Asia STCF (Structured Trade & Commodity Finance) 2015,

30 Jun-01 Jul, 2015 - Singapore, SINGAPORE

Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay

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"Innovative Structures & Collateral Solutions for Importers, Exporters & Financiers"


Even as Chinese demand slows, the appetite within the Asian region for commodity financing remains very high.


The development of new structuring opportunities, the need to manage regulatory pressures to mitigate risk and enhance regulatory risk capital relief, as well as optimizing structures to improve efficiency, make Asia STCF is a must-attend conference for financiers and traders alike.


With participants from across the planet, this is a truly global meeting which looks at challenges for international traders and banks in finding the right structures/financial solutions. How can we create new opportunities within the current imperatives of both trade and regulation?


At this Asia STCF conference, we will look in detail at challenges in China, developments in the metals, energy and softs/ag sector across the entire Asia region, bringing you the latest thinking and relevant case studies to show current techniques in a fast-changing marketplace.


Asia STCF is a place where you can network with your peers, learn about new developments and opportunities. Along with great networking opportunities, you will learn about:

  • Structures to improve capital efficiency
  • PXF challenges in ferrous, non-ferrous markets
  • Innovation using structures in the Ag commodities space
  • Where are the financing hotspots?
  • Private insurance - trade credit and political risk markets in Asia
  • What can go wrong in STCF transactions?
  • Workshop: legal issues and documenting transactions

With some forecasters anticipating growth this year in China of 7-8% we ask if this estimate (which is a growth year-on year of the entire Indonesian economy) is sustainable and what financing trends will be in the context of present risk appetites and risk management solutions.

Why not join us at the end of June to meet, network with your peers in Singapore, for the only truly international conference dedicated to STCF in the region? With a line-up of really senior speakers from across the planet, this meeting will be a must for your calendar if you are involved in financing trade, structuring deals within a bank or trading firm.


Highlights :

  • Risk, collateral and structuring: what are the latest developments in STCF in both the Asian and global context?
  • Trader Panel: international traders discuss financing needs and perspectives for 2015/2016 and beyond
  • Africa panel: how is Asia shaping up in the competition for Africa's development challenges? Assessing the needs for continuing transformation in Africa
  • Structuring supply chain solutions for working capital efficiency: where do traditional supply chain approaches meet innovation by banks to offer solutions across the value chain?
  • Risk management: how is the private insurance market shaping up to the Asian challenge? Where does that leave the ECAs?
Separately Bookable WORKSHOP

1 July 2015, Wednesday (14:00 - 17:00 hrs.)


"Structuring and Documenting different types of Structured Trade and Commodity Finance Transactions"


  • The analysis of common types of financing including pre-export finance, prepayment finance; tolling; warehouse financing; the use of commodity repos; receivables financings and supply chain finance
  • Each type of transaction will be analysed from its legal and commercial point of view
  • A typical list of documents and their content will be discussed
  • The role of various parties in each type of transaction will be analysed - a number of case studies will be used to illustrate lessons to be learned 



Geoffrey Wynne, Partner, Sullivan and Worcester LLP, London


Scobie Mackay, Head, Commodity Traders & Agribusiness, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank Singapore



John MacNamara

Global Head of Structured Commodity Trade Finance, Deutsche Bank


Momchil Ivanov

Head of Structured Metals and Energy Finance Asia, ING Bank


Caspar Jonk

Head of Trade, South and South East Asia, National Australia Bank


Peter Gilbert

Chief Executive, BPL Global, Singapore


Frank Wu

Head of Structured Commodity Trade Finance, Asia, Deutsche Bank, Singapore


Geoffrey Wynne

Partner, Sullivan and Worcester LLP, London


Dr Benedict Oremah

Executive VP, Business Development & Corporate Banking, African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)


Ranveer S Chauhan

Managing Director, Palm & Natural Rubber, Olam International


Lamon Rutten

Manager, Policies, Markets and ICT programme, CTA, The Netherlands


Peter Hopkins

Managing Director, Drum Risk Management Ltd, London


Aashish Pitale

Group Treasurer, Essar Group


Scobie Mackay

Head, Commodity Traders and Agribusiness, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank Singapore


Dan Day-Robinson

Executive Director, GT Group


Kristian Schach Møller

CEO, ACE - Agricultural Commodity Exchange for Africa



Industry News Who Will You Meet Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

Singapore fostering commodity trade as clearing houses expand


Oil Storage Space: the new entry into commodity trading


Hedge fund Scipion Capital fills commodity trade finance gap


Chinese banks bulk up in London's commodity sector


IME to boost commodity trading

- Structured Trade Finance

- Supply (Value) Chain Financiers

- Commodity Traders- Risk Managers

- Treasury Departments

- CFOs/CEOs- Export Finance

- Commodity Finance

- Commercial Bankers

- Ops for Commodities

- Relationship Managers Contracts Departments

- STCF Lawyers

- Commodities and Shipping Law Firms

- Inspection Firms

- Collateral Managers

- Warehouse

- Technology Firms

This event is an excellent platform to promote your organization to influential players and investors in the industry. Sponsorship opportunities available include Corporate, Exclusive luncheon & Cocktail sponsor.


