Category Archive: Trade Finance

Broadening export horizons: Commerzbank’s Agnes Vargas explores Myanmar and Vietnam in The Asset

Vietnam’s economic development has been driven by its export-led industries, and Myanmar looks set to follow in its footsteps. In a feature for leading Asian finance magazine The Asset, Agnes Vargas, Regional Head of Greater China and ASEAN, explains that continued economic progress in both countries will depend on diversifying trade beyond their traditional partner China …

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Commerzbank “Best Bank in Germany” and “Best Bank for Western Europe’s SMEs” for Euromoney

Euromoney’s 2017 Awards for Excellence have recognised Commerzbank as the best financial institution serving SMEs in Western Europe. As the defending champion from last year’s awards, Commerzbank also retains the title of top German bank.



Falcon Group secures USD$150M securitization from Natixis

Falcon Group has announced the completion of a US$150M securitization of cross-border multi-bank instruments. Natixis, the international corporate, asset management, insurance and financial services arm of Group BPCE, acted as the sole initial purchaser. Falcon will use the additional funding capacity to provide trade finance to mid-cap and large companies. Chris Howarth, CFO of Falcon …

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ICC United Kingdom’s Chris Southworth discussing UK trade negotiations on Sky News

This afternoon, ICC United Kingdom’s Secretary General, Chris Southworth, appeared on Sky News – commenting the importance of transitional arrangements during Brexit negotiations. The interview took place after the Confederation of British Industry strongly urged Government to keep Britain in the single market and customs union until a final Brexit deal with the European Union is …

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Europe’s “Best Trade Bank”: Commerzbank builds its track record in TFR’s awards

Commerzbank has been recognised by leading specialist publication Trade & Forfaiting Review as the “Best Trade Bank in Europe”. The accolade is the latest in a series of successes for Commerzbank in the magazine’s “Excellence in Trade Awards“, having taken the German title in 2016. Commerzbank’s Alexandre Bessy, Vice President, Advisor Trade Services, takes home the prize.



UniCredit’s Thomas Dusch and Harald Schwendtner on trade finance in emerging markets in ICC Germany Magazine

Despite sluggish global trade, an increasing number of European corporates looking to expand their operations internationally is driving demand for trade finance. The best opportunities for growth are in high-potential emerging markets in Asia and Africa, yet volatility and risk, along with dense regulatory and compliance procedures, pose significant challenges. In order to meet these …

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Falcon Group’s Emma Clark discusses the impact of Brexit on business funding lines

With Article 50 now triggered – and the formal Brexit process underway – macroeconomic uncertainty continues to impact British businesses. Writing in the latest edition of CCR Magazine, Emma Clark, Falcon’s Head of Business Development, explains how alternative financing will continue to help companies trade and expand despite the volatile economic climate. To read the article …

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BNY Mellon’s Dominic Broom discusses how to fight protectionism and close the trade finance gap in CFO Innovation

In spite of recent challenges to growth, Asian trade has remained resilient (with ASEAN exports, for example, growing 12% from 2013 to 2016 to reach US$875 billion). Yet, where world trade once grew at twice the rate of GDP, the WTO’s forecast for world trade growth in 2016 was a rate of just 1.7% – …

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UniCredit’s David Vials on how digital trade finance tools can help UK corporates capitalise on CEE potential in FX-MM

Central and Eastern Europe – a region containing many high-growth markets – is increasingly attractive as a trade destination for UK corporates. However, heightened counterparty risk and local market complexities can stymie progress. Writing in FX-MM, David Vials, Head of Corporate Coverage for UK & Ireland at UniCredit, explains that the way to negotiate these …

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In The Asset, BNY Mellon’s Dominic Broom considers the importance of collaboration and innovation in securing the future of trade in Asia

Trade in Asia is facing a changing global landscape and considerable challenges, with structural economic change taking place in the region itself, coupled with growing protectionism in the west. Despite this, Asia has experienced above average global trade growth in recent years and continues to do so, with the trade outlook for the region particularly …

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