFG Union Bank, N.A. in San Francisco. Most recently, she served as Vice President and Relationship Manager in Asian Corporate Banking. In this role, Sheaffer managed U.S. subsidiaries of foreign corporations. Sheaffer was instrumental in acquiring large corporate accounts and building international banking relationships. She also held the previous role of Vice President and Relationship Manager for San Francisco Business Banking at MUFGJoining Zeigler’s team are Sergey Shikhvarg, named Associate Group Director and Charlotte Elopre, who was appointed to the post of Senior Client Associate-Officer.Most recently, Shikhvarg was a Vice President and Senior Commercial Relationship Manager at Bridge Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank in San Francisco, where he managed commercial banking relationships. His banking career began at Wells Fargo as a Vice President and Principal Business Relationship Manager for San Francisco Business Banking.
Elopre, with 13 years of banking-related experience, worked with Zeigler at Wells Fargo in San Francisco as a Business Associate II, supporting business relationship managers. She also was a Personal Banker II for Wells Fargo’s Alameda, Calif. branch, and Assistant Branch Manager as well as Personal Banker for Wells Fargo’s San Leandro, Calif. branch.

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Strategic Review of Catella Bank

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 giugno 2018

In order to ensure that Catella Bank’s various operations get the best possible conditions for development, and to achieve operational efficiency and optimized capital structure for the Catella Group, a strategic review has been initiated.Currently, consolidation is taking place in Wealth Management in Luxembourg, where Nordic actors are leaving, creating a need for customers to find a counterparty who can understand and meet their demands. Catella intends to evaluate solutions to create optimal conditions to meet the customer needs and for continuing to operate in the Wealth Management-segment, through partnerships, or other types of collaborations, within the framework of a structure that does not bring about a consolidated situation for the Catella Group.The current structure means that the consolidation of Catella Bank in the Catella Group entails extensive capital and regulatory requirements for operations outside of Catella Bank, which in turn affects the cost- and capital structure.”Catella has grown its Wealth Management business rapidly in recent years. We have invested in skilled employees and, through cooperation with other parts of Catella, created attractive exposures and a high quality offer which is much appreciated by investors and customers. This business must be conducted through a structure that ensures customer needs and is effective from a cost- and capital perspective for the Group.” says Knut Pedersen, CEO of Catella.In connection to the review of the structure it is natural to ensure, for continued growth, that the card issuing operations have an efficient operating platform. Work has begun, together with the business area management, to create the necessary conditions, and evaluate the structure, for the business.Catella has previously announced that a strategic review of Catella Bank’s card acquiring operations is ongoing and is expected to be completed during the coming quarter.

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Community Valley Bank Buying Southern California Branch from Umpqua Bank

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 marzo 2018

Community Valley Bank (“CVB”), a wholly owned subsidiary bank of CMUV Bancorp (OTC Pink: CMUV) (the “Company”), today announced the signing of a purchase and assumption agreement to acquire a branch location from Roseburg, Oregon based Umpqua Bank (“Umpqua”).The branch location in Borrego Springs, CA with approximately $35 million in deposits is the only full-service branch location in the city of Borrego Springs. The branch location was originally acquired by Umpqua as part of its acquisition of Sterling Financial Corporation, completed in April 2014. The branch will begin operating under the CVB name as CVB’s fifth branch location in Southern California immediately following the close of the transaction. The deposit premium is estimated to be 3.25% of deposits acquired.“We are excited to add this branch location to our footprint in Southern California and deploy our growing capital base into a new market,” said Jon Edney, President and CEO of CVB. “This transaction will allow us to extend our personalized service and products to the Borrego Springs community. We look forward to welcoming the Borrego Springs branch employees and customers to Community Valley Bank.” “As customer preferences change how we provide banking services to our customers, Umpqua remains strongly committed to supporting our communities, especially those where this shift results in a store closure or consolidation,” said Brian Read, Umpqua’s executive vice president of retail banking. “In this case, we’re pleased that Community Valley Bank has agreed to purchase our Borrego Springs location and will continue providing personal banking services locally. The partnership is a win-win for customers and the community.” The purchase of the branch location is expected to close in early third quarter of 2018 and is subject to certain closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approval. MJC Partners, LLC acted as financial advisor to CVB and Breakwater Law Group acted as legal counsel.

