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Supporting exporters & importers across the globe

Leveraging a 50-country Trade Finance network, Societe Generale accompanies exporters and importers by securing and financing their international trade transactions.

Our teams are here to support you every step of the way whether you are seeking to:

  • Conquer new markets
  • Secure export or import trade transactions
  • Pre-finance your export transactions
  • Improve your Working Capital Requirement

Societe Generale gives you access to a full range of both traditional and innovative trade products as well as structured and bespoke solutions based on risk mitigation instruments:

  • Letters of Credit advising / confirmation / discounting
  • International Guarantees or Stand-By Letters of Credit issuance
  • Export Credit Agency Backed Transactions
  • Transactions covered by supranational entities or private insurers
  • Syndications
  • Open Account Finance Solutions

Backed by our powerful global network, and in-depth knowledge of local markets, our teams are fully equipped to offer you their expertise wherever you operate.

We innovate by your side

Fully engaged into Trade industry’s evolution, Societe Generale is focusing on innovation that will ease Trade processing while reinforcing security and enhance clients’ global experience.

This commitment is evidenced by Societe Generale’s role as a founding member of the we.trade consortium, whose goal is to create a new way of doing international trade: simpler, safer, cheaper and fully digital.

Leveraging blockchain technologies, the we.trade platform connects all parties involved in a trade transaction: buyer / buyer’s bank / seller / seller’s bank / transporter and is accessible from any connected device.

Trade finance is going through a period of technological enlightenment in what could net enormous benefits for counterparties across the transactional chain. Through the adoption of disruptive technologies, client experiences and operational processes will be much improved, generating widespread savings for market participants and new sources of revenues. Societe Generale is proud to be a pioneer in this transformation.

Agnès Joly
Head of Trade Services

Get in touch with our experts

Alain Piou
Alain Piou Head of Sales - France
Sebastien Halley des Fontaines
Sebastien Halley des Fontaines Head of Structured Trade Finance
Sonal Priyanka
Sonal Priyanka Regional Head of Trade Finance for Asia
Alain Piou

Alain Piou

Head of Sales - France

Alain began his career at Societe Generale in 1991. After having held several positions in the retail network in France, he supervised the financing activities for SME’s & ETI in the South of France from 2007 to 2014. In 2015, he was appointed Managing Director of Trade Finance Services for French network within the division Global Transaction & Payment Services (GTPS).

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Sebastien Halley des Fontaines

Sebastien Halley des Fontaines

Head of Structured Trade Finance

Sébastien started his career in Societe Generale in 1999 in the Commodities Division of Societe Generale Corporate Investment Banking.

He then joined the Commodity Structured Trade Finance department in 2004, where he has been handling several front office positions in the origination, structuring and coverage areas in several sectors in emerging markets until 2013. Since then, he has been Head of Structured Trade Finance.

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Sonal Priyanka

Sonal Priyanka

Regional Head of Trade Finance for Asia

Sonal joined Societe Generale in 2014 as Regional Head of Trade Finance based in Singapore, with responsibility for South-East Asia, India and Middle East.

She previously worked in Bank of America Merrill Lynch and HSBC, also in Trade and Supply Chain finance. Sonal is originally from India, where she worked with Citibank and GE Commercial Finance across Corporate and Transaction banking roles.

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