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Top fintech stories this week – 28 July 2017

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Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place!

Italy’s largest bank UniCredit gets hacked

UniCredit in technology standardisation drive

Italy’s largest bank UniCredit has been the victim of a security breach due to unauthorised access through an Italian third-party provider to customer data – with up to 400,000 customers potentially affected. The incident is confined to Italy and relates to personal loans only. The bank says a first breach seems to have occurred in […]

UniCredit and SIA bring Alipay to Italy

Chinese tourists

The agreement between Alipay and UniCredit has now entered the operational stage. Technological infrastructure for this has been provided by SIA.

Seven European banks join forces for blockchain platform for SMEs

Major banks team up for blockchain platform for SME commerce

Seven European banks – Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Natixis, KBC, Rabobank, Société Générale and UniCredit – have agreed in principle to develop a blockchain-based shared platform for domestic and international commerce for SMEs.

Top ten payments projects in 2016

Navigating the payments storm

Look back at some of the major payments projects in 2016, with Banking Technology’s top ten.

UniCredit to cut 14,000 jobs

Italy

Italy’s largest bank UniCredit plans to raise €13 billion and axe 14,000 jobs over the next two years as it looks to get its finances in order. Along with the job cuts, which amount to about 11% of its workforce, UniCredit will shut down about 25% of its 3,800 branches. It also aims to use […]

Alipay partners with major European banks and payment provider

Chinese tourists

Alipay, one of the world’s largest online and mobile payment platforms, has inked deals with BNP Paribas, Barclays, UniCredit, and SIX Payment Services to drive the European expansion.

Unicredit to launch smartphone-only bank in Italy

Italy

UniCredit will launch “Buddybank”, a bank project exclusively designed for smartphones, in early 2017 in Italy. Buddybank will offer current accounts, credit/debit cards and “contextual” and instant personal loans, as well as a 24/7 concierge service, accessible via chat and phone, that “can help with everyday tasks such as restaurant reservations, taxi booking and travel […]

Commerzbank and UniCredit complete first BPO live transaction in UK

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Commerzbank London and UniCredit have “successfully” processed the first UK Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) live transaction. The banks say with the backing of the ICC Banking Commission and Swift, there has been a “growing demand for, and an increasing number of”, BPO transactions, as a “proven” digital settlement tool. Raphael Barisaac, global head of trade […]

SIA buys e-money processing unit of Unicredit

UniCredit in technology standardisation drive

Unicredit is selling its e-money processing unit to payments vendor SIA. The unit – part of Unicredit Business Integrated Solutions (UBIS) – processes around 13.5 million payment cards and manages 206,000 POS terminals and 12,000 ATMs in Italy, Germany and Austria. SIA has also got a ten-year outsourcing contract from UBIS for the supply of […]

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