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
- The Legal 500 UK, Trade Finance - London - "Next Generation Lawyer" (2019)
- The Legal 500 UK, Trade Finance - London - "Rising Star" (2020-2022)
Sullivan Works With Willis Towers Watson and ITFA Towards a Basel III-Compliant Trade Credit Insurance PolicyPress ReleaseOctober 12, 2021
Press ReleaseOctober 6, 2021
Press ReleaseSeptember 29, 2021
Press ReleaseOctober 1, 2020
September 27, 2019
Sullivan Press ReleaseSeptember 5, 2019
Trade Finance Global (TFG)September 3, 2019
Sullivan Press ReleaseJune 28, 2019
Global Trade Review, QuotedJune 25, 2019
Sullivan Press ReleaseJune 11, 2019
Sullivan Press ReleaseMay 24, 2019
Sullivan Advises ITFA on its Guide to IFRS 9 for the Trade Receivables and Supply Chain Finance IndustrySullivan Press ReleaseMay 24, 2019
Sullivan Press ReleaseMay 3, 2019
October 30, 2018
Press ReleaseSeptember 4, 2018
Trade & Forfaiting ReviewJune 30, 2017
Seminars & Presentations
- ITFA 47th Annual Conference
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol, UK (October 6, 2021)
- Trade Finance update: recent developments affecting trade finance documentation
Le Restaurant de Paul, London (October 17, 2019)
- Update on the PRA consultation paper — use of insurance and other guarantees for capital relief
Trade Finance Breakfast Seminar (April 25, 2019)
- The new BAFT Master Participation Agreement (English law version) -- All you need to know!
Trade Finance Breakfast Seminar (September 20, 2018)