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Trade moves: TXF Data Country Risk Review Q2 2018
Trade moves: TXF Data Country Risk Review Q2 2018
Max Thompson
20 July 2018

As North American risks continue to rise as President Donald Trump undermines NAFTA members with tariffs on iron and steel, the EU remains divided over the issue of migration, and China flexes its military muscles, TXF’s Country Risk Review reveals the latest country profiles in Q2 2018.

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

TXF Global: UKEF chief on simplifying ECA finance
TXF Global: UKEF chief on simplifying ECA finance
Max Thompson
18 July 2018

UKEF has promised to improve access to export finance for UK SMEs. Louis Taylor, UKEF CEO, outlines the substance behind the rhetoric.

TXF Global: Oman’s push for infra projects
TXF Global: Oman’s push for infra projects
Max Thompson
13 July 2018

TXF caught up with Fatick Hussain, finance director at Salalah Methanol, to discuss the Omani government’s push for infra projects, how the sultanate’s oil and gas sector is set for significant growth, and why ECAs need to take a more collaborative approach to large-scale project financings.

TXF Global: Oman’s push for infra projects
TXF Global: Oman’s push for infra projects
Max Thompson
13 July 2018

TXF caught up with Fatick Hussain, finance director at Salalah Methanol, to discuss the Omani government’s push for infra projects, how the sultanate’s oil and gas sector is set for significant growth, and why ECAs need to take a more collaborative approach to large-scale project financings.

TXF Global: Oman’s push for infra projects
TXF Global: Oman’s push for infra projects
Max Thompson
13 July 2018

TXF caught up with Fatick Hussain, finance director at Salalah Methanol, to discuss the Omani government’s push for infra projects, how the sultanate’s oil and gas sector is set for significant growth, and why ECAs need to take a more collaborative approach to large-scale project financings.

Shop talk: IFC wants more DFI-ECA collaboration
Shop talk: IFC wants more DFI-ECA collaboration
Max Thompson
12 July 2018

For many borrowers ECAs and DFIs can both be ill-fitting pegs in a very deep infrastructure hole, particularly on multi-sourced financings. According to Arun Kumar Sharma, CIO of Global Financial Markets at the IFC, the way forward is better ECA and DFI collaboration – but how?

TXF Global: ECIC takes a shine to renewables
TXF Global: ECIC takes a shine to renewables
Max Thompson
11 July 2018

With a number of green energy proposals in the pipeline, TXF caught up with Kutoane Kutoane, CEO at ECIC, to discuss the South African ECA’s plan to catch the renewables train and how ECA-DFI cooperation is laying a seedbed for commercial banks, and key to getting complex, multi-billion deals across the line on the continent.

TXF Global: UniCredit sees growth in Turkey and Russia
TXF Global: UniCredit sees growth in Turkey and Russia
Max Thompson
9 July 2018

TXF caught up with Eriks Atvars, global head of trade and export finance at UniCredit, to discuss the bank's growth of ECA business in Russia and Turkey. Atvars' also highlights the current challenges in the market from extreme pricing pressure resulting from excess liquidity to increasingly volatile risk appetites amid a changing geopolitical landscape .

TXF Global talk: ECGC on educating SMEs
TXF Global talk: ECGC on educating SMEs
Max Thompson
6 July 2018

TXF caught up with Geetha Muralidahar, chairman and managing director at ECGG, to discuss how ECGC are supporting SMEs and what educational processes need to take place to provide Indian exporters with better access to short-term trade finance.

TXF-A&O Shipping ECA finance report 2018
TXF-A&O Shipping ECA finance report 2018
Max Thompson
5 July 2018

TXF Data has released its Shipping ECA finance report for 2018 with the support of Allen & Overy – and the findings will surprise.

TXF Global talk: Investors warm to Africa
TXF Global talk: Investors warm to Africa
Max Thompson
4 July 2018

TXF caught up with Robert Besseling, executive director at EXX Africa, to discuss the ever-changing political risk outlook for Africa. With the IMF bailing out several central African countries, the rise in commodity prices benefiting the larger economies, and East Africa showing significant infra growth, international investors are showing a new found interest in the continent.

