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WFW recruits new partner for in London
WFW recruits new partner for in London
Dan Sheriff
26 November 2013

Watson, Farley & Williams (WFW) has appointed Joe Levin as partner in its London office. Levin previously held the position of director of the energy and infrastructure finance team at Wragge & Co, and joined WFW in early November 2013.

 Hogan Lovells expands with South African merger
Hogan Lovells expands with South African merger
Dan Sheriff
20 November 2013

Law firm Hogan Lovells is expanding its scope and capabilities in Africa by merging with the South African law firm Routledge Modise. The combination will take effect from 1 December 2013, with Routledge Modise expected to rebrand and relaunch as Hogan Lovells in early 2014.

Deutsche boosts trade in ASEAN region
Deutsche boosts trade in ASEAN region
Dan Sheriff
12 November 2013

Deutsche Bank has appointed two trade finance and cash management for corporates (TF/CMC) country heads, strengthening the management of its business in ASEAN countries. They will be responsible for developing and executing the overall TF/CMC business strategy in their respective countries – Indonesia and Malaysia.

New head of trade credit at Bluefin group
New head of trade credit at Bluefin group
Phoebe Robertson
31 October 2013

Stuart Grice has been appointed head of trade credit at Bluefin insurance group with immediate effect. Based in London, Grice will manage Bluefin's credit insurance team and will report into Howard Fryer, head of corporate division.

RBS expands EMEA trade team
RBS expands EMEA trade team
Dan Sheriff
30 October 2013

RBS has appointed Michael Gilham as a director for financial institutions trade origination in EMEA at RBS International Banking. He joins from Lloyds Bank where he led the financial institutions trade finance business for over five years. Before this he held trade finance and credit risk related roles at Citi.

ICC in Vienna: Taylor and Affaki step down
ICC in Vienna: Taylor and Affaki step down
Dan Sheriff
25 October 2013

Several significant changes to the ICC Banking Commission executive committee were announced during October’s meeting in Vienna. Long time industry stalwarts, Dan Taylor and Georges Affaki are stepping down from their roles on the executive committee.

Barclays expands trade finance team
Barclays expands trade finance team
Dan Sheriff
25 October 2013

Barclays is continuing to expand its tade finance team with the appointment of Geoff Parry as UK head of global corporates, trade finance. Parry joins Barclays from National Australia Bank (NAB) where he was head of trade finance South-East Asia, based in Singapore.

FMO makes new appointments
FMO makes new appointments
Phoebe Robertson
24 October 2013

Netherlands based development bank, FMO, has made two new appointments to its management structure. In the first instance, Jurgen Rigterink has been appointed as the new chief risk and finance officer. He takes over the role from Nico Pijl, who is retiring (see below). Rigterink will move from his current position as chief investment officer.

BAML appoints head of GTS India
BAML appoints head of GTS India
Dan Sheriff
18 October 2013

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) has recruited Meeta Makhan as managing director and head of Global Transaction Services (GTS) in India team, further complementing the bank’s offering in Asia-Pacific.

Sullivan & Worcester opens its London office
Sullivan & Worcester opens its London office
Jonathan Bell
16 October 2013

US law firm Sullivan & Worcester opened its London offices today. This is the first office for the law firm outside of North America. The London office is located at Tower 42 in the heart of the City of London.

Berndt starts at RBS London
Berndt starts at RBS London
Dan Sheriff
16 October 2013

Carole Berndt has now started as the new global head of transaction services at The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). She is be based in London and reports to John Owen, CEO, international banking. Berndt joins RBS from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) where she was EMEA head of transaction banking, a role she has held for over three years. Before BAML she spent nearly 10 years working in transaction banking with Citi, holding a variety of roles in both Hong Kong and New York.

Federated Investors expands trade operations in UK
Federated Investors expands trade operations in UK
Jonathan Bell
16 October 2013

Federated Investors (Federated), one of the largest investment managers in the United States, has expanded capabilities in trade finance and emerging-market debt with new personnel at its London office. Federated has hired three investment professionals specialising in trade-finance strategies and two specialists in emerging-market strategies for the UK office.

Zurich’s Daniel Riordan named Berne Union president
Zurich’s Daniel Riordan named Berne Union president
Dan Sheriff
15 October 2013

Daniel Riordan, CEO of Global Corporate, Zurich North America has been elected president of the Berne Union – the international association of export credit insurers. He is the first representative of a private insurer to be elected president in 30 years.

SG appoints head of payments and cash management
SG appoints head of payments and cash management
Dan Sheriff
11 October 2013

Société Générale (SG) has appointed Benoit Desserre as head of payments and cash management within the global transaction banking (GTB) division. He replaces Alain Grugé who has been appointed as a regional head of SG retail bank in France.

King & Spalding hires ex WTO deputy director
King & Spalding hires ex WTO deputy director
Dan Sheriff
4 October 2013

International law firm King & Spalding has hired Alejandro Jara, former deputy director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as senior counsel in the WTO and international trade practice of its Geneva office

Rusal appoints new CFO and reorganizes finance office
Rusal appoints new CFO and reorganizes finance office
Jonathan Bell
2 October 2013

Russian aluminium producer Rusal has made changes in its finance directorate and appointed a new chief financial officer (CFO).

