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On financial triage: In viro veritas 3
On financial triage: In viro veritas 3
Katharine Morton
1 April 2020

TXF’s ‘in viro veritas’ series looks at the effects of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic on trade and export finance. The first in the series was an early stage call to action, the second showed ECAs picking up their activities and this, the third, looks at more a coordinated response from institutions.

Keynote: Chameleon KDB – when a DFI is not a DFI
Keynote: Chameleon KDB – when a DFI is not a DFI
Katharine Morton
26 March 2020

Adolfo Dindo Abueg, co-head of project finance, Asia Pacific at Korea Development Bank discusses life when your development bank is a development bank only in Korea, and elsewhere it’s a full blood commercial bank. Abueg shares how the bank operates, and his optimism in spite of Coronavirus.

Commodity finance report 2019: Structured deal volume drops by nearly half
Commodity finance report 2019: Structured deal volume drops by nearly half
Max Thompson
25 March 2020

Overall volumes of global commodity finance fell by 16% in 2019 compared to 2018, according to the full-year TXF 2019 Commodity Finance Report, while structured commodity finance plummeted to nearly half the volume of the previous year. Max Thompson reviews the drivers behind these low figures, as well as the most active regions and sectors across the commodity finance space.

ECAs characters in action: In viro veritas 2
ECAs characters in action: In viro veritas 2
Katharine Morton
18 March 2020

There’s been a lot of activity behind the scenes at ECAs amid the abrupt systemic shock of Coronavirus. Some have been faster, and some more transparent communicators, than others. Is it a judge of character? TXF looks at the degrees of action in the market and applauds those taking steps to help SMEs and smaller businesses. After all, it’s the sector many profess to want to support in times of need, and now is a great opportunity.

Keynote: Discussing necessary evils with Linde
Keynote: Discussing necessary evils with Linde
Katharine Morton
16 March 2020

Linde’s head of export and project finance, Gernot Bruch says international banks are no longer seeing his transactions as a ‘necessary evil’. There are other necessary evils (and benign things) to discuss with TXF – the return of US Exim, the inexorable rise of sustainability issues, the OECD Consensus, Russia business amid sanctions, and, of course his thoughts about Coronavirus.

Coronavirus and global trade TXF podcast series: In viro veritas?
16 March 2020

Keynote: Opening up EKN's one-stop guarantees shop
Keynote: Opening up EKN's one-stop guarantees shop
Katharine Morton
2 March 2020

EKN had a banner year in 2019. EKN’s director general, Anna-Karin Jatko tells TXF about the rise of supplier credits for larger contracts, and how as part of ‘Team Sweden’ she has put sustainability, digitisation and the simplification of export finance at the top of the Swedish ECA’s mission statement.

Coronavirus and global trade: In viro veritas?
Coronavirus and global trade: In viro veritas?
Katharine Morton
26 February 2020

The new coronavirus, Covid-19, is shining a light on just how connected global trade is to the world’s second largest economy. TXF takes a look at how China will officially support its trade and we ask whether global ECAs need to be taking note. ‘Think Global, Act Local’ may be apt for world trade and the response to the disease.

Keynote: Finnvera CEO on cruising concentration risk
Keynote: Finnvera CEO on cruising concentration risk
Katharine Morton
24 February 2020

Finnvera’s CEO Pauli Heikkila talks to TXF about how the Finnish ECA’s increased exposure to the cruise ship sector drove much of its stellar growth in 2019. Should managing concentration risk be a concern going forward, not least amid the current coronavirus outbreak? Is Heikkila worried that the ECA, which won TXF’s ECA of the year award in 2018, will find diversification a challenge?

