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Equinox Global strengthens London team
Equinox Global strengthens London team
Hesham Zakai
11 March 2014

Trade credit insurance specialists ~Equinox^ Global have expanded their London team, hiring John Joseph as a senior credit analyst with immediate effect. Equinox reported a 43 per cent growth in written premiums last month as compared with January 2013 and they will be hoping Joseph can help to accelerate their growth strategy.

Deutsche appoint Anthony Lin China head of corporate bank
Deutsche appoint Anthony Lin China head of corporate bank
Hesham Zakai
11 March 2014

Deutsche Bank has appointed Anthony Lin as China head of corporate banking and head of trade finance & cash management for corporates (TF/CMC). Lin, who takes up the new role this month, will be based in Shanghai and is tasked with driving Deutsche’s corporate banking division in the country.

Investec strengthens London export finance team
Investec strengthens London export finance team
Jonathan Bell
7 March 2014

South African headquartered bank Investec has further strengthened its export and agency finance team with the arrival of Mark Paton as regional head for Europe, based in London.

US Ex-Im appoints James Burrows SVP for small businesses
US Ex-Im appoints James Burrows SVP for small businesses
Hesham Zakai
5 March 2014

James Burrows has been appointed senior vice president for the small business group at the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

ING Frankfurt expands export finance team
ING Frankfurt expands export finance team
Jonathan Bell
3 March 2014

ING Bank has expanded its export finance team with the hiring of Marina Grigoryeva to work in their Frankfurt office.

New head appointed at  Sibur's trading company
New head appointed at Sibur's trading company
Jonathan Bell
3 March 2014

Andrey Frolov has been appointed executive director of SIBUR International, Sibur group’s international trading arm. He will be based in Vienna. Frolov takes over from Ilya Gushchin, who has left the company.

FIMBank makes senior team hire
FIMBank makes senior team hire
Jonathan Bell
26 February 2014

Malta-headquartered FIMBank has hired Thomas Degen to its senior management team.

Barclays appoints head of international and trade
Barclays appoints head of international and trade
Jonathan Bell
26 February 2014

Barclays Business has appointed Steve Childs as head of international and trade for business banking. He will be based in London, UK.

Ray Zabarte joins RBS as head of trade services
Ray Zabarte joins RBS as head of trade services
Hesham Zakai
24 February 2014

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has expanded its global transaction services division, appointing Ray Zabarte as its new head of trade services. Zabarte, who was previously head of trade product management at Barclays, will also take up the post of chief administrative officer for trade.

Euler Hermes to supply TCI for HSBC’s Malaysian clients
Euler Hermes to supply TCI for HSBC’s Malaysian clients
Jonathan Bell
21 February 2014

Euler Hermes has signed an agreement with HSBC as the exclusive supplier of trade credit insurance (TCI) products to HSBC commercial banking customers in Malaysia.

Crossflow Payments hires business development directors
Crossflow Payments hires business development directors
Hesham Zakai
19 February 2014

Supply chain finance provider Crossflow Payments has strengthened its business development team with the appointment of Alistair Ward and Peter Renshaw as business development directors. Adrian Benjamin also joins the team as an assistant business development manager.

Norton Rose Fulbright opens Brazilian office
Norton Rose Fulbright opens Brazilian office
Jonathan Bell
19 February 2014

Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is expanding its Latin America coverage with the opening of an office in Brazil. The firm’s Brazilian practice will initially be based in Rio de Janeiro. It will complement the other Latin American offices in Caracas, Venezuela and Bogota, Colombia.

Malaket joins ICC banking commission executive
Malaket joins ICC banking commission executive
Jonathan Bell
12 February 2014

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has appointed Alexander Malaket, to its 12-member executive committee. He will advise the ICC Banking Commission on its trade register project and assist with the oversight and development of the project and its three-year strategic plan.

Westpac expands Asian trade teams
Westpac expands Asian trade teams
Jonathan Bell
12 February 2014

Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac) has expanded its trade teams in Hong Kong and Singapore with some recent appointments.

Trafi to build LatAm hub in Montevideo
Trafi to build LatAm hub in Montevideo
Jonathan Bell
10 February 2014

Commodity trader Trafigura has announced its intention to invest in and build its regional hub in Montevideo, Uruguay, to complement regional offices already established in Houston, Geneva and Singapore. The Montevideo office will become the group’s Latin American (LatAm) regional hub.

Deutsche appoints new ASEAN head of trade finance and CMC
Deutsche appoints new ASEAN head of trade finance and CMC
Jonathan Bell
10 February 2014

Deutsche Bank’s global transaction banking division has appointed Vikas Arora as head of trade finance and cash management for corporates (TF/CMC) in ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations). The development of this role for the bank in the region is indicative of the importance that Deutsche attaches to this segment of the business.

First Gulf Bank appoints global head of transaction services
First Gulf Bank appoints global head of transaction services
Jonathan Bell
7 February 2014

First Gulf Bank has appointed Manoj Menon as its new global head of transaction services and financial institutions (FI). He will be based in Abu Dhabi. His position at First Gulf Bank is part of the wholesale banking group management team.