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Fortune Recognizes U.S. Bank as a 2018 World’s Most Admired Company

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 gennaio 2018

AboutUs-PlaceholderFortune magazine today named U.S. Bank a World’s Most Admired Company, recognizing several of U.S. Bank’s attributes as most admired among all companies and naming it the world’s most admired superregional bank for the eighth consecutive year. Across the 680 companies across all industries, Fortune ranked U.S. Bank as No. 1 in both Management Quality and Use of Corporate Assets, as well as No. 2 in Value as a Long-Term Investment, No. 5 in People Management and No. 6 in both Financial Soundness and Social Responsibility.“It’s an honor to be recognized among companies that are anticipating and shaping the future,” said Andy Cecere, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp. “With the world around us changing faster than at any time in human history, positioning our company for growth tomorrow means creating the future today. I’m proud to work with our 73,000 U.S. Bankers up to take on this challenge with enthusiasm and integrity.”Fortune also named U.S. Bank the most admired superregional bank for the eighth consecutive year. Among superregional banks, the bank ranked No. 1 in eight of Fortune’s nine key attributes of reputation: Quality of Management, Social Responsibility, Innovation, Quality of Products/Services, People Management, Use of Corporate Assets, Financial Soundness and Long-Term Investment Value. Overall, U.S. Bank’s reputation within its industry is the fifth-highest of any company in any industry on the World’s Most Admired Companies list.Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies are determined by a survey of executives, directors and analysts rating companies in their industry on a series of criteria. Visit Fortune to learn more about methodology. (photo: AboutUs-Placeholder)

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East West Bank Announces Agreement to Sell Desert Community Bank Branches to Flagstar Bank, FSB

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 novembre 2017

East West Bancorp, Inc. (“East West” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: EWBC), parent company of East West Bank, today announced that East West Bank has entered into a purchase and assumption agreement to sell its Desert Community Bank (“DCB”) branches and related assets and liabilities to Flagstar Bank, a subsidiary bank of Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (“Flagstar”) (NYSE: FBC).Desert Community Bank consists of eight branches located in the High Desert area of California, and has been operating as a separate division of East West Bank for ten years. The purchase and assumption agreement includes all eight branches, approximately $70 million in loans and $600 million in deposits. Following the sale, DCB will retain its name and continue to operate as Desert Community Bank, a division of Flagstar Bank.Dominic Ng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of East West, stated, “East West is proud to have served the communities in the High Desert area for a decade. Although we are exiting branch banking in this region of California, it was important for us to find a buyer that was committed to retaining the Desert Community Bank name and banking team, and shared our values in providing an outstanding customer experience. With our choice of Flagstar, we believe we found a dedicated partner to support Desert Community Bank’s integral role in the High Desert communities. I am confident that our customers will be well-served by the team at Flagstar.”The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and satisfaction of customary closing conditions, and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2018. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P. acted as financial advisor and King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP served as legal counsel to East West Bancorp, Inc.

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OneLegacy Opens Largest Eye Bank in L.A. and Orange Counties

