LCTA
LUGANO COMMODITY TRADING ASSOCIATION
Welcome Message from the President

Potrait Thomas Patrick_01Dear LCTA Members and Visitors,

On behalf of the Lugano Commodity Trading Association, it is my pleasure to welcome you to LCTA’s website.

If you are visiting our website for the first time, we hope that you find our message clear with regard to what we do, who we are and what we represent. Should you wish to join us and take an active role in our association, then please do not hesitate to contact us. Our aim is to represent the commodity sector and our members as participants in the best way possible advancing all stakeholders interest. The role our section plays in the movement of commodities is critical to maintaining an efficient and smooth supply chain ensuring products reach the market when needed.

Switzerland remains the global centre of commodity trading due to its geographic position and sophisticated service sector including banking, insurance, shipping and freight management.

The relationship between the commodity sector, Swiss authorities and public is critical to having a stable environment where our business is able to continue and develop. LCTA plays an important role in communicating and promoting an honest understanding of how our sector works and the importance it plays in securing stable trade flow. We welcome new members irrespective of size and types of business and pledge to support companies both locally and nationally through our affiliate membership in the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association.

Please reach out to us with any questions you might have on our association and the collective aims of our membership. Our goal is to grow the LCTA to fully encompass all commodity sector stakeholders promoting together a fair and balanced dialogue to grow our business both locally and internationally.

LCTA President
Thomas Patrick

LCTA
WHO ARE WE

Established in 2010, Lugano Commodity Trading Association (LCTA) is a non-profit organization based in Lugano. With this association, the commodity trading companies intend to reinforce Canton Ticino’s favourable business conditions and to pursue common goals, such as fostering personnel training, broadening domain knowledge, exchanging opinions and views. Furthermore, LCTA aims at developing a platform composed of commodity trading firms, shipping companies, banks active in commodity financing as well as all consultants and certified companies active in this business branch.

PURPOSES

This association’s main objectives are:

  • Reinforcing the sector in the Swiss-Italian area of Europe.
  • Training its member’s employees and new career starters.
  • Developing services and focusing on know-how related to the trading, shipping and financing of these activities.
  • Lobbying and cooperating with authorities in order to improve business conditions and the attractiveness of Ticino as a business location.

EXECUTIVE
BOARD

Thomas Patrick, President
Chief Financial Officer, DUFERCO SA

Roberto Grassi, Vice President
Chief Executive Officer, FIDINAM GROUP HOLDING SA

Marco Passalia, Secretary General
Partner, ENET ENERGY SA

Luca Albertoni, member
Director, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF CANTON TICINO

Paola Bazzana, member
Head of Operations – Senior Trader, COECLERICI COMPAGNIE SA

Yan Blitshteyn, member
Head Of Middle and Back Office, NLMK TRADING SA

Thomas Bosshard, member
Head of Commodity Trade Finance (Lugano), UBS SA

Roberto Gagliardi, member
Head of Trade Finance Service Center (Lugano), CREDIT SUISSE

Fabiano Manfredi, member
Head of Commodity Trade Finance, ZUERCHER KANTONALBANK

Giuseppe Massa, member
Area Manager, NOVA MARINE CARRIERS SA

Michael Mesaric, member
Chief Executive Officer, VALCAMBI SA

Massimo Penzavalli, member
Board of Directors, BANCA DELLO STATO DEL CANTONE TICINO

Riccardo Talenti, member
Chartering & Operations Manager, FLAME SA

LCTA EXECUTIVE BOARD