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World trade opportunities – Q&A with Michael Vrontamitis

Michael Vrontamitis, head of trade, Europe & Americas, Standard Chartered Bank & member of the World Trade Board tells Trade Finance how he sees the dynamics of global trade changing

Reasons for optimism

UniCredit’s global head of structured trade & export finance argues there is reason to remain positive for the second half of 2019

The ICC's key trends for 2019

The trade finance industry will undergo further transformation in 2019, explains Olivier Paul, head of policy at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission

Payables finance - three questions

The supply chain finance ecosystem is vast and payables finance programmes are plentiful, but what makes a good one? Joao Luiz A Galvao, Deutsche Bank’s Global Head of Supply Chain Finance, explains

Documenting to improve regulatory compliance

In a world of ever increasing regulation, parties can protect their position against a review by regulators in various ways

DFI lending in Rwanda

Since President Paul Kagame launched his country's Vision 2020 development plan in 2000, substantial progress has been made on improving Rwanda's infrastructure.

Scaling Solar in Africa

Three years on from the launch of the International Finance Corporation's Scaling Solar scheme in Zambia, the programme is gaining traction. Four other African countries are now running procurements – and Zambia is coming back for another helping. Between them, they account for over 1.2GW of capacity.

Lebanon’s $22bn designs on PPP

Lebanon has unveiled plans for a $22 billion Infrastructure Investment Programme (IIP) to be implemented over the coming 12 years, with $6 billion of that designated as PPPs. The programme opens up opportunities for private investors to tap a market desperately in need of key infrastructure – but which has had little PPP success in the past

Çanakkale Bridge, Turkey

Turkey’s north western regions have seen a flurry of transport projects of late, with bridges – specifically the third Bosporus bridge, which opened to traffic on 26 August 2016, and the recently financed Çanakkale Bridge – the crowning glory of the programme.

Interview: Lex Greensill

Greensill Capital made its name in supply chain finance, offering receivables finance to small suppliers. Since then it has expanded its scope considerably, financing commercial aircraft deliveries for the first time this year, for example, as well as long-term infrastructure projects and even mobile phones. And it won’t be stopping there, as its CEO and founder, Lex Greensill, tells Joe Kavanagh.

Old risks, new tricks

There’s been a boom in political risk and trade credit insurance in recent years, with plenty of new entrants in the space. This has driven down premiums, but far from diluting the product offering, increased competition has also led to innovative new products, writes Marcus Alcock.

Causing ripples

SWIFT’s primacy in international payments looks solid for now, despite the entrance of an aggressive rival, says Heather McKenzie.

Kernel raises $200m PXF

Ukrainian agribusiness firm Kernel has agreed a $200 million pre-export credit facility with a syndicate of European banks.

Taped over?

Once heralded as the future of digital trade finance transactions, the Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) is now viewed with increasing scepticism. Has its time come and gone, or is there life in the BPO yet?

Imitation game

Trade Finance grabbed a few minutes with the CEO of SACE, Alessandro Decio, at the sidelines of GEF in Barcelona to hear about the ECA’s renewed underwriting efforts.

Friend or foe?

Tech firms have become much more active in trade finance in the past two years. Banks are falling over themselves to partner up with the newcomers in an effort to smooth transactions and bring down costs. But are tech firms a threat to the established players?

Roundtable: Mizuho

Mizuho recently completed the restructuring of its trade finance department. Trade Finance caught up with the bank's senior management in Singapore to find out about the changes.

Beating the growing pains

John Stillwaggon, the new CEO of DS-Concept’s USA branch, is trying to take advantage of economies of scale while keeping the firm agile.

IDB and partners to launch Latam infra observatories

Latin American-focused international institutions have partnered up to launch 3 data observatories that will help with infrastructure investments and policy planning, and aims to speed up development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Standard Chartered nails industry first

Standard Chartered has completed the first cross-border live transaction on Trusple, the newly-launched digital international trade and financial service platform of AntChain – the blockchain-based tech solution of Ant Group