Having spent the early part of his career in commercial banking and corporate finance, mainly with Credit Suisse, Ed spent the past twelve years with ShoreBank International (SBI) working on initiatives to improve access to finance around the world. SBI is the international consulting arm of ShoreBank Corporation, America’s oldest and largest community development bank.
Ed was first introduced to Big Issue Invest when SBI was asked to help the company launch its first loan fund in 2004. Ed has made a career of finding innovative ways of providing finance to businesses deemed by traditional financial institutions to be too risky.
In the developing world he has overseen the granting of thousands of loans to small businesses with no securable collateral or reliable financial accounts, and in the UK he has been a member of the Big Issue Invest Credit Committee since its inception and has been closely involved in the structuring of some of the more complex transactions it has undertaken.
Ed has practiced skills in debt financing and experience in structuring and utilizing quasi-equity and equity finance instruments. At Credit Suisse, Ed worked on a variety of structured and subordinated debt financings and at Big Issue Invest he advised on the structuring of a revenue-linked financing for Belu Water, among others.
From his time working with financial institutions around the world for SBI, Ed has experience with equity investment and governance issues from both the investor and investee as well as board rep perspectives. Ed has an MBA in Finance from New York University and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Boston College.