Introduction to Letters of Credit (VIRTUAL CLASSROOM) - LOC 

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Introduction to Letters of Credit is a VIRTUAL classroom course presented by the energy training experts at Mennta Energy Solutions.

This workshop provides an introduction to the use of letters of credit in trading transactions.

Topics explored during the course include the key definitions and terminology for a letter of credit, different types of letter of credit, the roles and responsibilities of the bank, the buyer and the seller, and what can go wrong.

A key element of the course is that you get the chance to put the knowledge learned into practice through a series of educational and enjoyable class exercises.  These exercises are designed to reinforce and extend your learning from the class.

This virtual solution is comprised of two live instructor-led sessions hosted on state-of-the-art training software with video, audio, chat, live polls, breakout sessions and much more!


Class delegates include anyone supporting physical trading functions, for example mid or back office staff working in accounting, legal, settlements, compliance and audit, as well as new entrants to trading or trading operations.


  • Overview of different payment methods, including open account, parent company guarantee, collateral/cash and letter of credit
  • What is a letter of credit: introduction, definitions and key terminology
  • Different types of letters of credit – e.g. documentary, standby, transferable, revolving, back to back
  • Letters of credit: content, procedures and administration
  • Roles and responsibilities of the buyer and seller
  • Roles and responsibilities of the banks
  • Problems - what can go wrong, e.g. documentation requirements, checking L/Cs, identifying and reducing discrepancies and rejections.
  • International codes: UCP600, ISP98, ISBP745
  • Use of electronic letters of credit


Mary Jackson has over twenty-five years’ experience in the energy industry. After university she began her career at BP, working in the information management group, before joining the Manufacturing, Supply and Trading department. She subsequently worked at Saladin as a consultant, working closely with clients throughout the world and providing consultancy advice on energy market analysis, trading and risk management. In several senior roles at Saladin, she managed the energy consulting team, ran the energy market information service and directed strategy for new software and information product development.

Since 2000, Mary has worked as an independent energy market consultant and she formed Kingston Energy Consulting with Nigel Harris in 2002. Kingston Energy provides consultancy services to companies involved in energy markets and trading. A key area of work has been the European natural gas market - Kingston Energy has researched and authored a well-respected report on European natural gas trading which has been published annually since 2004.

Mary has lectured regularly for Mennta Energy Solutions on energy markets, trading and risk management and is also a regular speaker and panel member at public conferences. She has written articles for industry publications including Harts Energy Markets, Energy Risk, Global Energy Business and Petroleum Review.

Nigel Harris is a director and principal consultant at Kingston Energy Consulting, which he founded with Mary Jackson in 2002. He has been helping energy traders to analyse and understand the markets for over 25 years, initially as a developer of market analysis software systems, and more recently as a consultant. At Kingston Energy Consulting, his main focus is on providing education and information transfer to participants in the energy trading business, through instructor-led classroom training, web-based training development, research projects, workshops, briefings and research-based report writing. In his work with Mennta Energy Solutions, he has created a library of new instructor-led and web-based courses on European gas and power markets and trading. In 2005, he worked with Mary Jackson to develop the popular Oil Trading Orientation course, which has since been presented at venues all over the world. He has also extensively revised and updated many existing courses on derivatives, hedging and risk management.  He regularly presents this material both at public venues and as in-house, often customised, courses. He is co-author of a series of highly regarded reports on European natural gas trading and has also contributed to reports on power markets and oil trading. In previous roles, he was a key member of the team that initially designed and developed Saladin’s innovative Petroleum Analysis Workstation, a system that became an industry standard for historical price analysis during the 1990s and remained in use in the industry for two decades. During this period, he worked closely and extensively with oil and gas traders around the world to understand their information and analytical requirements. He also spent some years as an independent consultant, working mainly with software and information providers to help them better understand the oil and gas trading sectors.

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