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Paula De las Casas Fuentes

Head of Underwriting

Joined CESCE in early 1993. CESCE is the Spanish Export Credit Agency that supports the Spanish exports and the internationalization of Spanish industry. This is done by insuring export companies and banks against the risk of non-payment in export transactions, thereby enabling them to conduct more secure export deals. Prior to join CESCE, I worked as a Senior corporate financial analyst at the National Central Bank of Spain. With a 20+ years´ experience in the export finance business I have: • Been responsible for different aspects of export trade finance activities enabling investments in all economic sectors providing multiple financing schemes solutions with Cesce back up that had facilitated long term export projects awarded by Spanish companies worldwide. • Negotiated the terms of the coverage of export long-term credits and bonds with the financial institutions. • Been actively involved in financial solutions for projects in all kind of sectors, among others, renewable power, public and private concessions, conventional energy, a wide range of civil work construction projects, industrial services, transportation, water, oil, gas and petrochemical industry. • Lead along with the financial teams either from banks or corporations the most suitable financial schemes and solutions for the internationalization of the Spanish projects worldwide. This includes relationships with financial institutions at different levels: international agencies, Export Credit Agencies, multilateral banks, regional development banks, domestic and foreign financial Institutions and debtors throughout the life of the export credits. • Developed a deep knowledge of documentary peculiarities tied to different contract structures. • Involved in restructuring of exposed contracts, which includes the design and implementation of financial solutions in a variety of debt transactions. • Represented CESCE as a speaker in domestic and international conferences. • Deal with international matters (Berne Union technical workshops, ECAs bilateral meetings, and OECD matters).

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