FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Standard Chartered Expands Sustainable Finance Solutions With Sustainable Demand Deposit Account

Standard Chartered | May 12, 2022

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Standard Chartered (“Bank”) today announced the launch of its Sustainable Account. This new product, with the characteristics of a Demand Deposit Account, provides large corporates with the opportunity to contribute to sustainable development whilst maintaining daily access to their finances for their intraday liquidity management needs.

Deposits in Sustainable Accounts are used to fund sustainable projects based on the Bank’s Green and Sustainable Product Framework, which is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The surplus cash will be used in tackling some of the world’s most significant long-term threats, including climate change, quality education, clean energy, and financial exclusion.

Financial institutions are in a unique position to play a role in social and economic prosperity by facilitating how clients can contribute to sustainable development, Our Sustainable Deposit platform allows clients to meet their liquidity needs and their sustainability goals in a flexible and transparent manner where funds will be referenced against sustainable loans and projects.”

George Lee, Head of Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered Americas.

The Bank’s Sustainable Account offering is part of its suite of sustainable solutions ranging from Sustainable Trade Finance solutions, Bonds and sustainable advisory services. Sustainable Deposits were first launched in 2019 as fixed term deposits, and deposits broke the $2 bn mark in May 2020 with companies such as Southwire tapping this solution to advance its Environmental, Social and Governance goals.

About Standard Chartered
We are a leading international banking group, with a presence in 59 of the world’s most dynamic markets, and serving clients in a further 83. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, here for good.

Our history in the US dates back to 1902, and we are currently present in eight locations throughout the Americas. Our Americas franchise focuses on financial institutions and select corporates and plays a key role in facilitating trade and investment flows between the Americas and Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

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PAYMENTS

Sphere Launches New Semi-integrated Payment Solution for Software Vendors Featuring PAX Terminals

Sphere | May 21, 2022

Sphere, a leading provider of end-to-end integrated healthcare payments and security software, today announced that it has launched a new payment solution for Independent Software Vendor (ISVs) that features integration with PAX terminals. PAX is the world's preferred payment terminal solutions provider and has delivered over 60 million terminals to more than 120 countries across the globe. The new solution enables ISVs to integrate their core Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products with a secure cloud-based payment solution that accepts payments on PAX terminals for a wide range of payment methods and industry standards including Europay, MasterCard and Visa, (EMV), Near-Field Communications (NFC), Google Pay, and Apple Pay. This semi-integrated solution allows software vendors to integrate payments through a pre-certified, pre-integrated device that communicates directly with the gateway. Benefits include: Reduced development costs Easily add EMV, NFC without complex certifications Faster time to market Payment card industry security standards scope reduction We are extremely excited to bring a solution to market that solves all of the challenges that ISV providers face when trying to enhance their core product to accept EMV, NFC, Apple Pay, and Google Pay transactions, With a simple integration, plug-and-play customer implementation, reducing PCI PA-DSS scope, all through a single application programming interface integration that works harmoniously with our eCommerce solutions, this is truly a significant evolutionary step in payments that will benefit any ISV provider." Curtis Bauer, Chief Innovation Officer, Sphere. Sphere provides an end-to-end payments platform that provides software vendors with broad payment acceptance functionality, merchant services, elite-level security, and expert support throughout the payments lifecycle. PAX terminals feature modern, intuitive design, as well as a developer-friendly Android-based system that allows for rapid, simple integration and implementation. SaaS providers need a simple, convenient method of integrating payment-acceptance functionality into their core offerings, Through PAX's partnership with Sphere, ISVs now have a cloud-based option to accept payments via the industry's widest portfolio of innovative and secure payment devices." Heather Mlachnik, Senior Vice President of Acquiring and ISO Sales, PAX. About Sphere Sphere is a cloud-based, vertically integrated software and payments technology company serving a variety of complex end markets with an established market leading presence in the healthcare and non-profit sectors. Sphere was formed in 2017 after a few strategic acquisitions, and today offers benefits to our partners and customers via three key sub-brand companies that have been established for over 20 years. Sphere is trusted by more than a third of the 100 largest health systems in the US and thousands of independent medical providers across the country to facilitate and drive secure payments by having our software solutions highly integrated into our clients' workflows, patient billing systems, and electronic health records. Our integrated software and payments suite helps organizations increase payment collection while delivering best in class security, compliance instruments, and a single payment stack standardized for reporting and reconciliation. Sphere also provides fundraising software solutions and tools to 8,000 nonprofits in the US and Canada and maintains key integrations in high growth verticals like insurance, parking and transportation. About PAX PAX Technology, Inc. is one of the largest electronic payment solution providers in the world, supplying value-added payment solutions since 2001. As a leading global manufacturer of payment solutions, we are committed to delivering innovative, high-quality, and secure payment solutions to businesses, large and small, worldwide, with payment terminals built on security and optimized for performance.

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FUNDING

FinTech Leader DigniFi Announces Bridge Funding to Support Continued Growth

DigniFi, Brigade Capital Management | August 01, 2022

Today, DigniFi, a leading fintech platform for the automotive industry, announced a new partnership with asset manager Brigade Capital Management, LP (“Brigade”). Among other investments across the fixed income spectrum, Brigade provides tailored capital solutions to specialty finance companies and is widely respected for its capital markets expertise and broad network of institutional investors. This initial recapitalization empowers DigniFi to execute its three-year growth strategy centered on operational stability, product development and commercialization, and expansion into transportation-adjacent markets and ecosystems. A representative from Brigade will join DigniFi’s Board of Directors as an Advisor and Observer. About DigniFi DigniFi is a FinTech company and leader in the world of transportation. We help auto dealers and small businesses across the country grow their revenue and delight their customers with visionary, inclusive financing. Our technology simplifies the loan application process and enables small businesses to offer on-the-spot financing, for auto repairs, parts and accessory purchases, and maintenance packages. All credit products are originated by WebBank, Member FDIC. To date, DigniFi has helped over 6,000 small businesses across the nation secure almost $200 million in incremental transactions. For more information, visit DigniFi.com.

