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22-23 May 2024
Clifford Chance

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By all accounts, 2022 was an exceptional year for the receivables finance sector and we wait to see how 2023 has faired. Is the industry keeping up with the rapid technological advancements, evolving customer expectations, and a volatile macroeconomic and geopolitical environment? With the global economy continuing to be sluggish, SME businesses being underserved by financiers, credit risk ever-growing, and ESG, and other regulatory scrutiny intensifying, is the industry ready for the next push toward bridging the $2.5 trillion trade finance gap? Are we prepared for the global rise of new and existing financial and non-financial threats?

Hosted by BCR, the 2024 Receivables Finance International Convention will bring key industry players from across the world to London for two days of brainstorming, thought leadership discussions and networking. This is a paramount annual event, now in its 24th year, for those looking to address strategic concerns and operational challenges as well as to uncover new business opportunities.

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Kalyan Basu
Managing Director and CEO, Vayana (IFSC) Pvt Ltd

Kalyan is the Managing Director and CEO of Vayana (IFSC) Pvt Ltd. - which built and operates the Vayana TradeXchange (VTX), an ITFS (International Trade Financial Services) platform for facilitating the financing of cross-border trade globally, as per guidelines issued by IFSCA, the International Financial Services Centre Authority at GIFT City, Gujarat. Previously he was the founding Managing Director and CEO of A.Treds Ltd. - a joint venture between Axis Bank and mjunction and the leading TReDS (Trade Receivable Discounting System) exchange in India under licence from the Reserve Bank of India. Kaylan was the TReDS platform representative to the UK Sinha Committee. He has over three decades of experience across the banking sector, starting his career with the Central Bank of India, and moving onto leadership positions at ICICI Bank and Axis Bank. Kaylan has held leadership roles at Axis Bank, including Country Head – Supply Chain Finance, Zonal Head for SME North, Head of Large Corporate Relationships (North), Head – Trade Finance and Foreign Exchange Department, New Delhi Main Branch. He was also part of the product team at ICICI Bank which developed the M2O (Made to Order) current account elevated to CIBD, Head of the Kolkata Main Branch of ICICI Bank alongside a role as Head of Trade Finance, Foreign Exchange, NRI Deposit and remittances desk. Kalyan has a proven track record of setting up and scaling new technology businesses revolutionising trade finance and invoice discounting. Invoicemart’s market leadership amidst growing competition is a testament to Kalyan’s strategic vision of initiating policies and procedures leading to a long-term competitive edge and sustainability of the business. With VTX he aims to bridge the gap between the working capital requirements of MSMEs, not only in India, but across the globe, embarking on a journey to build the best-in-class digital marketplace for the financing of Trade Finance receivables and payables for cross-border trade.

John Omoti
Vice President – Supply Chain Finance, Bank of China Limited, London Branch

John currently heads up the development of supply chain finance for Bank of China’s London branch. He previously worked in trade finance teams in Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Zenith Bank UK Ltd, GTBank UK, Bank of America, and MUFG Bank (UK). John has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of trade finance operations, implementation and product management and development working mainly within transaction banking for various banks. He is a Certificated Professional Banker (CCBI) with the Chartered Bankers Institute and is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS), PRINCE2 with an MBA in Finance.

Kellie Scott
Global Product Head for Structured Working Capital Solutions, J.P. Morgan

Kellie is the Global Product Head for Structured Working Capital Solutions within the Trade and Working Capital business in J.P. Morgan Payments. Based in London, her global responsibilities include product development and strategy, driving business growth, expansion to new markets and end-to-end product governance and oversight. Prior to her current role, Kellie was EMEA Trade Legal Head based in London responsible for providing leadership aligned to the Global Trade business and its strategy and prior to that role, she was based in New York. Kellie is an active industry participant and she was part of the drafting group for the International Chamber of Commerce’s Uniform Rules for Digital Trade Transactions. Kellie holds an LLB Law degree from The University of Glasgow and a BA degree with a major in Politics from Texas State University.

Milot Ahma
Principal Counsel, Legal Transition Team, EBRD

Milot Ahma is a Principal Counsel in the EBRD’s Legal Transition Team (Financial Law Unit) primarily focused on access to finance and fintech matters. Since joining the EBRD in 2016, Milot has been a part of many successful legal reform efforts in the EBRD economies which aim at facilitating access to finance for SMEs through improved secured transaction frameworks and the introduction of alternative means of finance through products such as factoring, leasing and crowdfunding. In addition, Milot actively contributes to the development of legal and regulatory frameworks that foster the adoption of financial technology and associated financial products, as well as the advancement of digital trade, particularly in the realm of digitalising commercial trade documents. Notably, as part of his work on digital trade, Milot has led the efforts within the EBRD that resulted in the publication of the EBRD/CASTL MLETR Blueprint Paper in April 2023. The Blueprint Paper represents a significant milestone in promoting equivalence between paper and digital documents in trade. Milot earned his LL.M. degree at Duke University, School of Law in the United States and studied international commercial law for at the University of Groningen, Faculty of Law in The Netherlands.