Exhibition / catalogue display can be arranged upon request. Contact or (65) 6346 9138

News Feed

China allows over 100 state-owned firms to assume commodity derivatives trading

Posted on : 16 Jun, 2015


China allows over 100 state-owned firms to assume commodity derivatives trading, creating opportunities for structured trade finance deals.


China is one of the world's biggest consumers of metals, energy and agricultural products. The country has recently more than tripled the number of central government owned firms that are allowed to trade commodities derivatives overseas without regulator's approval.


The move is expected to give China an extra edge in global markets for metals, energy and agricultural products. The development of China's involvement in derivatives and international financial markets also has ramifications for trade financiers. Derivatives are an important risk management tool which allow traders to hedge and therefore reduce price risk, which should have a knock-on effect in terms of cost of financing and the allocation of regulatory risk capital within banks lending to Chinese companies.


The number of companies now allowed to trade derivatives is now said to be over 100 - making it the biggest expansion in nearly a decade. These companies are likely to be targeted by financiers as the ones engaging in new international operations. As such, they may represent opportunities in terms of structured trade finance. This is particularly the case for the energy sector and users of oil products such as airlines and shipping companies. The resulting capital inflows and outflows will certainly attract the attention of financiers.


We'll be discussing the prospects for trade financiers and traders in the context of these new opportunities in China at Asia STCF (Structured Trade & Commodity Finance) on 30 June-1 July, 2015, in Singapore.


Contact Ms. Grace Oh at or call +65 6346 9147 for more details.


Scipion Capital’s fund bridges commodity trade finance gap

Posted on : 04 May, 2015


Recent market analyses indicate that some of the banks have shrunk their commodity trade finance portfolio in view of cranking up of capitalisation requirements by regulators, thus squeezing the margins on offer.


Meanwhile it is also witnessed that certain investors are resigning from asset class completely, especially those who have repeatedly lost money in commodities. Some of these investors are also eyeing different forms of exposure with lower volatility.


In view of such trends, hedge fund company Scipion Capital is offering an alternative - a commodity trade finance fund that delivers decent steady returns. The fund aims at attracting institutional investors who are dissatisfied with poor performance of commodity funds.


Scipion is taking its African Opportunities Fund to the broader institutional investor market. Scipion is eyeing sticky money, some of its existing investors are family offices and wealthy individuals. The credit fund offers short-term, secured loans that cover the transport of commodities from the African interior to the port, or vice versa. Most of the loans offered earn a return of about 8 to 18 percent per annum, but a lot depends on the collateral managers on field.


Risk factor is also another area that helps the fund earn money. For instance it covers areas that banks can't or won't lend against, such as funding gasoline or diesel shipments from an oil major's refinery in Europe to Ghana.


Some of the attractive commodities that are lucrative for investments include imports of cement or bitumen, or exports of cocoa, coffee and cotton - which are high consumption commodities.


More on commodity trade finance will be discussed at Asia STCF (Structured Trade & Commodity Finance) 2015 on 30 Jun-01 Jul, 2015 in Singapore.


Contact Ms. Grace Oh at or call +65 6346 9147 for more details.



China to spend $24.7 billion in 2015 to build commodity stock pile

Posted on : 23 Mar, 2015


In 2015, China looks to build its commodity stock piles and the Ministry of Finance has announced that - It would spend 154.6 billion yuan ($24.7 billion) this year to build up its reserves of grains, edible oils and what it termed "other materials." Although "other materials" is not specified, crude oil is said to be among the commodities that China plans to hoard. It's said that country plans to hoard 90 days' worth of oil in reserves to cover for supply disruptions, in line with other major economies.


The spending on stockpile has risen by 33% compared to 2014, when stockpile-spending was only 22%.


China has also imported oil, iron ore, copper and other commodities in record-high quantities in 2014 as prices for key commodities fell to their lowest levels in more than five years.


While the country is going for massive stock-piling, it is controlling the consumption of coal with policy changes to clean up highly-polluting industries.


The higher imports underline China's appetite for resources which it regards as essential for long-term development, despite a recent downward trend in actual consumption levels.


China's domestic supply of industrial metals like copper is weak and these metals are likely to be stockpiled by the country too. Besides, China also buys agricultural commodities such as corn, wheat and soybeans from farmers when market prices fall below preset state-guaranteed levels.


With this year's spending, China will try to cover losses from auctioning its cotton stockpiles - which traders say could be approximately 10 million metric tons - bought mostly when cotton prices were higher than the current rates.


More on China's commodity trade will be discussed at ASIA STCF: Asia Structured Trade & Commodity Finance on 30 June - 1 July, 2015 in Singapore.


Contact Ms. Grace Oh at or call +65 6346 9147 for more details.