Interlink Capital Strategies (Interlink) today announced the return of Brady Edholm to its Washington, DC office after spending the past three years in the Middle East working for the OPIC-funded Iraq Middle Market Development Foundation (IMMDF). Mr. Edholm leaves IMMDF—which has disbursed about US$100 million in loans to SME in Iraq to finance the purchases of local or foreign equipment, expansions, inventory and joint ventures for manufacturing, industrial and agricultural projects in Iraq—to be able to focus on assisting the financing of larger transactions needed in the region. Before moving to the Middle East, he helped launch Interlink’s successful African operations.
Mr. Edholm brings with him a unique understanding of the challenges financing projects in Iraq and several advisory engagements for large projects that desire Interlink’s experience and capabilities working with OPIC and other development finance institutions. In addition to helping to build Interlink’s activity in this important and higher growth region of the world, Mr. Edholm will work to better promote the company’s capabilities to future clients and strengthen the its relationship to the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the U.S. General Services Administration, and other government agencies.
Alan Beard, Interlink’s Managing Director, stated “We are excited to have Brady back at Interlink. We believe the Middle East and Africa represent a growing opportunity. We look forward to being able to provide our current and future clients the advisory services needed to help them succeed in this challenging but expanding part of the world.”
One of Interlink’s clients, Markez Incorporated, which is building a multi-million dollar housing development in Iraq, put it best when stating: “Challenging times calls for experienced experts, our firm teamed up with Brady and Interlink to build my financial team for this important project in Baghdad.”
About Interlink Capital Strategies
Founded in 1994, Interlink is a Washington, DC based financial consulting firm that provides services and business development support focused on frontier and emerging markets. The Interlink team has arranged billions of dollars of structured and project financing, trade finance, business development and marketing support from government lending programs (i.e., Export Credit Agencies and Development Finance Institutions) and technical assistance for transactions in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, former Soviet Union countries and Eastern Europe. In 2010, Interlink Trade Finance was established as an export trading company focusing on procuring U.S. product and selling overseas by providing short-term financing. It is one of a small list of “qualified” ExIm Bank approved exporters to participate in a multi-billion specialized export program with the Chinese government.
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