TXF Global talk: PLN on plugging its $5bn funding gap
TXF Global talk: PLN on plugging its $5bn funding gap
Max Thompson
3 July 2018

TXF caught up with Teguh Harsono, senior fundraising manager at PLN, to find out how Indonesia’s state-owned power utility plans to plug this year’s $5 billion funding gap with alternative fundraising techniques such as equity financing, ECA debt, and Komodo bonds to support its busy IPP deal pipeline.

Global project finance trends in 2018
Global project finance trends in 2018
Max Thompson
25 June 2018

TXF’s Global Project Finance Day in Prague at the start of this month threw out some big numbers on global infrastructure needs as well as some strong predictions on the financing trends for energy and infra projects as we move into an era of sustainable infrastructure. Here are the top 10 takeaways..

TXF Global: 15 trends in export finance
TXF Global: 15 trends in export finance
Max Thompson
11 June 2018

Now the dust has settled after the roaring success of TXF Global in Prague last week, the world’s leading export and agency finance conference, we highlight 15 of the most significant trends in the market over the past year.

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.

Reversing the brain drain in export finance
Reversing the brain drain in export finance
Max Thompson
29 May 2018

The export finance industry has an ageing demographic. Much of the knowledge and talent in the industry comes from practitioners with over 30 years’ experience. However, with retirement just around the corner for many, it has never been more important to educate and attract young people to the community. But where will the talent come from, and who will teach the new generation?

Reversing the brain drain in export finance
Reversing the brain drain in export finance
Max Thompson
29 May 2018

The export finance industry has an ageing demographic. Much of the knowledge and talent in the industry comes from practitioners with over 30 years’ experience. However, with retirement just around the corner for many, it has never been more important to educate and attract young people to the community. But where will the talent come from, and who will teach the new generation?

Shop Talk: Egypt's petrochemical promise
Shop Talk: Egypt's petrochemical promise
Max Thompson
18 May 2018

A serial user of ECA and DFI debt, Carbon Holdings CEO Basil El-Baz expects to reach financial close on the $10.8 billion Tahrir Petrochemicals project by the end of the year – and with an oversubscription.

Thompson & Knight hires Labastida to Mexico City office
17 May 2018

Law firm Thompson & Knight has hired Jorge Labastida to its Mexico City office as a Partner in the Finance Practice Group. He focuses his practice on sectors such as asset-backed and structured cross-border finance, and project finance. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, Labastida served as a Partner in the Finance Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, SC in Mexico City.

Pricing dip: TXF-ICC Global Export Finance Survey 2018
Pricing dip: TXF-ICC Global Export Finance Survey 2018
Max Thompson
11 May 2018

The TXF-ICC Global Export Finance Survey 2018 incorporates the pricing and liquidity views of 65 senior export finance practitioners at leading banks, ECAs, exporters and importers. The findings are familiar.

Why is data sharing important in the insurance market?
Why is data sharing important in the insurance market?
Max Thompson
10 May 2018

TXF caught up with Audrey Zuck, director at A2Z Risk Services, to find out more about the importants of data sharing initiatives in the private insurance market. Zuck says given the scepticism around insurance payouts, sharing claims data can help provide corporates with the evidence that the product works.

S&W Breakfast briefing: How to boost your chances of insurance claim payment?
S&W Breakfast briefing: How to boost your chances of insurance claim payment?
Max Thompson
2 May 2018

In the latest edition of law firm Sullivan & Worcester's Trade Finance Breakfast Seminars, partner Marian Boyle discusses the role of insurance in bank’s credit support packages and asks what strategies can be employed to maximise chances of successful claim payment?

S&W Breakfast briefing: How to boost your chances of insurance claim payment?
S&W Breakfast briefing: How to boost your chances of insurance claim payment?
Max Thompson
2 May 2018

In the latest edition of law firm Sullivan & Worcester's Trade Finance Breakfast Seminars, partner Marian Boyle discusses the role of insurance in bank’s credit support packages and asks what strategies can be employed to maximise chances of successful claim payment?

DEWA IV: CSP on a new scale
DEWA IV: CSP on a new scale
Max Thompson
25 April 2018

Sponsors of the $3.9 billion 700MW CSP solar project in Dubai – Acwa Power and Shanghai Electric – are near to signing the project debt backing the world’s largest thermal solar farm to date.

