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  • Wealth Management Regulations Will Drive U.S. BPS Service Changes

    Dec 03, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    In Q2 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking, changing the definition of who can be considered a fiduciary to a retirement account or plan. The rule, which is currently in a comment period and should be implemented by Q2 2016, extends fiduciary responsibility to advisors, many of whom are currently under a less strict suitability standard of care. The U.S. govern[...]

  • Worldline's Equens Acquisition Set to Change the Face of European Payments Market

    Nov 17, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Payments processor Worldline has agreed to acquire Equens for cash and stock in a multi-part transaction expected to close in Q2 2016, with both parties claiming this to be a transformational deal. Here we take a look at the details of the deal and assess the impact it will have on the European payments market. Criteria for success in payments processing The payment processing industry is a [...]

  • Capital Markets Firms Look to BPS for Re-platforming, Improving Data Management & Analytics

    Nov 03, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    The major capital markets custodian firms recently reported Q3 2015 financials. The custodians provide critical operations support to global capital markets, and their performance provides an early warning measure of the state of the capital markets industry in general. Here we look at the performance indicators for BNY Mellon, State Street, and Northern Trust, reflect on the implications for the [...]

  • Analytics & Reporting BPS in Financial Services: Leveraging Complexity for Competitive Advantage

    Oct 14, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    NelsonHall has just published a market assessment on Analytics and Reporting (A&R) BPS in banking and capital markets (BFS). This is an emerging BPS market with few significant competitors, and adoption from only a few institutions who are tier 1 banks in mature markets. There are many vendors of point A&R solutions, but no standard or dominant vendor has emerged to manage the process valu[...]

  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Drive Next BPS Wave in U.S. Banking in the Decade Ahead

    Oct 14, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    The most important development in U.S. banking BPS in the last five years has just been announced (it may still not pass the U.S. Congress, but this analyst believes that too much pressure will be applied by industry for Congress to block it). The announcement is that the signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have reached an agreement on the terms of the trade agreement and will no[...]

  • The New Genpact Focuses on Pain Points in Banking Sector, Creating Utilities & Differentiating Services with Systems of Engagement

    Jul 14, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    I recently attended Genpact’s industry analyst and advisor conference, at which the vendor described its approach to success in a time of rapid change for enterprise operations delivery. It believes that most enterprises are ‘cemented’ in the wrong place due to challenges with legacy processes underpinned by legacy technology, and that enterprises unable to adapt quickly will die[...]

  • Capital Markets Firms Must Turn to Managed Services to Tackle Trading Cost Pressure

    May 13, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Today’s capital markets industry is severely capital constrained, and this is likely to get worse over the next few years. Internal deployments of new or improved solutions will become harder to resource (both in terms of cash and manpower), and managed services will be the preferred way to improve operations. Furthermore, managed services that offer to improve process and/or vendor manageme[...]

  • Payment Vendors' Growth Slows As They Face Two-Year Battle to Preserve Market Share

    May 07, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Over the past few weeks the major payment processing vendors have reported first quarter 2015 financial results, and they show a noticeable slowdown n y/y growth from 2014 (refer to NelsonHall Tracking Service articles for detailed analysis of the quarterly results). Summary results for Q1 2015 (in USD unless stated otherwise) are as follows: Card networks: Mastercard: +2.7%&nbs[...]

  • Capgemini's iGATE Deal Capitalizes on Key Market Drivers in Operations Services and Financial Services

    Apr 28, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Capgemini announced today its intention to acquire IGATE. Capgemini is offering $48 per share, or $4.04bn, a premium of ~5% over current IGATE share price. IGATE had debt at end 2014 of $686m and cash on hand of $192m. This offer gives IGATE an enterprise value of ~$4.53bn. Capgemini is thus paying a massive 15.5 x 2014 earnings ($292m) and nearly 3.6 x 2014 revenues. The acquisition [...]

  • How New Banking Regulations Will Impact Banks, Customers, and Vendors in 2015/2016

    Mar 26, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Banks have been struggling to adapt to changing, expensive regulations, and 2015 and 2016 will see further implementation requirements requiring large investments to achieve compliance. Here is a review of some of the more important ones and a look at the implications for bank operations strategy. Key regulations taking effect over the coming months are: EMV (Chip-based payment cards) for[...]

