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UNIONBANK BECOMES THE FIRST BANK FROM THE PHILIPPINES TO JOIN BIAN

UnionBank to collaborate with BIAN and its members to define the future of banking standards

 

Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) is now a member of global banking standard organization, Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN). UnionBank joins other leading international banks and technology partners to become the first and only bank from the Philippines to join BIAN.

 

BIAN, which was established in 2008, is a non-profit organization that aims to provide the world with the best banking architecture and to be the banking technology standard by providing a common architectural framework across the industry. BIAN’s ecosystem is formed by banks and fintechs, technology providers, consultants and academics from all over the world.

 

The rapid development in consumer technology has driven customers to expect instant services and the delivery of frictionless solutions and platforms. To date, the financial services industry has found it hard to keep up with these demands. UnionBank has always been among the first to embrace digital technologies which address these needs, while empowering customers through innovative products and services.

 

UnionBank is looking forward to taking advantage of BIAN’s wide array of special projects such as but not limited to Open APIs and Coreless Banking. BIAN also promotes interoperability and simplified banking architecture that is aligned with the bank’s service-oriented architecture principles. UnionBank’s enterprise architecture formed part of its digital transformation strategy, which has helped to ensure that its technological solutions are aligned to its business capabilities and functions.

 

“At UnionBank, as we continue to redefine and re-imagine the playing field, with customer experience as our beacon, it is important that we conform to global standards and best practices that allows simple and faster integration with other partner institutions. This is why a BIAN-based Enterprise Architecture is highly essential as we journey more and more towards Open and Embedded Banking interconnecting partners and FinTechs, not just in the Philippines, but also throughout the region. We are very pleased to be the first Philippine bank to be a member of BIAN and we look forward to be an active participant that will drive the standardization across the industry,” said Dennis Omila, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of UnionBank.

 

Through joining BIAN, UnionBank can help to define banking technology standards, creating industry-wide best practices and play an active role in shaping the future of banking. The bank sees this as an opportunity to introduce change, possibly open doors for new business models while reinforcing superior customer experience. UnionBank’s technical experts can join a variety of different working groups to focus on the likes of Semantic APIs, Product Certifications, Cards, Lending and Fraud Management where they can collaborate with other industry experts, analysts and peers.

 

In addition to this, UnionBank will be able to increase its knowledge through its exposure and access to different artifacts and architecture documents. BIAN also provides interactive online trainings to members for free. These benefits will help the bank with its promise to power the future of banking by co-creating innovations for its customers and its commitment to be the Philippines’ leading digital bank. UnionBank believes that this will bring the bank one step further in implementing efficient and innovative products to serve the growing needs of the Filipino.

 

“We’re proud to welcome UnionBank to our growing organisation”, said Hans Tesselaar, Executive Director of BIAN. “UnionBank is well known for putting the customer first and being at the forefront of banking innovation across its country. As the needs of the customer continue to change, we’re excited to work with UnionBank and its technical experts. Together, through greater collaboration and the sharing of experience we can come to provide greater innovations across the globe.”

 

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UK OPEN BANKING FINTECH YAPILY ANNOUNCES EXPANSION IN VILNIUS

Yapily, a London-based fintech startup, has announced plans to set up in Vilnius, the company’s third European office. Yapily joins a growing number of UK fintechs including Revolut, Curve and Square that chose Lithuania as the location for its European hub.

 

Yapily was established in 2017, shortly after the EU’s second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) granted third-party access to customer data of financial institutions. The legislation, which aims to stimulate competition in the financial services market, compelled providers of such services to innovate their API and open banking practices. Stefano Vaccino, Founder and CEO of Yapily, used his extensive experience in fintech and commercial banking to create Yapily, a platform that enables companies to take advantage of open banking.

 

Yapily connects businesses to banks and financial institutions using a single open API. Using the platform, companies can access their customers’ account information and gain a holistic financial view without having to build and maintain hundreds of APIs of their own. Powered by a secure and regulated service, Yapily manages and facilitates the connection to fetch information and initiate payments while ensuring PSD2 compliance.

 

“Yapily makes connecting to banks easy through sharing financial data and payments infrastructure,” explains Stefano Vaccino. “We connect you to thousands of banks using an open banking API, taking care of the complexity behind the scenes”.

 

Yapily’s vision of open banking has attracted significant investment. Since its inception, the company has raised $18.4 million in VC funding. Yapily’s investors include Holtzbrinck Ventures, LocalGlobe and Lakestar, an early investor in Skype, Spotify, Airbnb and Facebook as well as some of Europe’s biggest fintechs – Klarna and Revolut.

