Board Member

Paul Coles – Head of Market Practice


Paul Coles is head of Trade Risk Distribution, Global Transaction Services, for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Based in London, he is responsible for developing the risk distribution capability to support the EMEA trade finance business, and is part of the global trade risk distribution team that works together across the regions.
Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2011, Coles worked at RBS as the trade asset management regional head for the NV business (part of the legacy ABN AMRO network). He has also held a variety of trade finance roles at London Forfaiting Company – where he started his career in 1997 – and subsequently in the trade credit distribution team at ABN AMRO.
Coles has a BSc in Management Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London and originally got involved with ITFA by becoming a member of the ITFA Technical Experts Committee (ITEC).

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