March 31 - Apr 2, Lausanne

Industry leaders, bankers and traders gathered on the shores of Lake Geneva to discuss the changing commodities business. FT editor Lionel Barber and chief economics commentator Martin Wolf also delivered addresses during this week’s event and participated in the debate


  • Ivan Glasenberg of Glencore Xstrata
  • Mark Cutifani of Anglo American
  • Juan Luciano, president of ADM
  • Ian Taylor of Vitol
  • Marco Dunand of Mercuria
  • Torbjörn Törnqvist of Gunvor
  • Yusuf Alireza of Noble
  • Soren Schroder of Bunge

Traders turn optimistic on commodities

Executives play down concerns over slower Chinese growth

Buyout groups look to snap up energy assets

Big oil companies in $300bn divestment push

Supply problems to keep oil price stable

Vitol chief says market is stuck in a ‘rut’

Trading houses see more assertive China

Beijing steps away from its policy of grain self-sufficiency

ADM hopes to increase GrainCorp stake

New York-listed group says it wants to build Australasian strategy

Louis Dreyfus positions to be IPO-ready

163-year-old trading house faces fast-changing landscape

BP warns of regulatory hit to commodities

Threats include higher capital demands and clearing house push

Banks’ retreat empowers commodity traders

Once-in-a-generation shift catches eye of regulators

Cofco set to buy stake in Noble unit

Deal puts Cofco in competition with global ‘ABCD’ traders

X marks the mining spot

Mick Davis's mining venture has almost $4bn to buy assets

Davis’s X2 secures $2.5bn funding

Former Xstrata chief’s new venture eyes mining assets