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Israel’s Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank selects Finastra for cross-border payments

Israel’s Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank selects Finastra for cross-border payments

Fusion Payments To Go will help the bank enhance its customer experience

James Spiro | 09:47  27.04.2021

Israel’s third-largest bank, Mizrahi-Tefahot, has selected Finastra’s pre-packaged payments solution Fusion Payments To Go. The solution is aimed at SMBs who are seeking domestic and cross-border payment services and will help the bank offer immediate and easy payments.

Built on Finastra’s payment hub, Fusion Global PAYplus, Fusion Payments To Go provides best-practice operating rules for supported clearing and settlement mechanisms, as well as standard integration to external applications. This means the need for expensive and time-consuming maintenance is removed and the banks can redirect funds towards business services to enhance the customer experience.

Avi Benzvi, Country Manager in Israel at Finastra. Photo: Eleanor Bor Avi Benzvi, Country Manager in Israel at Finastra. Photo: Eleanor Bor Avi Benzvi, Country Manager in Israel at Finastra. Photo: Eleanor Bor

“The payments landscape is accelerating at a quicker pace than ever before and payments is now a strategic pillar for our business,” explained Dudi Avni, Head of Delivery Channels Applications at Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank. “Using Finastra’s payment hub will enhance our customer service and enable Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank to fulfill its strategic plan regarding payment services.”

Until now, Mizrahi-Tefahot had been using in-house solutions for processing payments. However, Avdi added how both retail and corporate clients are increasingly demanding a more seamless payment experience and a broader set of payment options.

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“With Fusion Payments To Go, we’re enabling regional banks like Mizrahi-Tefahot to be more competitive, grow their business and market share, with faster time to value for them and their customers,” said Avi Benzvi, Country Manager in Israel at Finastra. “Mizrahi-Tefahot is ahead of the curve when it comes to innovation in financial services in Israel. It has long been an early adopter of new technologies, and we’ve no doubt that our solution will help them drive further growth. We’re excited to be part of their ongoing success.”

Finastra provides a variety of financial services such as retail banking, transaction banking, lending, and treasury and capital markets. Today, 48 of the top 50 banks use its technology. Mizrahi-Tefahot, which has been a customer of Finastra for 20 years with its lending and capital markets solutions, was formed in 2004 after a merger of Bank Mizrahi HaMeuhad and Bank Tefahot. It has 140 branches and employs more than 3,800 people.

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