SFNet's International Lending Conference 2024

May 13 to 15, 2024

DLA Piper Offices

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Join us at SFNet's International Lending Conference, May 13-15, 2024, and immerse yourself in a dynamic environment buzzing with key industry players, potential collaborators and visionaries in the international lending realm. 

Our thought-provoking discussions led by seasoned experts, will explore the nuances of international transactions, and gain strategic intelligence on global economic trends. We'll address issues around private equity, private debt, syndications, restructurings, technology in ABL, and more.

We are pleased to offer our Young Professional/NextGen members a first-time attendee rate of $150*. In addition to this special price, we have programmed a NextGen Roundtable session on May 14, during which members of our nextgen community will speak with more senior professionals about how finance can have a positive social and environmental impact, and how both early career and senior leaders view and prepare for succession planning. If you would like to take advantage of this first-time attendee offer, please contact SFNet Member Services Manager Betty Lam at BLam@sfnet.com

*This special rate applies to active SFNet National YoPro and SFNet Europe NextGen members who are employees of an SFNet member organization and have not previously attended our International Lending Conference in person.

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Monday, May 13
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
SFNet Europe Chapter Pre-ILC Event (separate registration)
Squire Patton Boggs, 60 London Wall, London
For information about this event, click here.

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Opening Reception
Sponsored by Hilco Valuation Services and Breal Group
Vinoteca City
21 Bloomberg Arcade
London EC4N 8AR

Tuesday, May 14

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker Professor Christine Bell - PeaceTech: Digital Transformation to End War 
Christine Bell is Professor of Constitutional Law and Assistant Principal (Global Justice), University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh Law School and author of PeaceTech: Digital Transformation to End War, the world's first book dealing with the use of technological innovation to support peace and transition processes. Through an interwoven narrative of personal stories that capture the complexity of real-time peace negotiation, Bell maps the fast-paced developments of PeaceTech, and the ethical and practical challenges involved.

Bell locates PeaceTech within the wider digital revolution that is also transforming the conduct of war. She lays bare the ‘double disruption’ of peace processes, through digital transformation, and through changing conflict patterns that make processes more difficult to mount. Against this backdrop – can digital peacebuilding be a force for good? Or do the risks outweigh the benefits? Our keynote session will feature Q&A with the author.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Market Update: What’s Happening Now
Hear from active market participants on the current state of play in cross-border lending. A lender, a lawyer, a debt advisor and data from the SFNet International Finance Committee Database of cross-border deals will provide a better understanding of where International ABL is now and where it may be going.

Moderator: Chris Hawes, Managing Director, Debt and Capital Advisory, PwC
Panelists: Nigel Hogg, Head of Capital Finance, Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Dominic Griffiths, Global Head of Banking and Finance, Mayer Brown
Laura Jakubowski, Knowledge Management Attorney, Goldberg Kohn

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Goldberg Kohn Ltd.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Private Debt: Where Does it Go from Here?
Sponsored by White Oak Commercial Finance
Private debt has grown dramatically in recent years. Hear the views of private debt lenders on the current lending environment and what new challenges private debt may confront as it continues to expand and what it may mean for bank lenders.

Moderator: Alex Dell, Partner, Mayer Brown
Panelists: Johann Bösch-Salcedo, Director, Europe, Chiron Financial, LLC
Rob Connold, Partner, Debt and Capital Advisory, Deloitte
Jonathan Levine, Managing Director, Bantry Bay
Tom Otte, Partner, Head of Asset-Based Lending, White Oak Commercial Finance

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Goldberg Kohn Ltd.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Private Equity: From the Borrowers’ Side
Sponsored by Winston & Strawn LLP
This panel of private equity representatives will share their experience with the asset-based lending product – the benefits, the challenges and how it compares to their other alternatives. Get new insights into how you may develop your product to work better.

