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Nord Stream 2 leaves politics in its wake
Nord Stream 2 leaves politics in its wake
Jonathan Bell
14 February 2019

Despite the intense political debate surrounding the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the project is moving ahead at great pace. Jonathan Bell examines what all the fuss is about.

Key LNG projects line up ECA financing
Key LNG projects line up ECA financing
Jonathan Bell
6 February 2019

The increased focus on upstream LNG looks likely to intensify, and the sheer scale of many of these projects will require funds from a range of sources, not least ECA support. Jonathan Bell highlights a couple of prime examples where the ECAs are likely to play leading roles.

Dangote refinery set to transform Nigeria’s downstream oil sector
Dangote refinery set to transform Nigeria’s downstream oil sector
Jonathan Bell
30 January 2019

The mega Dangote oil refinery will radically change the downstream landscape of Nigeria and enable vital import substitution. Jonathan Bell examines developments.

Locking in with the Panama Canal
Locking in with the Panama Canal
Jonathan Bell
23 January 2019

The Panama Canal is one of the wonders of the world. Jonathan Bell charts its course.

Winds of change filter in
Winds of change filter in
Jonathan Bell
19 December 2018

The recent UN climate change conference COP24 gave us all a stark reality check on where we are in terms of trying to do something to save this planet. It’s a massive uphill struggle. Slowly, in some areas the message is filtering through. Here, Jonathan Bell looks at some renewable energy developments which are helping to make a difference.

US tech concerns with China could spook markets further
US tech concerns with China could spook markets further
Jonathan Bell
12 December 2018

While the US and China try to seek agreement in their trade war, the prospect of a wider spat could open up as the US eyes technology issues. Jonathan Bell reviews the latest developments.

Moving ahead in southern Africa
Moving ahead in southern Africa
Jonathan Bell
5 December 2018

TXF last week held its annual Cape Town Conference on southern African Commodities, Export & Project Financing. Here, Jonathan Bell highlights some of the key takeaways from the event and some further recent important major project developments.

Finding sense and sensibility in global commodities
Finding sense and sensibility in global commodities
Jonathan Bell
28 November 2018

Making sense of the bigger picture of the state of the global commodity markets is no easy task. But here, Jonathan Bell meets up with a long-time friend and real commodity guru in Geneva - Jean-Francois Lambert, former head of HSBC commodity finance, and now founder and managing partner of Lambert Commodities.

Rethinking the rules of development financing
Rethinking the rules of development financing
Jonathan Bell
21 November 2018

A new report on competition within export, ECA-backed and development financing and how some of these practices are distorting the multilateral finance system has just been released. Jonathan Bell assesses the report and suggests that policy makers need to act now.

Commodity logistics boosted by increasing digitisation
Commodity logistics boosted by increasing digitisation
Jonathan Bell
14 November 2018

Great strides are now being made in enhancing commodity logistics through the use of blockchain in commodity shipments. Jonathan Bell explores some of the recent developments.

China at a crossroads of international openness
China at a crossroads of international openness
Jonathan Bell
7 November 2018

China is hosting the world’s first international import expo. Jonathan Bell examines the development in what could be the start of a new era of trade focus for the world’s second largest economy.

All aboard for African railway projects?
All aboard for African railway projects?
Jonathan Bell
31 October 2018

Rail projects have the capability to change the face of the African continent for both freight and urban passengers. But, argues Jonathan Bell, proper planning of viable rail links is essential if they are to find the right backers and mix of financing.

The great crude oil game enters a new chapter
The great crude oil game enters a new chapter
Jonathan Bell
17 October 2018

High crude oil prices look set to continue despite efforts to increase production. At the same time, argues Jonathan Bell, we are seeing a greater strategic use of crude.

US drives through to reach trade and investment positives
US drives through to reach trade and investment positives
Jonathan Bell
10 October 2018

With the new trade agreement between the US and Canada, a revised NAFTA, and the passing of the BUILD Act in the US, Jonathan Bell asks if we are finally beginning to see some positives on trade from the politicians?

