Making export finance more accessible

July 18, 2017

The TXF podcast, live from Venice! A great discussion looking at how ECAs and banks are judged internally and externally, and how origination works in practice and how it could be improved. Could export finance be simplified in how it is communicated to clients, colleagues, regulators and governments?

Featuring: Simon Sayer of Deutsche Bank, Simon Jones of TD Securities, Gabby Buck of GKB Ventures, and special guest Topi Vesteri of Finnvera and president of the Berne Union.


SMEs and export finance

May 4, 2017

For this episode, regular contributors Simon Sayer, Simon Jones and Gabby Buck are joined by Mark Ling and Rebecca Harding. They discuss...

  • Do SMEs know about export finance? Why would they use it? What is the biggest block?
  • Is engagement with SMEs buyer or supplier driven?
  • How important will it be for banks and ECAs to show they support SMEs? Is it really on the radar?
  • How can the whole export finance process be made easier for small deals and SMEs?
  • Who are the agencies making most headwind on this?
  • Where do the banks fit? Educator / arranger / out of the picture?

Review of the latest export finance deal data

March 22, 2017

The TXF export finance data report for 2016 is now out, and our team goes through the key findings, providing analysis for the reasons behind some of the key trends.

To find out more about the data report and how you can access the full version, click here

Key topics:

  • Direct lending on the rise - but what ECAs and what types of deals?
  • Which types of banks are best placed to take advantage of the current environment?
  • More small ticket deals, and more project finance - what does this tell us?

Starring: Gabby Buck of GKB Ventures, Simon Sayer of Deutsche Bank and Simon Jones of TD Securities

Note: The TXF Export Finance data report is derived from deal information on The information is collected from a variety of sources including an extensive deal submissions process. Whilst the report is a strong indicator of trends taking place in the sector, there are gaps in the data and we do not claim to have 100% market coverage


Bold predictions for export finance in 2017

January 27, 2017

The latest edition of the TXF export finance podcast sees our esteemed guests Simon Jones, Simon Sayer, Gabby Buck and renowned trade economist Rebecca Harding discuss the key trends defining the next year for the industry. Moderated by TXF’s Dan Sheriff.

Key topics include:

  • A report card for 2016 and 2017
  • Does low global growth mean a terrible time for export finance?
  • Where will commodity prices go and what do they mean?
  • How will risk and opportunity play out in the Middle East?
  • What demand will be seen for export finance in developed and developing markets?
  • What will Trump mean for US Exim and US exports?
  • How can export finance navigate turbulent politics worldwide?
  • Will UK trade be as bad as it looks? Will we see any market corrections?
  • Will the rise of ECA direct lending continue?
  • How big a feature will regulation be in 2017?
  • Who will the winners and losers be in export finance this year?

We will repeat last year’s “live show" at TXF VENICE on 7-9 June 2017. Click here for details


2016 to date reviewed

September 15, 2016

In the latest edition of the TXF Export Finance podcast, Simon Jones, Simon Sayer and Gabby Buck discuss the performance of the ECA finance industry in the first half of the year, analysing the latest data report from TXF. They then discuss the challenges that lie ahead in the second half, and even deliver a prediction or two.


Institutional investors and the capital markets

June 14, 2016

Following on the distribution theme, this podcast examines the developing relationship between export finance, institutional investors and the capital markets. Is export finance ready to engage more readily with the investor community, what else needs to be in place and does there need to be a pricing arbitrage before a more regular deal flow can be developed?

Featuring Simon Sayer, Simon Jones, Richard Hodder and Gabriel Buck.



June 7, 2016

For the fourth edition of our export finance podcast, we look at the issue of distribution - how are models changing, what are the key drivers, where are the regulatory pressure points and why has efficient distribution become more important than ever. 

Featuring Simon Sayer, Simon Jones, Richard Hodder and Gabriel Buck.


Private Insurance

May 10, 2016

Here we look at the relationship between private insurance and the export finance industry. How has the relationship between private insurance and banks changed, as product and regulatory initiatives have taken place. What considerations must take place when deciding on when and how to use private and ECA cover. 

Our experts Simon Sayer, Gabby Buck and Simon Jones share all.


Regulation and Advocacy

April 27, 2016

For the second edition of the podcast, our experts explore regulation and advocacy. What are the challenges the industry is facing, how can export financiers communicate on the product both internally and externally, and how is the new regulatory environment impacting clients?

Starring: Simon Sayer of Deutsche Bank, Gabby Buck of GKB Ventures and Simon Jones of TD Securities.


The role export finance will play in a challenging economic environment

March 23, 2016

Here our experts look at the role ECAs and export finance played in the last crisis and how that role will differ in any future downturn. We also discuss the state we are in now, and how that impacts the opportunities that are on the horizon.

Starring: Simon Sayer of Deutsche Bank, Richard Hodder of HSBC, Gabby Buck of GKB Ventures and Simon Jones of TD Securities.