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Is Asia really falling off in the ECA market?
Is Asia really falling off in the ECA market?
Max Thompson
24 June 2016

Despite TXF's figures showing over half the amount of ECA-backed deals in Asia in H1 of 2016 compared to H1 2015, one Asian export finance specialist tells TXF how the data actually flatters to deceive.

Seaborn CEO: Laying the foundations for subsea ECA support
Seaborn CEO: Laying the foundations for subsea ECA support
Max Thompson
20 June 2016

On the sidelines of TXF's Export, Agency and Project Finance conference in Rome, Max Thompson caught up with the CEO of Seaborn Network, Larry Schwartz, to find out more about the first ever ECA-backed subsea cable.

Year of risk takes its toll on export finance, survey reveals
Year of risk takes its toll on export finance, survey reveals
Max Thompson
15 June 2016

At the beginning of 2016, the TXF-ICC Global Survey on Export Finance was carried out among more than 100 export financiers, ECAs, exporters and borrowers. TXF digest the data and analyse how challenges posed in 2015 have affected the export finance community.

The global role of trade finance
15 June 2016

SMEs and trade finance at the centre of WTO Deliberations
SMEs and trade finance at the centre of WTO Deliberations
Marc Auboin
9 June 2016

The gap in funding for SMEs worldwide is a growing concern for the trade finance community and the international financial institutions regulating trade. Marc Auboin from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Alexander Malaket of OPUS Advisory Services outline the recent research and discussions around the problem and how to address it.

TXF Data Update: 59% drop in number of ECA deals in Q1 2016
TXF Data Update: 59% drop in number of ECA deals in Q1 2016
Max Thompson
25 May 2016

The total number of ECA deals taking place in the first quarter of 2016 has more than halved compared to Q1 of 2015, while deal volume is down 12%. TXF's Q1 data clearly reveals larger but fewer deals are taking place, but the question on everyone's mind is what's driving this dramatic drop in the number of deals in the market?

Building the blockchain: Q&A with R3CEV, the bank consortium and research lab exploring the future of trade finance
Building the blockchain: Q&A with R3CEV, the bank consortium and research lab exploring the future of trade finance
Helen Reid
13 May 2016

Blockchain research banking consortium R3CEV is a focal point for the exploration of distributed ledger technology and its potential applications to trade finance. Its experimental model and collaborative approach to solving trade finance problems marks it out as a new development in a finance sector increasingly enmeshed with technology.

Mind the gap: WTO warns of trade finance deficit
Mind the gap: WTO warns of trade finance deficit
Helen Reid
10 May 2016

Demand for trade finance exceeds supply by around $1.4 trillion, a new report by the World Trade Organisation warns. The knock-on effects of this gap on global trade and development are huge, and a joint effort by commercial and development banks is needed in order to build capacity and increase the availability of finance. Experts on the issue give TXF their perspective on how best to remedy the problem.

Why are banks withdrawing from correspondent banking?
Why are banks withdrawing from correspondent banking?
Helen Reid
6 May 2016

Banks are continuing to withdraw from many of their correspondent banking relationships - a process which threatens global trade, especially in poorer countries. TXF speaks to bankers to see whether anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) regulations are solely to blame for this trend and what can be done to mitigate it.

What does the future of trade hold?
What does the future of trade hold?
Helen Reid
3 May 2016

Digitalisation is essential for companies looking to enter global trade, a new report finds. Trade stands to make huge efficiency and cost gains from digitalisation, and corporates must rapidly enter the digital economy or risk losing competitiveness, say the authors.

Opinion: Export finance sector needs to wake up to potential impact of Basel IV
Opinion: Export finance sector needs to wake up to potential impact of Basel IV
Torsten Richter
14 April 2016

Basel regulators look to introduce new rules and export finance bankers will need to brace for further capital allocation on sovereign risks. Torsten Richter looks at the background to these developments and indicates how the market will be impacted.

