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SEPA in Germany: Mission Accomplished

Edith Rigler, gtnews Freelance Consultant | 22 August

“Die SEPA Umstellung wurde in Deutschland zum 1. August 2014 abgeschlossen”. With this short, simple statement the German Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) announced that the single euro payments area (SEPA) had been implemented in Germany on 1 August 2014. Yet it hardly does justice to the complexity, breadth and scope of SEPA - a process the European central Bank (ECB) has rightly called “one of the largest financial integration projects in the world”.

The Growth of Asian Players in Transaction Banking

Richard Hartung, gtnews | 20 August

While the major banks still have a dominant share for transaction banking and trade in Asia, according to Lachlan Colquhoun, head of markets analysis at East & Partners, who provided a recent briefing in Singapore, trends are shifting and local banks are positioned more strongly than before.

Saudi Arabia Opens to Global Investors

Graham Buck, gtnews | 19 August

A small revolution took place last month in the Gulf. In a low-key announcement made on 22 July that attracted only limited attention King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia confirmed through regulator the Capital Market Authority (CMA) that sometime in the first half of 2015 he plans to open the country’s stock market to foreign investors.

Interview: Emerging Stronger from Tough Times at Aleris

Ellen Cornelissen , Aleris | 8 August

Ellen Cornelissen has been director of treasury, Europe, at Aleris - one of the world's major processors of aluminium - since 2009 and is also a member of the gtnews editorial board. In this wide-ranging interview with gtnews, she recounts how the company survived and ultimately emerged stronger from the glbal financial crisis of 2008-09 and the prospects for Alerirs now that the economic background appears to be brightening.

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