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 Fine Art featured in Artsy

A recent feature for Artsy explores the pros and cons of borrowing against your art collection as the number of lenders willing to put up cash against high-quality art collections continues to grow. While the majority of banks offering art lending programs tend to reserve the service for existing high-net worth clients, non-bank lenders, such as …

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ICC UK’s latest podcast with US Council for International Business

This week’s ICC UK business podcast features Peter Robinson, CEO at the US Council for International Business (USCIB).  Peter discusses the Trump administration’s efforts to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the effects on US businesses, as well as growing protectionism and the US perspective on Brexit. To find out more, download …

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Writing in Treasury and Risk, Deutsche Bank’s Seth Brener explores how corporates can “make the most out of their cash”

Managing excess liquidity has never been more challenging for the corporate treasurer. Low – even negative – interest rates mean treasurers can no longer rely on leaving their excess cash in overnight deposits. In addition, new financial regulations such as Basel III have only further complicated the question of what to do with excess liquidity: …

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S&P Global Ratings assesses the outlook for American generators post-withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord

Earlier this month, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the 2015 UN Paris Agreement on climate change. Signalling a hiatus for the country’s decarbonisation efforts, the move reverberated not only across America but through the world. In light of the unprecedented withdrawal, S&P Global Ratings has published its report, “Withdrawal …

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S&P Global Ratings’ warning that Atlantia’s proposed Abertis takeover could cause a rating downgrade is covered by specialist press

  In June 2017, Italy-based infra holding company, Atlantia SpA, formally launched a €16.3 billion voluntary tender offer for all outstanding shares of Spain-based Abertis Infraestructuras S.A – a leader in toll road management. If approved, the deal will represent the largest foreign acquisition by an Italian company since 2007 and would create the world’s …

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S&P’s Mike Wilkins explains the path to scaling up climate finance in Financial Investigator

To achieve global sustainable development and climate objectives, investment of some US $90 trillion is needed over the next 15 years. However, the rapidly growing green bond market is still a niche segment representing just 1.4% of a US $90 trillion global aggregate fixed income market. In a commentary article for Financial Investigator, S&P Global …

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Deutsche Bank’s Christian Schaefer discusses requirements ahead of PSD2’s effective date with Euromoney

  The second “European Directive on Payment Services in the Internal Market”, commonly referred to as PSD2, offers ample opportunities for Third Party Providers (TPPs) to innovate the traditional banking sphere – by bringing them under greater regulatory scrutiny. Interviewed by Euromoney, Christian Schaefer, Deutsche Bank’s Head of Payments, Cash Management Corporates, outlines TPP’s requirements …

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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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