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Trade insurer Markel appoints head of Dubai office
Trade insurer Markel appoints head of Dubai office
Jonathan Bell
24 September 2014

Markel International, the specialist trade insurer, has appointed Leroy Almeida to head up its office in Dubai. The appointment follows Markel’s application to the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) to establish a company to operate within the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

OPIC appoints VP financial and portfolio management
OPIC appoints VP financial and portfolio management
Jonathan Bell
23 September 2014

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), has apointed Mildred Callear as vice president for financial and portfolio management. In the role she will oversee efforts to maintain and ensure the progress of OPIC’s active worldwide portfolio.

New global heads within JP Morgan export finance
New global heads within JP Morgan export finance
Dan Sheriff
18 September 2014

Lillian Labbat and John Meakin become global heads of structured export finance and aviation finance respectively

SG makes senior appointments within natural resources group
SG makes senior appointments within natural resources group
Jonathan Bell
18 September 2014

Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking (SG CIB) has made three senior appointments in Paris and Hong Kong to further strengthen the bank’s capabilities in the natural resources & energy financing group.

RBS appoints new head of GTS Asia-Pacific
RBS appoints new head of GTS Asia-Pacific
Dalia Gebrial
16 September 2014

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has appointed Rohit Sawhney as head of global transaction services (GTS), Asia-Pacific.

Euler Hermes appoints new CEO for Gulf region
Euler Hermes appoints new CEO for Gulf region
Jonathan Bell
16 September 2014

Euler Hermes has appointed Mahan Bolourchi as its new chief executive officer (CEO) for the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region. He will have responsibility for Euler Hermes operations in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Head of infra appointed within SG’s project finance Paris team
Head of infra appointed within SG’s project finance Paris team
Jonathan Bell
16 September 2014

Société Générale CIB (SG CIB) has appointed Laurent Bouchilloux as head of the infrastructure project finance Paris team. The appointment is effective 1 September 2014.

Banksville appointment bolsters Latin American presence
Banksville appointment bolsters Latin American presence
Dalia Gebrial
15 September 2014

New York-based consultancy firm, Banksville Partners (BP), has appointed Hugo Pezzoni to its Buenos Aires office.

EssDOCS opens Americas HQ, and appoints office head
EssDOCS opens Americas HQ, and appoints office head
Dalia Gebrial
12 September 2014

EssDOCS, the provider of electronic documentation solutions within shipping and trade, has opened its first regional Americas headquarters office in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Falcon hires risk management team
Falcon hires risk management team
Dalia Gebrial
10 September 2014

Falcon Group, the alternative financier, has established a new team dedicated solely to risk management.

Changes ring at SMS Siemag AG
Changes ring at SMS Siemag AG
Dan Sheriff
10 September 2014

New roles for Gerdpeter von Gurezky-Cornitz and Jens Haupt within the finance team at German manufacturer

Lift for Brazilian insurance market with IFC investment
Lift for Brazilian insurance market with IFC investment
Jonathan Bell
9 September 2014

The Brazilian insurance market has received a boost with International Finance Corporation (IFC) providing an equity investment of BRL80 million ($36 million) in Brazil’s Austral Participações. The move will support the expansion of the insurance market for infrastructure and agricultural sectors, among others, and promote innovation of insurance products.

Export and agency reshuffle at SMBC
Export and agency reshuffle at SMBC
Dan Sheriff
9 September 2014

Takashi Shimahara assumes full general manager role, and Jonathan Joseph-Horne becomes global coordinator, as Eli Hassine and Mini Roy depart

Finacity expands global client coverage
Finacity expands global client coverage
Dalia Gebrial
9 September 2014

Finacity Corporation (Finacity), the receivable finance company, has appointed David Viney in a move to expand its global client coverage.

ABN AMRO recruitment drive continues in Asia
ABN AMRO recruitment drive continues in Asia
Dalia Gebrial
8 September 2014

The Dutch state-owned bank, ABN AMRO, has launched an Asian corporate finance advisory business. The move comes as part of an attempt to build its range of wholesale banking services for Energy, Commodities & Transportation (ECT) clients.

StanChart appoints Karin Flinspach head of cash products
StanChart appoints Karin Flinspach head of cash products
Hesham Zakai
5 September 2014

UK-headquartered Standard Chartered bank (StanChart) has appointed former Citi employee Karin Flinspach as its new head of cash products for transaction banking.

Euler Hermes UK appoints BExA deputy chair to senior underwriter role
Euler Hermes UK appoints BExA deputy chair to senior underwriter role
Dalia Gebrial
5 September 2014

Euler Hermes UK has appointed Guillaume Simonnet as new senior regional commercial underwriter.

