SFNet's International Lending Conference 2022

May 23 to 25, 2022

DLA Piper Offices
London, UK

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If you are active in the international lending space, you need a clear understanding of the current global landscape, what may be on the horizon, and what it all means for your business. Join us at SFNet's International Lending Conference, May 23-25, 2022, where we'll bring together some of the most interesting players on the international lending scene for discussions and insights into what lies ahead. 

The conference will take place at the offices of DLA Piper in London. Face coverings are encouraged but not required. Visit London.gov.uk for COVID updates and guidance.


Monday, May 23
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
SFNet Europe pre-ILC event (separate registration)

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Opening Reception
sponsored by Hilco Global and the BREAL Group
Join us at The Ned, Tapestry Room, 6th Floor
27 Poultry
London EC2R 8AJ

Tuesday, May 24
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Global Economic Outlook
Economist Trevor Williams will speak to the current state of the world economy in a landscape that continues to be dominated by COVID. 

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Risks and Opportunities
Hear from leaders in the secured finance industry on where they see real opportunities for secured lending across the world and where they see pitfalls to be avoided.

Moderator: Christopher Hawes, Sr. Advisor Debt and Capital Advisory, PwC
Panelists: Kurt Marsden, Group Head, Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Ron Biemans, Head of International Origination & Structuring, ABN AMRO
Peter York, Managing Director, Asset-Based Lending, JP Morgan Securities LLC 

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Market Review
Starting with the latest SFNet report from its quarterly survey of the asset-based lending market, and adding information from other market watchers and reviews of the leverage finance and bond markets, we'll give you a complete picture of the markets.

Moderator: Peter York, Managing Director, Asset-Based Lending, JP Morgan Securities LLC
Panelists: Vincent Daigger, Sr. Market Analyst, Debtwire
Maria Dikeos, Director of Loans Analytics & Head of Global Loans Contributions, Refinitiv
Xenia Sarri, Managing Director, Lincoln International 

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Ireland: Opportunities in the Emerald Isle
Hear from David Avery, Chairperson, Irish Asset and Invoice Finance Association, on the state of the market there and where opportunities may lie.

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
France: The Evolving Landscape—Are We There Yet?
The French law of secured transactions continues to evolve to support the rights of secured lenders. 15 September 2021 saw the enactment of further wide-ranging reforms of French secured transaction law to simplify and modernize the rights of secured creditors in response to the EU Directive on restructurings and insolvency. Find out how these changes may help in addressing the challenges that confront secured creditors in France.

Moderator: Richard Kohn, Principal, Goldberg Kohn
Panelists: Jean-François Adelle, Partner, Jeantet Associes
Benjamin Marche, Partner–Banking & Finance, Squire Patton Boggs

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
New Era of Private Debt
According to reports, mid-market private lending in Europe in 2021 set records in deal volume. Meanwhile, the scale of private debt funds continues to increase. How are the debt funds deploying all of the capital raised? What are the different strategies the funds are using? Industries? Structures? Geography? Find out how these players are impacting the market and traditional asset-based lending.

Moderator: Sarah Day, Partner, DLA Piper
Panelists: Peter Jaffe, Managing Director, Callodine Finance
Tom Otte, Partner & Head of Asset-Based Lending and Europe, White Oak Global Advisors
Ben Johnson, Sr. Manager, Debt & Advisory, PwC 
Mike Griffin, Partner, Sixth Street

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ESG Meets ABL: How Are These Terms Developing in the ABL Market?
A quick review of asset-based transactions that have included some form of ESG provision, along with a brief overview of some of the key issues confronting lenders in this arena.

Panelists: Georgia Quenby, Partner, Morgan Lewis
Peter Pears, Partner, Mayer Brown
Mike Roth, Director, Deutsche Bank
Stefan Stübing, Head of Sustainable Finance, ABN AMRO

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Coffee Break

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
New Insolvency and Secured Lending Laws
While there was a significant drop in insolvencies in 2021, there were dramatic changes to the insolvency laws in three key jurisdictions for secured finance in 2020 and 2021: for the new German restructuring regime, the “German Scheme” and the new “Dutch Scheme” in January 2021, and for the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 in the UK in June 2020. Now it is 2022 and what has happened? What are these new rules of the insolvency road and how has it affected secured lenders?

Moderator: Michael Black, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Panelists: Christof Schiller, Partner, anchor Rechtsanwälte
Nick Moser, Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP
Teun Struycken, Partner, NautaDutilh
Will Wright, Head of Restructuring, ExCom Member, Interpath Advisory

Wednesday, May 25
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Supply Chain Disruption in International Trade
The supply chain continues to be a critical problem in the movement of goods around the world, with a wide-ranging effect on economies. Find out the scope and nature of the issues and how ABL borrowers are dealing with it. How long will this continue? Are there solutions? Are there opportunities?

Moderator: David Chmiel, Global Torchlight Ltd.
Panelists: Andrew Klimcke, Managing Director, SIAN Wholesale Ltd.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Financing Goods on the Water
As goods spend more time in transit and companies look for more availability based on those goods, what do lenders need to think about in relying on in-transit inventory as collateral? During this review of the legal and practical issues in lending against in-transit inventory, we'll ask "how do you do it right?".

Moderator: William Starshak, Partner, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
Panelists: David Morse, Partner, Otterbourg P.C.
Alexander Goulandris, Co-Head, essDOCS
Boudewijn Smit, Senior Associate, NautaDutilh
Andrea Beirne, Partner, KPMG LLP

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

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tech and Secured Finance
Clearly tech is one of the “winners” in the COVID economy, but how does it work with traditional ABL? What about the “recurring revenue” product? What is the state of the tech market in different geographies? What about channel distribution for the major manufacturers?

Moderator: Ian Borman, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP London
Panelists: Matthew Sparkes, Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase Bank
Tayyib Chowdhry, Director, Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Suraj Mistry, CFA, Director, Leveraged Finance, EMEA, Silicon Valley Bank

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

*subject to change

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SFNet Members & Non-Members $845 


Contact Information

Contact: Jeff Walsh

Email: jwalsh@sfnet.com







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