Daily News: December 9, 2014

Report: BNP, Deutsche and HSBC Lead European Trade Finance

International trade finance among large Western European corporates is rising, with BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and HSBC as top providers, according to a new Greenwich Associates report.

To satisfy increasing international needs, corporates report using more banks compared to previous years and on average, European corporates are active in more regions than their peers in Asia or North America, indicating that Europe-centric banks need broad network capabilities to meet their clients’ needs, notes the report from Greenwich Associates.

The report, European Trade Finance Global Banks Dominate While Corporates Tap Specialists for Expertise, also finds the competitive landscape among trade finance providers in Europe is diverse and fragmented. Large European companies have adopted broad strategies for international growth and are forming relationships with banks delivering high-quality support in these new markets. In fact, demand for local service and expertise is driving some companies to bypass their traditional trade finance providers in favor of direct relationships with banks domiciled in targeted foreign markets.

2014 Greenwich Leaders – European Corporate Finance

In this increasingly competitive environment, BNP Paribas leads with a market penetration of 32% of large European companies, followed by Deutsche Bank at 29% and HSBC at 27%.

Just behind these three leaders is a group of four banks, made up of Commerzbank, Nordea, RBS, and UniCredit, which are all tied with market penetration levels of 18–19%. These banks are the 2014 Greenwich Share Leaders in European Large Corporate Trade Finance. The 2014 Greenwich Quality Leaders are Deutsche Bank and UniCredit.

Among Europe’s top five providers of trade finance, BNP Paribas and Deutsche Bank showed the biggest increase in footprint last year. However, as companies seek out the international trade finance service they require, Europe’s largest incumbent trade finance providers are not necessarily the main beneficiaries.

“Companies’ needs in specific countries and regions have expanded to the point at which many of them have begun to hire specialist banks with particular expertise and coverage within target international markets,” says Greenwich Associates consultant Dr. Tobias Miarka. “Among the biggest beneficiaries have been ANZ (for services into Asia Pacific) and Banco Itau (for services into Latin America).”