2020: The Year In Review
“We always wanted to be prepared for the worst-case scenario”, Arnaud Winkelmann – Compagnie des Alpes
On 4 March, Redbridge chatted to Arnaud Winkelmann, Director of Finance and Treasury at Compagnie des Alpes, about financing and cash management in times of crisis. On the agenda were financing strategy, state-backed loans, waivers, savings, electronic payments and cash management.
In September 2020, the European Commission identified its priorities for retail payments in Europe for the next four years. Analysis by Mélina Le Sauze, Director – Treasury Advisory.
Virtual bank accounts (VBAs), or rather the idea of virtual bank accounts, has been trending for many years now, with major global banks heavily investing and preaching to convert their customers. But are virtual bank accounts really the miracle solution that treasurers across the world have been waiting for? And if so, why is the current adoption rate still so low?
“We had an immediate return on investment on our bank fee monitoring software”, Frédéric Capraro – RTL Group
Bank fee analysis continues to be an obstacle for treasurers. How can global companies leverage technological innovations to improve visibility of bank charges?
While the massive roll-out of vaccines against Covid is raising hopes that the ongoing global health crisis will soon be resolved, there’s still considerable uncertainty about the long-term consequences of the pandemic on the economy. CFOs and treasurers will need to be resilient and act with rigour, innovation and boldness to seize the opportunities to be found in 2021.
If you use the NEU CP market, you can stop drawing on your bank lines, keep them as backstop lines, and issue commercial paper at a zero or even a negative rate and at very low cost in terms of legal documentation, writes Muriel Nahmias, senior director at Redbridge.
The world often appears large and disconnected, with differences of religion, culture, language and currency that reinforce our independence. Despite these perceived differences, we are, in reality, linked closely together. Our points of connectivity expand with each technological advancement –write Justin DiCioccio, Redbridge Senior Analyst, and Constance Veron, Redbridge Associate Director.
Packaging specialist Albéa has completely redesigned the local organization of its financing and treasury operations in the United States. Interview with the Group’s finance and treasury director, Olivier Bouillaud.
“Large card networks remain essential elements of the pipeline, but they have not moved much as yet.” Charles Lutran – Critéo
Interview with Charles Lutran, Group Treasurer at Criteo
Redbridge interviewed seven treasury software vendors on how their payment systems need to evolve in order to integrate instant transfers. Solenn Le Lay, Director at Redbridge, focuses on the challenges of providing this new payment method for businesses.
There are still obstacles to instant transfer payment, including a lack of harmonization and standardization at the European level regarding banking APIs (application programming interfaces). Nevertheless, payment service providers (PSPs) wish to innovate and develop a wide range of solutions to meet the needs of their customers, says Manon Balette-pape, Director at Redbridge.
Biggest companies using deconsolidation transactions under established and recurring factoring programs or end-of-year or half-year “spot” transactions earn an average of at least 0.3x leverage, according to our experts Hugo Thomas and Olivier Talvard.