US Ex-Im recruits Claudia Slacik for SVP export finance role
US Ex-Im recruits Claudia Slacik for SVP export finance role
Jonathan Bell
1 October 2013

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im) has recruited Claudia Slacik as chief banking officer and senior vice president for export finance. She joins US Ex-Im with more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry.

SG and Bpifrance sign pact for French exporters
SG and Bpifrance sign pact for French exporters
Jonathan Bell
25 September 2013

Société Générale (SG) and Bpifrance have today signed a partnership agreement to support the overseas growth of French businesses. The two institutions, which have a history of working together to finance French businesses within France, have decided to strengthen their collaboration internationally.

HSBC recruits Bart Ras for global head role
HSBC recruits Bart Ras for global head role
Jonathan Bell
24 September 2013

HSBC has recruited Bart Ras to its ranks where he will have the title of global head of business development for the bank’s global trade and receivables finance (GTRF) business He takes up the post on 15 October 2013.

Lloyds Bank teams with StanChart for Asian trade
Lloyds Bank teams with StanChart for Asian trade
Jonathan Bell
17 September 2013

The UK’s Lloyds Bank has signed a partnership agreement with Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart) to team in providing enhanced services to its clients importing from Asia-Pacific.

JP Morgan recruits Kah Chye Tan
JP Morgan recruits Kah Chye Tan
Jonathan Bell
17 September 2013

JP Morgan has recruited Kah Chye Tan, within a week of Tan leaving his previous employers Barclays Bank.

Kah Chye Tan departs from Barclays
Kah Chye Tan departs from Barclays
Mayur Pande
6 September 2013

After two years at the bank, Kah Chye Tan has departed Barclays in London where he was vice-chair of the bank’s global trade team. As a highly experienced and respected trade banker, Tan’s arrival at Barclays in 2011 was seen as a coup for the ban

Deutsche opens branch in Qingdao, China
Deutsche opens branch in Qingdao, China
Jonathan Bell
4 September 2013

Deutsche Bank has opened a new branch in Qingdao, China following the approval from the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC). The Qingdao branch is the bank’s sixth branch in China, complementing others in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Chongqing.

Lloyds Bank appoints director of global trade
Lloyds Bank appoints director of global trade
Dan Sheriff
21 August 2013

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has appointed Jacqueline Keogh as director of global trade to lead the bank’s global trade proposition. She takes up the position on 2 September Keogh joins Lloyds Bank from Standard Chartered where she held the position of managing director, regional head of banks, Europe in the transaction banking division, delivering strong

StanChart sets-up renminbi solutions team
StanChart sets-up renminbi solutions team
Dan Sheriff
15 August 2013

Standard Chartered (StanChart) has set-up a renminbi (RMB Solutions) team that is responsible for delivering bespoke client solutions to help them best capture opportunities arising from the internationalisation of the RMB.

New executive director named for International Trade Centre
New executive director named for International Trade Centre
Jonathan Bell
15 August 2013

The United Nations has announced the appointment of Arancha Gonzalez of Spain as executive director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint agency of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) for trade and international business development.

Nedbank and Bank of China formalise alliance
Nedbank and Bank of China formalise alliance
Dan Sheriff
6 August 2013

South Africa’s Nedbank and the Bank of China (BoC) have entered into a strategic business cooperation agreement to develop business flows between the People’s Republic of China and Africa.

ABN AMRO completes purchase of Brazil’s BancoCR2
ABN AMRO completes purchase of Brazil’s BancoCR2
Mayur Pande
1 August 2013

ABN AMRO has completed the purchase of the small privately owned commercial Brazilian bank Banco CR2. The purchase is significant for ABN and the market as it gives the Dutch bank an onshore operating base in the country for its commodity financing activities.

CBA appoints global head of trade
CBA appoints global head of trade
Dan Sheriff
26 July 2013

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has appointed Neal Livingston as its global head of trade and transaction services (GTTS), within the institutional banking and markets unit.

Gunvor looks to develop West African oil hub
Gunvor looks to develop West African oil hub
Dan Sheriff
20 July 2013

Swiss-headquartered energy trading company Gunvor has signed a deal with the government of Gabon to create a joint venture to sell and distribute refined petroleum products in West Africa.

HSBC appoints forfaiting global head
HSBC appoints forfaiting global head
Katy Rose
19 July 2013

HSBC has appointed Luiz Simione as global head of forfaiting and risk distribution for global trade and receivables finance (GTRF). He will be based in London and takes up the post from 1 September 2013.

Hochberg confirmed as US Ex-Im president
Hochberg confirmed as US Ex-Im president
Mayur Pande
17 July 2013

Fred Hochberg has been confirmed as by the US Senate to serve a second term as president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im). This move followed President Obama’s decision to appoint him in March this year, and the Senate banking Commission nominating him in early June.

BAFT-IFSA announces head of trade services
BAFT-IFSA announces head of trade services
Jonathan Bell
15 July 2013

BAFT-IFSA, the US-headquartered international financial services association, has appointed Stacey Facter as the association’s new senior vice president of trade services.