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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 & insights

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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Publications: 08 JULY 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus – An update on the main measures for the credit sector in the Italian Government’s recent decrees

The Liquidity Decree was converted into law, with amendments, by Law No. 40 of 5 June 2020 which came into force on 7 June 2020. The Liquidity decree introduced significant new measures, some of which…

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Publications: 17 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: The main measures for the credit sector in the Italian Government’s recent decrees

The Covid-19 coronavirus continues to have a significant impact on Italy’s credit sector and on 9 April 2020 decree n. 23 of 8 April 2020 (the so-called Liquidity Decree) came into force.

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Publications: 10 FEBRUARY 2020

Liability for breaches of sanctions: financiers, lessors and charterers beware, OFAC settles claims against Apollo and Eagle Bulk

Two recent settlements in the United States have highlighted the risks for parties involved in aviation and shipping of incurring liabilities for a breach of sanctions.  

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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.