Senior Advisor, Trade Finance
Silicon Valley Bank
Region: National US
Li Song, CFA, is a Senior Advisor of Trade Finance at Silicon Valley Bank. Song’s main responsibilities include identifying client needs in the trade finance area and providing advice and adding value to them.
Song has 18 years of experience in financial consulting and corporate banking, assisting clients in international trade and equity and debt financing strategies. Prior to his current role, Song ran SVB’s Structured Trade Products team for six years. During that period, Song and his team grew SVB’s Ex-Im Bank guarantee working capital loan portfolio by 550 percent.
From 2006 to 2007, Song was a director at SVB Analytics. He was responsible for facilitating the establishment and expansion of SVB Analytics' clientele; shaping the firm's valuation strategy; constructing valuation models and issuing valuation reports for venture capital backed private companies. Prior to that, Song was a portfolio manager at SVB's Specialty Finance Division, where he managed the firm's structured finance practice in Northern California.
Before joining SVB in 2000, Song was a Global Business Liaison at the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), an influential cabinet-level trade policy setting organization in China. At CCOIC, Song provided key inputs to its chairman on banking sector's role in facilitating international trade. Song also served in the global trade-advising role for then-Chinese president Jiang Zemin and Prime Minister Li Peng on overseas state visits from 1994 to 1999.
Song received his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.