A commodities financing scandal in China has shed some light on the murky underbelly of its collateral trade, which some fear is fuelling bubbles in China’s economy. Finbarr Bermingham reports.
As the African Development Bank relocates its headquarters back to Abidjan following a 10-year temporary relocation in Tunis, GTR speaks to Yaw Adu Kuffour, head of trade finance, about the take-up of its Trade Finance Programme (TFP), launched 18 months ago.
Faced with an ever-challenging regulatory environment, members of the GTR Americas editorial board discuss the shifts that they see in their business today and how they can continue to remain relevant to the market in the future.
Santander UK has launched new trade tools and signed partnerships to boost international trade for the UK SME and MSB markets. To discuss the bank’s new focus Jason McGee-Abe sat down with Mark Ling, head of international, large corporate, and Mark Collings, UK director, international, from the Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking team, to find out more.
Sometimes lost among the headlines of bloodshed and regional strife, parts of the Middle East offer attractive investment opportunities. But even in these areas, the spread of sectarian violence poses complications, write Beazley Group’s Roddy Barnett, political risk underwriter, and Emma Whiteacre, country risk analyst.
Are a changing regulatory landscape and the rise of trading houses as financiers edging banks out of the commodity finance space? GTR and Holman Fenwick Willan brought together banks in the field to discuss.