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Economic renaissance in sub-Saharan Africa: harnessing its trade potential
Economic renaissance in sub-Saharan Africa: harnessing its trade potential
Florian Witt
14 April 2014

Florian Witt, head of Africa at Commerzbank, explains what corporates can do to mitigate their exposure to risks in the region and capitalise on Africa’s potential.

UKEF announces export refinancing facility
UKEF announces export refinancing facility
Francisco Anzola
13 April 2014

Guest post, CC solutions: In its efforts to increase exports and reduce the country's trade deficit, the British government has announced that export credit notes guaranteed by

MIGA makes senior appointments
MIGA makes senior appointments
Jonathan Bell
10 April 2014

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank group, has made two senior appointments, with Carlo Bongianni to head its infrastructure team and Muhamet Bamba Fall to head its Asia hub.

Sberbank arranges RusHydro refinancing
Sberbank arranges RusHydro refinancing
Jonathan Bell
9 April 2014

Russian energy provider RusHydro Group has arranged a refinancing facility through Sberbank amounting to RUB2.776 billion ($77.3 million).

VimpelCom secures RCF and term loan
VimpelCom secures RCF and term loan
Jonathan Bell
9 April 2014

Russian telecom company VimpelCom has closed its latest revolving credit facility (RCF) with 11 international banks and a term loan facility with Alfa-Bank. The combined facilities amount to up to $2.3 billion.

Nexi signs reinsurance pact with Coface
Nexi signs reinsurance pact with Coface
Jonathan Bell
9 April 2014

Japan’s Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (Nexi) has signed a reinsurance agreement with Compagnie Française D'assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur (Coface), the French private credit insurance company.

BoE to accept UKEF-backed credit notes as collateral
BoE to accept UKEF-backed credit notes as collateral
Hesham Zakai
8 April 2014

The Bank of England (BoE) has announced that UK Export Finance-guaranteed debt capital market notes will be eligible as collateral against which banks can borrow from the BoE under the bank’s Sterling Monetary Framework (SMF).

Macquarie extends facility with Trade Finance Partners
Macquarie extends facility with Trade Finance Partners
Dan Sheriff
8 April 2014

Trade Finance Partners (TFP), the boutique trade financier, has secured an extended facility with Macquarie Bank to support further growth.

Bpifrance hires D’Ambrieres for new export credit initiative
Bpifrance hires D’Ambrieres for new export credit initiative
Dan Sheriff
8 April 2014

Henri D’Ambrieres will join Bpifrance as a consultant to spearhead a new initiative to support French exporters.

Commerzbank appoints Jörg Motel head of FI Asia
Commerzbank appoints Jörg Motel head of FI Asia
Hesham Zakai
8 April 2014

Commerzbank has appointed Jörg Motel as its new head of financial institutions (FI) for Asia, replacing Harald Lipkau.

RBS launches Chinese multi-bank cash solution
RBS launches Chinese multi-bank cash solution
Jonathan Bell
8 April 2014

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has launched a new multi-bank solution in China that enables corporates to manage accounts from Chinese banks through a single global electronic banking platform.

JB's weekly round-up - 07 April 2014
JB's weekly round-up - 07 April 2014
Jonathan Bell
7 April 2014

Everything you need to know about trade finance.

Barclays names new head of trade and working capital UK
Barclays names new head of trade and working capital UK
Jonathan Bell
7 April 2014

Barclays has appointed Karl Trumper as head of trade & working capital UK.

Orbian appoint European managing director
Orbian appoint European managing director
Dan Sheriff
2 April 2014

Orbian, the supply chain finance company, has hired Henrik Junker as managing director.

Trade reshuffle at BNP Paribas
Trade reshuffle at BNP Paribas
Dan Sheriff
2 April 2014

BNP Paribas Corporate and investment Banking has created a new global trade and transaction banking business line, headed by Marc Carlos in Paris.

Sberbank Europe inks debut syndicated term loan
Sberbank Europe inks debut syndicated term loan
Jonathan Bell
1 April 2014

Sberbank Europe, the Vienna-headquartered subsidiary of Sberbank of Russia, has signed a debut syndicated term loan facility totalling €350 million ($482.7 million).