Euler Hermes unveils Digital Agency hires
23 April 2018

Euler Hermes has made a number of appointments to its Digital Agency. Marion Silvain and Charles Ruelle are taking on new roles as co-heads, while Nicolas Polaillon will lead the newly created Data Lab as Chief Data Officer. Valia Papadea will head a new structure, named the 'Continuous Productivity Improvement & Value Creation' team. And Max Cadena will become Virginie Fauvel's Head of Office.

Kia Motors: Low gear – low ECA margin
Kia Motors: Low gear – low ECA margin
Max Thompson
20 April 2018

Kia Motors’ ECA-backed facility to finance the construction a new manufacturing plant in India – its first project financing in India and only its third ever ECA-backed borrowing – produced one of the lowest K-Sure covered margins in 2017.

Nam Theun 1: Built in Laos – banked in Thailand
Nam Theun 1: Built in Laos – banked in Thailand
Max Thompson
19 April 2018

Sponsors of the Nam Theun 1 hydro project in Laos closed a tightly priced ECA-backed facility last month. The deal, which took three years from start to finish, has lessons for participants on how to achieve a pure Thai bank financing with a Laos-based project.

Perfect 10 Winners 2017: The big, the bold and the brainy
Perfect 10 Winners 2017: The big, the bold and the brainy
Max Thompson
19 April 2018

Size matters - but innovation, strong marketing and a willingness to take on risk are the key traits that this year's winners of the TXF Perfect 10 Deals of the Year all share.

S&W Breakfast briefing: Regulatory and compliance headwinds
S&W Breakfast briefing: Regulatory and compliance headwinds
Max Thompson
6 April 2018

Among the coffee and croissants, Sullivan and Worcester’s breakfast seminar discusses the importance of financial and cyber resilience for firms regulated in the UK by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). And given the PRA’s recent supervisory statement on credit risk mitigation, the findings are particularly pertinent.

S&W Breakfast briefing: Regulatory headwinds
S&W Breakfast briefing: Regulatory headwinds
Max Thompson
6 April 2018

Amongst the coffee and croissants, Sullivan and Worcester’s breakfast seminar discusses the importance of financial and cyber resilience for firms regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. And given the PRA’s recent supervisory statement on credit risk mitigation, the findings are particularly pertinent.

What lies ahead for ECAs in 2018? New TXF podcast released
What lies ahead for ECAs in 2018? New TXF podcast released
Max Thompson
14 March 2018

Three ECA practitioners highlight their predictions for the industry in 2018. From the fate of US Ex-Im to the UK government rescinding on Brexit, there is something for all in TXF’s first podcast of the year.

Global commodity finance 2017: A shift in structure
Global commodity finance 2017: A shift in structure
Max Thompson
13 March 2018

The TXF commodity finance report has revealed a year-on-year rise in global volumes from 2016. With Middle Eastern traders turning up the heat, Russian producers looking beyond structured trade, and a decline in the usage of PXFs, the findings will surprise.

Almaty Ring Road PPP: A knotty template
Almaty Ring Road PPP: A knotty template
Max Thompson
6 March 2018

The DFI-backed Almaty ring road PPP is being promoted as the financing template that will kick-start the Kazakh PPP market. But it comes with a knot of heavy sovereign guarantees that the Kazakh government may not be willing to provide for future projects.

JLT buys trade credit broker International Risk Consultants
5 March 2018

UK-based Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group (JLT) has bought International Risk Consultants (IRC), a US specialist trade credit and political risk broker. The acquisition integrates IRC's credit and political risk specialty with JLT's global credit, political and security risk resources.

Nigerian solar: Developers, DFIs and delays
Nigerian solar: Developers, DFIs and delays
Max Thompson
26 February 2018

Nigeria’s plan to finance 14 utility-scale solar IPP projects by the end of June 2018 is looking uncertain. Potential DFI appetite is waning as state-owned offtaker Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading attempts to renegotiate tariffs on the 20-year offtake agreements it signed in 2016.

Zero-subsidy offshore wind: Too little too soon?
Zero-subsidy offshore wind: Too little too soon?
Max Thompson
19 February 2018

The cost of generating offshore wind power in Europe is finally being driven by the economics of the industry rather than the government subsides that founded it. But has zero-subsidy offshore wind come a little too early for both the technology and lenders?

