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Incomlend, a Singapore-based invoice finance platform, has raised US$20mn in series A funding with Sequoia Capital India, a venture capital firm, and shipping and logistics group CMA CGM. The money will be used to drive expansion in Europe, Southeast Asia and North Asia, while advancing Incomlend’s technological development in digital invoice finance underwriting and processing, ... .
The Conpend TradeAI app is now available on Finastra’s open development platform, The app digitises the document checking process in trade finance to reduce the risk, processing time and cost of operations. Since it was established in 2016 as a spin off company from consulting firm Proferus, Amsterdam-based Conpend has focused on making the ... .
A group of influential regulators and central banks are offering financial sponsorship to firms that can deploy technology to improve access to trade finance, particularly for SMEs and companies in emerging markets. The so-called TechChallenge was unveiled in a joint announcement on August 3 by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the innovation hub ... .
Law firm McDermott Will & Emery has boosted its Washington-based international trade footprint with the hire of a seven-person team from Hughes Hubbard & Reed. Joanne Osendarp (pictured) and Eric Parnes, former Hughes Hubbard practice chairs, have been appointed partners at McDermott, and are joined by former US trade commissioner Dean Pinkert as senior counsel, ... .
The European Council has imposed sanctions against entities and individuals in China, Russia and North Korea known to have been involved in high-profile cyberattacks which hit logistics networks as well as automotive companies and banks. The council enacted the measures against three entities and six individuals responsible for, or involved, in the incidents. These include ... .
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Exim) has inked a US$97.2mn working capital guarantee to boost the country’s executive jet exports. The export credit agency (ECA) is providing 90% cover for a one-year, revolving working capital loan from Apple Bank for Savings to a US-based subsidiary of Brazilian planemaker Embraer. AirFinance Leasing acted ... .
Romanian bank BRD – Groupe Société Générale has become the first bank in Europe to roll out the Mastercard Trade Solution, a new trade platform for European SMEs launched last month. The platform was co-created by Mastercard and supply chain management fintech company Octet Europe, and aims to help SMEs achieve payment security and better ... .
With Euler Hermes in its latest Economic Update stating that the Covid-19 crisis has resulted in market volatility reaching levels unseen since the financial crisis, and forecasting that global trade is not expected to return to pre-crisis status before 2023, the question for brokers providing trade credit insurance and those companies using it to facilitate ... .
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed chinks within global supply chains, triggering talks of supplier diversification and nearshoring to increase resilience to foreign supply shocks. Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is one – often overlooked – region that could benefit from such measures as industrial production moves from the west to the east of the continent. ... .
HSBC and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are establishing a supply chain finance programme to support companies that provide Covid-19-related supplies, enabling up to US$1.2bn a year of additional trade by Asian SMEs. The agreement has led to the mapping of more than 10,000 Covid-19 suppliers across the region. This transparency into medical supply chains ... .
The UK’s top sanctions regulator has issued landmark guidance for all companies involved in maritime trade, instructing them to pay closer attention to vessel behaviour, company structures and potentially forged documents. The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) warns that “a variety of tactics are deployed to confuse or conceal the identities of vessels, cargo, ... .
Collateral, risk and capital management fintech Triquesta has made a double hire, naming Paul Marsh as global head of business consulting and Pieter Klaassen as managing director of quantitative strategies. The newly created roles are part of the company’s plans to grow its collateral management capabilities and meet a rise in demand for products. Having started ... .
Agritrade is urging three major banks to accept a new offer from a London-based investment manager, rather than push ahead with a winding up order against the scandal-hit commodities trader. It emerged in February that Singapore-based Agritrade had run into financial difficulties, and in late March the company had been placed under judicial management with ... .

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