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Infospectrum - Asian Counterparty Credit Risk Forum

Infospectrum - Asian Counterparty Credit Risk Forum
On 12th July 2017 Infospectrum held its first Asian Counterparty Credit Risk forum at the Intercontinental hotel, Singapore. Already well established as an eagerly anticipated annual event in London...

On 12th July 2017 Infospectrum held its first Asian Counterparty Credit Risk forum at the Intercontinental hotel, Singapore.  Already well established as an eagerly anticipated annual event in London, credit industry participants had voiced a desire to see a similar gathering in Asia. With a total of six sessions, the forum was curated particularly with Asian shipping concerns in mind.  Ocean Shipping Consultants’ Jason Jiang began proceedings with the tough task of delivering a concise look at the topic-du-jour of China’s One Belt One Road initiative, and the implications for existing trade routes.  This was followed by a shipping market overview by David Jordan, General Manager of Research at Clarksons Platou Asia.  As it is well known that we all would like to have a crystal ball, both sessions were well received. Moving on to a look at the local bunker market, Infospectrum’s own Nikolaos Deonas took the stand.  Having previously held the position of Head of Bunker Trading at Cargill, Nikos delivered an insightful overview of the challenges and trends facing the sector.  Alongside Nikos, Tina Anand, who works from Infospectrum’s London office caught the audience’s attention with her look at how one could mitigate third party risk in the context of anti-bribery and corruption regulation.  As compliance becomes increasingly central to trade and counterparty decision making, clearly the need to protect your company from unintentional, but potentially damaging third party exposure is of great concern. Up next, the UNCITRAL Model Law on cross-border insolvency.  Lauren Tang, Partner at Stevenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance guided the audience through Singapore’s quest to become the hub for international commercial arbitration, and following on from the theme of insolvency the final session of the morning focused on company failures, with Hanjin as a case study.  Dean Hilton, one of the company’s founding partners, now based in Australia, delivered a sobering account of the demise of one of the biggest shipping companies in the world.  Dean tracked several key factors including the inherent weakness in the structure of the Chaebol system, poor performance and ever more desperate borrowing, with corrective measures taken only when too late.  The case study also served to highlight the importance of counterparty vigilance and the help that a third party, independent specialist service can provide in sounding early warning signals. Finally, Infospectrum’s Managing Director, Panos Panousis, took a few moments to introduce our new Infospectrum Credit Management System which will be rolled out 3Q 2017.  The system will be available complimentary to our annual open-access subscription customers and will provide a comprehensive, compliance-focused counterparty risk management process which will enhance the customer experience alongside Infospectrum’s present database access package. A glance at the audience who took advantage of the opportunity to network at the ensuing lunch with fellow industry participants only served to confirm the breadth and depth of Infospectrum’s presence in the field of counterparty due diligence, with customers representing all fields of shipping, commodities, legal and financial services.  Feedback was very positive and as Panos commented, Infospectrum is very happy to have taken the initiative in Singapore to give something back to the industry.  Infospectrum will host its forum in London in September, and without doubt will build on the success of its inaugural Singapore forum in 2018. 

20/07/2017 - Infospectrum speak to Bunkerspot

20/07/2017 - Infospectrum speak to Bunkerspot
Panos Panousis of Infospectrum argues that caution should be exercised in how terms such as ‘consolidation’ and ‘restructuring’ are being applied to the raft of changes underway in the industry.

"When we were asked to provide our perspective on credit issues in the light of perceived ongoing contraction and changes in various vessel segments, and our view on consolidation and restructuring in the bunker sector, instinctively I paused to think of the meaningful application of the words ‘contraction’, ‘consolidation’ and ‘restructuring’ and to ask myself, putting literary definitions aside, what do these terms really mean in the segments of the shipping industry that we follow closely from a counterparty credit risk angle. More importantly, are they used correctly? We can quickly forget that consolidation is not contraction, and restructuring, along with new favourites like ‘market disruption’, are often inserted into discussions to replace solid demonstrable facts."

To read the rest of the interview with Panos Panousis and Bunkerspot click here.

20/07/2017 - Two heads are better than one

20/07/2017 - Two heads are better than one
Infospectrum is delighted to announce that shipping trade and finance specialist, Anthony Elliott, will join his brother Frank in our London office.

Infospectrum is delighted to announce that shipping trade and finance specialist, Anthony Elliott, will join his brother Frank in our London office. Having completed his MSc in Shipping, Trading & Finance at Cass Business School with distinction, Anthony previously worked as a consultant at DNV GL’s Maritime Advisory in Dubai, focusing on maritime finance and governmental shipping projects.

