About

Geoff has extensive experience in banking and finance, specifically corporate and international finance, bank mergers, acquisitions, conversions and restructurings, trade and structured trade and commodity finance, structured finance, asset and project finance, syndicated lending, equipment leasing, workouts and financing restructuring, leveraged and management buy-outs and general commercial matters.

Geoff is one of the leading trade finance lawyers and has advised extensively many of the major trade finance banks around the world on trade and commodity transactions in virtually every emerging market including CIS, Far East, India, Africa and Latin America. He has worked on many structured trade transactions covering such diverse commodities as oil, nickel, steel, tobacco, cocoa, and coffee.

In a diverse and high-profile workload, he has advised the lead arrangers to the annual Ghana Cocoa Board cocoa crop financing over a number of years. The annual value of the financing has been between $1-2 billion. He also acted for different lenders in import facilities for crude oil and refined products into Ghana.

In other notable highlights, he has advised a leading UK bank on queries relating to letters of credit, and another on its standard form trade finance documents. He advised a major US bank on a $1 billion letter of credit to be used in an acquisition of a Brazilian oil company and another major US bank on a financing to a European bank of its trade finance portfolio of loans.

Representative Client Work

  • Advised over a number of years the lead arrangers to the annual Ghana Cocoa Board cocoa crop financing. The annual value of the financing has been in excess of $1 billion and up to $2 billion
  • Advised lenders in a pre export financing to Creativ Group in Ukraine
  • Advised a leading UK bank on its standard form trade finance documents
  • Advised different lenders in import facilities for crude oil and refined products into Ghana
  • Advised a leading UK bank on queries relating to letters of credit and other trade instruments on a virtual secondment basis and provided a help desk for small queries to be used by telephone and email
  • Advised a major US bank on a $1 billion letter of credit to be used in an acquisition of a Brazilian oil company and then on subsequent financings involving those letter of credit proceeds
  • Advised a major US bank on a financing to a European bank of its trade finance portfolio of loans

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