Deutsche Bank has named Paul Gardner as managing director, regional head of structured trade and export finance, Asia Pacific.

Gardner joins from RBS where he was regional head of export, project and commodity finance in Asia. Gardner originally established this team at ABN Amro, before the acquisition by RBS. He has over 20 years’ experience in cross-border structured finance, having worked for Lloyds Bank and Bank of America in London, New York and San Francisco.

Thomas DuCharme, Deutsche Bank’s regional head of global transaction banking, Asia Pacific, comments: “Gardner is an important addition to our team and will lead our growth strategy for structured trade finance in Asia. His experience and industry knowledge will further strengthen our established trade finance footprint in Asia and enable us to develop our project finance advisory capabilities.”

Klaus Michalak, global head of structured trade and export finance at Deutsche Bank, adds: “Gardner’s appointment reinforces our commitment to serve our Asian clients with best-in-class structured financing solutions in the commodity, receivables and export credit agency areas. Gardner will further enhance our global team of trade structuring experts, as well as our regional coverage, benefitting our clients in Asia.”

Based in Singapore, Gardner will report globally to Klaus Michalak and regionally to Thomas DuCharme.