Leading FX and payments provider in frontier and emerging markets

The top coverage, speed, transparency, reliability and pricing available in frontier markets.

Our client-centric technology and industry-leading network cover every FX and payment need for central and commercial banks, governments, IDOs and payments businesses.

FX

Unrivalled liquidity. Frontier, emerging and G10 currencies.

Payments

API-enabled, cross-border bank and mobile payment gateways. Market-beating deferred settlement services.

Pensions

Digitised pension portal designed to optimise scheme and beneficiary experience.

Banking

UK-regulated global transaction banking services focused on frontier and emerging markets.

FX

Unrivalled liquidity. Frontier, emerging and G10 currencies.

Payments

API-enabled, cross-border bank and mobile payment gateways. Market-beating deferred settlement services.

Pensions

Digitised pension portal designed to optimise scheme and beneficiary experience.

Banking

UK-regulated global transaction banking services focused on frontier and emerging markets.

Other Services

Capabilities beyond our core products include trade finance and deposits. Contact us to find out how we can help.

Why Crown Agents Bank?

Trusted by blue-chip customers and partners, including:

  • Central banks and governments
  • The world’s largest aid organisations
  • Cutting edge fintech’s
  • The most prominent remittance businesses

Industry leading network:

  • Long history of working with frontier market banks
  • Faster, more reliable settlement than others in the market
  • Low risk due to position as a UK-regulated bank

Award winning technology, transforming frontier market payments

  • Award winning platforms with unparalleled coverage
  • Banking and mobile delivery via API
  • Digital beneficiary management
  • Disrupting traditional banking services

Fully regulated UK bank

  • Experienced and highly skilled anti-financial crime team helps fulfil challenging global standards
  • Services include deposits and lending
  • Availability of USD/GBP/EUR accounts

EMpower Payments

Unlock more currencies and markets, through a single, API-enabled connection. End-to-end automated payments gateway for cross-border transactions in more than 100 currencies. Full transparency through real-time transaction statuses and intelligent reporting. Unrivalled network offers optimised liquidity and reliable settlement

  • Work with market experts: deep emerging and frontier markets expertise.
  • Save money: competitive pricing and settlement with 70+ currencies.
  • Save time: seamless error-resolution, end-to-end automation, and continuously optimised validations and constraints.
  • Gain transparency: real-time transaction statuses, flexible reporting, and 24/7 support.
  • Settle via a range of channels: SWIFT, local bank, mobile.
  • Get up and running quickly: unified interface supporting instruction via API and GUI.
  • Ensure compliance: : established compliance controls.

Unrivalled liquidity across emerging and frontier market currencies.

Direct access to competitive, real-time pricing and execution across hundreds of frontier, emerging and G10 market currencies.

One-stop entry point for day-to-day exposures in FX, balances, and risk, monitoring market fluctuations, real-time, competitive pricing and live market news feeds.

  • Benefit from wide-reaching coverage: 100+ frontier, emerging and G10 market currencies, and 450+ currency pairs. Immediate request-for-quotation (RFQ) for illiquid non-streaming currencies.
  • Stay in control: real-time, competitive pricing; live, global market news feeds; fully customisable dashboard; export data in CSV format.
  • Get up and running fast: no need to install software – access via web app.
  • Control risk: built-in safety including auto logout and fat-finger limits. Comprehensive customer support services.

EMpower Pensions

Secure digital pensions management portal designed for pension schemes and their members. Comprehensive pensions management, international pension payroll and digital Proof of Life services. Built on decades of sector-specific experience. members.

  • Save time: fully digitised, enhanced pensions management for domestic and international pension payroll solutions.
  • Prevent fraud and overpayment: innovative, biometric Proof of Life technology.
  • Gain transparency: comprehensive visibility, control, and reporting.
  • Ensure seamless customer experience: via white-label solutions.

EMpower Connect

Make payments in over 100 currencies, from a single base-currency account. UK-regulated global transaction banking services focused on emerging markets. Offers a quality assured, cost efficient service.

  • Extract value: convert cross-border payments into local currency, at a competitive rate, before reaching beneficiaries’ banks.
  • Save time: no need to hold multiple correspondent relationships to service all the currencies required.
  • Save money: avoid high currency conversion fees of beneficiary banks.
  • Gain transparency: full visibility and pre-agreed spreads.

What we do

Our in-depth financial market experience spans almost two centuries. In this time, we have developed deep and trusted relationships across Africa, the Caribbean and frontier markets across the globe.

The work we do has an impact felt by people everywhere. We help local banks engage on the world stage and support fledgling economies to overcome challenges to financial inclusion.

Our commitment to improving compliance and anti-financial crime measures helps mitigate the risk of corruption and financial crime. Our efforts to improve FX liquidity and increase the range of digital payment solutions available allows us to reduce costs in efforts to maximise the money received by end beneficiaries.

We focus on ensuring financial settlement happens on time, as planned. Through the acquisition and integration of Segovia’s payment gateway technology, we are adding new payment delivery channels, reducing risk and improving accountability by delivering funds directly to mobile wallets in addition to enabling efficient settlement to bank accounts across our network.

Through the services we deliver to our clients and partners, Crown Agents Bank encourages international trade, financial inclusion and enables growth to help alleviate poverty.

We offer cross-border transaction banking solutions, underpinned by our investment in digital technologies, to meet the needs of governments, international development organisations, central banks, commercial banks, digital payment companies, and pension schemes. Our services centre around FX and payments, supported by deposit and trade finance capabilities.

What we do

Our in-depth financial market experience spans almost two centuries. In this time, we have developed deep and trusted relationships across Africa, the Caribbean and frontier markets across the globe.

