Search results

Results found: 102
Olam: Revamping and showing resilience
Olam: Revamping and showing resilience
Aife Howse
16 September 2021

Following its reorganisation last year, Olam has secured a massive $5.2 billion across three separate facilities to set its new operating groups in motion. With agri named the most resilient sector in TXF’s Global Commodity Trade Industry Report 2021, we take a look at part of the integral role Olam plays here

Getting real with physical commodities
Getting real with physical commodities
Jonathan Bell
15 September 2021

It has been a long time and much has happened since we held our last physical global commodities event. But come 7-8 October we are back in Geneva and addressing the realities of the commodity finance market today in our hybrid event.

Stages for Change: Vanco on bank-investor collaboration
Stages for Change: Vanco on bank-investor collaboration
Aife Howse
9 September 2021

“Why try to compete with a trade finance bank when you can co-invest with them”. In this fortnight’s Stages for Change article, TXF’s Aife Howse speaks to Audentia Global’s Sophia Vanco on why banks and alternative credit managers work better together.

TXF Newsdesk brings you the latest export and commodity finance news
8 September 2021

TXF Newsdesk: This week's headlines
TXF Newsdesk: This week's headlines
Aife Howse
8 September 2021

Each week, we're bringing you the latest headlines from trade, export, and commodities finance via the TXF Newsdesk

The H1 Commodity Finance Data Report 2021: The highlights
The H1 Commodity Finance Data Report 2021: The highlights
Aife Howse
1 September 2021

Here’s a sneak peek of TXF’s H1 Commodity Finance Data Report 2021, which will be out later this week. Comprising comprehensive data on commercial loans, the report dissects material on the financings of both commodity traders and producers.

Stages for Change: Martone on navigating the evolving energy sectors
Stages for Change: Martone on navigating the evolving energy sectors
Aife Howse
26 August 2021

“There's been a lot of talk about money moving out of the industry, but I haven't seen it materialise in a significant way yet”. In this week’s instalment of the Stages for Change series, TXF speaks to Laura Martone, finance partner at Bracewell within the New York energy group, about changes and continuances within the oil and gas sectors.

This week's headlines with TXF Newsdesk
25 August 2021

SWIFT’s evolution in digital trade: Balancing trade API-ness?
SWIFT’s evolution in digital trade: Balancing trade API-ness?
Katharine Morton
25 August 2021

How is SWIFT’s own digital trade evolution progressing? Will corporates, banks and vendors be on board and does the organisation risk competing with itself? TXF looks to history and asks more questions than it can get answers to at the moment. Will a pivot toward APIs be an answer in trade?

TXF Newsdesk: This week's headlines
TXF Newsdesk: This week's headlines
Aife Howse
25 August 2021

Each week, we're bringing you the latest headlines from trade, export, and commodities finance via the TXF Newsdesk

Stages for change: Berkelaar on the gravity of cheering on change
Stages for change: Berkelaar on the gravity of cheering on change
Aife Howse
19 August 2021

“A reluctance to change is sometimes bred into people. Openness to change is important, and a certain level of self-reflection is essential in order to grow with the changing industry.” In this week’s instalment of the Stages for Change article series, Aife Howse speaks to Esther Berkelaar, global lead, portfolio risk, trade and commodity finance at Rabobank.

TXF Newsdesk brings you the week's headlines
18 August 2021

Digital platforms give commodities extra lift
Digital platforms give commodities extra lift
Jonathan Bell
18 August 2021

Part of the commodity trade finance sector is transforming itself with the use of digital platforms utilising blockchain technology. We look at two key examples where significant inroads are being made.

Stages for Change: Geradts on the need for standardization in sustainable finance
Stages for Change: Geradts on the need for standardization in sustainable finance
Aife Howse
12 August 2021

In this week’s instalment of the Stages for Change series, Aife Howse speaks to ING’s Mayke Geradts, director of sustainable finance, on the headwinds posed by working in a relatively new and ever evolving industry.

