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RBS makes senior hire for Asia trade
RBS makes senior hire for Asia trade
Dan Sheriff
31 October 2013

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has recruited Cissy Hon to the bank as head of trade product management, North Asia and head of supply chain finance, Asia.

RBS expands EMEA trade team
RBS expands EMEA trade team
Dan Sheriff
30 October 2013

RBS has appointed Michael Gilham as a director for financial institutions trade origination in EMEA at RBS International Banking. He joins from Lloyds Bank where he led the financial institutions trade finance business for over five years. Before this he held trade finance and credit risk related roles at Citi.

ICC in Vienna: Taylor and Affaki step down
ICC in Vienna: Taylor and Affaki step down
Dan Sheriff
25 October 2013

Several significant changes to the ICC Banking Commission executive committee were announced during October’s meeting in Vienna. Long time industry stalwarts, Dan Taylor and Georges Affaki are stepping down from their roles on the executive committee.

Barclays expands trade finance team
Barclays expands trade finance team
Dan Sheriff
25 October 2013

Barclays is continuing to expand its tade finance team with the appointment of Geoff Parry as UK head of global corporates, trade finance. Parry joins Barclays from National Australia Bank (NAB) where he was head of trade finance South-East Asia, based in Singapore.

FMO makes new appointments
FMO makes new appointments
Phoebe Robertson
24 October 2013

Netherlands based development bank, FMO, has made two new appointments to its management structure. In the first instance, Jurgen Rigterink has been appointed as the new chief risk and finance officer. He takes over the role from Nico Pijl, who is retiring (see below). Rigterink will move from his current position as chief investment officer.

Factors Group appoints new chairman
Factors Group appoints new chairman
Phoebe Robertson
24 October 2013

Margrith Lütschg-Emmenegger has been name as the new chairman of the International Factors Group (IFG). Lütschg-Emmenegger, who is president at FIMBank in Malta, has worked across factoring and forfaiting throughout her career and is well known in the market. Her appointment to the new role was made at the IFG's annual conference in India.

BNY Mellon hires EMEA market manager from Barclays
BNY Mellon hires EMEA market manager from Barclays
Phoebe Robertson
22 October 2013

BNY Mellon has appointed Monika Aminiova as market manager for treasury services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) based in London. With the aim of orientating the company as a key provider of global payment services, Aminiova will report into Peter Hazou and will seek to develop and commercialise BNY Mellon's multi-currency payments solutions. The company already sustains payment transactions in over 100 currencies.

Equinox adds syndicates and increases capacity
Equinox adds syndicates and increases capacity
Dan Sheriff
22 October 2013

Equinox Global, the Lloyd’s coverholder specialising in trade credit, has increased its available capacity to underwrite from $35 million to $50 million, effective 1 November 2013

BAML appoints head of GTS India
BAML appoints head of GTS India
Dan Sheriff
18 October 2013

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) has recruited Meeta Makhan as managing director and head of Global Transaction Services (GTS) in India team, further complementing the bank’s offering in Asia-Pacific.

McAdams joins ExWorks Capital as new CEO
McAdams joins ExWorks Capital as new CEO
Dan Sheriff
18 October 2013

John McAdams, formerly of US-Ex-Im, has been appointed as the CEO of ExWorks Capital, a newly formed joint venture between Interlink Capital Strategies and RedRidge Finance Group*. The company offers export trade financing solutions to underserved US exporters and international buyers using US Ex-Im Bank loan guarantees and insurance.

Sullivan & Worcester opens its London office
Sullivan & Worcester opens its London office
Jonathan Bell
16 October 2013

US law firm Sullivan & Worcester opened its London offices today. This is the first office for the law firm outside of North America. The London office is located at Tower 42 in the heart of the City of London.

Berndt starts at RBS London
Berndt starts at RBS London
Dan Sheriff
16 October 2013

Carole Berndt has now started as the new global head of transaction services at The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). She is be based in London and reports to John Owen, CEO, international banking. Berndt joins RBS from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) where she was EMEA head of transaction banking, a role she has held for over three years. Before BAML she spent nearly 10 years working in transaction banking with Citi, holding a variety of roles in both Hong Kong and New York.

