Accenture completes acquisition of SKS Group
The acquisition further expands Accenture’s technology, consulting and regulatory services capabilities, while enhancing its ability to serve specialized banks
WPP partners with Stripe to expand commerce and payments solutions for brands
With this announcement WPP is now a Consulting Partner within the Stripe Partner Ecosystem (SPE), a program which provides a comprehensive package of resources and access to industry-leading consulting firms.
Deutsche Bank and WWF partner to advance sustainable finance
Deutsche Bank's Private Bank Germany and WWF Germany have signed an agreement in Berlin for an initial two-year advisory service.
Nokia launches Sustainable Finance Framework
The framework reinforces Nokia’s commitment to sustainable growth by ensuring its financing strategy supports the company’s recently enhanced ESG strategy.
Similarweb estimates 100 fastest-growing digital brands of 2022
With its annual Digital 100 ranking, Similarweb is recognizing what it believes to be the 10 top-performing digital domains from 10 critical business categories, ranked by growth – with the top sites up by hundreds, or even thousands of a percent, between 2021 and 2022.
Mediahuis acquires Irish online comparison platform Switcher.ie
European media group Mediahuis has invested in the Irish online comparison market with the acquisition of Switcher.ie, a price comparison site for energy, telecom, loans and mortgages.
SEB sets net-zero aligned 2030 targets for its credit portfolio
The targets focus on the areas where we can achieve the greatest positive impact and cover SEB’s lending commitments to the oil & gas, power generation, steel, car manufacturing, and Swedish household mortgage sectors.
Hivestack appoints Hector Gonzalez as Chief Revenue Officer, US and LatAm regions
Hivestack, the global independent programmatic digital out of home (DOOH) ad tech company has announced the appointment of Hector Gonzalez as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) for the US and LatAm regions.
IC Markets unveils global marketing campaign to help traders to reach new heights
The advert plays on the renewed interest in the 1986 movie Top Gun, following the release of the sequel Top Gun: Maverick, and encourages traders to ‘trade up’ and experience the superior benefits of IC Markets.
Kantar completes acquisition of StepUp RGM
StepUp will merge with Kantar’s existing XTEL Trade Promotion offering. The combined business will be branded Kantar XTEL and will operate as an independent entity within the Kantar Group.
S4Capital appoints Colin Day Chair of Audit Committee and Chris Martin Chief Operating Officer
S4Capital plc, the digital advertising and marketing services company, has announced the appointment of a new Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, as part of its previously indicated plans to invest in and tighten its financial control, risk and governance processes.
[eMarketer] Visa’s earnings highlight strong consumer spending even as economic uncertainty looms
Growth slowed considerably from last year’s 31% YoY increase, though this was heavily influenced by a post-lockdown spending surge coupled with stimulus payments.
[eMarketer] Amazon ramps up resources for independent sellers
Amazon launched Seller Wallet, which extends and consolidates the tools for independent third-party sellers on its platform, per a press release.
Deutsche Bank bolsters sustainability activities with appointment of Chief Sustainability Officer
Deutsche Bank is strengthening its sustainability efforts. As Chief Sustainability Officer, Jörg Eigendorf will continue to expand the bank’s sustainability area with a view to further developing the strategy and implementing it with more intensity.
Edelman launches global financial communications boutique
The global launch brings together under one brand Edelman’s Financial Communications and Financial Services teams, combining specialized industry knowledge with global scale and localized expertise.
Deutsche Bank helps Continuum Green Energy expand renewable energy capacity
The funds raised will be utilised for refinancing existing debt and to support the company’s expansion plans for renewable energy production through its wind and solar hybrid projects.
[eMarketer] Continued decline in fintech funding signals harsher climate for startups
Record-high inflation, the war in Ukraine, and fears of a looming recession are all slowing deal activity. Technology firms have been hit particularly hard after attaining record levels in 2021.
Deutsche Bank develops its own buy now, pay later solution for e-commerce and digital marketplaces
Deutsche Bank is developing its own BNPL (buy now, pay later) solution for invoice and instalment purchases in a collaboration with Vienna-based fintech Credi2.
Essence drives Nationwide win with an integrated approach to creative and media
GroupM’s Essence has won the Nationwide media business as part of a new integrated agency team structure across the WPP network that brings creative, media and advanced data and analytics together to drive unique marketing results for the Fortune 100 company.
Jason Kiviat appointed Chief Financial Officer of Outbrain
Jason Kiviat, CPA, the Company’s current Vice President, FP&A and Investor Relations, has been named Ms. Garofalo’s successor as Chief Financial Officer, effective July 1, 2022.
Deutsche Bank links Henkel supply chain financing to ESG ratings
Deutsche Bank is the first bank in Europe to convert an existing supply chain finance program for its client. Through this program, Henkel creates incentives for its suppliers to be more sustainable.
Deutsche Bank makes vendor sustainability ratings mandatory
Deutsche Bank is taking a further step toward placing sustainability at the heart of all its business activities.
