Features: Intellectual Values

INTELLECTUAL VALUES   Companies on the hunt for liquidity are unearthing hidden treasures in their intellectual property portfolios.   By Antonio Guerrero   As companies strive to make the best use of their assets, to focus on their core operations ...

Cover Story: Greening The Supply Chain

Sustainable Procurement   Rising transportation costs and impending rules on carbon emissions are prompting companies to reassess their sourcing strategies. Many are realizing substantial savings in the process.   By Anita Hawser   When London was awarded the 2012 Olympic ...

Regulars : Milestones : Global

Before the credit crunch took a massive bite out of global economic activity, oil prices were heading skyward, and fears that supplies might actually run out were rampant.   By Anita Hawser   Although the subsequent economic malaise sent energy ...

Features : Tightening The Supply Chain

FOCUS SUPPLY CHAIN FINANCE Just a short while ago, supply chain finance was seen as a novel luxury. For many corporations now it could be the key to survival—and future prosperity.     Quinn: Credit is proving hard to find ...

Newsmakers : US Targets Trade Finance

UNITED STATES/IRAN     Mancuso: Warns banks to be aware of their clients' activities. Mario Mancuso, head of the US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), sent global bankers scurrying last month to check that they were doing no trade ...

Focus: Nafta : A Controversial Treaty

Multinationals And Nafta Much lambasted for its effects on the poor, Nafta has proved successful at opening the North American markets—and promoted corporate growth in the process.     As the US presidential primary campaigns neared their conclusion in March, ...

Focus: Nafta : Terms Of Trade

14 Years On With Nafta once again coming to the forefront of water-cooler discussions as a result of the political ping-pong between Democratic presidential hopefuls in the US, we look back at the development of the ground-breaking free trade agreement ...

Focus: Nafta : Who’s Who In Nafta

Nafta Focus Global Finance names the most influential and important people in Nafta commerce and finance. Gastón Azcárraga Andrade President, Consejo Mexicano de Hombres de Negocios, and CEO, Grupo Posadas Mexico Gastón Azcárraga Andrade has been CEO of Grupo Posadas, ...

Features: Riding A Growth Wave

SECTOR REPORT / SHIPPING FINANCE Growth in world trade spurs demand for financing of ships and terminals. Sharp growth in the size of cargo ships has prompted expansion of the Panama canal.     Sharp growth in the size of ...

Features : Miners Going Major

ANALYSIS - MINING The world’s biggest mining companies look set to continue growing sharply as competition for resources continues to intensify.       In the closing months of 2007, as investors fled equities and piled into commodities like gold ...

Features: Joining The Chain Gang

CORPORATE TOOLBOX At the Sibos international banking conference in Atlanta in 2004, David Taggart, the treasurer of one of the world's most recognizable brand names, Coca-Cola, made a direct plea to the banks to deliver greater efficiencies to corporates' supply ...