Piero Greco has been appointed global head of  Global Specialised Finance (GSF) – Forfaiting, within the investment banking division of WestLB in London.

Greco began his career in trade-related debt origination and distribution with corporate and banking clients for an Italian finance house. For the last seven years he has been employed in a succession of positions within West Merchant Bank and WestLB in London and Singapore, including those of head of sales and head of trading on the GSF forfaiting desk.

He also had a key role in setting up and launching a WestLB-sponsored trade-related Islamic fund.

Greco replaces Geoff Sharp who has joined HBBC as managing director, head of forfaiting-western hemisphere (see GTR, Jan/Feb 2005, p4).