Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2009

Noble Group

by C. Fritz Foley, Michael Shih-ta Chen, Matthew Johnson and Linnea Meyer


What role does trade finance play in facilitating global supply chain management? Richard S. Elman, founder and CEO of Noble Group Ltd., a global commodities trading company based in Hong Kong, must raise capital to support the firm's working capital and investment needs. In evaluating by which means Elman should raise capital, students must consider issues relating to the payment terms and financing arrangements used in world trade, as well as the risk management and operating decisions of a trade intermediary.

Keywords: Trade; Capital; Financing and Loans; International Finance; Globalized Firms and Management; Risk Management; Supply Chain Management; Hong Kong;


Foley, C. Fritz, Michael Shih-ta Chen, Matthew Johnson, and Linnea Meyer. "Noble Group." Harvard Business School Case 210-021, October 2009.