Trafigura signs mammoth RCF and expands Japanese financing
Trafigura signs mammoth RCF and expands Japanese financing
Helen Reid
5 April 2016

In a move that highlights traders’ ability to succeed in volatile markets, Trafigura last week signed a $5.1 billion syndicated revolving credit facility and its largest ever yen-denominated loan – totalling 46 billion yen.

Vouching for the low-risk nature of trade finance: why data matters
Vouching for the low-risk nature of trade finance: why data matters
Henri d'Ambrieres
16 March 2016

Henri D’Ambrières, senior technical adviser on the ICC Trade Register, discusses how the Register’s data is improving year on year and why it should drive change and refinements to the Basel approach.

TXF Export Finance Report: HSBC tops 2015 ECA lenders table
TXF Export Finance Report: HSBC tops 2015 ECA lenders table
Max Thompson
26 February 2016

HSBC was the biggest lender of export credit agency (ECA) debt in 2015, according to TXF Data's Export Finance report, signing a total of $4.54 billion of ECA-supported debt to borrowers.

TXF Export Finance Report: ECA deal volumes drop by 29%
TXF Export Finance Report: ECA deal volumes drop by 29%
Max Thompson
24 February 2016

The global volume of export credit agency (ECA) deals has fallen by nearly a third compared to 2014, according to TXF Data's 2015 Export Finance Report.

TXF Export Finance Report:  Euro ECA deals surge in 2015
TXF Export Finance Report: Euro ECA deals surge in 2015
Connor Lovell
24 February 2016

The volume of euro denominated export credit agency (ECA) deals increased by 15.1% to 27.8% last year, according to TXF Data’s Export Finance Report 2015.

A changing world: tapping in to trade opportunities
A changing world: tapping in to trade opportunities
Jonathan Bell
16 February 2016

At a BNY Mellon-hosted roundtable in Abu Dhabi, TXF sat down with a number of UAE banks to discuss the region’s economic developments, the evolving trade arena, and how banks are adapting to such change and leveraging the opportunities on offer.

Nokia leans on Finnvera for global expansion plans
Nokia leans on Finnvera for global expansion plans
Connor Lovell
16 February 2016

Nokia — Finland’s premier telecoms company — is in the process of finalising its takeover of France’s Alcatel-Lucent in a $16.6 billion deal that will propel the ailing giant ahead of its rivals once more. And the firm’s growing international ambition being is facilitated by almost $1 billion in support from Finland’s export credit agency (ECA), Finnvera.

Alibaba trade finance: a misguided step into the unknown
Alibaba trade finance: a misguided step into the unknown
William Laraque
25 January 2016

According to ChinaBusinessNews.com and the South China Morning Post, Alibaba Group Holding last week entered into a partnership with more than 25 credit rating agencies and banks globally, in order to make cross-border trade financing available for Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Fighting trade finance’s corner
Fighting trade finance’s corner
Oliver Gordon
20 January 2016

Daniel Schmand, Deutsche Bank’s EMEA head of trade finance & cash management corporates, was elected the new chair of the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Banking Commission in April last year. In a wide-ranging interview touching on regulation and compliance, non-bank lenders, SME finance, digitisation, and banking reputation, TXF's Ollie Gordon discovers Schmand’s key policy objectives for the Commission and gets his take on the industry’s hottest topics.

Trade secrets: Using electronic finance to unlock business opportunities
Trade secrets: Using electronic finance to unlock business opportunities
Simon Streat
18 January 2016

The digitisation of trade finance has the potential to deliver significant benefits to corporates, banks, carriers and other trading partners. As well as reducing the time, costs and risks of trading internationally, connected parties have greater visibility and transparency of the whole end-to-end process. However, digital adoption has been slow; but with increasing global competition and a drive to become more efficient, many industry analysts believe this may be about to change.

The future of global trade: chapter I - sales, marketing, promotion and order processing
The future of global trade: chapter I - sales, marketing, promotion and order processing
William Laraque
30 November 2015

The transformation in international marketing and sales features two camps. The first is the legacy camp which features the largely uncoordinated activities of some 22 US government agencies. TPCC, the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, was created to coordinate the activities of these 22 agencies which foster and support the sale of US goods and services and FDI.