Celebrating growth: Top takeaways from TXF West Africa 2018
Celebrating growth: Top takeaways from TXF West Africa 2018
Jonathan Bell
2 October 2018

Last month, TXF gathered a small delegation of senior players active across West Africa to discuss the exciting developments playing out across the region. Here’s just a snapshot of what we concluded.

The changing pace and face of upstream gas
The changing pace and face of upstream gas
Jonathan Bell
26 September 2018

Mega upstream gas projects have been prolific in recent years, but asks Jonathan Bell, how is the industry changing and what can we expect with future projects?

Africa and China – reinforcing the ties that bind
Africa and China – reinforcing the ties that bind
Jonathan Bell
12 September 2018

China is putting more major funds and resources in place to further cement trade and investment ties with Africa, but asks Jonathan Bell is this sustainable and what are the pros and cons for African states?

Mexico and US strike new trade pact to replace NAFTA
Mexico and US strike new trade pact to replace NAFTA
Jonathan Bell
29 August 2018

What does the new trade deal, agreed in principle between the US and Mexico, spell out in the finer detail, and what implications could it have for other trade spats and trade wars that the US has recently instigated? Jonathan Bell takes a closer look and reviews The Week That Was at TXF

Turkey turmoil raises difficult questions
Turkey turmoil raises difficult questions
Jonathan Bell
22 August 2018

The Turkish economy has been overheating. Mounting external debt and the mismanagement of the economy has caused the Turkish Lira to plummet against the US dollar and delivered a serious downgrade in its credit rating. Jonathan Bell examines the consequences of the collapse and what impact this could have on you, as well as what this may mean for other emerging markets and their borrowings, plus his regular look back on the week that was at TXF.

China-US trade punches
China-US trade punches
Jonathan Bell
8 August 2018

Last week's announcement that China plans to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of US goods points to a heating up of the trade war between the two countries. Jonathan Bell takes a closer look at the worsening situation and The Week That Was...

Miners dig in to resolve African resource nationalism challenges
Miners dig in to resolve African resource nationalism challenges
Jonathan Bell
1 August 2018

This week's edition of The Week That Was focuses on recent problems being caused by resource nationalism in Africa's mining sector

Soy it goes!
Soy it goes!
Jonathan Bell
27 July 2018

It would be good to escape from major economic trade factors that are influencing our lives – if only for a while, and for some in the Northern Hemisphere that obviously comes as many folk now take their annual summer vacations.

US-China get electric on the auto front
US-China get electric on the auto front
Jonathan Bell
19 July 2018

Jonathan Bell, Editor-in-Chief at TXF gives us his take on news that Tesla is to build an EV Gigafactory in Shanghai, as well as a review of TXF's market coverage from the last 7 days

Vesteri to be presented with TXF Industry Fellowship Award
Vesteri to be presented with TXF Industry Fellowship Award
Max Thompson
31 May 2018

Topi Vesteri, Deputy CEO, Group CCO at Finnvera and President at the International Union of Credit & Investment Insurers (Berne Union) is to be honoured with the TXF Industry Fellowship Award in recognition for his exceptional service to the international export finance sector.

Top takeaways from TXF Natural Resources & Commodity Finance 2018
Top takeaways from TXF Natural Resources & Commodity Finance 2018
Jonathan Bell
22 May 2018

From patterns in consolidation, competition and coal to local liquidity, legal issues and leveraging the power of sustainability, there were a number of content takeaways from two days of dynamic debate and discussion at TXF Amsterdam 2018.

CJ Hall leaves US Ex-Im: a vital US agency hamstrung by politics
CJ Hall leaves US Ex-Im: a vital US agency hamstrung by politics
Jonathan Bell
4 December 2017

Charles Hall, the acting chairman of US Ex-Im has retired from the bank. What does this mean for the agency which is still without a board quorum and unable to approve new export deals over $10 million?

