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Mark Houghton

Head of Political Risk, Credit and Bond for Asia Pacific

Mark is currently the Asia Pacific Regional Product Leader for XL Catlin’s Political Risk, Credit & Bond business based in Singapore focusing on cross border trade and investment into emerging markets, as well as project and asset finance coverage. Having spent 15 years in banking including roles in origination and client coverage, project finance, syndications, securitization, portfolio management and alternative risk distribution, Mark joined XL Catlin in June 2012.

Starting his career with the National Australia Bank, he moved to London where he worked for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Mark established SMBC’s global insurance distribution function as an alternative risk management tool to supplement other non-functioning markets. In this role he coordinated the purchase of political risk and trade credit insurance globally for SMBC. Returning to Asia Mark joined Standard Chartered where he was responsible for managing the political and credit risk insurance requirements for Transaction Banking.

Having worked intimately with the insurance market from a client perspective, Mark brings to XL Catlin a unique understanding of a client’s need for, and perspective of, political risk and trade credit insurance


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