Catch up with this week's TXF Newsdesk
10 August 2021

Sullivan: Digitisation in trade finance
Sullivan: Digitisation in trade finance
Aife Howse
23 July 2021

Geoff Wynne, partner at Sullivan, presents the July breakfast seminar on how digitisation is unfolding in the trade finance sector, and what to expect next.

Stages for change: Epshteyn on working the other side of the same trade
Stages for change: Epshteyn on working the other side of the same trade
Aife Howse
21 July 2021

“Commodities trade and finance contribute to a real economy, and it is empowering to feel as if you can enact a real change or understand how that change can be brought about” - in this week’s Stages for Change interview, TXF’s Aife Howse talks to Tanya Epshteyn about her career from commodity finance banker to trader.

The energy transition: Second hand isn’t always more sustainable
The energy transition: Second hand isn’t always more sustainable
Aife Howse
21 July 2021

With oil majors responding to climate pressure by selling assets in a bid to slash emissions fast, emissions are merely being handed down to other companies – possibly those less transparent and more keen on upping production.

TXF TV summer series catch-up
TXF TV summer series catch-up
Aife Howse
20 July 2021

Catch up now on the first few sessions of our TXF TV summer series of digital content.

Sullivan: Payments, problems and practical solutions for trade and export finance transactions
Sullivan: Payments, problems and practical solutions for trade and export finance transactions
Aife Howse
30 June 2021

Sullivan's Jacqueline Cook, senior knowledge development lawyer, Amanda Montano, associate, and Mark Norris, partner, present June's trade finance breakfast seminar on payment problems and practical solutions.

Commodity trade: Time for legislatures to drive ESG transparency home
Commodity trade: Time for legislatures to drive ESG transparency home
Aife Howse
16 June 2021

Government-led mandatory ESG reporting needs to evolve globally into a more stringent and standardised framework to push commodities trading corporates, first movers in the nascent sustainability-tied debt space, towards greater ESG transparency – for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Commodity finance: The weighty consequences of compliance
Commodity finance: The weighty consequences of compliance
Aife Howse
14 June 2021

With the events of 2020 having further complicated an industry issue which was already considered to be a hurdle, bank compliance is in danger of leaving SMEs and the emerging markets behind – unless governments and regulators club together to push for a digitalised and standardised solution.

Sullivan: ESG in trade and export finance
Sullivan: ESG in trade and export finance
Aife Howse
8 June 2021

Mark Norris, partner at Sullivan, presents the first of a series of seminars on ESG in trade and export finance - 'Progressing from ambition to impact'.

TXF Global Commodity Finance: Top 10 trends
TXF Global Commodity Finance: Top 10 trends
Aife Howse
1 June 2021

Last month, TXF Global Commodity Finance 2021 kicked off with a football themed opening video – passing, keepy-upping and headering its way through the top 10 industry trends of the last year. For anyone that missed it, here’s the commentary.

Sucafina: The digital borrowing base benchmark
Sucafina: The digital borrowing base benchmark
Aife Howse
25 May 2021

Sucafina has returned to the debt market for an ESG-tied borrowing base - sporting a debut digital tool courtesy of Komgo – as well as an upsized deal volume and extended KPIs. The deal has also provided a seedbed for future digital borrowing base transactions, and other types of structured commodity trade financings.

Charging up: The bittersweet copper price rally
Charging up: The bittersweet copper price rally
Aife Howse
19 May 2021

Copper prices have surged to a decade-long high off the back of demand from a global green industrial revolution. But with the potential of new supply masked by uncertainty, could prices jump to the point of hinderance to the Paris Climate Agreement?

Olam: Hardwiring supply chain sustainability with AtSource
Olam: Hardwiring supply chain sustainability with AtSource
Aife Howse
10 May 2021

With Olam recently signing a $1.45 billion facility linked to AtSource, a platform which provides customers with full traceability and insights on how to improve supply chain sustainability parameters, TXF takes a look at how sustainability and ESG impact reporting is evolving beyond the more immediate and obvious.

