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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.

Cash management exits at Commerzbank following sanctions violations
Cash management exits at Commerzbank following sanctions violations
Dan Sheriff
13 March 2015

Two employees within Commerzbank’s cash management and international business department will leave the bank, as part of the agreement which saw a $1.45 billion fine levied on the bank by US regulators.

MIGA appoints corporate risk director
MIGA appoints corporate risk director
Jonathan Bell
12 March 2015

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group, has appointed a new director of corporate risk.

Mercuria looks to expand marine fuel business
Mercuria looks to expand marine fuel business
Jonathan Bell
12 March 2015

Commodity trader Mercuria Energy is expanding its marine fuel division - Minerva Maritime Fuel – with the announcement today that it is looking to hire 20 to 40 bunker fuel specialists.

Boost for MENA trade credit insurance as Lloyd’s of London opens Dubai office
Boost for MENA trade credit insurance as Lloyd’s of London opens Dubai office
Jonathan Bell
11 March 2015

Lloyd’s of London has officially opened a new specialist underwriting platform in Dubai today to provide tailored risk solutions across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Baker & McKenzie boosts South African projects and energy team
Baker & McKenzie boosts South African projects and energy team
Jonathan Bell
10 March 2015

Law firm Baker & McKenzie has expanded its presence in South Africa with the addition of leading projects and energy partner Kieran Whyte. He will be based in Johannesburg.

JB's weekly round up - 10 March 2015
JB's weekly round up - 10 March 2015
Jonathan Bell
10 March 2015

After a great deal of help from those in the industry, we are delighted to share the first edition of our brochure for TXF Paris 2015.

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank appoints new head of ECA finance
Deutsche Pfandbriefbank appoints new head of ECA finance
Dalia Gebrial
6 March 2015

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank (Pbb), Germany’s specialist bank for commercial real estate and public investment finance has appointed a new head of ECA finance.

JP Morgan appoints new global trade head
JP Morgan appoints new global trade head
Dan Sheriff
3 March 2015

According to a memo seen by TXF, JP Morgan have appointed Singapore-based Pravin Advani to new head of global trade and loan products replacing Daniel Cotti

PrimeRevenue makes senior appointment within trade receivables
PrimeRevenue makes senior appointment within trade receivables
Jonathan Bell
25 February 2015

PrimeRevenue has appointed Oliver Belin as its new vice-president, receivables finance. The appointment follows a year of very strong growth for PrimeRevenue’s trade receivable finance product, SCiCustomer.

New head appointed at China Exim
New head appointed at China Exim
Jonathan Bell
23 February 2015

Hu Xiaolian has been appointed as the new head of the Export-Import Bank of China China Exim) and its Communist Party chief.

AIB enters partnership with Euler Hermes to help Irish exporters
AIB enters partnership with Euler Hermes to help Irish exporters
Jonathan Bell
23 February 2015

Allied Irish Banks (AIB) has entered into an agreement with global trade credit insurance Euler Hermes to support the exporting ambitions of Irish small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Citi appoints new head of trade MENA
Citi appoints new head of trade MENA
Jonathan Bell
23 February 2015

Citi has appointed Yusuf Ali Khan as a managing director and new head of trade for the Middle East, North Africa, (MENA) plus the jurisdictions of Turkey and Pakistan.

Intellect appoints new head of its iGTB division
Intellect appoints new head of its iGTB division
Dalia Gebrial
18 February 2015

Intellect Design Arena (Intellect) has announced that it has appointed Andrew England as director of its UK subsidiary and head of strategy of its transaction banking division, iGTB.

Oman Insurance and Coface sign trade credit insurance partnership
Oman Insurance and Coface sign trade credit insurance partnership
Jonathan Bell
17 February 2015

Dubai-headquartered Oman Insurance Company (OIC) and credit insurer Coface have signed a partnership agreement to offer joint credit insurance solutions.

Petrobras appoints new CEO and CFO
Petrobras appoints new CEO and CFO
Jonathan Bell
6 February 2015

Following resignations of top officials at the Brazilian oil company Petrobras, the company has appointed a new CEO, CFO and other senior officials.

Glencore buys a 50% stake in ADM’s northern Brazil export terminal
Glencore buys a 50% stake in ADM’s northern Brazil export terminal
Jonathan Bell
4 February 2015

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has reached an agreement to sell to Glencore a 50% stake in its export terminal in Barcarena, in the northern Brazilian state of Pará.

Simon Jones leaves ANZ prompting Mulder promotion
Simon Jones leaves ANZ prompting Mulder promotion
Hesham Zakai
4 February 2015

Simon Jones, head of structured export finance (SEF), Asia Pacific, is leaving ANZ in order to return to the UK. Steven Mulder, who has been promoted to head of South and South East Asia, SEF, will replace him.

Commerzbank opens office in Ivory Coast
Commerzbank opens office in Ivory Coast
Dalia Gebrial
4 February 2015

Commerzbank has announced it will open a representative office in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast.

Milbank opens in Korea
Milbank opens in Korea
Dan Sheriff
2 February 2015

The move to Seoul demonstrates the increased importance of Kexim and K-sure business to the firm

Irfan Afzal joins Wimmer Financial
Irfan Afzal joins Wimmer Financial
Hesham Zakai
2 February 2015

Former Chase Manhattan Bank, ABN Amro, Credit Agricole banker Irfan Afzal has joined Wimmer Financial as executive director – debt financing.

Standard Bank sells 60% of London-based operations to ICBC
Standard Bank sells 60% of London-based operations to ICBC
Jonathan Bell
2 February 2015

Standard Bank Group has signed the closing documents with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC) to cement the completion of the disposal of a 60% stake in London-based Standard Bank Plc.

Trafigura hires new CFO for North America
Trafigura hires new CFO for North America
Jonathan Bell
30 January 2015

Commodity trading company Trafigura has hired a new chief financial officer for its North American operations.

HSBC add CCO position to GTRF team
HSBC add CCO position to GTRF team
Hesham Zakai
23 January 2015

HSBC has continued its recent efforts to bolster its global trade and receivables finance (GTRF) team, creating a new chief commercial officer (COO) role which Adrian Rigby will take up.

HSBC appoints head of Asia-Pacific product management for cash
HSBC appoints head of Asia-Pacific product management for cash
Dalia Gebrial
22 January 2015

HSBC has appointed Raof Latiff as head of product management for payments and cash management (PCM) in the Asia-Pacific region.

SACE appoints new head of Africa
SACE appoints new head of Africa
Dalia Gebrial
20 January 2015

The Italian export credit agency (ECA), SACE, has appointed Mike Creighton to head up its Africa offices.

Russia’s EXIAR appoints new CEO
Russia’s EXIAR appoints new CEO
Jonathan Bell
19 January 2015

The Russian export credit agency, EXIAR, has appointed Alexey Tyupanov as the new chief executive officer (CEO). He takes over from Peter Fradkov, who held the post since EXIAR’s creation in 2011.

RBS appoints new head of global cash products
RBS appoints new head of global cash products
Dalia Gebrial
19 January 2015

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has appointed Jerry Pearce to its global transaction services (GTS) team as head of global cash products. He will be based in London.