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AP Trade Finance joins the TFD Initiative

The Trade Finance Distribution Initiative is delighted to introduce innovative trade finance solutions provider AP Trade Finance (APTF) as a member of the initiative.

The TFD Initiative has recently seen a boost of new membership such as Teybridge, Mercore, Peridot, EBRD and Kountable, amongst others, joining the consortium of global members working to establish trade finance as an investable asset class for capital market firms.

CEO of AP Trade Finance, Ernesto Antoine Vila commented, “Today, as we embark on this transformative journey with the Trade Finance Distribution Initiative, I am honoured to join forces with esteemed members of the trade finance community. At AP Trade Finance, we believe in pushing the boundaries of traditional financing models and pioneering innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of SMEs globally.”

The TFD Initiative continues to expand its membership of elite trade finance businesses and will further its efforts of promoting the tech-backed originate-and-distribute model at its flagship event, Trade Finance Investor Day, scheduled for mid-October 2023 in the UK.

“We’re indeed delighted to welcome AP Trade Finance into the community. Non-bank originators such as APTF represent attractive new options for mid-caps, their SME suppliers, and also for institutional investors.”, says André Casterman, Chief Executive, TFD Initiative. “Through the TFD Initiative, we are building the largest trade distribution community and delivering the most comprehensive technology stack for trade originators of any size to increase balance sheet velocity and partner with a much larger pool of liquidity providers. Partnering with TFD Initiative contributes to closing the trade finance gap."

About AP Trade Finance

AP Trade Finance Inc. (APTF) is a subsidiary of Accelerated Payments. Established in 2023 and headquartered in Florida, APTF is a global leading provider of innovative trade finance solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are looking to expand their business operations on an international scale. Our unique combination of trade finance and logistics expertise sets us apart from traditional lenders and enables us to offer a comprehensive solution for SMEs looking to purchase goods from international suppliers.

About the TFD Initiative

TFD Initiative is establishing trade finance as an investable asset class for capital market firms and brings together stakeholders committed to increasing the level of automation and transparency in trade asset and risk distribution with technology-based market practices.

The ITFA Fintech Initiatives aim to address two market-level ambitions: DNI Initiative focuses on digitising trade documents and negotiable instruments in corporate-to-bank relationships, whilst TFD Initiative transforms trade finance as a digitally investable asset class for banks, credit insurers and institutional investors. Our advocacy task force (TERA) aims to promote the integration of digital options such as MLETR-based e-originals within national laws.

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