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Benguigui to join Orsted
13 July 2018

David Benguigui, head of renewables at SMBC, is set to join the Danish renewables company Orsted as part of the structured finance solutions...

Ripple hires Facebook payments exec and names new CTO
12 July 2018

Blockchain company Ripple has appointed Kahina Van Dyke, a banking industry veteran who recently worked as Facebook's global payments director, as its new senior vice president of business and corporate development. The company also said head cryptographer, David Schwartz, would assume the role of chief technology officer.   The hirings come amid an ongoing campaign by Ripple to persuade the financial industry to use XRP - a cryptocurrency of which Ripple owns enormous stores - to facilitate cross-border payments.

David Pitts joins Crown Agents Bank's IDO team as senior advisor
26 June 2018

London-based Crown Agents Bank has hired David Pitts as senior advisor on its International Development Organisations team. Pitts has worked as a Senior Relationship Banker in Africa for the past 20 years and joins from Ecobank.

Sunny with the chance of showers? Insuring the future of commodity trade
Sunny with the chance of showers? Insuring the future of commodity trade
Katharine Morton
20 June 2018

The commodity trading landscape is changing, as are the needs to insure risk by both commodity traders and producers. Katharine Morton spoke to brokers, insurers and the end users of insurance to see how the market is evolving. Is CPRI meeting end user needs and will bank regulation put the whole commodity trade insurance market under a cloud?

White & Case appoints EPC contract specialist to Houston office
18 June 2018

David Strickland has joined law firm White & Case LLP as a partner within its Global Project Finance Practice and its Global Oil & Gas Industry Group in Houston. He moves from King & Spalding and will focus on drafting and negotiating construction transactions.

 Trade risk: Venezuela has a future – but what?
Trade risk: Venezuela has a future – but what?
David H. Anderson
24 May 2018

In the wake of the illegitimate 20 May presidential elections, Venezuela is at an inflection point. The country faces an acute political and economic crisis, and the Maduro government’s long-term viability is low. For trade and export financiers, it is important to consider what comes next in Venezuela, and what signals will determine the country’s path.

Deutsche's Lynne adds global transaction banking to his role
21 May 2018

David Lynne, Asia Pacific chief for fixed-income and currencies at Deutsche Bank, is to also take on the role of head of the global transaction banking unit in the region. Lynne, who joined Deutsche Bank in 1995 and is based in Singapore, will replace Lisa Robins who left in 2017 after a six-year stint to join Standard Chartered.

Another confusing link to the blockchain
Another confusing link to the blockchain
Oliver Gordon
8 May 2018

As a growing number of blockchain initiatives start live testing, albeit in controlled environments, trade tech is moving to an even more confusing level – a plethora of rival product claims backed by proofs of concept. Choice of tech and provider is about to get even more complicated.

Corrs makes up two new partners
8 May 2018

Australian law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has promoted two lawyers to its partnership. David Ellenby, of the Property & Infrastructure group, will be based in the Melbourne office while Nick Thorne, Energy & Resources, will be based out of Brisbane and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

BAFT re-elects PNC's Kimberly Burdette to lead board of directors
8 May 2018

The US-headquartered Bankers Association for Finance & Trade (BAFT) has re-elected Kimberly Burdette of PNC to serve a second term as the chair of its board of directors. David Scola, of Barclays, is vice chair.

Onfido appoints David Clarke as CFO
18 April 2018

AI-powered identity verification provider Onfido has hired David Clarke as Chief Financial Officer. Clarke was most recently CFO of digital payments company Skrill Group, which he led through their €1.1 billion acquisition by Optimal Payments. Prior to this, Clarke held the position of CFO at Lebara Mobile, and spent a decade as CFO EMEA at PayPal. He will be based in London.

Safe Banking Systems hires Bognanno as chief innovation officer
10 April 2018

US-based Safe Banking Systems, which provides anti-money laundering and compliance solutions, has appointed Joseph Bognanno to the newly created position of Chief Innovation Officer. Bognanno will be based in the company's Mineola headquarters in New York, where he will report to David Schiffer, President & CEO. Prior to joining SBS, Bognanno served as SVP, Head of Global Risk Analytics at HSBC.

