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Erich Michel

Managing Director, Head of Commodity & Structured Trade Finance

Erich Michel works at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (“BTMU”) in New York as Managing Director and Head of Structured Trade Finance. He leads a team in the Commodities & Structured Trade Finance Group, within the Investment Banking Division for the Americas. Michel's responsibilities include establishing a comprehensive trade finance coverage model for BTMU throughout the Americas, working closely with the bank's regional offices, with particular focus on growing in the agri sector as well as metals & mining and energy. He is in charge of providing product support to the bank's clients, ranging from traditional to highly structured trade finance solutions. Furthermore, Michel is leading the development and integration of new products and technology in the Americas. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Michel ran BBVA's Structured Trade Finance Group in North America and led the bank's efforts in originating and structuring of export & commodity trade finance transactions. During his nearly 13 years at BBVA, he also initiated a successful integration of trade finance products throughout the bank's extensive network in Latin America. Under his leadership, the trade finance exposure grew to a multi-billion dollar portfolio. He was also a key figure for arranging some of the most profitable and award-winning transactions for the bank. Mr. Michel's experience further includes management positions in global trade finance held at UBS and Swiss Bank Corporation, New York. He started his career in export finance at the Cantonal Bank of Berne, Switzerland. Mr. Michel has more than 20 years of experience in the trade finance area. Mr. Michel holds a graduate degree in finance from the Hoehere Fachschule fuer Wirtschaft in Berne, Switzerland. His is fluent in German, English and Spanish, and has proficient knowledge of French and basic Portuguese. His is married and has 2 children.

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