Citi and CGI join forces to offer end-to-end SEPA Direct Debit solution
London - September 18, 2012 – Logica, now part of CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB), a leading provider of information technology and business process services, and Citi (NYSE: C), through its Transaction Services division, have formed a strategic alliance to provide CGI’s Logica Mandate Management service (LMM) to Citi’s institutional client base in Europe.
LMM complements Citi’s SEPA Direct Debit offering, allowing clients to be ready in time for when the various domestic Euro direct debit schemes across the Eurozone are replaced by the SEPA Direct Debit schemes on 1 February 2014.
CGI’s LMM is a comprehensive platform designed to help corporate easily migrate to SEPA direct debits. It converts legacy mandates into SEPA Direct Debit compliant mandates and manages their full lifecycle, including collections, in line with the SEPA rule books. With a fully integrated archiving, scanning and printing service, LMM eases the complexity of SEPA migration for clients. It is also quick and easy to connect to, meaning corporates can focus on securing strategic advantage from SEPA.
CGI Logica technology is used to process 15% of SEPA Direct Debit transactions in Europe, surpassing any other provider in the market, whilst Citi was the first bank to send a direct debit transaction via SEPA Direct Debit schemes in 2009. The service leverages CGI Logica’s SEPA offering and large footprint in the European market, matching Citi’s SEPA presence in 23 countries and wide range of SEPA capabilities, including SEPA Direct Debit instruments within the CitiDirect® Online Banking platform as well as host-to-host solutions.
As a result of this alliance, Citi will be able to provide a comprehensive, trusted and scalable solution to its clients.
Citi Transaction Services offers integrated cash management, trade, and securities and fund services to over 65,000 clients from multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations around the world. “The adoption of SEPA requirements can be a challenging process both from an operational and cost perspective,” said Karin Flinspach, EMEA Head of Payments and Receivables, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi Transaction Services. “We want to help our clients navigate this complexity by offering a proven service and a seamless transition with minimal change to their existing processes and systems. We are confident that the CGI Logica Mandate Management service will help meet the demands of our clients as it provides end-to-end SEPA migration services, rapid on-boarding times and proven delivery capabilities.”
“As the SEPA end-date draws nearer, corporates are looking to their banks for solutions to comply with, and take advantage of, the regulation,” said Garry Young, Director of Corporate Services, CGI. “As a result of this collaboration with Citi, we can build on our long-standing track record for delivering and maintaining SEPA compliance solutions in the region.”
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
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About Citi Transaction Services
Citi Transaction Services, a division of Citi’s Institutional Clients Group, offers integrated cash management, trade, and securities and fund services to multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations around the world. With a network that spans more than 95 countries, Transaction Services supports over 65,000 clients. As of the second quarter of 2012, it held on average $396 billion in liability balances and over $12 trillion in assets under custody.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the sixth-largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. With approximately 72,000 professionals located in offices and global delivery centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, CGI offers a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as more than 100 proprietary solutions. Further to the recent completion of the Logica acquisition, CGI’s annualized revenue is approximately $10.4 billion, with an estimated order backlog of approximately $17.7 billion, CGI’s shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com.