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 settembre 2017

los angelesLos Angeles. OneLegacy announced today the opening of the largest eye bank in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. From this location OneLegacy will recover, evaluate, process and distribute an array of ocular tissue for transplantation and research. It will also be the only eye bank in Los Angeles that houses all ocular products, including not only corneas needed for transplantation but also ocular tissue needed for glaucoma surgeries. OneLegacy has been operating an eye bank since 2013, but this new state-of-the-art facility will allow for greater capacity and more rapid recovery and distribution of ocular tissue throughout the Southern California communities. It will also serve as home to free on-site wet laboratory training for corneal transplant surgeons and residents. A corneal transplant replaces a portion of an impaired cornea (brought on by disease, injury, infection or any other causes) with a healthy donor cornea, making corneal blindness a highly treatable condition. Each year U.S. eye banks provide tissue for an average of over 70,000 corneal transplants; and over 95 percent of all corneal transplant operations successfully restore the corneal recipient’s vision, according to the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA). The OneLegacy Eye Bank is staffed by specially trained technicians who surgically retrieve the cornea and bring it to the eye bank where the tissue is carefully evaluated to ensure optimal quality. This includes both an evaluation of the cornea itself as well as a medical chart review of the donor to verify that there were circumstances (such as infections or a few highly communicable diseases including HIV or hepatitis) that would disqualify the donation. The “approved” cornea is then distributed to a corneal surgeon who transplants this tissue into his or her patient as soon as possible, typically 2-5 days following donation.“Our new eye bank facility will serve our community much more quickly and provide local surgeons the ocular tissue needed to give the gift of sight to their patients,” said Prasad Garimella, chief operating officer of OneLegacy and executive director of the OneLegacy Eye Bank. Garimella points out that since 1961 more than 1.5 million people worldwide have had their sight restored “thanks to the priceless gift of corneal donation from one person to another.” In addition to facilitating the donation and transplantation process, OneLegacy Eye Bank will offer education to local transplant surgeons. On September 30 OneLegacy will hold its first surgical wet laboratory training in the eye bank’s new facility. At that time cornea surgeons, fellows and residents will be trained in the DALK surgical procedure, a modern technique whereby the outer two layers of the cornea are removed and replaced with the outer two layers from a donor cornea to give a partial-thickness transplant. Later this year, similar training programs will be held on other emerging technologies in ophthalmology. OneLegacy Eye Bank is accredited by the EBAA and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Although its focus is primarily to provide quality ocular tissue to the Southern California community, OneLegacy has helped cure corneal blindness in over 25 countries worldwide.
OneLegacy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in seven counties in Southern California: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern. Serving more than 200 hospitals, 11 transplant centers, and a diverse population of nearly 20 million, OneLegacy is the largest organ, eye and tissue recovery organization in the world. For more information visit onelegacy.org.

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Fifth Third Bank Announces Multi-year Renewal with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Roush Fenway Racing

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 settembre 2017

san franciscoFifth Third Bank (NASDAQ: FITB) has renewed its relationship with Roush Fenway Racing as primary sponsor on the No. 17 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford with driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in a multi-year deal. “I’m so appreciative to continue racing with Fifth Third Bank on the car. It’s great to have partners who believe in the sport and are committed long-term to supporting the business of racing,” said Stenhouse.
Fifth Third Bank came onboard with Roush Fenway Racing in 2012 and has served as a primary sponsor on the No. 17 Ford for the past six seasons.“We’re excited to extend our relationship with Roush Fenway Racing and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.,” said Matt Jauchius, chief marketing officer for Fifth Third Bank. “To hear Ricky exclaim our tagline, ‘that’s Banking a Fifth Third Better, boys’ when he captured his first victory this season was incredible. We’re banking on another successful run with him behind the wheel.”Stenhouse captured his first two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins while sporting the Fifth Third colors during the 2017 season. He will make his 173rd career Monster Energy Cup Series start at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on September 3, where the No. 17 Fifth Third Ford will feature a throwback paint scheme inspired by a Darrell Waltrip 1997 paint scheme.“The Roush team has been an outstanding partner for the past six seasons, and this goes beyond the race track. With their help, we’ve become the preferred bank of the motorsports industry, providing strategic financial advice and services to teams, tracks, drivers, suppliers and corporate sponsors,” remarked Tom Heiks, Group Regional President for Fifth Third Bank.
The Bank is actively involved within the racing industry, serving on the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) board, sponsoring the NCMA Industry Tribute Awards Banquet and exhibiting at the Performance Racing Industry Tradeshow. Fifth Third also supports numerous motorsports charities including the NASCAR Foundation, Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, Speedway Children’s Charities, B.R.A.K.E.S. and Motor Racing Outreach.“It’s a privilege to continue our relationship with Fifth Third Bank,” said Steve Newmark, president of Roush Fenway Racing. “There are few sponsors in NASCAR who have as deep of an understanding of the industry and whose primary objective is to serve the wellbeing of businesses and individuals in the sport.” In addition to its partnership with Roush Fenway Racing, Fifth Third Bank is the Official Bank of Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona 500, and a partner with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the IndyCar series. (photo: san francisco)

