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    Case Study
    • Apr., 2014
    Universal Music Group (UMG), owned by Vivendi, is the world's largest music content company with market-leading positions in recorded music, music publishing and merchandising. As a truly global company, Vivendi wanted to streamline how UMG interacted with its banks by using the ISO 20022 XML standard for UMG's credit transfer messages and SWIFTNet for data transmission. In the U.S., where UMG works with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the bank supported this change. It also worked to ensure UMG's lockbox and Payee Positive Pay would continue to function effectively following its migration to a new SAP environment, prompting the move to the ISO 20022 XML standard.
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    Article
    • Apr., 2014
    As AIFMD comes into law, fund managers both inside and outside of Europe need to ready themselves for compliance. In particular, fund managers will need to appoint a depositary, placing more emphasis on their relationships with service providers including custodians, prime brokers and administrators. Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Joanne Gill, regional head EMEA—Global Custody & Agency Services, tells GC's Jake Safane about the impact this regulation will have and how firms are preparing for the changes.
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    White Paper
    • Mar., 2014
    Our fourth-quarter and full-year results demonstrate that when intelligent plan design is combined with hands-on assistance, employees are more likely to participate and engage with the plan.
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    Banking Technology
    • Mar., 2014
    Managing cash in stores remains a major challenge for retailers. Cash is expensive to process and secure. In addition, trapped cash hinders working capital management: When cash sits in registers and in cash rooms, it is unavailable for investment, debt repayment or business expansion. Market leaders are meeting this challenge by developing new ways to manage store cash. This articles covers trends impacting the management of coin and currency in the retail industry and explore new technology solutions aimed at improving store efficiency and reducing costs.
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    ISS Magazine
    • Apr., 2014
    Alternative Investment Fund Managers who seek to raise capital in Europe face a ticking clock. The EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD1) will require them to appoint a depositary to oversee the custody of all fund assets by July 22, 2014. Those who act ahead of this fast-approaching deadline can achieve a variety of benefits, from more efficient implementation to a competitive edge.
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