Simon Cook Re-elected to ITFA’s Africa Regional Committee

Press Release
January 30, 2023

London – Trade finance partner Simon Cook has again been elected to ITFA’s (the International Trade and Forfaiting Association) Africa Regional Committee (ARC).

The elected members of the ARC will remain in post until November 2025 and include representatives from Africa Global Trade Finance, African Development Bank, African Export Import Bank, African Trade Insurance Agency, Crown Agents Bank, Investec, Rand Merchant Bank, as well as Sullivan.

Simon was one of just eight full voting members on the original ITFA ARC, established in November 2017, he also is a member of ITFA’s Executive Board, and in October 2021 was appointed its Head of Education.

Simon Cook commented: "I am delighted to be re-appointed to the committee and to continue to help set ITFA’s African agenda and execute its strategy across the continent. Sullivan is particularly well placed to support ITFA’s commitment to the continuous development and growth of the trade finance and forfaiting industries, with our extensive experience across the region. We have worked on some of the most significant structured trade transactions across a wide range of commodities as well as supporting clients with export finance, project finance, cross-border syndicated lending, acquisition and asset finance, and debt restructurings."

Newly elected Chair of the Committee, George Wilson of Investec, commented that "the hope and intent for the new ARC is to promote practical help and technical assistance for African trade finance market participants – from ESG and regulatory concerns to documentation and enforceability. We hope to garner a lot of direction and support from the Global ITFA community and align this with African trade interests."

About Sullivan
Sullivan & Worcester (Sullivan) is a leading AmLaw 200 law firm. With over 200 attorneys in Boston, London, New York, Tel Aviv and Washington, DC. Sullivan’s clients, including Fortune 500 companies and emerging businesses, rely on Sullivan’s strategic vision, comfort with complexity and intense focus on results. As a global law firm, Sullivan represents clients around the world on a wide variety of matters and issues affecting them globally.

In London, the office’s market-leading and multiple award-winning trade finance practice is the premium provider of legal advice in relation to trade, export and commodity finance transactions to major trade finance banks and other financial institutions, funds, corporate borrowers, agents and trustees, and national and international organisations. The team’s unique offering includes an integrated insurance and dispute resolution service handling both transactional and contentious instructions.

The firm hosts bi-monthly webinars for 100+ clients, addressing key trade and export finance issues, as well as writing its Talking Trade Finance blog and contributing to industry events.

Sullivan’s London office is located at Tower 42 in the heart of the City of London. Details are as follows: 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ, Tel: +44 (0)20 7448 1000.

For further information please visit the firm’s website, as well as LinkedIn and Twitter.

Will Hulbert
+44 (0)1603 431 936

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