International Lending Conference 2019

Starts:  May 21, 2019 8:00 AM (GMT)
Ends:  May 23, 2019 5:00 PM (GMT)


DLA Piper
160 Aldersgate St.
London, EC1A 4HT



What do cross-border lenders need to be thinking about right now?
-Looming economic upheaval
-Potential recession
-Geopolitical uncertainty

Examine the critical issues, and explore the opportunities, relating to cross-border lending at our International Lending Conference, May 21-23 in London.

Registration Fee: $845

Thank you to our host


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm           
CFA Europe Pre-ILC Event
The CFA Europe Chapter is pleased to host a pre-ILC Chapter meeting at the offices of Squire Patton Boggs, in the heart of the City. Separate Registration required. Please click here for more info.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm           
Opening Reception at Guildhall Art Gallery
Guildhall Yard
London EC2V 5AE
Sponsored by Hilco Global and Winston & Strawn, LLP

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

8:00 am – 8:30 am            

8:30 am – 8:45 am            
Welcome and Introduction
Remarks by Steven Geerlings, Head of International ABL, DLA Piper LLP

8:45 am – 10:00 am
Global Economic Outlook
Economists and commentators consider the future of global supply chains and international trade in these uncertain times against the backdrop of Brexit, potential trade wars, tariffs, sanctions, economic slowdowns and nationalism.
Moderator: Stuart Rock, Business Editor and Writer, Devonia Road
Panelists: David Chmiel, Managing Director, Global Torchlight
Paul Hardy, Brexit Director, DLA Piper LLP
Philip Shaw, Chief Economist, Investec

10:00 am – 11:00 am
International Mergers & Acquisitions:  Market Review
Global mergers and acquisitions had their strongest start ever in 2018. Strong equity and debt markets and plenty of liquidity led to significant activity, but slowed in the third quarter and into the end of the year. What’s the current read on the 2019 market, and what does it mean for cross-border asset-based lending?
Moderator: Paula Laird, Partner, Co-Chair Banking and Debt Finance, Squire Patton Boggs UK LLP
Panelists: Giovanni Amodeo,Global Head of Editorial Analytics and Research, Acuris
Tim Metzgen, Managing Director, Marlborough Partners
Sam Small, Managing Director, Industrial and Mining Investment Banking, Wells Fargo Securities

11:00 am – 11:30 am      
Coffee Break
Sponsored by Loyens & Loeff

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Keynote Speaker
Trevor Williams, Professor, University of Derby; Managing Director, TW Consultancy

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm        
Sponsored by Loyens & Loeff

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm           
Arc of the Covenants: Who's in Charge Here? 
From EBITDA addbacks to “collateral leakage”, there are high-profile U.S. cases where companies have used “baskets” in their credit documents to pull out valuable assets from the lenders' credit support and have led to other surprises to lenders. Meanwhile, covenant deterioration continues globally. What should lenders be thinking about to avoid unintended consequences that lead to “liability management exercises” by their borrowers?
Moderator: Jonathan Cooper, Partner, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
Panelists: Sabrina Fox, Executive Advisor, European Leveraged Finance Alliance
Nigel Hogg, Regional Credit Manager, Wells Fargo Capital Finance
David Morse, Partner, Otterbourg P.C.
Jessica Reiss, J.D., Head of Leveraged Loan Research, Covenant Review, LLC

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm           
Coffee Break
Sponsored by Loyens & Loeff

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm           
Are Receivables the Way to Go?
Securitizations, receivables, purchase facilities and supply chain have been growth engines for banks and other lenders, but how are they affecting the asset-based lending product? Friend or foe? Competition or opportunity?
Moderator: Sarah Day, Partner, DLA Piper LLP
Panelists: Maurice Benisty, Chief Commercial Officer, Demica
Ronald Biemans, Head of ABF Origination & Structuring International Corporate & Institutional Banking, ABN AMRO
JeanMarie Charollais, Managing Director - Syndication Head, CDF International, Wells Fargo
Charles Nahum, Senior Managing Director, Europe Independent Representative, Finacity

