International TFG Trade

Awards 2022

In cooperation with BAFT

Now in its sixth year running, the TFG International Trade Awards 2022, in cooperation with BAFT, recognise those who have provided an outstanding contribution to global trade and finance.

Global

Best Financiers Category

Best Trade Financier – Citi

“We are delighted to have won the Best Trade Financier and the Best Supply Chain Financier Awards this year. Thank you to the judges. I am proud that Citi’s Trade & Working Capital Solutions team has stepped up to help our clients succeed in what have been extraordinarily difficult times for trade.  

“These awards recognise that we have found creative solutions to their priorities and supported their business growth. We are focused on supporting our clients globally and finding new and increasingly digital ways to finance their business. We are grateful for these awards; they are proof of considerable hard work and commitment through challenging times.”

– Chris Cox, Global Head of Trade & Working Capital Solutions

Best Receivables Financier – ING Bank

“We are extremely pleased to be recognized with this award for the work we have done over the past year. We are proud to have been able to support our clients in these turbulent times.”

– Oliver Petersen, Managing Director – Head of Trade Solutions

Best Supply Chain Financier – Citi

“We are delighted to have won the Best Trade Financier and the Best Supply Chain Financier Awards this year. Thank you to the judges. I am proud that Citi’s Trade & Working Capital Solutions team has stepped up to help our clients succeed in what have been extraordinarily difficult times for trade. 

These awards recognise that we have found creative solutions to their priorities and supported their business growth.  We are focused on supporting our clients globally and finding new and increasingly digital ways to finance their business. We are grateful for these awards; they are proof of considerable hard work and commitment through challenging times.”

– Chris Cox, Global Head of Trade & Working Capital Solutions

Best Export Credit Agency – UK Export Finance

 “We are delighted to be rated as the world’s best Export Credit Agency. UKEF support went from strength to strength in the last year. We responded to the market’s needs and provided billions of financial support without a penny for overseas fossil fuels projects.

We will continue to provide vital support for businesses in 2022 and finance their international ambitions.”

– Louis Taylor, Chief Executive Officer

Best Multilateral Development Bank – Afreximbank

During the pandemic, Afreximbank launched the Pandemic Trade Impact Mitigation Facility (PATIMFA). Since April 2020, they’ve funded over US$6.5 billion to member countries to deal with financial, economic and health issues caused by the pandemic.

Afreximbank is supporting trade between countries in Africa by maximising the potential of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Tradetech Innovator Award – Surecomp

“We are delighted to be recognised as a leading trade tech innovator. We believe that sustainable global trade promotes growth and improves society, and as such, companies of every size should be able to trade easily, seamlessly and with a superior user experience. To that end, we are committed to the innovative development of collaborative trade finance technology and we’d like to thank Trade Finance Global for this award. “ 

– Enno-Burghard Weitzel, SVP Strategy and Business Development

Sustainable Trade Finance Award – EBRD

“We are delighted that the EBRD has won this prestigious award. This award also recognizes the achievements of our more than 100 partner banks under the EBRD Trade

Facilitation Programme (TFP) who have successfully utilised TFP facilities for financing more than 1,300 green trade finance transactions in 24 EBRD countries of operation with a total amount of more than EUR l Bbn.”

– Rudolf Putz, Head Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP)

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Regional

Best Finance Providers by Geography

Best Trade Financier in Western Europe – Commerzbank

“As a founding member of the Marco Polo initiative, this award is a great confirmation for Commerzbank’s pioneering work in using DLT technology for trade finance transactions.

I believe that our leading role here paves the way for the trade finance sector to become faster, more transparent und ultimately less burdensome for our clients.”

– Jörg Motel, Managing Director Cluster Lead Trade Finance

Best Trade Financier in Central and Eastern Europe – Raiffeisen Bank International

“Trade keeps our world going – and any interruption has serious direct and indirect consequences, as we sadly have to witness these days. Trade Finance facilitates international commerce and in many cases makes it possible in the first place. RBI has focused from the beginning on offering innovative Trade Finance solutions that make our customers’ lives easier. We appreciate this award very much as an external confirmation of our efforts and achievements that will support us in our daily work.”

– Sabine Zucker, Managing Director / Head of Trade Finance & Transaction Banking

Best Trade Financier in the Middle East – First Abu Dhabi Bank USA

“We thank BAFT for hosting such a great event, and for honouring FAB with the award of being the best Trade Financier in the Middle East. It is FAB’s ongoing strategy to expand in the Middle East Region, and to connect all the trade corridors globally”

– Nabil Noueihed, Head of Global Transaction Banking Americas

Best Trade Financier in Africa – Rand Merchant Bank

“We are delighted to be recognised by Trade Finance Global and BAFT as Best Trade Financier in Africa. The award signifies our promise of delivering the best solutions for our client’s trade finance needs and also our commitment to support the growth of Africa.”

