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Trafigura places control of metals and minerals trading with Jeremy Weir
Trafigura places control of metals and minerals trading with Jeremy Weir
Jonathan Bell
22 May 2015

Commodity trading company Trafigura Beheer BV has announced that Jeremy Weir, chief executive officer, is assuming responsibility for the metals and minerals trading division of the company.

HSBC appoints Asia-Pacific head of large corporates for commercial banking
HSBC appoints Asia-Pacific head of large corporates for commercial banking
Jonathan Bell
21 May 2015

Matthew Kirkby has been appointed as regional head of large corporates for HSBC's commercial banking (CMB) business in Asia-Pacific, with effect from 6 July 2015.

BAML appoints new head of trade
BAML appoints new head of trade
Dalia Gebrial
20 May 2015

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) has appointed Percy Batliwalla as its new head of global trade and supply chain finance.

UniCredit hires new head of trade finance, France
UniCredit hires new head of trade finance, France
Dalia Gebrial
20 May 2015

UniCredit has appointed Dominique Honoré as its new head of trade finance international sales for France.

SG launches Middle East structured finance hub
SG launches Middle East structured finance hub
Jonathan Bell
19 May 2015

Société Générale (SG) has strengthened its presence in the Middle East by establishing a structured finance platform at its hub in Dubai.

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.

FIMBank appoints new chief risk officer
FIMBank appoints new chief risk officer
Jonathan Bell
18 May 2015

FIMBank has appointed Ronald Haverkorn as its new chief risk officer. The appointment comes following the bank’s financial results for 2014 report earlier this year in which it posted a pre-tax loss of $53.43 million.

Demica appoints Tim Davies first Europe head of origination
Demica appoints Tim Davies first Europe head of origination
Dalia Gebrial
15 May 2015

Working capital solutions provider Demica has appointed Tim Davies to the newly created role of head of origination, Europe. He will report directly to Demica’s chief executive officer (CEO) Matt Wreford.

HSBC appoints Asia-Pacific head of GTRF
HSBC appoints Asia-Pacific head of GTRF
Jonathan Bell
15 May 2015

HSBC has appointed Tan Siew Meng the newly created role of regional head global trade and receivables finance (GTRF) Asia-Pacific, with effect from 1 July 2015. This is a new role that brings together management responsibility for GTRF Asia-Pacific, including Hong Kong and Macau.

BBVA welcomes new head of global trade finance
BBVA welcomes new head of global trade finance
Oliver Gordon
14 May 2015

Spanish bank BBVA has appointed Francisco Javier Fernández de Trocóniz as its new head of global trade finance & international financial institutions, replacing the outgoing Nick Shaw.

Euler Hermes makes series of senior executive appointments
Euler Hermes makes series of senior executive appointments
Dalia Gebrial
14 May 2015

Trade credit insurer Euler Hermes has appointed three regional chief executive officers (CEO) to its German, Austrian, Swiss (DACH), World Agency and French offices, and a new head of risk activities in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa (MMEA) region.

UniCredit merges global syndications and capital markets businesses
UniCredit merges global syndications and capital markets businesses
Jonathan Bell
11 May 2015

UniCredit announced today that it has combined its global capital markets and loan syndication businesses to create a new global syndicate and capital markets platform to better serve client needs. The business will be headed by Marco Bales, previously head of global capital markets.

HFW expands oil and gas practice with partner hire
HFW expands oil and gas practice with partner hire
Jonathan Bell
7 May 2015

International law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has expanded its energy practice with the recruitment of Jayson Marks. He joins the firm’s oil and gas group as a corporate partner.

Scipion Capital names new business development lead
Scipion Capital names new business development lead
Dalia Gebrial
6 May 2015

Swiss-based commodities investment manager Scipion Group has appointed Taran Bains as its new head of sales and marketing.

Citi appoints new supply chain head for EMEA
Citi appoints new supply chain head for EMEA
Jonathan Bell
6 May 2015

Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions has appointed Parvaiz Dalal as head of supply chain finance for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

JB's weekly round up - 29 April 2015
JB's weekly round up - 29 April 2015
Jonathan Bell
5 May 2015

TXF was globetrotting across multiple continents last week, with the team spread to Singapore and the ICC Banking Commission meeting, as well as Washington DC for the Export-Import Bank of the United States’s (US Ex-Im’s) annual conference. You can read a write up on the event here, and an update on the reauthorisation saga here.

Gert van Melkebeke to join Commerzbank’s senior export finance team
Gert van Melkebeke to join Commerzbank’s senior export finance team
Dalia Gebrial
5 May 2015

Gert Van Melkebeke will be joining Commerzbank’s structured export and trade finance BeNeLux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) France division as a senior export finance manager, TXF has learned. His new role will be effective as of 1 June.

Peter Field leaves EFIC
Peter Field leaves EFIC
Dalia Gebrial
1 May 2015

Peter Field, the executive director of origination and portfolio management at Australian export credit agency (ECA) Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC), will be leaving his position after 10 years at the institution.

