2nd Annual SFNet Cross-Border Finance Essay Contest

Sponsored by Goldberg Kohn

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2023 Cross-Border Essay Contest:

1st Place - Lerika Le Grange and Fiona Coady, Taylor Wessing LLP, "Floating Charges: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly" 

2nd Place - Camille van Liebergen, NautaDutilh, "TLC for Your Dutch Collateral: Some Practical Considerations" 

3rd Place - Kabir Vassanji, BMO Bank of Montreal, "A Framework for Championing Securitization in Africa to Mobilize Capital and Drive Economic Development" 

Winners will be featured during our Friday, Nov. 17 Cross-Border Lending panel at SFNet's 79th Annual Convention in Orlando. 


The Rules

The prize competition will be open to an author or co-authors employed by any SFNet member company. Entry is free and all submissions must be received by April 17.

Essays must be no more than 3,000 words (no minimum) on any topic dealing with Cross-Border Finance, which is defined to include asset-based lending, factoring, receivables purchases and other forms of cross-border trade finance.  A sample topic might be describing a unique or innovative deal structure and how it was created and implemented. Other topic areas might address regulation of international finance, developments in secured transactions law that affect cross-border secured finance, deal trends, or an historical look at how international finance has contributed to major world developments.

Essays will be judged on content, originality, clarity, structure and overall contribution to furthering and expanding understanding within the field of cross-border finance. Essays will be judged by the members of the SFNet International Finance and Development Committee.

Please send your submission in a Word format, including your name, title, company and email address to: essay@sfnet.com


Three winning essays will be chosen – 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Winning essays will be published in The Secured Lender magazine and all three winners will have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at the SFNet Annual Convention. Winners will also receive engraved plaques with their names.