Winning TXF’s Most Innovative Commodities Finance Deal of the Year Award, Trailstone’s €150 million 2019
borrowing base marked a flurry of firsts for the commodity trade finance sector. In fact, never has such a structure been used to back the purchase and sale of renewable energy generated by wind and solar farms across Europe.
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