CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal and Special Adviser to the Global Trade Finance Department at SMBC

Sunday, 2 February

Dear Members and Friends, Welcome to our February Muse. Three and a half years after the vote to exit the EU, the UK has officially left the bloc on 31st January 2020, the first time ever for the EU to lose a member. The world now awaits how the relationship will be managed. A rather long wait […]

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ITFA SHIFTS GEAR TO ADDRESS GLOBAL MARKET AMBITIONS by Andre Casterman, Chair of ITFA Fintech Committee; CMO at INTIX and NED at Tradeteq

Wednesday, 5 February

Following an initial educational phase of 2 years, the ITFA Fintech Committee is shifting gear with two strategic initiatives that tackle industry-wide ambitions. By facilitating collaboration amongst multiple fintechs and contributing through its expertise in defining new market practices, the ITFA Board demonstrates again it is best positioned to deliver more value to its core membership. […]

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‘A BRIEF GUIDE ON CREDIT INSURANCE’ – A MUST READ! by Silja Calac, ITFA Board Member and Chair of the Insurance Committee

Thursday, 13 February

If you haven’t done so already, I strongly recommend that ITFA members with any interest in, or link to, credit insurance take a look at the publication entitled ‘A brief guide on credit insurance as a risk mitigation tool when used by the banking industry’ authored by Matija Vodoplav from BNP Paribas. The guide provides […]

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WHO CARES ABOUT LGD? by Audrey Zuck, A2Z Risk Services Ltd

Monday, 17 February

Although last year’s consultations by the European Banking Authority (EBA) and European Commission have now closed, the need to engage with regulatory authorities – both at the supranational (e.g., EU) and at the national levels – is as strong as ever.  However, having submitted answers to the questions posed in the consultations, the questions we […]

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ITFA REGULATORY UPDATE – Response to the European Commission consultation and collaboration with the IACPM on Non-Payment Insurance Survey 2019 by Silja Calac, ITFA Board Member and Chair of the Insurance Committee

Friday, 14 February

Response to the European Commission consultation As many of you will know, ITFA has been engaging in its own advocacy work on behalf of its members and the wider industry, and has been co-operating with Hume Brophy – a Brussels-based consultancy specialised in European public affairs – to ensure that policymakers and regulators are well-versed […]

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ROUNDTABLE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN MENA by Eleonore Wragg, GTR

Wednesday, 12 February

The ITFA Middle East Regional Committee hosted a roundtable event to discuss the opportunities for growth in the region against the current geopolitical backdrop, and how insurers, fintech companies and banks can work together to keep the wheels of trade turning. Roundtable participants: Semih Ozkan, chair of the Middle East Regional Committee, ITFA Maninder Bhandari, […]

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ITFA HOLDS TRADE FINANCE OUTLOOK EVENT IN THE LATIN AMERICA By Hernan Mayol – Member of ITFA Americas Regional Chapter

Tuesday, 4 February

ITFA, represented by Hernan Mayol, Managing Director, EIA Global and Member of the Americas Regional Chapter (AMRC) organized the first trade finance session of 2020 in Panama, key center of commercial activity in Latin America. His summary Global Trade Finance Outlook for 2020, gave an opportunity to 20 plus local bankers from top financial institutions […]

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ITFA NERC event – 5th February 2020, London by Karl Page, Chair of ITFA NERC

Tuesday, 18 February

5th February saw the first major ITFA event of 2020 take place in London. The North European Regional Committee (NERC) hosted a well-attended seminar that covered three topics of current interest in the trade finance market, namely Structured Letters of Credit, Brexit and Chinese investment in Africa. First up was a panel discussion on Structured LCs, […]

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NEW ITFA MEMBERS

Tuesday, 18 February

ITFA is pleased to welcome five new members to its growing association: Beacon is a London based modern freight forwarder and trade finance provider. They have designed a platform that makes it easy for companies of all sizes, book and track shipments. Their platform will also finance deals for their freight customers, allowing companies the […]

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal and Special Adviser to the Global Trade Finance Department at SMBC

Wednesday, 15 January

Dear Members and Friends, On behalf of the ITFA Board, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Happy New Year and all the very best for 2020. May the year ahead bring good health, peace and happiness. What a dramatic start to a new decade! Whilst taking an […]