The work we do has an impact felt by people everywhere. We help local banks engage on the world stage and support fledgling economies to overcome challenges to financial inclusion.

Our commitment to improving compliance and anti-financial crime measures helps mitigate the risk of corruption and financial crime. Our efforts to improve FX liquidity and increase the range of digital payment solutions available allows us to reduce costs in efforts to maximise the money received by end beneficiaries.

We focus on ensuring financial settlement happens on time, as planned. Through the acquisition and integration of Segovia’s payment gateway technology, we are adding new payment delivery channels, reducing risk and improving accountability by delivering funds directly to mobile wallets in addition to enabling efficient settlement to bank accounts across our network.

Through the services we deliver to our clients and partners, Crown Agents Bank encourages international trade, financial inclusion and enables growth to help alleviate poverty.

We offer cross-border transaction banking solutions, underpinned by our investment in digital technologies, to meet the needs of governments, international development organisations, central banks, commercial banks, digital payment companies, and pension schemes. Our services centre around FX and payments, supported by deposit and trade finance capabilities.

Our Mission

Crown Agents Bank combines new digital capabilities and infrastructure with a unique network built up over almost two centuries.

Our services are designed to help our clients deliver FX and payments efficiently and securely. We are continually enhancing our offering to suit changing demands, integrating platform connectivity to make processing international payments simple.

Our acquisition of Segovia in 2019 demonstrates our continuing commitment to improving our products and services. By making FX and high-volume low value payments cheaper and more efficient through technology, we are helping our partners ensure that end-consumers and other beneficiaries receive more money in local currency, faster.

In turn, this means for example, that the people in greatest need across frontier and developing markets can access vital resources such as food and medication. Charities can mobilise on-the-ground teams quickly to distribute supplies in times of crisis. And individuals can receive support from loved ones abroad, to be able to afford a better quality of life.

We value fairness and transparency and operate to the highest possible standard on behalf of organisations including governments, international development organisations, banks and payment companies we partner with.

Our Mission

Crown Agents Bank combines new digital capabilities and infrastructure with a unique network built up over almost two centuries.

Our services are designed to help our clients deliver FX and payments efficiently and securely. We are continually enhancing our offering to suit changing demands, integrating platform connectivity to make processing international payments simple.

Our acquisition of Segovia in 2019 demonstrates our continuing commitment to improving our products and services. By making FX and high-volume low value payments cheaper and more efficient through technology, we are helping our partners ensure that end-consumers and other beneficiaries receive more money in local currency, faster.

In turn, this means for example, that the people in greatest need across frontier and developing markets can access vital resources such as food and medication. Charities can mobilise on-the-ground teams quickly to distribute supplies in times of crisis. And individuals can receive support from loved ones abroad, to be able to afford a better quality of life.

We value fairness and transparency and operate to the highest possible standard on behalf of organisations including governments, international development organisations, banks and payment companies we partner with.

Our Vision

We believe in the power of technology to bridge the divide between frontier and emerging markets, and the rest of the world.

Through the continuous investment in our digital infrastructure, combined with our unique network and expertise, we are reducing the cost and friction associated with moving money to, from and across these countries.

Our work with central and commercial banks and mobile network operators helps to lower the barriers to entry for growing economies striving to do business on the world stage, and supporting greater financial inclusion.

Our Vision

We believe in the power of technology to bridge the divide between frontier and emerging markets, and the rest of the world.

Through the continuous investment in our digital infrastructure, combined with our unique network and expertise, we are reducing the cost and friction associated with moving money to, from and across these countries.

Our work with central and commercial banks and mobile network operators helps to lower the barriers to entry for growing economies striving to do business on the world stage, and supporting greater financial inclusion.

Wholesale FX

  • Frontier, emerging and G10 currencies.
  • Proprietary pricing engine enabling us to stream prices to Crown Agents Bank’s single dealer platform EMpowerFX and multi-dealer platforms including, FXall, 360T and Bloomberg FXGo.
  • Technology-led service offering liquidity while consistently delivering competitive rates.

Wholesale FX

  • Frontier, emerging and G10 currencies.
  • Proprietary pricing engine enabling us to stream prices to Crown Agents Bank’s single dealer platform EMpowerFX and multi-dealer platforms including, FXall, 360T and Bloomberg FXGo.
  • Technology-led service offering liquidity while consistently delivering competitive rates.

Payments

  • Provision of cross-border and domestic payment services focused on frontier and emerging countries for anything from single to large payments through high volume low value bulk payments.
  • Multi-currency correspondent banking payments and related services.
  • Payment settlement capabilities to match specific requirements of clients including governments, international development organisations, central banks, commercial banks, digital payment companies (corporate and remittances) and pension schemes.

Payments

  • Provision of cross-border and domestic payment services focused on frontier and emerging countries for anything from single to large payments through high volume low value bulk payments.
  • Multi-currency correspondent banking payments and related services.
  • Payment settlement capabilities to match specific requirements of clients including governments, international development organisations, central banks, commercial banks, digital payment companies (corporate and remittances) and pension schemes.

Trade Finance

Products focused on our core markets, including:

  • Letter of credit confirmation, discounting and refinancing.
  • Guarantee issuance and re-issuance for financial institutions.
  • Seamless delivery of funds either through bank or mobile channels.

Trade Finance

Products focused on our core markets, including:

  • Letter of credit confirmation, discounting and refinancing.
  • Guarantee issuance and re-issuance for financial institutions.
  • Seamless delivery of funds either through bank or mobile channels.

Deposits

Money market services tailored to our clients and including:

  • Current accounts.
  • Project accounts.
  • Term deposits.

Deposits

Money market services tailored to our clients and including:

  • Current accounts.
  • Project accounts.
  • Term deposits.

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