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JB's weekly round up 11 August 2014
JB's weekly round up 11 August 2014
Jonathan Bell
11 August 2014

TXF is in the process of producing its 2014 SIBOS Special Report. The report will look at many aspects of the short-term trade finance cycle and related services.

FIATA partners with essDOCS to launch own eBL
FIATA partners with essDOCS to launch own eBL
Paul Preugschat
6 August 2014

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) has launched an electronic bill of lading powered by essDOCS’ online trade facilitation solution CargoDocs.

Barclays names new heads for Asia-Pacific and ME trade teams
Barclays names new heads for Asia-Pacific and ME trade teams
Jonathan Bell
5 August 2014

Barclays has made changes to its trade and working capital leadership team in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Video: What to do and not to do in trade finance transactions
Video: What to do and not to do in trade finance transactions
Dan Sheriff
5 August 2014

Geoffrey Wynne, partner at Sullivan & Worcester presents practical advice on best practice trade finance

Former DIFC chief economist joins Falcon
Former DIFC chief economist joins Falcon
Jonathan Bell
4 August 2014

Alternative trade and corporate financier Falcon Group has appointed Nasser Saidi to act as non-executive director on the board. Saidi is the former chief economist, strategist and head of external relations of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) – a position he held from 2006-2012.

Santander makes top trade changes
Santander makes top trade changes
Jonathan Bell
4 August 2014

Santander is understood to be making a number of changes at the top of its trade executive management.

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

As many of the regular visitors to our news website will know, earlier this year TXF produced the Berne Union’s 80th anniversary yearbook.

ICC Banking Commission appoints Advani to leadership
ICC Banking Commission appoints Advani to leadership
Jonathan Bell
1 August 2014

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has appointed Suresh Advani, Senior Portfolio Manager at GML Capital (GML), as senior technical advisor to the Banking Commission.

EU and US ramp up sanctions on Russia
EU and US ramp up sanctions on Russia
Hesham Zakai
1 August 2014

The EU and US have both increased sanctions against Russia, targeting its critical energy, finance and defence sectors, as well as more persons and companies directly associated with the Kremlin.

SunEdison closes financing for Bruining solar project
SunEdison closes financing for Bruining solar project
Jonathan Bell
31 July 2014

SunEdison, a solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, together with Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (NORD/LB) has reached financial close on the 18MW Bruining solar power plant in Ontario, Canada

JBIC part finances Suntory’s M&A deal with Beam
JBIC part finances Suntory’s M&A deal with Beam
Jonathan Bell
31 July 2014

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) today signed a subordinated loan agreements totaling up to JPY50 billion ($486 million) and $1.5 billion (both JBIC portions) with Suntory Holdings (Suntory) to finance part of the funds required for acquiring Beam Incorporated in the US.

Video: The challenge for export credit
Video: The challenge for export credit
Daniel Riordan
30 July 2014

Prominent Berne Union members give their views on the major challenges facing the industry

Video: Global opportunities for export credit
Video: Global opportunities for export credit
Dan Sheriff
30 July 2014

A series of prominent Berne Union members gives their views on the main opportunities available across the sector

Markel seeks Dubai insurance licence
Markel seeks Dubai insurance licence
Jonathan Bell
30 July 2014

Markel International, the specialist insurer, has applied to the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) to establish a company to operate within the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

BAML appoints new head of GTS business
BAML appoints new head of GTS business
Jonathan Bell
29 July 2014

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) has appointed Paul Donofrio as head of global transaction services (GTS) across the bank. He will be based in New York.

Cargill teams with Bolero to further drive electronic trade
Cargill teams with Bolero to further drive electronic trade
Jonathan Bell
29 July 2014

Global agri-trader, food, logistics and services company Cargill, is accelerating its transition from paper documents to ePresentation using Bolero’s cloud-based technology platform.

IFC hires US Ex-Im vice president for senior infrastructure role
IFC hires US Ex-Im vice president for senior infrastructure role
Dan Sheriff
29 July 2014

Jessica Farmer has joined IFC as InfraVentures principal investment officer based in India

Finacity facilitates receivables funding for Uralita
Finacity facilitates receivables funding for Uralita
Hesham Zakai
29 July 2014

The American accounts receivable securitisation services company Finacity has facilitated a series of European trade receivable funding solutions for Spain’s Uralita, amounting to €26 million ($35 million).

