Michael will support the Silver Birch team, advising on strategy, product development and market engagement.  

Michael is a recognised Trade Finance thought leader and has spent the majority of his 30-year career at Standard Chartered, where he held a number of leadership roles including Regional Head of Trade Finance for Europe and the Americas and Global Product Head of Trade Finance.  He has also served as Finastra’s Lead Industry Principal for syndicated lending and trade finance.  

Michael has held a number of external industry roles including Bankers Association for Foreign Trade (BAFT) Board Director, Chair of BAFT’s Global Trade Industry Council and Advisory Board Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission.  Michael is also currently the Deputy Chair of the World Trade Board.

Sean Hanafin, CEO of Silver Birch said “I am absolutely delighted to be working with Michael again.  He is a significant global figure in the trade finance market and is hugely respected by banks and corporates alike.  His knowledge and experience will be immensely valuable to Silver Birch, our bank partners and our corporate clients as we continue to grow the business”.

Michael Vrontamitis said “I am very excited to be working with the team at Silver Birch, as well as their clients and partners.  The working capital challenges Silver Birch are solving for are more relevant than ever as companies deal with the transformation of supply chains, a move to a ‘just-in-case’ mindset and the challenges of elevated interest rates on cash flows”. 


About Silver Birch

Silver Birch is a specialist working capital advisory and execution firm that brings focused, progressive and practical thinking to trade finance.

We are owned and controlled by TDR Capital, a committed and long-term investor with over $16 billion of capital under management.

Our purpose is to bridge the multi-trillion-dollar trade financing gap between multinational corporates and funders; we provide high-quality working capital solutions in a format that is simpler to finance than has traditionally existed.

Our corporate clients engage us to develop strategic financing solutions that provide liquidity for sustainable growth initiatives, bring control and resilience into supply chains, and build superior customer and supplier relationships.

Banks and investors work with us to manage the structural complexity around financing these solutions to enable them to deliver for their clients and efficiently increase their trade finance activity efficiently.