Federated Investors expands trade operations in UK
Federated Investors expands trade operations in UK
Jonathan Bell
16 October 2013

Federated Investors (Federated), one of the largest investment managers in the United States, has expanded capabilities in trade finance and emerging-market debt with new personnel at its London office. Federated has hired three investment professionals specialising in trade-finance strategies and two specialists in emerging-market strategies for the UK office.

Zurich’s Daniel Riordan named Berne Union president
Zurich’s Daniel Riordan named Berne Union president
Dan Sheriff
15 October 2013

Daniel Riordan, CEO of Global Corporate, Zurich North America has been elected president of the Berne Union – the international association of export credit insurers. He is the first representative of a private insurer to be elected president in 30 years.

HSBC makes key trade appointments in Singapore and Sydney
HSBC makes key trade appointments in Singapore and Sydney
Dan Sheriff
14 October 2013

HSBC has made appointments in its commodities in Singapore and in payments and cash management in Sydney. In Singapore, the bank has appointed Woei Kuen Yeo as head of commodities and structured trade finance (CSTF), Singapore. Yeo joins HSBC from Credit Agricole where he was head of global commodities finance, Asia. He also has over 20 years of experience in Asia-Pacific in other leading institutions such as Standard Chartered, UOB, Rabobank and Fortis.

ABN AMRO targets Asian commodity SIP growth
ABN AMRO targets Asian commodity SIP growth
Jonathan Bell
11 October 2013

ABN AMRO is targeting growth in commodity structured inventory products (SIP) in Asia-Pacific with the launch of its first dedicated desk in Singapore. The services will be aimed at global and regional commodities clients of the bank’s energy, commodities and transportation (ECT) business.

SG appoints head of payments and cash management
SG appoints head of payments and cash management
Dan Sheriff
11 October 2013

Société Générale (SG) has appointed Benoit Desserre as head of payments and cash management within the global transaction banking (GTB) division. He replaces Alain Grugé who has been appointed as a regional head of SG retail bank in France.

XL Group makes hire for trade credit market
XL Group makes hire for trade credit market
Mayur Pande
7 October 2013

XL Group's political risk and trade credit business has hired Jeffrey Abramson as senior vice president and global product leader for its expansion into the Supplier Trade Credit (STC) market

King & Spalding hires ex WTO deputy director
King & Spalding hires ex WTO deputy director
Dan Sheriff
4 October 2013

International law firm King & Spalding has hired Alejandro Jara, former deputy director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as senior counsel in the WTO and international trade practice of its Geneva office

Rusal appoints new CFO and reorganizes finance office
Rusal appoints new CFO and reorganizes finance office
Jonathan Bell
2 October 2013

Russian aluminium producer Rusal has made changes in its finance directorate and appointed a new chief financial officer (CFO).

Harris Antoniou appointed as CEO of AMCI
Harris Antoniou appointed as CEO of AMCI
Jonathan Bell
2 October 2013

Swiss-headquartered, specialist natural resource trading and transportation company, AMCI, has hired Harris Antoniou as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective 1 October 2013.

US Ex-Im recruits Claudia Slacik for SVP export finance role
US Ex-Im recruits Claudia Slacik for SVP export finance role
Jonathan Bell
1 October 2013

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im) has recruited Claudia Slacik as chief banking officer and senior vice president for export finance. She joins US Ex-Im with more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry.

Natixis appoints global head of loan syndication
Natixis appoints global head of loan syndication
Dan Sheriff
1 October 2013

Natixis has appointed Christopher Lovgren as global head of loan syndication. He will be based in London. Lovgren will report to Alain Gallois, global head of the debt platform and fixed-income and treasury sales,

ABN hires Mulder as global head of commodities
ABN hires Mulder as global head of commodities
Jonathan Bell
27 September 2013

ABN AMRO has hired Jan-Maarten Mulder and appointed him in the newly created role of global head of commodities. In addition to this, the bank has also made two other senior appointments within the commodities business (see below). The hire and appointments come as part of a reorganisation of the commodity teams at the bank, and a strengthening of the overall energy, commodities and transportation (ECT) business.

