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

April 16, 2013

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:
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.


OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution.  It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy.  Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad.  OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.
Established as an agency of the U.S. Government in 1971, OPIC operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to American taxpayers. OPIC services are available for new and expanding business enterprises in more than 150 countries worldwide. To date, OPIC has supported more than $200 billion of investment in over 4,000 projects, generated an estimated $75 billion in U.S. exports and supported more than 277,000 American jobs.