Herbert Smith Freehills hires new partner for UK infrastructure practice
Herbert Smith Freehills hires new partner for UK infrastructure practice
Jonathan Bell
27 April 2015

International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has hired Simon Caridia to join its projects and infrastructure practice in London as a partner with effect from 1 May 2015.

EXIAR formally announces new board of directors
EXIAR formally announces new board of directors
Jonathan Bell
27 April 2015

The sole shareholder of the Export Insurance Agency of Russia (EXIAR) – state corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank) – has today approved the new board of directors of the agency.

JB's weekly round up - 22 April 2015
JB's weekly round up - 22 April 2015
Jonathan Bell
22 April 2015

In what was the week’s largest financing, Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras turned to Brazilian state-owned banks to secure much of its funding for 2015. With the capital markets closed off for the time being, the oil company announced that it had struck loan agreements totalling approximately $6.1 billion with three local banks and an international bank – in separate agreements – to meet its immediate funding requirements.

Schmand to take helm at ICC Banking Commission
Schmand to take helm at ICC Banking Commission
Oliver Gordon
22 April 2015

The International Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business organisation, has today named Deutsche Bank’s Daniel Schmand as the new chair of its Banking Commission.

HFW strengthens corporate capability in Paris with partner hire
HFW strengthens corporate capability in Paris with partner hire
Jonathan Bell
17 April 2015

International law firm HFW has further strengthened its Paris office corporate finance team with the arrival of partner Jean-Marc Zampa and his associate Serge Rastorgoueff.

Fabrice Morel to leave Berne Union
Fabrice Morel to leave Berne Union
Hesham Zakai
15 April 2015

Fabrice Morel, the deputy secretary general of the Berne Union, has announced he will be leaving the association on Friday 17 April.

Euler Hermes launches South Africa operations
Euler Hermes launches South Africa operations
Jonathan Bell
15 April 2015

Global trade credit insurance company, Euler Hermes has announced that it is launching services for the South African market, strengthening its presence on the African continent as well as growth markets overall.

GE’s Guto Davies appointed deputy chair of BExA
GE’s Guto Davies appointed deputy chair of BExA
Jonathan Bell
14 April 2015

The council of the British Exporters Association (BExA) has appointed Guto Davies to the position of deputy chairman of the association with immediate effect. He is also leading GE’s Global Export Credit Agency Centre of Excellence.

BTMU appoints new EMEA regional head of transaction banking
BTMU appoints new EMEA regional head of transaction banking
Jonathan Bell
14 April 2015

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) has appointed Michael Hogan as managing director and regional head of transaction banking sales, EMEA. This is a newly created role where Hogan will lead the coverage of the transaction banking business, specifically in sales across the region.

BPL Global appoints new CEO of Singapore subsidiary
BPL Global appoints new CEO of Singapore subsidiary
Jonathan Bell
14 April 2015

Berry Palmer & Lyle (BPL Global), the specialist credit and political risk insurance (CPRI) broker, today announced that, following approval by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Peter Gilbert is to become chief executive officer of the company’s Singapore subsidiary.

HFW boosts London commodities practice with partner hire
HFW boosts London commodities practice with partner hire
Jonathan Bell
14 April 2015

International law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has boosted its commodities practice with the recruitment of Marc Weisberger, who has joins the firm world as a partner. He is based in London.

JB's weekly round up - 14 April 2015
JB's weekly round up - 14 April 2015
Jonathan Bell
14 April 2015

In one of the most hotly-anticipated deals of any given year, last week Hong Kong-headquartered commodity trading company Noble Group launched the syndication and arrangement of a $2.25 billion committed unsecured revolving credit facility (RCF). The company will apply all amounts borrowed under the facility for the refinancing of certain existing debts and for general corporate purposes.

Euler Hermes names new CEO in UK and directors for World Agency and APAC region
Euler Hermes names new CEO in UK and directors for World Agency and APAC region
Jonathan Bell
13 April 2015

Trade credit insurance company Euler Hermes has appointed a new UK chief executive officer and two new senior members to its market management commercial and distribution (MMCD) executive team. All the appointments will take effect 1 July 2015.

Mizuho begins trade finance expansion with executive reshuffle
Mizuho begins trade finance expansion with executive reshuffle
Dalia Gebrial
10 April 2015

Masahiro Goda has been appointed to the newly created role of executive director of global trade finance at Mizuho Bank (Mizuho), as part of a series of moves within its senior global trade finance team.

HSBC appoints China head of cash management
HSBC appoints China head of cash management
Jonathan Bell
9 April 2015

HSBC has made a strategic appointment to its payments and cash management business in Asia.

ICBC promotes Zachariah to head of syndications
ICBC promotes Zachariah to head of syndications
Jonathan Bell
8 April 2015

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) London branch has promoted Benny Zachariah to head of syndication & sales. He is based in London.

Allen & Overy expands sub-Saharan project finance practice
Allen & Overy expands sub-Saharan project finance practice
Jonathan Bell
6 April 2015

Law firm Allen & Overy has expanded its sub-Saharan project finance practice with the hiring of Jason van der Poel within its Johannesburg office. He comes in as a partner in A&O’s international projects, energy and infrastructure group.