SG and Bpifrance sign pact for French exporters
SG and Bpifrance sign pact for French exporters
Jonathan Bell
25 September 2013

Société Générale (SG) and Bpifrance have today signed a partnership agreement to support the overseas growth of French businesses. The two institutions, which have a history of working together to finance French businesses within France, have decided to strengthen their collaboration internationally.

HSBC recruits Bart Ras for global head role
HSBC recruits Bart Ras for global head role
Jonathan Bell
24 September 2013

HSBC has recruited Bart Ras to its ranks where he will have the title of global head of business development for the bank’s global trade and receivables finance (GTRF) business He takes up the post on 15 October 2013.

Lloyds Bank teams with StanChart for Asian trade
Lloyds Bank teams with StanChart for Asian trade
Jonathan Bell
17 September 2013

The UK’s Lloyds Bank has signed a partnership agreement with Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart) to team in providing enhanced services to its clients importing from Asia-Pacific.

JP Morgan recruits Kah Chye Tan
JP Morgan recruits Kah Chye Tan
Jonathan Bell
17 September 2013

JP Morgan has recruited Kah Chye Tan, within a week of Tan leaving his previous employers Barclays Bank.

Capital Business Credit opens in Dallas
Capital Business Credit opens in Dallas
Dan Sheriff
15 September 2013

Integrated financial products and services company, Capital Business Credit, is expanding its US network with the opening of an office in Dallas, Texas. The office head has been named as senior vice president Dan Maner, who formerly led business development efforts in CBC’s North Carolina office.

Boost for Russian infra projects with mega Abu Dhabi investment
Boost for Russian infra projects with mega Abu Dhabi investment
Mayur Pande
13 September 2013

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Abu-Dhabi’s Department of Finance have teamed to set up a partnership for investing in Russian infrastructure projects and developing cross-border investment cooperation between the countries.

BAML names global head of sales within GTS
BAML names global head of sales within GTS
Dan Sheriff
11 September 2013

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has named Percy Batliwalla as the new global head of sales for large corporates and financial institutions in global transaction services (GTS).

Santander appoints global head of export finance
Santander appoints global head of export finance
Dan Sheriff
10 September 2013

Santander Global Banking and Markets (SGBM) has appointed Octaviano Couttolenc as its new head of global export and agency finance. It has also reorganised the team’s structure.

Reed Smith expands commodity finance team
Reed Smith expands commodity finance team
Mayur Pande
10 September 2013

International law firm Reed Smith has recruited experienced trade and commodity lawyer Jonathan Solomon to its partnership. Solomon will join the firm’s global energy and natural resources group, further strengthening its trade and commodities finance practice globally.

Kah Chye Tan departs from Barclays
Kah Chye Tan departs from Barclays
Mayur Pande
6 September 2013

After two years at the bank, Kah Chye Tan has departed Barclays in London where he was vice-chair of the bank’s global trade team. As a highly experienced and respected trade banker, Tan’s arrival at Barclays in 2011 was seen as a coup for the ban

Trafigura Eurasia opens in Moscow
Trafigura Eurasia opens in Moscow
Jonathan Bell
5 September 2013

International commodities trading and logistics company Trafigura, has opened a new Russia-based business - Trafigura Eurasia, which the company sees as a vital cog in its operations and one that will bring new competition to the CIS region.

BofAML expands GTS team in London
BofAML expands GTS team in London
Jonathan Bell
4 September 2013

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has made several appointments expanding its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) sales team within global transaction banking (GTS) in London.

StanChart sets up treasury solutions team
StanChart sets up treasury solutions team
Dan Sheriff
4 September 2013

Standard Chartered (StanChart) has set up a global treasury solutions team for its transaction banking business. The team is responsible for providing best practice treasury advice and delivering sophisticated global and regional cash management solutions tailored to clients’ needs.

