Wipro to Acquire Encore Theme Technologies Private Limited, a Specialist Finastra Software Partner in Financial Services
Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Encore Theme Technologies Private Limited (Encore Theme), a specialist in providing SaaS and Cloud solutions in financial services.
Over the past decade, Encore Theme - headquartered in Chennai, India - has focused exclusively on implementing a broad suite of Trade Finance solutions, developed by Finastra, one of the world’s largest fintechs, to financial institutions across the Middle East, Africa, India and Asia Pacific. They have successfully delivered more than 75 large scale Finastra Trade Finance projects for banks across these regions.
Financial institutions are all looking to modernize their trade platforms and focus on the end-to-end digitalization of commercial routines. Trade Finance is a strong revenue generation stream with a high cost base structure, where technology will play a big part in driving future growth. Wipro, a global strategic partner of Finastra, and Encore Theme will together enable this modernization for financial institutions.
Angan Guha, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Banking, Financial Services & Insurance, Wipro Limited said, “We are excited to have the team at Encore Theme join us. They bring a wealth of trade finance product expertise coupled with significant delivery experience of Finastra solutions for both Trade Finance and Cash Management implementations. Together with Wipro’s reach across the region and proven system integration capabilities, this will help strengthen our position as a dominant player across the globe implementing Finastra solutions.”
“Our customers and our team are our core strengths. We strongly believe this synergy will enable global reach, add value to all our customers and bring in new opportunities that will accelerate our growth and that of our team. The decision to join Wipro was driven by their core values of trust and respect to people and unyielding integrity in everything they do,” said R.K. Kanthimathinathan, Founder MD & CEO, Encore Theme Technologies Pvt Ltd.
Denise Parker, SVP, Partners and Ecosystem at Finastra, added, “On completion, this move will combine Wipro’s global managed services capabilities with Encore Theme’s deep domain trade and cash management expertise. It will drive value for customers via Finastra’s software, like Fusion Trade Innovation, which is amongst the world’s leading trade finance products, enabling banks to drive efficiencies and to reduce cost.”
The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the quarter ending December 31, 2020.
About Encore Theme
Encore Theme is a global banking and financial software solution provider of Finastra Products. It is the fastest growing partner of Finastra across Middle East, Africa, India and Asia Pacific. It is also one of the largest Finastra partners for Trade Finance. Founded in 2006 and HQ at Chennai and additional offices in Mumbai and Dubai, Encore Theme offers trade finance solutions covering Fusion Trade Innovation Plus (FTI), Fusion Corporate Channels (FCC) for Trade and Fusion Cash Management (FCM). These are offered using SaaS model or License plus Professional Services model or a pure professional services model.
About Wipro Limited
Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have over 180,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future.
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