Treasury ManagementUncategorized
December 3, 2019

Five Key Steps to Supporting Strategic CFOs

Founder’s Edition, by Joseph Neu What direct reports can do to help a CFO—and themselves—climb the strategic stairs. We recently facilitated an event for growth-company CFOs where a lot of discussion centered on how the CFO should help get things done by being a strategic partner of the founder or CEO. Playing this role has also become a priority at more mature companies. Bottom line:  If you report to the CFO, you’ll want help make that person a true strategic partner—as you simultaneously…
Treasury ManagementUncategorized
November 27, 2019

The Value of Treasury Finance to Growth Company

Founder’s Edition, by Joseph Neu When venture capital isn’t enough, you need a treasurer. Growth companies looking to disrupt industries outside software and pure internet plays (which are already mostly disrupted) can have significant capital needs. This is why traditional venture capital needs to be supplemented with new types of investors and innovative ways to access capital markets. Given the cost of equity, pre-IPO, non-investment grade, un-rated companies needing capital have to be creative about debt financing. This puts a new…
Insights NewsletterTreasury ManagementUncategorized
October 1, 2019

Strategic Finance Leaders to Overtake Career Treasurers in Talent Race

In the race toward the future of finance, should talent development programs be molding leaders for general finance, separate from specialist functions like treasury? Our talent-themed treasurers’ meeting last week at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business revealed a deepening fault line between treasurers who are part of strategic finance leadership rotations and those who are career treasury.  It also showed that more rotational programs designed to foster talent and develop future finance leaders will include specialist (read:…
BankingCapital AllocationCapital MarketsRegionalTreasury Management
January 23, 2019

The Five Cash Management Initiatives Treasurers Should Consider

When it comes to cash management, treasurers must keep their focus on ways to make it more efficient and cost effective. Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on on October 09, 2014. The year 2014 has been one focused on efficiency and innovation as treasurers consider outside-the-box strategies for unlocking working capital and improving the tactical aspects of treasury. Major initiatives including SEPA and the internationalization of the renminbi (RMB) have proven to be catalysts for greater global…
Cash & Working CapitalTreasury Management
January 23, 2019

Fintechs Transforming Supply Chain Finance

Fintech companies continue to streamline the buyer-supplier experience, eliminating age-old tensions and adding powerful new tools. Editor’s Note: This story originally ran on on December 19, 2016. EXECUTIVE SUMMARYMultinational corporations (MNCs) face a myriad of challenges and arguably the most important one is staying competitive during periods of uncertainty and increasing regulation, as global interconnectedness continues. In order to successfully navigate this uncertain environment, MNCs must develop sustainable working capital strategies and build cash positions that underpin these strategies,…
Cash & Working CapitalTreasury ManagementUncategorized
May 5, 2015

On-Behalf-Of Structures: Lessons Learned

More companies are moving to streamline their payments and collections with on-behalf-of structures. Here are some lessons from the field. (Editor’s Note—Original publication date: May 5, 2015) Being a trailblazer is always nice but sometimes it pays to be the one who comes along next and learns from the trailblazer’s mistakes. And certainly, the more multifaceted the effort, the bigger the lessons learned. Such is the case with corporate payment and collections, part of the growing importance of supply-chain management…
Senior ExecutiveTreasury ManagementUncategorized
March 17, 2015

Treasury Center as Profit Center

The silver lining in the new scrutiny of global transfer pricing is that treasury might finally escape from its cost center box. (Editor’s Note—Original publication date: March 17, 2015) The context here is the mess treasury faces with tax, cleaning up after the OECD BEPS Actions. The silver lining is that the new scrutiny of global transfer pricing might serve as justification for treasury to become a profit center, or at least set up treasury centers and in-house banks that…