Barclays International Bank
Barclays International Corporate Services has built up a wealth of experience of dealing with and supporting International Trading Companies, and offers access to considerable specialist expertise as well as some of the some best financial centre locations for international trading companies, from London to specialist jurisdictions like the Isle of Man or Cyprus and Dubai (UAE) .
SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance)
SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With 39'000 employees, SGS operates a network of about 1'000 offices and laboratories around the world.
Originally founded in 1878 in Rouen as French grain shipment inspection house, the Company was registered in Geneva as Société Générale de Surveillance in 1919. Shares of SGS were first listed on (SWX) Swiss Exchange in 1985. Since 2001, SGS has only one class of shares consisting of registered shares.
The core services offered by SGS can be divided into three categories:
Inspection services: SGS inspects and verifies the quantity, weight and quality of traded goods. Inspection typically takes place at transhipment.
Testing services: SGS tests product quality and performance against various health, safety and regulatory standards. SGS operates state of the art laboratories on or close to customers' premises.
Certification services: SGS certifies that systems or services meet the requirements of standards set by governments, standardisation bodies (e.g.ISO 9000) or by SGS customers. SGS also develops and certifies its own standards.
Chicago Board of Trade
Providing a diverse mix of financial and commodity futures and options, the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT ® ) has been driving the standard in futures trading since 1848. More than 3,600 CBOT members trade 50 different futures and options products at the exchange through open auction and/or electronically. The Exchange in 2004 posted annual trading volume of 599 million contracts, its third consecutive record-breaking year.