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Lebanon takes advantage of deep roots in trade
Lebanon takes advantage of deep roots in trade
Katharine Morton
13 February 2019

Like its national symbol, the cedar tree, Lebanon has deep roots as a regional trade hub. With the right support, the country is poised to benefit from its unique position. In this discussion in Beirut, hosted by BNY Mellon, TXF finds the banks are showing best practice in adopting global regulation and asks how they are adapting to rapid change in the face of global protectionism and trade digitisation.

S&W breakfast briefing: Treading carefully over sanctions
S&W breakfast briefing: Treading carefully over sanctions
Ross Crear
13 February 2019

In the latest edition of law firm Sullivan & Worcester’s Trade Finance Breakfast Seminar, partner Geoffrey Wynne assesses the vulnerability of trade and commodity finance to money laundering while stepping into the sanctions minefield by examining their increased use as a political tool.

Bright ideas: DFIs up local currency lending
Bright ideas: DFIs up local currency lending
Ross Crear
11 February 2019

Development finance institutions (DFIs) are increasing their local currency finance as they look to alleviate borrower's FX risks and manage unsustainable hard currency reliance in emerging markets. But local currency financiers have lessons to learn as expensive bond issues can add to debt burdens, rather than solve them.

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Siam Cement eyes more ECA debt for Long Son plant
21 February 2019

Thailand's largest cement company, Siam Cement, is looking to upsize the ECA portion backing the $5.4 billion Long Son petrochemical complex in Vi...

Two bid for Silvertown Tunnel
21 February 2019

Two consortia have submitted bids to Transport for London (TfL) for the £1 billion ($1.3 billion) 1.4km Silvertown Tunnel project. TfL has asked...

BAPCO to reach full financial close end of Q1 2019
21 February 2019

State-run Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) is expected to reach conditions precedent and full financial close on a $4.1 billion ECA-backed loan to fi...

Bridge Power CCGT nears bank mandates
20 February 2019

The Early Power consortium – a joint venture between Endeavour Energy (majority shareholder), GE and Sage – are near to commercial bank ma...

Macquarie looks to mandate banks for Hobart Airport sale
19 February 2019

Macquarie Global Infrastructure Fund III has approached banks to arrange a two-stage auction for its 51% share in Hobart International Airport. The 10...