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07 February 2023
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Infrastructure, Oil & gas

Angola: Solving the funding puzzle with ECA debt

Angola is amid an economic revival, with interest rates and inflation falling even as sub-Saharan Africa falls into crisis. As it diversifies, the southern African nation...

03 February 2023

DRC mining gets a boost with ECA and agency involvement

Recent copper and cobalt mine development financings in the DRC by EKN and SEK from Sweden and African development bank TDB are likely to act as encouragement to other...

24 January 2023
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Oil & gas, Renewables

The rise of LNG: Saviour or stranded asset?

Europe’s energy crisis has provoked a scramble for LNG. In order to meet demand, investment towards specialist carriers and import terminals has ballooned. But can the...

12 January 2023

African debt and the death of easy money

As the world looks towards forecasts of recession in 2023, alarms bells are ringing about Africa's debt pile. What are the key hurdles to debt restructuring and can ECAs...

16 December 2022

The wintry dance of global trade digitisation in 2022: Missing the magic?

There have been steps forward, sideways and back in trade digitisation in 2022. Here we reflect on some of the developments in what has been a choppy year for certain...

15 December 2022

OECD Reform: Too much talk – too little action

With development of the EU Strategy on Export Credits underway, and longstanding debate over OECD Arrangement reform deserving of the label inert gas, are the OECD’s...

01 December 2022
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Metals and Mining

Responsible commodities sourcing – not just an issue for the LME

The LME has decided not to ban Russian metals. Is it the right move or tacit recognition that the pressures on commodities markets spawned by war, growing demand for...

10 November 2022

Credit Agricole’s Imad Urf on 30 years in export finance

Imad Urf, head of international trade and transaction banking at Credit Agricole, joined TXF CEO Dan Sheriff to reflect on 30 years spent in export finance, with his...

04 November 2022

Implications for commodity trade sector as UniCredit loses $37m claim against Glencore in Singapore

A landmark decision in the recent Singaporean court case UniCredit vs Glencore is likely to see banks tighten financing for commodity traders and insurers insisting on...

02 November 2022

TXF Dealmakers Assembly 2022: The takeaways

The TXF Dealmakers Assembly is a new event designed to facilitate networking and deal origination. Last week, the first ever edition was held in Berlin. With geopolitical...

20 October 2022
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Metals and Mining, Power, Renewables

Untied commodity lending: A critical ECA space

The rise of untied lending in the export finance market has been apparent in recent years. But, given the role metals and critical minerals are playing in accelerating...

12 October 2022

Putting deal origination at the heart of the matter

The TXF Dealmakers Assembly is a new and exciting conference taking place in Berlin on 26-27 October. Join us in this revamped format which puts networking and dealmaking...

05 October 2022

Bridging the centuries of navigating and financing trade at ITFA Porto

The heady history of port helped marry tradition and innovation at ITFA’s in person annual trade finance event in Porto. TXF’s Katharine Morton kept her feet steady while...

27 September 2022
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Metals and Mining, Transport

An eternal ECA evolution

ECAs have played a crucial role in supporting global trade over the course of the pandemic. Now, as exporters and buyers search for a new normal, they will need to step...

26 September 2022
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Power, Renewables

Keynote: Nikol of Siemens Financial Services on facing the challenges of 2022

From regulatory developments in the ESG reporting space to the imperative for reform to the OECD Consensus, Ralph Nikol, senior director of ECAs and investment guarantees...

22 September 2022
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Power

ACEN South Luzon: An ETM by the same name?

ACEN’s divestment from the South Luzon coal-fired plant in the Philippines is billed as an energy transition financing, although it is not part of the ADB’s official ETM...

14 September 2022

The paperless papers

Further details on the UK’s Electronic Trade Documents Bill (ETD) have emerged following a briefing last week in advance of the bill’s entry to Parliament. Will this new...

06 September 2022
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Oil & gas

Where's the bank balance in commodity trader lending?

The divide between access to bank liquidity and cost of debt for first and lower tier traders is widening and becoming an existential problem for the latter. If market...

08 June 2022
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Other

Closely held cards for CPRI

In a tale of closely held cards, sensitivities and ripple effects, TXF takes a look behind a complicated CPRI market. What’s really happening in the private insurance...

17 February 2022

Why can't commodity traders be more ESG transparent?

At the end of 2021, Bunge closed an amendment and extension of its ESG-tied loan, boasting more ambitious KPIs and a higher margin reduction if sustainability goals are...

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