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LEADING GLOBAL TRADE FINANCE MARKET ASSOCIATIONS JOIN FORCES

Wednesday, 29 January

ITFA (www.itfa.org) is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with The Association of Trade and Forfaiting (ATFA) under a transition agreement effective 31st December 2019.  With that agreement, ATFA will operate as  “ITFA Americas” and become ITFA’s Regional Chapter for the Americas (AMRC). This is an exciting milestone for both associations, their respective […]

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ITFA’S NORTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONAL COMMITTEE (NERC) GETS MEMBER RESHUFFLE, AIMS FOR GREATER GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY by Shannon Manders, ITFA Consultant

Tuesday, 14 January

ITFA’s Northern European Regional Committee (NERC) has welcomed three new members. Peter Sargent from DNB Bank, Olga Kompaniets from AIG and Ingrid Kreuk from ABN Amro have all joined the association’s largest regional committee. Karl Page from Barclays, who remains the NERC chairman, comments on the committee’s aspirations for 2020: “The NERC membership has a […]

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THE UPSIDE – DOWN WORLD OF NEGATIVE INTEREST RATES by Giovanni Bartolotta, CRO at APS Bank plc

Wednesday, 8 January

Negative interest rates are counter-intuitive. In a world where prudent savers are punished for saving and profligate borrowers are rewarded for borrowing, something is not on. The expression ‘time is money’ appears to have lost its logic. The trend began in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008, when the central banks […]

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ITFA EMERGING LEADERS 2019 (FORMERLY ITFA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS) – by Aarti Patel

Wednesday, 8 January

What a crazy year for ITFA’s Emerging Leaders (EML’s) – from a name change to new faces on the panel including more international presence from Singapore, India, Netherlands and of course the UK. We are looking to expand our network in Europe, Middle East, Pan Africa and the Americas too – do reach out to […]

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INTERVIEW WITH THE WINNING TEAM OF THE YOUNG TRADE FINANCIER OF THE YEAR (2019) AWARD by ITFA

Wednesday, 8 January

ITFA has interviewed the three Young Professionals who formed part of the winning team of its first ever Young Trade Financier of the Year Award.  After having interviewed, Charlotte Prior, GIB UK, Nigel Atta-Mensah and Alero Arubi, Crown Agents Bank, we learn what each of them had to share with us. Congratulations on winning ITFA’s […]

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RECAP OF OCTOBER 22 2019 – ATFA GREEN FINANCE EVENT IN SAO PAOLO by Lynn Galkoski, ITFA Head of Americas

Wednesday, 8 January

ATFA – Association of Trade and Forfaiting in the Americas and The Climate Bonds Initiative co-hosted a breakfast event on October 22nd 2019 in São Paulo, Brazil to discuss “The Challenges and Opportunities for Green Finance in Brazil”. The panel was comprised of Laurent Girault, CEO of Natixis Brazil, Thatyanne Gasparotto, Head of Latin America […]

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ITFA GRC WORKSHOP, NUREMBERG – 21 NOVEMBER 2019

Wednesday, 8 January

Bayerische Landesbank in Nuremberg was so kind to host the ITFA GRC Workshop at their premises and Peter Graetz, Head of Trade Export Finance welcomed the 36 participants before Irene Port, ITFA GRC chair opened the workshop. For several years now, the ITFA GRC fall event offers the opportunity to exchange views on a wide […]

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal and Special Adviser to the Global Trade Finance Department at SMBC

Wednesday, 13 November

Dear Members and Friends, As Christmas approaches, the only real uncertainty the majority of us would like to face, I am sure, is what to buy as presents for our nearest and dearest. Citizens of the UK face the surprise gift of (yet another) election. Whether the results will ruin or make the festive season […]

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THE NEW BAFT MPA A YEAR ON: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY by Eleanor Wragg, GTR

Wednesday, 13 November

Last year, the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (Baft) revised and updated its English law master participation agreement (MPA) in order to drive further standardisation in trade transactions and meet the “modern-day requirements” of the industry. It included a series of significant changes, including allowing for ‘true sale’, namely the transfer of financial assets, rather […]

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SYNTAGMA SQUARE SYNERGIES IN TRADE by Clarissa Dann – Deutsche Bank

Wednesday, 13 November

With more than 300 delegates from more than 145 nations gathered in Greece at the EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme Trade Finance (TFP) Forum 2019, it was clear that 20 years after the TFP’s foundation, countries lacking in correspondent banking lines need this trade leg-up more than ever. Clarissa Dann reports from Athens. One could be […]

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