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Trade, Commodities and Export Finance

Driven by volatile commodity prices, the growth of emerging markets and the economic downturn, the international trade, commodities and export markets have become exceptionally dynamic.

Increasingly complex finance documentation and security structures, as well as new and stricter regulation regimes, mean that a range of new legal challenges and risks have arisen.

Our trade, commodities and export finance team can translate complexity and the increased scrutiny of security structures into practical and efficient solutions. Our in-depth knowledge of the sector and track record in documenting trade, commodities and export financings and our litigators' experience of advising on a large number of disputes in the trade, commodities and export sector allow us to identify and solve any issues upfront, providing our clients with both practical and commercial advice.

Whether trading in physical commodities or commodity derivatives, using commodities to generate cash flows within shari’a-compliant financings, entering into a commodities financing or structuring a complex commodities arbitrage transaction, there are a plethora of diverse legal issues to consider – from documentation to credit mitigation and from regulatory approvals to reputational issues. At Allen & Overy, we bring our expertise in each legal discipline under one product umbrella to offer our clients a seamless solution.

 

News and insights

A winding road running through an autumn forest

Publications: 19 May 2022

Industry Perspectives: Trade finance and the ESG revolution

The trade finance market is undergoing a radical transformation in terms of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG). In this Industry Perspective with Global Trade Review (GTR), Niels de…

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Publications: 24 November 2021

Stages for Change: “If you’re about diversity, you need to be about all aspects of diversity”

While the commodities industry is evolving with other sectors to become a more inclusive space, it remains a predominantly male-led business.

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Sun peering behind modern skyscrapers on the skyline

Publications: 10 September 2021

Lessons learned on taking security in a commodity finance transaction

In the first article of our Legal Watch Series with Global Trade Review (GTR), Catherine Lang-Anderson and Brandon O’Neil discuss the steps banks can take to manage risk when taking security in a…

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Latest thinking - Back to the future

Publications: 06 October 2020

Back to the future? The UK’s free trade agreements after Brexit

With the end of the Brexit-related transition period fast approaching, the United Kingdom has been involved in a flurry of negotiations concerning free trade agreements (FTAs) as it strives to avoid…

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Trade commodities and export finance brochure

Crates

With geopolitical tensions, a changing Chinese economy and price volatility, the commodities markets are going through turbulent changes. In addition, commodities finance documentation and security structures are becoming increasingly complex, whilst stricter regulatory regimes pose further challenges.