GTR is pleased to reveal the shortlist for this year’s Leaders in Trade awards, which highlight excellence in the trade, commodity, supply chain and export finance markets.

The names listed under each category are based on submissions sent to GTR and, where relevant, Best Deals were referenced as further substantiation. Where only one name is listed, this institution is the outright winner.

Winners in all categories will be recognised and announced at GTR’s annual awards dinner in London on May 23.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Global awards

Best trade finance bank:

Nominees: Crédit Agricole, BNP Paribas, HSBC, Standard Chartered

Best export finance bank:

Nominees: Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citi, SMBC

Best commodity finance bank:

Nominees: Citi, Deutsche Bank, ING, Société Générale

Best supply chain finance bank:

Nominees: Santander, BNP Paribas, Greensill Capital, Nedbank, Standard Chartered

Best trade credit and political risk insurance broker:

Nominees: Texel, BPL Global

Best trade credit and political risk insurance underwriter:

Nominees: Chaucer, XL Catlin, Channel Syndicate

Best development bank in trade:

Winner: EBRD

Best alternative trade finance provider:

Nominees: Trade River, London Forfaiting Company (LFC), Barak, Greensill Capital

Best trade finance software provider:

Nominees: Trade Technologies, Misys, Bolero

Best fintech disrupter:

Nominees: Mitigram, Synechron

Most innovative bank:

Nominees: HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Ecobank, Barclays

Bank that has made a significant contribution to sustainability:

Nominees: Commerzbank, EBRD, KfW, IFC

Best export credit agency:

Winner: Euler Hermes

Best trade finance law firm:

Nominees: Simmons & Simmons, Sullivan & Worcester, Hogan Lovells, Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW)

Best correspondent bank:

Winner: BNY Mellon


Regional awards


Best trade finance bank in:

Southern and Eastern Africa:
Nominees: Crown Agents Bank, Standard Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, SMBC

West Africa:
Nominees: Crown Agents Bank, Access Bank UK/Nigeria, Ecobank, SMBC



Best trade finance bank in:

North America:
Nominees: BAML, HSBC, BNY Mellon

South America:
Nominees: BBVA, Santander



Best trade finance bank in:

East Asia & the Pacific:
Nominees: Mizuho, ANZ, Deutsche Bank, ING

South Asia:
Nominees: Yes Bank, HSBC, ICICI Bank, SBI



Best trade finance bank in:

Central Europe and Eastern Europe:
Nominees: Commerzbank, VTB, MBank

Western Europe:
Nominees: HSBC, Commerzbank, ING, Crédit Agricole, BNP Paribas

Best bank in the UK:
Winner: NatWest



Best trade finance bank in:

The Middle East and North Africa:
Nominees: NBAD, ADCB, Mashreq, Emirates NBD