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EBRD to support Turkish capital market reform with 10% stake in Borsa Istanbul
The plan was announced in Istanbul earlier today

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is in talks to acquire a 10% stake in Borsa Istanbul to support Turkey’s efforts to reshape its capital markets.

Swift extends KYC compliance services to securities users
Swift is expanding its presence in Africa

Swift is extending its Know Your Customer compliance service into the securities area, making it available to fund distributors and custodians.

Deutsche Börse announces partnership with Chinese exchanges

Deutsche Börse plans a joint venture with the Shanghai Stock Exchange and China Financial Futures Exchange to develop and market Chinese-based financial instruments to investors outside mainland China.

Nasdaq unit says risk and data capabilities give FS firms a way to rebuild client trust

Financial services firms should get a grip on their risk management and make more use of the data available to them as part of a two-way process in gaining user trust and building new revenue streams.

Equiniti opens Cardiff centre to bring fintech focus to pension reform

Pensions and payments company Equiniti has opened a new fintech innovation centre in Cardiff, which will focus on bringing together fintech tools for employee share plans, online applications for investment platforms and web and mobile applications for pension products.

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CBEST will help UK financial institutions lead in IT security
Rowland Johnson is chief executive at Nettitude

Banks will always be targeted by criminals and cyber attacks have become their most vulnerable attack surface. It isn’t simply about technology. It extends through people and process, and reaches from the central infrastructure all the way out to end users conducting online banking or financial transactions on laptops, tablets or smart phones. Because banks and financial firms have very large and sophisticated systems, this means that end-to-end security is notoriously difficult

Compliance and digital innovation needn’t be mutually exclusive
Justin Arbuckle is

Regulatory compliance might be a fact of life for every financial institution, but it can be very challenging when competitive pressures come in to play. Software-based services are often now the primary means of contact between a company and its customers; IT is no longer a back-office support function

For The Record
Misys adds Islamic banking capabilities to platform

Banking technology vendor Misys has launched an Islamic banking platform called Misys FusionBanking Essence Islamic, as part of a plan to capitalise on the 17% annual growth in Islamic banking worldwide.

Mobey Forum, Biometrics Institute and Natural Security Alliance join forces to promote biometrics for digital services

The Biometrics Institute, Mobey Forum and Natural Security Alliance have launcehd a cross-association collaboration to promote the use of biometrics in digital services. The organisations plan to have their inaugural meeting, on biometrics for non-government services, in Paris on 1 July.

Moven, Accenture to jointly develop technology for banks

Accenture and Moven, the online-only bank founded by Brett King, have signed a deal to jointly develop new digital banking services — including services for the established banks. The two firms say their partnership will be useful to the larger banks because it will help them to cut costs and roll out digital services to their customers faster.

ISDA releases UTI derivatives trade reporting service

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association has launched UTIPrefix.org, a service that enables counterparties to obtain a unique trade identifier (UTI) prefix for derivatives trade reporting.

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