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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.

Pulling the plug on TSU and the wiring of trade finance: What next for BPO?
Pulling the plug on TSU and the wiring of trade finance: What next for BPO?
Katharine Morton
1 May 2019

Now that SWIFT’s Trade Services Utility (TSU), the matching application that underpinned the Bank Payment Obligation, is on its way out, the wiring of trade finance needs looking at. Katharine Morton warns that it can feel like explaining how electricity works.

ADB's bid to standardise Suspicious Activity Reports in trade finance
ADB's bid to standardise Suspicious Activity Reports in trade finance
Katharine Morton
26 April 2019

TXF spoke with Steven Beck, head of trade and supply chain finance at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to find out more about the development bank’s year-on-year growth in supported trade, as well as its latest initiative to create a standardised approach to the reporting of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) by banks to regulators.

ADB's bid to standardise Suspicious Activity Reports in trade finance
ADB's bid to standardise Suspicious Activity Reports in trade finance
Katharine Morton
26 April 2019

TXF spoke with Steven Beck, head of trade and supply chain finance at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to find out more about the development bank’s year-on-year growth in supported trade, as well as its latest initiative to create a standardised approach to the reporting of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) by banks to regulators.

Powering up for business in Iraq
Powering up for business in Iraq
Jonathan Bell
24 April 2019

The defeat of Daesh in Syria and Iraq can hopefully provide greater impetus to new business in Iraq. What is critical now is consolidation of security for the rebuilding of basic infrastructure – such as power generation and water. Jonathan Bell examines inroads being made by European ECAs to support this trade.

Tapping fingers on the table for China trade at the ICC
Tapping fingers on the table for China trade at the ICC
Katharine Morton
17 April 2019

TXF joined the ICC Banking Commission in Beijing as it celebrates a century of the institution whose founders were dubbed the ‘merchants of peace’. Katharine Morton contemplates the role of peace merchants amid the ‘warriors’ of trade and how China fits into the mix.

Corporate Perspectives: Talking digital Asia trade and treasury with GE
Corporate Perspectives: Talking digital Asia trade and treasury with GE
Katharine Morton
10 April 2019

Manu Taneja, director of regional cash & banking, APAC at GE Corporate Treasury in Singapore sees a role for traditional trade finance in Asia, but digitisation will be core to the future – as will the role of treasury itself.

Playing by the book: Learning lessons from the attack on Norsk Hydro cyber security
Playing by the book: Learning lessons from the attack on Norsk Hydro cyber security
Katharine Morton
27 March 2019

A week in the life of a cyber security crisis for the aluminium company Norsk Hydro raises interesting questions. Following a cyber-playbook type approach in terms of communications appears to work well at the first instance. How will it play out when it comes to insurance?

A sigh of relief for trade insurance market as PRA time bomb defused
A sigh of relief for trade insurance market as PRA time bomb defused
Katharine Morton
20 March 2019

Successful lobbying by trade finance insurers, lawyers, banks and industry bodies has helped the sector dodge the danger of a PRA consultation paper that could have nearly shut down trade credit insurance as we know it. Will the industry get a taste for acting together?

No going back to the old normal before trade wars in Asia
No going back to the old normal before trade wars in Asia
Katharine Morton
20 March 2019

Corporate supply chains are now accommodating trade wars, but things will not go back to where they were once peace breaks out. Katharine Morton takes the Asian perspective on the new normal.

Changing horses mid race: When SCF programmes switch owners
Changing horses mid race: When SCF programmes switch owners
Katharine Morton
13 March 2019

The proposed move of GE Capital’s SCF programme to MUFG raises many questions. How does 'porting' SCF from one provider work (or not), and what makes a corporate choose a bank over a non-bank provider (or otherwise)? What happens to the long tail? TXF spoke to banks and platform providers to gauge their views.

TXF FIT MasterZone to launch in Singapore on 9 May
TXF FIT MasterZone to launch in Singapore on 9 May
Katharine Morton
13 March 2019

TXF's Financing International Trade (FIT) MasterZone will have its inaugural outing in what is fast becoming the most dynamic and exciting hub for trade, treasury and risk in the world, Singapore. Join us for intensive expert briefings, technology updates and best practice roundtables

Trade as an asset class: A troublesome best friend?
Trade as an asset class: A troublesome best friend?
Katharine Morton
25 February 2019

What is stopping trade finance becoming an easy-to-buy-and-sell asset class? For all the hype, what continues to turn something that should be straightforward into something so complex? TXF investigates.

Lebanon takes advantage of deep roots in trade
Lebanon takes advantage of deep roots in trade
Katharine Morton
13 February 2019

Like its national symbol, the cedar tree, Lebanon has deep roots as a regional trade hub. With the right support, the country is poised to benefit from its unique position. In this discussion in Beirut, hosted by BNY Mellon, TXF finds the banks are showing best practice in adopting global regulation and asks how they are adapting to rapid change in the face of global protectionism and trade digitisation.

Interesting catch: Why MUFG is taking on GE Capital’s TPS
Interesting catch: Why MUFG is taking on GE Capital’s TPS
Katharine Morton
6 February 2019

Taking on an active corporate supply chain finance programme can be a daunting prospect. When that one is the size of GE Capital’s Trade Payables Services, it changes the dimension of the challenge. TXF spoke to Maureen Sullivan, Managing Director and Head of MUFG’s Supply Chain Finance Group for the Americas about why the bank has made such a move, and what her plans are for TPS.