The pros and cons of centralising treasury

Treasurers and CFOs face a number of issues as they streamline their treasury activities.
Victor Penna, J.P. Morgan
Victor Penna, J.P. Morgan

With its high economic growth rates and burgeoning trade flows, Asia-Pacific may appear to be the Promised Land to European and US multinational corporations MNCs as their home markets continue to stagnate, but the region’s jurisdictional idiosyncrasies bring their own challenges for treasurers, CFOs and financial controllers. Foreign exchange FX controls and the multitude of currencies and standards can work against the smooth running of treasury operations, especially as these companies try to improve their liquidity management and cash visibility.

For many firms an obvious solution to ease the cash bottleneck is to make better use of working capital through centralising treasury operations. “Most organisations want visibility and...

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