Jan Cherim is the Chairman of Financial Access Capital Partners B.V. and co-founder of Financial Access. He has been active as an international banker for more than 20 years, based in London, Amsterdam, and the Far East. An emerging markets specialist, he has served clients in all regions and has deep first-hand expertise in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean. Mr. Cherim was a Management Committee member of ING’s Wholesale International unit, Country Manager in Thailand, Regional Manager for Africa, and Global Head of products & services for Financial Institutions. He also launched ING’s first institutional emerging markets debt fund, and developed private equity and asset management ventures in Poland, China and Thailand. He serves now as a Director in two SEAF-managed funds investing in SME businesses.
As Head of Financial Institutions, Mr. Cherim restructured ING’s specialised banking advisory practice, launching the business that became Financial Access following its management buy-out in 2006/7. He has been a Director or Board adviser to financial institutions in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In this capacity he has participated in diagnostic, restructuring and business advisory projects involving commercial, retail and SME banking, as well as governance and risk management, in many countries.
Prior to joining ING in 1990, Mr. Cherim worked at S.G. Warburg & Co. in London (now UBS Investment Banking) and the World Bank in Washington, on Euromarket financings and sovereign advisory mandates. Mr. Cherim spent some 18 months as financial adviser to the government of Guyana, working on privatisations, restructuring in the state-owned industry sector, as well as the restructuring of Guyana’s regional and international external debt. He advised the African Development Bank, as well as the governments of Gabon, Nigeria, Senegal and Zaire (D.R. Congo) on the management of external debt restructuring transactions.
Mr. Cherim was educated at the Johns Hopkins University (USA) and the London School of Economics (UK). He is fluent in English and Dutch, and competent in French and Italian.