RBS names new Asia head of STF
RBS names new Asia head of STF
Jonathan Bell
7 February 2014

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has appointed Sander Hansen as its new Asia head of structured trade finance. Hansen will be responsible for leading the development of RBS's structured trade finance business, including the structuring and execution of global commodity finance (GCF) and export credit agency (ECA) deals

Investec expands export finance team with new hires
Investec expands export finance team with new hires
Jonathan Bell
5 February 2014

South African headquartered bank Investec is expanding its export finance team with the hiring of two highly experienced export finance professionals.

Deutsche establishes new global solutions unit
Deutsche establishes new global solutions unit
Hesham Zakai
5 February 2014

Deutsche Bank has established a new global solutions unit in the trade finance/cash management for corporates (TF/CMC) section of its global transaction banking division, focusing on designing and reproducing business solutions for large corporate clients with a view to accelerating growth.

 HSBC appoints Carlos Gonzalez Fillad as LatAm head of payments
HSBC appoints Carlos Gonzalez Fillad as LatAm head of payments
Hesham Zakai
5 February 2014

HSBC has appointed Carlos Gonzalez Fillad, formerly head of multinationals for its global banking business, as its new regional head of payments and cash management (PCM) in Latin America, effective from 1 February 2014.

Fundtech hires Kyle McGaffey as head of Americas sales
Fundtech hires Kyle McGaffey as head of Americas sales
Hesham Zakai
4 February 2014

Fundtech, the global transaction banking solutions company, has hired Kyle McGaffey as its head of sales for the Americas. McGaffey’s role will be to lead Fundtech’s sales strategy in the region, where he will also be responsible for the sales personnel based there.

Electronic Shipping Solutions rebrands as essDOCS
Electronic Shipping Solutions rebrands as essDOCS
Jonathan Bell
3 February 2014

Electronic Shipping Solutions (ESS) has today announced its rebrand to essDOCS (pronounced ‘sDocs’), a new identity that balances it’s electronic shipping solutions service with the requirements of a cutting edge and future-proof brand.

Andrew England leaves Lloyds
Andrew England leaves Lloyds
Hesham Zakai
3 February 2014

Andrew England, head of transaction banking at Lloyds, has left the bank after his role was incorporated into a new operating structure led by Ed Smith. The transaction banking and commercial finance units at Lloyds will now be merged into a new united called global transaction banking.

Michael F Jackson appointed Fundtech’s head of Americas cash management
Michael F Jackson appointed Fundtech’s head of Americas cash management
Dan Sheriff
28 January 2014

Michael F Jackson, former vice president of ACI’s electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP) group, has been appointed head of Americas cash management at Fundtech, the transaction banking solutions company.

NBAD appoints Anton Martin managing director for global markets sales
NBAD appoints Anton Martin managing director for global markets sales
Hesham Zakai
27 January 2014

Anton Martin has been appointed managing director and head of sales in global markets at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), bolstering the bank’s West-East corridor strategy.

BPL Global expands Asian operations
BPL Global expands Asian operations
Jonathan Bell
27 January 2014

Political risk insurance (PRI) broker Berry Palmer & Lyle (BPL Global) is expanding its operational scope in Asia with the hiring of Margaret Ho as a senior broker for their Hong Kong office.

HSBC boosts global trade and receivables finance team
HSBC boosts global trade and receivables finance team
Hesham Zakai
23 January 2014

HSBC has made three appointments to its global trade and receivables finance (GTRF) team, with Gerd Pircher becoming regional head, Latin America; Wei Wei Ng becoming head of international, GTRF Asia-Pacific; and Lorna Strong taking up the position of deputy general counsel for GTRF.

Pacific Drilling appoints new CFO
Pacific Drilling appoints new CFO
Jonathan Bell
23 January 2014

Houston-headquartered, specialist oil exploration company Pacific Drilling has appointed Paul Reese to the role of chief financial officer (CFO), effective 28 February 2014.

Henri d'Ambrieres takes up advisory role at ICC
Henri d'Ambrieres takes up advisory role at ICC
Hesham Zakai
17 January 2014

Henri d'Ambrieres, the former global head of export finance at Crédit Agricole, has joined the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) as a technical expert advising on its trade finance loss register.

Euler Hermes expands Singapore trade team and services
Euler Hermes expands Singapore trade team and services
Jonathan Bell
16 January 2014

Euler Hermes is expanding its services in Asia-Pacific with the addition of a specialised single risk and political risk insurance team based in Singapore.

UOB hires Jim Liddell as corporate banking SVP
UOB hires Jim Liddell as corporate banking SVP
Hesham Zakai
16 January 2014

The Singapore-based United Overseas Bank (UOB) has appointed Jim Liddell, former vice president of trade finance at Scotiabank (and occasional TXF contributor), as its senior vice president for corporate banking.

Former Atradius MD Johan Schrijver founds consultancy
Former Atradius MD Johan Schrijver founds consultancy
Hesham Zakai
15 January 2014

Johan Schrijver, the former managing director of the Dutch export credit agency Atradius, has set up a new consultancy, Schrijver & Partners, to advise businesses and government institutions on export finance, project finance and credit insurance.

