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Walter (Buddy) Baker
 

Walter (Buddy) Baker has over 25 years of experience in international trade finance. In September 2005 he joined Atradius Trade Credit Insurance, where he is responsible for assisting exporters and banks with structuring financing for export receivables. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Atradius is the second largest credit insurer in the world, covering over $300 billion in world trade each year. Prior to Atradius, Buddy’s career was on the banking side, most recently including 10 years with ABN AMRO Bank as Global Head of Technical Trade Advisory/Compliance.

Buddy is a recognized expert in trade finance and has made numerous presentations for national associations of exporters, importers, bankers, and lawyers. He is a long-time member of the National Letter of Credit Committee of the International Financial Services Association and is actively involved in establishing national and worldwide standard practices for L/Cs, such as the current versions of the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits (“UCP500”), Article 5 of the Uniform Commercial Code, the International Standby Practices (“ISP98”), and the recent “eUCP” supplement to the UCP, dealing with electronic documents, and the official ICC guide for examining letter of credit documents, the International Standard Banking Practices for the Examination of Documents under Letters of Credit (“ISBP”). Presently, he is involved in a revision of the UCP (sometimes referred to as the “UCP600”), expected to be completed in 2006, and acts as an advisor to the Wolfsberg Group, an international group that includes most of the largest banks in the world whose purpose is to set standards for combating money laundering, and to the Institute for International Banking Law and Practice. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the FCIB, a multinational association of export credit managers.

Buddy received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his MBA from Northwestern.

 

 

 

 

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