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Ralph Lerch

Global Head of Export Finance
Commerzbank

Ralph Lerch is Managing Director and Global Head of Export Finance at Commerzbank AG. He joined the Bank in February 2009 in the midst of its merger with Dresdner Bank. Ralph is heading a team of specialists in export finance and structured export finance worldwide and is based in Frankfurt.Ralph graduated from Berlin's Humboldt University in 1992 and started his banking carrier in the export finance department of Berliner Bank. Later on he moved with the whole export finance department from Berliner Bank to Bankgesellschaft Berlin and then to Landesbank Berlin. During his early days in export finance he was mainly focused on Eastern Europe/CIS incl. Central Asia. Since 1998 he was heading a sales team in export finance, specialised in structuring transactions with banks, corporates and sovereigns, involving the major Export Credit Agencies and also leading private risk insurers. During more than 20 years in export finance Ralph has built up a special sector expertise in health care, power generation incl. renewable energies and agribusiness.In April 2013 Ralph has been appointed as Chair of the Export Credit Insurance Working Group of the European Banking Federation. He is also member of the expert group of the German Export Credit Agency Hermes and other Export Finance Working Groups, e.g. the German Banking Association (BdB), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Association of German Covered Bond Banks (vdp). He is a regular speaker at international conferences on trade and export finance

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