Our strategic partnership with Unicaja Banco

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17 July 2019


  • We have developed a strategic alliance to provide global transactional services and foreign exchange to SME and retail customers in Spain
  • Our foreign exchange, cross border payments, and cash management services have been made available to the bank’s 400,000 SME customers and 3 million retail customers
  • This is the first partnership between one of the largest commercial banks in Spain and a leading fintech in the space, to enable Unicaja to offer one of the best global transaction banking propositions to its clients
s one of the UK and Europe’s largest fintechs, we are pleased to announce we have entered into a partnership with Spain’s seventh largest bank, Unicaja Banco.

The agreement will enable Unicaja to offer international payments and cash management services through our global transaction banking platform to its 400,000 SME customers and 3 million retail customers. Using our regulated and future-proofed capabilities, Unicaja will significantly enhance its offering, particularly to its SME customer-base.

Unicaja´s customers can now make international payments in more than 100 currencies, collect over 40 currencies across Europe, APAC, Africa and South America, use dedicated currency accounts in over 20 countries, and access flexible foreign exchange risk management tools for over 130 currencies, via one platform 24/7, from any location.

The partnership demonstrates our ability to help banks around the world by enabling them to offer their clients an innovative global transaction banking proposition. Not only do SMEs benefit from increased access to transaction banking products via a single platform, but the banks working with us can deliver their global services quickly, at a very low cost.

We currently serve over 40,000 small to mid-sized companies and institutions around the globe, executing over $2bn per month in transactions. Our rapid growth reflects the global trend of disintermediation of transaction services, as global banks focus on their core offerings.

Juan Lobato, Ebury’s Co-founder and CEO, commented: “I am delighted that Unicaja, one of Spain’s largest banks, has chosen to work with Ebury and will offer our customer-led services to its extensive client base. Our tailored solution is a cost-efficient way for Unicaja to reverse the trend of banks retrenching the services they provide to SMEs, and marks an important improvement in its capabilities.”

“This partnership is further validation of our strategy to deliver high-quality and efficient cross-border transactional services to small and medium companies that have difficulty accessing these services elsewhere on a single platform. In partnership with Ebury, banks can help businesses grow internationally while reducing the cost and risk of cross-border transactions”

Pablo Gonzalez, Unicaja Banco´s CFO, noted “Signing this agreement with Ebury, a leading Fintech specialising in cross-border payments, foreign exchange and cash management solutions to businesses, will give a huge competitive advantage to Unicaja Banco´s customers that currently trade internationally or wish to do so”

About Unicaja Banco:

Unicaja Banco is the 7th largest bank in Spain by market capitalisation, with sound levels of solvency and a strong financial position. Unicaja Banco continues the work of a dozen of credit institutions – some of them with over 100 years of history – and is characterised by its focus on retail banking, under a prudent management of its commercial strategy and risk profile.

Based in Málaga, it has a clear leading position in its home regions (Andalucía and Castilla and León), in which it concentrated more than 80% of its commercial network, with a proximity banking approach. Unicaja Banco has a network of nearly 1,200 branch offices, a solid base of over three million clients (including 400,000 small and medium businesses), as well as nearly 7,000 employees.

Unicaja Banco has continued with the development and implementation of its Business Plan 2017-2020, which includes, among others, digital transformation plans and plans for the boost of the commercial activity, designed with a customer-centric focus.