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Top takeaways from TXF Global 2018
Top takeaways from TXF Global 2018
Hesham Zakai
13 June 2018

From modernising the OECD consensus, creating an international exporters' forum to linking deal margin grids to borrowers sustainable development goals, there were a number of exciting takeaways from two days of forward thinking debate at TXF Global in Prague last week.

Get the full report: Trade finance – faster food for fund appetites
Get the full report: Trade finance – faster food for fund appetites
Hesham Zakai
27 March 2018

Trade finance as an asset class is set for growth in the near term, according to 78% of respondents in a survey of investment professionals carried out by TXF in association with EFA Group. Download our most comprehensive measure of investor appetite to date.

TFF 2.0: What do the banks make of it?
TFF 2.0: What do the banks make of it?
Hesham Zakai
28 November 2017

In June, the EIB launched its upgraded Trade Finance Facility 2.0 – to enable Greek banks to ramp up support for SMEs and Midcaps. TXF caught up with international and domestic Greek lenders to find out their responses to the revamped product.

Rising through the classes
Rising through the classes
Hesham Zakai
5 September 2017

For sale: Investible asset. Self-liquidating with low default and loss rate. Contributor to real economy businesses. Short term maturities available. It’s a compelling sales pitch that, for the first time, is beginning to push trade finance from niche to mainstream asset class for funds and investors.

TXF-A&O Release Commodity Finance Market Report
TXF-A&O Release Commodity Finance Market Report
Hesham Zakai
23 May 2017

The inaugural report details findings of a broad market survey designed to capture the latest trends and themes in the commodity finance market.

Unveiling the companies represented at TXF Venice 2017
Unveiling the companies represented at TXF Venice 2017
Hesham Zakai
23 May 2017

Hundreds of market leading organisations have confirmed their attendance at the most spectacular event of the year for project, infrastructure, export and agency finance.

TXF Webinar: Can partnerships power supply chain finance?
TXF Webinar: Can partnerships power supply chain finance?
Hesham Zakai
22 May 2017

A new partnership between global electronic invoice financier Tungsten Network Finance and supply chain finance (SCF) expert Orbian promises to benefit clients on both sides of the equation. In this webinar, TXF aims to find out more about the partnership.

Revealed: Final list of companies attending TXF Amsterdam
Revealed: Final list of companies attending TXF Amsterdam
Hesham Zakai
4 May 2017

The TXF clock is tickin' - which companies have already confirmed their attendance at the hottest trade and commodity finance show of the year?

Year in review: Trade & supply chain finance
Year in review: Trade & supply chain finance
Hesham Zakai
22 December 2016

Hesham Zakai, TXF’s head of content, picks his favourite trade & supply chain finance stories of 2016.

Top takeaways from TXF Middle East
Top takeaways from TXF Middle East
Hesham Zakai
13 December 2016

Last month TXF was delighted to welcome a host of international trade, export and project finance experts to its inaugural Middle East conference. The forum discussed and debated the trade and investment landscape across the region, from changes in debt levels and new forms of financing to geopolitical challenges and exciting frontier markets. Here are some of the key "takeaway" points from the event.

Sibos descends on Geneva
Sibos descends on Geneva
Jonathan Bell
4 October 2016

Those of you unfamiliar with the annual jamboree which is the wonderful SIbos – the world’s largest financial conference/exhibition – will possibly be oblivious to the scale and intensity of the event, and its impact and influence in the short-term trade, FI and fintech community.

The view from Australia: TXF talks to Westpac’s Gerry Gannon
The view from Australia: TXF talks to Westpac’s Gerry Gannon
Hesham Zakai
31 August 2016

Gerry Gannon is the global head of trade finance at Westpac, the bank that he has been with for over three decades. TXF’s associate director, Hesham Zakai, spoke with Gerry to get his views on today’s market, from the levels of liquidity to promising new trade routes.

