LFS strengthens its Berlin head office team with two experienced new joiners: Marco de Natale and Chris Statham.
We have welcomed Marco in April 2019 as a Senior Advisor with a focus on projects in the field of finance, risk, transactions and capital markets. Marco has close to 20 years of work experience in investment banking and Impact finance in different geographies. Before joining LFS, Marco was based in Moscow as the CEO & Co-Founder of a private investment firm focused on the CIS region, and previously served in CEO and CFO positions of leading microfinance institutions in Azerbaijan and Russia. Earlier career stages included working with Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch in London, as well as with Blue Orchard (a leading manager of impact investment funds) in Geneva.
Chris takes over the business line “Digital Finance & Technology” from May 2019. For the last 12 years Chris worked in Sub-Sahara Africa and the MENA region as a consultant with a focus on digital financial services, on projects ranging from strategy and business analysis to implementation, partnerships and product development. His work experience includes consultancy for a payment service provider and a mobile network operator, and a position as Digital Financial Services (DFS) technical advisor on a USAID access to finance project in Jordan. Chris also has 6 years of previous commercial experience in the UK and Ireland. Recently, he was one of the first 5 graduates to become a Certified Digital Finance Practitioner.
LFS’ Management commented on the new arrivals: “We are very pleased that Marco and Chris are reinforcing our head office team as of this quarter. They will significantly strengthen our service delivery capabilities in areas of strategic priority to LFS – digital finance and technology, as well as capital market and transaction advisory in the impact finance space. Both have demonstrated their versatility, expertise and commitment to performance during their impressive work biographies.”