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Trade credit insurer Coface appoints new country manager of Japan
Trade credit insurer Coface appoints new country manager of Japan
Jonathan Bell
7 September 2015

Trade credit insurer Coface has appointed Yoshihiro Suchi as its new country manager in Japan. The appointment is effective from 28 September 2015.

Markel expands in Dubai with trade credit appointment
Markel expands in Dubai with trade credit appointment
Jonathan Bell
3 September 2015

Markel International, the specialist insurer, has appointed Savita Mascarenhas as underwriter for its expanding trade credit operations in Dubai.

Louis Taylor appointed as the new CEO of UK Export Finance
Louis Taylor appointed as the new CEO of UK Export Finance
Jonathan Bell
2 September 2015

Louis Taylor has been appointed as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the United Kingdom’s export credit agency UK Export Finance (UKEF). He takes up the role in October, and succeeds David Godfrey, who has been CEO since September 2013.

BTMU appoints new co-head of corporate banking for EMEA
BTMU appoints new co-head of corporate banking for EMEA
Jonathan Bell
2 September 2015

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) has appointed Sébastien Rozès as co-head of corporate banking for EMEA. This is a newly created role where Rozès will work closely with counterpart Yoshitake Manabe, the incumbent head of corporate banking for EMEA.

Adesina sworn in as new president of African Development Bank
Adesina sworn in as new president of African Development Bank
Jonathan Bell
1 September 2015

Former Nigerian agriculture minister, Akinwumi Adesina, has today been formally sworn in as the new president of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) at a ceremony in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He is the eighth elected president of the development bank.

Jin Liqun named as first president of AIIB
Jin Liqun named as first president of AIIB
Jonathan Bell
26 August 2015

Jin Liqun has been selected as president–designate of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at the 6th meeting of chief negotiators representing the bank's 57 prospective founding members in Tbilisi, Georgia.

NBAD appoints head of trade for MENA
NBAD appoints head of trade for MENA
Jonathan Bell
26 August 2015

National Bank of Abu Dhabi has appointed Sonam Kapadia as the head of trade for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Simon Jones joins TD Securities as EMEA head of export finance
Simon Jones joins TD Securities as EMEA head of export finance
Jonathan Bell
19 August 2015

Simon Jones has joined TD Securities as head of export & agency finance for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. He will be based in London.

Wells Fargo makes hire to lead European push of supply chain finance
Wells Fargo makes hire to lead European push of supply chain finance
Jonathan Bell
18 August 2015

Wells Fargo Capital Finance, part of Wells Fargo & Company has appointed Nick Lawrence as managing director for supply chain finance as it finalises the build out of its European platform to support all three international products, channel finance, supplier finance and sales finance.

Credit insurer Euler Hermes launches Euler Hermes Energy in North American market
Credit insurer Euler Hermes launches Euler Hermes Energy in North American market
Jonathan Bell
18 August 2015

International credit insurance company Euler Hermes has launched a new division - Euler Hermes Energy. The new division will be North American-based and focus on essential credit support and risk management solutions for the energy industry.

ABN AMRO appoints country executive for UK
ABN AMRO appoints country executive for UK
Jonathan Bell
17 August 2015

ABN AMRO has appointed Robbert Booij as the new country executive for the United Kingdom and general manager of ABN AMRO Bank UK branch.

HSBC appoints new head of trade in Australia
HSBC appoints new head of trade in Australia
Jonathan Bell
11 August 2015

HSBC has appointed Rohit Garg as the new head of global trade and receivables finance (GTRF) in Australia. He will be based in Sydney.

Strong takes up the reigns as head of CPS Risk at JLT in Chicago
Strong takes up the reigns as head of CPS Risk at JLT in Chicago
Jonathan Bell
11 August 2015

Matthew Strong has moved from the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group (JLT) offices in London to take up his new position as head of the credit, political and security (CPS) risk practice at JLT Specialty USA in Chicago, the US subsidiary of JLT.

VLG launches Vecron, a new trade finance business unit
VLG launches Vecron, a new trade finance business unit
Paul Preugschat
6 August 2015

Vecron Lordstock Group (VLG), a global structured finance firm specialising in structured trade and project finance, has announced the launching of Vecron Exim, an independent trade finance unit.

PrimeRevenue appoints Ken Dummitt executive VP, global sales and marketing
6 August 2015

ABN bolsters commodities division with senior hires
ABN bolsters commodities division with senior hires
Jonathan Bell
4 August 2015

ABN AMRO is continuing to strengthen its energy, commodities & transportation (ECT) division with two senior appointments. The bank has promoted Friso Koopmans as global head of energy commodities clients and appointed Rui Florencio as global head of metals commodities clients.

