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For more than 25 years, Sullivan partners have provided legal representation to the world’s leading trade finance practitioners in all aspects of their businesses, from asset acquisition to distribution to securitizations. We advise clients concerning their activities throughout the world, with a special emphasis on the emerging markets of Africa, Asia, the CIS countries and Latin America. 

Sullivan has been recognized with numerous awards and consistent recognition, including:

  • Chambers UK 2023 named Geoffrey Wynne and Simon Cook as Ranked individuals in Band 1, making Sullivan the only firm to have two such ranked lawyers in the Commodities: Trade Finance (UK-wide) category. In addition, Mark Norris was recognised as a Ranked Individual in Band 3, and Sam Fowler-Holmes was again included as an "Up and Coming" Lawyer.
  • Trade Finance Global (TFG) named Sullivan "Best Trade Finance Law Firm" at the 2022 TFG International Trade Awards in cooperation with the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT). TFG also named Sullivan "Best Trade Finance Law Firm" in its International Trade Finance Awards 2019.
  • Global Trade Review (GTR) named Sullivan "Best Trade or Supply Chain Finance Law Firm" at the GTR Leaders in Trade Awards in 2022, and "Law Firm of the Year" in the category "Leaders in Trade for Innovation" in the GTR Leaders in Trade Awards 2021. The firm was also recognized in 2015 and 2016 and shortlisted for the 2018 and 2020 award. In addition, the firm also won two GTR Deals of the Year 2016 awards.
  • Trade & Forfaiting Review (TFR) named Sullivan "Best Law Firm in Trade Finance" in its 2016 TFR Excellence in Trade Awards and 2015 and 2014 TFR Excellence in Trade Awards.
  • The Legal 500 UK 2023 ranked the firm in Tier 1 for Trade Finance. In addition, Geoffrey Wynne was recognized in the "Hall of Fame" for "Leading Individuals" with Simon Cook and Mark Norris recognized as "Leading Individuals," partner Sam Fowler-Holmes included as a "Next Generation Partner" and managing associate Hannah Fearn named a "Rising Star" for trade finance.
  • IFLR1000 Banking and Finance Guide 2023 (32nd edition) recognized Sullivan for Banking Lending - Lender Side, United Kingdom. 

Our practice is multi-disciplinary, involving lawyers who are experts in trade and export finance, project finance, asset finance, securitization, securities law, insurance, tax, compliance issues and dispute resolution. We have advised on deals involving all types of commodities including softs, metals, oil and gas.

The Group is able to advise on transactions involving English law and New York law as its main law.  With its extensive network of law firms across the globe, it can cover all cross-border issues and provide advice on local law issues.

In addition to trade and commodities finance, the firm’s London practice is linked closely to our U.S. practice and the needs of our clients worldwide. We have broadened and enhanced our existing practices in cross-border finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax, banking and international arbitration.

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