Trade Finance & Services

Leveraging a 40-country Trade Finance network, we support exporters and importers by securing and financing their international trade transactions.

Supporting exporters & importers across the globe

Our teams are here to support you in 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 Requirements

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 committed to the evolution of Trade, we are focusing on innovation that will ease Trade processing while reinforcing security and enhancing clients’ global experience.

This commitment is evidenced by our role as a founding member of the we.trade consortium, with the aim of creating 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 has a key role to play globally to contribute to the transition to a more sustainable, more inclusive and greener economy. We have developed innovative sustainability linked trade finance solutions to contribute to our clients’ positive impact strategy.

Marie-Laure GASTELLU
Head of Trade Services

Get in touch with our experts

Emmanuelle Petelle
Emmanuelle PetelleGlobal Deputy Head of Trade Services
Blandine Gamblin
Blandine GamblinRegional Head of Trade Finance for Africa
Isabel Santos
Isabel SantosHead of Financial Institutions - Trade Services
Philippe Puddu
Philippe PudduRegional Head of Trade Finance for Central & Eastern Europe and Russia
Emmanuelle Petelle
Emmanuelle Petelle
Global Deputy Head of Trade Services
France supervision

Emmanuelle joined Societe Generale in Paris in 2007 to set up the liabilities management’s business of Debt Capital Markets within the Global Finance Division. From 2009 to 2012 she set up and headed the Client Management Unit of Global Finance. Then she was appointed Head of the Relationship Management Unit in charge of the Aerospace & Defense, Technology, Holding sector within the Investment Banking division.

She was appointed in 2017 as Deputy Head of Payments & Cash Management with special supervision of sales in France as well as the implementation of client projects.

In June 2020, she was named Global Deputy Head of the Trade Finance services business line. Her role includes direct supervision of Europe and the United-States.

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Blandine Gamblin
Blandine Gamblin
Regional Head of Trade Finance for Africa

Blandine Gamblin joined Societe Generale’s Trade Finance business line in 2015 as Regional Head of Trade Finance for Africa. Prior to this, she held different positions within Societe Generale’s corporate & investment banking activities, including more than 15 years in the commodities sector with her last post as Managing Director, in charge of Commodities Trade Finance.

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Isabel Santos
Isabel Santos
Head of Financial Institutions - Trade Services

Isabel Santos joined Societe Generale in 2016 where she was appointed Head of Financial Institutions within the Trade Services business line.

Prior to that, she worked in Portugal where she started her banking career in 1993 at Banco Comercial Portugues. She also worked in Barclays Bank, Portugal, and in 2003 she joined Banco Espirito Santo where she held several positions until 2014. 

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Philippe Puddu
Philippe Puddu
Regional Head of Trade Finance for Central & Eastern Europe and Russia

Philippe Puddu started its career within Banque de Polynésie in 1979 and then held several corporate banking managerial positions in Societe Generale’s International network for 30 years.

He also held several posts within Societe Generale’s Paris Head Office in various fields, such as commodity structured finance and country risk management. In 2016 he was appointed Regional head of Trade Finance for Central & Eastern Europe and Russia.

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