Tom Powell

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Tom Powell

Tom is director and investment manager of Kimura Jersey Limited, where, in collaboration with Kimura Capital London, he oversees a portfolio of Commodity Trade Finance investments with a global reach. Starting at LIFFE in listed derivatives, he has 18 years of front office hedge fund sales, trading, and risk management experience from Société Générale, Jefferies, Altis Partners and Kimura Capital. Spending much of his career working with the complex strategies of CTA, he has participated on the risk and investment committees of sophisticated alternative fund managers. He sees trade finance as a vital “triple win” for producers, purchasers and investors. The opportunity within the trade finance sub set of specialty credit continues to grow, and the products Kimura create, enable access to capital for SME’s and diversified returns for investors.

A passionate advocate of sustainability in finance, he leads the working group on ESG for the Jersey Funds Association. Tom is trilingual English, French and Italian and has a BA(Hons) and a Masters (Maitrise) in International Commerce (Commerce Internationale) from the Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-II) – Clermont-Ferrand. Tom is based in Jersey UK.

February 2021


Specialty Credit: Trade Finance

Sometimes referred to as “secured income” or “alternative credit”, Trade Finance, is a generic term that covers the financing of international trade and commerce. This includes loans that finance the cross-border export of goods and services. Trade Finance differs from other types of lending, as transactions must have an identifiable source of repayment - cash payments when goods have been delivered or title to the underlying goods when they have not yet been delivered. During this event, we will hear from a panel of industry experts on how Trade Finance has evolved as an investment class and where such strategies may fit into an investors’ portfolio.

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