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The Finance of Commodities in International Trade

 Monday 14  and Tuesday 15 October 2019

Trade Workshop
This event is taking place:

Date: Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 October 2019
Where:  The London Institute of Banking & Finance, 8th Floor Peninsular House, 36 Monument Street, London, EC3R 8LJ, United Kingdom

Challenges, Techniques, Legal Cases, Fraud and Money Laundering

Do you work in commodity financing? Are you interested in upskilling, deepening your insight and developing practical solutions to issues faced when financing commodities?

Who should attend?

If you are involved in commodity financing, monitoring and control, in bank or corporate this practical workshop will be beneficial to you. We are hosting a highly practical two-day course which will provide you with an intensive and interactive analysis of the techniques, challenges and operational risks in the finance of commodities in international trade. 

You will learn through practical training exercises, bespoke case studies and assessments, together with over 30 legal cases to illustrate and highlight key points. The course is designed to address the roles of the parties involved, their responsibilities and obligations and consider the wide spectrum of risks: regulatory, fraud, operational and credit, that need to be considered when financing commodities.

Our executive short courses provide you with an analysis of the main trade products and assess when and where they are appropriate to use, as well as considering the issue of fraud and money-laundering in Trade and Commodity Finance and how to avoid the consequences of being impacted by these.

Through this course you will be able to develop an understanding of the most significant areas in the provision of commodity trade finance and the techniques used in the financing of oil.  It will explain how international commodity trade is financed and assess how the use of Letters of Indemnity has enabled the enormous growth in oil trading to take place, as well as considering the key principles that need to be adhered to and understood.


John Turnbull, Director, Certis International Senior Banker and Trade Finance specialist with 35 years’ experience of origination, negotiation, structuring, risk management and regulation of the full range of international trade transactions.  John-Turnbull

John’s previous positions include, Joint General Manager and Global Head of Structured Trade and Commodity Finance at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Ltd, Head of Global Trade Finance, London at SBC (now UBS) and Head of Trade Finance at Paribas, London. He has acted as expert witness in a number of high-profile trade finance legal cases, and was Co-Chair of the ICC Commission on Banking Technique and Practice’s Consulting Group on the most recent revision of the UCP. For 10 years since its inception he was the Chair of the Association of Foreign Banks Trade Finance Committee.

John is chairman of the ICC UK Banking Committee and member of the ICC Banking Commission Global Financial Crime Committee and the joint ICC/ Wolfsberg Committee. He has been a representative on many national and international trade committees, including previously a Board Member of the International Energy Credit Association in the USA, a current long-standing member of the IECA European Board.


Agenda Key Topics

Day 1

  • The use of documentary credits in international commodity trade - practical problems, key risks, potential solutions
  • Standby credits and guarantees: their use in the finance of commodities
  • An analysis of the use of specialised documentary credits in the finance of commodities
  • The use of transferable credits and back-to-back credits in the financing of commodities

Day 2

  • Letters of Indemnity in oil transactions
  • The use of price fluctuation/ escalation clauses in oil financing
  • How to balance the autonomy of documentary credits with the challenges of regulation, compliance and fraud
  • Fraud in international trade – analysis of the autonomy principle – is it still valid and workable?
  • Fraud case study: assessment of major fraud cases in commodity financing

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