HSBC names Eddie Norton head of PCM Europe

JB's Industry Blog: 24 July 2015
JB's Industry Blog: 24 July 2015
Jonathan Bell
28 July 2015

TXF held its Africa afternoon conference last week with more than 80 guests joining to discuss CAPEX, ECA and Project Finance in Africa. We approached the topics from a slightly different angle: whether ECA finance was fit for purpose and how project finance could be made to work better in the region – rather than looking purely at shortcomings in the continent.

Barclays names new Asia corporate bank head

Natixis to open Colombian office this year

Natixis' Pascal Soldaini set for CEEMEA move

BPL Global opens Dubai office
22 July 2015

BPL Global to open Dubai office as part of further expansion
BPL Global to open Dubai office as part of further expansion
Jonathan Bell
20 July 2015

Berry Palmer & Lyle (BPL Global), the specialist credit and political risk insurance (CPRI) broker, is to open a representative office in Dubai as part of the group’s further expansion of overseas offices. The opening takes the number of BPL Global offices to five – joining London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong.

ANZ boosts transaction banking with senior hire
ANZ boosts transaction banking with senior hire
Jonathan Bell
17 July 2015

ANZ has boosted its global transaction banking (GTB) business with the appointment of Francyn Stuckey as global head of capabilities and client solutions in its transaction banking business. This is a new role within the bank and a senior position within GTB.

Richard Tynan appointed managing director for new London PrimeRevenue entity

New CEO appointed at FIMBank
New CEO appointed at FIMBank
Jonathan Bell
15 July 2015

Malta-headquartered trade finance bank, FIMBank has appointed Murali Subramanian as its new chief executive officer (CEO). The change comes following a seven-month period where Simon Lay was made responsible as acting CEO, following the retirement of former group president Margrith Lütschg-Emmenegger in December 2014.

HSBC appoints head of commercial banking Singapore
HSBC appoints head of commercial banking Singapore
Jonathan Bell
10 July 2015

HSBC has appointed Steven Cranwell head of commercial banking Singapore. He takes over from Kelvin Tan, who has been appointed chief executive officer for HSBC in Thailand.

BRICS further build foundations of New Development Bank
BRICS further build foundations of New Development Bank
Jonathan Bell
8 July 2015

The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) held their first meeting of the board of governors of the New Development Bank (NDB) in Moscow yesterday, ahead of the latest BRICS summit in the Russian industrial city of Ufa in the Urals.

HFW extends corporate and projects capability in South-East Asia
HFW extends corporate and projects capability in South-East Asia
Jonathan Bell
8 July 2015

International law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has hired Haydn Dare as a partner to work on corporate and project finance with a particular focus on Singapore and Indonesia.

Jin Liqun nominated for AIIB presidency
Jin Liqun nominated for AIIB presidency
Jonathan Bell
6 July 2015

China has nominated Jin Liqun for the presidency of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin, is a former vice-minister of finance in China, chairman of the Chinese sovereign wealth fund and is also the current secretary-general of the multilateral interim secretariat of the AIIB.

Baker & McKenzie names new global trade & commerce head
Baker & McKenzie names new global trade & commerce head
Jonathan Bell
6 July 2015

Law firm Baker & McKenzie has named Stockholm partner Mattias Hedwall as the new leader of its 450-lawyer global trade & commerce group.

MIGA recruits Karin Finkelston as COO
MIGA recruits Karin Finkelston as COO
Jonathan Bell
2 July 2015

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has recruited and appointed Karin Finkelston as vice president and chief operating officer (COO). In her new role, Finkelston will oversee MIGA operations and handle a number of cross-cutting corporate initiatives.

WFW recruits project lawyer to Paris office
WFW recruits project lawyer to Paris office
Jonathan Bell
1 July 2015

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has hired lawyer Guillaume Ansaloni as a partner for the finance team in its Paris office. Ansaloni focuses his practice on structured finance work and, in particular, project finance.

Rabobank appoints head of TCF Americas
Rabobank appoints head of TCF Americas
Jonathan Bell
26 June 2015

Rabobank has appointed Muriel Schwab as head trade & commodity finance (TCF) Americas. She takes up the post as of 1 July, and will be based in New York.

XL Catlin appoints chief underwriter for political risk and trade credit
XL Catlin appoints chief underwriter for political risk and trade credit
Jonathan Bell
24 June 2015

XL Catlin has promoted Joe Blenkinsopp to the position of chief underwriting officer for its political risk and trade credit (PRTC) team. He is based in London.

King & Spalding hires energy team for new Tokyo office
King & Spalding hires energy team for new Tokyo office
Jonathan Bell
22 June 2015

International law firm King & Spalding are set to open an office in Tokyo, the firm's eighteenth office overall and tenth office outside the United States. The new Tokyo office, along with the firm's Singapore office, will anchor King & Spalding's energy practice throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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

June is a month that is always jam-packed with highly-publicised sporting accomplishments. With leagues and tournaments of every variety coming to a climatic end in the month, news feeds from Hong Kong to New York are always inundated with extravagant – if only occasionally merited – eulogies on the triumphs of a fleetingly-victorious team or sportsman.

