Founded in 1998 in Germany, Bellin today consists of over 120 employees focused on creating solutions that reflect a pragmatic approach to solving treasury problems. Bellin‘s solutions are designed to be easy to use by both treasurers and non-treasurers and permit as many users as the treasury has need of, at no extra cost. This increases involvement of subsidiaries with the treasury, automates global data collection, enforces groupwide rules and compliance and enhances transparency. The company’s tm5 software solution is a zero-user-fee platform that encourages the distribution of workload, so that the central treasury gets better numbers, faster.
CEO: Can you outline the essentials of treasury management and how these have evolved in recent years?
Martin Bellin: Treasury management refers to the management of a company’s financial holdings with the goal of optimizing liquidity and mitigating financial and operational risks. This means administering financial assets, making sound investments and reducing or entering into hedges. Priorities within this framework have been shifting over the years but the overall principle has stayed the same. However, what has changed dramatically is the way treasurers work to achieve these goals. From using Excel spreadsheets they moved to local workstations; and from there to powerful Treasury Management Systems (TMS) and again to global and web-based platforms. This also mirrors a clear shift from data recording to data processing and thus to strategic decision-making.