Synthesis Group of Companies
Chairman & CEO
Spyros has over 18 years’ experience in alternative investments. He began his career in Private Banking, first with Citigroup in London and Geneva, where he was the key contributor to the development of both the Spanish and Greek Wealth Management Desks, and then with Société Générale in Athens, where he was instrumental to the expansion of the Greek Private Banking division. Spyros resigned from Private Banking in 2006 to set up an asset management company for Deloitte, before returning to London as Director of the hedge fund Absolute Return Partners. He left to found Synthesis in June 2009. His clients came through unscathed, and indeed profited, from the crises of 2000-02 and 2007-present. Spyros holds the Investment Management Certificate of the CFA-Society of the UK.
Director, Origination and Risk Management
Ilya is responsible for business development , transaction origination, structuring , risk management and monitoring of client relationships. Ilya has expertise in corporate development, international trade, corporate financing, credit and equity investments in soft commodities and real estate. Previously he has worked at Investment Banking Division of JP Morgan in London-based European Financial Institutions Group. Earlier Ilya was responsible for trade financing and European business development in Barens Chocolate LLC. Ilya holds MSc in Finance & Investment, M&A, Private Equity degree from London School of Business and Finance.
Gary has more than 4o years experience in business with retail, manufacturing as well as trading in commodities. He has travelled extensively during this time to most parts of world working with well known companies developing their business in emerging markets.
Gary`s experience is wide ranging from trade finance for commodities, securing finance for real estate mainly in the hotel sector. His contact list is extensive working with large companies, direct with board room members in respect of investment funds. Gary has many direct contacts to banks giving him access to source of funding for areas such as Oil, gas sector, real estate, renewable energy, as well as trade finance. Since returning from early retirement to the world of business Gary formed IOC Advisory Limited working closely with a group of investors to support their business interests with commodity trade finance, oil & gas exploration, renewable energy, as well as low cost housing.
Matthew has over 27 years’ experience in financial services. He began his career with Tullet and Tokyo in the city of London in 1990 where he quickly established himself as a leading broker. Matthew worked for two other leading brokerage houses in London before moving to Athens in 1997. He was head of all foreign exchange activities for Sigma money brokers who under his guidance became the global benchmark for GRD brokerage. He has since acted as a business development consultant for ICAP London, BGC Partners and Cleaves Securities. Throughout his career Matthew has developed and managed key client relationships and maintains strong relationships with banks, brokerages and private equity firms.
Sébastien B. J. Moerman
Born in France, Sébastien was educated at University in Lyon, moving on to King’s College, London where he gained a Masters in Law. His experience in the world of fiduciary services ranges through trust and company management in the Channel Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore, Gibraltar, Belize, Anguilla and Switzerland. Sébastien is a Member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), and has been the founding Chairman of its branch in Lucerne-Zug. He has also been the Chairman of Verein STEP as well as STEP Gibraltar. Sébastien is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Asia Offshore Association and a member of the International Tax Planning Association. Sébastien is the Chairman of the Noble Group and runs the Swiss office as well as being a member of the board of Noble Trust Company Ltd. in Guernsey.
Jörgen has more than 35 years of experience within the financial sector and has been working in Denmark, Germany, and Luxemburg. Since 1993 he has been working in Luxembourg for organizations like UBS & Deutsche Bank among others as executive and managing directors. He holds an Executive MBA from IMD in Lausanne, has been awarded the IDP-C Certificate in corporate governance by INSEAD and is a ILA certified director. Jörgen has built a personal international network through extensive traveling within Europe, Middle Ease, and Brazil, with recognized responsibilities in Real estate, Private Equity, Debt Financing Asset, Portfolio and Wealth Management. He is fluent in German, English, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian. He has a good understanding of French and Luxembourgish. He is of Danish nationality and is residing and domiciled in Luxembourg.
With more than 15 years broad experience in the legal and financial sectors, Joseph is an experienced management professional, having grown, re-organised and co-ordinated a number of funds, businesses, teams and departments, with full P&L responsibility and an excellent track record. A key element of his work has been doing business face to face internationally, having undertaken business trips across five continents to more than 50 countries, and with clients in more than 150. In 2015, he founded Old Park Lane Consultancy Ltd, through which he consults on fund structuring, capital raising, product development, international business and communications for a number of clients.
Synthesis advisory committee consists of a team of 4 trade finance professionals with each having over 20 years' experience in commodity trade finance.