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CDC Group is expanding its trade finance offerings in Africa, lending US$100mn to South African bank Absa and establishing a US$75mn risk-sharing facility with the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB). London-headquartered CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, says the two agreements are aimed at tackling the continent’s sizeable trade finance gap ... .
London-headquartered fintech firm Demica is planning a significant expansion of its presence in North America after receiving a fresh injection of funding. The company, which connects corporate multinationals with working capital solutions offered by banks, also plans to add invoice discounting and distribution finance products to its platform. Matt Wreford, Demica’s CEO (pictured), tells GTR ... .
Global working capital finance provider Greensill has brought in former Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop as a senior adviser. The ex-politician, who joins via her consulting firm Julie Bishop & Partners, started in the role in December and will also serve as Asia Pacific chair, helping the company accelerate its expansion in the region. Since ... .
Global law firm Reed Smith has opened its fifth European office in Brussels to focus on regulation, trade and antitrust. Five partners, one counsel and two associates join the new office, with the partners all holding their positions within the firm’s global corporate group. The new team will concentrate on regulation, trade and antitrust, working across ... .
Standard Chartered has invested in Linklogis, a blockchain-enabled supply chain platform in China, to allow upstream suppliers to access financing conveniently and at a competitive rate, telling GTR that it has around a "dozen" opportunities in China to offer deep-tier supply chain finance to organisations through the partnership.
Tradewind Markets, a technology platform for digitising the trading, settlement and ownership of precious metals, has announced its first-ever trade using Tradewind Origins, its provenance management solution. The transaction saw Canadian gold producer Agnico Eagle sell 5,000 ounces of gold from its LaRonde mine in Quebec to Bank of Montreal (BMO). Agnico Eagle recorded detailed ... .
TradeIX, the technology company behind the trade finance blockchain consortium Marco Polo has announced the project is on course to go fully live in the coming months. The Dublin-based firm, which released the Marco Polo receivables financing solution in October, says that its payments commitment and accounts payable financing modules will be “fully delivered and commercially ... .
The International Group of P&I Clubs (IGP&I) has approved Wave’s electronic bill of lading system for use by its members. Made up of 13 protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs, the IGP&I as a whole provides marine liability cover for approximately 90% of the world’s ocean-going tonnage. Previously, the IGP&I’s rules specifically excluded liabilities in respect ... .
Online marketplace LiquidX has rolled out a supply chain finance (SCF) solution on its platform, adding to its suite of trade finance, working capital and insurance offerings. As part of the new solution, LiquidX will help its customers to structure supply chain finance programmes, handle supplier onboarding, and arrange funding, all within weeks. Available through the ... .
Escalating political tensions between the US and Iran are placing further pressure on European firms hoping to revive trade with the embattled Middle Eastern state. After a US air strike in early January killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, the Iranian government announced it would formally withdraw from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive ... .
Law firm Akin Gump has elected two new partners – both internal promotions – to its international trade practice. In London, Chiara Klaui (pictured) advises on economic sanctions and expert controls regulations. She has counselled clients from a broad range of sectors including aviation, commodities, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and shipping. Klaui has advised multiple ... .

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