Trade Finance Global Award winners revealed

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The Trade Finance Global Awards celebrate the best in class in trade, export and commodity finance over the past year, recognising the companies that played vital roles in those transactions.

For the third year in a row, HSBC has been named the best global supply-chain finance bank, having closed almost 200 transactions in 2015, according to the Trade Finance Analytics league tables. Citibank retained its position as runner-up for the past two years.

Reflecting last year’s awards pattern, Citibank was again voted as best export finance arranger, with HSBC highly commended for the second year running. Meanwhile US Ex-Im Bank, which suffered a temporary shutdown by Congress in June last year, was knocked off the top spot for best export credit agency (ECA) for 2016 by EDC. Based on the 2015 league tables, Canada’s ECA completed over $6 billion of transactions. JBIC closely followed in second place.

Despite the challenging drawbacks in the overall commodity sector, Rabobank prevailed and was voted as best commodity finance bank for 2016. The Dutch bank completed over 50 transactions, amounting to more than $7 billion, according to the league tables. Rabobank’s funding of the largest and agriculture deal of 2015 in Argentina affirms its recognition as winner. Fellow Dutch bank ING was once again voted as runner up. 

On the legal side, Baker & McKenzie led the way as both best commodity finance law firm and best trade/export finance law firm, succeeding Norton Rose Fulbright and Clifford Chance, respectively. The law firm advised on 22 transactions totalling over $7 billion in 2015, according to the league tables.

Another highly commendable frontrunner is the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which has dominated first place as best development financial institution (DFI) for the past three years.  The International Finance Corporation (IFC) was awarded second place, taking over from last year’s runner up the Asian Development Bank.

UK-headquartered financial software company Misys maintained its winning streak since 2014 as best trade finance tech solutions company. CGI took over PrimeRevenue as runner up for the award.




Highly commended

Best supply-chain finance bank



Best trade/export finance law firm

Baker & McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Best ECA



Best DFI



Best commodity finance bank



Best commodity finance law firm

Baker & McKenzie


Best export finance arranger



Best trade finance tech solutions company