  • Capgemini Looks for New Logo Growth in North America, Now its Largest Market

    Mar 02, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    In Capgemini’s recent North America analyst conference, the company provided a compelling description of how its approach in North America has developed recently, together with examples of how this has succeeded, and shared its vision and a roadmap for the next few years. Confidence about prospects for 2015 is high. Capgemini’s 2014 revenues in North America were €2,230m, a gro[...]

  • Worldline Outlines its Path to Growth

    Feb 19, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Worldline, which IPOd in May 2014, has announced results for full year 2014 and has presented its views on the payments market, its business roadmap, and its successes to date. The results, below, are subject to adjustment when Worldline files its financial reporting statements in late March: Revenues were €1,149m, up 2.8% y/y  Operating margin be[...]

  • Securities Services Vendors Face Strong Headwinds as Downward Revenue Pressure Set to Accelerate in 2015

    Feb 05, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Q4 2014 results from the top five U.S. headquartered securities services firms indicate that revenue growth for securities and custody services is slowing down. The two largest global custodians, BNY Mellon and State Street, along with Citibank, reported revenue decline in calendar year Q4 2014. The figures below show change in securities services revenue versus the prior quarter (q/q[...]

  • Tech Mahindra’s SOFGEN Acquisition Enhances Core Banking SI Capabilities and Drives Presence in Wealth Management

    Jan 16, 2015, by Andy Efstathiou

    Tech Mahindra has agreed to acquire SOFGEN to enhance its core banking systems integration (build, run, operate) capabilities. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of March. Swiss-headquartered SOFGEN is a specialist in Avaloq and Temenos platforms and also has capabilities in TCS BaNCS and Misys. SOFGEN has 450 employees, including >70[...]

  • Payments Processing Services Market Heats Up: Financial Results of Six Key Vendors Show What it Takes to Win

    Nov 06, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    Changes in banks’ regulatory capital requirements for businesses are leading banks to exit or downsize lines of business and increase the focus on other lines of business. Payments is an area where banks and non-banks are significantly increasing their commitments. Over the next five years the payments industry will change its entire shape, structure, and offerings. In the past, the complexi[...]

  • Accenture’s New Strategy: Implications for Scalability in Banking BPO

    Oct 16, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    NelsonHall recently attended Accenture’s annual analyst meet in New York City. We had the opportunity to discuss operations (BPO and IT infrastructure management) market initiatives, a major focus area for Accenture, representing $6bn in revenues (~20% of total revenues), with Accenture executives. Accenture and is betting heavily on “Digital” to create the “new Accentur[...]

  • Wipro Changes its Approach to “Fast and Uncertain”, with Increased Focus on Developing Effective Ecosystems

    Sep 30, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    This week Wipro held its first analyst day in the U.S. in over 18 months. During this time, Wipro has conducted a strategic review of its approach to the market, and decided to change its method of engaging clients and prospects.    First CEO TK Kurien opened by describing Wipro’s view of the market: Enterprises were created prior to the current digital era. As a[...]

  • Visa Considers Selling its Stake in Monitise: What Does it Mean?

    Sep 18, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    Visa has announced it is assessing whether to sell its investment in mobile payment software developer and transactions processor Monitise. Visa formed an alliance with Monitise in 2009 to provide Visa with mobile platform development services. The agreement runs through 2016. As part of the agreement, Visa made a capital investment in Monitise and received 14.4% of the company's equity. Ov[...]

  • Alliance Data Buys a Winner with Conversant

    Sep 11, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    Alliance Data is to acquire Conversant for $23bn to expand its digital marketing services capabilities. The acquisition will be paid for half in stock and half in cash (at tendering shareholders' discretion). Post closing, Conversant will operate as a part of Epsilon, a digital marketing services division of Alliance Data. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 201[...]

  • Mastercard, First Data, and TSYS Partner with Apple to Enable Apple Pay for Mobile Payments

    Sep 09, 2014, by Andy Efstathiou

    Mastercard, First Data, and TSYS have partnered with Apple to enable Apple Pay for mobile payments. Apple Pay is a mobile payment service. Apple Pay works with iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and Apple Watch through an NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID security. Apple Pay can be set up by users with their credit or debit card on file from their iTunes Store acco[...]

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