As more companies take steps to centralize their payment processes,those using payments-on-behalf-of (POBO) structures will get a helping hand from the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA).

Companies employing a POBO structure make payments for subsidiaries out of a central account, which allows them to cut back on bank accounts and related costs.

"In-house banks have been around for decades, while POBO solutions have been around for only about the last 10 years or so," said Drew Arnold, trade finance/cash management corporates global solutions Americas, Global Transaction Banking, at Deutsche Bank. "SEPA is one of the main reasons why POBO has taken off."

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Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly is a business journalist who has written for Treasury & Risk, FierceCFO, Global Finance, Financial Week, Bridge News and The Bond Buyer.