Banks’ changing attitude to risk was one of the main issues discussed at GTR Europe Trade and Export Finance conference in Hamburg.

GTR spoke to Werner Schmidt, head of structured and export finance at Deutsche Bank to understand how, and if, banks can prioritise risks and keep lending, particularly to SMEs, with these risks in mind.

Chris Hyde, chief commercial officer at Mitigram, also shared his perspective from the side of the start-ups, seeing both banks’ and corporate challenges and trying to bridge the two. “If their bank does not have that risk coverage, they need to look for a wider network,” he advised corporates.