Mastercard acquires SaaS platform Dynamic Yield to offer personalized customer experiences.

Key Insights and Signals in Banking & Financial Services

BBVA, Accenture strikes a multi-year deal to boost digital transformation 
The 10-year agreement will support BBVA’s digital transformation to power its customer service experience. Accenture will develop BBVA’s agility of operations by harnessing the power of analytics and artificial intelligence. Read More>>
Mastercard, Thales, and FPC to launch biometric payment card in Poland 
Thales will be responsible for developing the fingerprint-enabled card, as well as packaging and distribution. The fingerprint biometric sensor is designed to be more effective than sensors on mobile devices. Read More>>
EML Payments picks Netcetera for new Access Control Server (ACS)
The partners will implement a state-of-the-art ACS, including a Risk-Based Authentication (RBA) solution for EML. Netcetera’s globally certified 3DS product is a perfect match for EML, ensuring secure online payments across all card networks and reducing the risk of fraudulent transactions. Read More>>
BankDhofar inks a strategic pact with Visa 
The partnership aims to strengthen the business relationship between the two parties and enhance the bank’s customer experience. BankDhofar has been one of the pioneering financial institutions to adopt the latest technologies and follow best international practices in the industry. Read More>>
PayPal and PACE launch smartwatch payment at service stations
The partners aim to enable mobile payments directly at the pump in service stations of Germany. Customers can  pay using their smartphones and on their Apple Watch or Android smartwatches. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisition
Mastercard’s acquisition of Dynamic Yield
Mastercard will acquire McDonald’s’ personalization platform and decision engine company, Dynamic Yield. Dynamic Yield’s technology is a natural addition to Mastercard’s existing suite of services that help brands deliver more effective and trusted customer experiences across channels. Read More>>
T. Rowe Price completes USD 4.2 Bn acquisition of New York Investment Firm
The acquisition of New York-based Oak Hill Advisors makes it the first significant expansion by T. Rowe Price into private markets as it looks to grow beyond its better-known mutual fund retirement business. Read More>>
BMO Harris is buying Bank of the West for USD 16 Bn 
The deal will add more than 500 Bank of the West branches and USD 105 Bn in assets, giving Chicago-based BMO Harris a significant entry into California, where most of the newly acquired branches are located. Read More>>
Executive Movement
ABN Amro’s Chief Innovation and Technology Officer to step down
CI&TO Christian Bornfeld has decided to leave ABN AMRO on 1 May 2022. Christian has accepted a position closer to his home and family in Denmark. The process of finding a new CI&TO has been initiated. Read More>>
Credit Suisse picks Goldman Sachs’ exec to lead technology & operations
Goldman Sachs veteran Joanne Hannaford has joined Credit Suisse as the firm’s Chief Technology and Operations Officer. Hannaford will also join the Swiss multinationals executive board and will be based in Zurich, Switzerland, reporting directly to Chief Executive Thomas Gottstein. Read More>>
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Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

Artificial Intelligence: 

  • Rabobank has partnered with Dataiku to support its Intelligence Lab in deploying AI projects for hundreds of users across the organization. 
  • SunTrust has launched an AI-based chatbot for simple queries to cut back on the time human advisors spend on such tasks. 
  • Westpac Banking Corporation introduced Westpac One App powered by AI and IoT to enable customers to check balances, make transfers, open accounts, and block their cards. 


  • Rabobank has partnered with Cargill and Agrocorp to complete a cross-continent commodity trade transaction of wheat from North America to Southeast Asia on a blockchain platform. 
  • Moody’s Corporation implemented a blockchain-based KYC platform that improves compliance with local and international regulations and keeps customer data secure. 
  • Westpac partnered with Apple Pay for tap-and-go payments with the iPhones that allow users to make payments in person, via iOS apps, or the web.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA): 
  • Rabobank has partnered with Apache Kafka’s Streams API called Rabo Alerts for real-time financial alerts. Rabo Alerts is a service that allows Rabobank customers to be alerted whenever interesting financial events occur. 
  • Westpac provides ACH payments using “SWIFT.” Swift’s key feature is the scalable interface that includes the delivery of SEPA payments.


Key Funding Alert

Softbank invests USD 146 Mn in AI startup Qraft 
The investment includes primary growth capital and secondary capital to fund share purchases from investors. The fresh injection of funds will accelerate Qraft’s ongoing expansions into the US and China and develop AI-enabled public portfolio management systems for SoftBank. Read more>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – DiviPay
Total Funding  USD 22.93 Mn
About: DiviPay is an all-in-one virtual corporate card and expense management platform enabling finance teams to better control and streamline spending across the organization. DiviPay allows businesses to issue virtual corporate Mastercards to employees to make online and in-store purchases. Read more>>

Latest Reports Published in Draup

Moody’s Analytics Account Intelligence Report: Moody’s Analytics focuses on expanding its CMBS solutions, Investment & Pensions solutions, and climate solutions to assess the financial impact of climate risk exposures. Read More>>
Rabobank Account Intelligence Report: Rabobank strengthened its digital offerings by providing self-service banking portals, digital mortgages, real-time banking alerts & reminders, and credit/ debit card applications. Read More>>

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