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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, May 2021

Monday, May 10th, 2021

As I am sure you are aware we have recently announced that we are planning ITFA’s first physical event for 2021! The plan is to hold this event in London on the 12th August. Needless to say, we are still at the mercy of our dear friend Mr Covid.

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DOCUMENTARY CREDIT IS STILL ONE OF THE KEY TRADE FINANCE INSTRUMENTS, May 2021

Monday, May 10th, 2021

My first job in international banking was in a foreign exchange bureau. Soon I was appointed head of a unit working with various forms of cheques, including bank cheques, travel cheques (which were bought by international travellers in their banks in a currency of destinations), money orders, etc.

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ITFA STRUCTURED LETTERS OF CREDIT GUIDE, May 2021

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

ITFA is delighted to announce that it has released an in-depth guide to Structured Letters of Credit. The guide can be found in the member area of the ITFA website.

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LATIN AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS MUST CREATE A CULTURE OF REPORTING ESG IMPACT TO ACCESS GLOBAL GREEN BONDS AND FINANCE MARKETS – THE CASE OF BRAZIL, May 2021

Monday, May 10th, 2021

The movement of major investors and lenders to push companies, financial institutions and funds to measure and report in financial statements the risks and opportunities related to environment, social and governance (ESG) is arriving in Latin America as a condition to access the global green bonds and finance markets.

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INSIDER THOUGHTS: THE GREENSILL STORY AND ITS IMPACT ON SUPPLY CHAIN FINANCE, May 2021

Monday, May 10th, 2021

Singapore, 5 April: The most severe stress case you can impose on any counterparty is their insolvency. So imagine your client has folded, there is no buyer for its business and all its staff has been dismissed. Apocalyptic?

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IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT TRADE FINANCE, May 2021

Monday, May 10th, 2021

A couple of years ago, I made a pitch to a group of investors. During the pitch I mentioned the problem I was trying to solve in trade finance was ultimately quite dull. The investors were not sold on the idea. To them, Fintech should be exciting, dynamic and fast moving.

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ITFA NEW MEMBERS, May 2021

Monday, May 10th, 2021

ITFA is pleased to welcome the following institutions to its growing family:

– CIBC
– Hill Dickinson LLP
– Iccrea Banca Spa

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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, Apr 2021

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Tick tock!.Tick tock!……as the UK Government further eased the country’s lockdown, the Prime Minister now hopes to be able to lift the majority of rules by 21 June.

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DIGITAL TRENDS IN TRADE AND SUPPLY CHAIN IN THE MIDDLE EAST, Apr 2021

Monday, April 12th, 2021

The ITFA Middle East regional committee gathered in February for a webinar concentrating on the recent – and upcoming – developments in digital trade solutions. For this purpose, Emirates NBD invited and joined a panel of experts representing DEWA, Microsoft, Traxpay and SMBC.

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EMERGING LEADERS COMMITTEE GROWS TEAM TO REFLECT RISING SCALE OF ACTIVITIES, Apr 2021

Monday, April 12th, 2021

We are delighted to announce that the ITFA Emerging Leaders Committee has grown its membership to reflect the rising scale of activities it has been carrying out in 2020 and 2021.

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BASEL FRAMEWORK COMMENTARY – INSIGHTS ON GREENSILL, Apr 2021

Monday, April 12th, 2021

We are aware of recent concerns raised about the payables finance market and related-insurance cover in respect of the bankruptcy of Greensill. Greensill’s activities are not representative of the market.

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HOW FINTECHS CAN HELP TRADE FINANCE WHEELS SPIN MORE SMOOTHLY, Apr 2021

Monday, April 12th, 2021

In Latin America and elsewhere, fintechs are typically associated with consumer services offered directly or through an incumbent player such as a bank – but they are also quietly supporting institutions in back-office areas.

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