Keynote: Shipping keeps Euler Hermes CEO in buoyant mood
Keynote: Shipping keeps Euler Hermes CEO in buoyant mood
Katharine Morton
17 February 2020

It may have been a so-so year for many ECAs, but not Euler Hermes. CEO Edna Schoene was in a buoyant mood when she spoke to TXF. Financing ships has boosted business, claims have been benign and short term business has been stable, but the need to change the OECD Consensus radically is still top of mind,

EKN: On exporting Sweden’s fossil free energy future
EKN: On exporting Sweden’s fossil free energy future
Katharine Morton
12 February 2020

It was unseasonably warm for Stockholm in February at EKN’s annual seminar. TXF was in Sweden to hear about the opportunities to finance the transition to carbon zero. Apparently, no more Nobel prizes need be awarded for some of the technology to make it happen. The financing is a different question.

Keynote: The busy-busy post Brexit world of UKEF
Keynote: The busy-busy post Brexit world of UKEF
Katharine Morton
10 February 2020

Louis Taylor, CEO of UK Export Finance (UKEF), tells TXF he is all geared up for a busy life after Brexit. How is he facing media concerns about the UK’s export credit agency’s approach to sustainability? What about the world post US Exim reauthorisation? How is direct lending to SMEs going to progress?

Keynote: SERV’s CEO thinking outside the box
Keynote: SERV’s CEO thinking outside the box
Katharine Morton
3 February 2020

What does being a modern ECA mean? Peter Gisler, CEO of SERV has strong views on the Swiss ECA’s ability to be proactive, flexible and to think outside the proverbial box of options available. Nonetheless, it isn’t always an easy path. Gisler shares his thoughts with TXF.

Keynote: Deutsche’s Schmidt – from export financier to ‘project manager’
Keynote: Deutsche’s Schmidt – from export financier to ‘project manager’
Katharine Morton
30 January 2020

Werner Schmidt, Deutsche Bank’s new head of structured trade and export finance discusses how he sees his role morphing given the increasing complexity and longer lead times of many large deals. Is it still fun?

Keynote: Wartsila’s Back on the future of financing flexible power, rain or shine
Keynote: Wartsila’s Back on the future of financing flexible power, rain or shine
Katharine Morton
27 January 2020

Andreas Back, senior manager, financial services at Wartsila goes in depth with TXF to discuss financing sustainable power in a market that still needs backups when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing, his competition, his dealings with ECAs and DFIs and also the changes in marine finance. How does it work when your niche is being niche?

Into the sunshine: Telling tales about SCF
Into the sunshine: Telling tales about SCF
Katharine Morton
22 January 2020

The US SEC is on a drive to get companies to disclose supplier finance more explicitly. Companies would do well to tell their stories. The US accounting regulator has been asked to provide guidance. Some players are concerned that there is a risk to SCF as a whole if that guidance goes one way. Why should they be worried, and why is more transparency needed?

Keynote: Meet Mairead Lavery, EDC’s positive philosopher
Keynote: Meet Mairead Lavery, EDC’s positive philosopher
Katharine Morton
21 January 2020

TXF finds Mairead Lavery full of vigour about her first year as president and CEO of EDC in advance of her first performance review with the chair of the board. Her energies are devoted to promoting Canadian exporting companies on a path to sustainability, inclusion and diversity. Is she concerned about EDC’s perception as being more a bank than a traditional ECA? Not a bit of it. What about local content requirements? Competition with other ECAs? It’s a question of philosophy.

Keynote: 2020 top five priorities for trade - a strategic view
Keynote: 2020 top five priorities for trade - a strategic view
Katharine Morton
14 January 2020

TXF caught up with Citi’s John Ahearn to find out more about his newly-created role as chairman of trade to oversee strategic investments across the business, and what 2020 has in store for trade.

Keynote: Low Fives to KYC red tape
Keynote: Low Fives to KYC red tape
Katharine Morton
9 January 2020

David Avram, trade and export finance director at Fives talks to TXF about his outlook on the markets in 2020, and how the company structures its export finance activities. Will ECA-driven KYC red tape, and the timing of demands for compliance hinder the industrial engineering group’s deal flow?

