Capital Bank goes live with Finastra to support strong growth in corporate banking business
With Finastra’s Corporate Channels and Trade Innovation, the bank will automate core processes to increase efficiency and flexibility
Dubai, UAE and London, UK – April 13, 2023 – Finastra, a global provider of financial software applications and marketplaces, today announced that Capital Bank, a leading financial institution with commercial and investment banking expertise, has gone live with Finastra’s Corporate Channels and will soon follow with Trade Innovation as well as other Corporate Channels modules. The combined offering will help to streamline banking services for corporates in Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Once fully implemented, the solutions will enable the bank to digitalize manual tasks, process lending operations quicker and at a lower cost, and offer its customers a single platform for all corporate features. IBC Consult, a provider of banking services in the MENA region, is handling the implementation of the solutions.
“Capital Bank reported strong growth in financial performance in 2022, up by 49% from the previous year,” said Yasser Kleib, Group Chief Institutional Banking Officer at Capital Bank. “The success of our corporate banking business is critical for our bottom line, and we needed solutions that support our growth and enhance how we serve our customers.”
“We chose Finastra due to its premium interfaces, seamless integrations with SWIFT and our internal systems, as well as its fast bulk payment functionality. IBC Consult were also extremely quick to adapt to our demands in the implementation of the solutions. We are delighted with this digital transformation journey and the benefits it will ultimately yield for our customers,” commented Izzidin Abusalameh, Group COO at Capital Bank.
Corporate Channels is a digital banking platform that delivers a single, intuitive portal to unify trade, cash, supply chain finance, lending, and treasury services for corporate clients. Trade Innovation is an end-to-end solution for frictionless trade and supply chain finance. The trade services platform uses straight-through processing, digitalization, and data analytics to enable intelligent trade for growth, and the ability to evolve with compliance, customer and competitive demands. IBC Consult is a consortium of banking consultancy and financial advisory professionals with 20 years of industry expertise.
“As one of the largest banking institutions in Jordan, with presence in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Capital Bank offers a broad range of commercial and investment banking solutions tailored to corporates’ needs,” said Kamal El Khoury, Managing Director, MENAT Lending at Finastra. “Our solutions will help the bank to enhance and streamline its offering, giving its customers access to services such as account balance and statements visibility, transfers between accounts and other beneficiaries, all through a single platform. It’s been exciting to work with Capital Bank as it continues to demonstrate success in the region.”
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About Capital Bank
Capital Bank Group is one of the top financial institutions operating in the Jordanian and regional markets, with assets of approximately JOD 7 billion, and shareholder equity of JOD 653 million.
Capital Bank Group includes Capital Bank, one of the top financial institutions in Jordan, offering a comprehensive set of commercial and investment banking services and solutions to retail and corporate clients. It also includes National Bank of Iraq (61.85% share), with a wide range of financial products and services, tailored to enhance financial inclusion at the country level, in addition to supporting export activities and providing all services to Jordanian companies operating in Iraq. In 2021, the National Bank of Iraq continued to realize its expansion strategy by launching its first branch in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide financial and trade services to its corporate clients.
Capital Investments is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capital Bank and is set as a regional leader in providing comprehensive investment banking services that include asset management, brokerage as well as corporate financial advisory, serving a diverse array of local, regional, and international clientele through its offices in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates / (DIFC).
Capital Bank Group also acquired Bank Audi’s operations in both Jordan and Iraq in 2021 and followed that milestone in 2022 with the acquisition of the branches and operations of Société Générale Bank in Jordan, in early 2022, Capital Bank launched its digital bank - Blink, targeting young individuals.
In June 2022, Capital Bank raised its capital through issuing new shares in favor of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) as a strategic investor in Capital Bank. with a 23.97% stake. For more information, visit www.capitalbank.jo.
Finastra is a global provider of financial software applications and marketplaces, and launched the leading open platform for innovation, FusionFabric.cloud, in 2017. It serves institutions of all sizes, providing award-winning software solutions and services across Lending, Payments, Treasury & Capital Markets and Universal Banking (Retail, Digital and Commercial Banking) for banks to support direct banking relationships and grow through indirect channels, such as embedded finance and Banking as a Service. Its pioneering approach and commitment to open finance and collaboration is why it is trusted by ~8,600 institutions, including 90 of the world’s top 100 banks. For more information, visit finastra.com.
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