Clifford Chance
23 - 24 November 2022

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The Alternative and Receivables Finance Forum returns this November as a two-day event. Join us to discuss current, new and avant-garde finance systems outside traditional banking, which have potential to replace financial institutions in their current format. We will look at the gateways for banks and other traditional liquidity providers to move into this space. Could we be on the verge of alternative finance becoming mainstream? Will decentralised finance become a new major source of delivering liquidity to the trade and receivables finance sector? How will other technologies continue to impact traditional markets? What can banks do to remain competitive and what are the practicalities of investing in the new technologies?

This November we will bring together panels of expert commentators from across the banking, fintech and non-banking finance sectors to discuss the opportunities set out by the new wave of innovative solutions and why banks, insurers, traditional platforms and others should take notice.

More information to follow soon.


Clifford Chance

10 Upper Bank St Canary Wharf
E14 5JJ London
United Kingdom

Clifford Chance’s International Structured Debt Group is recognised as the pre eminent global securitisation, structured debt and receivables financing practice with market leading teams in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. We have more securitisation specialists than any other firm globally, with over 120 lawyers worldwide. The team frequently work together on a cross-border basis and our partners have consistently sought to expand securitization and receivables financing technology and expertise to other geographies.

We are at the forefront of innovation, establishing creative and ground-breaking solutions to the most complex of structured debt and receivables financing requirements. We are equipped with immeasurable expertise, an unrivalled depth of experience and are highly adaptive to regulatory and industry developments across all key product areas and jurisdictions. We also provide full US advice as an integrated part of any cross-border or global structured debt or receivables financing transaction.

The team's combined expertise spans the complete spectrum of asset classes involving both cash and synthetic securitisation and CLOs. We regularly structure and execute "market first" transactions across different asset classes. Our team is consistently at the forefront of RMBS, Covered Bond, Consumer ABS (including credit cards, personal loans and retail buy-now-pay-later finance), Auto ABS and SME lending ABS transactions, often advising on debut issuer transactions and latest structural features.

The team is also recognised for its expertise involving the use of innovative securitisation techniques (including working closely with our market leading leverage finance, funds and high yield teams), European portfolio disposal work (including NPLs) and associated asset backed financing, multi-jurisdictional receivables financing work and all forms of financing (including loan on loan, CMBS, repackings of commercial real estate assets and fund financings in the form of securitisation).

Tim Armstrong
Head of Receivables and Co-Founder, Silver Birch Finance
Diego Ballon Ossio
Senior Associate, Clifford Chance
Nils Behling
Founder & CFO, Tradeteq, Member, TFD Initiative
Nils is a founder and the CFO at Tradeteq, the global trade finance distribution platform. Before entering the FinTech space Nils was a trade finance investor and a portfolio manager for Trafigura’s Galena Asset Management. As a director in Merrill Lynch’s FICC business he structured complex funding and capital markets solutions for banks and real money clients. Nils started his career as a restructuring attorney with Weil, Gotshal & Manges working on cross-border debt advisory, business reorganisations, and work-outs.
Simon Bessant
Board Director, Global Head of Insurance, The Texel Group
Simon is a Board Director and the Global Head of Insurance at The Texel Group (“Texel”). Texel was established over 20 years ago is a privately owned and independent insurance broker specialising in the field of credit and political risk insurance and reinsurance. We are focused purely on arranging, structuring and negotiating CPRI to provide clients with credit and concentration risk mitigation, balance sheet and regulatory capital solutions. Our company represents commercial, investment and multilateral banks as well as development financial institutions, using non-payment insurance to allow them to conservatively grow their lending book.
Jean Christophe Caffet
Chief Economist, Coface
A graduate of the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP) and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Jean-Christophe Caffet began his career in the banking sector in 2005. He spent 9 years within the Natixis / BPCE group as an economist specialising in France and the Euro zone. In 2014, he joined the strategy and economic intelligence department of TotalEnergies as Deputy Chief Economist, which allowed him to become an expert in energy markets while continuing to make macroeconomic and financial forecasts. In 2019, he was appointed Chief Economist of the TotalEnergies Group. Since November 2021, Jean-Christophe is Coface’s Chief Economist.
Louis Carbonnier
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Hokodo

Louis is the co-founder and co-CEO of Hokodo where he leads commercial strategy and product development. Hokodo is a fintech startup offering a Buy Now, Pay Later solution designed specifically for B2B merchants and marketplaces. Taking care of credit checks, collections and risk management, Hokodo empowers e-commerce merchants to offer instant trade credit online – even for first time buyers.

Louis was previously the head and founder of the Digital Agency at Euler Hermes, the world’s leading trade credit insurer and part of the Allianz Group. The Euler Hermes Digital Agency (EHDA) was launched in 2015 and quickly became one of the most recognised corporate innovation teams in the financial services sector, with its tech-driven innovations and unparalleled vision to shape a better future for B2B Trade. EHDA attracted top entrepreneurs and digital talents in the US, UK, France, Northern Europe and APAC.

