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Press release: Ebury and Santander join forces to increase support for SMEs

Published: Nov 2021

10th November 2021 – Ebury and Santander Germany are delighted to announce a new partnership to offer businesses in Germany a complete international finance solution to simplify international trade. By joining forces in Germany, clients will benefit from their combined services allowing them to trade with anyone from anywhere. The partnership has already been successfully trialled by a number of clients.

Newspaper press release

The onboarding process for clients can be reduced to as little as 24 hours due to data and client sharing between the two businesses to further simplify trading operations and improve the client experience.

The partnership will integrate the advantages of one of the largest and most successful banks in the world with the agility and specialist technology of a fintech. It follows Banco Santander’s €400m investment in Ebury in 2020, part of the bank’s digital strategy for providing SMEs with the necessary tools for their international expansion through global trade finance services. Santander, via PagoNxt, a technology-focused global payment fintech, owns 50.1% of Ebury.

Ebury, a leading fintech, simplifies cross-border trade by offering international transactions, FX hedging and collection account solutions for businesses while Banco Santander, a leading retail and commercial bank in Europe and the Americas, offers a range of lending, transactional services and trade finance solutions to SMEs among other things.

Nils Hennemann, Country Manager of Ebury Germany, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Santander to improve services for businesses in Germany who want to trade internationally. Combining forces will allow clients to benefit from Ebury’s agility as a fintech and its specialist international transaction services alongside Santander’s significant lending capabilities. Together, we expect this to be the start of a deep and enduring

partnership and we are already looking at additional ways of supporting SMEs in Germany and delivering a superior customer experience via this partnership.”

Peter Stindt, Head of Business and Corporate Banking of Santander Germany, commented: “This collaboration heralds a major step forward for SMEs in Germany as we join our strong lending capabilities and banking solutions with Ebury’s specialist technology to create a wholesale banking platform to make international trade more straightforward.

Banco Santander’s investment via PagoNxt in Ebury last year is evidence of the potential we see from harnessing the abilities of traditional banks and best-in-class fintechs. This partnership is a concrete example of how bringing our joint propositions together ensures that businesses have the best possible chance of success and growth in their trading activities.”

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