Markel Canada appoints David Crozier as president
5 April 2018

Specialist insurer Markel International has appointed David Crozier to be president of Markel Canada. He will take up his position at the beginning of 2019, following the retirement of Karen Barkley at the end of the year. Crozier joins Markel from Everest Insurance Company of Canada, where he was president and chief executive officer, having previously been senior vice president, operations, for Economical Mutual Insurance Company.

Carillion fallout: BESA calls for Prompt Payment Code reform
28 March 2018

BESA CEO David Frise has called on the UK government to speed payment reform following news that M&E firm Vaughan Engineering is facing administration as a result of the collapse of Carillion. MPs investigating the Carillion insolvency have expressed grave concerns about the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) administered by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Carillion was a signatory to the code and received public sector contracts as a result, but forced its own supply chain contractors to accept 126-day payment terms. Frise said it was “rubbing salt into the wounds” that Carillion’s administrator PwC had reportedly received more than £20 million for its work during the first two months after Carillion collapsed.

Crown Agents Bank appoints David Bee as new Head of Global Markets
16 March 2018

Crown Agents Bank has appointed David Bee in the newly created role as Head of Global Markets. He will join the bank's Executive Committee. Bee joins from Lloyds Banking Group, where he served as Head of Offshore Financial Markets & Institutional FX Sales. He has previously held senior positions at country and global levels at Citi, Deutsche Bank, and Standard Chartered.

Graham departing Efic
27 February 2018

David Graham, executive director of corporate, sovereign and project finance at Efic has resigned and is finalizing the handover of duties to his team...

The ai Corporation unveils three senior hires
8 February 2018

UK-based payments, fraud and risk management group ai Corporation has announced the appointment of Robin Whitehead, David Gilhespy and Natasha Westover, as Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operations Officer and Finance Director, respectively.

David Sale announced as new Goldwind Americas CEO
7 February 2018

Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co subsidiary Goldwind Americas has appointed David Sale as its new chief executive officer. He joins the Chicago-based company from Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy.

Fairfax to acquire some Carillion assets in Canada
6 February 2018

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities in Carillion Canada Holdings Incorporated's infrastructure services operations. Fairfax has also announced that upon completion it is to appoint the former Governor General of Canada, David Johnston and the former Secretary to the Governor General of Canada, Stephen Wallace, to the board of directors of the acquired Canadian companies.

Previse: Retail and political heavyweights boost board
5 February 2018

Previse, the AI supplier payments decision making company, has announced four additions to its advisory board. Sainsbury's Chairman David Tyler, Macron adviser Alexandra Prigent-Labeis, British Land Chairman John Gildersleeve, and The Data Lab CEO Gillian Docherty.   Meanwhile, Previse CEO Paul Christensen will be speaking at TXF Singapore 2018: Trade, Treasury & Commodity Finance, which takes place from 28 February to 1 March.

Anglo American appoints new metallurgical coal CEO
24 January 2018

Anglo American has appointed Tyler Mitchelson as the next chief executive officer of its metallurgical coal business. Mitchelson, who will start the new role on April 3, is currently Anglo's group head of integration and business planning, based in London. Outgoing metallurgical coal CEO, David Diamond, who will leave Anglo after 17 years.

DHL Supply Chain appoints CEO for MEA region
23 January 2018

DHL Supply Chain has promoted David Christmas to the role of chief executive officer of Middle East and Africa. He joined the business in 2004 as client director.

TXF Private Insurance talk: Atradius on tailoring insurance for trade
TXF Private Insurance talk: Atradius on tailoring insurance for trade
Max Thompson
19 January 2018

TXF caught up with Olivier David, head of special products at Atradius, to find out more about their tailored credit and political risk insurance products and why data sharing initiatives are key to making trade finance more visible.

Terra Firma makes three new appointments
10 January 2018

Buyout fund Terra Firma has appointed former deputy group CFO of Standard Chartered Vivek Ahuja as its new group chief financial officer. David Browne is joining from Paine Schwartz Partners as a director in the private equity team and Mark Elliott has been appointed as a managing director and head of support capital.