Shop talk: Shoot for the Pole Star
Shop talk: Shoot for the Pole Star
Aife Howse
4 May 2021

TXF spoke to Julian Longson, CEO at Pole Star, amid a period of progression for the maritime tech and regulatory compliance firm following a significant growth investment from Wavecrest Growth Partners and Abry Partners. Pole Star will not just be boosting sales and hiring, but is also extending its PurpleTRAC solution to integrate ESG compliance into its model, amongst other product developments.

Sullivan: Modernising disputes - litigation vs arbitration
Sullivan: Modernising disputes - litigation vs arbitration
Aife Howse
27 April 2021

Sullivan associate Amanda Montano presents this trade finance seminar on modernising disputes, looking into the key considerations for choosing litigation or arbitration and whether this is suitable for financial and banking disputes.

Shop talk: ClearDox on the digital transformation of trade
Shop talk: ClearDox on the digital transformation of trade
Aife Howse
26 April 2021

TXF spoke to Addison Armstrong, head of sales and marketing at ClearDox, an SaaS platform that provides data management and digital transformation solutions for commodity corporates and financiers, designed by commodities practitioners.

Russian corporates: Back with tight pricing and long tenors despite volatility
Russian corporates: Back with tight pricing and long tenors despite volatility
Aife Howse
21 April 2021

After a slow end to 2020, Russia's commodity-linked corporates have upped their syndicated loan market activity as ‘Covid premiums’ dissipate. And despite fresh US sanctions in recent weeks, Russian corporates are tapping attractively priced debt while pushing out the tenor envelope.

Sullivan: Financing receivables - structures and issues
Sullivan: Financing receivables - structures and issues
Aife Howse
13 April 2021

Sullivan partners Geoff Wynne and Sam Fowler-Holmes give an overview of receivables finance and explore issues around documentation and the ongoing Greensill fallout.

Women in commodities: A work in progress
Women in commodities: A work in progress
Aife Howse
9 March 2021

In honour of International Women’s Day on Monday, TXF takes a look at how gender imbalance within the commodity finance industry is being challenged, from bank diversity strategies to the possibility of integrating diversity into financing structures.

Sullivan: Structuring financings using physical commodities
Sullivan: Structuring financings using physical commodities
Aife Howse
1 March 2021

Simon Cook, partner at Sullivan, presents on the issues and some potential solutions for structuring financings using physical commodities and the documents representing them.

Trafigura ups funding mix with first Schuldschein loan
Trafigura ups funding mix with first Schuldschein loan
Aife Howse
26 February 2021

Trafigura's latest bout of fundraising marked its debut in the Schuldschein loan market. And while introducing an attractive debt instrument to the trader’s financial toolkit, the deal has provided a financial blueprint for a robust backing of new private investors eyeing up commodity trade debt.

Danske Commodities: Green is the new grey
Danske Commodities: Green is the new grey
Aife Howse
19 February 2021

TXF spoke with Tor Mosegaard, head of European power trading at Danske Commodities, to discuss the Danish energy trading house’s role in accelerating the energy transition, having last year signed a 15-year PPA to offtake electricity from the world's largest offshore wind farm - Dogger Bank A and B in the UK.

Commodities supercycle or surge?
Commodities supercycle or surge?
Aife Howse
8 February 2021

Commodity prices reaching bullish levels as the world prepares to move out of the Covid crisis and into a green industrial revolution has sparked some excitement around the possibility of the next supercycle. But with bank funding growing increasingly sparse, there is a mismatch between demand and supply of capital - a sure problem for traders if the supercycle is here to stay.

Sullivan: What 2021 holds in store for trade and commodity finance
Sullivan: What 2021 holds in store for trade and commodity finance
Aife Howse
28 January 2021

For Sullivan's first trade finance breakfast seminar of 2021, partners Geoff Wynne and Jacqueline Cook present on what this year holds in store for the trade and commodity finance community.

Shop talk: Athena Intelligence on the value of third-party due diligence
Shop talk: Athena Intelligence on the value of third-party due diligence
Aife Howse
19 January 2021

TXF spoke to Jonas Rey, founder of third-party risk management consultancy Athena Intelligence, on what could have been done differently to decrease the risk of high-profile fraud cases in the commodities space last year.