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المنتدى الدولي للتمويل الإسلامي يتناول التحديات التنظيمية لتسريع عجلة تطوير قطاع التمويل الإسلامي في أفريقيا

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 gennaio 2016

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منتدى أفريقيا التاريخي يستضيف أهم صانعي السياسات لتوجيه المناقشات بشأن اللوائح التنظيمية التي تحقق إدماج التمويل الإسلامي في النظام المالي وإدراك فرص التمويل الإسلامي
الخرطوم، السودان – 18 يناير 2015: سيكون المنتدى الدولي للتمويل الإسلامي في دورته الثانية المقبلة (المنتدى الدولي للتمويل الإسلامي 2016) بمثابة منصة رئيسية للمناقشات بالغة الأهمية بشأن تطوير تنظيم قطاع التمويل الإسلامي في قارة أفريقيا والرقابة عليه على نحو فعال. ويرى الكثيرون أن هذه المسألة لا غنى عنها للمساعدة على ازدهار قطاع التمويل الإسلامي في أفريقيا ووضع هذا القطاع على قدم المساواة مع قطاع التمويل التقليدي.
وتأوي البلدان الأفريقية نحو ربع السكان المسلمين في العالم، وقد حققت إنجازات مختلفة في الوقت الحالي فيما يتعلق بإعداد إطار قانوني وتنظيمي لتمكين ممارسات الخدمات المصرفية الإسلامية ومنتجاتها ومؤسساتها. ولا يوجد في الوقت الحالي سوى القليل من البلدان التي لديها لوائح تنظيمية تيسّر أنشطة التمويل الإسلامي بشكل كامل. والسودان، وهو البلد المضيف للمنتدى الدولي للتمويل الإسلامي 2016، هو أحد البلدين الوحيدين في العالم اللذين يتوافق نظامهما المصرفي مع الشريعة بشكل كامل.
ووقعت المؤسسة الإسلامية لتنمية القطاع الخاص، وهي ذراع القطاع الخاص التابعة لمجموعة البنك الإسلامي للتنمية، في سبتمبر 2015 اتفاقية مع الهيئة التنظيمية الإقليمية للسوق المالية التابعة للاتحاد الاقتصادي والنقدي لغرب أفريقيا. وتهدف الشراكة إلى حشد موارد الدول الأعضاء في الاتحاد والقطاع الخاص على المدى الطويل، وخاصة المشروعات الصغيرة والمتوسطة. ويشمل أحد أهم مجالات التعاون تبادل المعلومات التي من شأنها المساعدة في إعداد الإطار التنظيمي لمساعدة التمويل الإسلامي على الازدهار في منطقة غرب أفريقيا.
وسلط تقرير صادر عن المؤسسة الإسلامية لتنمية القطاع الخاص في سبتمبر 2015 تحت اسم “التمويل الإسلامي في أفريقيا: مستقبل واعد” الضوء على فرص النمو الهائلة للتمويل الإسلامي في أفريقيا. وتشمل التحديات التنظيمية المحددة في التقرير عدم الاتساق التنظيمي ونقص الوعي والمعرفة المالية من جانب العديد من المستخدمين النهائيين والعملاء ونقص رأس المال البشري المؤهل والحاجة إلى وجود بيئة أعمال تدعم نمو التمويل الإسلامي.