Texel Finance celebrates 20 years of growth
Texel Finance celebrates 20 years of growth
Jonathan Bell
4 December 2017

London-headquartered insurance broker Texel Finance is about to celebrate 20 years in the business as of 1 December. TXF editor-in-chief Jonathan Bell, caught up with Texel chairman Andy Lennard to talk about the growth of the company and the future for the sector.

ECIC and South African exporters revitalise the export effort
ECIC and South African exporters revitalise the export effort
Jonathan Bell
8 November 2017

At the TXF Cape Town conference in October, Kutoane Kutoane, CEO, Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) took time out to talk with TXF editor-in-chief, Jonathan Bell, about the changing focus of ECIC and the new push now being made for South African exports with a greater emphasis on markets across the African continent.

BBVA: A bigger slice of ECA-backed pie
BBVA: A bigger slice of ECA-backed pie
Jonathan Bell
19 October 2017

Following a sweeping reorganisation in 2015, BBVA is looking at double-digit growth for its 2017 global trade business – and gearing for a much bigger share of the global ECA-backed loan market.

Digitisation of receivables: In the spotlight at ITFA Edinburgh meeting
Digitisation of receivables: In the spotlight at ITFA Edinburgh meeting
Jonathan Bell
2 October 2017

One of the many hot topics under the spotlight at the ITFA annual conference, this year held in Edinburgh, was the subject of digitisation and standardisation of receivables, the role that fintechs are now having in that space and the impetus being given to the use of platforms for the distribution of trade-related assets on the secondary market.

Delete
Delete
Jonathan Bell
15 August 2017

The week that was

Bashing US Ex-Im continues to damage US exporters and industry
Bashing US Ex-Im continues to damage US exporters and industry
Jonathan Bell
28 July 2017

Anti US Ex-Im comments from the US is nothing new over the past couple of years, but the latest anti-blast coming from the Wall Street Journal is just plain wrong. Politics seems to be at play in this case and it is American exporters who will continue to suffer.

Shop talk: The reflections and forecasts of Peter Luketa
Shop talk: The reflections and forecasts of Peter Luketa
Jonathan Bell
20 April 2017

Peter Luketa, former global head of export finance at HSBC, led one of the most successful teams within the export finance sector. With 20 years of ECA-backed lending under his belt, he speaks with TXF’s editor-in-chief about the evolution of the product line and the potential for a $100 billion annual market.

US budget plans see Ex-Im remaining – but in what form?
US budget plans see Ex-Im remaining – but in what form?
Jonathan Bell
17 March 2017

It is now less than three weeks to the annual US Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) meeting in Washington DC. The Ex-Im bank still does not have full re-authorisation, it does not have a chairman, and it does not have a quorum of board members –

Continuity and change in credit and political risk insurance
Continuity and change in credit and political risk insurance
Jonathan Bell
27 February 2017

Jonathan Bell talks with Anthony Palmer about his 41 years in the credit and political risk insurance (CPRI) market, the key events that have shaped its development, and what the future holds for BPL Global.

TXF Deal of the Year 2016 Award submissions due to close on 23rd January
TXF Deal of the Year 2016 Award submissions due to close on 23rd January
Lucy Palfreeman
4 January 2017

We are looking for the most innovative, market influencing transactions within trade, commodity, ECA/DFI-backed and project financing.

Combined agency and private finance sees Bangladesh Sirajganj power project across the line
Combined agency and private finance sees Bangladesh Sirajganj power project across the line
Jonathan Bell
3 January 2017

In a triumph for Bangladeshi project financing, agencies and private companies have come together to secure the financing for the Sirajganj BOOT power project, which will provide much-needed FDI and ultimately power to the country’s grid.

