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Luka trained and qualified at another major international law firm before joining Baker McKenzie in September 2009.

Recent events have thrown the spotlight on sanctions. Sanctions provisions in facilities agreements are frequently keenly negotiated, and most lenders have minimum requirements. We typically see lenders focus more on the activities of the obligor group and its business than on the other lenders and finance parties to the transaction.
Accordingly, we anticipate many of our clients revisiting their sanctions policies and giving greater weight to mitigating risks associated with any party to a transaction becoming the subject of sanctions, not just members of the obligor group.

Welcome to the June edition of this publication that includes a variety of legal and market focused articles on current topics of interest in the world of trade finance.
In this issue, we feature:
• Trade finance and the efforts to boost intra-African trade
• Developments in the digitization of trade in Singapore
• Lombard North Central Plc v European Skyjets Ltd
• Baker McKenzie partners with the LMA
• Sanctions & Export Control Update

The ECB has warned European lenders of the potential risks they will face, should further sanctions be imposed against Russia in the event of an invasion of Ukraine. The impact of any sanctions would not be limited to Russian financial institutions/businesses but is likely to be felt across the world, especially by financial institutions who have significant Russian exposure.

Welcome to the March edition of this quarterly publication that includes a variety of legal and market focused articles on current topics of interest in the world of trade finance.

As always we hope that you enjoy this edition of Baker McKenzie’s Trade Finance Quarterly Insight and invite you to reach out to any of the contributors or indeed anyone else in the team should you wish to discuss any of the issues covered in this edition or have any other trade finance related queries.

Welcome to the December edition of this quarterly publication that includes a variety of legal and market focused articles on current topics of interest in the world of trade finance. 

In our last edition, COVID-19 was the inevitable link between the articles we featured. In this edition, we bring into focus three major topics that are set to play their part in the global economic recovery process – technology, the transition to risk free rates and the role of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in the financial markets. 

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We have a proven track record of advising on export credit agency export financings, regularly advising financial institutions, export credit agencies, exporters, producers and corporate borrowers on financing solutions. Please click on the link below to find out more about our ECA Export Finance capabilities. Download