وتعمل أغلب البلدان الأفريقية بنظام مصرفي مزدوج في ظل لوائح تنظيمية مستقلة للخدمات المصرفية الإسلامية. وتشمل البلدان التي أصدرت صكوكاً في عام 2015 جامبيا (230 مليون دولار أمريكي) والسودان (70 مليون دولار أمريكي) والسنغال (210 ملايين دولار أمريكي) ونيجيريا (700 مليون دولار أمريكي) وجنوب أفريقيا (500 مليون دولار أمريكي). وأعلنت عدة بلدان مثل تونس ومصر والمغرب في ذات الوقت اهتمامها بالاستفادة من سوق الصكوك لتمويل البنية التحتية، وهي الآن في طور وضع اللمسات الأخيرة على أطرها القانونية لتشجيع إصدار الصكوك.
ولازال هناك الكثير من العمل أمام افريقيا لتكون على قدم المساواة مع البلدان المتقدمة في التمويل الإسلامي مثل البحرين وماليزيا، وهناك فرصة كبيرة في المنتدى الدولي للتمويل الإسلامي 2016 الذي سيُعقد في شهر فبراير لإجراء مناقشات بشأن أفضل الممارسات للمساعدة في تهيئة المجال في أفريقيا على مستوى القارة والمستوى العالمي.
والمنتدى الدولي للتمويل الإسلامي هو مبادرة مبتكرة من جانب شركة الشرق الأوسط للاستشارات العالمية، وهي منصة لتحليل المعلومات تخدم الأسواق الناشئة، وبنك الخرطوم، وهو أحد أكبر البنوك في أفريقيا والذي أسس مؤخراً بي أو كي انترناشونال في البحرين في إطار جهوده لبناء ممر بين السودان ومجلس التعاون الخليجي.
وسيُعقد المنتدى الدولي للتمويل الإسلامي في يومي 9 و10 فبراير 2016 في فندق روتانا السلام. ولمزيد من التفاصيل بشأن المنتدى، يُرجى زيارة http://www.IFIF2016.com.
تم تدشينها في عام 1993، إذ تقوم الشرق الأوسط العالمية للإستشارات بربط الأسواق من خلال تقديم ذكية وتنفيذ الاستراتيجيات. وتعتبر الشرق الأوسط العالمية للاستشارات بوابة ربط ومنصة تقديم تقارير حول الفرص المتوفرة في الأسواق التي تشهد نمو سريع بما في ذلك المغرب، وغرب أندونيسيا في الشرق بالإضافة إلى الشرق المتوسط وشمال أفريقيا، وشرق آسيا. وتفتخر الشرق الأوسط العالمية بوجودها في قلب هذه الأسواق المتنوعة منذ أكثر من 22 عاماً.
للمزيد من المعلومات الرجاء زيارة meglobaladvisors.com.
نبذة عن المنتدى الدولي للتمويل الإسلامي
المنتدى الدولي للتمويل الإسلامي هو منصة فريدة تجمع الجهات الرائدة العالمية لمناقشة الفرص الهائلة التي يقدمها قطاع التمويل الإسلامي إلى الاقتصادات النامية في القارة الأفريقية. ويهدف المنتدى إلى إقامة جسور بين أفريقيا والأسواق الرئيسية للتمويل الإسلامي للمساعدة في بناء قدرات التمويل الإسلامي في أفريقيا.

