International Trade, Part III: Countertrade

In this 3rd part of our series on finance in international trade, we’re touching briefly on countertrade, or the trade arrangement in which groups circumvent strict foreign exchange controls and/or low creditworthiness by the practice of countertrade. In brief definition, countertrade is the arrangement in which services and/or goods are exported by a manufacturer with … More International Trade, Part III: Countertrade

New Series! International Trade Finance – Forfaiting

There are classic ways of financing certain types of projects and then sometimes you need to work with the alternatives to make things work out well.  In trade finance, there is such an alternative financing tool that is called forfaiting. The aim of forfaiting is to eliminate risk of nonpayment by the importer if they … More New Series! International Trade Finance – Forfaiting

Biomass Project Financing – What is it and how to get it

As requested by one of our readers, we are going to address biomass projects and what it takes to get them on their way to being funded.  So allow us to begin by explaining exactly what biomass is. Biomass is derived from five distinct energy sources: garbage, wood, waste, landfill gases, and alcohol fuels. As … More Biomass Project Financing – What is it and how to get it

Project Financing in Spain – is it once again a viable undertaking?

Spain, as one of the largest eurozone economies, historically had a low amount of debt as government spending was largely controlled by tax revenue collected from the real estate boom.  However, being such a large economy like so many other similarly large economies (such as Germany, France and U.S.A.), it has had to reduce its … More Project Financing in Spain – is it once again a viable undertaking?

Renewal of Interest in Portugal Deal Market

As of Spring of 2010, Portugal has been dealing with a sovereign debt crisis, much like several other European countries.     As with Greece, Portugal has faced a heavy debt burden and high interest rates caused by similar spending and property bubbles.  Portugal, however, tried to launch three sets of austerity measures to stave off a … More Renewal of Interest in Portugal Deal Market

How To Prepare for A Merger or Acquisition: Part II of Our Mergers and Acquisitions Series

So we have talked before about choosing which is right for you, merging or acquiring.  If want it to go well, though, you’ve got to roll up your sleeves and do your homework, and this is what we’re addressing today – how to make the process as seamless as possible, how to anticipate possible hiccups. … More How To Prepare for A Merger or Acquisition: Part II of Our Mergers and Acquisitions Series

Energy-from-Waste: Tips on How to Get Your WtE Project Funded

Waste is part of our everyday lives. It’s that tissue we use, the paper towel to clean up a mess, leftovers that have gone bad, the leftover wrappings of a present, a computer that is no longer needed, or a battery that’s dead. Most of the time, this all goes into landfill.  But for the … More Energy-from-Waste: Tips on How to Get Your WtE Project Funded

Hydropower Project Finance – What is it, How to get it

Today we’re continuing on our green power project finance series and moving on to hydropower, or hydroelectricity.  Hydroelectricity is electricity generated by hydropower, where electrical is produced through the use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water (think of a dam). It’s a vast source of renewable energy and today hydro-powered electricity accounts … More Hydropower Project Finance – What is it, How to get it

Wind Power Project Finance – The What, the How, and the Where

To continue with this series of Green Power Project Financing, we’re talking today about wind energy. Wind energy has really become integrated into our culture, worldwide in fact, over the last couple of decades.  We developed wind mills that harnessed energy, started popping them up a little bit everywhere, then the technology developed even more, … More Wind Power Project Finance – The What, the How, and the Where

Trust in Business: The (Old) New Frontier?

In the business world today, the trust factor has been replaced by signed agreements and lawyers. We have e-signatures, contracts that are pages and pages long, then other contracts to confirm the first agreement, non-disclosures and non-circumventions, the list goes on.  Point is, trust in business is frighteningly absent.  Not so long ago, deals were … More Trust in Business: The (Old) New Frontier?