TXF Geneva 2016

Structured Commodity Finance

Sep 30, 2016
La Mère Royaume, Switzerland

In association with the Swiss Commodity Club, TXF launched an intimate and focused structured commodity finance gathering in Geneva.

The commodities industry continues to face serious challenges in light of market conditions, and the need to combat these challenges with proactive decision-making, collective best practice, and a thorough examination of the macro environment is pressing. TXF Geneva allowed global leaders in commodity finance to network and share their expertise.


Hear from our guests at previous TXF Commodity Finance gatherings:

Orhan Gunes
The most innovative and creative networking conference I have ever attended and it is so rewarding to see the out of the box approach to this type of conferences.
Orhan Gunes
Head of Commodity Trade Finance, Sberbank (Switzerland) AG
A quality gathering of industry experts - an essential exchange of views
Robert Parson
Partner, Head of Trade and Commodity Finance, Clyde & Co LLP, Clyde & Co
Robert Parson
Gilles Thieffry
I have attended more of these events in my career than I wish to disclose. This has been one of the best I have attended. Real people, very practical and extremely well organised.
Gilles Thieffry
Partner, GTLaw
Very topical, very specific and very relevant and direct topics, in front of a very distinguished and highly experienced audience
George Delyannis
CFO, Lavaux Capital SA
George Delyannis
A targeted and concise approach to the most important subject of any boutique trader/SME
Mark Daniels
Mark Daniels
A deep dive into the developing landscape of trade finance
Martin de Sa’Pinto
Martin  de Sa’Pinto
Interesting content, great networking event
Wouter van den Wildenberg
Associate – Amsterdam, Allen & Overy
Wouter  van den Wildenberg
Good standard of attendees with wide range of sectors
Bob Angliss
Deputy Head Commodities Centre, Bank of China
Bob Angliss
Good content, well attended, really well-developed industry event!
Peter Köck
CFO, VA Intertrading Aktiengesellschaft
Peter Köck
Great content and innovative approach.
Mark Rowland
Treasury and Credit Risk Specialist, Norton Rose Fulbright
Mark Rowland
Market leading event in an informal setting, where professionals come together to update each other and network.
Caspar Jonk
Head of Trade South & South East Asia, National Australia Bank (NAB)
Caspar Jonk
Excellent opportunity to meet fellow comrades in the commodities & financing jungle.
Gaurav Kumar
Senior Relationship Manager, Amsterdam Trade Bank
Gaurav Kumar
Good, fun, interesting!
Zane McWilliam
Trade Finance, Uralkali Trading
Zane McWilliam

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TXF brought its classic combination of educative workshops, collaborative discussions, and instructive presentations to Geneva for a gathering of commodity finance traders, producers, financiers, lawyers, collateral managers and more.

Here's a rough outline of agenda at TXF Geneva 2016!

Registration and networking lunch | The networking begins early! The aim of the game here is to meet as many relevant contacts as possible and forge new relationships.

Chairman’s Welcome | Introductory remarks and outline of the afternoon’s proceedings.

The State of the Market | A macroeconomic overview, focussing on the global and regional economy, the price of commodities, financing climate, and impact of large-scale events such as Brexit.

Getting your house in order: Financial distress and prudent decision-making | What can banks and corporates do to shore up their position in precarious times? How can they anticipate, avoid or resolve disputes? And just how structured is structured commodity finance? What lessons can be learned to ensure it becomes more structured and safeguarded? This is a practical session, drawing on real-life examples and fostering tangible tips to help market participants moving forward. 

Coffee and networking

Commodity finance structures: What's hot and what's not? | There are a number of trade tools in a trader and financiers toolkit, from RCFs and borrowing-base facilities, to PXFs and prepayments. Utilising TXF Data and FIMetrix surveys, this session looks at trends in the take-up of these tools in the context of the current climate, as well as possible advantages and disadvantages of each.

Stream 1 – Idea Lab – Geneva as a trading hub | Geneva is a truly international city, home to some of the world’s biggest and most innovative trading companies. In recent years, Dubai and Singapore have attempted to open themselves up to trading companies in a similar way. How attractive a destination is Switzerland today? What benefits does it offer? Have referenda on issues such as speculative pricing of agri commodities had any impact? How stable is the regulatory environment? What can companies and financiers do to leverage Geneva as a trade hub and what more would they like to see done to enable an even stronger trading and investment environment?

Stream 2: Commodity finance as an asset class | There is a growing interest for commodity finance assets from alternative investors – spurred by the low-interest rate environment externally. But will the tight margins often seen in commodity finance prove to be too great an obstacle? Can the risks be minimised to justify the returns? Which sectors and geographies are proving particularly attractive? What opportunities are there for those looking for financing – and what legal and technical issues should they be cognisant of?

Cocktail and networking reception | Let's face it, the most fun part of the day! Continue the discussions, and networking, in a friendly, informal environment.


La Mère Royaume

4 Place Simon-Goulard, 1201, Genève, Switzerland

With Geneva as a world leader in the trade of oil, sugar, coffee, grains, rice and oilseeds, what better place to meet with the global leaders in commodity trade finance?


Handling 40-50% of global trade transactions, this global trading hub is second in Europe only to London for international trade.