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Sullivan Celebrates Six Years in London

Posted by Simon Cook on Nov 22, 2019 1:59:54 PM

The London office of international law firm Sullivan was celebrating the completion of its sixth successful year in London last night, at its annual party.

The event was held at Paul, at the ground floor entrance to Tower 42, the home of Sullivan’s London office in the City.

Over 150 guests enjoyed music, magic and a gin bar until late in the evening, with a few continuing until the small hours.

Geoffrey Wynne, Head of the Trade & Export Finance Group and Sullivan's London office, commented:

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The ICC publishes Incoterms 2020

Posted by Francesca Umicini-Clark on Oct 2, 2019 1:23:13 PM


By Rajan Dhami, Francesca Umicini-Clark and Simon Cook

On 10 September 2019, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) issued a much anticipated set of revisions to the Incoterms – the international commercial terms published to clarify the obligations of buyers and sellers in trade contracts, which will come into force on 1 January 2020. In a further attempt to adapt to current commercial practices and provide innovative solutions, Incoterms 2020 have introduced a number of significant changes.

The most notable changes include:

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Topics: Trade & Export Finance, ICC

Sullivan UK Ranked in the 2020 Edition of The Legal 500 UK

Posted by Simon Cook on Sep 27, 2019 2:34:43 PM

Leading independent legal directory, The UK Legal 500, 2020, was published last night. In the Trade Finance category Sullivan is ranked, for the sixth consecutive year, in the top tier.

Geoffrey Wynne is included in the UK Legal 500 ‘Hall of Fame’ 2020 for his trade finance experience, and both Simon Cook and Mark Norris are listed as ‘Leading Individuals’. Managing associate Hannah Fearn is again included as a ‘Rising Star’ and associate Sam Fowler-Holmes recognised for his structured and unstructured trade finance.

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ITFA launches new Unfunded Master Risk Participation Agreement

Posted by Geoff Wynne on Sep 12, 2019 8:30:39 AM

Early in September ITFA launched its new Unfunded Master Risk Participation Agreement (MRPA) and associated user guidelines for use by its members. Later this month it has also arranged for Sullivan to issue a CRR compliant legal opinion.

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Sullivan Wins Third Trade Finance Award in 2019

Posted by Simon Cook on Jun 28, 2019 11:44:49 AM

I am very pleased to announce that Sullivan's trade and export finance team has won its third significant trade finance award in 2019.

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Topics: Trade & Export Finance

ITFA publishes revised guidelines on CRR-compliant insurance policies

Posted by Geoff Wynne on Jun 12, 2019 10:34:30 AM

This week ITFA published its revised guidelines on CRR-compliant insurance policies. The guidelines were first published in 2016 to assist banks with navigating the complex rules for credit risk mitigation that apply to non-payment insurance policies.

Sullivan's London insurance team is very pleased to have worked with ITFA to update the guidelines to reflect recent regulatory developments, including the Prudential Regulation Authority's policy statement on the use of certain types of credit risk mitigation (published in March of this year).

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Topics: ITFA, CRR, Credit risk mitigation

New ITFA Guide to IFRS 9 for the Trade Receivables and Supply Chain Finance Industry

Posted by Simon Cook on Jun 3, 2019 3:44:43 PM

ITFA has published "A guide to accounting and legal issues under IFRS 9 for the trade receivables and supply chain finance industry."

These are ITFA's first set of guidelines on the standards aimed solely at the trade and supply chain finance industry, since the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued IFRS 9, which came into force on January 1, 2018.

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Topics: ITFA, IFRS 9, Supply chain finance

Updated New York Law Master Participation Agreement & Guidelines Published

Posted by Simon Cook on May 29, 2019 5:00:57 PM

International financial services association BAFT (the Bankers Association for Finance & Trade), together with ITFA (the International Trade and Forfaiting Association) have published an updated New York law Master Participation Agreement (NY MPA) and associated guidelines. BAFT, together with ITFA, put together a working group of experts to review the existing form and identify changes based on current market practice.

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Topics: Master Participation Agreement, BAFT, ITFA

Sullivan Wins GTR ‘Best Trade Finance Law Firm’ 2019 Award

Posted by Amanda Montano on May 3, 2019 3:03:32 PM

by Amanda Montano and Alexander Swayne

Sullivan is pleased to have been named "Best Trade Finance Law Firm" 2019 by leading trade finance publication Global Trade Review (GTR) at its annual Leaders in Trade awards, held on 2 May 2019 in London.

The Leaders in Trade awards highlight excellence in the trade, commodity, supply chain and export finance and fintech markets.

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Topics: Sullivan, GTR, Trade & Export Finance, Global Trade Review, Leaders in Trade

Sullivan & Worcester Moves Forward As 'Sullivan' and Rebrands With a New Logo and Shorter Name

Posted by Simon Cook on Apr 29, 2019 4:54:14 PM

International law firm Sullivan & Worcester LLP has today unveiled a dynamic new brand and logo.

The firm will now be known as "Sullivan" and, in conjunction with the name change, has revealed a bold, striking logo intended to graphically symbolise the forward-thinking and creative approach that the firm brings to client matters.

"Sullivan has always been a firm of innovative and strategic thinkers with a keen focus on getting positive outcomes for our clients. Our new brand and logo capture our firm’s energy," said Joel Carpenter, managing partner of Sullivan.

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Simon Cook is a partner in the Trade & Export Finance Group in Sullivan’s London office. He has experience in a wide variety of banking and finance transactions, including structured trade and commodity finance, project finance, warehouse finance, supply chain finance, ECA finance and borrowing-base facilities. He advises on transactions across emerging markets for both lenders and borrowers notably in the oil, telecoms, soft commodities and metals sectors in Africa and the Middle East, where he was based for four years. Simon also acts for industry bodies and is a member of ITFA’s Africa Regional Committee.


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