JB's weekly round up - 1 April 2015
JB's weekly round up - 1 April 2015
Jonathan Bell
1 April 2015

Following on from the success of the 2014 debut of the Export Finance Global Survey, TXF and The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) have teamed up once more to produce the latest edition of the study. The results will be incorporated into the ICC’s wider Global Survey on Trade Finance 2015. Your participation will contribute to the study and allow for a better understanding of the sector and its needs.

UniCredit expands CIB senior management structure
UniCredit expands CIB senior management structure
Jonathan Bell
1 April 2015

UniCredit has made senior managerial changes in its corporate & investment banking (CIB) division with the aim to further develop the business in support of a larger and increasingly demanding corporate customer base.

ANZ expands RMB capabilities in Shanghai and Hong Kong to support cross-border trade
ANZ expands RMB capabilities in Shanghai and Hong Kong to support cross-border trade
Jonathan Bell
30 March 2015

ANZ has made a number of senior appointments in its renminbi (RMB) banking and trading teams, to support growing volumes of RMB denominated cross-border financing for clients.

Louis Dreyfus appoints Asia head of trade finance
Louis Dreyfus appoints Asia head of trade finance
Jonathan Bell
26 March 2015

Commodity trading company Louis Dreyfus Commodities has appointed Vijay Anand Ramanujam as its new regional head of trade finance for Asia. He is based in Singapore.

Mechel appoints new head of corporate finance
Mechel appoints new head of corporate finance
Jonathan Bell
26 March 2015

Russian mining and metals company Mechel has appointed Ekaterina Istratova as its new head of corporate finance. As such, Istratova returns to the company where she worked before becoming a banker, but this time as head of the department.

ABN strengthens ECT team with senior originator appointment
ABN strengthens ECT team with senior originator appointment
Jonathan Bell
26 March 2015

ABN AMRO has strengthened the sector focus of its energy, commodities & transportation (ECT) clients business with the appointment of Albena Vassileva. She has the title of senior originator in the sector origination team and will be responsible for financial sponsors coverage for ECT clients.

Mizuho poaches Rand banker to head up Johannesburg office
Mizuho poaches Rand banker to head up Johannesburg office
Dalia Gebrial
25 March 2015

Mizuho Bank has hired Moses Singo as the senior director of global trade finance in its Johannesburg office.

SACE appoints first head of debt capital markets
SACE appoints first head of debt capital markets
Dalia Gebrial
25 March 2015

Italian export credit agency (ECA) SACE has appointed Bernardo Attolico to head up its new debt capital markets division, aimed at developing services dedicated to companies active in the capital markets.

Eyres takes reins of UKEF’s direct lending facility
Eyres takes reins of UKEF’s direct lending facility
Oliver Gordon
24 March 2015

British export credit agency (ECA) UK Export Finance (UKEF) today confirmed the appointment of export finance grandee Margaret Eyres to the newly-created role of head of direct lending.

FIMBank financial losses and departures, begs the question: which direction now?
FIMBank financial losses and departures, begs the question: which direction now?
Jonathan Bell
20 March 2015

FIMBank group has recently announced its financial results for 2014, in which it posts a pre-tax loss of $53.43 million. This compares to a pre-tax loss of $6.4 million in 2013. The bank has also lost a number of senior personnel at the same time. Despite this, the bank entitles its financial report for 2014 as “Positive outlook after high impact of impairments”.

BNY Mellon treasury services appoints head of sales for Asia-Pacific
BNY Mellon treasury services appoints head of sales for Asia-Pacific
Jonathan Bell
20 March 2015

BNY Mellon has appointed Arnon Goldstein as head of sales & relationship management, treasury services, for Asia-Pacific. He will be based in Singapore. Goldstein brings over 18 years of professional and regional experience to his new position, having served in a series of increasingly responsible transaction banking and client relationship management positions in New York, Shanghai and Singapore.

Glencore has senior exec reshuffle
Glencore has senior exec reshuffle
Dalia Gebrial
18 March 2015

Luis Alvarez, the veteran global head of crude oil trading at commodities titan Glencore, has retired, leaving a hole in the trader’s senior operations management structure.

Vitol veteran joins Cornerstone Global
Vitol veteran joins Cornerstone Global
Dalia Gebrial
18 March 2015

Cornerstone Global Commodities (Cornerstone) – the global brokerage firm specialising in energy derivatives – has recruited Duncan Preston from Swiss-based commodity trader Vitol.

Trafigura names Christophe Salmon as new CFO – as of October 2015
Trafigura names Christophe Salmon as new CFO – as of October 2015
Jonathan Bell
16 March 2015

Commodity trading company Trafigura Beheer has today announced that Christophe Salmon will become the company’s new chief financial officer (CFO) as of 1 October 2015.

Maersk Line announces new CFO
Maersk Line announces new CFO
Jonathan Bell
13 March 2015

Shipping company Maersk Line has announced that Pierre Danet will become the new chief financial officer of the company as of 7 April 2015. He will also be part of the management board of Maersk Line.