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Abruptly Losing Your Bank Partner? Here’s What to Do

Whether driven by you or driven by the bank, the unexpected end of a bank partnership affects everything from client relations to your infrastructure. It's a scenario that demands swift, strategic action to ensure continuity and stability. Here's a guide on how to manage this challenging situation.

Timeline and Its Implications

First and foremost, get a clear understanding of the timeline. Know the critical milestones and what they mean for your operations. Ask yourself:

  • What are the key dates, and what needs to be achieved by each one?
  • Are there regulatory, network or rule implications that should be considered when defining and setting the timeline? 
  • How will the termination affect your clients directly? Is there a risk of the bank ceasing certain functions before the official end date?

This is crucial for planning your next steps and ensuring that there is minimal disruption to your services.

Assessing the Transition Team

Next, examine the composition and commitment of the transition team. Consider the following:

  • Who is currently overseeing your partnership, and who will be in charge during the transition?
  • What plans are in place for personnel changes? Are team members being reassigned or let go?
  • How will these changes impact the management and execution of the transition?
  • Will you need new SLAs (Service Level Agreement) during the transition. 

A well-structured transition team is vital for a smooth handover of responsibilities and services.

Analyzing the Customer Journey

Delve into how the termination will affect the customer experience. It's important to map out both the optimal and worst-case scenarios for your customers' journey:

  • What will your communication and messaging be from start to finish? 
  • How will the quality of service to your customers change? Ask the bank to walk you through every use case of your customer journey, both happy and sad paths.  
  • Are there contingency plans for the issuance of essential services, like card issuance, up to the last day of the contract?
  • How will any disruptions be managed to maintain customer trust and satisfaction?

Anticipating the impact on the customer journey allows you to mitigate potential negative effects and maintain your brand's integrity.

Exploring Crossover Opportunities

Investigate how your current bank partner is open to facilitating a smooth transition to a new banking partner. Key considerations include:

  • Review your current contract carefully. Most contracts include a clause supporting a smooth wind-down. If not, ask your bank partner if you can negotiate a smooth wind-down that will benefit both parties. 
  • Will they permit a new bank to begin integration before the termination date?
  • How will they support the transition to a new partner? How? Will they send over the documentation and history of your relationship.  Do you want that? 
  • Is there a possibility for direct connections between your old and new bank to ease the handover?

This can significantly reduce downtime and operational hiccups.

Establishing New Points of Contact

Finally, you need to redefine the lines of communication:

  • Determine who your customers should contact for support during and after the transition.
  • Identify the key contacts within your team who will liaise with the bank and any new partners.
  • Ensure that these points of contact are clearly communicated to all stakeholders to avoid confusion and maintain service continuity.

The abrupt end of a bank partnership poses significant challenges, but managing the transition thoughtfully can mitigate risks. Remember, this period of change also presents an opportunity to reevaluate your banking needs, determine if redundancies in bank partners are needed, and forge new partnerships that align with your strategic goals.

If we can help at Lead, don't hesitate to reach out.  We actually respond to the email address on our partner page which is:

Just a note, we know all businesses and products differ so the following does not constitute legal, financial or tax advice and we urge you to consult with your own advisers.

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