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It could never happen
It could never happen
Eavie Burnett
11 April 2018

There is no argument that distributed ledger-driven Ripple has led the payments technology revolution against longstanding messaging incumbent SWIFT. But is cooperation rather than confrontation a possibility going forward? TXF caught up with Marcus Treacher, Ripple’s global head of Strategic Accounts, to discuss Ripple’s user benefits and functionality, expansion plans, and why the market will not be seeing a Ripple-SWIFT partnership.

UKEF's new box of tricks
UKEF's new box of tricks
Eavie Burnett
1 February 2018

UK Export Finance (UKEF) has ramped up its risk appetite with a spate of new product suites, initiatives, and strategies aimed at increasing support for SMEs. TXF spoke with Baroness Rona Fairhead, new UK Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion at the Department for International Trade (DIT), to find out the reality behind the rhetoric.

Exporting UK PLC
Exporting UK PLC
Eavie Burnett
29 November 2017

This year’s British Exporters Association (BExA) UKEF benchmarking report - 'Exporting is not the new black' - scores the ECA an impressive 9/10. However, the report is also insistent that, to fully promote UK exports, a pan-governmental approach must be taken. TXF talks to Marcus Dolman, co-chairman of BExA, about the issues behind some of the report's highlights.

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.

Don't believe the hype
Don't believe the hype
Eavie Burnett
30 October 2017

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) are being peddled as a prospective alternative source of funding in the trade finance space. But without regulation are they ever really going to be a major piece of the global trade funding mix?

James Burnett
7 September 2016

Head of Structured Trade & Commodity Finance at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) worked on 4 deals.

SMBC pays tribute to Turnbull as STCF is reorganised in London
SMBC pays tribute to Turnbull as STCF is reorganised in London
Jonathan Bell
2 September 2016

SMBC has reorganised its structured trade and commodity finance (STCF) groups in London within its global trade finance department. As part of the reorganisation it is understood that the singular role of global head of STCF, held by John Turnbull, will no longer exist.