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OPIC Selects Lyon Capital, Inc. & Athanasios Niforos as Originators for Enterprise Development Network



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

(OPIC)  WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has selected Lyon Capital Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based firm specializing in international finance, business development and strategic planning, and Athanasio Niforo, a financial and investment advisor, to serve as originators for a growing alliance with the private sector designed to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) expanding into emerging markets overseas.

The alliance, the Enterprise Development Network (EDN), is expanding the ability of OPIC – the U.S. government agency charged with facilitating U.S. private sector investment in emerging markets – to provide financing to SMEs doing business in developing countries.

Through the support of financial institutions, business consultants, associations, law firms and regional investment promotion agencies, EDN is designed to enhance SME access to OPIC products and services. By empowering such service providers, the network is resulting in more efficient, cost-effective delivery of services to American businesses.

Lyon Capital, Inc. has been based in the Washington D.C. area for over 20 years. It specializes in assisting firms with strategic financing, entering new international markets, and strategic planning. Lyon Capital focuses on technology, telecommunications, life sciences, and aviation sectors. It brings together experts in finance, business, law, and U.S. federal government operations. Please visit its website at: www.lyoncapitalservices.com.

Athanasios Niforos, with over 20 year of corporate lending, investment banking and capital markets experience, specializes in international business transactions involving Latin America, MENA, Central and Southeast Europe and Asia regions. He provides consulting in the areas of infrastructure development and project finance, wealth management, corporate lending and cross-border financial transactions, raising private equity funds with primary expertise in the sectors of mature renewables and energy efficiency, real estate finance and development, hospitality, health, agriculture and food processing. He has a special focus on impact investments for clean and “base-of-pyramid” infrastructure, green affordable housing as well on SMEs with high positive impact.