Strength in numbers: collaborating for success in the increasingly digital world of trade
Strength in numbers: collaborating for success in the increasingly digital world of trade
Hesham Zakai
10 August 2016

In the heart of London – a city at the forefront of global fintech innovation – TXF’s Hesham Zakai sat down with a group of experts at a BNY Mellon-hosted roundtable to discuss how the landscape is unfolding, the impact of fintech on the more “traditionally renowned” trade sector, and how banks are responding to the surge of new technology meisters entering the finance space.

Trade impacts: Tracking the relationship between international monetary policy and global foreign policy
Trade impacts: Tracking the relationship between international monetary policy and global foreign policy
Hesham Zakai
9 August 2016

The 29th annual World Traders’ Tacitus Lecture was delivered this year by the former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Paul Tucker, on ‘a new international monetary system in a new world order’. TXF was granted access to the event’s subsequent debate, chaired by Lord Clement-Jones CBE, which focused on the question of whether international monetary policy and global foreign policy should be inextricably linked.

Top 10 tips for a successful SCF programme
Top 10 tips for a successful SCF programme
Hesham Zakai
20 July 2016

As corporates turn in greater number to supply chain finance to optimise their working capital, the best practice on this vital treasury tool continues to grow. Doug Schoch, a Vice President at Siemens in North America, one of the early-adopters of SCF, shares with TXF his top 10 tips for executing a successful SCF programme.

Citi’s trade chief: 2015 was the riskiest year to date
Citi’s trade chief: 2015 was the riskiest year to date
Hesham Zakai
15 February 2016

In a wide-ranging interview, Citi’s global head of trade, John Ahearn, talks to TXF’s Hesham Zakai about challenging pricing in the market; why 2015 was the riskiest year seen to date; the danger of killing the golden geese of supply chain finance and securitisation; the appeal of blockchain technology; and the industry’s ongoing battle for a fair understanding and treatment of trade finance.

Wynne’s Words: Pointers for trade finance in 2016
Wynne’s Words: Pointers for trade finance in 2016
Hesham Zakai
28 January 2016

2016 is set to be a year of change. Trade sanctions on Iran have been suspended; those on Russia, on the contrary, have been extended for another six months. Compliance regulations are more stringent than ever, limiting banks’ ability to trade. Geoff Wynne, partner at law firm Sullivan & Worcester, gives TXF’s Hesham Zakai a few words of advice about how to navigate the complex legal landscape of trade in 2016.

Barclays sheds entire London ECA team
Barclays sheds entire London ECA team
Hesham Zakai
27 January 2016

UK bank Barclays made its entire London export finance team redundant last Friday, 22 January 2016, amid a wider cull of the bank’s investment banking division.

Year in review: trade and supply chain finance
Year in review: trade and supply chain finance
Hesham Zakai
28 December 2015

Hesham Zakai, TXF Media’s content manager, picks his favourite trade and supply chain finance stories from 2015.

The 10 biggest trade and treasury market moves of 2015
The 10 biggest trade and treasury market moves of 2015
Hesham Zakai
23 December 2015

Below are the 10 people moves that defined the trade and supply chain world in 2015. We have listed the 10 biggest trade and supply chain market moves that we considered to be the most significant in 2015. Disagree with our list? Add your own suggestions below in the comments section!

Coface backs first ATR aircraft bond
Coface backs first ATR aircraft bond
Hesham Zakai
18 December 2015

Singapore based aircraft lessor, Transportation Partners, has issued a $143.7 million bond guaranteed by French export credit agency (ECA) Coface to refinance 10 ATR turboprop aircraft. The 10-year, floating-rate, bond represents the first Coface-backed bond for an ATR aircraft, as well as the first Coface bond to be privately placed

TXF to host one day Ex-Im conference in New York
TXF to host one day Ex-Im conference in New York
Hesham Zakai
17 December 2015

TXF has announced a one-day conference dedicated solely to US Ex-Im following the North American ECA’s recent reauthorisation.

