Trade finance concerns the supply of financial instruments to facilitate international trade and commerce. It helps importers and exporters to transact business through trade.
Trade finance can help reduce the risks from global trade by reconciling the needs of an exporter and importer.
It provides an exporter with payment according to an agreement while the importer might be extended credit to fulfil the order.
As a trade finance law firm, we advise on all aspects of trade finance, including documentary and standby letters of credit, export and pre-export facilities, guarantee issuance facilities, carriage of goods’ contracts and shipping terms, receivables’ financing, factoring and discounting arrangements.
Key issues with trade finance include currency fluctuations, political instability, non-payment and creditworthiness.
We provide advice to banks, financial institutions, traders, brokers, ship owners, insurers, producers and industrial end-users on all aspects of the financing of trade. Depending on your needs, we can advise on bilateral transactions, taking participations, syndicated financings and arrangements to transfer credit risk.
Our lawyers can assist you with your requirements and walk you through these processes to guarantee a smooth transaction. Some of the typical documents, agreements and services we would help your business with include:
lending lines of credit
standby letters of credit
export and pre-export facilities
carriage of goods’ contracts
factoring and discounting arrangements
export credit or working capital
Our trade finance solicitors will also work closely with our corporate, asset finance and tax teams to cover all aspects of your deal, so legal work is seamlessly undertaken throughout your entire transaction.
Who we help: Banks, traders, brokers, ship owners, insurers
We regularly give expert legal advice on trade finance throughout all stages of a transaction to a wide range of clients, including:
This expert advice includes our considerable experience in advising on credit and facility documents, preparation and negotiation of inter-creditor deeds and the structuring of deals.
Why choose Harper James? Our banking and finance solicitors’ experience
Our finance solicitors have all been recruited from top 100 UK law firms or from large international businesses. They each have more than 10 years post-qualifying experience. Find out more about our trade finance solicitors here:
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
The team provide great support throughout the funding process, providing straightforward and clear guidance on the issues to be addressed at each stage. The team was always at hand to make sure that that we understood what needed to be done to reach a successful outcome.
Chris Evans, CEO Kobus Services
The team at Harper James have demonstrated time and again that they have a deep understanding of the issues facing entrepreneurial businesses and their funding.
Charles Smith, Director Interpac Limited
Harper James swiftly solves problems with a minimum of fuss. I strongly recommend them and they are a pleasure to work with.
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