– Louis du Plessis, Head of Trade Finance

Best Trade Financier in Asia Pacific – Bank of China

“It is a great honour to receive this award. We are truly grateful for the recognition of our long-standing commitment to deliver integrated trade services for clients across the globe. It encourages us to devote our continuous efforts to the innovation and digitization of trade products so as to better satisfy the diversified needs of our customers.’

– Xiao Wang, General Manager, Global Transaction Banking Department

Best Trade Financier in North America – J.P. Morgan

“We are grateful and thrilled to accept the award for Best Trade Financier in North America. As many of our valued clients and stakeholders know, we made a large investment in our franchise in North America – across talent, technology, products, and service – to create better value across supply chains, operations, and sales channels.

This award is a testament to that conscious decision to invest where our clients need us most, and more importantly, to our team’s commitment to deliver through challenging times. We are humbled and will continue to work hard for our clients, our stakeholders, and the entire Trade Finance industry. The world needs this industry to shine now more than ever.”

– Keith Murphy, Executive Director – North America Head of Trade and Working Capital Finance

Best Trade Financier in Latin America – Santander

“In the fast-changing environment in which we operate,  being nimble and having a great team enables us to turn things around quickly to meet our clients’ needs. This award is a testament to the hard work and commitment of  our team”

– Mencía Bobo Aritio, Global Head Trade & Working Capital Solutions at Santander Corporate and Investment Banking

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Specialists

Best Trade Finance Services Category

Best Trade Finance Deal of the Year – Allen & Overy

“We are proud to be awarded Best Trade  Finance Deal of the Year for the Tesco sustainability-linked supply chain financing programme. Advising on cutting-edge transactions such as this one ensures that we can continue to give our clients deep and valuable insight into current market trends. 

Trade and commodity finance has been a  large growth area and focus for us as a firm in  recent years and this award demonstrates our  commitment to continuing to make this a  market-leading trade and commodity finance  practice.”

– Catherine Lang-Anderson, Partner

Best Trade Finance Education Provider – The London Institute of Banking & Finance

“We’re proud to have supported tens of thousands of trade and transaction banking professionals across the world, get the skills they need to succeed in this vital global sector. Trade finance faces a period of fast and profound change, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic and other global events. 

“We want to play our part by helping those working in the industry to develop their skills and knowledge. A big thank you to all our learners for investing in their futures with us.”

– Alex Gray, Head of Trade and Transaction Banking

Best Trade Finance Law Firm – Sullivan & Worcester LLP

“We’re very pleased to accept the award which recognizes our continuing work in and commitment to trade finance.”

– Geoff Wynne, Partner and Head of Trade Finance

Best Trade Credit Insurance Provider – AIG

 “We are delighted to have been awarded Best Trade Credit Insurance Provider at the 2022 Trade Finance Global Awards. 

“At AIG we pride ourselves on putting the customer first by finding high-quality risk mitigation and capital optimisation Trade Finance solutions. This award is a testament to the hard work, diligence, and creativity of our team across the globe.”

– Ana Velandia Evan, Global Head of Trade Finance

Best Islamic Financier – International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation

“It is with great honour that we receive this award. This recognition is not only for us but also for our partners and stakeholders whom we support in their efforts to promote Islamic finance across markets. 

“We hold a strong belief that financing can be done right in the interest of people, communities and nations and we shall continue to provide OIC member countries with the needed support as they look to improve lives. Therefore, we dedicate this award to our partners, staff, and OIC members”

– Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO

Trade Digitisation Award – Enigio AB

“We are delighted to receive this BAFT industry recognition for our efforts to digitalise the trade domain with our core solution trace:original. We believe the industry needs a freely transferable solution, independent, platform agnostic and interoperable with anyone and anywhere, just like paper is today.

“Big thanks to all stakeholders in the trade community for supporting, cooperating, and pushing trade digitalisation to happen. We are also very happy for all that have challenged us during this journey, which forces us to continuously raise our standards and to excel.”

– Patrik Zekkar, CEO

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Individuals

Individuals Categories

Outstanding Contribution to Trade Finance – Steven Beck

“What I’ve achieved is thanks to the dedication and hard work of an excellent team as well as friends and colleagues in the broader industry: people striving to make global trade and supply chains green, robust, inclusive, transparent, and socially responsible. Lots more to do. Thanks so much.”

– Steven Beck, Head, Trade and Supply Chain Finance

Rising Trade Finance Star – Haitham Elsaid

“It’s my privilege to be selected for this award. This is just an amazing moment and one of the most important scenes of my professional career. I truly appreciate all for supporting and helping me in my professional growth. 

“This award will inspire me to achieve success in the future. I would like to thank all the jury members for choosing me eligible for this award. I am unable to express in words how much I appreciate this moment. Thank you all for this honour.”

– Haitham Elsaid, Foreign Letters of Guarantee Manager

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Trade Finance Global (TFG) assists companies with raising debt finance. While we can access many traditional forms of finance, we specialise in alternative finance and complex funding solutions related to international trade. We help companies to raise finance in ways that is sometimes out of reach for mainstream lenders.

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