Messerschmidt leaves Commerzbank to start SCF business at AKA
Messerschmidt leaves Commerzbank to start SCF business at AKA
Hesham Zakai
15 December 2015

Commerzbank’s head of structured commodity trade finance (SCTF) Mario Messerschmidt has brought to an end his fifteen-year tenure at the bank, announcing his departure effective on December 31.

TXF releases Singapore conference agenda
11 December 2015

Balani: Banks have to understand they are the frontline of AML
Balani: Banks have to understand they are the frontline of AML
Hesham Zakai
3 December 2015

In a wide-ranging interview with TXF’s Hesham Zakai, Henry Balani talks about the responsibilities facing banks; unintended consequences engendered by regulation, including the impact on correspondent banking; his hopes for improvements to bank processes in the emerging world; and how the ‘new normal’ is an opportunity for all banks to distinguish themselves in a competitive marketplace.

TXF unveils dates for February Singapore conference
20 November 2015

ICC Academy: TXF talks to ICC & IE Singapore
ICC Academy: TXF talks to ICC & IE Singapore
Hesham Zakai
21 October 2015

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and IE Singapore have collaborated to launch the ICC Academy, which aims to provide “rigorous and relevant” business education to professionals and students alike – starting with a faculty in trade finance. TXF spoke with John Danilovich (JD), Secretary General of ICC, and Teo Eng Cheong (TEC), CEO of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, to find out more about the origins of their collaboration, and the prospects of the ICC Academy.

TXF Webinars: How are companies using supply chain finance?
TXF Webinars: How are companies using supply chain finance?
Hesham Zakai
14 October 2015

Using a rich data set gathered by Orbian over several years, academics from IML and the European Business School have researched the ways in which companies use Supply Chain Finance (SCF).

SME trade finance gaps and diminishing correspondent banking highlighted by ICC survey
SME trade finance gaps and diminishing correspondent banking highlighted by ICC survey
Hesham Zakai
30 September 2015

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are among the hardest-hit by the trade finance gap – accounting for more than half of all rejected transactions, according to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission’s 2015 Global Survey.

A sea change in trade finance
A sea change in trade finance
Oliver Gordon
16 September 2015

At a time when digitisation, regulation and new liquidity are on the rise, Hesham Zakai explores how these factors are changing the trade-finance landscape.

A sea change in trade finance
A sea change in trade finance
Hesham Zakai
16 September 2015

At a time when digitisation, regulation and new liquidity are on the rise, Hesham Zakai explores how these factors are changing the trade-finance landscape.

Platform power: Eeny, meeny, miny, moe – with which provider shall I go?
Platform power: Eeny, meeny, miny, moe – with which provider shall I go?
Hesham Zakai
16 September 2015

TXF’s Hesham Zakai ventures into the brave – but not so new – world of supply chain finance vendors and their respective offerings.

Pricing and fees decrease as capital markets expectations rise
Pricing and fees decrease as capital markets expectations rise
Hesham Zakai
13 July 2015

Hesham Zakai analyses the TXF-ICC Export Finance Global Survey 2015, which polled a range of export finance professionals, and compares the results with those from last year.

BB Energy signs increased RCF amid strong demand
BB Energy signs increased RCF amid strong demand
Hesham Zakai
22 June 2015

Independent energy trading company BB Energy has signed a $200 million revolving credit facility (RCF) with a club of 25 financial institutions.

Letters of credit: still alive and kicking
Letters of credit: still alive and kicking
Hesham Zakai
11 June 2015

This week, ICC Austria has been hosting its 10th annual Trade Finance Week. TXF spoke to Andrea Hauptmann, head of guarantees at Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) and one of the key figures behind the conference, in Vienna today.

Aegean Marine Petroleum: Success in the midst of the storm
Aegean Marine Petroleum: Success in the midst of the storm
Hesham Zakai
29 May 2015

BEST EUROPEAN/EURASIAN COMMODITIES FINANCE DEAL OF THE YEAR Hesham Zakai discovers why simplicity was the best policy for Aegean Marine Petroleum’s new borrowing base facility.