LNG: Are long-term contracts here to stay as spot market pricing balloons?
LNG: Are long-term contracts here to stay as spot market pricing balloons?
Aife Howse
18 January 2021

The volatility in LNG spot prices between mid-2020 and early 2021 has shifted the dynamics of how LNG is traded. And the recent rally in LNG prices has undermined buyers’ enthusiasm for relying solely on the spot market while reversing favourability back towards long-term LNG contracts.

Sullivan: A year in review
Sullivan: A year in review
Aife Howse
16 December 2020

Mark Norris, partner at Sullivan, reflects on the various issues that emerged in 2020 and how they will feed into 2021, for the final Sullivan breakfast seminar of the year.

Gunvor raises biodiesel borrowing base benchmark
Gunvor raises biodiesel borrowing base benchmark
Aife Howse
15 December 2020

Gunvor’s oversubscribed biodiesel borrowing base has revealed significant lender support for the backing of cleaner products in line with the energy transition. But, with the handful of biggest traders attracting plenty of debt, and SMEs struggling to secure such volumes of financing, the already large funding gap at the lower end of the commodity trade finance market is set to widen.

Russian corporates: Squeezing out pricing premiums
Russian corporates: Squeezing out pricing premiums
Aife Howse
30 November 2020

Russia’s syndicated loan market activity is set to boom at the beginning of 2021, according to sources, as corporates delay their Q4 2020 fundraising plans to avoid any lingering ‘Covid premiums’ in anticipation of more favourable pricing conditions early next year.

The perfect storm: TXF Global Commodity Trade Finance Industry Report 2020
The perfect storm: TXF Global Commodity Trade Finance Industry Report 2020
Aife Howse
18 November 2020

This year’s edition of TXF’s Global Commodity Trade Finance Industry Report has landed, offering a thorough and independent look into the impact of the past 12 months on a sector which has endured a period of unparalleled volatility.

Sullivan: Trade finance in 2020
Sullivan: Trade finance in 2020
Aife Howse
12 November 2020

Trade finance in 2020: Annus horribilis - lessons for the future or a bit of both?

Shop talk: Embracing consolidation in oil and gas
Shop talk: Embracing consolidation in oil and gas
Aife Howse
2 November 2020

TXF spoke with Robin Miles, partner at Bracewell, to outline the impact of depressed oil and gas prices on oil majors and traders. From consolidation to financially over leveraged corporates converting debt to equity with the help of outside investment, the new ebb and flow of the energy market is providing a plethora of opportunities.

ECI outlines economic outlook as it launches Islamic trade solution
ECI outlines economic outlook as it launches Islamic trade solution
Aife Howse
28 October 2020

At TXF MENA Virtual 2020, ECI outlines the current world economic outlook and presents the launch of its new Islamic trade solution.

The LIBOR transition: Olam’s SORA-tied loan debut
The LIBOR transition: Olam’s SORA-tied loan debut
Aife Howse
22 October 2020

With the complicated transition away from LIBOR looming at the end of 2021, Olam has secured Singapore’s first club deal pegged to the country’s new Singapore Overnight Rate Average (SORA) benchmark. But not every corporate borrower is as prepared as the Singaporean food and agri-business for the change away from LIBOR, a daily benchmark which has determined interest rates for $250 trillion of debt and derivatives for over 40 years.

TXF TV: Advocating for the commodities industry
TXF TV: Advocating for the commodities industry
Aife Howse
23 September 2020

Live Webinar | 23.09.2020 | 14:00 UK | Join us for a one-on-one interview with the STSA's Secretary General, Florence Schurch.

Trade finance funds: Confidence grows as banks retreat
Trade finance funds: Confidence grows as banks retreat
Aife Howse
22 September 2020

Alternative lenders cannot solely pick up the funding gap left by European commercial banks retreating from the commodity finance space in the Covid-19 epoch. But can bank-fund collaboration based on the different stages of the transportation of goods provide a viable deal template going forward?