Geoffrey Wynne wins Fellowship Award at TFR's Excellence in Trade Awards 2017
London, UK, July 6, 2017 - Sullivan is delighted to announce that Geoffrey Wynne, partner and head of the trade and export finance practice, was honoured last night in London with the Fellowship Award at the Trade & Forfaiting Review (TFR) Excellence in Trade Awards 2017. The firm was also runner up in the best law firm category.
The TFR Fellowship Award is a discretionary award category that is presented to the individual that TFR “feel[s] has contributed most to trade finance,” and is one of the industry’s most prestigious awards. Previous winners include Steven Beck from the ADB, Rudolf Putz from EBRD, and Marc Auboin from the World Trade Organization.
“Geoffrey Wynne is a well-deserving winner of TFR’s Fellowship Award. He continues to be a driving force within the industry ensuring that trust continues to underpin effective trade and export finance, and he has a constant commitment to the challenges of providing finance for world trade,” says Katharine Morton, Editor in Chief at TFR. “Geoff has tirelessly addressed these issues in our editorial board, at events and in our own pages. He has taken his thought leadership into structures which properly reflect the needs of exporters and importers.”
Geoffrey Wynne commented: “Personally I am delighted, surprised and flattered. But for me to win such an accolade, I have to acknowledge the support of a great team around me, partners, lawyers, support staff and of course loyal clients. This award also endorses the trade, commodities and export finance practice we have built up in London over more than 20 years, including almost four years now at Sullivan.”
The practice continues to have a strong emphasis on emerging markets, including Africa, Asia, the CIS and Latin America. The last 12 months we have focused on continuing to build up the practice and client base.
Part of the firm’s global finance practice, Sullivan & Worcester’s trade and export finance practice handles multi-jurisdictional transactions and matters for clients across the world in relation to structured trade and commodity finance, trade finance, export finance, project finance, ownership structures, receivables finance, acquisition finance asset finance, securitisation, cross-border syndicated lending, securities law, insurance, tax, compliance issues and dispute resolution.
The team advises on deals involving all types of commodities including softs, metals, oil and gas and also has experience advising on default scenarios and debt restructurings of complex financing arrangements.
Sullivan is a leading corporate law firm advising clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses. With more than 175 lawyers in Boston, London, New York, Tel Aviv and Washington, D.C., the firm offers services across a wide range of areas, including corporate finance, banking, trade and export finance, securities and mutual funds, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, tax, real estate and REITs, private equity and venture capital, bankruptcy, environment and natural resources, climate change, renewable energy and water resources, regulatory, and employment and benefits law.
In London, the office’s market-leading trade and export finance practice works closely with the dispute resolution and insurance advisory and recovery practices. It is a premium provider of legal advice in relation to trade, export and commodity finance transactions and covers cross-border syndicated lending, structured export credit finance, structured trade and commodity finance, receivable purchase transactions, commodity repurchase agreements (repos) and debt restructurings, as well as project and infrastructure finance, and acquisition and asset finance.
The team advises trade finance banks, financial institutions, investment funds, export credit agencies, corporate borrowers, agents and trustees, and national and international organisations. It has advised on numerous award-winning finance transactions throughout Africa, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS and the Middle East.