Mr. Silver co-founded IIG in 1994 and is responsible for the firm's overall management and practice, including oversight of the firm's operations as well as marketing and business development, operations and finance functions. Prior to co-founding the firm, Mr. Silver served in several executive management positions with American Express Bank Ltd, including Executive Director and Comptroller, with responsibility for the bank's global financial management. Mr. Silver was instrumental in establishing and maintaining the LDC trading operation and debt/equity swap programs. His varied accomplishments include the financial management of the American Express Bank's $2 billion plus exposure in LDC debt and equities, the sale of American Express Bank's private bank and oversight of a $2 billion investment portfolio. Mr. Silver also served as primary liaison with various regulatory bodies in the US and overseas. Previously, Mr. Silver worked in various senior financial capacities with Manufacturers Hanover Corporation and Irving Bank Corporation. He began his career with KPMG Peat Marwick. Mr. Silver, a Certified Public Accountant, is a graduate of City University of New York, Brooklyn College.