Anthony also holds a BSc in Information Management for Business with First Class Honours from University College London, and in addition to his time at DNV GL, Anthony brings further industry experience having undertaken several internships, including as an equity analyst in shipping hedge funds and various roles with a Greek shipping company.

Commenting on Anthony’s appointment, Infospectrum’s Managing Director said “We are very happy that both Frank and now Anthony have chosen to further their careers here at Infospectrum and we welcome Anthony as a member of our Infospectrum team”.

 

11/05/17 - Inside the shipping community’s most discrete company

11/05/17 - Inside the shipping community’s most discrete company
"Although a highly discreet company, InfoSpectrum Ltd grants ShippingWatch a glimpse of the most severe pitfalls."

Maritime companies face plenty of risks when they enter into a deal with a counterparty with whom they are not familiar, or whom they thought they could trust. Although a highly discreet company, InfoSpectrum Ltd grants ShippingWatch a glimpse of the most severe pitfalls.

Read more of our interview with ShippingWatch here.

15/04/2017 - Infospectrum increases commitment to North American market

15/04/2017 - Infospectrum increases commitment to North American market
Infospectrum has further expanded its global presence with the hiring of experienced shipping analysts, Felix Yamasoto and Ms Juleng Koh, who will be based in Stamford and Vancouver, respectively.

 Infospectrum has further expanded its global presence with the hiring of experienced shipping analysts, Felix Yamasoto and Ms Juleng Koh, who will be based in Stamford and Vancouver, respectively. Felix has close to 17 years’ experience as Shipping Analyst and before joining the well-known bunker trader/supplier Peninsula Petroleum for three years in a physical supply credit management capacity. Juleng comes with five years’ experience as a research analyst with Oldendorff Carriers in Singapore where she handled the Handy and Supramax markets and regularly researched vessel demand and supply, working closely alongside the chartering department. The new North American presence will complement Infospectrum’s long-standing presence in Bogota, Colombia. Felix and Juleng can be contacted on americas@infospectrum.net. On the expansion of Infospectrum’s Americas presence,  Managing Director, Panos Panousis comments “Infospectrum is not only respected for the quality and integrity of its reports, but also for the efficiency of our service which is of significant importance to our time-sensitive clients. The appointment of Felix and Juleng in Stamford and Vancouver adds even more depth to that capability, in addition to on-the-ground knowledge of two key North American shipping hubs.” 

04/4/2017 - Expansion of Infospectrum’s Greek desk

4/04/2017 - Expansion of Infospectrum’s Greek desk
With the Greek shipping industry continuing to drive demand for our in-depth due diligence reports, Infospectrum has added two more analysts to its established Greek desk.

With the Greek shipping industry continuing to drive demand for our in-depth due diligence reports, Infospectrum has added two more analysts to its established Greek desk. The new members of the team will work closely with our established team, which includes individuals that have covered the Greek shipping sector for over 30 years.

Francis (Frank) Elliott graduated with a BA in International Politics from King’s College and continued his education at CASS Business School where he attained an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance, with distinction.  During the course of his studies he took on various internships in the private equity & asset management space with a focus on shipping.  He will be based in Infospectrum’s London office.

Another CASS graduate, this time with an MSc in Insurance & Risk Management, Efthymios Yfantis  has joined Infospectrum’s Head Office in Oxford.  Having also qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Business Economics and Finance from the University of Surrey, Efthymios worked for over 3 years with Minoan Lines (part of the Grimaldi Group) where he was responsible for managing the company’s cash flow and credit lines, as well as involvement in Business Strategy projects. While in Oxford, Efthymios has completed an MBA at the Said Business School.

Infospectrum’s Managing Director Panos Panousis comments “I am extremely pleased that Infospectrum continues to attract graduates and young professionals of the calibre of Frank and Efthymios. We have covered the Greek market since our formation in 2000, and we have a reputation for an in-depth understanding of the sector and its participants; I expect Frank and Efthymios to help us build on this reputation”.

Infospectrum continues to build on expertise in Asia

23/01/2017 - Infospectrum continues to build on expertise in Asia
Infospectrum continues to add strength to its Asian operations with the arrival of Nikolaos Deonas (Nikos) in the Singapore office.

