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Zanders at the SAP Treasury and Working Capital Management Live 2020

From 6-8 October, the SAP Treasury and Working Capital Management event took place, for the first time as a virtual event because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Spread over three days, it featured the latest insights and developments from SAP as well as a wide array of customer case studies to address key industry challenges, hot topics and future development.

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How the in-house bank improves visibility and liquidity controls

Could in-house bank structures have more effectively managed the challenges of a global crisis? What does this mean for the future of in-house banks? Could they increase liquidity control and visibility? We consider the case for an in-house bank as a mitigant for corporates in a global crisis.

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How to set cash pool and in-house bank interest rates

One of the main challenges treasurers face when setting up a cash pool or an in-house bank is setting an appropriate interest rate for the resulting transactions. This topic, among others, has been addressed in the recently published OECD transfer pricing guidelines on financial transactions. As expected, the OECD has left it to the taxpayers and advisors to translate the guidance into concrete methodologies for compliance. Zanders has designed a cloud-based solution that automates the entire process.

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Why treasury projects can fail

In the modern treasury landscape, projects are always complex, regardless of scope and size. Even a small project like a SaaS cash flow forecast system implementation is complex if we take into account that the business, regulatory and technical landscape is constantly evolving and that in most cases business resources cannot fully dedicate their time to projects. In today’s world, project teams also need to respond to change quickly and deliver value as soon as possible, both to the project and to business stakeholders. The challenge is to do that while also being in control of timelines, budget, scope, and – most importantly – creating quality and value to treasury and the business.

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The KYC burden on corporates

A centralized approach to manage KYC

It is mandatory for financial institutions to investigate whether cash is being used for money laundering, financing terrorists and criminal activity. Criminals exploit any situation to pursue their damaging activities and the recent increase of cybercrime shows that the COVID-19 situation is no exception. The purpose of KYC (Know Your Customer) is to protect the global financial system from being used for fraudulent activities. Banks play a key role in identifying suspicious transactions. To determine whether a transaction is suspicious, banks need to know their clients and their possible changed activities. The flip side, however, is that the KYC burden on corporates has already increased since the previous (financial) crisis. Will the KYC burden further increase or are there ways to release the burden?

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