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Jean-Francois Lambert

Founding Partner
Lambert Commodities

JF is Founding Partner of Lambert Commodities, providing bespoke commodity trade and structured finance solutions to producers, traders and investors. Capitalizing on his 34-year international experience, he is also adviser on industry trends, on strategic positioning of clients and on regulatory issues.
Prior to that, JF was Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity and Structured Trade Finance for HSBC Group. Under his 6-year stewardship, HSBC became one of the major financial players supporting commodity supply chains. JF was notably instrumental in expanding HSBC’s geographical presence to over 15 countries with a team of 160+ frontline specialists. He also initiated institutional investor participation in commodity trade financing under a balanced co-investment model.
In previous roles with HSBC, JF served as Global Head of Structured Trade Finance for 4 years, particularly along commodity supply chains; Global Head of Trade and Supply Chain Business Development and Head of Eurozone Trade Services for 6 years overall, where he was leading and developing traditional trade services, supply chain and structured trade businesses.
JF has also held a number of senior positions at Crédit Commercial de France. He headed the short-term international financing activities of the Bank for 6 years. Additionally, he served as Deputy and thereafter General Manager of Hong Kong Branch for 7 years, as well as Senior Manager of Greek Branch for 4 years.
JF holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Université Paris IX Dauphine. He has been an active member of the Trade Export panel of the World Trade Organization. He is also a reputed Basel 2&3 expert and key industry voice on regulatory impact on Commodity and Trade. He currently writes a monthly column for TFR Magazine and is a regular speaker on the international professional conference circuit. JF teaches a Commodity Market Dynamics Course at Sciences Po, an international research university in Paris, and from 2018 at the London Business School in London. JF is also the author of the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) Trade Academy course on Advanced Commodity Finance.

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