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With more banking and commercial finance organisations seeking to grow outside their traditional product boundaries, specialist consulting and corporate finance firm Finativ have expanded their “finance native” expertise with the appointment of Richard Carter as Consulting Director.

An established business leader, Carter has a strong track record of driving growth and improved business performance across a range of commercial finance sectors and geographies. These include as CEO Europe & Asia at Bibby Financial Services, Head of Asset Finance in HSBC UK and European Head of Services, Global Trade and Receivables Finance in HSBC.

Carter combines the insight gained from international general management roles with deep experience in product design, operations and sales. As a result, he is well suited to support clients looking to grow through the development of new product lines or through geographic expansion. Recent areas that he has explored include the development of a Sharia compliant receivables fund; looking at mutual co-operation agreements to fill client segment gaps in a number of countries; and looking at supplier finance structures to address the long tail of suppliers often not reached in the financing.

Carter’s international and trade finance know-how complements the UK market expertise of his fellow Consulting Director Jeff Longhurst, former CEO of the Asset-Backed Finance Association.

Christian Roelofs, CEO of Finativ commented, “Richard’s appointment and the combined expertise of Jeff and Richard highlight both our quality focus and trajectory to become the obvious choice for firms seeking practical guidance to grow in the commercial finance market”.