FT Commodities Global Summit 2015
20 - 22 April 2015 | Beau Rivage Palace, Lausanne  

Founding sponsor:


Mercuria is one of the world’s largest independent energy and commodities groups. With a turnover of more than $100bn, the group, primarily focused on energy, is present all along the commodities value chain with activities forming a balanced combination of commodities flows and strategic assets. In 2014, Mercuria completed the acquisition of the J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. Physical Commodities Unit.

More than 1,000 people are operating from offices worldwide to sustain the group’s extensive business reach in more than 50 countries with their market knowledge, diversity, and experience. Mercuria's expertise covers all segments of the energy market, including associated environmental products, and extends to iron ore, dry-bulk freight, base metals and petrochemicals. 

The group maintains sound infrastructure capabilities, including oil petroleum products storage terminals and production assets. Coupled with Mercuria’s inherent trading expertise, the group has consistently invested in upstream oil, gas and coal mining assets around the world. These investments underpin the company’s growing presence as a major player in the global market.

Recognising the ever-growing correlation between energy products, commodities and financial services, Mercuria is providing commodity financing solutions ranging from prepayments to structured joint ventures with its business partners. 

Want to know more? 

Please visit www.mercuria.com


Gold sponsors:


Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and nearly 150 years of experience. We have 142,000 employees in 67 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.

About Energy, Transportation and Metals
Cargill transparently manages global commodity supply chains for its customers.  It offers a unique combination of physical and financial expertise to develop physical and financial solutions in the energy, ferrous, and ocean freight markets.


Gunvor Group is one of the world’s largest independent commodities trading houses by turnover, creating logistics solutions that safely and efficiently move physical energy from where it is sourced and stored to where it is demanded most. With strategic investments in energy infrastructure—refineries, pipelines, storage, terminals, mining and upstream—Gunvor further generates sustainable value across the global supply chain for its customers.

More information can be found at: GunvorGroup.com or @Gunvor.


Trade has been the foundation of HSBC since 1865. With over 5,800 professionals helping customers trade across more than 56 countries, our local presence and global footprint gives us access to 87%* of the world’s trade flows and unrivalled experience in solving today’s most complex trade challenges.

Our comprehensive suite of products and services can be combined into global solutions that make it easier for businesses to help you manage trade risk, process trade transactions and fund trade activities – making  it easier for businesses to connect to new markets and partners around the world.

*HSBC network analysis, Global Insights, UNCTAD July 2014

Learn more at www.hsbcnet.com/trade

Silver sponsors:

Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a pioneering heritage and a resolute focus on international trade. With over 1,500 lawyers operating from 40 offices in six continents, the firm advises clients across the entirety of the commodities market. Widely recognised as a market leader in international trade and ranked as the top commodities law firm in legal directories, the firm has a particularly strong track record in complex cross-jurisdictional disputes and an outstanding reputation in international arbitration.

Clyde & Co's regulatory practice provides commercially oriented advice to clients operating in volatile jurisdictions and the firm is heavily engaged in asset acquisition and disposal across the supply chain. Clyde & Co has an unrivalled reputation for its work in emerging markets, being the largest international firm in the Middle East and with a rapidly expanding network across Asia, Latin America and Africa.

As the leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group is where the world comes to manage risk, offering the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes. We bring buyers and sellers together through our CME Globex electronic trading platform and our trading facilities in the United States and Europe. CME Clearing, an industry-leading central counterparty clearing provider, offers clearing and settlement services for exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives. 

CME Europe, our London-based derivatives exchange, offers FX contracts and a suite of commodity contracts and will become a multi-asset class exchange over time. CME Clearing Europe, our London-based clearing house, provides a single, integrated platform for a broad range of OTC financial and commodity derivatives and futures in a European regulatory framework.

For further details, please visit:  www.cmegroup.com


KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. Their international knowledge and global presence enables them to offer clients clear and consistent solutions wherever these are needed. KPMG combines a multi-disciplinary approach with in-depth and practical industry knowledge to help clients meet their challenges and respond to opportunities.

KPMG has a unique service offering to the international commodities industry combining experienced individuals from the energy, industrial and financial services sectors. Their multidisciplinary teams demonstrate specialised knowledge across a range of sector-specific challenges, whether it be risk management, business transformation or regulatory complexity. With this approach, KPMG provides customised, industry-tailored solutions that lead to comprehensive value-added assistance for your most pressing business. 

For further details, please visit: www.kpmg.com 


Rabobank is an international financial services provider operating on the basis of cooperative principles. Focus is on broad financial services provision in the Netherlands and primarily on the food and agribusiness internationally. Rabobank has approximately 59,500 employees, who serve 10 million customers in 42 countries.

