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Export finance head interview – Nordea
Export finance head interview – Nordea
Max Carter
8 November 2013

TXF talks to Nordea about some of the major trends impacting the export credit sector at the present time.

How to avoid the boardroom vacuum
How to avoid the boardroom vacuum
Daniel Wagner
8 November 2013

Trade transactions are fraught with all kinds of perils – starting with those in the board room. Country risk specialist Daniel Wagner provides insight into how to avoid nasty surprises.

A threat to the future of export finance?
A threat to the future of export finance?
Thierry Senechal
8 November 2013

The ICC Trade Register has assisted the industry and policy-makers in developing a pool of data to evaluate the long-held claim that trade and export finance is a relatively low-risk form of financing.

Export finance head interview – Investec
Export finance head interview – Investec
Jonathan Bell
8 November 2013

TXF talks to Investec about some of the major trends impacting the export credit sector at the present time.

Export finance head interview – ING Bank
Export finance head interview – ING Bank
Jonathan Bell
8 November 2013

TXF talks to ING about some of the major trends impacting the export credit sector at the present time.

Export finance head interview – HSBC
Export finance head interview – HSBC
Jonathan Bell
8 November 2013

TXF talks to HSBC about some of the major trends impacting the export credit sector at the present time.

ECA documentation
ECA documentation
Valerie Colville
8 November 2013

Valerie Colville and Francisco Anzola asses documentation necessities

The widening base in sub-Saharan Africa
The widening base in sub-Saharan Africa
Jonathan Bell
8 November 2013

Jonathan Bell examines some of the recent ECA- backed activity in sub-Saharan Africa, and finds an increasingly broad spectrum of transactions.

Export finance head interview – Crédit Agricole CIB
Export finance head interview – Crédit Agricole CIB
Jonathan Bell
8 November 2013

TXF talks to Crédit Agricole CIB about some of the major trends impacting the export credit sector at the present time.

The revival of ECAs
The revival of ECAs
Alexander R Malaket
8 November 2013

Alexander Malaket reviews the role of the export credit agencies and examines how they are continuing to evolve, while also posing some thought-provoking questions.

Export finance head interview – Commerzbank
Export finance head interview – Commerzbank
Jonathan Bell
8 November 2013

TXF talks to Commerzbank about some of the major trends impacting the export credit sector at the present time.

Export finance head interview – Citi
Export finance head interview – Citi
Jonathan Bell
8 November 2013

TXF talks to Citi about some of the major trends impacting the export credit sector at the present time.

ING to facilitate clients by moving centre of expertise to Frankfurt
ING to facilitate clients by moving centre of expertise to Frankfurt
Jonathan Bell
8 November 2013

With ING Commercial Banking expanding its export finance department in Frankfurt, it is de facto creating yet another centre of expertise facilitating international business opportunities for its clients. Jonathan Bell talks to Eric de Jonge, global head of structured export finance at ING, about the benefits of the reorganisation.

Export finance head interview – BNP Paribas
Export finance head interview – BNP Paribas
Jonathan Bell
8 November 2013

TXF talks to BNP Paribas about some of the major trends impacting the export credit sector at the present time.

EXIAR and Garant to cooperate in trade
EXIAR and Garant to cooperate in trade
Phoebe Robertson
7 November 2013

Credit and political risk specialist Garant and Russian export credit agency, Export Insurance Agency of Russia (EXIAR), have signed a cooperation agreement in Moscow. The deal aims to enhance Garant and EXIAR’s capabilities

Simon Cook joins Sullivan & Worcester
Simon Cook joins Sullivan & Worcester
Dan Sheriff
7 November 2013

Law firm Sullivan & Worcester continues to build its trade and commodity finance practice at its newly opened London offices, with the hiring of Simon Cook. Cook, like many of the other at the new London office, comes from Dentons, where he acted as a partner in the banking division.