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2nd edition of the International Forum on Islamic Finance

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 gennaio 2016

islamic finance.pngSalaam Rotana, Africa St, Khartoum, Sudan 9th and 10th February 2016 With the official support of the Bank of Khartoum, the International Forum on Islamic Finance 2016 will gather leaders from around the world interested in the Islamic finance opportunity in Africa, while learning from some of the pioneering models of indigenous and authentic financial innovation suited for developing countries.In its 2nd edition, the forum will serve as a platform for the International Islamic finance and investments industry to converge in Khartoum to develop effective strategic action plans aimed at realizing the Islamic banking and finance opportunity in Africa and will play a key role in expanding the social impact activities of Islamic banks within the African Continent.Features to look out for in the 2nd edition of IFIF:
Exclusive launch of Islamic Finance Report on Sudan by Thomson Reuters in collaboration with CIBAFI and IRTI
Insightful FinTech sessions on Mobile Payments to Under-Banked Markets
An Interview with an eminent leader on Capitalizing on the Islamic Finance Opportunity in Africa

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La Deutsche Bank si riorganizza

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 ottobre 2015

Deutsche-Bank-Sede-MilanoFrancoforte. La Deutsche Bank riorganizza la sua struttura, annunciata dalla stessa banca tedesca, al termine di una riunione straordinaria del cda.Il titolo è in rialzo (+3,7%) in Borsa dopo il piano di riassetto e volevo – sperando di far cosa gradita – darvi un paio di considerazioni sull’Italia, utili nel caso aveste in programma un articolo (o a integrazione sull’online) sullo stesso tema in giornata.
Il ruolo dell’italia nell’ambito del gruppo resta invariato, è uno dei mercati di riferimento per il gruppo (secondo a livello europeo dopo la Germania), in italia ci sono tutte le attività bancarie presenti a Francoforte… A livello Italia, la Banca continua a crescere in modo organico (in particolare riguardo al segmento del risparmio gestito e dei finanziamenti alle famiglie):
oltre 3 milioni di clienti, 4 mila dipendenti leader nelle principali operazioni di corporate finance domestiche, tra i primi posti nell’M&A
crescita significativa nel Private Banking: 27 miliardi in gestione 340 sportellisul territorio italiano, 1500 promotorileader nei mercato dei mutui 9% nel consumer finance (credito al consumo) (fabio leoni)

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Catella Bank issues SAS/MasterCard Eurobonus Travel Cash Card

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 settembre 2015

Torp TopsholmCatella Bank is the issuer of the MasterCard Eurobonus Travel Cash prepaid card, being launched today by SAS. The new, innovative card will be the first co-branded multi-currency prepaid card in the airline industry in Europe. It is a multiple purse card that enables you to hold multiple currencies on the card at the same time. “This a prestige project for Catella, and we are very proud that they have chosen us as the issuer. Catella has exclusively been issuing cards for over 25 years, and this project leverages our expertise in issuing multiple currency cards,” says Tord Topsholm, Managing Director of Catella Bank.The Eurobonus Travel Cash prepaid card is being launched today by SAS in collaboration with MasterCard and Rêv Worldwide. This innovative card product provides SAS Eurobonus members with a single piece of plastic that incorporates a frequent flyer card along with a globally accepted payment card. The card supports up to 12 currencies, giving the cardholder the option to remotely load the card via a bank account in their home currency, and subsequently exchange currencies prior travelling, thus keeping control of exchange rates at all times. The new card will come with MasterCard’s latest Contactless MasterCard®technology, allowing small value transactions to be made by simply tapping the card on the terminal, which is convenient for travellers as it makes payments faster. Using the card is more secure than carrying cash, and maintains access to funds 24 hours a day, seven days a week, wherever MasterCard is accepted.“Catella is proud to be the issuer of the SAS Eurobonus prepaid card. Combining the frequent flyer card with a truly innovative, contactless and multi-currency payment card creates added value for the consumer and confirms Catella’s position in prepaid,” says Marc Becker, Head of Prepaid at Catella Bank. (Photo: Torp Topsholm)

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Deutsche Bank registra un risultato netto pari a 559 milioni di Euro nel primo quarter 2015

