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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

News: 02 JUNE 2020

Success for A&O in the TXF Perfect 10 awards

Allen & Overy has picked up a pair of trophies at the TXF Perfect 10 awards, which took place in a virtual ceremony on 29 May. Both of the successes came in the trade and commodity finance category,…

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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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News: 19 MARCH 2020

A&O wins Best Trade Finance Law Firm

Allen & Overy has been awarded Best Trade Finance Law Firm at the 2020 Trade Finance Global Awards. Selected by an independent external steering committee, A&O was recognised for being one of the few…

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Allen & Overy advises on world's first SONIA and SOFR multucurrency loan agreement

News: 12 MARCH 2020

Allen & Overy advises on world's first SONIA and SOFR multicurrency loan agreement

Allen & Overy has advised a syndicate of 21 lenders, including co-ordinators Barclays Bank PLC ("Barclays") and HSBC Bank PLC ("HSBC") on a GBP6 billion revolving credit facility for British American…

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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.