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Denizbank appoints new head of financial institutions and trade finance
Denizbank appoints new head of financial institutions and trade finance
Dalia Gebrial
24 November 2014

The private Turkish bank, Denizbank, has appointed Semih Ozcan as its division head of financial institution and trade finance. In his new role, he will be based in Vienna.

SACE signs collaboration agreement with Vietnamese bank
SACE signs collaboration agreement with Vietnamese bank
Dalia Gebrial
24 November 2014

The Italian export credit agency (ECA), SACE, has signed an agreement with the second largest commercial bank in Vietnam, Vietinbank.

Nord/LB and Finacity arrange multi-bank securitisation for CMA CGM
Nord/LB and Finacity arrange multi-bank securitisation for CMA CGM
Hesham Zakai
22 November 2014

German bank Norddeutsche Landesbank (Nord/LB) has combined with securitisation specialist Finacity to launch an $880 million trade receivables securitisation for France’s CMA CGM.

China Merchants launches the United States’ first RMB-denominated CD – with proceeds for trade
China Merchants launches the United States’ first RMB-denominated CD – with proceeds for trade
Jonathan Bell
21 November 2014

China Merchants Bank’s (CMB) New York branch has launched the United States’ first renminbi (RMB) denominated certificate of deposit (CD) from its new global CD programme. Liquidity generated will be used to support trade finance transactions in the US-China trade corridor

Ghana announces plans to establish export-import bank
Ghana announces plans to establish export-import bank
Dalia Gebrial
21 November 2014

The Ghanaian cabinet has approved the establishment of an export-import bank as part of an overarching aim to position the country as an export-led economy.

Sace-backed SME fund aims to tap capital markets
Sace-backed SME fund aims to tap capital markets
Dan Sheriff
20 November 2014

Sace, the Italian export credit agency (ECA), has launched a new fund, targeted at non-listed Italian companies, with a special attention on SMEs and mid-caps.

India’s Reliance Jio signs oversubscribed syndicated loan
India’s Reliance Jio signs oversubscribed syndicated loan
Dalia Gebrial
20 November 2014

India’s largest provider of telecom tower infrastructure, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL), has signed syndicated term loan facilities amounting to $1.5 billion with a club of 26 international banks.

Video: Financial crime in trade finance
Video: Financial crime in trade finance
Dan Sheriff
20 November 2014

Simon Cook of Sullivan & Worcester was joined by Accuity's Heather Lee for the latest in the series of the law firm's breakfast briefings - this time on financial crime in trade finance

EDC loan for Concordia Healthcare acquisitions
EDC loan for Concordia Healthcare acquisitions
Dalia Gebrial
19 November 2014

Canada’s export credit agency (ECA), Export Development Canada (EDC), is to provide two loans, totalling to $22.5 million, to Oakville-based Concordia Healthcare Corporation (Concordia).

SBI to provide Adani Mining with credit facility for Queensland mine
SBI to provide Adani Mining with credit facility for Queensland mine
Dalia Gebrial
19 November 2014

India’s largest lender, the State Bank of India (SBI), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Adani Mining - the Australian subsidiary of the logistics, energy and agribusiness company, Adani Enterprises - to provide a trade credit.

Ashurst further strengthens finance practice in Asia
Ashurst further strengthens finance practice in Asia
Jonathan Bell
18 November 2014

International law firm Ashurst has appointed Chin Chuan Chen as a partner in its finance team in Beijing and Singapore. This is the latest appointment in a string of hirings the firm has made to expand their Asia-Pacific coverage.

HSBC appoints new Asia-Pacific head of payments and cash
HSBC appoints new Asia-Pacific head of payments and cash
Jonathan Bell
18 November 2014

HSBC has appointed Kee Joo Wong as the head of payments and cash management (PCM) for Asia-Pacific, effective from 1 January 2015.

TEB becomes fifth EMEA bank to go live with BPO
TEB becomes fifth EMEA bank to go live with BPO
Hesham Zakai
18 November 2014

Turkish bank TEB has become the fifth bank in the EMEA region (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) – and the sixteenth bank globally – to go live with the BPO, after facilitating a Turkey-Thailand transaction using the tool.

JB's weekly round up - 18 November 2014
JB's weekly round up - 18 November 2014
Jonathan Bell
18 November 2014

Another year is coming to an end, and as such we are now taking entries for our 2014 “Perfect 10” deals of the year.

Ecobank Nigeria secures debut loan facility
Ecobank Nigeria secures debut loan facility
Jonathan Bell
17 November 2014

In a debut transaction in the international loan market, Ecobank Nigeria, a subsidiary of Togo-based Ecobank Transnational Inc (ETI), has signed a $150 million term loan facility.

Australia and China initial historic Free Trade Agreement
Australia and China initial historic Free Trade Agreement
Jonathan Bell
17 November 2014

Earlier today, China and Australia signed the declaration of intent agreement landmark and much anticipated China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). The agreement was signed by Australian Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb and China’s Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng in Canberra, Australia.

