Senior Economic Advisor, 01/2013 to CurrentGovernment of Croatia Embassy － Washington, DC
International investment professional, government advisor, and lawyer with broad experience across global financial markets and international business environment.
United States and EU citizen with extensive contacts in many countries.
01/2012 to 01/2013
Executive Director, 01/2010 to 01/2011Atlas One Financial Group － New York, NY
Partner & Principal, 01/2008 to 01/2010Open Seas Investments － New York, NY
Portfolio Manager, 01/2002 to 01/2008DEPFA Bank － New York, NY
Account Group Supervisor, 01/2000 to 01/2001Golin Harris International － New York, NY
investor relations firm).
Regional Manager & Chief Trader, 01/1995 to 01/1996Banco Real － New York, NY
Proprietary Trader & Asst. Vice President, 01/1992 to 01/1995Banco Santander － New York, NY
Assistant International Director, 01/1991 to 01/1992Deutsche Bank Morgan Grenfell & Co － New York London, NY
Attorney at Law, 01/1989 to 01/1991Shearman & Sterling － New York, NY
Portfolio Manager & Vice PresidentMAN Group － New York, NY
internal hedge fund of British comodity and asset management/hedge fund firm), 1996 - 2000.
RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS Political & Economic Risk Assessment · Two decades of global investment management success where--as crucial part of financial decisions and risk reduction--conducted fundamental research of inter- national political and economic risks.
Specialized in sovereign/government debt and larger systemically important com- panies and energy projects, requiring complex analysis of macroeconomic issues, governmental economic and other policies, and political risk dynamics.
As senior economic advisor to government of Croatia, enhanced prior investment- industry experience with first-hand experience of U.S.
and EU governmental deci- sion-making and EU-U.S.
Worked closely with, developed deep relationships, and sourced/shared infor- mation with U.S.
and G7 governments, international financial institutions, large banks, and business and civil society officials in dozens of countries.
Domestic & International Issue Management · As Croatian government's sole U.S.-based economic advisor, managed broad range of issues, including economic policy, energy policy, and government finance.
Intense contacts and close cooperation with executive branch agencies and Con- gressional offices on issues of interest to Croatia and the EU delegation.
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RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS · Deep knowledge of U.S.
foreign policy, international relations, EU-U.S.
CONT.) ics, and Emerging Market (EM) and Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa (CEEMA) policy, risk, and dynamics.
Solid understanding of U.S.
national security and foreign policy dynamics (espe- cially as it relates to business and security risk issues).
International Investment Successes · Managed $100-$400 million investment portfolios with average returns of 8 to 16 percent over ten years.
Avoided major portfolio losses during many politically driven risks from Russian default in 1988 to recent global financial crisis.
Invested in many oil and gas companies around the world.
Was one of four biggest investors in PEMEX debt and invested in others, includ- ing MOL, PETROBRAS, and PETRONAS.
Frst foreign investor in Kazakhstan government debt and local Romanian debt, and one of first foreign investors in debt of Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco.
Published investment research and country risk articles and wrote numerous in- ternal political and economic risk and business assessment analyses.
Croatian Government Successes · Established relationships with many U.S.
oil and gas producers and LNG export terminal operators as well as gas importers in Eastern Europe (including Ukraine).
Advised Croatian government on financing of future LNG import terminal on Krk Island in Adriatic Sea.
Advised on financing of $3 billion restructuring of INA, Croatian oil company.
Helped secure approval of Croatian meat imports to United States.
Resolved problems of some U.S.
and Mexican firms and banks refusing to deal with Croatia (due to mistaken belief that Croatia is under U.S.
sanctions or on Mexican and OECD non compliant jurisdictions list).
Wrote detailed analysis of U.S.
sanction regime toward Iran and instruction guide for Croatian entities regarding dealing with Iran.
Initiated Croatian government effort to secure Japan Samurai Bond issue (in Yen) and negotiated guarantee terms with Japan Bank for International Development.
Handled numerous Croatian government and business/stakeholder delegation visits to the United States, setting appointments, preparing briefing materials, at- tending meetings, and conducting appropriate follow-up.
Helped establish LNG Allies Council of Embassies, advocating for expedited processing of U.S.
LNG export licenses to Croatia and other non-FTA nations.
Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance:1999Harvard University
Advanced Fixed Income Portfolio Management Certificate:1998New York Institute of Finance
Masters of Law (L. L. M.), Law & Finance, Harvard University, 1989 Thesis: Bank Lending to Developing Countries: Some Lessons from Mexico's 1985 - 87 Debt Restructurings (published) Masters of Law, Commercial Law & Economics, University of Zagreb, 1986 Thesis: International Maritime Fraud (published) Juris Doctorate ( J. D.), University of Zagreb, 1983 Thesis: Terrorism--Prohibition of Taking of Hostages in International and Yugoslav Law (published)
Fluent in English and Croatian · Proficient in Spanish