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Trade finance publication to launch venture capital arm

Trade finance publication to launch venture capital arm

(6 September 2017 – Global) Publisher, Global Trade Review (GTR) has launched an investment arm that it says aims to support trade-associated fintech companies.

GTR Ventures (GTRV) will be unveiled at the company’s Asia Trade & Treasury Week in Singapore this week.

GTR says the venture company will invest private capital into trade and SME lending platforms, particularly in emerging markets.

In a statement published on the website, GTR added that the venture “will offer stakeholders – such as entrepreneurs, investors, private companies, banks, and governments – the chance to test fintech innovations for trade activities.” Additionally, it will act as a platform to channel more private capital into trade finance.

The new firm will focus on four area of investment, comprising of trade finance, trade credit insurance, SME finance and supply chain, physical trade.

The venture firm will be led by Rupert Sayer (co-founder and CEO) and Kelvin Tan (co-founder and chief investment officer), both based out of Singapore in addition to Peter Gubbins (co-founder and managing director) out of London.

The firm said it will also have a close advisory board comprising prominent global trade, insurance, and investment executives. GTRV will also be supported by a technology panel and a series of investment committees pertaining to each identified trade finance sub-sector.

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