Euler Hermes appoints new CEO for DACH region
Euler Hermes appoints new CEO for DACH region
Dalia Gebrial
17 November 2014

Euler Hermes, the trade credit insurance company, has appointed Michael Diederich as its new CEO for operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (the DACH region). He will take up the role at the beginning of 2015, pending regulatory approval.

BAML makes regional US appointment within  global trade and supply chain team
BAML makes regional US appointment within global trade and supply chain team
Dalia Gebrial
17 November 2014

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) has appointed Yafen Field to lead their global trade and supply chain finance business in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.

Otkritie signs loan with Western banks
Otkritie signs loan with Western banks
Jonathan Bell
14 November 2014

Russia’s Otkritie Financial Corporation Bank (Otkritie FC) has raised a $120 million syndicated loan from a group of foreign banks.

Former Goldman’s exec joins AerCap
Former Goldman’s exec joins AerCap
Dan Sheriff
14 November 2014

John Wikoff, former head of the transportation finance group at Goldman Sachs, has joined AerCap - the aircraft lessor - as head of investor relations.

Multilaterals push bank participation in SWIFT KYC Registry
Multilaterals push bank participation in SWIFT KYC Registry
Hesham Zakai
14 November 2014

The world’s largest multilateral development banks have clubbed together to encourage more banks to contribute information to SWIFT's Know Your Client (KYC) Registry.

Markel expands trade credit team in Singapore
Markel expands trade credit team in Singapore
Jonathan Bell
13 November 2014

Markel International, the specialist insurer, has appointed Linda Naili to its expanding trade credit team in Singapore.

China commits to  Silk Road infrastructure fund and also pushes the landmark AIIB
China commits to Silk Road infrastructure fund and also pushes the landmark AIIB
Dalia Gebrial
13 November 2014

China has announced that it is keen to move swiftly with the development of the Silk Road infrastructure fund (Silk Road Fund) - a potential financing mechanism that would help to further integrate, both physically and economically, the markets of Central and South Asia with China.

IFC provides financing package as concern grows for trade flows with Ebola affected countries
IFC provides financing package as concern grows for trade flows with Ebola affected countries
Dalia Gebrial
13 November 2014

As containment measures continue to restrict production and trade channels, concern is mounting when it comes to trading with countries affected by the Ebola epidemic, as well as the region at large.

Mini Roy joins StanChart public sector group in New York
Mini Roy joins StanChart public sector group in New York
Jonathan Bell
13 November 2014

Following her departure from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) in September, Mini Roy has joined Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart) as managing director in the public sector and development organisations group.

Barclays appoints new head of product management for trade & working capital
Barclays appoints new head of product management for trade & working capital
Jonathan Bell
13 November 2014

Barclays has appointed Brenton Booth as its new head of product management, trade & working capital.

Ince & Co announces international leadership reshuffle
Ince & Co announces international leadership reshuffle
Dalia Gebrial
12 November 2014

The international commercial law firm, Ince & Co, has appointed Paul Herring as its new chairman and Jan Heuvels as international senior partner.

Shell awards Standard Chartered with RMB mandate
Shell awards Standard Chartered with RMB mandate
Dalia Gebrial
12 November 2014

Standard Chartered bank has been awarded with a global renminbi (RMB) mandate to support oil company Shell’s domestic business in China.

RMB hub in Canada enhances trade relations with China
RMB hub in Canada enhances trade relations with China
Dalia Gebrial
12 November 2014

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has authorised the Canadian branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to serve as a renminbi (RMB) clearing bank in Canada.

Shell awards Standard Chartered RMB mandate
Shell awards Standard Chartered RMB mandate
Dalia Gebrial
12 November 2014

Standard Chartered bank has been awarded with a global renminbi (RMB) mandate to support oil company Shell’s domestic business in China.

JB's weekly round up - 11 November 2014
JB's weekly round up - 11 November 2014
Jonathan Bell
11 November 2014

It’s a funny old time of year – autumn, or the fall, that is. Not only are there some fantastic international rugby matches being played in Europe, but it is also a time when we are inundated with trade events. Decisions, decisions.

Proparco secures capital increase and reiterates focus on Africa
Proparco secures capital increase and reiterates focus on Africa
Jonathan Bell
10 November 2014

Paris-headquartered, development finance institution (DFI), Proparco, has just announced its successful €200 million ($250.3 million) capital increase (including share premiums), which was initially launched in June 2014. The operation was fully subscribed by its current shareholders and increased Proparco’s share capital from €525 million to €693 million, and its equity to €800 million.

Equinox Global expands team in France
Equinox Global expands team in France
Dalia Gebrial
10 November 2014

Equinox Global (Equinox), the Lloyd’s cover holder specialising in trade credit insurance, has appointed Vladimir Malenic to its team in France, which recently moved into a new central Paris office.

