Nanhua Financial UK is a specialist in commodities trading established in London in 2018. We are a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nanhua Futures, a Shanghai A-share listed company headquartered in Hangzhou in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

We are a Category 2 member of the London Metal Exchange (LME), currently just one of five members owned by a China-based parent.

Our principal activities include trading metals, agricultural commodities and energy products, LME clearing and trading, and commodities futures trading via the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE), the Shanghai International Energy Exchange (INE), the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), and the Singapore Exchange (SGX).

We work closely with a broad and varied list of clients from the UK, Europe, the US and Asia including: financial institutions; trading houses; professional investors and fund managers; commodities producers; industrial endusers; Commodities Trading Advisors (CTAs); and lower-tier brokers.


Part of a global group covering all the major international commodities markets

Nanhua Financial UK is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nanhua Futures, an A-share company listed on the Shanghai Exchange, with sister companies operating in the major global commodities and futures markets.

Nanhua Group Global Footprint

Established in 1996, Nanhua Futures was a pioneer services provider to the futures markets in mainland China. It gained A-share listing in Shanghai in 2019.
From its roots as a provider of futures brokerage services, it has since expanded to add futures investment consulting, asset management and securities investment services. It provides reliable access for overseas investors with Qualified Financial Institutional Investor (QFII) approval to trade securities and products available from any stock or commodity and futures exchanges permissible in the PRC. These include the Shanghai Futures Exchange, the Shanghai International Energy Exchange, the Dalian Commodity Exchange and the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange. The group is now a major provider of commodities and futures trading services around the world, with whollyowned subsidiaries in the main financial markets. It opened HGNH International Futures in Hong Kong in 2005, one of the first main-land China futures companies to expand overseas. HGNH is a Clearing Participant on the Hong Kong Clearing Corporation (HKCC)
In 2013 it established Nanhua USA, based in Chicago. Nanhua was the first China-owned non-bank futures firm to join the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), where it is a Group Clearing Member.
In 2016, it established HGNH International in Singapore, the first Chinese-owned futures trader to open in the country. HGNH is a trading and clearing member of the Asia Pacific Exchange (APEX) and Singapore Exchange (SGX).
In 2018, it opened Nanhua Financial UK in London, with Category 2 status at the London Metal Exchange approved in 2021.
Nanhua’s global footprint means clients can access trading, cross-market trading, clearing and OTC-cleared products, where permitted, in all the major Chinese and international commodities markets. It has offices in 5 countries, including 40+ branches in mainland China, and employs over 900 staff globally.

What makes Nanhua Financial UK different?

Not all commodities and futures trading companies are the same. At Nanhua Financial UK we believe we have some unique qualities to offer our clients. They include:

  • Flat management structure, allowing rapid response to customer needs and service agility
  • Total customer service focus
  • Collegiate, mutually-supportive culture
  • Experienced senior team who have worked together for more than 20 years
  • Global execution and clearing
  • Professional trading service, 100% focused on broking and servicing our clients
  • 50% of staff bilingual in Chinese/English
  • Hong Kong-based customer service representative, working exclusively for the London office
  • 100% focus on physical and futures commodity trading
  • One-stop access to China markets and exchanges, and deep on-the-ground understanding of local market conditions for traders and investors

“At Nanhua London we pride ourselves in offering our clients a flexible, fast and customer-focused service. This is based on our long experience of working in the London market, the backing of our parent in the PRC, and the ability to access our sister companies around the world.” Nong Yan, CEO, Nanhua Financial UK

Our Leadership Team

Nong Yan, CEO

Nong Yan has almost 20 years’ experience trading in the London commodities markets, including stints at Sucden, INTL FCStone and China Merchants Securities. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwest University and an MBA from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

Stephen Hussey, COO

Stephen Hussey has worked in derivatives for more than 30 years, covering metals and energy. Before Nanhua, he worked for Bank of China International as Director of Operations and BNP Paribas as Commodity Operations Manager.