Hannah Fearn is a managing associate in the Trade & Export Finance team in the London office of Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP.

Her practice area covers trade finance and insurance, advising on a wide range of cross-border trade finance transactions in a variety of jurisdictions, with an emphasis on emerging markets. Hannah acts for leading banks in the market and her experience includes advising on syndicated and bilateral pre-export commodity financings, letter of credit facilities, commodity repo structures, trade instruments and receivables financings, including supply chain finance.

Regularly advising banks on risk sharing techniques, including the drafting of sub-participations and credit insurance policies, Hannah acted for BAFT on the 2018 update of its template Master Participation Agreement for Trade Transactions. She has extensive experience advising on the eligibility of different credit risk mitigation techniques for capital relief purposes under Basel III.

Hannah also advises clients on regulatory issues, including sanctions issues arising out of cross-border finance transactions.

A contributor to A Guide to Receivables Finance, Hannah has also contributed articles and practice notes on a variety of trade finance topics, including on commodity financing and capital adequacy for trade finance, to Lexis PSL. In 2011, Hannah spent six months on secondment to the London-based trade finance legal team of a major U.S. bank.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Solicitor, Senior Courts of England and Wales


  • Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Course
  • University of Nottingham, LLB (hons) Law

Awards & Honors

  • RFIx Awards, Joint "Industry Ambassador of the Year" (2022)
  • The Legal 500 UK, Trade Finance - London - "Next Generation Lawyer" (2019)
  • The Legal 500 UK, Trade Finance - London - "Rising Star" (2020-2023)

Seminars & Presentations


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