Home / Pressroom / Press Releases / 2018 /

PSD2 – a goldmine of opportunities

PSD2 – a goldmine of opportunities

Bezons, January 18, 2018 – On January 13 the Revised Payment Services Directive, PSD2, came into force across the EU. On this occasion, Worldline’s CEO Gilles Grapinet speaks in a new interview about the huge opportunities for banks, large retailers, and fintechs with PSD2, and especially points out that the banks need to realise that only complying with the PSD2 can lead to missing out on 90% of the potential offered by the new directive.


The PSD2 puts many new requirements on banks, including the obligation of opening up – through APIs - their clients’ payment accounts to third parties (TPPs), and increasing the use of Strong Customer Authentication (SCA).

Compliance is mandatory for all European banks, but Gilles Grapinet emphasises that the PSD2’s reach goes far beyond compliance:

“The PSD2 is a game-changing regulation. It is not just another set of rules in the world of banking. It is a way to unleash the value of data - in this case of course banking and payment data – and it has the potential to create a new type of economic model for banks as well as for several other parties. The PSD2 brings the platform economy to banking, and nobody should understate what that means.”


For banks, 90% of the opportunity lies beyond compliance

Gilles Grapinet explains that by now at least the larger banks in Europe understand that the PSD2 should be considered a strategic opportunity. 90% of the PSD2 potential for the banks, Gilles Grapinet says, lies beyond compliance:

“Banks are by design compliant organisations, so they will of course cope and meet the compliance requirements. What is beyond the 10% for the banks is the opportunity to become Third Party Providers themselves, and to extend their ecosystem of partnerships with many different types of companies. We immediately think of fintechs, of course, but it may as well be merchant organisations, governments, or other banks,” says Gilles Grapinet and continues:
“For the banks, the PSD2 is a goldmine of opportunities to bring value to their customers, and the PSD2 will accelerate the banks’ development and encourage them to take the next natural step and start exploring the new landscape of Open Banking. So, when you look at all this potential in total you have the 90%, which is not about compliance, but about business - and when you look at the PSD2, you must think business.”


Opportunities for the fintechs

Gilles Grapinet points out that the fintechs stand to gain a substantial upside from the PSD2. He sees two main groups of fintechs:

“Some of them have been engaged for years as TPPs. For companies like Sofort, Linxo, and Trustly, the challenge is to reach a significant market size very quickly because now, with the PSD2, the competition will be cross-European and since most of these are local players they need to expand their footprint. […]
Then we have the new entrants. Hundreds of millions of euros have been invested in venture capital to support new value propositions, and we can expect to see an explosion of offers, and only the market will tell who will bring real value to customers in the end.”


The B2Cs to gain the most

Despite the many opportunities for both the banks and the fintechs offered by the PSD2, Gilles Grapinet points out a third group - the large B2C organisations - as the one group to potentially gain most from the new directive; although this group often tends to be overlooked in the PSD2 debate.

“The best positioned to take advantage of the PSD2 is not the fintechs. It is organisations that already today have a high level of customer relationship with millions of customers. I am thinking of the large retailers and the large telcos, and probably also some important public services that will become TPPs and expand their value proposition,” says Gilles Grapinet and continues:
“And we know for sure that the big B2C brands are to take advantage of the PSD2 and to set up TPP services either directly or through partners like Worldline.”


Worldline offering full support

For the different parties mentioned above to approach the PSD2 in the right way and to reap the full potential of the directive, external guidance and strategic, as well as technical, assistance might often be a good idea. And as the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry Worldline is well prepared to offer comprehensive support to all the parties – banks, fintechs, and the B2C organisations:

“Worldline has done a lot to collect knowledge about this and to engage with the different stakeholders and future participants in the PSD2 ecosystem, and we have created a very large ecosystem of partners ourselves. […] We are ready to support [banks, fintechs, and B2C organisations] both at the conceptual level and when it comes to implementation in an efficient and cost-effective manner,” says Gilles Grapinet.


Read the full interview with Worldline’s CEO, Gilles Grapinet, here:


About Worldline

Worldline [Euronext: WLN] is the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. Worldline delivers new-generation services, enabling its customers to offer smooth and innovative solutions to the end consumer. Key actor for B2B2C industries, with nearly 45 years of experience, Worldline supports and contributes to the success of all businesses and administrative services in a perpetually evolving market. Worldline offers a unique and flexible business model built around a global and growing portfolio, thus enabling end-to-end support. Worldline activities are organized around three axes: Merchant Services, Mobility & e-Transactional Services and Financial Services including equensWorldline. Worldline employs more than 9,400 people worldwide, with estimated pro forma revenue of more than € 1.5 billion on a yearly basis. Worldline is an Atos company. worldline.com


Press office


Anne-Sophie Gentil