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Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP

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Geoffrey Wynne

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Sullivan & Worcester LLP

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Trade and finance group.


Geoffrey Wynne is head of the trade and export finance group and Sullivan & Worcester’s London office. He 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. 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 $1bn and up to $2bn; 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 $1bn 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.


Joined Sullivan & Worcester 2013.


Christ Church, Oxford University, 1972, BA (Jurisprudence); The College of Law, 1972-73.

London: Finance

Trade finance

Within: Leading individuals

Geoffrey Wynne - Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP

Within: Trade finance

Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP¬†is 'excellent on all counts; the fees are reasonable and the advice and the attention from the team is excellent'. The firm has an exclusive focus on¬†trade and export finance and is accordingly involved in some of the market's largest transactions.¬†Geoffrey Wynne¬†(whose 'hard-earned reputation as one of the leading trade finance lawyers in the market speaks for itself') acted with senior associate¬†Hannah Fearn¬†to provide regulatory advice to the International Trade and Forfaiting Association in regard to¬†trade finance transactions within the European Union.¬†Simon Cook¬†¬†'stands out for a robust and practical approach that is credible with both external clients and the banks' internal commercial teams'; he advised arranger Africa Trade Finance on a $160m club trade finance facility for¬†Nigeria‚Äôs United Bank for Africa.¬†Mark Norris¬†, who¬†sits on the British Bankers‚Äô Association‚Äôs export finance and trade committee and chairs its documentation working group, provides 'proactive and user-friendly advice'. His highlights included acting for¬†Banco Santander and Deutsche Bank on a ‚ā¨73m¬†UKEF guaranteed financing for The Republic of Ghana for the development of Kumasi Airport.

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