Promotion for Bedi at SMBCE
Promotion for Bedi at SMBCE
Jonathan Bell
28 July 2014

Structured commodity finance stalwart Pepi Bedi has been promoted to head of structured trade finance at Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Corporation Europe (SMBCE). He is based in London.

JB's weekly round up - 28 July 2014
JB's weekly round up - 28 July 2014
Jonathan Bell
28 July 2014

Sanctions will continue to be the talk of the industry in the weeks ahead, as both EU and US look to increase pressure on Russia in light of the crisis in Eastern Ukraine.

HSBC appoints new regional heads of export finance
HSBC appoints new regional heads of export finance
Jonathan Bell
25 July 2014

In a significant reorganisation of the export finance department, HSBC has appointed two new regional heads of the business line. The changes in the department – the most extensive since 2008 - also incorporate some repositioning and other developments which bring forward well-experienced, younger talent into key positions.

Video: ECA finance for sustainability and development
Video: ECA finance for sustainability and development
Karin Apelman
25 July 2014

Karin Apelman, CEO at EKN, tells TXF her thoughts on how export finance can look to enhance sustainability and economic development

Video: The Berne Union specialist meeting on SMEs
Video: The Berne Union specialist meeting on SMEs
Abbey Sturrock
24 July 2014

Abbey Sturrock, assistant director at Berne Union, gives details on the association's specialist meeting on SMEs

Video: The Berne Union specialist meeting on claims and recoveries
Video: The Berne Union specialist meeting on claims and recoveries
Abbey Sturrock
24 July 2014

Abbey Sturrock, assistant director at Berne Union, gives details on the association's specialist meeting on claims and recoveries

Video: The Berne Union investment committee
Video: The Berne Union investment committee
Abbey Sturrock
24 July 2014

Abbey Sturrock, assistant director at Berne Union, gives details on the association's investment committee

Video: The Berne Union specialist meeting on country risk
Video: The Berne Union specialist meeting on country risk
Abbey Sturrock
24 July 2014

Berne Union's Abbey Sturrock on the findings of the country risk specialist meeting

Video: An introduction to Berne Union specialist meetings
Video: An introduction to Berne Union specialist meetings
Abbey Sturrock
24 July 2014

Abbey Sturrock, assistant director at Berne Union, gives details on the association's specialist meetings

Video: An introduction to Berne Union
Video: An introduction to Berne Union
Fabrice Morel
24 July 2014

Fabrice Morel introduced the Berne Union - the association of export credit insurers

Video: Berne Union data trends
Video: Berne Union data trends
Fabrice Morel
24 July 2014

Fabrice Morel of the Berne Union on industry trends that can be seen by analysing export credit data

Video: Interview with Khemais Al-Gazzah, ICIEC
Video: Interview with Khemais Al-Gazzah, ICIEC
Khemais El-Gazzah
24 July 2014

TXF interviews ICIEC chief operating officer Khemais Al-Gazzah

Video: Interview with Ralph Lai, HKEC
Video: Interview with Ralph Lai, HKEC
Ralph Lai
24 July 2014

TXF introduces Ralph Lai, commissioner at HKEC, and chair of the Berne Union short term committee

Video: Interview with Satoru Koyama, NEXI
Video: Interview with Satoru Koyama, NEXI
Satoru Koyama
24 July 2014

Satoru Koyama, chief EMEA representative at NEXI, talks solutions for SMEs with TXF

Video: Interview with Vinco David, Atradius
Video: Interview with Vinco David, Atradius
Vinco David
24 July 2014

Atradius' head of international relations Vinco David on how ECAs and banks can work together to better serve the SME segment

Video: Push and pull factors for increased demand for export credit
Video: Push and pull factors for increased demand for export credit
Vinco David
24 July 2014

Vinco David of Atradius explains why certain 'push and pull' factors are increasing demand for export credit