Keynote: Teaching risk to rocket scientists at NASA, it’s a blast!
Keynote: Teaching risk to rocket scientists at NASA, it’s a blast!
Katharine Morton
8 January 2020

Ahead of TXF Americas next month, TXF caught up with Dr Jeevan Perera, a senior engineer at NASA, to find out how he teaches risk management to rocket scientists.

Drawing better straws? Pricing sustainability into supply chains
Drawing better straws? Pricing sustainability into supply chains
Katharine Morton
4 December 2019

Correctly pricing sustainability into corporate supply chains shouldn’t just be a matter of ticking boxes (or drawing straws). Companies are going to have to use their judgement to incorporate material climate risk of their supply chains into their financial statements better. Here’s a look at what some companies are doing, and how some are building sustainability into financing programmes.

CPRI market in the process of maturing: TXF talks to Matthew Beckett
CPRI market in the process of maturing: TXF talks to Matthew Beckett
Katharine Morton
29 November 2019

Appetite and capacity for credit and political risk insurance (CPRI) has been growing in the past 10 years but may be plateauing as the market matures. Matthew Beckett, EMEA director of insurance placement and loan capital markets at SMBC gives Katharine Morton a bank’s perspective on the future of what has been perceived as a ‘silent’ product in the run up to TXF’s CPRI conference in London on 4 December

Keynotes: In depth with Langlois on the evolution of trade distribution
Keynotes: In depth with Langlois on the evolution of trade distribution
Katharine Morton
28 November 2019

Nicolas Langlois, Standard Chartered’s global head of trade distribution talks to Katharine Morton about the bank’s recent $1 billion risk-sharing with the IFC to boost trade finance in emerging markets and how it is to stay on track. Will the seeds be spread effectively? Langlois shares his path to being head of trade distribution, the evolution of the bank’s distribution strategy and how he sees trade distribution developing.

SCF: You say tomato, I say tomato, let’s call the whole thing off?
SCF: You say tomato, I say tomato, let’s call the whole thing off?
Katharine Morton
20 November 2019

Is it time for supply chain finance to be rebranded? Looking 10 years out is a good way of focusing the mind. Even though there’s a big industry around SCF, will we still be looking at it in the same way in 2029? Katharine Morton looks at what may need to change.

A path through the zigs and zags: TXF Commodity Finance Report 2019
A path through the zigs and zags: TXF Commodity Finance Report 2019
Aife Howse
12 November 2019

This year's edition of TXF’s Commodity Finance Market Report comprises the insights of 173 traders, bankers, alternative financiers, lawyers, brokers, borrowers and insurers through a two-part survey and in-depth interviews. It is our most representative, expansive and detailed yet.

How to get the most from CPRI: TXF talks to Boris Jaquet
How to get the most from CPRI: TXF talks to Boris Jaquet
Katharine Morton
11 November 2019

Boris Jaquet, EMEA Head, distribution, Deutsche Bank talks to TXF’s Katharine Morton about his views of the state of play of the Credit and Political Risk Insurance (CPRI) market and how to get the best from CPRI ahead of the TXF Conference in London on 4 December 2019

Get Happy? In protectionism there’s still opportunity, survey says
Get Happy? In protectionism there’s still opportunity, survey says
Katharine Morton
6 November 2019

It’s not often nowadays that trade financiers get a positive survey to chew upon. Stuart Nivison digests HSBC’s latest Navigator Survey with TXF. Is the remarkable degree of positivity in global corporates’ trade outlook pure Animal Spirits or something more canny in operation?

Finding the sweet spot on trade digitisation and working capital management
Finding the sweet spot on trade digitisation and working capital management
Katharine Morton
4 November 2019

Are corporate treasuries, fintechs and banks missing a trick on cross border working capital optimisation and what will the next five years hold? TXF's roundtable discussion of digitisation and international trade hosted in London by DBS highlights where the sweet spots will lie.

