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The receivables finance industry faces a heightened risk and development of fraud. Due to the opportunistic nature of the post-pandemic environment, abrupt change in working practices, as well as increasing pressure on organisations, their customers, and their supply chains, fraud is on the increase.

By attending this advanced and comprehensive masterclass you will identify the latest measures on how to detect and prevent fraud, as well as understand how to manage it when it occurs, minimising the effect on your business. You will be able to:

Assess the risk of fraud associated with factoring and payables finance transactions

Understand the impact of the pandemic and how to mitigate these risks

Identify signs of fraud, devise and implement strategies to protect your business

Apply different techniques to resolve common issues that may lead to fraud

Implement best practices to manage fraud


This Masterclass is designed for people who already have a working knowledge of receivables finance arrangements. It will focus on the nature of fraud; how it is perpetrated; the impact of the pandemic; the rapid evolution in the nature of fraud practice.

Who should attend?

• Receivables finance practitioners

• Risk and compliance professionals needing a greater understanding of the risks and the opportunities

• Finance directors who want to be updated on the defensive measures to manage and reduce risk.

John Beaney
Director, Product and Propositions, Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC
John is responsible for key aspects of HSBC’s Receivables Finance business globally, including policy, insurance, capital models and training. He has over 30 years’ experience within receivables finance and has worked across HSBC’s global business. John is located in the UK. HSBC provides its clients all forms of receivables finance from 35 countries and territories.
Hugh Craen
Director, Business & Financial Solutions
Hugh is currently a business consultant and carries out due diligence work for factoring companies as well as placing business with receivable finance companies. In addition, he acts as an advisor to companies in a number of different sectors. He has 30 years’ experience in the Receivables Finance sector having founded two factoring companies and been responsible for operations which included underwriting and recoveries.
Walter Gontarek Walter Gontarek
Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer, Channel
Walt previously founded and served as global head of credit products at the Royal Bank of Canada and has worked in the City and on Wall Street in various senior capital markets roles. He also served as president of a retail banking platform in the US. Walter holds a doctorate in finance from Cranfield University and an MBA (Finance) from NYU Stern, and has published in leading academic journals on risk governance issues. Walt is a visiting fellow of Cranfield University where he lectures on risk governance and regulation, as well FinTech developments. He serves on financial services companies’ boards and was a named a financial market expert by PRIME finance at its inaugural meeting at the Peace Palace, The Hague in 2012.
Ian Howard
Co-Founder and Head of Business Development, Neotas
Ian works for Neotas, a leading fintech start up and enhanced due diligence platform helping companies to fight fraud and reduce risk by understanding who they are really dealing with. Ian has worked in Financial services for over 30 years, mainly in Debt Capital Markets, where his last role was Head of Credit Trading for CIBC, before moving on and subsequently creating Neotas. He has extensive knowledge and understanding of all things credit related with a particular emphasis of focusing on non-financial risks.
Xavier Lang
Pre-Sales Consultant, HPD Lendscape
Xavier has been involved in the Factoring business for more than 20 years. He started his career with Eurofactor in France and had several client facing and general management positions in France, Germany, Russia and Luxembourg. He was also involved in many IT projects including implementing I-Factor and Aquarius at Eurofactor and Société Générale Factoring. He joined HPD Software in 2018 to provide a pre-sales consulting service. He is also involved in consulting for new and existing customers, helping them with the implementation and installation of HPD’s solutions. Finally, his wealth of knowledge of the factoring business, of IT projects and his language skills provide added value to develop innovative functionalities for HPD’s customers.
Robert Parson
Partner, Clyde & Co
Robert heads up law firm Clyde & Co’s trade and commodity finance practice. He has a strong reputation as a trade finance specialist advising across the international trade and commodity, energy and natural resource sectors. Robert focuses on structuring deals and complex cross-border financing arrangements, including structured trade products, receivables and supply chain financings as well as the distribution of trade finance assets.
Alecsandra Valasuteanu
Head of Factoring, UniCredit Bank Romania
Alecsandra is currently at UniCredit Bank Romania, a member of UniCredit, a leading European bank, and one of the leading providers of factoring, forfeiting and supply chain financing solutions in Romania, holding a market share of 20%. With more than 15 years of experience in the financial sector, Alecsandra started in UniCredit Leasing Romania as Senior Relationship Manager, part of the Equipment and Project Financing Division.



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