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Global

Europe’s largest banks plan joint attack on US payments giants

“More than 30 of Europe’s largest banks and credit card processors are trying to create a payments giant capable of shattering a US-dominated “oligopoly”. A Brussels-based venture, which currently employs 40 payment experts, has until September to draw up a blueprint for a pan-European payments service that can be used to pay online as well […]
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Global

European Banks Seek Technical Partners to Help Build Rival to Visa and Mastercard

“The European Payments Initiative, a bank-backed joint venture that aims to build a rival to Mastercard and Visa, has put out a Request for Information for ‘qualified technical partners’ to help build its central infrastructure. Backed by 31 major Eurozone banks and acquirers Wordlline and Nets, the EPI is striving to create a unified pan-European […]
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Global

Worldline and Nets become shareholders of EPI Interim Company

“The European Payments Initiative (EPI) has entered its next phase with Worldline and Nets becoming shareholders of the EPI Interim Company. Meanwhile, third-party acquirers have joined the initiative. The EPI was created by 16 European banks in July to provide a unified, innovative pan-European payment solution leveraging Instant Payment/SEPA Instant Credit Transfer, which offers a […]
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Deals

Nexi Buys Nets in $9.2 Billion Deal to Create Payment Giant

“Italian payments processor Nexi SpA agreed to buy private equity-owned rival Nets A/S , creating the Europe’s biggest payments firm by volume in a quickly consolidating industry…The transaction, finalized just a month after Nexi purchased another competitor, adds to a wave of consolidation sweeping the continent’s financial services industry, and will extend the Italian company’s […]
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Companies

Stripe moves payment processing to Dublin due to Brexit

“Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Email App Share to LinkedIn Stripe is shifting payment processing for the majority of its European customers to its Irish-regulated entity because of Brexit, the company said on Thursday. The online payments company said processing for all customers outside of the UK and Switzerland will change to […]
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Global

ECB Glitch Reduced Bank Deposits by More Than 400 Billion Euros

“A glitch in the European Central Bank’s system for settling large-value payments by commercial and central banks has resulted in a drop in deposits worth more than 400 billion euros ($473 billions).    The interruption — which occurred on Friday and lasted more than 11 hours — meant large institutions were unable to move their […]
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Global

Europe’s Core Payments Network Disrupted by Technical Malfunction

“The European Central Bank blamed a software defect for a disruption to the region’s main wholesale payment system last week that left banks unable to process transactions and securities trades for almost 11 hours. The outage on Friday paralyzed the ECB’s Target2 payments system, which provides the plumbing that allows money to flow across the […]

On The Wires

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Fidor Solutions Partners With SIA to Launch Instant Payments Service in Europe

“Fidor Solutions, a 100 % subsidiary of Sopra Banking Software, has signed a partnership agreement with SIA, a leading European hi-tech company in payment services and infrastructures, controlled by CDP Equity, to launch its new instant payments service in Germany and in other European countries. Thanks to this agreement, Fidor Solutions is able to allow European […]
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Global

The European Payments Initiative (EPI) announces major Polish and Finnish banks and consortium of twelve Spanish credit institutions join as new founding shareholders

“Today, EPI Interim Company, responsible for initiating the implementation of the European Payments Initiative (EPI), is pleased to announce that PKO Bank Polski (“PKO BP”), Poland’s largest bank, and OP Financial Group, the leading Finnish retail bank, are joining EPI as founding shareholders of the recently created company. Furthermore, a group of 12 Spanish credit […]