CANCELLED SFNet's 14th Annual International Lending Conference

May 12 - 14, 2020

See details below on our free-to-members webinar.


We regretfully announce that we are cancelling SFNet's International Lending Conference 2020. Due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot safely hold the event and are unable to determine a date to reschedule this year. We plan on returning in 2021 and will keep you posted as details are available.

Although we can’t meet face-to-face right now, we can come together virtually to learn, exchange ideas and tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the secured finance community. To that end, we will be offering an ILC Webinar on May 12, 2020 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET. Click here for information.

The fee for this webinar is $0 for SFNet National and Chapter members, and $195 for non-members. If you have registered for the in-person event, please contact Jeff Walsh at to find out about your registration refund.

SFNet Webinar, "International Lending Conference: Global Economic Disruption—Impact on International Secured Lending"
May 12, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET

By May 2020, the world will be two months further into the current crisis. Where will we be? The webinar will begin with perspectives from David Chmiel, geopolitical risk consultant, reviewing the impact of the crisis on international business and aspects of the world economy, followed by a discussion with key members of the Secured Finance Network. After David sets the stage, our assembled group of debt advisors, appraisers and workout consultants with experience in the US, UK and Europe will talk about what they are seeing and how lenders and their borrowers across markets are adapting to the challenging circumstances of the current economic crisis.

Click here for details and registration.


DLA Piper LLP - London

May 12-14, 2020

Registration $895


If you are active in international lending, you need to understand the ever-changing global landscape and the ramifications for your deals. SFNet's International Lending Conference brings together some of the most interesting players on the international lending scene for insights and discussions about what is happening now, what’s to come, and what it means to your business.

If you are employed by a U.S.-based organization and have never attended ILC before, you may be eligible for a 25% discount. Contact Jeff Walsh at for more information.

“2019 was my first time attending the ILC and I will definitely be back,” said Jessica Staheli, Executive Vice President, Scherzer International. “The opportunity to network with people from all over Europe and beyond was exceptional and the panel discussions were lively and informative. As our world grows smaller and the number of cross-border deals continues to rise, this conference is a must-attend.” Read the entire ILC 2019 recap article in TSL Express.


Wednesday, May 13

Welcome and Introduction
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Survey Says! Market Review and More
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Get hard data on the U.S., U.K. and E.U. lending markets presented by Refinitiv, together with the most recent economic results from the SFNet Quarterly Survey and commentary on the state of the lending markets from our panel of market experts. You'll hear unique insights and perspectives on what is going on.

Covenant Update: Latest Developments on Lender Protections—Is There Hope?

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
As leveraged finance concepts continue to infiltrate the ABL world, get the data on current trends on EBITDA addbacks, trap doors, black holes and other covenant issues in the leverage finance arena that may lurk in your documents so you are better informed and better able to address them. Data will be presented on U.S. and U.K. markets by Xtract Research, followed by a panel of lenders who will provide their commentary on what they are doing in the face of these developments.

Coffee Break
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Brexit Is Upon Us…Now What?
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Get some perspective from the experts on what businesses are doing to address the latest developments and the larger issues of adapting to a changing world.

Economist Corner: The European Perspective

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mathijs Boumania a Dutch economist and journalist and regular contributor to the TV programs RTL Z and De Wereld Draait Door and writes columns for Het Financieele Dagblad and the business website

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Secured Lending Around the World: World Bank Report
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Find out all of the countries where the World Bank is engaged in changing the business and legal regimes to make secured lending available. You never know where you may be asked next to rely on assets of your customers or potential customers—get inside information that is not available anywhere else to help you answer those questions.

New Laws, New Opportunities: Law Reform Throughout the World
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Did you know…? Did you know about the new law in Italy? What about the EU Harmonisation Directive to put a Chapter 11 style restructuring regime in place? What about “foreign” receivables in Europe? Not to mention the ratification by the United States of the UNCITRAL Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade? What about developments in France, Germany and the U.K.? These developments affect what you do and what you will be doing. Discover the insights that will help you get and stay ahead.

Partners for ABL: Trade Finance, Supply Chain, Receivables Purchase—A Different View
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Listen to how specialty lenders with a particular product are available to provide new and different options for your customers—how they may work with you and the opportunities they present.

Audience Roundtable: Come on Down!

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
No time to be shy, share your experiences. Everyone at the conference will be asked to answer survey questions on their international lending experiences to provide the basis for our first annual conference report on the secured finance international lending market. Find out which countries, what structures, which industries and what issues industry participants are encountering. Engage in a lively discussion of the real-time responses to these questions and others from our anonymous survey.

Networking Reception

Thursday, May 14

Building the Borrowing Base: To Reserve or Not to Reserve
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
You cannot afford to miss this. The borrowing base is the heart and soul of asset-based lending—but in the realm of multi-jurisdictional lending, the lender needs to know what it can do or not do on availability in a particular country. Hear from the credit and portfolio teams, field examiners and experts about what they are doing to address the realities of realization in a particular country. Employee liabilities, insolvency fees, and more.

Insolvency Report: Data and Commentary on Getting Out While the Getting is Good
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
For the first time at SFNet’s International Lending Conference, data on cross-border insolvencies will be presented by a representative of Debtwire. Statistics and numbers to give you perspective and maybe a glimpse into future, followed by a discussion by professionals involved in multi-jurisdictional workouts and insolvencies who will review the issues encountered and the solutions found.

Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The World of Private Debt: Trends and Developments

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
A representative of the publication Private Debt Investor will talk about their data on the size and nature of the private debt market around the world and the trends in the private debt marketplace, followed by a panel with major players in the private debt world. Will private debt take over the large syndicated loan market? How will the banks compete? These and other questions will be discussed to help us better understand the state of play.

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thank you to our sponsors



Member Price: $895.00

Non-Member Price: $895.00


Contact Information

Contact: Jeff Walsh

Phone Number: 646-839-6084


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