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Hannah Fearn

Hannah Fearn is a managing associate in the Trade & Export Finance team in the London office. Hannah’s practice area covers trade and export finance. Hannah has advised on a wide range of cross-border trade finance transactions in a variety of jurisdictions, with an emphasis on emerging markets.

She has acted for leading banks in the market and her experience includes advising on syndicated and bilateral secured pre-export commodity financings, commodity repo structures, letter of credit facilities, trade instruments and receivables financings. Hannah has advised clients on related regulatory issues, including sanctions arising out of cross-border finance transactions. She regularly advises on risk sharing techniques, including guarantees, sub-participations, insurance policies and payment instruments such as standbys and demand guarantees, and on the use of such agreements as credit risk mitigation under the EU’s Capital Requirements Regulation (implementing Basel III).

Hannah is a contributor to A Guide to Receivables Finance, a special report from TFR published by Ark, and has contributed practice notes on a variety of trade finance topics, including commodity financing and capital adequacy for trade finance, to Lexis PSL. In 2011, Hannah spent six months on secondment to the London-based trade finance legal team of a major US bank.

Recent Posts

The Prudential Regulation Authority publishes Policy Statement updating its Supervisory Statement on Credit Risk Mitigation

Posted by Hannah Fearn on Mar 13, 2019 1:22:34 PM

By Hannah Fearn, Geoffrey Wynne and Marian Boyle

Today the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has published a Policy Statement (PS 8/19) and updated Supervisory Statement (17/13 “Credit Risk Mitigation”, which will come into force on 13 September 2019) in relation to the use of different types of guarantees as unfunded credit risk mitigation (CRM) for the purposes of calculating capital requirements under the Capital Requirements Regulation (575/2013) (CRR).

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Topics: PRA Policy Statement, Credit Risk management, Capital Requirements Regulation, supervisory statement

2019 BAFT Europe Bank to Bank Forum

Posted by Hannah Fearn on Feb 5, 2019 10:32:44 AM

By Hannah Fearn

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2019 BAFT Europe Bank to Bank Forum in London. The well-attended event included many highly informative panel talks covering a range of topics, but with a particular focus on the future of trade finance.

Highlights included a discussion on the challenges facing the digitisation of trade (including legal and regulatory hurdles) and insights into how banks manage liquidity in the era of instant payments. BAFT took advantage of technology to make the sessions as interactive as possible, with delegates able to use their phones to participate in live polls and Q&As.

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Topics: Brexit, Trade Finance, BAFT, international trade

Major Update to the English Law Master Participation Agreement

Posted by Hannah Fearn on Sep 18, 2018 11:39:50 AM

by Hannah Fearn, S&W Managing Associate and Fiona Luong, S&W Trainee

BAFT (the Bankers Association for Finance & Trade), together with ITFA (the International Trade and Forfaiting Association), established a working group to review and identify amendments to the original 2008 English law Master Participation Agreement (2008 MPA), to bring it in line with current market practice.

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Topics: Trade Finance, Master Participation Agreement, BAFT, English Law

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Geoffrey Wynne is head of the Trade & Export Finance Group and Sullivan & Worcester’s London office. He has extensive experience in banking and finance, specifically corporate and international finance, bank mergers, acquisitions, conversions and restructurings, trade and structured trade and commodity finance, structured finance, asset and project finance, syndicated lending, equipment leasing, workouts and financing restructuring, leveraged and management buy-outs and general commercial matters.

 

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