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Examining the Greensill Fallout (Replay)


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Greensill – a crisis for the SCF sector?

The collapse of Greensill last week is once again raising questions about supply chain finance and the way it is operated. Are these questions justified? Has SCF been used by heavily leveraged companies to hide their debts?Is it reasonable to question the efficacy of supply chain finance based on what happened at Greensill?

What will happen to the sector?

Michael Bickers
Managing Director, BCR Publishing

Michael Bickers is Managing Director of BCR Publishing Ltd, a specialist publishing company dedicated to the provision of market information on areas of receivables finance including factoring and supply chain finance, through books, the Internet (trfnews.com) and global receivables finance conferences and seminars. He is author of twelve editions of Factoring in the UK, a market report and guide to the UK factoring industry, (1993 – 2008, 2nd and 3rd editions, published by HMSO, other editions BCR); Editor of twenty five editions of the World Factoring Yearbook (published annually by BCR since 1996 in association with FCI); Publisher of the European Trade Finance Yearbook 2012 (BCR in association with EBRD); Editor and joint author of A Review of Global Trade Finance and the Effects of the Current Financial Crises on Emerging Markets - a report commissioned by the World Bank, December 2008; Publisher of the World Supply Chain Finance Report 2010 – 2021; Chapter contributor of Factors and Actors (Peter Lang, 2018); Editor of Equipment Leasing in the UK (HMSO, 1995,1996).; Editor of Venture Capital in the UK (HMSO, 1996); Series Editor, International Business Intelligence Reports (published by the Stationery Office Ltd), 1997. His views, opinions and findings have been printed in leading newspapers and journals including The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Director Magazine, Accountancy Age, Business Age, Chartered Banker, Investors Chronicle and Export Today.

Sean Edwards
Managing Director, Head of Legal – EMEA, Special Adviser – Global 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 Organization (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.

Frédéric Gits Frédéric Gits
Group Credit Officer, Global Corporates, Fitch Ratings

Frédéric Gits is a managing director at Fitch Ratings, based in the Paris office. He is the Global Group Credit Officer for Corporates. Previously, Frédéric was the head of the Credit and Operations Group for Corporates. Before that, he was heading Fitch’s coverage of industrial, construction and property corporate entities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Frédéric has a commercial engineering degree from the Solvay Business School at the Free University of Brussels, a Master’s Degree in political science from the University of London, and an MBA from INSEAD.

Peter Mulroy
Secretary General, FCI

Peter Mulroy is Secretary General of FCI, the world’s largest network of factoring companies, with its headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Peter was previously Senior Vice President, International Regional Manager and Managing Director with CIT. Peter is a past Chairman of FCI, and has served on the FCI Executive Committee for over a decade. Peter has an MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management in Arizona.

As Secretary General, Mr. Mulroy assists banks, regulators and governments in educating the role and introducing the concept of factoring. He addresses audiences around the world on the subject of factoring and international trade and is generally regarded as an ambassador for the factoring industry.

Matt Wreford
CEO, Demica

Matt Wreford joined Demica as CEO in November 2014 and, having raised $60m of series A/B/C growth capital, led the expansion of the firm from 12 to 200 people. His primary responsibilities are setting the firm’s strategy & product vision and building strategic relationships with our global banking partners to deliver long term growth. Prior to joining Demica, Matt was the Group of CEO of IPGL, the private holding company of Michael Spencer, founder & CEO of ICAP Plc as well as CEO of Exotix Partners LLP, the investment banking boutique specialising in illiquid bonds and loans, equities, and structured finance. He has served as a non-executive director of numerous other fintech and financial services companies including City Index, Origin Asset Management, and Ri3K

Igor Zaks
CFA, Co-Founder and Chief Risk Officer, 40 Seas

Igor is Co-Founder and Chief Risk officer of 40 Seas; an Import-Now-Pay-Later fintech platform providing SMB financing for trade between Asia and North America. He is a seasoned finance professional, combining experience in banking, blue-chip corporates and consulting. Igor started his career in 1990, first in consulting and then as Finance Director for a high-tech company. He subsequently moved to Citibank, initially working in project finance before setting up and running its first research department in Russia. After moving to Citibank London in 1996, Igor established market strategy research for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2000, Igor moved to Dell to design many innovative structures and then as a director to Eurohypo/Commerzbank, undertaking traditional public finance transactions and driving expansion into new asset classes. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Managing Partner in SCF Capital, a specialised boutique in supply chain financing and its applications. He set up Tenzor Ltd., a specialised consulting company for working capital management and financing in 2009, firstly in the UK and then in Toronto. Igor has a Sloan Fellowship MSc (with distinction) from London Business School and a Global Professional LLM from the University of Toronto.




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