Robert Parson

Robert Parson

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Commodity finance: protecting the lender’s rights over the borrower’s insurance

Introduction - In commodity finance structures it is usual for the lender to require the borrower to arrange insurance cover for the goods that serve as collateral for the loan. This is because if the goods are damaged,...more

1/22/2016 - Assignments Borrowers Commercial Insurance Policies Commodities Lenders

SFTR and the Commodities Market – What will the impact be?

The Regulation on Transparency of Securities Financing Transactions (SFTR) was published in the Official Journal on 23 December 2015 and entered into force on 12 January 2016. At first glance it might appear that the...more

1/20/2016 - Commodities EMIR EU European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Securities Financing Transactions (SFTs) Transparency

Mercuria v Citigroup: The issues and implications for the commodities market

The judgment on the claim brought by Mercuria Energy Trading Pte Ltd and Mercuria Energy Group Ltd (Mercuria) against Citibank NA and Citigroup Capital Markets Ltd (Citi), has now been published by the English Commercial...more

5/26/2015 - China Citibank Commercial Court Commodities Metals Rare Earth Metals UK

Relief for documentary credits under Basel III Leverage Ratio

The Basel III Leverage Ratio has been amended following the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s recent publication of its paper, “Basel III Leverage Ratio Framework and Disclosure Requirements”....more

3/14/2014 - Banks Basel III Foreign Banks

Credit Escalation Clauses in Letters of Credit

It is increasingly common to have a ‘credit escalation clause’ in a documentary letter of credit (“LC”) relating to the sale and purchase of crude oil and petroleum products. This alert, which follows alert 13-215 Letters of...more

9/24/2013 - Letter of Credit Oil & Gas UK

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