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Mercuria: Asian loan market bounces back for commodity traders
Mercuria: Asian loan market bounces back for commodity traders
Aife Howse
20 January 2022

Mercuria returned to the Asian loan market for its annual revolver at the end of last year. But this time round the trader upsized the facility by nearly twice the debt volume - albeit with a small 'Covid premium'.

Stages for Change: Haas on why the industry can be harder for women
Stages for Change: Haas on why the industry can be harder for women
Aife Howse
23 December 2021

“The more people that look beyond the stereotypical type of person that ‘belongs’ in this industry, the more positivity and different perspectives will be brought into the industry.” TXF’s Aife Howse speaks to Natalia Haas, managing partner at Mercator Commodities, for this week’s Stages for Change interview.

The year that was – the year that will be
The year that was – the year that will be
Aife Howse
17 December 2021

As the end of 2021 nears, TXF takes a look at current trends and challenges in commodity trade finance and their implications for 2022.

The energy crisis: Will ESG take the back seat?
The energy crisis: Will ESG take the back seat?
Aife Howse
16 December 2021

As the energy crisis worsens, a multitude of issues surrounding ESG arise – will consumers be able to afford the price hike? And will the recent retreat of investments in fossil fuels in favour of renewables exacerbate the crisis?

Sullivan: Are trade finance assets safe or inherently risky?
Sullivan: Are trade finance assets safe or inherently risky?
Aife Howse
2 December 2021

Partner Geoffrey Wynne and senior knowledge development lawyer Jaqueline Cook present Sullivan's November seminar, addressing the question: Can you make your trade finance transactions more secure with or without security?

TXF Madrid: Top takeaways
TXF Madrid: Top takeaways
Max Thompson
24 November 2021

TXF’s top takeaways from the biggest gathering of the export and project finance community in the world, TXF Global 2021, are here.

Stages for Change: “If you’re about diversity, you need to be about all aspects of diversity”
Stages for Change: “If you’re about diversity, you need to be about all aspects of diversity”
Aife Howse
18 November 2021

In this fortnight’s Stages for Change instalment, TXF’s Aife Howse speaks to Allen and Overy’s Catherine Lang-Anderson, who heads up the firm’s trade and commodity finance practice in London and plays an active role in its diversity and inclusion initiatives.

TXF’s Bespoke Bank Heatmap Research Reports
TXF’s Bespoke Bank Heatmap Research Reports
Aife Howse
17 November 2021

The TXF Bespoke Bank Heatmap Research Reports - comprising both quantitative and qualitative data - delve into the strengths and weaknesses of the top 15 commodity trade finance banks across seven criteria, providing indispensable client insights tailored to each individual bank.

Stages for change: ‘Small tickets are important, but hardly anybody gives them credit’
Stages for change: ‘Small tickets are important, but hardly anybody gives them credit’
Aife Howse
4 November 2021

In this week’s edition of the Stages for Change interview series, Sabine Vigneron and Angie Dorschel discuss the power of coincidence, working together to champion small ticket financings, and the role that digitalisation will play in the future of export finance

Sullivan: Structuring trade finance transactions using SPVs
Sullivan: Structuring trade finance transactions using SPVs
Aife Howse
29 October 2021

Partner at Sullivan, Sam Fowler-Holmes presents the October breakfast seminar on structuring trade finance transactions using SPVs and how to balance the risks and rewards.

Stages for Change: ‘If you want to be part of the solution, then export finance is the industry for you’
Stages for Change: ‘If you want to be part of the solution, then export finance is the industry for you’
Aife Howse
21 October 2021

In this fortnight’s Stages for Change interview, TXF’s Eavie Burnett speaks with Nedbank’s Mbali Kubheka on her growing career in export finance and the capacity it gives her to make real change

Stages for Change: ‘If you want to be part of the solution, then export finance is the industry for you’
Stages for Change: ‘If you want to be part of the solution, then export finance is the industry for you’
Aife Howse
21 October 2021

In this fortnight’s Stages for Change interview, TXF’s Eavie Burnett speaks with Nedbank’s Mbali Kubheka on her growing career in export finance and the capacity it gives her to make real change

ESG: Social gets some airtime in commodities
ESG: Social gets some airtime in commodities
Aife Howse
20 October 2021

ESG was at the forefront of the discussion at the TXF Global Commodities event in Geneva. But it wasn’t just climate change and carbon neutrality on people’s minds. The ‘S’ portion of ESG is typically less focused on in the commodities world, despite having interesting implications for portfolio risk, and is gaining prominence.

ECAs up innovation and flexibility in Africa
ECAs up innovation and flexibility in Africa
Max Thompson
13 October 2021

Ahead of TXF Global in Madrid next week, Max Thompson takes a look at the increased innovation and flexibility ECAs are showing around the structure of export credits in Africa, particularly covering the 15% down payment financing traditionally needed for ECA-backed deals. And there is room for further development of the ECA product offering.

Stages for change: Gunvor’s Pernot on breaking the cycle
Stages for change: Gunvor’s Pernot on breaking the cycle
Aife Howse
8 October 2021

“At the moment, there's still a traditional bias related to a lot of jobs in the commodities industry, and we need to break this, in terms of gender as well as diversity in general”. In this fortnight’s Stages for Change instalment, TXF’s Aife Howse speaks to Gunvor’s Elsa Pernot on what more could be done to even out industry inequality within the commodity trading sector.

Global Commodity Trade Finance Industry Report 2021: The top takeaways
Global Commodity Trade Finance Industry Report 2021: The top takeaways
Aife Howse
6 October 2021

The TXF Global Commodity Trade Finance Industry Report 2021, which offers an independent, comprehensive, and unique exploration of some of the key trends in the industry over the past year, is to be released next week. From concerns over secondary trader on-lending to an uptick in structured finance, here are some of the hot takes.

TXF TV - Leaders in export finance: A look behind the data
TXF TV - Leaders in export finance: A look behind the data
Aife Howse
5 October 2021

6 October 2021, 14:00 BST. Register now for this exclusive TXF TV webinar, sponsored by Nedbank CIB, in which we take a look at the African ECA export finance market through a data lens.

Sullivan: Things to look out for in trade finance in 2021 and beyond
Sullivan: Things to look out for in trade finance in 2021 and beyond
Aife Howse
27 September 2021

Sullivan's Geoff Wynne, Mark Norris and Jacqueline Cook present the September trade and export finance seminar.

TXF TV - Leaders in export finance: A look behind the data
TXF TV - Leaders in export finance: A look behind the data
Aife Howse
27 September 2021

6 October 2021, 14:00 BST. Register now for this exclusive TXF TV webinar, sponsored by Nedbank CIB, in which we take a look at the African ECA export finance market through a data lens.

Stages for Change: ‘We have the opportunity to be a part of the change, and this is extremely powerful’
Stages for Change: ‘We have the opportunity to be a part of the change, and this is extremely powerful’
Aife Howse
23 September 2021

In this week’s edition of the Stages for Change series, TXF’s Eavie Burnett speaks with Johanna Wissing about her extensive international career in trade, and the work that needs to be done to nurture junior talent through this pivotal moment in history

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

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

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.