With a career covering international banking (Standard Chartered Bank, Nordea Bank and Raiffeisen Bank) and financial consultancy Kevin R. Smith has a broad experience in most aspects of structured finance. He has focused on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union for some 14 years. For the last 10 years he has run a firm of international financial consultants whose main activity is advising on a wide range of finance related matters in CEE and the FSU. He was also seconded to the British Government for two years with responsibility for all aspects of finance in Central Europe. He is a regular speaker at seminars on trade and structured finance and is also the author of a book on PPPs in Central Europe and many published articles on a range of subjects for professional publications.