An open letter to Donald Trump - export to revitalise the US economy
An open letter to Donald Trump - export to revitalise the US economy
Jonathan Bell
12 December 2016

International competition for contracts and projects in overseas markets is intense. As such, US exporting companies and contractors need the full support of an empowered US Export-Import Bank (US Ex-Im) to prosper on the international stage.

Kai Preugschat set to depart the Berne Union for ADB
Kai Preugschat set to depart the Berne Union for ADB
Jonathan Bell
19 October 2016

The Berne Union’s secretary general, Kai Preugschat, is leaving the organisation to take up a high-level position within the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines. In his new role he will have the title head of the office of co-financing operations.

Landmark $500m stand-by LC set to transform Ghana power generation
Landmark $500m stand-by LC set to transform Ghana power generation
Jonathan Bell
6 October 2016

In a ground-breaking transaction for Ghana, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank have issued a $500 million stand-by letter of credit on behalf of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation to make payments for natural gas deliveries. The transaction is related to gas supplies from Ghana’s Sankofa gas field and will be transformational in the development of power generation within Ghana.

Norilsk secures $500 million of new money through unsecured club deal route
Norilsk secures $500 million of new money through unsecured club deal route
Jonathan Bell
5 October 2016

Russia’s Norilsk Nickel has signed a five-year $500 million committed revolving back-stop credit facility (RCF) with a group of international banks. The transaction is on an unsecured basis and is new money, shining a positive light on the Russian market.

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.

ITFA panel emphasises role of distribution for trade growth
ITFA panel emphasises role of distribution for trade growth
Jonathan Bell
22 September 2016

One of the key themes to come out of the recent ITFA conference held in Warsaw was the increasing importance of the role of distribution and syndication within trade to help achieve success in the changing and challenging market environment.

Mizuho boosts team with hire of Tim Lamey as EMEA head of export finance
Mizuho boosts team with hire of Tim Lamey as EMEA head of export finance
Jonathan Bell
6 September 2016

Mizuho Bank has boosted its team in the EMEA region with the hire of Tim Lamey as head of export and structured trade finance, EMEA. The appointment will give Mizuho a significant boost as it takes the export finance product and structured trade business lines

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.

Olympics gives Brazil some cover
Olympics gives Brazil some cover
Jonathan Bell
11 August 2016

Summer in the northern hemisphere is usually a slow period for export credit agency (ECA) and DFI-backed financing, but this year I can’t help noticing that it is one of the slowest yet. Still – let’s face it, much of the financing world, particularly in Europe, seem to be on nice long holidays. And, of course – it is an Olympics year after all.

HSBC in Mexico makes senior appointment to GTRF team
HSBC in Mexico makes senior appointment to GTRF team
Jonathan Bell
29 July 2016

HSBC has appointed Beatriz Monteagudo as head of the transaction management unit joining the global trade and receivables finance (GTRF) business in Mexico.

TXF awarded ‘Best Trade Finance Journal’ by TFG
TXF awarded ‘Best Trade Finance Journal’ by TFG
Helen Reid
26 July 2016

Trade & Export Finance News (TXF) has been named best trade finance journal by Trade Finance Global (TFG) in its annual product awards for excellence, which recognise companies innovating in the trade finance sector.

SG appoints Agnès Joly as global head of trade services
SG appoints Agnès Joly as global head of trade services
Jonathan Bell
25 July 2016

Société Générale (SG) global transaction banking (GTB) has appointed Agnès Joly as global head of trade services. Based in Paris, she reports to Christian Behaghel, head of global transaction banking.

Stolt-Nielsen secures $325m loan for Jo Tankers acquisition
Stolt-Nielsen secures $325m loan for Jo Tankers acquisition
Jonathan Bell
22 July 2016

Stolt-Nielsen Limited, a Bermuda based provider of integrated transportation solutions for chemicals, and bulk liquids, has secured a $325 million loan with three relationship banks to acquire the chemical tanker operations and assets of Norway’s Jo Tankers.