Is Incoterms 2020 one for the reference books?
Is Incoterms 2020 one for the reference books?
Katharine Morton
30 October 2019

Katharine Morton looks at the relevance of the new Incoterms for the digital future of trade. Is it a step forward or a missed opportunity?

Corporate perspectives: Roche on the satisfactions of early gpi adoption
Corporate perspectives: Roche on the satisfactions of early gpi adoption
Katharine Morton
14 October 2019

Martin Schlageter, head of treasury operations at Roche, the pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland, gives TXF his candid take on SWIFT gpi developments and the corporate experience of financing trade in challenging times.

US Exim: Politics vs profit
US Exim: Politics vs profit
Max Thompson
9 October 2019

US Exim’s full reauthorisation was expected at the end of last month as glimmers of bipartisan support returned to the US ECA. But now big ticket business is under threat once again as the agency’s latest expiry date for congressional authorisation emerges.

TXF Sibos smooth-down with CGI
TXF Sibos smooth-down with CGI
Katharine Morton
4 October 2019

TXF's head of trade, treasury and risk, Katharine Morton, spoke with CGI's product manager for trade and supply chain solutions Patrick DeVilbiss about the key trends he saw emerging in Sibos 2019.

Questions on trade at the centre of the Sibos universe
Questions on trade at the centre of the Sibos universe
Katharine Morton
2 October 2019

Katharine Morton looks into the sky at Sibos with a guided tour of hyper connectivity, trust, cosmology, trade and eating fairy cakes at the centre of the universe

Questions on trade at the centre of the Sibos universe
Questions on trade at the centre of the Sibos universe
Katharine Morton
2 October 2019

Katharine Morton looks into the sky at Sibos with a guided tour of hyper connectivity, trust, cosmology, trade and eating fairy cakes at the centre of the universe

TXF Welcomes Sibos to our Manor!
TXF Welcomes Sibos to our Manor!
Katharine Morton
25 September 2019

Introducing TXF’s vital guide to Sibos, the issues raised for the future of financing international trade for banks and corporates alike as SWIFT’s leviathan event comes to London for the first time.

Looking behind the mask on trade finance at ITFA
Looking behind the mask on trade finance at ITFA
Katharine Morton
18 September 2019

Katharine Morton ponders the opacities of financing trade, and what lies beneath, revealed at ITFA’s celebration of a mysterious dance of hide and seek

Key trends revealed in TXF’s H1 2019 export finance report
Key trends revealed in TXF’s H1 2019 export finance report
Jonathan Bell
14 August 2019

The TXF half-year 2019 export finance report shows a bullish start to the year in the power sector, Japan’s JBIC coming in as top direct lender and the US and Australia being the two top destination markets. Jonathan Bell provides some teasers.

Risky business: Can Europe trade its way out of crisis?
Risky business: Can Europe trade its way out of crisis?
Katharine Morton
7 August 2019

In the fourth of this series of Risky Business podcasts Coriolis Technologies CEO Rebecca Harding talks to TXF’s Katharine Morton about how the internal challenges of the EU continue to pull at the union. Is trade the way out of its problems?

Pit bull or pit bear?
Pit bull or pit bear?
Sean Keating
31 July 2019

The problems at the Oyu Tolgoi mining project in Mongolia mean the sponsors, Rio Tinto via its ownership of Turquoise Hill Resources, will have to raise $1 billion-plus more debt for the scheme. But is additional debt or a full refinancing the more likely outcome?

China’s Cofco ups the ante with sustainability-linked loan
China’s Cofco ups the ante with sustainability-linked loan
Jonathan Bell
24 July 2019

Cofco has signed the largest loan for an agri trading company yet which is linked to sustainability elements. Jonathan Bell examines this growing trend within agri-finance and importantly, how the Chinese trader is helping to push for increased traceability of soy beans.

