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

Friday, 11 October

Dear Members and Friends, October is proving to be quite a heavy weight for the global economy. At one end we have ( the possibility of) Brexit, whilst from the outset, negotiations have resumed between US and China, aimed at ending a 15 month trade battle that is weighing on the global economy. After insisting […]

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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

Friday, 13 September

Dear Members and Friends, I write this message bursting with pride after returning from the ITFA conference in Budapest. The conference attracted record numbers with close to 300 delegates attending from nearly 40 countries, who experienced, for themselves, what ITFA really stands for: relevant content, education, networking, fun and last but not least building on […]

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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, 10 July

Dear Members and Friends, June was an eventful month after a torrid May. Emerging markets were closely monitoring the end of month G-20 meeting that resulted in a restart in trade consultations between the U.S and China as well as an agreement of not imposing new tariffs. In addition to that, the US Federal Reserve released minutes […]

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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

Thursday, 13 June

Dear Members and Friends, This month’s message is being written from Ho Chi Minh City where I am moderating a panel at the annual FCI factoring conference. It’s interesting to reflect, sitting here, how these markets, more emerged than emerging at times, need the finance that we are so well poised, but often fail, to […]

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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

Monday, 13 May

Dear Members and Friends, Following a lacklustre 2018, Emerging Market economies registered a significant turnaround in the first four months of the year, and during April EMs continued to benefit from a market scenario of contained inflationary pressures on the one hand and a stable US dollar on the other. Trade war tensions not only […]

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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, 10 April

Dear Members and Friends, As we head into the second quarter of 2019, I am pleased to announce that preparations for the 46th International Trade and Forfaiting Annual Conference, to be held in Budapest between the 4-6th September, are well underway. No stone is being left unturned to ensure that this year’s event is another […]

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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

Sunday, 10 March

Dear Members and Friends, Believe it or not, we have already come to the end of the first quarter of 2019. Time really does fly by when you are having fun. And on to Emerging Markets – in line with the trajectory of risky assets, Emerging Market (EM) economies have picked up performance at 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

Tuesday, 12 February

Dear Members and Friends, Welcome to our February Muse and the end of dry January (!). We focus on Emerging Market (EM) economies strongly as an industry. These were conditioned throughout 2018 namely by the geopolitical tensions vis-à-vis the trade war; tensions which pushed investors to re-allocate their assets and shift their focus onto less […]

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SEAN EDWARDS TAKES ON TRADE FINANCE ROLE AT SMBC EUROPE by GTR Editor, Shannon Manders

Tuesday, 12 February

We are pleased to share an article which GTR has written about Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman, as he takes on an additional role at SMBC Europe. Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe (SMBCE) has appointed Sean Edwards as an advisor to its trade finance business, with a focus on supply chain finance. He will combine the […]

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal at SMBC

Tuesday, 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 2019. May the year ahead bring good health, peace and happiness. With a new year, comes a new list of ITFA events, […]

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal at SMBC

Thursday, 13 December

Dear Members and Friends, As we come to the end of another year, let me first take the opportunity to thank all those members and guests who attended our Christmas Cocktail Party, which was held on 10th December at the remarkable Grace Hall. With over 300 invitations this party proved to be THE best end […]

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal at SMBC

Thursday, 15 November

Dear Members and Friends, As we come to the end of yet another interesting year, emerging Markets continue to bear the brunt of the sell-off mode witnessed across all credit markets, and all risky assets, including equities. As a matter of fact, all risky assets sold off during the month of October, and EM was […]

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal at SMBC

Tuesday, 16 October

Dear Members and Friends, Believe it or not, we’re already approaching the end of October and we’ve entered the final stretch of 2018. Six weeks later and many of us are still talking about our Cape Town conference, which I have to admit, is a good sign! However, rest assured that next year’s conference in […]

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal at SMBC

Friday, 14 September

Dear Members and Friends, I write this message with pride and delight after having returned from the ITFA conference in Cape Town. The conference attracted so many delegates from across the African continent and beyond, who experienced, first hand, what ITFA really stands for: current and relevant content, targeted education, effective networking, legendary hospitality and […]

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal at SMBC

Monday, 16 July

Dear Members and Friends, To say that Emerging Markets have had a topsy-turvy start to the year would be nothing less than an understatement. The weakness witnessed in EM economic activity cannot be pinpointed to one or two factors but it has been the by-product of an endless web of market events and data points […]

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal at SMBC

Sunday, 3 June

Dear Members and Friends, May was a turbulent month for credit markets. Italian woes, US/North-Korea geopolitical tensions, trade wars, a rallying US dollar, volatility in Turkey notably as the Turkish Lira declined markedly. Developed markets were in disarray for the better part of the month, and Emerging Market credit fell victim to events in the […]

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