NBAD appoints head of trade finance in Paris
NBAD appoints head of trade finance in Paris
Hesham Zakai
13 January 2014

Christophe Kloeti has been appointed head of trade finance in Paris by the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD). The move signals the expansion of the bank’s international activities, focusing on the economies spanning from West Africa to East Asia.

Craig Weeks joins insurance broker IRIA to head US arm
Craig Weeks joins insurance broker IRIA to head US arm
Jonathan Bell
10 January 2014

Geneva-headquartered trade insurance brokerage IRIA SA has hired highly experienced ex-banker Craig Weeks to head up their North American office. He is based in the IRIA New Jersey office.

Equinox Global expands London team
Equinox Global expands London team
Hesham Zakai
9 January 2014

Equinox Global, the Lloyd’s cover holder specialising in trade credit insurance, has appointed Genevieve Ahinful as senior underwriter. Ahinful has had a distinguished career over more than a decade in the trade credit industry. She joinsEquinox Global from AJG UK, where she was an associate director of credit and political risks responsible for advising and supporting large multinationals

ING names new global head T&CF
ING names new global head T&CF
Mayur Pande
19 December 2013

ING Corporate Bank has named Anthony van Vliet as the new global head trade & commodity finance (T&CF). He takes over from Paul van Heerde who has been in charge since 1 April 2006. Van Heerde retires at the end of 2014, after a successful career of 28 years at ING

NBAD appoints head of corporate banking Asia
NBAD appoints head of corporate banking Asia
Mayur Pande
19 December 2013

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has appointed Bernard Shum as the head of corporate & institutional banking in Hong Kong to lead the expansion of NBAD’s business and partnership in Asia.

Deutsche appoints LatAm global transaction banking head
Deutsche appoints LatAm global transaction banking head
Jonathan Bell
18 December 2013

Deutsche Bank today has appointed Maria Cristina (Kika) Ricciardi as head of global transaction banking (GTB) Latin America and head of trade finance and cash management corporates for Latin America (LatAm).

Kavelaar to replace Galat at IFC in Paris
Kavelaar to replace Galat at IFC in Paris
Dan Sheriff
11 December 2013

Susanne Kavelaar is due to become the chief representative in Europe for IFC's global trade and supply chain finance programme

Ince & Co appoints new global head of trade
Ince & Co appoints new global head of trade
Dan Sheriff
9 December 2013

International law firm Ince & Co has appointed Stuart Shepherd as its new global head of trade. He succeeds Steven Fox who will be retiring from the firm in April 2014. Shepherd is a London-based commodities, shipping and commercial disputes specialist. He has over 30 years of experience with Ince & Co and is a key member of the firm's trade group.

Alexander Malaket joins ICC executive committee
Alexander Malaket joins ICC executive committee
Hesham Zakai
7 December 2013

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has appointed Alexander Malaket, president of OPUS Advisory Services International, to its 12-member executive committee.

US Ex-Im appoints chief risk officer
US Ex-Im appoints chief risk officer
Mayur Pande
3 December 2013

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im) has appointed Charles J ‘CJ’ Hall as executive vice president and chief risk officer. He has 35 years of experience in international economics, finance and business.

Natixis expands presence in Asia-Pacific with new hires
Natixis expands presence in Asia-Pacific with new hires
Dan Sheriff
2 December 2013

French bank Natixis is expanding its presence in Asia-Pacific with two new hires for its regional banking platform within trade and treasury. Yuri Lin has been appointed managing director, head of sales, fixed income, commodities and treasury, Asia-Pacific. And Daniel Yap has been appointed regional head of financial institutions and public sector coverage, Asia Pacific.

Gilles Sayer joins Essar group
Gilles Sayer joins Essar group
Dan Sheriff
29 November 2013

Structured commodity financier Gilles Sayer has joined Essar as managing director of Peak Trading Overseas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Essar Global Fund. In this capacity, Sayer and his team will develop structured and trade finance solutions for the benefit of the natural resources companies controlled by Essar Global Fund.

HSBC makes senior appointments in Asia-Pacific commercial banking
HSBC makes senior appointments in Asia-Pacific commercial banking
Dan Sheriff
26 November 2013

HSBC has made a series of senior appointments in its Asia-Pacific commercial banking team. Sanjay Prakash has been appointed head of commercial banking, international countries Asia-Pacific. Prakash will take charge of the commercial banking performance of Brunei, Macau, Maldives, Mauritius, New Zealand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

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.

NBAD hires structured finance head
NBAD hires structured finance head
Dan Sheriff
20 November 2013

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has appointed Aleem Khan as head of its newly established structured financing business. Before joining NBAD, Khan served as regional head of structured trade finance and financing solutions for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Americas at Standard Chartered Bank.

ABN appoints global head of energy
ABN appoints global head of energy
Dan Sheriff
14 November 2013

ABN AMRO has appointed Peter Boogers as global head of energy within the bank’s energy, commodities and transportation (ECT) business. Boogers is promoted from his previous position as head of risk management for the ECT, real estate and project finance portfolios in ABN’s large corporates and merchant banking division.