Infospectrum continues to add strength to its Asian operations with the arrival of Nikolaos Deonas (Nikos) in the Singapore office. With over 15 years of experience in physical bunkers and products procurement, trading and marketing, technical expertise in blending, shipping and storage, Nikos brings a deep understanding of market conditions, trade and operations.   From early 2008, Nikos managed Cargill’s global bunker procurement desk as well as handling operations for their physical delivery fuel oil forward contract initiative.  Moving on from Cargill in 2012, Nikos joined ICAP Energy in Geneva from where he traded bitumen, bunkers and distillates, and brokered biodiesel products.  Nikos then moved to Singapore to set up ICAP's physical oil broking desk.  Choosing to take a sabbatical, Nikos continued to operate between Geneva and Singapore as an independent consultant working on feasibility studies, analysis and research in the energy and transportation industries. Nikos is an MIT graduate with an MSc in Transportation and completed his BA in Business Administration in Greece.  With a mix of Greek and Swiss heritage he also speaks English, French and Bahasa Indonesia.   Infospectrum’s Managing Director, Panos Panousis commented  “As a company that values breadth of experience as much as specialist knowledge in its pool of talented analysts we are extremely pleased that Nikos has chosen to further his already remarkable career here at Infospectrum.  We are very confident that Nikos will quickly gain the confidence of the bunker market and reinforce Infospectrum as the provider of choice in this sector”. Nikos added:  “Credit risk is now one of the most critical components in the business decisions of every participant in the shipping and commodities trading world.  I am very much looking forward to bringing together my background in oil trading & risk management with my analytical skills to help Infospectrum cement its place as the primary business intelligence provider in the industry.” 

5/4/2016 - Infospectrum strengthens Greek desk

5/4/2016 - Infospectrum strengthens Greek desk
Infospectrum is pleased to announce the addition of business analyst, Vasilis Valsamis to its London office

Vasilis will be particularly involved in enhancing Infospectrum’s already strong presence in the Greek shipping market. After working for almost two years as a shipping analyst with prominent accounting firm Moore Stephens LLP in London, he takes up his post armed with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and a MSc with distinction in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School.’ Quite the sportsman, Vasilis is a competitive skier, wakeboarder and snowboarder and surely will bring his competitive edge to the fore here at Infospectrum. Managing Director, Panos Panousis, said “We are always on the look-out for talented and creative individuals who can add value to Infospectrum’s risk reporting service and we welcome Vasilis to the Infospectrum family”. Vasilis said “Infospectrum has a colossal reputation in the shipping and commodities market as a provider of impartial and pertinent credit risk assessment and I very much look forward to contributing to the team and making my mark in this industry.”

16/3/2016 - Ian Staples joins Infospectrum

16/3/2016 - Ian Staples joins Infospectrum
Infospectrum is pleased to announce that Ian Staples has joined the team in Infospectrum’s London office as Consultant/Senior Analyst

Ian's remit will include helping develop the Middle East desk as well as white paper projects. Ian holds a BSc in Economics from London School of Economics and brings with him a wealth of experience in the shipping industry. He has been working in the shipping and commodity trading sectors, specialising dry bulk trades for nearly 20 years. He formerly worked in research and analysis, but spent many years broking FFAs, before developing trading models and creating a trading fund. He was a senior manager of a start-up shipping and commodities company and has hands-on practical experience in ship owning, operating, mining, agriculture, finance and risk management. Commenting on his new appointment, Ian said “The reality of today’s market is that credit and risk management are right at the centre of the trading process. It was important to join a company which I know and respect in terms of its people and professional integrity. So to be able to add my practical experience of the highs and lows, structures and pitfalls of running businesses, to the vast knowledge and diligence within Infospectrum, it feels like the perfect fit.” Infospectrum’s Managing Director, Panos Panousis commented “Ian brings with him a huge skill set over many sectors of shipping & commodities reporting, trading and operating. We are delighted that he has chosen to join us and look forward to his contributions to our evolving business strategy and product offering.

2/11/2015: Daniel Woodrow joins Infospectrum

2/11/2015: Daniel Woodrow joins Infospectrum
Infospectrum is pleased to announce the addition of Brazilian National, Daniel Woodrow, to its Oxford team

Fluent in English and Portuguese, Daniel will be joining the team in Oxford from Monday 2nd November, relocating directly from his home in Rio De Janeiro. Daniel brings with him a host of outstanding credentials including an Executive MBA (in finance) from the renowned Brazilian business school Ibmec. Armed with a business background in market research, data & financial analytics, his experience in the shipping industry is anchored by four years as shipbroker at RS Platou's Rio office, specialising in offshore support vessels. This coupled with a stint at NYK’s Rio office working the Capesize desk brings a wealth of practical know how and critical acuity. Daniel will contribute in particular to the offshore sector and geographically in Brazil, Portugal and South America in general. Panos Panousis, Managing Director of Infospectrum said “ We are extremely pleased that Daniel has chosen to join Infospectrum’s team and his presence further strengthens Infospectrum’s already extensive capacity to deliver expert and impartial credit risk appraisal globally.’ Daniel said “I am very happy to join Infospectrum, and am confident that my move from Brazil to Infospecrum’s Oxford headquarters will foster not only personal professional growth, but also contribute to Infospectrum’s well acknowledged status as the leading maritime and commodities credit risk appraisal provider.”

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