Banking & Finance | Trade Finance

We work for the providers of trade finance services, whether banks, lenders or finance houses. We also advise traders and those raising finance.


We advise on:

  • letters of credit facilities
  • bills of exchange
  • counter-trade arrangements
  • legal aspects of currency hedging
  • debtor insurance products
  • commodities hedging, together with other SWAPS and structured derivatives products


Our expertise

We act for various providers of trade finance and have prepared standard documentation, contract terms and procedures manuals for UK and overseas financiers.

We are panel lawyers to Banks and other providers of trade finance facilities to businesses for the documentation of trade finance facilities and associated security. We act in resolving disputes before the courts, both directly in connection with trade finance facilities and also including in wider disputes involving assets, fraud, asset-tracing and insolvency.

We act for a wide range of traders to help them structure and put in place finance, source finance and negotiate the terms and documentation.


Our experience:

  • acting for a global computer-game company on its multi-jurisdictional finance arrangements with customers and putting in place structures with co-financiers
  • helping an Asian-based manufacturer document its loans to customers and take security over stock and other assets in the UK
  • advising an in-flight catering provider on financing its trading and other assets globally and securing income streams for its lenders across the globe
  • working with the syndicate of financiers to an airline group to secure trade debts in multiple jurisdictions, obtain central bank consents and mitigate the impact of exchange controls on debt servicing in the UK and US
  • acting for manufacturers, travel companies and others on their currency-hedging documentation with a wide range of counterparties
  • helping international traders on letters of credit arrangements with global banks
  • advising on putting in place invoice discounting facilities across multiple jurisdictions for a global recruitment company



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