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UniCredit’s Holger Frank and Siow Chin Yeo explain in GTR how banks are joining forces to digitalise the secondary market for trade finance

Holger Frank, Head of Global Transaction Banking and Financial Institutions Group, Asia Pacific, and Siow Chin Yeo, Head of Trade Finance, Asia Pacific, at UniCredit, write in GTR how banks, including UniCredit, are working together to address the absence of an efficient and widely-used secondary-market platform for trade finance. The solution comes in the form …

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Commerzbank launches the second 2017 issue of FI.News

The latest edition of Commerzbank’s newsletter for its financial institutions clients, released in time for Sibos, looks ahead to the future of finance and trade. Explore the Commerzbank 4.0 programme as it builds a future-proof bank. Discover the fruits of collaboration with fintechs. See how Commerzbank is bringing custody and collateral services into the modern …

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Falcon Group’s Emma Clark explains how alternative financing is bridging Asia’s trade finance gap in Financier Worldwide

In a commentary article for Financier Worldwide, Emma Clark, head of business development at Falcon Group, explains why many Asian corporates have been turning to innovative and alternative sources of financing for their funding needs. Ongoing bank retrenchment is taking a toll on emerging markets, contributing to the US$692 billion of unmet trade financing in Asia …

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“No one tells you that trade finance can be really fun”: Falcon’s Emma Clark featured in GTR’s Women in Trade Finance

In the most recent edition of GTR’s series about inspirational women in trade finance, Sanne Wass talks to Emma Clark, Falcon’s head of business development, about her career and how the industry can best tackle its gender bias. Clark says the key to gender equality starts with investment in young talent, and she has no …

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Falcon Group’s boosted Australian presence is covered by the specialist press

With established offices in Sydney and Perth, Falcon Group has appointed three Business Development Directors to cover its expanding trade and corporate finance business across Australia. The new directors which include Chris Seneviratne, Ben Lacey, and Ray Buxton, together collate over 60 years’ of trade finance experience, and will serve mid-cap to large local businesses …

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Digitalisation a “sleeping giant”: Commerzbank’s Angela Koll cited on the future of trade finance in TMI Magazine

Where’s next for the digitalisation of trade finance? Angela Koll, Commerzbank’s Specialist Trade & Supply Chain Finance, shares her thoughts in the latest edition of TMI Magazine, but warns that innovation in the industry could take time to spread. Find out more in “Waking the Sleeping Giant? The Potential for Trade Finance Transformation“.



UniCredit’s Raphael Barisaac in TXF on the importance of SMEs in driving the digital trade finance revolution

Whilst large and multi-national corporates may get all the attention when it comes to innovation in digital trade finance, Raphael Barisaac, Global Co-Head of Trade Finance at UniCredit, explains how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) not only stand to benefit from digital trade finance tools, but are ideally placed to help drive wider adoption. Banks …

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In Trade Arabia, BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari discusses how fintech can drive financial sector growth in the Middle East

  Technological innovation is changing the face of finance. In recent years fintech investment has reached new highs across the North America, Asia, and Europe. Now, fintech is gaining recognition across the Middle East – bringing with it the promise of enhanced efficiency, security and transparency. Moreover, banks in the region are propelling digital developments …

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Austria’s first BPO: Commerzbank’s landmark transaction covered by the specialist press

Commerzbank has reached a milestone in the digitalisation of the trade finance industry, having processed the first Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) deal in Austria. A BPO allows the automatic release of funds between banks based on the matching of electronic data. Companies are increasingly recognising the benefits of the trade instrument, which include faster communication …

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BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari discusses how bank-fintech collaboration is creating opportunities for trade in the Middle East in Cash and Trade

Recent years have heralded a new, dynamic “fintech era”. Global investment in fintech has skyrocketed in recent years, yet, the vast majority of fintech investment originates from other regions, with the Middle East only accountable for 0.1% of the global total in 2016. However, fintech companies are increasingly looking at how new innovations can improve …

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