Hanieh Ferdowsi has left her position as managing director, international development at Russian export credit agency (ECA) Exiar to establish Everbridge Capital, a trade and export finance consultancy based in Moscow.

Everbridge Capital (EBC) will provide advisory, structuring and financing services to firms involved in projects in Russia, the CIS, Indonesia, Egypt, Cuba and Iran. Ferdowsi tells GTR the firm plans to open other offices by the end of this year, or beginning of next year.

“I have been now working in the world of export financing and credit insurance for more than a decade, and in view of [our] expertise in business development in emerging markets and working with buyers, various services will be extended to our clientele – much of it tailor-made to meet their needs,” she adds.

Services also include other areas where clients might need support, such as tender participation, or commercial contract negotiations, with plans to expand the business lines offered and to service core clients with a strong network of established channels by 2018.

EBC has already hired “a few experts from the Russian market”, Ferdowsi says, but other potential hires are being considered in the rest of Europe. The firm will also use local professionals as freelancers on a project-by-project basis.