Sean Edwards

Sean Edwards

Chairman of ITFA and Head of Legal, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking

Sean Edwards is an English lawyer, formerly with Clifford Chance, and is now Head of Legal at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited. He is Chairman of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA) a global association for trade, supply chain and receivables finance with nearly 200 members in over 30 countries.

He has contributed as a draftsman and subject-matter expert to a number of global rules and standards for trade and supply chain finance.

He sits on the Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission and leads part of the ICC Working Group on Digitalisation in Trade Finance.


Sean has written numerous articles on trade finance, particularly on forfaiting and other forms of receivables finance, for all the major trade finance magazines and is on the editorial board of Global Trade Review (GTR). He is a frequent presenter at trade finance conferences dealing with a range of subjects.