StanChart appointed for Indian wind farm cash account
StanChart appointed for Indian wind farm cash account
Jonathan Bell
6 November 2013

Standard Chartered (StanChart) has been appointed as the sole account bank for CLP Wind Farm’s (India) (CLPWF) pooled projects. CLPWF’s current wind power projects are funded by multiple lenders, and each power project has a different account bank.Under

UniCredit Tiriac Bank chooses IMEX from Surecomp
UniCredit Tiriac Bank chooses IMEX from Surecomp
Jonathan Bell
6 November 2013

Surecomp has announced that its IMEX Trade Finance solution has been deployed by Romania’s UniCredit Tiriac Bank (UTB). Cristina Bunescu, head of trade finance at UTB comments: “By adapting Surecomp’s solutions to our specific needs, we were able

New CFO appointed at tech-provider Trimble
New CFO appointed at tech-provider Trimble
Phoebe Robertson
5 November 2013

Specialist positioning technology provider Trimble has appointed Francois Delepine as chief financial officer (CFO). Trimble integrates a wide range of positioning technologies including GPS, laser,optical and inertial technologies with application software, wireless communications, and services.

Boost for Danish SMEs with strong EKF support
Boost for Danish SMEs with strong EKF support
Phoebe Robertson
5 November 2013

Danish export credit agency Export Kredit Fonden (EKF) has reported a significant rise in the number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) winning SME export guarantees. During the first nine months of 2013, EKF guaranteed approximately DKK100 million $18 million for SMEs - more than the figures for 2011 and 2012 combined.

CommBank appoints Steinebach as MD Hong Kong
CommBank appoints Steinebach as MD Hong Kong
Dan Sheriff
4 November 2013

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank) has appointed Maaike Steinebach as its Hong Kong country head and managing director Hong Kong for its Institutional banking and markets business.

JB's weekly round-up - 4 November 2013
JB's weekly round-up - 4 November 2013
Jonathan Bell
4 November 2013

We have been busy putting together our annual Export and Agency Finance Special Report (due later this week) and as such, I have had extensive conversations with nine global heads of export finance at leading international banks.

NRF appoints aviation head for Asia
NRF appoints aviation head for Asia
Dan Sheriff
1 November 2013

Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has appointed banking and finance partner Keith Sandilands to head its aviation practice in Asia. He recently moved from the London office to Singapore. He previously worked in the firm’s Singapore and Jakarta offices between 1991 and1999.

New head of trade credit at Bluefin group
New head of trade credit at Bluefin group
Phoebe Robertson
31 October 2013

Stuart Grice has been appointed head of trade credit at Bluefin insurance group with immediate effect. Based in London, Grice will manage Bluefin's credit insurance team and will report into Howard Fryer, head of corporate division.

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.

BHP and Cargill complete first iron ore trade using CargoDocs
BHP and Cargill complete first iron ore trade using CargoDocs
Jonathan Bell
30 October 2013

BHP Billiton (BHP), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Westpac Banking Corporation, Cargill and Minerva Marine have completed the first trade financed iron ore trade using ESS’s CargoDocs electronic bill of lading and eUCP Presentation solutions. CargoDocs was used on a shipment from Australia to China.

Strong exports fuel impressive US Ex-Im results
Strong exports fuel impressive US Ex-Im results
Phoebe Robertson
29 October 2013

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im) has contributed over $1 billion in revenues to the US Treasury for the fiscal year 2013. This revenue, generated for US taxpayers from fees and services, is what the bank earned above its operating costs and loan loss reserves.

StanChart completes transaction under URBPO
StanChart completes transaction under URBPO
Jonathan Bell
29 October 2013

Standard Chartered (StanChart) announced today that it has completed a trade finance transaction with the Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) under the Uniform Rules for BPO (URBPO) for PTT Polymer Marketing (PTTPM), a leading polymer sales and marketing company in Thailand.

Ecobank deploys Fundtech cross-border payment system
Ecobank deploys Fundtech cross-border payment system
Jonathan Bell
28 October 2013

Pan-African Ecobank has successfully, officially deployed Global CASHplus, Fundtech’s integrated, real-time cross-border payment and cash management system in 30 African countries.

Barclays provides bonds to Techflow Marine under UKEF scheme
Barclays provides bonds to Techflow Marine under UKEF scheme
Jonathan Bell
28 October 2013

Barclays has provided UK exporter Techflow Marine with a performance guarantee bond and warranty bond using the UK Export Finance (UKEF) bond support scheme.

