The top financial services and fintech collaborations of the year so far | Editor’s picks

By Alex Hammond | 16 February 2018

bobsguide rounds up our favourite case studies and collaborative interviews of 2018 to date.


How BNY Mellon is leading the evolution of real-time payments in the US | Analysis of the deal

Last month BNY Mellon and Volante Technologies announced that they had been collaborating to enable BNY Mellon to become the first bank to successfully originate a real-time payment over the Clearing House’s (TCH) new Real-Time Payments (RTP) network.

bobsguide spoke with Vijay Oddiraju, CEO of Volante Technologies, and Carl Slabicki, the BNY Mellon Director who manages the company’s Immediate Payments Product Line, to find out more about how the launch will boost the evolution of payments in the US.

The fintech Swiss Army knife approach to Open Banking? | Analysis of the deal

Colin Goldstein, Head of Strategic Partnerships at iwoca and Alan Walsh, Head of Network & Partnerships at Bud, sit down with bobsguide to talk PSD2, collaboration and why banks should be scared of the tech giants.

Why BNP Paribas is collaborating with GTS in the US Treasuries market | Analysis of the deal

In late 2017 BNP Paribas announced that it had partnered with global electronic market maker GTS, in order to leverage GTS' trading and technology capabilities with the goal of providing the bank’s clients with deeper liquidity, tighter spreads and further improved pricing in the US Treasuries secondary market.

bobsguide sat down with Adil El Batji, Head of e-Market Making & Commerce Americas, and Ryan Sheftel, Global Head of Fixed Income at GTS, to delve further into the nuts and bolts of the deal.

How Santander will use Ripple to execute cross-border payments | Analysis of the deal

Ripple has caused quite a stir (we resisted the pun) in the cryptocurrency market. Recent dips and spikes of XRP, Ripple’s cryptocurrency, have caused many commentators to question the long-term durability of the currency.

However, few can deny that Ripple is being closely watched by the banking goliaths, and is tipped by many to be the first mainstream use of blockchain technology in the financial sector.

bobsguide sat down with Marcus Treacher, Global Head of Strategic Accounts at Ripple and Ed Metzger, Head of Technology Innovation at Santander UK, to discuss what the recent deal with American Express to provide frictionless cross-border payments between the US and UK, using the Ripple network, means for them, for blockchain and the future.

Barclays and Flux on PSD2 opportunities and innovation in banking | Analysis of the deal

Bobsguide invited Flux CEO, Matty Cusden-Ross and VP of Barclays Open Innovation, Richard Thompson, to sit around the table to discuss their new commercial partnership. Flux, the digital receipt start-up, talks adjusting to legacy life and Barclays discusses its approach to PSD2, GDPR and whether big banks are really doing enough in the name of innovation.

More importantly, this roundtable sheds light on how two very different organizations can successfully work together.

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