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Shop Talk: Moving compliance in trade forward with NextGen
Shop Talk: Moving compliance in trade forward with NextGen
Oliver O'Connell
17 June 2019

Valeria Sica, global head of trade services for Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions talks to TXF about how the bank is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to digitise compliance processes in its recently announced NextGen Project in collaboration with EY and SAS.

BAML's Brady looks at trade with fresh eyes
BAML's Brady looks at trade with fresh eyes
Oliver O'Connell
14 December 2018

A wave of new trade hires has provided Bank of America Merrill Lynch with an opportunity to focus on its strengths and leverage inherent advantages over competitors. TXF spoke with Geoffrey Brady, recently appointed as head of global trade and supply chain finance, about the direction in which the bank is moving.

Shop talk: New Citi export head looks to partnerships, not pricing
Shop talk: New Citi export head looks to partnerships, not pricing
Oliver O'Connell
27 November 2018

Soon to make the move to New York from his current base in Dubai, Ahmet Bekçe, the newly appointed head of global export and agency finance origination in Citi’s Trade and Treasury Solutions department, spoke to TXF about market prospects and concerns, and what Citi brings to the table.

Tariff wars will hurt the US, but trade is on the cusp of a tech breakthrough
Tariff wars will hurt the US, but trade is on the cusp of a tech breakthrough
Oliver O'Connell
8 November 2018

Live polling at the BAFT International Trade Conference in Chicago provided a revealing snapshot of sentiment across a number of current market issues in trade and technology.

Revisiting the IFC Global Trade Liquidity Programme
Revisiting the IFC Global Trade Liquidity Programme
Oliver O'Connell
25 October 2018

Citi extended its participation in the IFC's Global Trade Liquidity Program (GTLP) this summer, almost a decade after its inception. TXF spoke with John Ahearn, global head of trade at Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions, about the importance of the $1.2 billion risk sharing facility for trade in emerging markets.

What to expect in the coming trade tech revolution
What to expect in the coming trade tech revolution
Oliver O'Connell
22 October 2018

With Sibos 2018 underway, Nancy Amert, director of CGI’s Trade Innovation Lab, and Rory Kaplan, director and offering manager of trade and supply chain at CGI, share their thoughts on how technology is impacting trade finance.

Shop talk: From tech evolution to economic prosperity
Shop talk: From tech evolution to economic prosperity
Oliver O'Connell
29 August 2018

Ahead of TXF New York 2018, Patricia Gomes, managing director and head of global trade and receivables finance for North America at HSBC, spoke with TXF about how a changed trade scene, and the influence of technology, is quickening the pace of trade finance.

From tech evolution to economic prosperity
From tech evolution to economic prosperity
Oliver O'Connell
29 August 2018

Ahead of TXF New York 2018, Patricia Gomes, managing director and head of global trade and receivables finance for North America at HSBC, spoke with TXF about how a changed trade scene, and the influence of technology, is quickening the pace of trade finance.

Shop talk: Staying ahead in the trade tech race
Shop talk: Staying ahead in the trade tech race
Oliver O'Connell
9 August 2018

In an uncertain and fast-changing trade environment, the challenge for big banks is to be able to adapt quickly to new market realities, while also staying at the forefront of new technologies. Lisa Robins, who moved from Deutsche Bank to Standard Chartered Bank in February to take over as head of transaction banking, discusses the hurdles and opportunities in trade and the developing tech supporting it.

$44bn blockage – the price of political dogma
$44bn blockage – the price of political dogma
Oliver O'Connell
3 May 2018

There was solid support for US Ex-Im from legislators from both sides of the US political spectrum at the ECA’s annual conference. But will that support result in any action to remove the political minority blocking an effective Ex-Im?

Talking trade tech
Talking trade tech
Oliver O'Connell
7 February 2018

TXF catches up with Kitt Carswell, vice president, senior offering manager, trade and supply chain, at CGI, a global information technology consulting company, to reflect on trade tech market themes for 2018.

Time to pay up: the importance of claims payments data
Time to pay up: the importance of claims payments data
Oliver O'Connell
24 November 2017

In a recent report to mark 20 years of Zurich’s Credit and Political Risk programme, the insurer revealed that some $934 million in claims have been paid to business customers. Oliver O’Connell spoke with David Anderson, managing director at Zurich Credit & Political Risk, about trends in claims payments and why publishing claims payment data is so important to the market.

The real risks and rewards of trade receivables
The real risks and rewards of trade receivables
Oliver O'Connell
3 November 2017

In a new white paper, Pacific Life Insurance Company director of treasury Lance Doherty, and Adam Dener, managing principal at Fermat Capital Management, lay out the case for developing an alternative asset class of confirmed receivable purchases.

Oramah: Making Africa great again
Oramah: Making Africa great again
Oliver O'Connell
25 October 2017

In a recent speech, Dr Benedict Oramah, president of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), outlined plans to seize upon continental political will, reverse-engineer the legacy of colonialism, and promote intra-African trade and integration.

TXF launches the 2017-2018 Exporters’ and Importers’ surveys
TXF launches the 2017-2018 Exporters’ and Importers’ surveys
Oliver O'Connell
22 September 2017

The 2017-2018 surveys of exporters and importers are now open. Take part today to ensure you have your say about the performance of export finance market service providers.

Net benefits: De-risking greenfield for institutional investors
Net benefits: De-risking greenfield for institutional investors
Oliver O'Connell
27 April 2017

To coincide with the IMF Spring Meetings, MIGA recently held a panel discussion to showcase multilateral breakthroughs in credit enhancement that enable borrowers to tap into the institutional market for greenfield project funding.

US Ex-Im in cuffs: Hall says it as it is
US Ex-Im in cuffs: Hall says it as it is
Oliver O'Connell
6 April 2017

In a blunt welcome address on day one of US Ex-Im's annual conference, Charles Hall, acting US Ex-Im chairman and president, outlined the wider global context in which the official US agency finds itself and called for a return of all its functions to enable the US to meet global export challengers.