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Structured Trade and Commodity Finance.

Connecting Capital with Global Trade

We finance transactions not Companies. We are not a lender in a traditional manner and we do not provide loans to companies. All funding that we provide is repaid upon completion of the transaction and our exposure ends at that point.


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Spyros Papadopoulos

Founder & CEO

Spyros has 20 years of experience in alternative investments. He began his career in Private Banking, first with Citigroup in London and Geneva, where he was the key contributor to the development of both the Spanish and Greek Wealth Management Desks, and then with Société Générale in Athens, where he was instrumental to the expansion of the Greek Private Banking division. Spyros resigned from Private Banking in 2006 to set up an asset management company for Deloitte, before returning to London as Director of the hedge fund Absolute Return Partners. He left to set-up Synthesis in June 2009. His clients came through unscathed, and indeed profited, from the crises of 2000-02 and 2008. Spyros holds the Investment Management Certificate of the CFA-Society of the UK

Philippe Jouard

Managing partner

Philippe Jouard gathers more than 30-year successful international banking career in wealth management, investment banking (origination, structuring and execution of international corporate and project finance transactions) and private equity, both in Europe and the Middle East. In addition, Philippe held numerous regulated board level and C-level positions in major global banking groups such as JP Morgan, UBS, Dexia-BIL and Edmond de Rothschild, with full regional responsibilities of successfully launching and / or managing strategic business lines in his capacity of CEO, Chairman or Executive Director of such boards. Philippe holds a Master Degree in Finance and Economics from HEC (Paris), where he was also a visiting Professor, and an Advanced Management Degree from the Wharton School (UPENN-Philadelphia).

Thierry Schlagdenhauffen

Managing Partner

Thierry justifies 28 years of transferable experience in green field projects and restructuring. His expertise encompasses setting up new businesses and turning-around large, existing ones. He has successful track record for leaders in Construction materials (Saint Gobain and CRH), Aerospace (Airbus), and Transportation. He started his career with Saint Gobain, first learning the trade, restructuring the Paper and Wood division before leading the divestment of the tableware plants. He then joined the high-performance division of Airbus to develop the French activities and restructure the Canadian subsidiary. He then started the PPP/PFI activity of Airbus with contracts awarded in France, UK, Germany and Australia. In the US, he reorganized first the rolling stock activity of Alstom, and then the Architectural products of Oldcastle APG (CHR Group). Thierry also fulfilled various C-level interim management positions in IT companies to reorganize and restructure their finance departments. Lately, he has led the finance functions for the Qatar railways projects, before fulfilling various missions of M&A in the Middle East and structuring real Estate, Construction and Industrial projects for a Private Equity office in Africa. Thierry holds a master’s in business from ICN business school, Nancy (France) and a MBA – RIT from Rochester, New York (USA).

Matthew Edwards

Investor Relations

Matthew has over 27 years’ experience in financial services. He began his career with Tullet and Tokyo in the city of London in 1990 where he quickly established himself as a leading broker. Matthew worked for two other leading brokerage houses in London before moving to Athens in 1997. He was head of all foreign exchange activities for Sigma money brokers who under his guidance became the global benchmark for GRD brokerage. He has since acted as a business development consultant for ICAP London, BGC Partners and Cleaves Securities. Throughout his career Matthew has developed and managed key client relationships and maintains strong relationships with banks, brokerages and private equity firms.

Jerome Laurre

Member of the Advisory Board

Jerome has 25 years experience in investment banking and capital markets with a strong focus on origination and structuring of Strategic Equity solutions for Corporates, Financial Institutions, Family Offices and Sovereign Wealth Funds. Experience was acquired in London (UK), New York (US) and Paris (France) covering wide ranging geographical client bases including the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2009, he founded Beyond Solutions™, an advisory boutique specialized in designing bespoke recommendations in Strategic Finance. Before that, Jerome was head of the Strategic Equity business for the EMEA region at Barclays Capital for 5+ years. He set up the business there and grew it to a team of 14 professionals. Prior to joining Barcap, Jerome launched the Strategic Equity business for the Americas at BNP Paribas New York in 2002 after 5 years running the Strategic Equity business for Europe. Jerome started his career in Investment banking at Banque Indosuez, which is now merged within Credit Agricole Investment Banking, where he initiated the Strategic Equity business.

Joseph Samuel

Member of the Advisory Board

With more than 15 years broad experience in the legal and financial sectors, Joseph is an experienced management professional, having grown, re-organised and co-ordinated a number of funds, businesses, teams and departments, with full P&L responsibility and an excellent track record. A key element of his work has been doing business face to face internationally, having undertaken business trips across five continents to more than 50 countries, and with clients in more than 150. In 2015, he founded Old Park Lane Consultancy Ltd, through which he consults on fund structuring, capital raising, product development, international business and communications for a number of clients.

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