Underwriting the future through developing sustainable and green financial services

Since its inception in 1995, GBRW has been working in the field of sustainable finance.

This includes development finance initiatives to underpin missing economic infrastructure, as well as enhancing access to finance for SMEs and under-served social or economic groups.

In 2011, GBRW ventured into the then niche area of climate or green finance, providing advice to the UK Department for International Development on the UK’s engagement with the Green Climate Fund. Since then GBRW has continued to develop its credentials in green finance, supplementing its wider expertise in financial sector development.

Sustainable and green finance is very much an emerging field. Policy-makers in many markets welcome advice in developing practical strategies to optimize policy to facilitate sustainable and green finance. GBRW’s long experience as banking and finance practitioners, and in developing and implementing financial sector development strategies are critical.

While we work with government agencies and regulators at the policy-level, GBRW’s strength as banking and finance practitioners really comes into play working with financial sector actors. We can work with banks, development financiers, asset managers, and insurers to transfer the competences, tools, models, and methodologies required for sustainable and green finance. This can be delivered through a mix of training and/ or consulting engagements.

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Sustainable & Green Finance Assignments

Thailand Sustainable Finance Roadmap

Feasibility Study for a Green Finance Institution for Vietnam

Advice on the design of climate Public-Private Partnership funds

Design of a Private Sector Window for the Green Climate Fund

Sustainable & Green Finance Team

The profiles of some of our Sustainable and Green Finance experts are shown below. They have extensive practical experience in the subject covering a wide range of markets. As former banking and finance practitioners they are immersed in both the practice as well as the theory of Sustainable and Green Finance. We welcome enquiries from both potential clients and partners, so please do not hesitate to contact us or connect directly.

Philippe Belot

Director, GBRW Consulting

Philippe Belot has more than 30 years of banking experience, financing the corporate sector. In his last position in 2014-2017, he put in place and led as Managing Director the corporate lending activity of B&C PLC, a newly created merchant bank supervised by the Bank of England and focused on privately-owned SMEs.

Prior to B&C, Philippe was for 18 years Portfolio Manager and Senior Banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). There, he carried out complex financing transactions and designed programmes destined to foster the development of SMEs and the private sector in Eastern Europe.

Philippe started his career in the corporate sector, with the finance departments of industrial groups, forming the groundwork of his subsequent banking roles. Philippe graduated in finance from HEC Paris, the leading European business school. His international profile has led him to operate in challenging environments in emerging markets and to manage culturally diverse teams. He speaks English, French and German, as well as Russian and Polish.

Nate Dickerson

Director, GBRW Consulting

Joining in 2012, Nate Dickerson is the Director of Credit Risk Management at GBRW. Nate’s banking career started with Chase Manhattan, where he enjoyed a 13-year career. Responsibilities included domestic and international debt restructuring, credit administration, and relationship management. While at Chase, Nate also developed and delivered credit risk management training for Chase’s Credit Training Program.

Nate has been engaged as a consultant for over twenty-five years providing consulting and training in more than 20 countries in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Advisory services have focused on problem loan management, enterprise restructuring, corporate governance, credit risk management, loan assessment, institutional and industry assessments, organizational design, and human resource management.

During this time, Nate has also designed and delivered training programs for lending professionals serving the small and medium enterprise (SME) and microentrepreneur markets. Training programs have addressed Problem Loan Management; Out-of-Court Workouts; SME Credit Analysis; Commercial Credit Assessment; Understanding and Appraising a Business Plan, and Credit and Non-credit Risk Management (from the Branch Prospective). His training design and instructional skills have been honed on scores of training workshops conducted for such organizations as RMA, American Institute of Banking, National Bankers Association, Banking Skills Training and Consultancy (Vietnam), Omega Performance, and Egyptian Banking Institute.

Nate holds a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School, with a concentration in international finance and management information science, and a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, with a major in philosophy.

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Paul Rex

Managing Director, GBRW Consulting/ Expert Witness | Director, GBRW Learning

Paul Rex is an experienced banker with unusually wide exposure to both developed and emerging markets, having spent 18 years in management positions with two major banks (Chemical Bank, now JP Morgan Chase, and Crédit Agricole) followed by 25 years consulting on banking and financial sector assignments in the UK and overseas.

Paul’s areas of specialisation include banking strategy; development banks; enterprise risk management (including capital adequacy); credit and specialised lending across a wide range of sectors; investment; and Non-Performing Loans and enterprise restructuring across a number of industries. Paul has an MA from The Queen’s College Oxford, is a Fellow of the Academy of Experts and an accredited Mediator. He is internationally recognised as an expert witness in high value banking litigation.

In his work as a consultant and an expert witness in more than 70 financial sector disputes, Paul has worked in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. He has reviewed credit policies and procedures for more than 60 banks and has drafted these documents for a number of GBRW’s clients.

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Fergus Clark

Director, Financial Markets

Fergus is a Director, Financial Services with GBRW and has over 20 years of international banking and consulting experience. Fergus is a senior bank executive with proven expertise and a successful track record in Risk Management, Treasury and Programme Delivery.

He began his career with a number of high profile banks including HSBC Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. His experience includes holding senior and advisory roles in Corporate and Structured Finance, Financial Markets, ESG, Policy and Risk Management disciplines.

Fergus joined GBRW in 2015 has more recently advised the CEO and board of a commercial bank on risk and capital issues. He also project managed NPL programs in 7 countries on behalf of the World Bank.

Fergus holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney. He is also a qualified solicitor, admitted in Ireland (EU), England & Wales and New South Wales (Australia). Fergus has practised law in Australia and England.

Fergus has worked across Australia, Azerbaijan, China, England, Hong Kong, Rwanda, Tajikistan and Vietnam.

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