PDC Energy appoints new CFO
5 January 2018

Oil and gas exploration and production company PDC Energy has appointed the Chief Accounting Officer R. Scott Meyers to the position of Chief Financial Officer with the contemporaneous resignation of former CFO David Honeyfield.

Cameron takes senior role in China infrastructure fund
18 December 2017

David Cameron is taking a leadership role in a $1 billion fund set up to back China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. The state-endorsed fund will be led by private institutions in UK and China and employ the former UK prime minister in a leadership role that has yet to be defined.

DVB Bank announces changes at the board of managing directors
27 November 2017

German transport finance bank DVB has announced that Bart Veldhuizen will step down from the board of managing directors and leave the lender. David Goring-Thomas, member of DVB's board of managing directors in charge of the bank's aviation finance and land transport finance businesses, will assume responsibility for its shipping finance business.

Time to pay up: the importance of claims payments data
Time to pay up: the importance of claims payments data
Oliver O'Connell
24 November 2017

In a recent report to mark 20 years of Zurich’s Credit and Political Risk programme, the insurer revealed that some $934 million in claims have been paid to business customers. Oliver O’Connell spoke with David Anderson, managing director at Zurich Credit & Political Risk, about trends in claims payments and why publishing claims payment data is so important to the market.

ECA SME support: Cover great – cash better
ECA SME support: Cover great – cash better
Eavie Burnett
23 November 2017

ECAs are stepping up their SME support initiatives. Application processes and ease of access to export cover is improving. But as commercial banks retreat from the SME loans market, more ECA direct lending to SME exporters is a must.

LCs: An outdated concept?
LCs: An outdated concept?
Helen Castell
17 November 2017

The shift to open account trade continues to raise question marks over the future and relevance of traditional letters of credit (LCs).

CohnReznick Capital adds four to its roster
9 October 2017

Investment banking service provider CohnReznick Capital has announced additions to its New York office in the shape of new Director Manish Hebbar from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, project finance analyst Luis Iglesias from Mizuho Bank and analyst David Barbeau from Macquarie Capital. Analyst Hamilton Foster will join the San Francisco office from Level Solar.

Baker McKenzie hire new LNG partner
5 October 2017

David A Lang has joined Baker McKenzie as a partner in the firm's Houston office and as global head of LNG. Lang will focus primarily on LNG infrastructure development and acquisition.

Blackstar bulks up trade advisory team
4 October 2017

Blackstar Capital Group has appointed David Phipps and Frances Walsh to its trade finance advisory team. Both will be based in London in a new su...

 Cash in a cold banking climate
Cash in a cold banking climate
Helen Castell
28 September 2017

While their contribution to trade finance remains tiny compared with that of traditional banks, trade finance funds are an increasingly critical provider of liquidity, especially for the smaller producers and traders that are essential to global supply chains but which big banks no longer have appetite for.

Britain still wants funding from the EIB after Brexit
7 September 2017

The UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis still wants Britain to have access to European Investment Bank funds after the country leaves the EU. The lender has funded £31.3 billion for infrastructure spending, entrepreneurship and development in the UK over the last five years.

Lloyds appoints David Weatherhead SME head of trade
23 August 2017

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has appointed David Weatherhead as SME head of trade for its Global Transaction Banking division. He will be based in London and joins from the bank's mid market's team.

Rasquinha steps up as new head of India Exim
17 August 2017

David Rasquinha has taken over as managing director of Export-Import Bank of India (India Exim). Rasquinha was previously deputy managing director and joined India Exim in 1985.

Norton Rose Fulbright announces 45 promotions globally
31 May 2017

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has announced 45 promotions worldwide, including Andrew Wood (banking and finance, London) and David Milligan (banking and finance, Hong Kong).

David Hill made ADB country director for Papau New Guinea
24 May 2017

David Hill has been made the new country director of the Asian Development Bank's Papua New Guinea Resident Mission in Port Moresby. He has 27 years of professional experience as an economist and transport specialist.