 

Yapily now allows companies to connect to more than 600 banks, providing 80% account coverage across 15 European countries. The company boasts customers ranging from innovative fintechs to Fortune 500 companies including American Express, IBM, Intuit Quickbooks, GoCardless and BUX. In the last 12 months, Yapily has tripled its headcount and currently employs 72 people in offices in the UK and Germany.

 

According to Stefano Vaccino, Yapily’s current focus is to penetrate the European market. “This involves building a scalable platform while accelerating testing capabilities for our European users”,” he says.

 

Looking for a new European hub following the Brexit decision, Yapily considered several European locations, including Portugal and Germany. For the company, it was important to find a supportive regulator and fintech ecosystem. The expertise of Lithuanian developers; reputation of the country’s regulator; and a flourishing fintech scene all contributed to Yapily’s decision on Vilnius. It’s Lithuanian entity received regulatory license in December 2020, prior to the UK leaving the EU, and is now focused on its exciting expansion plans.

 

“Outside of the UK, Lithuania has the second largest fintech hub in Europe,” says Stefano Vaccino. “The local regulator plays a positive role in the fintech ecosystem, allowing Yapily to become a part of it.”

 

The company will hire up to 30 people in Vilnius in the coming months. Yapily is currently recruiting for compliance, engineering, product and operations roles.

 

“Open Banking will create a more competitive landscape of tailored financial services,” Mantas Katinas, Managing Director of Invest Lithuania, believes. “As more and more banks comply with the PSD2, Lithuania’s fintech community could be at the forefront of developing financial products leveraging this new access to data. Yapily’s choice to set up an office in Vilnius shows that Lithuania is an excellent base for cutting-edge fintechs.”

 

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FINTECH EEDENBULL SECURES PAYMENT TECHNOLOGY DEAL WITH NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK

EedenBull has announced a five year agreement with National Australia Bank (NAB), which allows the bank to deploy EedenBull’s innovative payment and spend management platform to the bank’s customer base of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The EedenBull platform provides the ability for the bank’s SMEs to track payments and spending simply, efficiently and in real time. By using the latest technology, the bank’s SME customers will prevent cash leakage by ensuring that the right business spending policies are adhered to.

EedenBull will be providing NAB its innovative Q Business platform, which includes Q Control for the administrator and Q App for the employee. NAB will issue their own payment cards onto the platform, with their customers using Q Business to manage cards and spend.

Nicki Bisgaard, CEO and founder of EedenBull, commented: “This announcement underlines our progress in offering best in class payment and spend management technology to the banking  community globally.  We are delighted to partner with NAB, a globally respected banking brand and Australia’s leading business bank, and to provide them innovative, digital spend solutions for their SME clients in Australia.  Q Business is taking commercial payments to the next level, and we look forward to being a partner on this journey in delivering value, control and flexibility to NAB and their many business customers.”

EedenBull is already partnering with 65 banks in Europe, and is now further expanding its global reach with banks such as National Australia Bank

Tania Motton, NAB Executive for Everyday Business Banking said: ‘’Expense management software solutions are so often out of reach for small and medium sized businesses. This exciting partnership will give our customers an intuitive expense management platform with full control and analysis of payments across their business as well as more confidence to allow their teams to spend money.

She continued: “For us, the most important thing about partnering with EedenBull to offer their technology is that it will help more Australian businesses to focus on the business of serving customers rather than time consuming administration.”

The partnership with NAB signals a step change in the global ambition of EedenBull, which is headquartered in Oslo, has its design and innovation team in Singapore, business development team in London and their operations centre in Edinburgh.

Bisgaard continued: “We are growing fast, innovating constantly, improving our products and services all the time and seeking further partnerships with existing and new banks globally, as we expand our worldwide footprint.  New technology, new regulation and new players are forever changing the way consumers and businesses think about payments – changing the way people pay, and get paid, and EedenBull is here to guide banks through this market, legislative and technology complexity.”

 

EedenBull Partnerships with Global Banking Community

EedenBull was launched in 2018 by a group of senior banking professionals and experts in digital payments. Enablement of third-party access to data from banks leading to the rise of open banking, has empowered tech-driven non-banking companies, such as EedenBull, to build new and innovative payments services.

EedenBull is a fintech innovation company specialising in B2B and Commercial Payment solution design and implementation. The company works with banks, schemes and payment partners on a global basis to enhance and drive innovative business solutions and products to better serve Corporate and Business clients. Unlike other fintech companies, EedenBull is not setting out to compete with the banks, but work with them to provide the innovation and tools they require to offer long-term competitive advantage and to enhance customer satisfaction.  EedenBull provides its partner banks first mover advantage to improve their reputations and competitive edge. Banks also get access to specialist B2B payments expertise and the opportunity to shape future innovation developments and technology features.

 

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