The Trade & Commodity Finance (TCF) business unit brings together Rabobank’s long-term expertise in agricultural commodities, export finance as well as energy and metals commodity finance. Rabobank offers in-depth product knowledge, embedded in a global branch network and professional support for all international trade transactions. A range of specialised products can be tailor-made to suit individual needs. www.rabobank.com

 Standard Chartered      

Standard Chartered – leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Standard Chartered is a leading international banking group. It has operated for over 150 years in some of the world's most dynamic markets and earns around 90 per cent of its income and profits in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This geographic focus and commitment to developing deep relationships with clients and customers has driven the Bank’s growth in recent years. Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong stock exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

With 1,700 offices in 70 markets, the Group offers exciting and challenging international career opportunities to over 88,000 staff. It is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity. Standard Chartered’s heritage and values are expressed in its brand promise, ‘Here for good’.

For further information please visit: www.standardchartered.com
Follow Standard Chartered on www.facebook.com/standardchartered and on Twitter @StanChart.
To hear from their experts and comment on their blog, visit: ourviews.standardchartered.com 

Trafigura Beheer BV

Founded in 1993, the Trafigura Group has become one of the world’s leading independent commodity traders, specialising in the oil, minerals and metals markets. Primary trading activities are the supply and transport of oil and petroleum products and non-ferrous and bulk commodities. The trading business is supported by industrial and financial assets including global oil products distribution company Puma Energy; joint venture company DT Group; global terminals operator Impala; Trafigura’s Mining Group and Galena Asset Management.

The Group has been connecting its customers to the global economy for more than two decades, growing prosperity by advancing trade.  Visit: www.trafigura.com

Dinner sponsor:


The Commodities group of ABN AMRO is dedicated to servicing companies active in the sourcing, production, trading and distribution of commodities. We offer standard and structured banking services to global clients in the commodity sectors. These include asset-backed and working capital facilities; structured commodity and pre-export finance; letters of credit, collections, guarantees and counterparty risk financing; cash management and electronic banking.

Organised through three commodity sectors, Agricultural, Energy and Metals & Steel, the Commodities teams operate throughout the world, giving you the support you need wherever your business takes you. They work together with clients to analyse their financial needs, creating opportunities and managing commodity and financial risks.

For more information please visit: abnamro.com/ect

Breakfast seminar sponsor:


Founded in Geneva in 1805, Pictet is today one of Europe's leading independent wealth and asset managers, with more than CHF435bn in assets under management and custody at 31 December 2014. The Pictet Group is owned and managed by seven partners with principles of ownership and succession that have remained unchanged since foundation.

These principles encourage a spirit of collegial management and entrepreneurship, a long-term vision and commitment by the partners as well as a prudent risk management policy. This policy is expressed in a high liquidity coverage ratio which reflects our conservative balance sheet policies. Furthermore, the Group's equity level is well in excess of the Swiss legal requirements, among the most stringent in the world.

The Pictet Group, headquartered in Geneva, employs more than 3,900 people. It is also present in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Brussels, Dubai, Florence, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lausanne, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Munich, Nassau, Osaka, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Turin, Tokyo and Zurich.


Welcome drinks sponsor:


Noble Group (SGX: N21) manages a portfolio of global supply chains covering a range of industrial and energy products, as well as having a 49% interest in Noble Agri, its agricultural partnership with COFCO. Operating from over 60 locations and employing more than 40 nationalities, Noble facilitates the marketing, processing, financing and transportation of essential raw materials. Sourcing bulk commodities from low cost regions such as South America, South Africa, Australia and Indonesia, the Group supplies high growth demand markets, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. We are ranked number 76 in the 2014 Fortune Global 500. For more information please visit www.thisisnoble.com

Drinks Party sponsor:

Vitol is a physical energy and commodities company. Physical trading, logistics and distribution are complemented by upstream to downstream investments in exploration and production, refining, marketing and retail. Founded in 1966, Vitol has grown to become one of the world’s largest independent energy traders with revenues of $303bn billion in 2012.

For further details, please visit: www.vitol.com

Pre-Dinner drinks sponsor:

CCI is a global commodities merchant with an integrated set of operations consisting of physical and financial commodities trading and the ownership, operation, and development of commodities-related upstream and infrastructure assets. The Company markets a broad range of physical commodities including natural gas, natural gas liquids, refined products, crude oil, fuel oil, freight, petrochemicals, electric power and coal and financial instruments related to commodities. CCI is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut with offices in Houston, Texas, and Denver, Colorado, as well as foreign affiliate offices in Calgary, Canada; Geneva, Switzerland; Shanghai, China; Singapore; and Uruguay.

For further details, please visit: www.cci.com

Lunch sponsor:

Established in January 2003 in London, Human Capital is an Executive Search firm operating within the energy and natural resource sector. They now have operations in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Houston, New York, Geneva and London. Their success stems from the quality of research and the ability to identify and close talented individuals. Mandate driven, Human Capital partner with a small number of quality clients to research and resource specific needs crucial to their growth and development.

For sponsorship enquiries please contact:

Stefan De Muynck
E: Stefan.de.muynck@financialtimes.ch
T: on +41(0) 21 633 50 90 / +41 (0) 79 635 98 91

Craig Bethell
E: craig.bethell@ft.com
T: +44 (0) 20 7873 4110