Miller is pleased to announce the hiring of business development specialist, Laurent Hepner, to its Credit and Political Risk (CPRI) insurance team. Laurent will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, and the move coincides with the opening of Miller’s new office space in the city. Laurent will report to Miller’s Head of CPRI (Europe), Arnaud Froideval, who will relocate to Geneva from September 2021 onwards.
Laurent will begin his role on 1 September, 2021, and will have a particular focus on supporting commodities and trade finance clients in accessing bespoke CPRI solutions. The aim will be to ensure clients, including trading houses, corporate and financial institutions, have the necessary protection to enable them to grow.
Laurent’s hiring follows the recent joining of experienced business development specialist, Safi Mebarki, to Miller’s Paris office, and forms part of Miller’s wider growth strategy in Europe, aimed at developing the range of (re)insurance services available to clients.
Laurent joins Miller following a role as Sales Lead with Komgo, where he was tasked with promoting digital transformation solutions to the Commodities Trade Finance industry.
Arnaud Froideval commented: “We’re excited to have Laurent joining us. He brings with him over 25 years’ experience in International Trade, Energy and Commodities Finance. His career has seen him successfully work in banks, as well as large trading houses and start-ups. I’m confident clients will benefit from his proven expertise in transaction structuring, collateral and risk management. On top of this, Laurent’s digitisation expertise gained whilst at Komgo will enable him to play a key role in helping to develop innovative CPRI solutions for our clients. His understanding of digital transformation in Finance will also be a great asset to his new team.
Miller already provides best-in-class service to clients in the trade finance space in London and Paris, and Laurent’s hiring will enable Miller to expand its operations in Geneva.”
Laurent’s career has seen him work for multiple banks, including 10 years spent with BNP Paribas. Whilst there, he headed the Collateral Management teams in Paris and Hong Kong, responsible for the co-ordination and monitoring of transactional and structured financing.
In 2012, he joined Mercuria Geneva as a Structured Trade Finance Manager, and contributed to (re)designing insurance programs in the CPRI workspace. He then joined Komgo in 2018.
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