 EGPC: An oil deal designed to boost economic reform
EGPC: An oil deal designed to boost economic reform
Hesham Zakai
29 May 2015

BEST ENERGY FINANCE DEAL OF THE YEAR Hesham Zakai reviews how government support, a winning international alliance and strategic timing have combined in this EGPC deal to put Egypt back on the global investment map.

Noble Agri: leading the ‘Brave New World’ in agricultural commodities
Noble Agri: leading the ‘Brave New World’ in agricultural commodities
Hesham Zakai
29 May 2015

BEST ASIA-PACIFIC COMMODITIES FINANCE DEAL OF THE YEAR Hesham Zakai praises a Noble Agri revolving credit facility that can have a significant impact on the agri landscape.

Report: Commodity Finance market overview
Report: Commodity Finance market overview
Hesham Zakai
8 May 2015

A special report from TXF Data presenting an overview of key commodities market transactions.

Korean ECAs lead major project financing for Vale
Korean ECAs lead major project financing for Vale
Hesham Zakai
29 April 2015

The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Kexim) and Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-Sure) have finally signed a $5.5 billion Brazil-South Korea financing transaction for the Pecém Steel Company (CSP) project in Brazil, TXF has learned.

Docdex overhaul to streamline dispute resolution process
Docdex overhaul to streamline dispute resolution process
Hesham Zakai
22 April 2015

An overhaul of the ICC’s Docdex dispute resolution mechanism that will speed up, streamline and make more transparent the process has been launched at the ICC Banking Commission Meeting in Singapore.

Fabrice Morel to leave Berne Union
Fabrice Morel to leave Berne Union
Hesham Zakai
15 April 2015

Fabrice Morel, the deputy secretary general of the Berne Union, has announced he will be leaving the association on Friday 17 April.

Speakers announced for US Ex-Im annual conference
Speakers announced for US Ex-Im annual conference
Hesham Zakai
10 April 2015

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im) has released an initial line-up of speakers for its annual conference in Washington DC, featuring prominent politicians, business figures, media personnel and academics.

Commerzbank forecasts future drivers of sustainable trade
Commerzbank forecasts future drivers of sustainable trade
Hesham Zakai
30 March 2015

There is a general consensus within the banking industry that – as a concept at least – privileging short-term profitability over the long-term health of an institution is a recipe for future failure.

JB's weekly round up - 26 March 2015
JB's weekly round up - 26 March 2015
Jonathan Bell
26 March 2015

FIMBank group has recently announced its financial results for 2014, in which it posts a pre-tax loss of $53.43 million. This compares to a pre-tax loss of $6.4 million in 2013. The bank has also lost a number of senior personnel at the same time. Find out who, and much more, here. Despite this, the bank entitles its financial report for 2014 as “Positive outlook after high impact of impairments”.

ICC gears up for Singapore summit
ICC gears up for Singapore summit
Hesham Zakai
19 March 2015

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission is preparing for its annual meeting in Singapore, which will feature the launch of the eagerly-anticipated ICC Academy.

ICC Academy launched in Singapore
ICC Academy launched in Singapore
Hesham Zakai
18 March 2015

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has officially launched its new education and training project, the ICC Academy.

Register now for TXF’s free SCF webinar
Register now for TXF’s free SCF webinar
Dalia Gebrial
27 February 2015

Join TXF for our live webinar on how companies are using supply chain finance (SCF) on Monday 16 March.

JB's weekly round up - 17 February 2015
JB's weekly round up - 17 February 2015
Jonathan Bell
17 February 2015

TXF is gearing up for our Natural Resources & Commodities Finance event, which will be held in the beautiful city of Amsterdam on May 20-21.

IEA: Russia to be biggest loser in transformed oil industry
IEA: Russia to be biggest loser in transformed oil industry
Hesham Zakai
11 February 2015

The continuing energy price crisis, coupled with the depreciation of the rouble and international sanctions, will see Russia emerge as the energy industry’s ‘top loser’ in the next few years, the International Energy Agency’s medium-term oil market report (MTOMR) has found.