Video: Daniel Riordan talks about a wider industry role for the Berne Union
Video: Daniel Riordan talks about a wider industry role for the Berne Union
Daniel Riordan
24 July 2014

Berne Union president Daniel Riordan talks about the growing relationships and collaboration between Berne Union members and the wider export and agency finance industry

Video: Daniel Riordan on the Berne Union at 80
Video: Daniel Riordan on the Berne Union at 80
Daniel Riordan
24 July 2014

Berne Union president Daniel Riordan talks about thew significance of the association after eighty years

MIGA business hits new heights
MIGA business hits new heights
Jonathan Bell
24 July 2014

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group, has just released strong results for its financial year ending 30 June, 2014 reporting $3.2 billion in new business. New business saw an uptick of 13% over the previous year.

Russia’s Brunswick Rail signs credit agreement
Russia’s Brunswick Rail signs credit agreement
Jonathan Bell
24 July 2014

While some loans to Russian corporates are being hit by the continuing conflict and political trouble in eastern Ukraine, and the now accentuated associated fallout with Russia, some deals are still managing to get done.

Scorpio Bulkers secures loans from European banks
Scorpio Bulkers secures loans from European banks
Jonathan Bell
22 July 2014

New York and Monaco-headquartered Scorpio Bulkers has received a commitment for a $540 million loan from two leading European financial institutions.

BPOs: digital efficiency without the risk
BPOs: digital efficiency without the risk
Oliver Spitz
22 July 2014

The best of both worlds or a short-lived trend? Bank Payment Obligations offer a compromise between the sluggishness of letters of credit and the risks of open account payments, says Oliver Spitz, senior trade finance manager at UniCredit

Six more banks banks join SWIFT’s KYC Registry
Six more banks banks join SWIFT’s KYC Registry
Jonathan Bell
22 July 2014

Six more global banks have signed up to jointly develop SWIFT’s Know Your Customer (KYC) Registry, a centralised repository that maintains a standardised set of information about banks required for due diligence processes.

Fewer accounts, greater benefits
Fewer accounts, greater benefits
Karin Woernle
22 July 2014

The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) can ease the transaction processes of increasingly global trade flows, but to realise its full potential further innovation is necessary says Karin Wörnle, associate director, UniCredit

Nordea goes live with Surecomp’s trade finance front-end solution
Nordea goes live with Surecomp’s trade finance front-end solution
Jonathan Bell
21 July 2014

Nordea has gone live in Frankfurt and London with the stand-alone version of allNETT, Surecomp's web-based trade finance front-end solution.

JB's weekly round up - 21 July 2014
JB's weekly round up - 21 July 2014
Jonathan Bell
21 July 2014

In September, we will be launching our inaugural industry report on the ECA finance sector, using information from tagmydeals – our deals database.

NBAD appoints head of syndicated finance
NBAD appoints head of syndicated finance
Hesham Zakai
17 July 2014

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has appointed Jonathan Macdonald as the managing director and head of syndicated finance.

BRICS set up New Development Bank
BRICS set up New Development Bank
Jonathan Bell
16 July 2014

In a landmark development, the leaders of the BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have signed a treaty to set up a BRICS development bank, to be known as the New Development Bank. The agreement was signed at the 6th BRICS summit held in Fortaleza, Brazil.

BRIC through a window
BRIC through a window
Dr. Rebecca Harding
16 July 2014

Rebecca Harding of Delta Economics on why Russia’s attempt to decouple from the dollar is a defensive strategy

Jayme Bulcao joins Finacity
Jayme Bulcao joins Finacity
Dan Sheriff
16 July 2014

Experienced structured finance specialist to bolster Finacity's receivables finance business throughout Latin America

ANZ appoints new international CFO
ANZ appoints new international CFO
Jonathan Bell
16 July 2014

ANZ has appointed Mary MacLeod chief financial officer (CFO), international and institutional banking.

US Ex-Im appoints chief of staff
US Ex-Im appoints chief of staff
Jonathan Bell
15 July 2014

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im) has appointed Scott Schloegel as senior vice president and chief of staff to chairman and president Fred Hochberg.