JB's weekly round-up - 28 October 2013
JB's weekly round-up - 28 October 2013
Jonathan Bell
28 October 2013

First the Berne Union (BU), and now the ICC Banking Commission – both hosting in Vienna. Well, why not, it is a beautiful and friendly city – any time of the year. So, last week, the great and the good in much of the trade finance world descended once again on the city for the ICC’s Banking Commission meeting.

Standard Bank signs financing for Kenyan wind power
Standard Bank signs financing for Kenyan wind power
Mayur Pande
28 October 2013

Standard Bank has signed a ground-breaking deal with independent power producer Aeolus Kenya (AKL), to build a $150-million wind power plant in Kenya. The 60.8MW Kinangop Wind Park project will be largest wind power generation farm in sub-Saharan Africa to date. The wind power plant will be built in Kinangop Plateau in central Kenya.

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.

Trade finance and the BPO: World Trade Organisation Public Forum 2013
Trade finance and the BPO: World Trade Organisation Public Forum 2013
Alexander R Malaket
25 October 2013

Alexander Malaket, president of OPUS Advisory Services International, and managing director of Trade Finance Associates Ltd, reports on the trade finance and BPO panel at the WTO Public Forum 2013 held in Geneva in early October.

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.

ICC in Vienna: regulation will lead to trade bank consolidation
ICC in Vienna: regulation will lead to trade bank consolidation
Dan Sheriff
25 October 2013

Regulation was the key challenge identified by panelists at an engaging opening session of the ICC banking commission meeting in Vienna.

BPO: Concerns over regulation addressed
BPO: Concerns over regulation addressed
Dan Sheriff
24 October 2013

An update on the progress of the Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) was provided at the ICC Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria. Questions flew in thick and fast from bankers at a pre-event workshop, ranging from concerns about fraud, comparisons with letters of credit

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.

Armenia’s ACBA secures EBRD loan
Armenia’s ACBA secures EBRD loan
Phoebe Robertson
22 October 2013

Credit Agricole Bank in Armenia (ACBA) has secured a three-year, $9 million local currency loan from EBRD for on-lending to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and a further $3.5 million for energy efficiency loans. ACBA aims to continue to strengthen and support MSMEs who have difficulty accessing finance especially in local currency.

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

Atradius DSB expands financing pool
Atradius DSB expands financing pool
Jonathan Bell
21 October 2013

Atradius Dutch State Business (DSB), the export credit agency of the Netherlands, has announced that banks outside the OECD area are now eligible for export credit cover if they finance Dutch exports.

JB's weekly round-up - 21 October 2013
JB's weekly round-up - 21 October 2013
Jonathan Bell
21 October 2013

Last week we were pleased to welcome the well-known and greatly admired trade and commodity finance lawyer Geoffrey Wynne back to the world of trade finance following his required one-year absence from the market after leaving Dentons.

Aviation Capital closes RCF
Aviation Capital closes RCF
Mayur Pande
18 October 2013

Aviation Capital Group (ACG) has closed a four-year, senior unsecured revolving credit facility of $850 million. The facility increases ACG’s committed revolving debt capacity to $1 billion and provides increased flexibility to support its operations and growth.

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.

MFI and DFI statement puts pressure on WTO
MFI and DFI statement puts pressure on WTO
Mayur Pande
18 October 2013

A joint statement from seven multilateral financial institutions (MFIs) and development finance institutions (DFIs) puts pressure on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to further assist in global trade with the establishment of a trade facilitation programme.

Korea Exim success with global bond
Korea Exim success with global bond
Jonathan Bell
18 October 2013

The Korean export credit agency (ECA), the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Kexim) has successfully issued global bonds worth $1 billion to investors worldwide. The foreign currency funds obtained through the bond issue will go to supporting the export finance activities of Kexim and the globalisation of Korea’s strategic industries including industrial plants, shipbuilding, resource development, and other industries.

Nordea selects Surecomp’s trade finance suite
Nordea selects Surecomp’s trade finance suite
Jonathan Bell
18 October 2013

Nordea has selected Surecomp’s trade finance solution suite for its global trade operations. Under the deal, Nordea has licensed IMEX, Surecomp’s world-leading trade finance back-office platform, allNETT, Surecomp's web-based trade finance front-end and SCF-PRO, Surecomp’s supply chain finance solution.