A changing Berne Union for a new and volatile world
A changing Berne Union for a new and volatile world
Daniel Riordan
12 October 2015

Daniel Riordan reviews the risks facing insurers in 2015 and highlights how the Berne Union is adapting to help its members

Analysing Berne Union data trends
Analysing Berne Union data trends
Kai Preugschat
12 October 2015

Volumes of export credit and investment insurance reported for 2014 by members of the Berne Union and Prague Club increased by 4% to reach a total amount of $2 trillion.

The era of trade regulation
The era of trade regulation
Ralph Lerch
12 October 2015

Ralph Lerch, chair of the European Banking Federation’s export credit working group, and global head of export finance at Commerzbank, discusses the shifting tectonics of the regulatory environment facing trade and export finance.

SMEs and the Berne Union
SMEs and the Berne Union
Abbey Sturrock
12 October 2015

Last year, the Berne Union provided an update on how its members have worked with small and medium-sized exporters (SMEs) given their important roles in supporting national economies. With continued attention and focus on SMEs worldwide, the Berne Union is pleased

ECAs and African banks
ECAs and African banks
Rebecka Lundgren
12 October 2015

The commodity driven growth in Africa has generated a demand for stronger banks with more capacity. As commodity prices are falling and currencies weakening, African companies are becoming increasingly interested in local financing solutions.

Sub-Saharan Africa and the role of ECIC
Sub-Saharan Africa and the role of ECIC
Kutoane Kutoane
12 October 2015

Following the international trend in the creation of export credit agencies (ECAs) after World War II, South Africa began to offer official support for export transactions in 1957. Instead of creating a dedicated ECA, reinsurance cover was made through the Department of Trade and Industry

Academic research and export credit insurance
Academic research and export credit insurance
Prof. Dr. Andreas Klasen
12 October 2015

If we think about academic research, we often think about theory development and testing with no or little concern for impact on the real world. We sometimes believe that researchers are university-based and have

 BPO and short-term credit insurance
BPO and short-term credit insurance
Markus Wohlgeschaffen
12 October 2015

By Markus Wohlgeschaffen, global head of trade products, UniCredit and member of the banking advisory board, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); and Andre Casterman, global head of corporate and trade markets, SWIFT and chair of the BPO project

Basel III: where do we stand?
Basel III: where do we stand?
Oliver Gordon
17 September 2015

Oliver Gordon catches up with some leading figures to discuss whether trade finance is still being unfairly penalised under the Basel III framework.

A sea change in trade finance
A sea change in trade finance
Oliver Gordon
16 September 2015

At a time when digitisation, regulation and new liquidity are on the rise, Hesham Zakai explores how these factors are changing the trade-finance landscape.

A sea change in trade finance
A sea change in trade finance
Oliver Gordon
16 September 2015

At a time when digitisation, regulation and new liquidity are on the rise, Hesham Zakai explores how these factors are changing the trade-finance landscape.

A sea change in trade finance
A sea change in trade finance
Hesham Zakai
16 September 2015

At a time when digitisation, regulation and new liquidity are on the rise, Hesham Zakai explores how these factors are changing the trade-finance landscape.

The burning issues facing the trade sector
The burning issues facing the trade sector
Jonathan Bell
16 September 2015

Jonathan Bell talks with David Hennah, head of trade and supply chain finance, transaction banking, Misys, about the burning issues of regulation and compliance, disruptors within trade, globalisation, standardisation and digitisation.

US Ex-Im, interest rates: the perfect storm for US exporters
US Ex-Im, interest rates: the perfect storm for US exporters
Dr. Rebecca Harding
16 September 2015

As the Fed prepares to make an announcement on US interest rates this week, spare a thought for the interests of US exporters. Already hit by the withdrawal of support from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im), the export credit agency of the US government, a hike in rates could be the final straw reversing the US’ sustained export-led recovery following the crisis, as well as catalysing further declines in the provision trade finance globally.