DBS Bank makes senior trade appointments
DBS Bank makes senior trade appointments
Jonathan Bell
2 September 2014

Singapore-headquartered DBS Bank, which has made significant strides in its transaction banking offering over the past few years, has made two senior management appointments which will enable it to build on the solid momentum of the past five years. These changes reinforce DBS’ commitment to building a regional leading transaction banking business, one of the bank’s strategic priorities.

Project finance specialist firm Portland Advisers expands into Asia
Project finance specialist firm Portland Advisers expands into Asia
Jonathan Bell
2 September 2014

Specialist project finance firm, Portland Advisers, has expanded with the recruitment of two further consultants in response to expanding demand for its specialist project finance advisory services. The firm is also opening an office in Hong Kong.

Deutsche appoints new head of GTB and TF/CMC in Japan
Deutsche appoints new head of GTB and TF/CMC in Japan
Dalia Gebrial
2 September 2014

Deutsche Bank has appointed Peter Massion as head of global transaction banking (GTB) and head of trade finance and cash management corporates (TF/CMC) in Japan. The move, which was effective as of the 1st of September, comes as part of Deutsche Bank’s attempt to strengthen its influence in the rapidly growing region.

Coface appoints regional manager Asia-Pacific
Coface appoints regional manager Asia-Pacific
Jonathan Bell
1 September 2014

Credit insurer Coface has strengthened its organisation in Asia with the appointment of Hung Wong as regional manager Asia-Pacific.

Santander appoints new head of export and agency Asia
Santander appoints new head of export and agency Asia
Jonathan Bell
1 September 2014

Santander has appointed Ivan Leung as head of export and agency finance, Asia-Pacific, global transaction banking. No announcement was made by Santander, although the bank has confirmed the appointment with TXF.

Rabobank promotes Jan de Laat to CCO Africa
Rabobank promotes Jan de Laat to CCO Africa
Jonathan Bell
29 August 2014

Rabobank International has promoted Jan de Laat to chief commercial officer (CCO), Africa.

ANZ names new head for SE Asian trade
ANZ names new head for SE Asian trade
Jonathan Bell
29 August 2014

ANZ has named Gareth Coleman as the new head of transaction banking for the bank in three South-East Asian countries - Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Andy Grisdale appointed HSBC chief of staff
Andy Grisdale appointed HSBC chief of staff
Dominik Kloiber
26 August 2014

HSBC has appointed Andy Grisdale as its new chief of staff for commercial banking, Asia-Pacific.

Law firm Thomas Cooper hires trade specialist Alex Monk
Law firm Thomas Cooper hires trade specialist Alex Monk
Jonathan Bell
25 August 2014

International law firm, Thomas Cooper, has hired Alex Monk to its finance group.

Kexim and Dubai wealth fund combine for export opportunities
Kexim and Dubai wealth fund combine for export opportunities
Dominik Kloiber
21 August 2014

The sovereign wealth fund of the Emirate of Dubai, Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), and the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Kexim) have signed an agreement to form an alliance to explore international investment and export finance opportunities across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

ING Frankfurt appoints new head of natural resources
ING Frankfurt appoints new head of natural resources
Jonathan Bell
19 August 2014

ING Commercial Banking in Frankfurt is continuing its expansion with the appointment of Crina Nechifor as head of natural resources and structured metals and energy finance.

Double departure from US Ex-Im project division
Double departure from US Ex-Im project division
Hesham Zakai
19 August 2014

Beth Touomou, director of project & structured finance, and Jessica Bartos, investment officer at the same division, are both leaving the Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im).

Ashurst hires major restructuring team in Asia
Ashurst hires major restructuring team in Asia
Jonathan Bell
19 August 2014

International law firm Ashurst has hired a market-leading team of three partners and a senior consultant that will significantly strengthen the firm’s restructuring and special situations capability in Asia.

ABN AMRO bolsters commodities operations team in Asia
ABN AMRO bolsters commodities operations team in Asia
Dalia Gebrial
15 August 2014

Dutch bank ABN AMRO has added three new sector heads to its commodities operation team in Asia, in a bid to extend its focus in the region.

XL Group strengthens trade receivables insurance team
XL Group strengthens trade receivables insurance team
Dalia Gebrial
14 August 2014

The global insurance company, XL Group (XL), has made several new appointments in its offices in both the UK and the US in order to bolster its trade receivables insurance (TRI) underwriting capabilities. These appointments include Jennifer Papadimitriou in London, and Paul C. Haigley III, Aaron Rutstein and Agatha Liberatore in the US.

