Lat20 is led by an experienced, entrepreneurial trade finance and alternative asset management team with in excess of 60 years of industry experience. Areas of specialties include origination, underwriting, monitoring, operations, portfolio and fund management
Mr. Guillem has in excess of 17 years of experience in international commercial lending and in his capacity as Chief Investment Officer he is responsible for overseeing all of Lat20’s investment activities including origination, execution and portfolio management. He is also responsible for maintaining Lat20’s underwriting, credit and reporting policies and procedures.
Prior to forming Latitude20 Capital Partners, Mr. Guillem was the Head of the Credit and Underwriting Department of a trade finance asset manager. He was responsible for performing risk analysis and formulating risk-mitigating financing structures and for the development, implementation and maintenance of the asset manager’s credit, monitoring and reporting policies and procedures. Mr. Guillem’s extensive experience in the trade finance industry, credit analysis, legal documentation and team management coupled with his deep understanding of Emerging Markets and commodities, as well as credit enhancements such as trusts, collateral management and credit insurance resulted in Mr. Guillem being an integral part in the launching of the largest non-bank trade finance securitization in 2013. During his career, Mr. Guillem has been part of in excess of US$4.6 Billion of trade finance transactions.
Prior to working at the trade finance asset manager, Mr. Guillem was a Relationship Manager for Banque Hervet (HSBC Group) where he was providing financing solutions to companies based in France. Mr. Guillem holds a Masters in Financial Engineering from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France) and is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Mr. Bross has in excess of 18 years of financial and asset management experience and in his capacity as Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for managing capital markets, finance, operations, legal and compliance, marketing, human resources, and technology.
Prior to forming Latitude20 Capital Partners, Mr. Bross served as Executive Director, Head of Strategic Projects at a trade finance asset manager. In this capacity, Mr. Bross was mandated to lead the organization’s strategic and capital markets initiatives and served as the primary liaison between the credit and operations team. Accomplishments include managing the largest non-bank trade finance securitization to date (2013) and structuring and managing efforts in becoming a sub-advisor for the first publically traded impact based mutual fund.
Prior to joining the trade finance asset manager, Mr. Bross co-founded Argon Venture Partners, the first California-Western Canada technology venture capital firm in which he managed the diligence efforts on potential investments, spearheaded partnerships with universities, the Canadian government, IBM and served as the fundraising partner. Prior to forming Argon, Mr. Bross served as Head of Private Equity and Venture Capital for the National Investors Group S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Bank of Kuwait. During his tenure, Mr. Bross increased AUM to approximately US$175 million and deployed in excess of US$120 Million to alternative asset investments. He commenced his career in the leveraged finance group at CIBC World Markets.
Mr. Bross received his B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Lehigh University and was a 2014 Recipient of The M&A Advisor 5th Annual 40 Under 40 Recognition Award.
Mr. Ahmed has over 10 years experience in the field of international trade and in his role as a Portfolio Manager he is responsible for originating, underwriting and monitoring Lat20’s transactions in Brazil, North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Prior to forming Latitude20 Capital Partners, Mr. Ahmed was a Director in the Credit and Underwriting team of a trade finance asset manager. During his over eight year tenure with the trade finance asset manager he assisted in identifying, diligencing, negotiating, structuring and the ongoing monitoring of facilities for SMEs, predominantly based in Brazil and the U.S. The facilities utilized a wide range of structures in a diverse set of industries which included aviation, beef, nuts, coffee, fertilizer, grains, leather, metals, poultry, sugar and tobacco. During his career, Mr. Ahmed has been part of in excess of US$585 Million of trade finance transactions.
Mr. Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Lat20’s Ecosystem is a core component of our origination, structuring and monitoring capabilities; the ever expanding Ecosystem includes:
- Global Asset Purchasing Managers
- In-Country Business Development Managers
- Financial Institutions
- Transaction Brokers
- Global Independent Service Providers