Pole Star launches compliance product for management of maritime risk
Pole Star launches compliance product for management of maritime risk
Dalia Gebrial
10 November 2014

The global provider of maritime tracking, monitoring and security software, Pole Star, has launched PurpleTRAC – a new product that allows banks, commodity trading companies, marine financers and insurers to manage their exposure and mitigate the possibility of involvement with a vessel at risk of sanctions non-compliance, money laundering or terrorist financing.

Institutional investors next target for ICC
Institutional investors next target for ICC
Dan Sheriff
7 November 2014

How trade finance can increase its appeal amongst institutional investors was high on the agenda at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission annual autumn meeting in Istanbul this week.

Istanbul hosts SME-focused ICC Banking community
Istanbul hosts SME-focused ICC Banking community
Hesham Zakai
7 November 2014

More than 400 trade finance practitioners gathered in Turkey’s cultural and commercial capital Istanbul this week for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission, hosted by ICC Turkey.

BPO ready to combine with eBL as both continue to grow
BPO ready to combine with eBL as both continue to grow
Hesham Zakai
7 November 2014

The Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) is ready to be combined with the electronic Bill of Lading (eBL) as the transition towards paperless trade gathers apace, delegates at the ICC Banking Commission meeting in Istanbul heard.

Nigerian telecoms provider secures loan facility from IFC and banks
Nigerian telecoms provider secures loan facility from IFC and banks
Dalia Gebrial
7 November 2014

Africa’s largest independent mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider, IHS Holding Limited (IHS), has secured a $600 million loan facility from a club of commercial banks, as well as the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Equinox Global adds two new carriers to its binder panel
Equinox Global adds two new carriers to its binder panel
Jonathan Bell
7 November 2014

Equinox Global, the Lloyd’s coverholder specialising in trade credit insurance, has selected Amlin and The Channel Syndicate to join its binder panel, increasing the number of carriers on the panel from seven to nine.

EIB provides first ever loan to Azerbaijan
EIB provides first ever loan to Azerbaijan
Dalia Gebrial
7 November 2014

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €25 million ($31.2 million) loan to promote small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Azerbaijan.

ANZ appoints CEO China and head of Greater China
ANZ appoints CEO China and head of Greater China
Jonathan Bell
6 November 2014

ANZ has appointed Huang Xiaoguang as the bank’s new CEO for China. He will also serve in a wider capacity as ANZ’s head of Greater China, responsible for capturing trade and investment flows within Greater China.

Claudia Belli appointed head of microfinance at BNPP
Claudia Belli appointed head of microfinance at BNPP
Jonathan Bell
6 November 2014

BNP Paribas (BNPP) has appointed Claudia Belli-Jeanteur as head of social business and microfinance.

PrimeRevenue and UbiQ join forces for Turkey and the Middle East
PrimeRevenue and UbiQ join forces for Turkey and the Middle East
Dalia Gebrial
6 November 2014

The supply chain finance providers, PrimeRevenue and UbiQ Innovations (UbiQ), have announced a new strategic partnership, arranged to help deliver working capital finance solutions to Turkey and the Middle East.

Citi launches integrated supply chain and working capital management suite
Citi launches integrated supply chain and working capital management suite
Hesham Zakai
6 November 2014

Citi’s Treasury & Trade Solutions division has launched Integrated Payables Solutions, a product designed to aid clients in identifying opportunities to effectively manage their supply chains, optimise working capital and realise efficiency savings.

Santander appoint Cavenaghi as Europe head
Santander appoint Cavenaghi as Europe head
Hesham Zakai
6 November 2014

Eugenio Cavenaghi has joined Santander as managing director – head of trade, export & supply chain finance for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Afreximbank to introduce mobile payment platform
Afreximbank to introduce mobile payment platform
Dalia Gebrial
5 November 2014

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced that it is working to introduce a mobile payment platform to support intra-African trade and payments.

JB's weekly round up - 04 November 2014
JB's weekly round up - 04 November 2014
Jonathan Bell
4 November 2014

We provide a wealth of information for free on our deals directory, tagmydeals. What we would like you to do is to take ownership of the deals where your institution or company has taken part.

EBRD loan to support Egyptian SMEs
EBRD loan to support Egyptian SMEs
Dalia Gebrial
4 November 2014

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has extended a $30 million credit line to the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) to support the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Egypt.

HKMA designates seven offshore RMB banks
HKMA designates seven offshore RMB banks
Dalia Gebrial
3 November 2014

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has designated seven banks as primary liquidity providers (PLPs) for the offshore renminbi (RMB) market in Hong Kong (i.e. the CNH market).

Russian telecoms company MTS gets major loans from Sberbank
Russian telecoms company MTS gets major loans from Sberbank
Dan Sheriff
3 November 2014

Leading Russian telecoms company, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), has received two major financing facilities from Russia’s Sberbank CIB. The funds will be used for general working capital, industry expansion and trade purposes.