Richard Charrington is a UK Security & Futures (SFA) accredited corporate finance specialist with a particular focus on structured products in trade, project and shipping finance. Richard is resident in Mauritius but grew up in Malaysia on palm oil and rubber plantations and was educated in the UK. He started his career as a commodity trader with C. Czarnikow in 1980 (subsequently bought out by the Kuok Organisation of Malaysia) and went on to specialise in trade finance with Credit-Anstalt.
In 1992, Richard joined Ceres Capital International, specialising in South African debt/equity conversion and corporate restructuring and concluding some US$1.5billion in debt conversion. In 2000, Richard took over The Ceres Group, with offices in London, Namibia and Mauritius and developed the business into a bespoke corporate finance house with focus on financial engineering, project finance, asset trading and debt brokerage with particular attention to Africa. To date, the Group has closed over R20 billion worth of business in Sub-Saharan Africa.