Deutsche Bank partners with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in Germany
The partnership with the German Ocean Decade Committee aims to promote ocean literacy in Germany, raise awareness of the ten challenges outlined by the UN Ocean Decade and to act as a link between German and international Ocean Decade activities.
[Vacancy] Mediahuis is looking for an Investment Associate
Mediahuis is directly looking for an Investment Associate (Amsterdam/Antwerpen)
IFC, Santander Bank Polska launch initiative to boost climate finance, support green transition in Poland
A path-breaking transaction launched by IFC and Santander Bank Polska (SPL), will help increase access to climate finance in Poland, while boosting market resilience and stimulating the country's recovery.
Klarna appoints MediaCom as global media agency of record
The agency’s remit excludes North America, where Havas Media Group won the retained account last December.
Intercontinental Exchange unveils multi-faceted global brand and ad campaign
Elements of the campaign include contributions from a cast of influencers from varied walks of life, united around the powerful idea of making connections
Regina Buckley named Chief Financial and Strategy Officer of Hearst Magazines
In her new role, Buckley will oversee the financial and strategic planning processes across the business. The announcement was made by Hearst Magazines President Debi Chirichella.
[eMarketer] US in-store card users will be more than 90% of population by 2023
US in-store payment card users will represent 91.0% of the population by 2023, with 68.6% being debit card users, 60.2% being credit card users, and 17.1% being prepaid card users.
Paramount Global announces redemption of approximately $2.0 billion of notes
The redemption price for the 3.875% notes, the 3.700% notes and the 3.50% notes is equal to the sum of 100% of the principal amount of such series of notes to be redeemed.
European Investment Bank enters into a €100 million loan deal with the DPG Media Group to digitize media platforms
The agreement is part of a major investment project to the tune of EUR 244m by the DPG Media Group. The loan will be used to finance the development of DPG’s digital media platforms in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Deutsche Bank and The Development Guarantee Group sign MOU to tackle climate financing gap for developing countries
Under the agreement, Deutsche Bank will act as an Origination Partner for the Green Guarantee Company, GGC, which will be managed by DGG.
Deutsche Bank appoints Muriel Danis as Global Head of Product Platforms and Sustainable Solutions
Deutsche Bank’s International Private Bank (IPB) has announced the appointment of Muriel Danis as Global Head of Product Platforms & Sustainable Solutions, effective March 14, 2022.
[eMarketer] Visa’s new cloud-based payment solution opens up a world of acceptance opportunities
Visa is piloting a platform called the Visa Acceptance Cloud (VAC), which lets payment service providers embed transaction software into digital devices beyond standard payment terminals, according to a press release.
Mediacom commits to lower maximum leverage
Rocco B. Commisso, the founder, Chairman and CEO of Mediacom Communications Corporation, has issued the following statement:
[eMarketer] Fintech funding to hit record highs in 2022
New tech applications like open finance and blockchain will grab a wider pool of global investors, including hedge funds.
[eMarketer] PayPal mulls proprietary stablecoin to help drive platform growth
PayPal confirmed that it's exploring a stablecoin backed by the US dollar after developer Steve Moser discovered code and images referencing “PayPal Coin” inside the PayPal iPhone app, per Bloomberg.
[eMarketer] In 2022, fintechs brace for trends that will make or break them
Fintech startups attracted a record number of users and funds in 2021, marking a turning point for fintech.
SmartAsset and Marketing Architects launch simpler road to retirement TV Ad campaign
SmartAsset, an online destination for financial advice and marketplace that connects consumers to financial advisors, has launched a national TV campaign in partnership with All-Inclusive TV agency Marketing Architects.
Essence appoints Jennifer Zhu as Vice President of Investment in China
Reporting to Essence’s CEO, China, Benjamin Wei, in this new position, she will be responsible for media investment and innovation, helping the agency’s clients to achieve long-term brand and business growth.
Publicis Groupe announces fintech joint venture between Publicis Sapient and Siam Commercial Bank in Southeast Asia
Publicis Groupe has announced the launch of SCB Tech X, a joint venture between Publicis Sapient and Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), creating one of the largest fintech entities in Southeast Asia.
[Marketing Report] Bob Koigi: The nexus between advertising and climate change
Advertising has a potential to play a significant role in combating climate change and can be used to educate customers about products and services with a low carbon footprint.
BASF to sell 25.2% of the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid to Allianz
Allianz Capital Partners, on behalf of Allianz Insurance Companies, and BASF have agreed on the purchase of 25.2% of the windfarm Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) by Allianz.
Mary Basterfield joins S4 Capital as Chief Financial Officer
S4Capital plc, the new age digital advertising and marketing services company, has announced that Mary Basterfield will take over from Peter Rademaker as Chief Financial Officer of S4Capital plc from 3 January 2022 and join the S4Capital Board.
Omnicom prices £325 million senior notes offering
The Notes and the related guarantee will be the unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of the Issuer and Omnicom Group, respectively, and will rank equal in right of payment to all of their respective existing and future unsecured senior indebtedness.
Mastercard and partners advance the future of sustainable commerce
As part of its net zero strategy, Mastercard had already committed to meet its existing science-based targets (SBTi) for greenhouse gas reduction, which are aligned to the United Nations Business Ambition for a 1.5°C future.
