Experian enables German bank to help customers transition to regulated IBAN and BIC formats
Nottingham, 25 February 2010 - Experian®, the global information services company, today announced that it has partnered with HypoVereinsbank (HVB), one of the largest commercial banks in Germany, to provide the bank and its corporate customers with a data validation and conversion service to aid compliance with the latest SEPA (Single Euro Payment Area) standards.
HVB is part of the UniCredit Group, the tenth largest European financial institution.
To make payments to and from all 31 countries participating in the SEPA scheme, banks and their corporate customers must supply a valid IBAN (International Bank Account Number) and BIC (Bank Identifier Code). Currently, the data held by HVB’s customers is in a domestic format and will need converting to the new, SEPA-compliant format.
Experian will check, validate and convert existing domestic BBANs (Basic Bank Account Numbers) to the required IBAN and BIC standard in bulk. This will enable HVB’s customers to avoid rejection or failed payments, thereby reducing transaction costs and improving straight through processing of payment instructions. In addition, the bank’s customers will also be able to identify invalid records that require further or correct information to be obtained or verified, including invalid account numbers and closed bank branches.
Markus Straussfeld, Head of International Cash Management Sales at HVB, comments: “We want to ensure the transition to SEPA is as smooth as possible for our customers and Experian’s systems help them to overcome the hurdle of not always having the appropriate data at hand to efficiently make SEPA transactions. As organisations within the Eurozone face the prospect of contacting potentially millions of customers for SEPA payments, we have turned to Experian Payments as an expert with a proven track record in data validation and conversion. As a result, we are in a position to support our customers in areas outside of our core competences, offering them additional services from trusted partners.”
Jonathan Williams, Director of Strategic Development at Experian Payments adds: “Corporates may not realise that they, not the banks, are responsible for converting their data to IBAN and BIC formats. However, this is hugely expensive and virtually impossible. Our partnership with HVB is enabling a growing number of the world’s largest businesses to make SEPA payments efficiently and cost-effectively while, at the same time, helping the bank to provide an additional service to its customers.”
About Experian Payments
Experian Payments develops global strategic payment software solutions and services to meet the requirements of the world’s leading banks and corporate organisations. Focusing on the specific challenges of data validation and payment processing, Experian Payments’ platform-independent solutions help organisations control costs, reduce risks and improve customer service by minimising payment errors. Experian Payments is a division of Experian. For more information, visit www.experianpayments.com
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 65 countries. The company helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.
Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended 31 March 2009 was $3.9 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; Costa Mesa, California; and São Paulo, Brazil. For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.
HypoVereinsbank is one of the largest private banks in Germany with around 26,000 employees, 680 branch offices and over four million customers. It is a member of the UniCredit Group, which is the leading player in the economic area of Italy, Germany, Austria, and Central and Eastern Europe with over 170,000 employees, 9,000 branches and more than 40 million customers.
HypoVereinsbank consists of the following divisions: Retail, Wealth Management, Corporates & CREF, and Markets & Investment Banking. The bank places particular emphasis on knowledge of the regional markets, as well as on close and intensive customer relationships. HypoVereinsbank combines these areas of focus with the competence and service capabilities of a large, internationally active bank.