Risky business: China trade turns inward
Risky business: China trade turns inward
Katharine Morton
23 July 2019

In the third of this series of Risky Business podcasts Coriolis Technologies CEO Rebecca Harding talks to TXF’s Katharine Morton about how it’s not all about trade wars for China trade, but it doesn’t help.

Risky business: Examining Exim and trade wars in the US
Risky business: Examining Exim and trade wars in the US
Katharine Morton
18 July 2019

In the second of this series of Risky Business podcasts Coriolis Technologies CEO Rebecca Harding talks to TXF’s Katharine Morton in more depth about the effects trade wars are having on US trade, and what the impact will be of US Exim getting back its mandate.

Mind the gaps: On trillions, trade and financing women-owned and run businesses
Mind the gaps: On trillions, trade and financing women-owned and run businesses
Katharine Morton
17 July 2019

TXF talks to Makiko Toyoda and Jessica Schnabel, the women who are spearheading the development of IFC’s latest initiative to raise access to trade finance for women-owned businesses, revealing ambitious goals and the practical steps to help fulfil them.

Risky business: Tech-tonic shifts in trade wars
Risky business: Tech-tonic shifts in trade wars
Katharine Morton
11 July 2019

In the first of this series of Risky Business podcasts Coriolis Technologies CEO Rebecca Harding talks to TXF’s Katharine Morton about where we are now with trade weaponization and the effect that trade wars are having on the key power relationships and physical supply chains globally, with technology at the forefront.

Talking tomorrow’s trade finance with SWIFT: Blurring the lines
Talking tomorrow’s trade finance with SWIFT: Blurring the lines
Katharine Morton
8 July 2019

TXF sat down with industry experts to look at how changes in corporate trade and supply chain and digitisation are blurring the lines between cash management and financing international trade sustainably. This wide-ranging discussion was hosted by SWIFT in London.

Visa takes on larger cross-border payments: No cards involved
Visa takes on larger cross-border payments: No cards involved
Katharine Morton
5 July 2019

In mid-June, Visa made the bold call that it was taking on SWIFT on facilitating direct, bank to bank transactions and going head on in the cross-border payments space for larger corporate payments. TXF asked Kevin Phalen, head of global business solutions at Visa, to go into more detail about Visa B2B Connect. It’s very much not about cards.

Visa’s bold game on taking on larger cross-border payments
Visa’s bold game on taking on larger cross-border payments
Katharine Morton
4 July 2019

In mid-June, Visa made the bold call that it was taking on SWIFT on facilitating direct, bank to bank transactions and going head on in the cross-border payments space for larger corporate payments. TXF asked Kevin Phalen, head of global business solutions at Visa, to go into more detail about Visa B2B Connect. It’s very much not about cards.

Tasting multilateralism in China trade
Tasting multilateralism in China trade
Katharine Morton
1 July 2019

In advance of the ICC World Banking Commission annual meeting in Beijing, TXF gathered China financial experts and corporates to talk about financing China trade. Multilateralism was the watchword as the country manages expansion against a slowing growth backdrop.

Identity crisis (and the SWIFT way out?)
Identity crisis (and the SWIFT way out?)
Katharine Morton
19 June 2019

Just who are you? TXF contemplates trust in trade and the bumblebee in KYC. Some commercial KYC solutions are struggling, but SWIFT is coming into the game for corporate KYC alongside its bank registry. If banks and corporates are going to trust SWIFT for the KYC Registry, why would they need to embrace other technologies such as blockchain for trade?

A tastier dish for investors in trade assets: Will HSBC and AllianzGI make for a better spread?
A tastier dish for investors in trade assets: Will HSBC and AllianzGI make for a better spread?
Katharine Morton
5 June 2019

When the self-styled biggest global provider of trade finance teams up with a large European asset manager to wrap European trade finance assets and lend to institutional investors, it should be a winning combination. But how can HSBC and Allianz Global Investors avoid the pitfalls of the past? TXF spoke to HSBC’s Surath Sengupta and AllianzGI’s David Newman to find out.