Simon Sayer is Managing Director, Global Head of Structured Trade and Export Finance, Deutsche Bank AG, based in London

In this role, Simon is responsible for delivering medium- and long-term trade and export finance solutions for the bank’s client base around the world, leading STEF teams in Beijing, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Miami, Milan, New York, Paris, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.

Simon has originated and arranged more than €25bn of export finance transactions over the last 10 years and has more than 25 years’ experience in trade and export finance. He is a member and leader of the Funding Group, Export Finance Committee of the British Bankers Association and a regular guest speaker at industry events and conferences.

His origination and arrangement of export credit agency (ECA), development finance (DFI) and private market-supported supported transactions have included deals in the following geographies: Angola, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, UAE and the US. Simon and his team also advise clients on how to use ECA supported facilities,  having recently advised clients in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and the US.

See the article, Africa Rising for further information about export finance in Africa, including further information on Simon’s work on the continent.

Examples of industry award-winning Deutsche Bank STEF deals can be viewed here, along with an example of Simon’s participation on an export finance panel during 2017 here.

Career history

Simon joined Deutsche Bank in January 1997 and was appointed Head of Structured Trade & Export Finance (STEF), Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) in 2006, and then Global Coordinator in 2011. He was confirmed Global Head in 2017. Before joining Deutsche Bank, he worked for 11 years at Lloyds Bank Plc in various roles in trade finance and capital markets covering Latin America having already worked for four years in Brazil from 1986 to 1990.