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Demand increases for Operational Effectiveness

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

As the economic crisis has intensified, banks are more than ever seeking ways to reduce risk and improve their operational efficiency. In addition, the re-structuring of the payments card market across Europe has led to an extensive set of change programmes for traditional organisations and new entrants. Increased regulatory and financial changes, new business demand and the current economic effects have put considerable pressure on the operational infrastructure in banks and processors.  At the same time the payment industry's scope is increasing to tackle new initiatives like mobile banking and contactless payments. So the issue is not what to do but how to get it done with maximum efficiency.

Savantor is therefore re-doubling its efforts to meet this demand head-on by bringing clients their proven experience in how to improve card operations efficiency and reduce risk when they embark upon processing platform change.  Re-structuring of the card industry across Europe has increased the demand for practical experience and reduced risk platform change, whether it be outsourcing, consolidation or upgrading systems. Over the past 10 years, Savantor personnel have been at the centre of some of the largest, most complex and successful platform migrations undertaken in Europe. To help banks become more efficient, Savantor has created a series of cost-effective operational improvement packages that cover such areas as Fraud, Interchange, Collections, Chargebacks and Authorisations. Contact marketing@savantor.com if you want to know more.

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Client Quotes

Interchange Review

"Savantor did a superb job in confirming what we believed was an area of weakness. The detail we now have will enable us to agree internally what we need to do to improve structure, control and income. Nationwide management were very impressed with the quality of the Savantor team."

Adam Slater, Senior Manager - Banking - Nationwide Building Society - UK

Acquirer Transformation

"We needed a programme manager for a complex transformation who also brought a broad understanding to help stakeholders through the change. We have been delighted with the delivery and outcomes from this engagement with Savantor."

Michael Liquornik, Executive Vice President - Neovia Financial - UK

Platform Selection

"Savantor's support in our platform selection process has enabled us to sustain our profitability and positioning for the future. Their advice and guidance was essential to our decision-making."

Robert Lambert, Head of Cards Strategy - Permanent tsb bank - Ireland

Credit Risk Review for New Product Launch

"We needed expert help at short notice and Savantor were very impressive in their response and knowledge. The results were very clear and useful, enabling us to quickly make good progress on the next steps."

Sami Karhunen, Head of Business Intelligence and SME Sales - Point Transaction Systems Oy - Finland

Issuer and Acquirer Transformation - Assessment and Mobilisation

"We were in urgent need of external independent expertise to supplement our internal resources. Senior consultants had to quickly integrate with a diverse team from across the bank and actively contribute. I am pleased to say that Savantor was able to deliver on our needs as well as being good people to do business with."

Lars Bostrom, Head of Cards - Nordea - Scandinavia

Expert Witness

"After searching extensively for the required industry expert in a complex litigation, Savantor was identified to have the necessary industry knowledge and expertise on a range of complex issues. Savantor provided clear advice and was able to quickly hone in on the key issues, but most importantly, generating pragmatic winnable answers."

Gavin Ingram, General Counsel & VP Strategic Planning - Global Blue - Asia Pacific

Commercial Card Migration

"Execution at its best. We're delighted that this project has been truly outstanding and received an award from 'The Banker'. Savantor provided crucial expertise that helped us keep all our promises in terms of delivery. The scheduling, planning and control regime throughout was excellent."

Chris Mason, Director - Commercial Cards EMEA - Citi - UK

Credit Card Migration and Operational Support

"The bank has undergone significant transformation of its card business on both the issuing and acquiring sides. One business partner we have looked to for support in the areas of strategy, major project leadership, management analysis and ongoing business support is Savantor. The Savantor team has contributed to our success as we have leveraged their deep industry knowledge and broad range of operational skills."

Sean Sheehan, Service Management Director - Bank of Ireland

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