TXF Nordics 2019: Exporting Forum
This regional one day event brings together key decision makers, advisories and exporters together to debate the future of Nordic export finance.
A statement on March 28 by Japan’s Environment Minister signals a potential change in the government’s pro coal-fired power policy. But domestic energy security issues and valuable export markets for Japan's ‘clean-coal’ technology mean any real change will take decades rather than years.
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.
How can Excess of Loss (XoL) credit insurance, which offers up to 100% cover as well as potential capital relief under the Basel regulatory framework, help banks grow their trade receivables portfolios? Jonny Carruthers, assistant director at BPL Global explains.
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?
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.
The race to be a global leader in certain cutting-edge technologies will always be a hard fought one. But in the case of China’s Huawei, the company has unfortunately been wrongly dragged into the whole US-China trade wars saga. Jonathan Bell examines the scene.
The Letter of Credit (LC) market accounts for $2.3 trillion and has always been dominated by banks. But now, LC LITE has rolled out technological alternatives to LCs by putting loan documentation flow on its new blockchain-based platform, with one major commodity trader already on-board.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has released a downbeat report on the prospects for private infrastructure investment in Asia. But, says Joachim von Amsberg, AIIB vice-president for policy and strategy, the bank can drive improvements where other DFIs have struggled.
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.
TXF speaks to Pedro Novo about his promotion to Bpifrance's new Executive Department for Export and how this will encourage local entrepreneurship.
A new report on competition within export, ECA-backed and development financing and how some of these practices are distorting the multilateral finance system has just been released. Jonathan Bell assesses the report and suggests that policy makers need to act now.
Will blockchain be able to learn the lessons of previous failures in attempts to digitise global trade? Sen Ganesh, partner with Bain & Company’s Financial Services practice and Joshua Kroeker, director and blockchain lead at HSBC Commercial Banking argue there’s a good chance, and that blockchain could even boost uptake of documentary credits if players follow certain maxims: think big, start small, grow fast.
With UK politicians seemingly blindly following the result of the referendum, those at the forefront of infra finance in the country discuss the reality of Brexit and what it will mean for future project development in the UK.
Gunvor and ECOM have returned to the market with debut sustainability performance-linked loans – but how sustainable are these structures and how are they policed in a global commodity market notorious for opaqueness?
High crude oil prices look set to continue despite efforts to increase production. At the same time, argues Jonathan Bell, we are seeing a greater strategic use of crude.
With the new trade agreement between the US and Canada, a revised NAFTA, and the passing of the BUILD Act in the US, Jonathan Bell asks if we are finally beginning to see some positives on trade from the politicians?
Mega upstream gas projects have been prolific in recent years, but asks Jonathan Bell, how is the industry changing and what can we expect with future projects?
Amber Case is author of ‘Calm Technology’, a book about designing for your attention and designing better technology that works with and not against you, that makes good use of your attention. Katharine Morton sits back and chats with the ‘cyborg anthropologist’ about the wider applications of calm technology for finance and trade. Don’t race to digitise.
How do you draw together themes of protectionism, regulation and digitisation? Katharine Morton reflects on her travels of the past two weeks and suggests that, amid the recent hike in US tariffs to China, precautions are needed for turbulent times.
With the support of business technology and big data, the development of cross-border e-commerce has a promising future. Sinosure’s underwriters Chen Jichao and Zhou Huihan outline how the Chinese ECA is helping cross-border e-commerce sellers in an expanding global market.
Cyber security is not just an IT problem. It’s a business continuity one that can hit business and finance across the board. TXF’s Katharine Morton spoke to industry players about what it takes to survive a cyber attack in trade.
China is putting more major funds and resources in place to further cement trade and investment ties with Africa, but asks Jonathan Bell is this sustainable and what are the pros and cons for African states?
Turkish banks and corporates have a good reputation for using technology to improve trade process and efficiency. In a discussion hosted by BNY Mellon in Istanbul in July, and moderated by TXF, banks and corporates discuss how SWIFT gpi technology could help with trade and also how Bank Payment Obligations (BPOs) – which Turkey was an early adopter – could be best used, if it isn’t overlooked.
What does the new trade deal, agreed in principle between the US and Mexico, spell out in the finer detail, and what implications could it have for other trade spats and trade wars that the US has recently instigated? Jonathan Bell takes a closer look and reviews The Week That Was at TXF
From new rules for sovereign risk exposures to leverage ratio requirements, Henri d’Ambrières, head of advisory services in trade, export and project finance at HDA Conseil, outlines the potential impact of Basel III on provisions linked to export credits.
The Turkish economy has been overheating. Mounting external debt and the mismanagement of the economy has caused the Turkish Lira to plummet against the US dollar and delivered a serious downgrade in its credit rating. Jonathan Bell examines the consequences of the collapse and what impact this could have on you, as well as what this may mean for other emerging markets and their borrowings, plus his regular look back on the week that was at TXF.
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.
Last week's announcement that China plans to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of US goods points to a heating up of the trade war between the two countries. Jonathan Bell takes a closer look at the worsening situation and The Week That Was...
This week's edition of The Week That Was focuses on recent problems being caused by resource nationalism in Africa's mining sector
Blockchain solution provider Arkratos has developed a commodity ecosystem which is based on blockchain and smart contract technology. And, Ashish Srivastava, vice president at Arkratos, claims early adopters of their platform are already starting to reap the benefits
Mustafa Kilic, CFO at Groupe SEB Turkey explains how a strategy of maximising local inputs can help manage currency risk through natural hedges, and even help guard against the burgeoning trade wars.
Marianna Polykrati is group treasurer of Chipita SA, which is a Greek multinational snacks provider headquartered in the aptly named town of Metamorphosis, north of Athens, Greece. She sat down and discussed the challenges of change with TXF’s Katharine Morton in the first in a series of interviews on how global corporates deal with trade, treasury and risk in a complex world.
Despite the fast global growth in the international green bond market, Latin America has only recently started to adopt the trend. The region’s infrastructure and investment needs present a major opportunity for green bond growth, but a lot of groundwork is still needed to gets investors comfortable.
The ICC has established a working group aimed at fostering a greater sustainable development agenda in export finance. Is it just tinkering? And does it have any chance of making real change?
TXF’s Katharine Morton caught up with Daniel Schmand, chair of the ICC Banking Commission and global head of trade finance at Deutsche Bank, at the ICC Annual Meeting in Miami to talk about his outlook for trade and trade finance, and how non-financial risk in trade should be measured before making bold statements about how risky trade finance is.
Could a 20-digit LEI number help banks cut their KYC and compliance costs while narrowing the SME trade finance gap? Yes – but not until regulators get behind it.
A call for action. How to get FIT for trade, treasury and risk (without any physical exercise)
The hush that has fallen over the banking markets about derisking correspondent banking relations could be read as meaning derisking is the dog that didn’t bark. Is derisking over? Or has the dog been muzzled?
As a growing number of blockchain initiatives start live testing, albeit in controlled environments, trade tech is moving to an even more confusing level – a plethora of rival product claims backed by proofs of concept. Choice of tech and provider is about to get even more complicated.