Moderator: Jeremy Harrison, Managing Director - Sales & Origination, ABN AMRO Commercial Finance, ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance N.V. UK Branch
Panelists: Ian Borman, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
Marc Finer, Principal, Debt Financing & Capital Markets, Aurelius Investments Limited
Aidan Robson, Partner, Endless LLP

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Technological Developments for Asset-Based Lending
Learn about new developments in software and programming to improve and facilitate collateral monitoring, including the ongoing challenges of inventory in a cross-border context as well as managing the risk of “foreign” receivables. 

Moderator: Mike Roth, Director, Deutsche Bank AG Asset Based Finance
Panelists: Paul Bower, Director, FGI 
Frank Husken, Managing Director, Finventory21 B.V. 
Martijn Witvoet, International Director Asset Valuation, ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance N.V.

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Sponsored by Goldberg Kohn Ltd.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Next Gen Roundtable

Sponsored by the Next Gen Committee of the SFNet European Chapter
Members of our nextgen community speak with more senior professionals about how finance can have a positive social and environmental impact, and how both early career and senior leaders view and prepare for succession planning. 

Moderator: Boudewijn Smit, Counsel, NautaDutilh
Panelists: Chris Hall, Chief Executive Officer, Hilco Valuation Services Europe
Krishna Omkar, Founder, Return on Equity
Veena Patel, Executive Director, Sr. Counsel, Rabobank
Peter Wozny, Sr. Legal Counsel, Btomorrow Ventures

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Syndications Roundtable
Dive deep into the dynamics of syndicated lending through our insightful roundtable session. Exchange ideas and uncover valuable insights that can shape your approach to syndication in the international cross-border lending market.

Facilitator: Peter York, Senior Advisor, Gordon Brothers

4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
One-on-One with Seda Yalçınkaya, General Counsel with Apollo
Join Sarah Day and Seda Yalçınkaya in a candid conversation around private equity, private debt, and the current issues that Apollo sees with respect to the state of those businesses—including fund raising, regulatory, new opportunities, the state of the markets as they impact those businesses, and more. 

Speakers: Sarah Day, Partner, DLA Piper 
Seda Yalçınkaya, General Counsel – International, Apollo 

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception


Wednesday, May 15
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Cash Management in International Secured Transactions: The Critical Element
 Lenders engaged in cross-border lending understand how critical it is to have the borrower’s cash management properly structured. In this panel, we explore the particular challenges of working with companies and depository banks across jurisdictions to achieve that objective, including in navigating the various institutional policies of depository banks that may not be consistent with the needs of the company and lender for an asset-based facility.

Moderator: Paula Laird, Partner, Head of Banking EMEA, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
Panelists: Alison Powell, Cross Border Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Capital Finance UK Ltd.
Boudewijn Smit, Counsel, NautaDutilh


10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Italy: Did You Know?
Find out about key new developments in the secured transaction laws of Italy. This one-on-on interview with an Italian secured-lending lawyer will highlight how these developments may change the secured lending landscape for assets in Italy offering real solutions and opportunities.

Speakers: David Morse, Partner, Otterbourg P.C.
Gennaro Mazzuoccolo, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Studio Legale

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Goldberg Kohn Ltd.

11:30 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.
The World of Restructuring:  New Procedures, New Challenges
With the implementation of the EU directive, new procedures have been implemented which pose new challenges to the secured lender. This panel will review what a secured lender now confronts in an international context regarding borrowers in distress, recovery of their debt, and approaches to the insolvency process and how law and practice are evolving in this arena.

Moderator: Nick Moser, Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP (UK)
Panelists: Koos Beke, Partner, PwC  (Netherlands)
Christian Ebner, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal (Munich)
Simon Edel, Partner, Restructuring, Ernst & Young LLP (UK)
Dimitri G. Karcazes, Principal, Goldberg Kohn Ltd. (USA)
Andrew J. Knight, Partner, Corporate and Financial Services, Crowell & Moring (UK)
*Agenda details are subject to change.

Thank you to our conference host
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Thank you to our conference sponsors

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Hilco Valuation Services logo
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 Member pricing applies to employees of SFNet member organizations.

Member Price: $995

Non-Member Price: $1,195


Contact Information

Contact: Jeff Walsh

Email: jwalsh@sfnet.com

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