Trade Finance Services for Difficult Export Transactions


Provident Traders, Inc. was founded in early 1988 to facilitate U.S. exports. John Keevan-Lynch is President of Provident Traders.

Provident Traders brokers international credit and political risk insurance to U.S. exporters and financial institutions and specializes in FCIA and Eximbank export credit policies for transactions with Latin America. Provident Traders is one of Eximbank's "most active" brokers.

Provident Traders also counsels and assists U.S. exporters in resolving special problems in trade and investment finance. Recent projects include securing three-year Downpayment and five-year Eximbank insurance coverage for a $13 million export of medical equipment to Romania.

Provident Traders also exports U.S. manufactured equipment and spare parts for off-highway trucks, mobile cranes and other heavy equipment to government-owned and private sector mines in Mexico and South America.

Mexico accounts for a significant portion of Provident Traders' activities. In 1988, Mr. Keevan-Lynch was the U.S. representative for Organizacion Somex, a leading Mexican arranger of Debt / Equity swaps. In 1989, he helped implement a $450 million Debt-for-Lease Swap in Mexico; in 1991, he worked on another $200 million lease of Pemex oil platforms.

Prior to founding Provident Traders, Mr. Keevan-Lynch served as a Vice President at Pacific Overseas Finance Corp., the trade finance subsidiary of Creditanstalt Bankverein, Vienna, Austria. While there, he structured, funded or implemented trade finance facilities supported by FCIA or Eximbank totalling more than $200 million for Mexican and South American buyers of U.S. goods and services.

Mr. Keevan-Lynch holds an MIM in International Finance from the American School of International Management (Thunderbird). He has taught International Business Finance at U.C. Berkeley, San Francisco Extension. He was born in Venezuela and has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Turkey.