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The Impact of Recent Regualtory Reform on the Use of Supply Chain Finance: The Case of Reverse Factoring

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Authors Viktor Elliot
Ted Lindblom
Published in Contemporaty Issues in Banking. Eds. García-Olalla, M. & Clifton, J.
Pages pp. 11-30
ISBN 978-3-319-90293-7
ISSN 2523-336X
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Place of publication Cham, Switzerland
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Business Administration
Department of Business Administration, Industrial and Financial Management & Logistics
Pages pp. 11-30
Language en
Keywords Banks, trade finance, supply chain finance, reverse factoring, bank regulation, Basel III, arbitrage
Subject categories Business Administration


Short-term structured trade finance has traditionally received preferred capital treatment by regulators and financial agencies based on the premises that it was one of the safest, most collateralized and self-liquidating forms of bank assets (cf. Auboin and Blengini, 2014). Despite this preferential treatment concerns have been raised over the potential impact of the Basel III requirements on various trade finance instruments (see, for example, Auboin, 2010; Auboin and Blengini, 2014; CGFS, 2014; Lasaga, 2016; Michalski, Ors, and Demir, 2016). In this paper, we aim to deepen our understanding on how bank’s use trade finance in relation to other lending in light of the new regulations. We explore banks’ increasing use of SCF in the form of reverse factoring and its impact on overall value creation in supply chains. In particular, we analyze the motives for the implementation RF programs, how such programs compare with traditional factoring and other trade finance arrangements and whether its regulatory treatment provides further motives for banks to expand this line of business. Key

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