Sean Edwards is the chairman of the International Trade and Fortfaiting Association (ITFA).
He is an English solicitor, formerly with Clifford Chance, and is now Head of Legal and Special Adviser to the Global Trade Finance Department at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited.
He takes a particular interest in trade finance matters, and as chairman of the Market Practice Committee, he has been closely and heavily involved in the drafting of the ITFA Guidelines and Introduction to the Primary Market.
He is the author of the User’s Guide to the ITFA Guidelines, and has written articles on forfaiting for all the major trade finance magazines.
TFG’s Deepesh Patel spoke to ITFA’s Chairman, Sean Edwards, about the ITFA Structured Letters of Credit Working Group, and the emergence of Structured Letters of Credit as a variant of Traditional LCs.
TFG’s Nikhil Patel sat down with ITFA Chairman, Sean Edwards, discussing the highs (and lows) of 2019, from a trade, tech and regulatory perspective. We asked ITFA’s view on whether the fireworks of trade wars might slow in 2020, and what’s needed for blockchain to work for trade in 2020.