Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and Experian to help clients with SEPA compliance

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and Experian to help clients with SEPA compliance

Nottingham, UK – 1 June 2011: Experian, the global information services company, today announced that it has been selected by Crédit Agricole CIB as its preferred partner to help its corporate banking customers access Experian’s global payment validation and automated data conversion services.

The agreement will see Crédit Agricole CIB work with Experian to offer Crédit Agricole CIB’s corporate banking customers access to Experian’s market leading range of global payment validation and automated data conversion services.

Clients of Crédit Agricole CIB choosing Experian’s services will be able to validate and convert their existing payment records to the required IBAN and BIC formats across the whole SEPA region. The collection of new account information will also be enhanced with validation at point of capture available across 228 countries and territories worldwide.

Clients will be able to more effectively and efficiently initiate payments to and from the SEPA region from anywhere in the world, moving away from higher cost payment mechanisms to lower cost SEPA payments and reduce costly delays associated with reprocessing failed payments.

Jerome Cavaliero, Head of Western European Sales, Global Transaction Banking at Crédit Agricole CIB, comments: “By working with Experian we are able to offer to help our customers ensure that both existing and new bank account details are successfully collected, validated and converted into the right format. This should help our customers who will be able to meet anticipated SEPA deadlines, improve their straight through processing rate and reduce their costs for incorrect or rejected payments.

Jonathan Williams, Director of Strategic Development at Experian Payments, comments: “Experian’s agreement with Crédit Agricole CIB highlights growing demand from corporate banking customers for support in meeting SEPA data requirements prior to the anticipated deadlines of 2013 for SEPA Credit Transfers and 2014 for SEPA Direct Debits. Validation and conversion of bank account data for new and existing payments is crucial to ensuring that SEPA is implemented smoothly and at minimum cost to the bank, its corporate customers and their clients and suppliers.”


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About Crédit Agricole CIB

Crédit Agricole CIB is the corporate and investment banking arm of the Crédit Agricole Group.
With about 13,000 professionals comprised in more than 50 countries, Crédit Agricole CIB offers its clients with a complete range of products and services in the area of capital markets, brokerage, investment banking, structured finance, commercial banking & international private banking. Its activities are organised around four major divisions: Coverage & Investment Banking, Equity Brokerage & Derivatives, Fixed Income Markets and Structured Finance.

The Transaction Banking business line offers an extended range of services aimed at corporates and financial services in area such as non-structured financing, guarantees and bonds, trade finance & cash management as well as liability management. Crédit Agricole CIB benefit from the Crédit Agricole Group’s position as a leader in payment services in Europe.

About Experian

Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 80 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 2011 was US$4.2 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 41 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and São Paulo, Brazil.

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