[eMarketer] The place and space of fintechs in the metaserve
Facebook’s rebranding as a metaverse innovator opens up opportunities for firms looking to embed fintech solutions into this next iteration of the digital realm.
Edelman launches financial and capital markets communications boutique agency in Canada
Edelman has launched Edelman Smithfield in Canada, a dedicated financial and capital markets communications boutique agency within the larger firm.
[Marketing Week] Bob Koigi: European advertisers put on notice for using tracking ads
A coalition in the European Parliament recently sent a letter to the corporate leaders of the largest European advertisers to call on them to stop using tracking ads.
Merkle and TransUnion Partner to enhance audience activation across Connected TV
Merkle, a data-driven customer experience management (CXM) company, has announced its new partnership with TransUnion.
Deutsche Bank appoints Essence to lead multi-brand portfolio media campaigns
For the first time ever, one agency will manage the media buying for most of the portfolio of brands and products across the group, including all media and platforms online and offline, nationally, and internationally.
KPMG to spend $1.5 billion on the Environmental, Social and Governance change agenda
The ESG strategy is designed to support KPMG firms’ clients in making a positive difference. Importantly, this strategy is underpinned by KPMG’s recognition of its responsibility to improve its impact on the world and the ESG commitments outlined in KPMG: Our Impact Plan.
[eMarketer] Fintech adoption in US on a meteoric rise
The percentage of US consumers using technology to manage their finances jumped from 58% last year to 88% this year, per a Plaid survey. The online survey was conducted from July 6-20, 2021 among 2,000 US adults.
[Marketing Week] Bob Koigi: Social media giants redefine future of content, e-commerce
Global social media powerhouses continue to evolve by tapping into opportunities that the tech space presents and are moving from being content platforms to digital commerce giants.
[eMarketer] US businesses explore innovative payment options post pandemic
US B2B payments declined slightly faster than expected in 2020 at -7.1% as opposed to -4.9% for an actual sales value of $25.539 trillion in 2020.
Afterpay introduces new advertising solutions
Afterpay, a company involved in "Buy Now, Pay Later" payments, has announced the debut of Afterpay Ads, a new suite of advertising products to help brands reach, acquire and activate high intent, loyal shoppers across the Afterpay ecosystem.
Spotify announces stock repurchase programme of up to $1.0 billion
Spotify Technology has announced that it will commence a stock repurchase program beginning in the third quarter of 2021.
[eMarketer] Global fintech funding hits historic levels
Fintechs raised $30.79 billion across 657 deals, a staggering 30% rise on the first quarter. The total funding for 2021 already exceeds all funding raised during the entirety of 2020, according to CB Insights.
[eMarketer] Proximity mobile payment user base in US to surpass 100 million this year
Proximity mobile payment user base in the US will surpass 100 million this year. This is according to new data from eMarketer.
SEB joins Net-Zero Banking Alliance to tackle climate change
Swedish financial group SEB has joined 42 other banks from across the world in forming the Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) to accelerate the transition of the global economy to net zero emissions by 2050.
Intrum Germany adopts FICO customer communications solution
Intrum, Germany's ethical debt purchase and collection companies, has turned to global software and analytics provider FICO to bring its customer communications to the next level.
[eMarketer] China closing the digital divide for the elderly
In November, the Chinese government urged tech companies to cater to the elderly, and China’s digital giants are now tapping into the so-called silver market.
PRCA unveils fintech group to address challenging communications space
The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has appointed Edelman’s fintech and crypto expert, Martyna Borys CMPRCA, as the Chair of its new Financial Services & Fintech Group.
Twenty new companies join The Climate Pledge
Amazon and Global Optimism have announced that 20 new signatories around the world have joined The Climate Pledge:
European support for financing to cultural and creative sectors in Denmark
The European Investment Fund (EIF) has signed a guarantee agreement with Danish alternative finance provider REinvent Finance.
EBRD provides €26m loan to build new wind farms in Poland
Poland is accelerating its transition from fossil fuels with the construction of two new wind farms financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
EBRD supports WKN wind parks in Poland with €39m loan
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the expansion of green energy and Poland’s green recovery with a loan of €39 million to finance two new wind farms.
OKCoin announces 5X referral reward for Netherlands customers as part of continued European expansion
OKCoin, the global, regulated fiat-focused crypto asset exchange, is celebrating continued expansion in Europe in anticipation of regulatory approval from the Dutch Central Bank this year with a limited promotion for Netherlands customers.
ING publishes second progress report on climate alignment
Dutch multinational bank ING has published its second progress report on Terra, ING’s approach to steer its €600 billion lending book in line with the climate goal of the Paris Agreement.
Canada fintech company Sensibill selects William Mills Agency for PR services
William Mills Agency, the largest independent public relations and marketing firm specializing in the financial industry, has been selected by Sensibill for public relations services.
Arcesium extends financial technology footprint into Europe
Arcesium LLC, a global financial technology and professional services firm has expanded its footprint into Europe, opening a new office in London.
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