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm           
Workouts and Insolvencies:  Funding the Company in Distress
A discussion among experienced workout and restructuring specialists and lenders from the U.S., the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany to compare and contrast the issues that confront the lender in each jurisdiction when providing the liquidity to a sale or restructure. What are the hot negotiating points? What does the lender need to watch out for? How does it really work?
Moderator: Dimitri Karcazes, Partner, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
Panelists: Fiona Kaufman, Director, Deloitte LLP
Peter Klaus, Managing Director, AtlanticRMS Germany
Jon Helfat, Partner, Otterbourg P.C.
Stefan Nobbenhuis, Executive Director - Financial Restructuring, ABN AMRO

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm           
CFA Market Sizing and Impact Study:  A Brief Overview
The most comprehensive assessment to date of the secured finance ecosystem and its economic impact. The study seeks to dimension the size and scope of the U.S. marketplace for secured lending and its related products for the purpose of attracting capital, strategic planning and assisting in advocacy efforts on behalf of the industry. Part primer, part data compilation and part analytical assessment, the Study provides the reader with a view into the highly interconnected components of this network and their collective impact on capital deployment and economic development.
Moderator: Peter York, Managing Director, Asset-Based Lending, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC; Member, CFA Advocacy Committee/Chair of the Market Sizing Study

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm           
Networking Reception at Smiths of Smithfield
67-77 Charterhouse St.
3rd Floor
London EC1M 6HJ
Sponsored by Mayer Brown

Thursday, May 23, 2019

8:30 am – 9:00 am            

9:00 am – 10:00 am   
Where the Rubber Meets the Road:  Finding Value and Avoiding Traps in Uncertain Times
Appraisers and field examiners look at how today’s uncertainties are impacting the ability to “get it right” for the value of collateral and the method for liquidating it. Do old truisms hold true, when you want to get out?
Moderator: Alex Dell, Partner, Mayer Brown
Panelists: Gerry Donnelly, VP, Senior Field Examiner, AtlanticRMS
Chris Hall, CEO, Valuation Services Europe, Hilco Global
Larry Jasper, Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase Bank

10:00 am – 11:00 am      
The International Private Debt Market:  New Dimensions in Secured Finance
The panel will include a presentation on recent surveys of this market and some market leaders will talk about their plans for the future. Find out now how this segment of the market is thinking about where to go and see how it might impact you.
Moderator: Georgia Quenby, Partner, Morgan Lewis
Panelists: Eli Appelbaum, Managing Director, Hayfin Capital Management
Mike Griffin, Partner, TPG Specialty Lending Group
Tom Otte, Head of White Oak ABL, White Oak Commercial Finance, LLC
Andy Thomson, Senior Editor, PEI

11:00 am – 11:30 am      
Coffee Break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm     
In the Trenches: Dealing with Change in the Global Economy
A comparative look at how geopolitical and macroeconomic developments, including Brexit and tariffs, are affecting private equity, business operators, the capital markets and asset-based lenders. A private equity player, a CFO, an investment banker and an asset-based lender discuss what they are doing in response to the evolution and disruptions in the global marketplace.
Moderator: Stephen Lewis, Managing Director, Capstone Headwaters
Panelists: Phil Dougall, Partner, Metric Capital Partners LLP
Simon Featherstone, Senior Industry Advisor, Alantra
Steven Chait, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm             
Grab and Go Lunch

Travel Information:

We have partnered with United Airlines to offer travel discounts to our event.
Visit and enter ZGK8960150 in the Offer Code box. You may also call United Meeting Reservation Desk at 800-426-1122 Mon-Fri 8am – 10pm ET and Sat/Sun 8am – 6pm ET. Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations. Please note: travel must be booked between May 18 - May 26, 2019 in order to receive the discount.

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for Commercial Finance Association. Please click here to book your flights!
You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMT3Q
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Hotel Suggestions: 
Fox and Anchor
115 Charterhouse Street
London EC1M 6AA

The Rookery
12 Peter’s Lane
Cowcross Street
London EC1M 6DS

The Citadines Barbican London
7-21 Goswell Road
London EC1M 7AH

Hotels are each a 5 minute walk to DLA Piper Offices.

Thank you to our event sponsors




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