Zenith Bank secures AfDB credit line
Zenith Bank secures AfDB credit line
Jonathan Bell
31 March 2014

Nigeria’s Zenith Bank has secured a $125-million line of credit from the African Development Bank (AfDB), which the bank will use to onlend to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria for trade purposes.

IFC targets tourism in Myanmar
IFC targets tourism in Myanmar
Hesham Zakai
27 March 2014

The tourism industry in Myanmar is receiving a boost from the IFC, which is lending $80 million to Shangri-La subsidiaries to develop its hospitality business in the country. The financing continues the IFC’s support for Myanmar, where it hopes to strengthen the private sector through investments and reforms.

SWIFT and essDOCS combine with electronic bills of lading for BPO
SWIFT and essDOCS combine with electronic bills of lading for BPO
Jonathan Bell
26 March 2014

In an important development in the further provision of electronic trade, essDOCS, the leading shipping and trade eDocs provider, has announced two major projects extending its electronic document solution offerings and enhancing the capabilities of SWIFT bank and corporate users.

US Ex-Im issues capital markets funded bond for Brazil’s GOL
US Ex-Im issues capital markets funded bond for Brazil’s GOL
Hesham Zakai
26 March 2014

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im) has issued a capital markets funded guaranteed bond for $40.7 million for VRG Linhas Aéreas (GOL), the Brazilian airline.

Deutsche creates head of RMB services position
Deutsche creates head of RMB services position
Hesham Zakai
26 March 2014

Deutsche Bank has created a new role for the management of renminbi (RMB)-related activity across its global operations, the global head of RMB services, and appointed Evan Goldstein to the position.

Credit Bank of Moscow secures syndicated loan
Credit Bank of Moscow secures syndicated loan
Jonathan Bell
26 March 2014

The Credit Bank of Moscow (CBM) has signed a new syndicated loan facility with international lenders for up to $500 million.

Sian Aspinall recruited to help shape BPL strategy
Sian Aspinall recruited to help shape BPL strategy
Hesham Zakai
25 March 2014

Sian Aspinall, formerly of AIG and Zurich, has joined Berry Palmer & Lyle (BPL Global) as development and technical director, where she been tasked with shaping and implementing the company’s future strategy.

HSBC appoints Nivison as business banking head
HSBC appoints Nivison as business banking head
Jonathan Bell
25 March 2014

HSBC has appointed Stuart Nivison as the new global head of business banking. The move is designed to help improve services for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across 27 countries.

JB's weekly round-up - 24 March 2014
JB's weekly round-up - 24 March 2014
Jonathan Bell
24 March 2014

We are delighted that Doug Ziurys of FImetrix will be presenting the results of his annual survey of traders during a live webinar on 10 April 2014.

Afreximbank signs landmark syndicated loan
Afreximbank signs landmark syndicated loan
Jonathan Bell
21 March 2014

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has signed landmark loan facilities with a syndicate of international financial institutions totalling a massive $774 million.

Akbank signs syndicated loan for trade
Akbank signs syndicated loan for trade
Jonathan Bell
21 March 2014

Akbank has signed a $1.36 billion syndicated loan, which sees 35 international banks providing funds to the Turkish institution.

ABN, Nordea and SEB arrange ship finance for Ardmore
ABN, Nordea and SEB arrange ship finance for Ardmore
Jonathan Bell
20 March 2014

Dublin-headquartered Ardmore Shipping Corporation (Ardmore) has signed a $172 million credit facility with mandated lead arrangers ABN AMRO, Nordea Bank (Finland), and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), for the purchase of eight newbuild ships. ABN AMRO acted as coordinator on the financing. The financing was signed on 19 March 2014.

essDOCS targets Asia Pacific with new Singapore office
essDOCS targets Asia Pacific with new Singapore office
Hesham Zakai
19 March 2014

essDOCS has opened a new office in Singapore, allowing the shipping and trading eDocs provider to expand its presence in the Asia Pacific region.

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.

