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As the industry continues to prosper and innovate, the time is ripe to recognise those leading the way in receivables finance and celebrate industry success.

The inaugural Receivables Finance International Awards will take place on 14th March 2018, following the first day of our annual RFIx Convention.

The Awards are international in scale and open to all companies involved in the receivables finance ecosystem including, banks, non-banks, technology companies, fintechs, consultancies and legal advisors.

Winners announced! To view this year's winners, please click the tab above.

Venue

The Royal Horseguards Hotel

2 Whitehall Ct Westminster
SW1A 2EJ London
United Kingdom

A stunning five-star hotel overlooking the River Thames near Embankment recommended by Forbes Travel Guide and Condé Nast Johansens. This majestic hotel presides over the River Thames with outstanding views. From glittering chandeliers to contemporary design, this central London hotel opposite the London Eye reflects a proud heritage and fully refurbished Victorian elegance. Enjoy the original tiled floors and discover a hotel with a secret past. Stay in the building that was once the home and office to the first ‘Chief’ of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), Sir Mansfield Cumming, now commemorated with an English Heritage Blue Plaque.

Judging Panel
Simon Featherstone
Chairman, Clear Factor

Simon has a diverse range of experience in financial services spanning almost 30 years. Most recently, Simon was the Managing Director of the Business Finance division at specialist bank Shawbrook. Before joining Shawbrook, he was Global Chief Executive of Bibby Financial Services (BFS), the world’s largest non-bank invoice and trade finance business and prior to BFS, he was Managing Director of Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance and Network Director of Lloyds TSB Commercial Banking. Simon has served as CEO and subsequently Chairman of The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) Plc and as the Deputy Chairman of the UK trade body The Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA), as well as on the Board of the global trade body, International Factors Group. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director on Bibby Distribution and Bibby Offshore Boards and currently advises a number of SME-focused businesses.

Bert Goldberg
Executive Director, International Factoring Association

Bert is the Founder and Executive Director of both the International Factoring Association (IFA) and the American Factoring Association (AFA).  With approximately 450 members, the IFA is the world’s largest association serving the Factoring industry.  The AFA is the lobbying group in the U.S.A. that works on behalf of Factors to educate lawmakers of the value of Factoring to the U.S. economy.  Bert has a B.S. degree from Cal State University, Northridge and an M.B.A. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  Bert has over 35 years' experience in the Factoring and Asset Based Lending industry.

Jeff Longhurst
Consulting Director, Finativ; Non-Executive Director and Advisor, Invoice Finance and SME Finance

As a Non-Executive Director and Advisor in the Invoice Finance and SME Finance sectors, Jeff works with traditional and Fintech invoice finance providers such as Muse, and with suppliers to those providers such as Credebt and itsettled. He is a Consulting Director within the business services and strategic advisory group, Finativ. Jeff has over 40 years of experience in invoice finance and asset-based lending – over 20 years as CEO/Managing Director working in clearing bank subsidiaries, specialist asset-based lenders and independent invoice finance providers. Responsibility to shareholders ranged from those in the UK to the USA, South Africa and France. His track record sees him focused on growing businesses, including setting up and selling his own invoice finance business and helping businesses that are underachieving to reach their full potential. A past Chair of the Invoice Finance and Asset Based Lending Board of UK Finance and former CEO of The Asset Based Finance Association, he was also a member of the Executive Committee of the EU Federation for Factoring and Commercial Finance. Jeff has an MA in Law from Trinity Hall, Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

Margrith Lutschg-Emmenegger
Advisor, Quaterback

Margrith Lütschg-Emmenegger has worked in Trade Finance with a special focus on Forfaiting and Factoring for most of her professional life, first with Barclays Bank, and then Midland Bank Aval in London before joining West Merchant Bank where she had Global responsibility for forfaiting and factoring. Margrith joined FIMBank as EVP, responsible for Business Development and was appointed to President in 2004. She retired to become an Advisor to the FIMBank Group and other industry members. In 2014 Margrith was awarded the highest decoration of the Republic of Malta, the National Order of Merit, in recognition of her 'exceptional contribution towards the common good of the Maltese and the development of Malta as a financial centre.' Margrith was educated in Switzerland and was a member of the board of the Swiss Association of Forfaiters in 1983, and also founding Chairman of the Association of Forfaiters in the Americas in 1995. More recently in 1999, Mrs. Lütschg-Emmenegger co-founded the International Forfaiting Association (IFA) were she served as Deputy Chairman until 2003. In 2013 Margrith was elected as Chairman of International Factors Group (IFG). She has also been a regular speaker on the subject of trade finance for many years travelling around the World teaching audiences the benefits of Factoring and Forfaiting.

Dirk van Strijthem
CEO, KBC Commercial Finance

Dirk began his career as a Tax Consultant at PWC in 1989 and worked in Brussels, Budapest and London before moving to KBC Bank’s Corporate Banking division in 1993. He worked as a Global Relationship Manager for Multinationals until 2003, when he took on the role of General Manager of Corporate Banking in Brussels. In 2006 he was promoted to General Manager of Group Strategy of KBC Group and assumed his current role, CEO of KBC Commercial Finance, a year later. KBC Commercial Finance has been delivering credit management solutions within a business-to-business environment since 1963 and today offers solutions to companies across the EU and the USA.

Finalists

Finalists

With entries received from organisations across the globe, and representing all areas of the industry, we would like to thank everyone who entered and congratulate those who have been shortlisted.

Legal Provider of the Year

  • Bermans
  • DLA Piper

SME Finance Provider of the Year

  • Bibby Financial Services
  • CaixaBank
  • Funding Options
  • Just Cash Flow PLC
  • Nucleus Commercial Finance

Supply Chain Finance Provider of the Year - Bank

  • Deutsche Bank
  • ING Wholesale Banking
  • Banco Santander
  • Societe Generale

Supply Chain Finance Provider of the Year – Non-Bank

  • CRX Markets AG
  • Demica
  • Orbian

Invoice Finance Provider of the Year - Independent

  • Bibby Financial Services
  • Capital Now
  • GapCap
  • Invoice Cycle

Invoice Finance Provider of the Year - Bank

  • Banco Santander
  • Deutsche Bank
  • HSBC
  • Societe Generale

Technology Solution Provider of the Year - Vendor

  • Demica
  • Equiniti Riskfactor
  • HPD Software
  • PrimeRevenue
  • Validis

Most Innovative Fintech of the Year

  • Demica
  • Finexkap
  • Growth Street
  • PrimeRevenue

Global Receivables Finance Provider of the Year

  • Banco Santander
  • Finacity Corporation
  • ING Wholesale Banking
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Societe Generale

The following awards are presented to individuals and as such, the winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner.

Industry Ambassador of the Year

Lifetime Achievement

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