Financing Trade

Welcome to Francis Wilks & Jones, one of the country’s leading legal experts in all aspects of trade finance. We act closely with businesses utilising trade finance facilities as well as acting for trade financiers. Our knowledge of the processes, agreements and the nuances relating to trade finance is second to none. We are experts in understanding the mechanics of import and export finance agreements and issues arising from them such as letters of credit, structured trade finance deals and other financial instruments. Whatever your enquiry, please do contact us on 020 7841 0390 and we will endeavour to assist you.

1. Trade Finance

What is Trade Finance? Trade Finance is the provision of finance on credit terms to facilitate trade, which is either domestic but more typically international.  If you need help with Trade Finance, then we are the specialist to help you. Our team of specialist commercial finance lawyers assist a wide range of clients (both Trade Financiers and companies using trade finance facilities) on legal and commercial issues relating arising from this type of lending. Whatever your situation. Don’t delay. Call now for a friendly consultation on trade finance.
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2. What is Trade Finance?

We are often asked “what is trade finance”. As our experts can explain, trade finance covers a broad range of financing arrangements to facilitate one or more of the production, export and sale of goods.

Trade finance transactions can be straightforward or complex, ranging from the issue of a letter of credit (documentary credit), to ensure a seller is paid under a contract for the sale of goods, to a structured financing involving a secured syndicated facility to finance the production, export and sale of goods to buyers around the globe.
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3. Trade Finance explained

Our team of experts can provide advice on trade finance and answer all your queries including the simple question such as - what is trade finance? If you need help with trade finance then we are the specialist to help you. Our team of specialist legal advisors can help on all aspects of trade finance.
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4. What is Structured Trade Finance?

What is structured trade finance? Are you a business that needs to use structured trade finance to generate a cash-flow? Our expert legal team at Francis Wilks & Jones can assist with all your queries, whether they are in relation to trade finance or structured trade finance. Our knowledge, experience and expertise on trade finance is broad and detailed. 
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5. Trade Finance Definition

Trade finance definition is one which is constantly asked by businesses who are interested in international trade. Trade finance is the provision of finance to facilitate trade between two or more parties. Our experts have sufficient knowledge to assist with all your legal queries in relation to trade finance.

Contact Francis Wilks & Jones for all your queries.
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6. Trade Finance in Banking

Trade finance in banking is what makes it possible for banks and companies to use financial instruments and products to enable international trade transactions. The use of trade finance in banking is different to conventional loan finance. Trade finance in banking will not indicate a buyer's lack of funds or liquidity (as seen in general financing) however trade finance in banking is utilized as protection against international trade's unique inherent risks, which include currency fluctuations, political instability, issues of non-payment, or the creditworthiness of one of the parties involved.

If you are a business, supplier or buyer who requires advice on trade finance in banking, contact Francis Wilks & Jones and speak to one of our banking and finance solicitors.
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7. What are trade finance instruments?

Is your business using trade finance? Are you an exporter? Exporters must offer their customers attractive sales terms supported by appropriate payment methods. Getting paid in full and on time is the ultimate goal for each export sale, so an appropriate payment method must be chosen carefully to minimize the payment risk while also accommodating the buyer's needs.

We have provided bullet point to assist our business clients on all their queries relating to what are trade finance instruments.
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8. Trade and Export Finance

What is trade and export finance? Trade and export finance is the provision of finance on credit terms to facilitate trade, which is either domestic but more typically international.  If you need help with trade and export finance, then we are the specialists to help you. Our team of specialist commercial finance lawyers assist a wide range of clients on legal and commercial issues relating to trade and export finance. Whatever your situation. Don’t delay. Call now for a friendly consultation on trade and export finance.
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9. How does trade finance work?

For any trade transaction there needs to be two parties, a seller to sell the goods or services and a buyer who will buy the goods or use the services. Various intermediaries such as banks or financial institutions facilitate these trade transactions by financing the trade.

In simple terms, an exporter may require an importer to prepay for goods shipped. The importer wants to reduce risk by asking the exporter to document that the goods have been shipped. The importer’s bank assists by providing a letter of credit (or other finance document) to the exporter or the exporter's bank providing for payment upon presentation of certain documents, such as a bill of lading, after shipment of the goods. The exporter's bank may make a loan to the exporter based on the export contract and the finance document provided to facilitate the transaction. Thus the exporter has cash to manufacture and ship goods while the importer is not required to commit its own cash until it has received and sold the goods.
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10. What does trade finance include?

Our banking and finance solicitors have outlined the steps in a trade finance transaction to assist its business clients. A transaction of purchase or sale of goods involves a number of stages and every business, before buying or selling goods, should take all the necessary precautions to get the best result of a trade transaction.
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