What does the suspected Oceanografia fraud mean for trade finance?
What does the suspected Oceanografia fraud mean for trade finance?
Dan Sheriff
11 March 2014

TXF analyses the impact that the $400 million fraud could have on the wider industry, at a time when investors and regulators are examining the trade finance asset class more closely than ever

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.

Major banks to take SWIFT action on KYC compliance
Major banks to take SWIFT action on KYC compliance
Hesham Zakai
7 March 2014

A group of major banks have joined forces with the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) to collaborate on the development and use of a new Know Your Customer (KYC) Registry to be launched in late-2014.

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.

JB's weekly round-up - 3 March 2014
JB's weekly round-up - 3 March 2014
Jonathan Bell
6 March 2014

Spread the word…..tell your team…. Many of you who receive our Weekly News are also registered on the TXF News website. It is a free, regularly updated service. So, do also tell your colleagues about this free access.

EBRD pledges huge financial support for Ukraine
EBRD pledges huge financial support for Ukraine
Hesham Zakai
5 March 2014

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has demonstrated its support for crisis-hit Ukraine with a pledge to invest at least €5 billion in the country between now and 2020.

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.

CGA of France launches new supply chain finance platform
CGA of France launches new supply chain finance platform
Jonathan Bell
5 March 2014

Compagnie Générale d’Affacturage (CGA) of France, a fully-owned Société Générale subsidiary, has launched a new supply chain finance platform to support business growth for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs).

Armenian bank signs debut syndicated loan facility
Armenian bank signs debut syndicated loan facility
Jonathan Bell
5 March 2014

Armenian bank Ardshininvestbank has signed its first syndicated loan facility with international lenders. Moreover, the transaction represents the first syndicated deal for an Armenian financial institution in the bank loan market without multilateral agency support.

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.

Ukrainian crisis hits Western banks in different way to 2008/9
Ukrainian crisis hits Western banks in different way to 2008/9
Jonathan Bell
27 February 2014

The crisis in Ukraine is one of considerable concern for all banks involved in the market. Potential exposure is considerable. But in a report released today by Raiffeisen Bank International, it highlights just how different that exposure is now for Western European banks to Ukraine compared to the financial crisis that hit in 2008/2009.

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.

JB's weekly round-up - 24 February 2014
JB's weekly round-up - 24 February 2014
Jonathan Bell
26 February 2014

It is your last chance to register your input for the ICC Export Finance Global Survey, conducted by TXF. It is the first time this survey has been attempted by the ICC but with broad participation we will be able to paint an accurate, representative industry picture which we hope will be of use to everyone in the industry.

Crédit du Maroc receives trade finance boost from EBRD
Crédit du Maroc receives trade finance boost from EBRD
Hesham Zakai
24 February 2014

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has provided a boost to Morocco’s export and import community in the form of a $40 million trade finance line to commercial bank Crédit du Maroc for the financing of foreign trade.

IFC announces trade partner awards winners
IFC announces trade partner awards winners
Jonathan Bell
21 February 2014

The IFC has announced 25 financial institutions as its best partners in trade and supply chain finance for 2013. The presentations took place at the inaugural Global Trade Partners Awards Dinner at the conclusion of its 6th Global Trade Partners Meeting, which took place this week in Lisbon.

IFC Lisbon gathering showcases success of programmes
IFC Lisbon gathering showcases success of programmes
Jonathan Bell
21 February 2014

With over 300 attendees at the IFC Global Trade Partners Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal over the past three days, the event demonstrates the success of the IFC’s various trade facilitation programmes.

NBE receives loan from EBRD to boost Egyptian trade
NBE receives loan from EBRD to boost Egyptian trade
Hesham Zakai
20 February 2014

The National Bank of Egypt (NBE) has received the second half of a $100 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development aimed at helping businesses in Egypt to carry out more international trade.

Afreximbank signs loan with Nigeria’s Innoson
Afreximbank signs loan with Nigeria’s Innoson
Jonathan Bell
20 February 2014

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has signed a credit facility worth $20 million to Nigeria-based industrial company, Innoson Technical and Industrial Company (ITIC), for the purchase of raw materials and inputs for production of plastic goods.