Deutsche opens branch in Qingdao, China
Deutsche opens branch in Qingdao, China
Jonathan Bell
4 September 2013

Deutsche Bank has opened a new branch in Qingdao, China following the approval from the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC). The Qingdao branch is the bank’s sixth branch in China, complementing others in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Chongqing.

Lloyds Bank appoints director of global trade
Lloyds Bank appoints director of global trade
Dan Sheriff
21 August 2013

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has appointed Jacqueline Keogh as director of global trade to lead the bank’s global trade proposition. She takes up the position on 2 September Keogh joins Lloyds Bank from Standard Chartered where she held the position of managing director, regional head of banks, Europe in the transaction banking division, delivering strong

Insurer Equinox Global expands team
Insurer Equinox Global expands team
Dan Sheriff
19 August 2013

Insurer Equinox Global, has made two hires expanding the trade credit team in the US and in Germany. The Lloyd′s cover holder specialising in trade credit insurance, has appointed Joe McNamara as vice president – credit and political risk, at Equinox Global Inc in New York and Dagmar Böhning as underwriting manager, at Equinox Global in Hamburg, Germany.

StanChart sets-up renminbi solutions team
StanChart sets-up renminbi solutions team
Dan Sheriff
15 August 2013

Standard Chartered (StanChart) has set-up a renminbi (RMB Solutions) team that is responsible for delivering bespoke client solutions to help them best capture opportunities arising from the internationalisation of the RMB.

New executive director named for International Trade Centre
New executive director named for International Trade Centre
Jonathan Bell
15 August 2013

The United Nations has announced the appointment of Arancha Gonzalez of Spain as executive director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint agency of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) for trade and international business development.

Nedbank and Bank of China formalise alliance
Nedbank and Bank of China formalise alliance
Dan Sheriff
6 August 2013

South Africa’s Nedbank and the Bank of China (BoC) have entered into a strategic business cooperation agreement to develop business flows between the People’s Republic of China and Africa.

Deutsche launches financial supply chain manager app
Deutsche launches financial supply chain manager app
Mayur Pande
5 August 2013

As part of its supply chain finance offering to corporates, Deutsche Bank has announced the launch of the financial supply chain manager on its Autobahn app market.

IUA launches political risks group
IUA launches political risks group
Jonathan Bell
5 August 2013

The International Underwriting Association (IUA) has launched a new London market political risk committee. The group is made up of underwriting and claims representatives from across the association’s member companies and will meet regularly to discuss issues affecting political risk business.

Metinvest appoints a new CFO
Metinvest appoints a new CFO
Jonathan Bell
2 August 2013

Russian steel producer and mining group Metinvest has appointed Aleksey Kutepov as its new chief financial officer (CFO). As CFO he replaces Sergiy Novikov, who will continue to work within the Metinvest Group. Novikov has been CFO since Metinvest was founded in 2006. He built the financial processes inside the group, oversaw the group’s debut Eurobond issue, and supported a number of M&A transactions

ABN AMRO completes purchase of Brazil’s BancoCR2
ABN AMRO completes purchase of Brazil’s BancoCR2
Mayur Pande
1 August 2013

ABN AMRO has completed the purchase of the small privately owned commercial Brazilian bank Banco CR2. The purchase is significant for ABN and the market as it gives the Dutch bank an onshore operating base in the country for its commodity financing activities.

DeRooij returns to ABN AMRO in Asia
DeRooij returns to ABN AMRO in Asia
Dan Sheriff
29 July 2013

In a senior move in the upper echelons of the bank, ABN AMRO has hired Maureen DeRooij as the new country executive in Hong Kong and CEO of large corporates and merchant banking in Asia. Her appointment is effective from 1 September.

CBA appoints global head of trade
CBA appoints global head of trade
Dan Sheriff
26 July 2013

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has appointed Neal Livingston as its global head of trade and transaction services (GTTS), within the institutional banking and markets unit.

Gunvor looks to develop West African oil hub
Gunvor looks to develop West African oil hub
Dan Sheriff
20 July 2013

Swiss-headquartered energy trading company Gunvor has signed a deal with the government of Gabon to create a joint venture to sell and distribute refined petroleum products in West Africa.