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 aprile 2015

Deutsche-Bank-Sede-Milano (XETRA: DBKGn.DE / NYSE: DB) ha annunciato i risultati per il 1Q2015. I ricavi netti del Gruppo sono aumentati del 24% rispetto all’anno precedente. Il risultato prima delle imposte è stato di 1,5 miliardi di euro. Il trimestre in corso include le spese processuali di 1,5 miliardi di euro. Jürgen Fitschen e Anshu Jain, Executive Officers co-amministratore, hanno dichiarato: “Nel primo trimestre 2015, i ricavi sono stati vicini a livelli record, che riflettono la forza del Gruppo in tutte le nostre attività principali. I profitti sono stati influenzati da spese legali pari a 1,5 miliardi di euro, per effetto della conclusione delle vicende giudiziarie in materia di tassi interbancari (IBOR) con le autorità USA e UK. I due co-CEO hanno anche affermato che: “L’adjusted Core Bank IBIT pari a 3,5 miliardi di euro è stato il migliore da quando abbiamo lanciato Strategia 2015+ nel 2012, riflettendo sia la robustezza dei ricavi che il controllo dei costi. La divisione CB&S ha ottenuto i migliori ricavi di Debt Sales & Trading degli ultimi otto quarter e il miglior risultato di redditività di
Equity Sales & Trading dal 2008, spinti da una forte attività della clientela, mercati robusti e una normalizzazione della volatilità del mercato dopo i recenti minimi storici. Sia Retail Banking che Global Transaction Banking hanno superato la sfida dei tassi di interesse persistentemente bassi per raggiungere profitti trimestrali quasi da record. I ricavi di Deutsche AWM sono cresciuti in modo significativo, l’utile ante imposte è incrementato del 75% anno su anno, e ha registrato 17 miliardi di raccolta netta. ”
Entrambi hanno concluso che: “Questi risultati forniscono un’istantanea di una Deutsche Bank che è molto più forte rispetto a quando abbiamo iniziato il nostro viaggio nel 2012. Abbiamo raggiunto una solida performance operativa pur mantenendo una rigorosa gestione delle risorse e facendo fronte ad importanti investimenti per allinearci alle normative vigenti. Abbiamo rafforzato in modo significativo il nostro capitale. Iniziamo la prossima fase della nostra strategia da una posizione di forza. ” Il gruppo tedesco, con base alla Bicocca, quartiere post industriale di Milano, è stato protagonista di uno sviluppo costante: è passato da 240 a 340 sportelli, preferendo un più marcato incremento del numero dei promotori della rete di Finanza e Futuro (da meno di mille a 1.500). Il motto di DB in Italia è sempre stato quello di una “crescita silenziosa”, Flavio Valeri, CCO Italia.
Una crescita che conferma essere l’Italia il primo mercato europeo per il nostro gruppo dopo la Germania».
Deutsche Bank opera in Italia con un franchise completo
– 650 punti vendita su tutto il territorio, di cui 70 aperti negli ultimi due anni (in controtendenza rispetto al mercato),
– 5.500 collaboratori, 380 nuove assunzioni e 500 nuovi promotori finanziari
– 2,5 milioni di clienti privati e 65mila clienti corporate.

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New ‘CoCo’ bonds may worsen financial crisis situations

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 novembre 2014

Technische Universität MünchenBanks are increasingly issuing ‘CoCo’ bonds to boost the levels of equity they hold. In a crisis situation, bondholders are forced to convert these bonds into a bank’s equity. To date, such bonds have been regarded only as a means of averting a crisis. A study by economists at Technische Universität München (TUM) and University of Bonn now shows that if such bonds are badly constructed, they worsen a crisis instead of stabilizing the banking system – because they incentivize a bank’s owners to worsen a bank’s situation themselves so as to leave bondholders out in the cold. One lesson that policymakers and financial regulators have drawn from the financial market crisis is that banks need to be backed by more equity. But banks have found it hard to increase their core capital positions – in other words, the equity available to them long-term. Since 2009, this has led European banks to increasingly deploy an instrument that allows them to convert debt into equity in times of need: contingent convertible bonds, also known as CoCo bonds. Banks issue these bonds at fixed interest rates – as is normal with corporate bonds. The special aspect of CoCo bonds is that if banks fall short of their predetermined core capital ratio levels – mostly 7 percent – the bonds are converted into the banks’ equity. In other words, bondholders are forced to convert their securities into the banks’ shares, or even waive their claims entirely. Banks use these instruments as it is generally easier for them to place them on the market than shares, and they also entail tax advantages. For investors, CoCo bonds are interesting because they offer higher interest rates than other corporate bonds. Policymakers and regulators welcome them because banks that are in financial difficulties ‘bail in’ their bond creditors, rather than resorting directly to taxpayers to bail them out. This has led various European states and the European Central Bank to recognize CoCo bonds as bank equity capital. US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner concluded in 2010 that CoCo bonds could function as ‘shock absorbers’ in market upheavals.

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