Louis started his career in strategy consulting at Oliver Wyman where he was a Principal in the Financial Services practice. Louis consulted for more than 30 leading financial institutions and delivered more than 80 engagements across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

Bertrand de Comminges
Managing Director, Global Head Trade Finance Investments, Santander Asset Management

A renowned industry expert, Bertrand is currently the lead portfolio manager for the global Trade Finance strategy at Santander Asset Management. Before joining Santander Bertrand was at HSBC for 8 years and in his last role he was responsible for the European Business Development activities for Global Trade an Receivables Finance. In this role he was responsible for all global corporates, commodities, financial institutions and SMEs’ Trade Finance activities in the region. Previously, with teams located in 5 continents, he was HSBC’s Global Product Head of Structured Solutions and, Global Head of Solutions Structuring for the organisation. Before HSBC, Bertrand worked at JP Morgan where he launched and led the EMEA Structured Trade Advisory business and, for RBS/ABN Amro, where in his last role he was Head of Trade for the EMEA region.

Bertrand was a member of the ICC’s Banking Commission Steering Committee for transforming Trade Finance as an asset class, He is a member of ITFA´s working group on the same topic and a subject matter expert in the ICCs of Global Supply Chain Finance initiative. Bertrand is a Chartered Actuary, has a full-time MBA from the London Business School and an MSc degree in Economics and Business Sciences from UCM. On the private side, Bertrand is a trustee of educational charities and, is a single father of five young children.

Sean Edwards
EMEA Head of Legal and Special Adviser to the Trade Finance Department, SMBC Bank International, Chairman, ITFA
Sean Edwards is an English lawyer, formerly with Clifford Chance, and is now Head of Legal at SMBC Bank International plc, part of the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group. Sean is Chairman of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA). He is one of the principal draftsmen of the Uniform Rules for Forfaiting (URF), a joint initiative of ITFA and ICC. Sean was also a member of the drafting group for the Standard Definitions for Techniques of Supply Chain Finance published by ITFA, ICC, FCI, BAFT and the EBA. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission and led a work-stream on the ICC Working Group on Digitalisation in Trade Finance. Sean is a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Finance Expert Group. He is a non-executive director of KomGo S.A. Sean has written articles on trade finance, particularly on different forms of receivables finance, for all the major trade finance magazines and is on the editorial board of Global Trade Review (GTR). He is a frequent presenter at trade finance conferences dealing with a range of subjects.
Francesco Filia
CEO, Fasanara Capital
Alexis Garatti
Senior Climate Change Manager, Sustainability Office, Allianz Trade
Bob Gravestijn
Strategic Ideator and Business Booster, The Value Department

Bob Gravestijn is dead serious about sustainability and likes to solve problems. He enjoys every moment of finding a perfect, actionable digital transformation strategy, devising operational models or finding opportunities to build and grow business ideas. He brings a customer-centric mindfulness that enables him to quickly uncover a customer's pain point, identify a strategic solution, empower businesses to innovate and thrive and lead to true competitive differentiation. Bob is widely known for his expertise on supply chains, working capital, blockchain and business sustainablility management. He currently works both as a strategic ideator and business booster at Pivot-to, and as a business developer for ABN AMRO Bank. While his speaking engagements have taken him around the world, Bob is proud to encourage others to collaborate and transform the world from his home in Amsterdam. So, if you ever want to bounce ideas off of him, please feel free to contact him at

