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Commodity and Export/Trade Finance

Eversheds Sutherland has a long history of advising banks in relation to commodity, trade and export finance transactions, often linking up with various of our international offices.

Physical and financial trading in goods and commodities dominates the global economy. However, the complexity of the contractual, regulatory and financial landscape can create pitfalls for the unwary.

We have over 60 dedicated lawyers around the world who provide advice to banks, financial institutions, traders, brokers, ship owners, insurers, producers and industrial end users in connection with all aspects of physical and financial trading in hard and soft commodities. We also advise traders and other market participants on the acquisition and management of distribution and warehousing assets, and have a leading litigation and international arbitration practice which is highly rated for its commodities work.

Focused on the key trading centres of London, Hong Kong and Geneva, but with offices in the fast growing or emerging economies of Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, the Eversheds international trade and commodities team offers clients a global platform. Given our involvement in all aspects of the physical and financial supply chain we are also well placed to provide clients with a holistic view of the issues they face.

Our Hong Kong team has acted for over 27 domestic and international banks on developing their trade finance and/or receivables purchase documentation and supply chain programmes. We regularly oversee drafting and negotiations of commercial contracts and the provision of related regulatory advice for banks, financial institutions and corporates across all sectors. We have also advised major banks in Hong Kong on the enforcement of security and lifting stop payment orders in the PRC, as well as on preparing investment and derivatives product documentation for their corporate and retail customers.