Simmons & Simmons expands international trade finance practice
Simmons & Simmons expands international trade finance practice
Jonathan Bell
16 June 2015

International law firm Simmons & Simmons is expanding its trade finance practice with the appointment of Omar Al-Ali who has joined the firm’s London office this week as a partner.

Afreximbank appoints Benedict Oramah as new president
Afreximbank appoints Benedict Oramah as new president
Jonathan Bell
15 June 2015

The African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim) has appointed Dr Benedict Oramah to be the next president of the continental multilateral trade finance institution. He will take up the role in September 2015.

HSBC recruits Inwha Huh as head GTRF for the US and Canada
HSBC recruits Inwha Huh as head GTRF for the US and Canada
Jonathan Bell
12 June 2015

HSBC has hired trade veteran Inwha Huh as head of global trade and receivables finance (GTRF) for the United States (US) and Canada. She will be responsible for leading and managing GTRF activities across the US and Canada for commercial and global banking clients.

Macquarie appoint ECA-backed ship finance specialist
Macquarie appoint ECA-backed ship finance specialist
Dan Sheriff
11 June 2015

Macquarie Group have appointed Guido Musso as managing director for shipping and offshore, within its specialised investment solutions business. Musso is a respected specialist in export credit agency (ECA)-backed shipping and aircraft transactions.

BPL Global targets German export market
BPL Global targets German export market
Dan Sheriff
9 June 2015

BPL Global, the insurance broker, has secured the services of Peter von Guretzky-Cornitz as a representative for the business in Germany.

Barclays expand trade team in Germany
Barclays expand trade team in Germany
Dan Sheriff
9 June 2015

Barclays Bank have appointed Christian Nehk as head of trade and working capital in Germany. Nehk joins the bank from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) where he worked as director within the global trade and supply chain finance business.

Markham Rae appoints Kah Chye Tan and Sir David Cooksey to advisory board
Markham Rae appoints Kah Chye Tan and Sir David Cooksey to advisory board
Jonathan Bell
8 June 2015

UK-based Markham Rae Trade Capital Partners (MRTCP) has appointed Kah Chye Tan and Sir David Cooksey to the advisory board of MRTCP, thus further expanding the knowledge and expertise of its dedicated trade finance team.

ANZ opens Paris branch to support French companies in Asia-Pacific
ANZ opens Paris branch to support French companies in Asia-Pacific
Jonathan Bell
3 June 2015

ANZ is expanding its international network with the opening today of a branch in Paris to provide wholesale banking services to French multinational companies doing business in Asia-Pacific. The opening took place while TXF’s ECA Paris Conference was in full swing, and where ANZ was a major sponsor of the event.

JB's weekly round up - 27 May 2015
JB's weekly round up - 27 May 2015
Jonathan Bell
27 May 2015

As with any given seven-day period in the modern age of news reportage, last week was chock-a-block full of current affairs shockers, geopolitical wranglings, cyclical sporting accomplishments and surprisingly changeable weather patterns. However, the news on everyone’s lips was surely the long-anticipated launch of the TXF Chronicle…

Scotiabank strengthens European GTB team
Scotiabank strengthens European GTB team
Jonathan Bell
26 May 2015

Scotiabank has appointed Karl Klink as director trade finance sales to further strengthen its European global transaction banking (GTB) presence.

Introducing… the TXF Chronicle
Introducing… the TXF Chronicle
Oliver Gordon
26 May 2015

As with any given seven-day period in the modern age of news reportage, last week was chock-a-block full of current affairs shockers, geopolitical wranglings, cyclical sporting accomplishments and surprisingly changeable weather patterns. However, the news on everyone’s lips was surely the long-anticipated launch of the TXF Chronicle…

Equinox Global appoints new head of UK and Ireland
Equinox Global appoints new head of UK and Ireland
Jonathan Bell
26 May 2015

Equinox Global, the Lloyd’s cover holder specialising in trade credit insurance, has appointed Nick King as head of UK and Ireland. He will join Equinox on 6 July 2015. Based in London, he will report to Mike Holley, chief executive of Equinox Global.

IFC and Ecobank arrange facility for SME financing in conflict-affected African states
IFC and Ecobank arrange facility for SME financing in conflict-affected African states
Jonathan Bell
26 May 2015

International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), the parent company of the Ecobank Group have launched a $110 million risk-sharing facility that will increase access to finance for small and medium sized enterprises in fragile and conflict-affected states in West and Central Africa.