Misys expands footprint with Custom Credit Systems acquisition
Misys expands footprint with Custom Credit Systems acquisition
Jonathan Bell
12 August 2014

Financial software company Misys is seeking to extend its footprint into the multi-billion dollar market for commercial lending software with the acquisition of Custom Credit Systems (CCS), a US-based provider of commercial loan origination and workflow management software.

HSBC appoints new Asia business development trade head
HSBC appoints new Asia business development trade head
Jonathan Bell
11 August 2014

HSBC has appointed Sriram Muthukrishnan as managing director and regional head of business development for global trade and receivables finance, Asia-Pacific.

ABN Amro recruits new Americas metals head
ABN Amro recruits new Americas metals head
Dan Sheriff
7 August 2014

Daniel Minzer has joined the Dutch bank as Americas head of metals commodities

Barclays names new heads for Asia-Pacific and ME trade teams
Barclays names new heads for Asia-Pacific and ME trade teams
Jonathan Bell
5 August 2014

Barclays has made changes to its trade and working capital leadership team in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Former DIFC chief economist joins Falcon
Former DIFC chief economist joins Falcon
Jonathan Bell
4 August 2014

Alternative trade and corporate financier Falcon Group has appointed Nasser Saidi to act as non-executive director on the board. Saidi is the former chief economist, strategist and head of external relations of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) – a position he held from 2006-2012.

Santander makes top trade changes
Santander makes top trade changes
Jonathan Bell
4 August 2014

Santander is understood to be making a number of changes at the top of its trade executive management.

ICC Banking Commission appoints Advani to leadership
ICC Banking Commission appoints Advani to leadership
Jonathan Bell
1 August 2014

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has appointed Suresh Advani, Senior Portfolio Manager at GML Capital (GML), as senior technical advisor to the Banking Commission.

Markel seeks Dubai insurance licence
Markel seeks Dubai insurance licence
Jonathan Bell
30 July 2014

Markel International, the specialist insurer, has applied to the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) to establish a company to operate within the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

BAML appoints new head of GTS business
BAML appoints new head of GTS business
Jonathan Bell
29 July 2014

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) has appointed Paul Donofrio as head of global transaction services (GTS) across the bank. He will be based in New York.

IFC hires US Ex-Im vice president for senior infrastructure role
IFC hires US Ex-Im vice president for senior infrastructure role
Dan Sheriff
29 July 2014

Jessica Farmer has joined IFC as InfraVentures principal investment officer based in India

Promotion for Bedi at SMBCE
Promotion for Bedi at SMBCE
Jonathan Bell
28 July 2014

Structured commodity finance stalwart Pepi Bedi has been promoted to head of structured trade finance at Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Corporation Europe (SMBCE). He is based in London.

HSBC appoints new regional heads of export finance
HSBC appoints new regional heads of export finance
Jonathan Bell
25 July 2014

In a significant reorganisation of the export finance department, HSBC has appointed two new regional heads of the business line. The changes in the department – the most extensive since 2008 - also incorporate some repositioning and other developments which bring forward well-experienced, younger talent into key positions.

ANZ beefs up its European export finance team
ANZ beefs up its European export finance team
Jonathan Bell
23 July 2014

ANZ has strengthened its European export finance team with the promotion of Craig Jones as director, project & export finance, Europe & America, international and institutional banking. He is based in London.

NBAD looks to energy sector expansion with new appointment
NBAD looks to energy sector expansion with new appointment
Jonathan Bell
21 July 2014

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) is looking to expand its operations in the energy and resources sector, and has appointed Marc Mollema as the managing director and global head of energy and resources at NBAD. aims to expand its services to the sector.

NBAD appoints head of syndicated finance
NBAD appoints head of syndicated finance
Hesham Zakai
17 July 2014

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has appointed Jonathan Macdonald as the managing director and head of syndicated finance.

Trafigura launches India’s first online refined metal retail platform
Trafigura launches India’s first online refined metal retail platform
Jonathan Bell
16 July 2014

Commodity trader Trafigura, has today launched India’s first online refined metal retail platform – known as Lykos.

Jayme Bulcao joins Finacity
Jayme Bulcao joins Finacity
Dan Sheriff
16 July 2014

Experienced structured finance specialist to bolster Finacity's receivables finance business throughout Latin America

ANZ appoints new international CFO
ANZ appoints new international CFO
Jonathan Bell
16 July 2014

ANZ has appointed Mary MacLeod chief financial officer (CFO), international and institutional banking.