Perfect 10 Sangaredi: High tenor and pitched perfect - a TXF ECA/project finance Deal of the Year
Perfect 10 Sangaredi: High tenor and pitched perfect - a TXF ECA/project finance Deal of the Year
Sean Keating
9 May 2017

DFI loans and a rare untied UFK covered loan enabled commercial banks to push the tenor on CBG’s Sangaredi mine expansion financing to 15 years - a record for Guinean project debt.

Perfect 10 Reliance Industries: Needs must - Needs met - a TXF ECA/project finance Deal of the Year
Perfect 10 Reliance Industries: Needs must - Needs met - a TXF ECA/project finance Deal of the Year
Max Thompson
8 May 2017

A first for Reliance in terms of debt volume and vessel type, its partially ECA-covered VLEC post-delivery financing ticked all the lender and borrower boxes.

Digital trade tools offer efficient alternative in Central and Eastern Europe
26 April 2017

Digital trade finance platforms and tools such as the Bank Payment Obligation can help treasurers mitigate counterparty and other local risks more efficiently as companies seek a bigger footprint in Central and Eastern European markets, according to UniCredit's David Vials.

David Marks to lead Wells Fargo Capital Finance
10 April 2017

David Marks has been named head of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, the US bank's asset-based lending unit. He will oversee Capital Finance's core business groups, including domestic and international factoring and trade finance, traditional asset-based lending, specialised junior and senior secured financing, and channel finance.

David Maule joins Miller to boost credit and political risks team
10 April 2017

Miller Insurance Services has strengthened its credit and political risks team by hiring David Maule in a business production and senior broking role. He will work with colleagues in the London, Paris and Singapore offices.

Free premium article: GE EFS unlocks alternative ECA support
6 April 2017

GE Energy Financial Services (GE EFS) has been forced to make key strategy changes amid the Export-Import Bank of the United States' ongoing inability to approve deals over $10 million. GE EFS managing director and global capital advisory leader Bob Psaradellis, and Guto Davies, global ECA leader, talk to TXF about financing, manufacturing, and how to develop $50 billion of global ECA contractual capacity while US Ex-Im is handicapped. David Nason, president and CEO of GE EFS, is one of the many top speakers at TXF Venice 2017: The Global Borrowers' Summit, in Italy, on June 7-9.

Markel launches surety offering with new team leaders
15 March 2017

London-based Markel International has launched a surety offering, with Damian Manning hired to head the new team and David Chandler as senior underwriter. Manning joins from Aviva, while Chandler most recently worked as risk director- bonding for Euler Hermes.

Equiniti International Payments appoints six new staff
15 March 2017

Global payments provider Equiniti has appointed six new staff, including Aftab Baig as head of fincrime compliance (interim), Thomas Campbell as business development director and David Poore as relationship management director. Oliver Ayres and Callum Miles have also joined as business development manager and business development associate, while Amy Kiplin joins as head of marketing.

TXF Venice preliminary agenda confirmed
TXF Venice preliminary agenda confirmed
Lucy Palfreeman
24 February 2017

TXF Events has unveiled the preliminary agenda for its annual flagship global conference covering project, infrastructure, export & agency finance. TXF Venice 2017: The Global Borrower’s Summit will take place on June 7 – 9th at the Hilton Molino Stucky Hotel and feature keynote sessions with government ministers, DFI leaders, CEOS and captains of industry.

Reed Smith hires 4 financial services regulatory partners
25 January 2017

Law firm Reed Smith has hired four financial services regulatory partners - David Calligan, Tim Dolan, Tamasin Little, and Adrian Brown - to its London office. They joined from King & Wood Mallesons.

The age of uncertainty: Trade wars and laws in 2017
The age of uncertainty: Trade wars and laws in 2017
Lucy Palfreeman
23 December 2016

Forecasts for trade since the financial crisis have been steady. Now, political anxiety and regulatory tightening casts a huge shadow of ambiguity over the trade outlook for 2017. Trump, Brexit and China have all rocked the trade plateau, making the trade finance arena next year ever more uncertain, and open for increasing speculation.