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BITCOIN AND CRYPTO

CoinShares acquires Napoleon Asset Management, the first AIFM-regulated crypto asset manager

CoinShares | July 04, 2022

CoinShares International Limited (Nasdaq First North Growth Market: CS; US OTCQX: CNSRF) (“CoinShares”), Europe's largest and longest standing digital asset investment firm is pleased to announce that, following receipt of approval from the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), it has acquired Napoleon Asset Management, one of the first ever digital asset managers, licensed under the AIFM Directive since March 2019. The transaction signed and completed on 30 June 2022. The transaction follows the acquisition of the Napoleon Group last December and fits with CoinShares’ strategy of developing into a full-service digital asset investment and trading group, within a strong regulatory framework. CoinShares is a strong advocate of regulation in the digital asset industry and has an extensive list of regulated products and services. The Alternative Investment Fund Manager (“AIFM”) licence is one of the most rigorous European regulations for Asset Managers and is a key component in CoinShares' ambition to become the leading investment group in the digital asset sector. The acquisition of Napoleon Asset Management allows CoinShares to offer AIFM compliant products and services, in addition to its market leading position as an issuer of crypto Exchange Traded Products (ETPs). The AIFM licence carries a passporting regime that allows it to provide and market services and products throughout the European Union. The acquisition will also enhance CoinShares’ offering by leveraging active investment strategies based on algorithmic trading and artificial intelligence for digital assets built by Napoleon Asset Management quants teams. “After the recent events in the digital asset sector, it has never been more clear that strong regulation is needed for crypto to thrive. As such we are very pleased to have received this approval from the AMF to acquire Napoleon Asset Management. Bringing the company into our group is a further step in the right direction towards investor protection. We are proud to be one of the most regulated digital asset investment firms in the industry. Our regulated status in a growing number of jurisdictions is one of CoinShares’ principal strengths; it reassures our clients and demonstrates our plans to lead Europe’s digital asset sector.” -Jean-Marie Mognetti, Chief Executive Officer of CoinShares. Jean-Charles Dudek, Chief Executive Officer of Napoleon Asset Management, said: We have continued to build upon the synergies between our two businesses since CoinShares acquired the Napoleon Group last December. The integration of Napoleon Asset Management into the group was anticipated at that time but necessarily needed to await consideration by and approval of the change of control by the AMF. Now that approval has been granted, this acquisition by CoinShares will further strengthen the ties between us. ABOUT COINSHARES- CoinShares is Europe's largest and longest standing digital asset investment firm, managing billions of dollars of assets on behalf of its client base. The Group is focused on expanding investor access to the digital asset ecosystem by pioneering new financial products and services that seek to provide trust and transparency when accessing this new asset class. CoinShares is publicly listed on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market under the ticker CS and the OTCQX under the ticker CNSRF.

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CORE BANKING

NBT BANK AND CEI-BOULOS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LAUNCH HIGH-IMPACT REAL ESTATE EQUITY INVESTMENT FUND

NBT Bank | June 16, 2022

NBT Bank and CEI-Boulos Capital Management announce the launch of the NBT CEI-Boulos Impact Fund, a $10 million real estate equity investment fund with NBT Bank as the sole investor. The fund is designed to support individuals and communities with low- and moderate income through investments in high-impact, community supported, commercial real estate projects located within the bank's Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) assessment areas in New York. As a community bank, NBT is committed to the communities we serve, This includes doing our part to create stronger, healthier neighborhoods. We believe that investments in projects that deliver critical affordable housing can also have a ripple effect in supporting job creation and strengthening our communities." NBT Bank President & CEO John H. Watt, Jr. The NBT CEI-Boulos Impact Fund is managed by CEI-Boulos Capital Management, a fund management company focused on delivering competitive financial returns and social impact. CEI-Boulos helps banks achieve their CRA objectives by organizing and managing funds that invest in financially attractive, high-impact commercial real estate projects that benefit the communities in which they are located. CEI-Boulos prioritizes projects that represent collaborations between various entities—including non-profits, local and state government, philanthropic institutions, banks, community development finance institutions, community-based organizations, private investors, and local developers—that share a vision for their community. NBT will create a social impact advisory board to evaluate redevelopment and new construction projects, such as multi-family, mixed-use, industrial, office, retail and hospitality projects that closely align with community needs. The advisory board will provide input related to the social and environmental impacts of the fund's proposed investments. Areas of targeted impact will include: Projects that support job creation Affordable and workforce housing Main Street revitalization/historic preservation developments that do not contribute to gentrification/displacement Developments that serve non-profit organizations Environmentally sustainable real estate developments The project investment area includes the following counties: Chenango, Clinton, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Herkimer, Oneida, Broome, Tioga, Warren and Washington. About NBT Bank NBT Bank offers personal banking, business banking and wealth management services from locations in seven states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut. The bank and its parent company, NBT Bancorp, are headquartered in Norwich, NY. NBT Bancorp had assets of $12.1 billion as of March 31, 2022 and is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol NBTB.

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