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Free Trade Finance 2016 award winners revealed

The Trade Finance 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.

Fees-ability studies

Trade finance fees continue to take a hammering – too few opportunities for too many lenders in a global market hit by plunging commodities prices and export demand. But the downturn has also increased demand for default risk cover and hedging against cross-border commercial contracts. Trade is down – but not out.

Trade receivables securitisation

Whether synthetic or true sale – there are a number of regulatory incentives for banks to securitise more of their trade finance books. But creating structures that will generate capital relief and keep regulators happy is a struggle.

Cash in a coal climate

The global coal mining sector has taken a thumping on pricing and now the OECD is adding to its woes with a series of new rules on member state’s ECAs financial support for coal-fired power.

Implementation day: global trade industry responds to sanctions lifting

European ECAs have immediately responded to the lifting of sanctions on ECAs. But inconsistencies between the US and Europe, on which entities remain blacklisted, may make international trade finance banks shy away from anything other than big-ticket deals where in-house due diligence is economically viable.

Macri appointment signals Argentine revival

Three months into Mauricio Macri’s presidency in Argentina there are already significant signs of change that could allow for one of the world’s most underperforming economies to redress some of its greatest issues and re-enter the global marketplace in force.

Trade Finance league table results revealed

Trade Finance Analytics’ inaugural full year 2015 league tables highlight that despite a tough year for many trade finance sectors – particularly commodities – more than...

Feature: How can the German export finance sector remain competitive?

Germany’s export sector has been historically considered one of the largest and most successful in the world. In the aftermath of the global economic crisis and in the midst of a slowdown in China and reduced prices for many commodities, Merle Crichton, Reporter, takes a look at how the country can remain on top.

Analysis: Middle East oil price impact

A number of big deals within commodity and export finance have signed in the region this year. Projects are also continuing, with Iraq set to present a wealth of opportunities.

Russia’s deals market

In from the cold: Russian borrowers enter global syndicated loans market. Metalloinvest joined Uralkali as the second Russian borrower to enter the international syndicated loans market this year.

Analysis: Oil & gas investment

Will the oil industry slump spill over into a crisis? Investors have been spooked by the tumbling price of oil. Jason Torquato, Senior Reporter, looks at how companies have been hit and what they can do to weather the storm.

Analysis: Mexico’s investment potential

Mexico is proving to be a big draw for manufacturing operations. Some of the largest companies in the world are heading to Mexico instead of Asia with billions of dollars of investment.

BNDES finances Minas biomass plant

Brazilian development bank BNDES has provided a R$145 million ($27.7m) loan to fund the expansion of a small biomass plant in Minas Gerais

IFC advises CapitalMed project in Egypt

The International Finance Corporation will advise private healthcare developer Egyptians for Health Care Services on its CapitalMed Health Care City project in Badr City, close to New Cairo