Ano Kuhanathan
Head of Corporate Research, Allianz Trade
Martin McCann
CEO and Co-Founder, Trade Ledger
Martin McCann is CEO and Co-Founder of Trade Ledger (, the world’s first open digital banking platform that gives banks the ability to assess business lending risk in real time. Martin has over 20 years’ experience as a passionate technologist, business leader, investor, academic researcher, and public speaker specialized in the digitisation of business.
Martin Opfermann Martin Opfermann
Lead Portfolio Manager, Trade Finance, Allianz Global Investors
Martin Opfermann is a senior portfolio manager within Allianz Global Investors alternative asset management team and is leading the firm’s trade finance activities. Martin joined the firm in 2017 from Allianz Investment Management SE, where he was Head of Credit and in charge of Allianz Group’s credit allocation. In 2009, he spearheaded Allianz’s strategic shift into private markets and executed several debt investment strategies. Prior to this, Martin worked in the Fixed Income team of Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG. Martin graduated from University of Mannheim as a Diplom-Kaufmann in 2002. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Rick Pearson
CIO, Pactum
Rick is the CIO of Pactum AG in Switzerland and was responsible with Clifford Chance for the first securitisation of insured receivables under the European Securitisation Act. Pactum is one of the most innovative players in the receivables finance industry having financed over $7 billion of invoices since launch just over 3 years ago. They are also hoping to shortly be the first to launch a Sukuk note backed by receivables.
Baljit Rai
Director of Insurance Litigation, Clifford Chance
Baljit Rai has over 21 years' experience of acting in commercial litigation and arbitration disputes in relation to insurance and reinsurance matters, specialising in advising insureds on policy wordings and policy coverage issues. Baljit has particular specialisation in and regularly advises a number of major banks and other financial institutions on the use of credit insurance as a credit risk mitigant under the Basel Accords and the Capital Requirements Regulation.
Chris Rigby
Group CFO and Chief Investment Officer, Stenn
Sofia Spiers
Director, Credit Risk Insurance, Crédit Agricole CIB
Sofia is a credit risk insurance specialist purchasing insurance on a wide range of transactions across many asset classes (Real Estate, Aviation, Corporate, Infrastructure etc) and is heavily involved in developing structured solutions for Receivables and Supply Chain Finance. She is also actively exploring opportunities across financial markets products, such as derivatives. Prior to her time at Credit Agricole, Sofia worked in corporate finance at Deutsche Bank, Capital & Portfolio Management at RBS and in Lloyds Bank’s Financial Institutions Solutions team developing bespoke products to meet regulatory change. She holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of Oxford.
Lorna Strong
Deputy General Counsel, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC
As Deputy General Counsel for HSBC Global Trade and Receivables Finance (GTRF), Lorna Strong acts as the primary legal advisor for GTRF's operations globally; advising GTRF and playing a role in shaping HBSC's contribution to current regulatory and policy debates on trade finance. She provides global oversight, coordination, and training for legal counsel in over 40 jurisdictions. Ms. Strong has additionally been instrumental in advising innovative digital solutions for trade finance, leading the HSBC Legal team who advised the first financial trade block chain transactions: the award winning block chain platforms and Contour.
Federico Travella
CEO and Co-Founder, Novicap
Federico is a Belgian-Italian technology entrepreneur and co-founder-CEO of NoviCap, a venture capital-backed financial technology platform that is building the Operating System for working capital. Federico was previously a Managing Director at Rocket Internet where he was pivotal in scaling technology ventures in Asia Pacific and Africa. His most notable involvements were in Lazada (acquired by Alibaba; NYSE: BABA), Jumia and The Iconic. He holds a master’s degree in Marine Geology of Ghent University and is a Young Talent fellow at IESE Business School. Federico also advises the EU Commission on its innovation and entrepreneurship agenda.
Richard Wulff
Executive Director, ICISA

After completing a master’s degree in economics, Richard Wulff started his career in 1989 as trade credit insurance underwriting manager and reinsurance director of NCM (a precursor of Atradius) in his native country, the Netherlands. He founded a reinsurance captive for the company in Ireland prior to moving on to Munich Re in Germany.

At Munich Re, he managed the non-European credit, surety and political risk reinsurance department until 2008. He then moved to India to become chief underwriting officer of HDFC-ERGO Insurance Company in India, a general lines insurance business.

Richard subsequently became group general manager, heading up the world-wide credit lines at QBE Insurance in Australia, before moving to Hong Kong in that role.

He returned to Holland in 2017 to found RW Consulting, a consultancy company for trade credit insurance, surety and political risk (re)insurance. In February 2021, Richard joined the International Credit Insurance and Surety Association (ICISA), an association with which Richard has been actively involved throughout his career in trade credit insurance, surety and political risk insurance, where he currently holds the title of executive director.

Geoffrey Wynne
Partner, Sullivan & Worcester

Geoffrey Wynne is head of Sullivan & Worcester’s London office and also head of its award winning Trade & Export Finance Group. Geoff is one of the leading trade finance lawyers. He has extensive experience in many aspects of banking and finance, specifically trade and structured trade and commodity finance and related legal and compliance issues. He has recently been involved in a number of initiatives for trade finance in the digital world including digital payment obligations. Geoff is currently Co-Chair of the ICC Committee which wrote the recently published Uniform Rules for Digital Trade Transactions (URDTT).

Geoff sits on the editorial boards of a number of publications and is a regular contributor and speaker at conferences. He is also the editor of and contributor to The Practitioner’s Guide to Trade and Commodity Finance published by Thompson Reuters where a second edition is to be published later this year. He is General Editor and contributor to A Guide to Receivables Finance, a multi authored publication which is soon to be released in its third edition and is co published by Sullivan, Deutsche Bank and the International Trade and Forfaiting Association (ITFA).

Geoff has recently been recognized as the only UK lawyer included in the Trade Finance section of the UK Legal 500's all new UK 'Hall of Fame.' Trade & Forfaiting Review (TFR) honoured Geoff with the TFR Fellowship Award in its 2017 TFR Excellence Awards. Geoff was also recently named as a recipient of the Lexology “Client Choice” Award 2021 for Banking, United Kingdom.

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