Trade Finance & Services

Leveraging a 50-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 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.

Marie-Laure GASTELLU
Head of Trade Services

Get in touch with our experts

Marc Edet
Marc EdetHead of Sales - France
Sebastien Halley des Fontaines
Sebastien Halley des FontainesHead of Structured Trade Finance
Sonal Priyanka
Sonal PriyankaRegional Head of Trade Finance for Asia
Marc Edet

Marc Edet

Head of Sales - France

Marc began his career at Societe Generale in 1989. After having held several positions in the retail network in France, in 2015 he was appointed Head of Cash Management Sales in France for SMEs & Associations and Head of Cash Management Middle Office and Sales Support. Since 2019, Marc has been appointed Managing Director of Trade Finance Services for the French network within the division Global Transaction & Payment Services (GTPS).

 

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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