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Penelope Smith

Head of EM Corporate Loan Origination
Commerzbank

Ms Smith is Head of Emerging Markets Corporate Loan Origination in the International Loan Origination team of Commerzbank's Corporates and Markets division, responsible for the origination, structuring and execution of the loan product for corporate clients located in Emerging Markets with particular focus on the CEE/CIS region. She also covers the origination and execution of the loan product for financial institutions in the CEE/CIS region. In addition Ms Smith is in charge of international Schuldschein origination. Previously, she was Head of Loan Capital Markets for Emerging Markets/Western Europe, and prior to that until early 2009 she was Head of EM Corporate Loan and Bond Origination. Prior to joining Commerzbank in late 2007 Ms Smith was Head of the CEEMA debt origination team within the Capital Markets Division of WestLB AG and as well as heading up the overall team was responsible herself for the origination, structuring and execution of various debt products including syndicated loans for the CEE/CIS countries. Clients included corporates, banks and municipalities. From 1994-1998 Ms Smith worked in the Debt Capital Markets division of West Merchant Bank, involved in setting up the CEE business unit for the Bank. She then specialised in the Russian/CIS market and helped to make WestMerchant one of the market leaders in Russia. She was involved in some of the very first syndicated loan transactions ever completed in the CEE/CIS region.

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