ICC launches global export finance committee
ICC launches global export finance committee
Jonathan Bell
7 September 2015

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has today launched the ICC Global Export Finance Committee – an export finance working group, chaired by Eric de Jonge, global head of structured export finance at ING Bank. The launch event of the committee is supported by many leading banks across the export finance industry.

Open account and non-recourse receivables finance driving trade-finance growth in the GCC
Open account and non-recourse receivables finance driving trade-finance growth in the GCC
Jeroen Reyes Stolker
1 July 2015

Open account trade has been growing in GCC markets during the last few years . As a result, some of the more sophisticated companies have started to move to non-recourse receivables finance programmes and benefit from best working capital practices prevalent in other regions.

JB's weekly round up - 25 May 2015
JB's weekly round up - 25 May 2015
Jonathan Bell
25 May 2015

On the afternoon of 16th July in London, TXF will be hosting a complimentary event on CAPEX and Project Financing in Africa. The event will bring together corporates, banks and agencies with an interest in doing more business in Africa. The event will be followed by TXF summer drinks, where all are welcome.

JB's weekly round up - 15 May 2015
JB's weekly round up - 15 May 2015
Jonathan Bell
18 May 2015

Next week is the start of a hectic period for TXF. We launch the inaugural “TXF Chronicle”, our latest industry special report. We’ll also be joined by 200 of the commodity finance world’s great and good in Amsterdam for our annual conference and industry dinner. I’m really looking forward to catching up with some good friends, and getting a proper sense of market activity. Click here to see who else will be there.

Report: Commodity Finance market overview
Report: Commodity Finance market overview
Hesham Zakai
8 May 2015

A special report from TXF Data presenting an overview of key commodities market transactions.

JB's weekly round up - 7 May 2015
JB's weekly round up - 7 May 2015
Jonathan Bell
7 May 2015

For those of our readers in the UK, you will doubtless feel as lucky as I do to have been treated to an extended general election campaign. That’s right folks, more pointless infographics, more over-analysed opinion polls, more sensationalised 'leadership debates', more spin, and 'new and improved' ways politicians are finding to avoid answering even the most basic of questions.

JB's weekly round up - 10 March 2015
JB's weekly round up - 10 March 2015
Jonathan Bell
10 March 2015

After a great deal of help from those in the industry, we are delighted to share the first edition of our brochure for TXF Paris 2015.

JB's weekly round up - 3 March 2015
JB's weekly round up - 3 March 2015
Jonathan Bell
3 March 2015

Last week in London TXF held an evening presentation related to its first ECA data report for 2014.

UniCredit completes the first ever BPO transaction in Italy
UniCredit completes the first ever BPO transaction in Italy
Jonathan Bell
27 February 2015

UniCredit has successfully completed the first Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) transaction ever carried out in Italy.

JB's weekly round up - 17 February 2015
JB's weekly round up - 17 February 2015
Jonathan Bell
17 February 2015

TXF is gearing up for our Natural Resources & Commodities Finance event, which will be held in the beautiful city of Amsterdam on May 20-21.

US exports at record high
US exports at record high
Hesham Zakai
6 February 2015

The United States exported a record $2.35 trillion of goods and services in 2014, according to data released by the US Department of Commerce.

JB's weekly round up - 14 January 2015 - part 2
JB's weekly round up - 14 January 2015 - part 2
Jonathan Bell
14 January 2015

US telecoms company Sprint Corporation stormed in at year-end with the signing of three new financing facilities amounting to a total of $1.8 billion.

Hans Janus leaves Euler Hermes after three decades
Hans Janus leaves Euler Hermes after three decades
Hesham Zakai
19 December 2014

Dr Hans Janus, a member of the board of management of Euler Hermes, has announced that he will be leaving the German export credit agency at the end of the year.

JB's weekly round up - 04 November 2014
JB's weekly round up - 04 November 2014
Jonathan Bell
4 November 2014

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