EACT Newsletter - September 2020

We hope you enjoy the September edition of the EACT Newsletter.

In this edition you will find articles about central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), communication in a digital world, and information regarding the new 2020 - 2021 Journeys to Treasury report.

As ever, please do follow the EACT LinkedIn page for the very latest member association news and treasury insight.

Jean-Marc Servat
Chair, EACT

In this issue

  1. Central Bank Digital Currencies - What is all the Fuss?
  2. Journeys to Treasury 2020 – 2021: Innovation, Agility and Resilience
  3. European Financial Regulation Shifting into Gear – What Will it Mean for Corporates?
  4. Communicating in a Virtual World
  5. Tax Issues Related to Financing and Cash in Times of Crisis
  6. Payment Factories - More Up-to-Date Than Ever!
  7. The Inevitable Move Towards Further Digitization: on the Road Again!
  8. News from the VDT

Central Bank Digital Currencies - What is all the Fuss?

12 months ago, Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) were the topic of think tanks and obscure magazines. These days, not a month goes by without a new headline in the more popular press.

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Journeys to Treasury 2020 – 2021: Innovation, Agility and Resilience

With the launch of the 2020-2021 report, following on from the special COVID-19 series earlier in the year, the Journeys to Treasury partners are helping treasurers globally at every step through a tumultuous journey.

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European Financial Regulation Shifting into Gear – What Will it Mean for Corporates?

Following an initial period of reflection and public consultation, EU policymakers are now set to launch many of the set pieces of financial regulation for the current legislative mandate. At the same time, the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the economy has motivated policymakers to adjust a number of pieces of securities markets and prudential regulation to ease burdens on investment firms, banks, and companies.

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Communicating in a Virtual World

COVID-19 has certainly impacted the way we communicate from a technical and logistical perspective. It has also perhaps raised our awareness around the importance of communications, on a number of different levels.

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Tax Issues Related to Financing and Cash in Times of Crisis

The health crisis linked to the coronavirus epidemic has plunged all countries worldwide into the unknown. Paralyzing a large portion of the population and of companies, the health crisis subsequently gives way to a major economic crisis. Against this backdrop, companies first focused on liquidity. Indeed, with a sudden drop in sales, the cash flow generation slows down or even stops as companies are unable to slow down their cash outflows.

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Payment Factories - More Up-to-Date Than Ever!

From March to May 2020 the VDT conducted a survey on Payment Factories. The trigger for the survey were the numerous regulatory changes that have had a strong impact on the processing and optimization opportunities in payment processes.

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The Inevitable Move Towards Further Digitization: on the Road Again!

Different reasons, including the pandemic, are forcing all of us to revisit the finance organization as a whole and to move a step further towards digitization. This is a fantastic opportunity arises for those who will be ready to on-board new technologies and prepared for these changes and… challenges.

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News from the VDT

VDT Working group "Electronic Signatures / Digital workflow"

The digitization of corporate processes can no longer be delayed. As part of this and sooner rather than later, the physical signature will belong to the past. As a consequence of the pandemic, Work From Home (WFH) arrangements will become an increasing part of the new normal, rather than just an exception.

Anecdotes from life in treasury

A treasurer had this amusing story to tell: “In the retail sector, payment settlements automatically generated from our TMS that included the abbreviation SPO for spot plus reference number in the reference field led to massive problems with our banks.”

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Podcast | Central Bank Digital Currencies: What Treasurers Need to Know

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Jean-Marc Servat, EACT, takes a deep dive into the world of crypto assets to discuss why Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) are capturing the attention of finance professionals.

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EACT Newsletter - December 2020

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The latest issue contains the 2021 EACT Award, an interview with EACT Chair, Jean-Marc Servat, and more information about the upcoming Libor transition.

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EACT Joins Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime

The EACT has become a member of the Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime (GCFFC).

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Royal Avebe Wins First DACT Treasury Award

After an exciting battle, the winner of the DACT Treasury Award 2020 has been announced.

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EACT LMA Webinar: Libor Transition & Reference Rate Reform 2020

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View a recording of the recent webinar hosted by EACT and Loan Market Association (LMA).

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