Does Canada really need to launch a new infra bank?
Does Canada really need to launch a new infra bank?
Max Thompson
30 January 2018

The PPP Canada fund is expected to be replaced by the C$35 billion Canadian Infrastructure Bank in 2018. While the new bank will have a wider mandate and larger budget, some in the project lending community remain sceptical that it will not compete with commercial lenders.

Electrogas Malta: An integrated approach
Electrogas Malta: An integrated approach
Max Thompson
22 January 2018

Electrogas Malta closed a tightly priced refinancing for its 215MW LNG-to-power scheme last month. The 17-year deal is the first ever integrated LNG-to-power project financing in the world, according to its participants.

TXF Private Insurance talk: Atradius on tailoring insurance for trade
TXF Private Insurance talk: Atradius on tailoring insurance for trade
Max Thompson
19 January 2018

TXF caught up with Olivier David, head of special products at Atradius, to find out more about their tailored credit and political risk insurance products and why data sharing initiatives are key to making trade finance more visible.

TXF Private Insurance talk: Why do ECAs reinsure loans?
TXF Private Insurance talk: Why do ECAs reinsure loans?
Max Thompson
12 January 2018

TXF caught up with Vincenzo Pedicini, head of reinsurance at Sace, to find out why reinsuring an ECA loan via the private market is such an important tool for risk management. While reinsurance is concerned with the use of capital and exposures, it also enables an ECA to free up capacity for new deals as well as the requests of their exporters.

US telco financing: The inside scoop
US telco financing: The inside scoop
Max Thompson
11 January 2018

The hottest ticket in town, TXF Americas 2018, just got more exciting, welcoming an exclusive case study on the recent Verizon ECA-backed transactions, with in depth analysis on why telco borrowers are opting for this asset class.

Gulf of Suez: ECA umbrella breezes into Egyptian wind
Gulf of Suez: ECA umbrella breezes into Egyptian wind
Max Thompson
11 January 2018

The JBIC/NEXI deal for Gulf of Suez Wind IPP (Ras Ghareb) – a rare ECA-backed deal in an Egyptian renewables market fuelled by DFI debt – is both reasonably priced and over a long tenor. Good news for EETC as it prepares to launch a competitive tender for 500MW of wind capacity.

TXF Private Insurance talk: What's driving East Africa's growth?
TXF Private Insurance talk: What's driving East Africa's growth?
Max Thompson
5 January 2018

TXF caught up with Robert Besseling, executive director at EXX Africa, to find out more about the current challenges private insurers face doing business in Africa, as well as some of the driving factors behind East Africa’s economic growth.

Institutional investors lining up for offshore wind
Institutional investors lining up for offshore wind
Max Thompson
22 December 2017

Institutional debt is becoming increasingly viable for sponsors of European offshore wind as investors become more comfortable with the asset class.

Basel III: The impact of sovereign risk debts on banks and ECAs
Basel III: The impact of sovereign risk debts on banks and ECAs
Max Thompson
21 December 2017

The Basel Committee published a discussion paper earlier this month on the regulatory treatment of sovereign exposures. The review raises some very important questions for banks and the wider export finance community.

TXF Private Insurance talk: Why do banks buy credit insurance?
TXF Private Insurance talk: Why do banks buy credit insurance?
Max Thompson
14 December 2017

TXF caught up with Gary Lowe, head of credit insurance and corporate finance at Standard Chartered, to find out more about why banks buy insurance, how the claims process works, and whether a standardised product is nearing the market?

TXF Private Insurance talk: IBM on the future of Blockchain
TXF Private Insurance talk: IBM on the future of Blockchain
Max Thompson
11 December 2017

TXF caught up with Mike Hope, a UKI insurance technical leader at IBM, to find out more about how blockchain technology is driving the trade finance industry forward as it opens up new markets and begins to deliver real projects with increased supply chains.

Myingyan: Plugging Myanmar's power gap
Myingyan: Plugging Myanmar's power gap
Max Thompson
7 December 2017

The Myingyan IPP financing – Myanmar’s debut in the project finance market – has set the blueprint for future deals. But considerable regulatory change is still needed to move the market from DFI-backed projects to pure commercial bankability.

Former HSBC and Microsoft chairs join Motive Partners' advisory council
7 December 2017

Former HSBC chairman Douglas Flint, US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, and Microsoft chairman John Thompson are among those to join the global advisory council of Motive Partners, a fintech investment vehicle set up by veterans of the global financial technology industry.