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 How new French ECA Bpifrance will differ from Coface
How new French ECA Bpifrance will differ from Coface
Max Thompson
29 January 2016

After nearly 70 years as France's ECA Coface is set to transfer the handling of state export credit guarantees to French public investment bank, Bpifrance. The move will have a wider impact than merely a name change, and could even ensure cheaper pricing on French ECA deals. TXF caught up with HDA conseil's Henri D'Ambrieres to find out more.

Wynne’s Words: Pointers for trade finance in 2016
Wynne’s Words: Pointers for trade finance in 2016
Hesham Zakai
28 January 2016

2016 is set to be a year of change. Trade sanctions on Iran have been suspended; those on Russia, on the contrary, have been extended for another six months. Compliance regulations are more stringent than ever, limiting banks’ ability to trade. Geoff Wynne, partner at law firm Sullivan & Worcester, gives TXF’s Hesham Zakai a few words of advice about how to navigate the complex legal landscape of trade in 2016.

Telefonica feeds multinational procurement plans with catch-all ECA deal
Telefonica feeds multinational procurement plans with catch-all ECA deal
Max Thompson
28 January 2016

Telefonica has tapped the export finance market for an innovative, catch-all facility to finance the mass procurement plans of its global subsidiaries. The Spanish telecoms titan recently closed a $545 million Finnvera-backed buyer’s credit facility to fund the purchase of Nokia equipment and services.

IMF extends Kenya's $680m credit facility
28 January 2016

IFC helps NBK deliver trade credit
28 January 2016

US eases rules on Cuba trade financing
28 January 2016

Barclays sheds entire London ECA team
Barclays sheds entire London ECA team
Hesham Zakai
27 January 2016

UK bank Barclays made its entire London export finance team redundant last Friday, 22 January 2016, amid a wider cull of the bank’s investment banking division.

Euler Hermes launches new risk solution for small US firms
27 January 2016

Has the global trade-development link peaked?
27 January 2016

Saudi Arabian Airlines to raise $1.33bn for debt and new planes
27 January 2016

Aon acquires Kingsley Trade Credit portfolio
27 January 2016

Top tips for inventory and cash flow improvement from PV Mahajan
Top tips for inventory and cash flow improvement from PV Mahajan
Judith Fagelson
27 January 2016

Procter & Gamble Asia’s PV Mahajan shares his top tips for inventory and cash flow improvement, ahead of his presentation at TXF’s Trade, Treasury & Commodity Finance conference in Singapore on February 23-24.

Protecting your investments in Iran
Protecting your investments in Iran
Ali Darzi
26 January 2016

Ali Darzi, founder and principal of Iran Foreign Investment Consultants (IranFIC), discusses the cover available for foreign investments in the Persian country.

Tesco delayed payments to suppliers to boost profits
26 January 2016

Bibby takes on Steven Box as international CEO
26 January 2016

EFA Group hires senior advisor from BNP Paribas
26 January 2016

TriLinc loans boost African and Latin American SMEs
26 January 2016

India’s economic ‘Modification’ still not delivering on ECA finance
India’s economic ‘Modification’ still not delivering on ECA finance
Helen Castell
25 January 2016

Despite India’s massive size and forecasts that it could challenge China as the world’s growth engine within a decade, uptake of export credit in the country continues to disappoint. Helen Castell reports.

Alibaba trade finance: a misguided step into the unknown
Alibaba trade finance: a misguided step into the unknown
William Laraque
25 January 2016

According to ChinaBusinessNews.com and the South China Morning Post, Alibaba Group Holding last week entered into a partnership with more than 25 credit rating agencies and banks globally, in order to make cross-border trade financing available for Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Snapdeal and Indian SCF firm unite to boost SMEs
25 January 2016

MUFG hires Azim Walli amid trade finance push
25 January 2016

Isbank goes live with Surecomp's trade finance system
25 January 2016

Commodity finance: protecting rights of lender over borrower's insurance
25 January 2016

EDC signs first Turkish loan guarantee
EDC signs first Turkish loan guarantee
Max Thompson
22 January 2016

Canada's export credit agency Export Development Canada (EDC) has provided its first guarantee for a loan from international banks to a Turkish corporate last month.

ANZ's international lending head Andrew Geczy is quitting
22 January 2016

DS-Concept provides export facility to Indian textile firm
22 January 2016

ECAs: to be, or not to be?
ECAs: to be, or not to be?
Oliver Gordon
21 January 2016

In the wake of US Ex-Im's reauthorisation last month, TXF’s Ollie Gordon catches up with some of export finance’s most sagacious veterans for some honest, off-record input on the wider issue kicked up by the ECA's existential storm: should ECAs really exist?

Thomas Cooper examines the end of Iran's sanctions
21 January 2016

45 banks join SWIFT's global payments scheme
21 January 2016

Fighting trade finance’s corner
Fighting trade finance’s corner
Oliver Gordon
20 January 2016

Daniel Schmand, Deutsche Bank’s EMEA head of trade finance & cash management corporates, was elected the new chair of the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Banking Commission in April last year. In a wide-ranging interview touching on regulation and compliance, non-bank lenders, SME finance, digitisation, and banking reputation, TXF's Ollie Gordon discovers Schmand’s key policy objectives for the Commission and gets his take on the industry’s hottest topics.

Modular financial services: The $1tn revenue and cost shift
20 January 2016

EDC works with Tinubu on credit insurance platform
20 January 2016

Iranian sanctions relief examined by law firm
20 January 2016

Arthur J Gallagher hires Tim Fisher as joint trade credit boss
20 January 2016

Coface names Xavier Durand as new CEO
Coface names Xavier Durand as new CEO
Judith Fagelson
19 January 2016

Coface has named Xavier Durand as its new CEO. He will replace current CEO Jean-Marc Pillu following the board of directors’ meeting due to be held on 9 February.

Bolero appoints ex-JP Morgan executive Daniel Cotti as chairman
19 January 2016

SWIFT's KYC Registry hits the 2,000 mark
19 January 2016

Platform Black boosts alternative finance team
19 January 2016

Trade secrets: Using electronic finance to unlock business opportunities
Trade secrets: Using electronic finance to unlock business opportunities
Simon Streat
18 January 2016

The digitisation of trade finance has the potential to deliver significant benefits to corporates, banks, carriers and other trading partners. As well as reducing the time, costs and risks of trading internationally, connected parties have greater visibility and transparency of the whole end-to-end process. However, digital adoption has been slow; but with increasing global competition and a drive to become more efficient, many industry analysts believe this may be about to change.

The roles of blockchain and LCs in 2016
18 January 2016

Taulia secures $46 million Series E round
18 January 2016

2016 – The year of monkey business
2016 – The year of monkey business
Jonathan Bell
15 January 2016

As we drive into 2016, some fundamental issues are hitting the market. This latest blog looks at shipping, oil, and Iran and assesses what influences they may be having within trade and project finance.

Scorpio Tankers upsizes ING Bank loan
15 January 2016

Clyde & Co MENA shipping and trade head moves to London
15 January 2016

France's Banque Palatine revamps trade finance system
15 January 2016

Don't be so bullish over oil, warns Jeffrey Gundlach
15 January 2016

UniCredit hires Holger Frank as GTB head in Asia
15 January 2016

Ingenico reaches 50,000 payment terminals landmark in Africa
14 January 2016

Australia's Scottish Pacific buys fellow SME financer
14 January 2016