Almila Arikan Sarbanoglu
Product Director, Working Capital, Receivables Finance, Kyriba

Almila has 20 years of corporate banking and financial technology experience in the United Kingdom and Turkey. She has assumed a variety of roles ranging from origination to risk management; however, her specialisation is product management, having spent the last 13 years managing trade and working capital products for banks and technology providers, such as Kyriba.

Federico Avellán Borgmeyer
Chief Partner Officer, efcom

Federico has nearly 30 years banking technology experience, such as transaction and payment processing, credit card personalisation, payment and other transaction terminals, AI applications in finance, cryptography, DLT and factoring solutions in many C-suite positions across business planning, finance, M&A, R&D, marketing and sales, operations and after-sales with World Card International, DataCard Corporation, Gemplus/Gemalto, FidelioNetworks, FirstData Corporation, Postbank POS Transact, Tech4Fin Deutschland and Factoring Blockchain Solutions. Federico is the strategic architect and now executer for efcom's new global marketing and sales approach. Federico is also Senior Partner at the Amontis Consulting Group, Executive Board Member at Sevar AG, Board Member at Meshed Systems and holds an MSc from Technische Universität Berlin, MBA Visiting Scholarship from University of Illinois and lectures in Entrepreneurship at the Computer Science Department at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt. Federico has lived and worked in the Americas, EMEA, mainland China and speaks Spanish, English and German.

Eric Balmer
Global Head of Financial Institutions, GSCF

Eric Balmer, an established leader in the trade finance space with almost 30 years of expertise in financing solutions, serves as Global Head of Financial Institutions of GSCF, formerly Peridot Group. Before joining GSCF Ltd in January 2022 as CEO, Eric spent 25 years at Credit Suisse AG in different leadership roles in Switzerland and the United States. Among other responsibilities, he was member of the board of FIDES Treasury Service AG and was Managing Director and Member of the Management Committee of Corporate and Investment Banking at Credit Suisse AG. Eric holds a Master degree in Law from the University of Lausanne and a PhD in banking law from the University of Fribourg.

John Beaney
Global Head, Receivables Finance Product Management, HSBC

John is responsible for enabling HSBC to meet its client’s receivables finance needs across its global network. He manages one of the world’s largest trade credit insurance programmes and is responsible for the design and implementation of the technology which provides clients with exceptional user experiences.

James Binns
Managing Director, Global Head of Trade and Working Capital, Barclays

James Binns is the Global Head of Trade and Working Capital for Barclays Bank, which serves corporate, non-bank FI and FI clients globally with teams located in UK, Europe, Americas, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Barclays, James spent 4.5 years at Deutsche Bank where he headed Working Capital Advisory and Trade Finance for EMEA and latterly Global Cross Product Solutions. This followed 20 years at HSBC where James was based across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, USA and UK in a number of senior corporate banking and trade finance roles.

Jon Boran
Director, Trade Innovation & Solution Development, Lloyds Bank

Jon is a Director in the Working Capital Innovation & Solution Development team of Lloyds Bank, specialising in trade. In his current role, Jon is responsible for managing a portfolio of change projects, with a particular focus on digitising and enhancing the experience of clients and colleagues. He was recently involved in Lloyds’ Digital Promissory Note initiative which saw the Bank complete the first transaction under ITFA’s Digital Negotiable Instrument Initiative. Jon has over 10 years’ experience in the Trade Finance world having previously worked as a Technical Manager and Senior Operations Manager in Lloyds’ back office operations team with responsibility for UK and Singapore operations.

Paul Bower
Director Technology Sales, FGI Worldwide

Paul has over 25 years’ experience in the ABL industry in senior roles at Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland and Lendscape before joining FGI at the beginning of last year. He is a commercial finance technology specialist with a proven track record in delivering transformational change to some of the largest providers in the sector. Paul has worked extensively with lending businesses across the world and has a wealth of knowledge in product positioning, credit risk management and technology application. Now at FGI, a New York headquartered asset-based lender with a fast-growing technology division, Paul is leading the company’s international expansion of its credit risk management platform T.R.U.S.T. and is a thought leader on practical technology solutions in the ABL community.

Steve Box
Founder and Managing Director, Kata Executive Consulting

Steve is an industry expert with over 35 years of extensive experience in banking and working capital in global markets. He currently holds several senior strategic positions for a number of NBFI fintech companies and industry associations, including Chairman of Accelerated Payments, CF2H and Smart Business Link and Strategic Advisor to WOA (World of Open Account), Hitachi Capital, OCI Ltd. and Muse Ltd amongst others. Steve has previously held a variety of domestic and international roles, including: Deputy Chair and Head of Origination at Channel Capital Advisors LLP, Head of Europe/UK at Falcon Group, International CEO of Europe/Asia and North America at Bibby Financial Services, Global Head of Receivables Finance at HSBC (operating across 30 countries), European Head of Trade, Supply Chain, Commodities and Receivables Finance and CEO at HSBC Invoice Finance (UK) Ltd, Trade Finance and Equipment Finance Ltd (UK). Steve was previously Chairman of Asset Based Finance Association (UK), Board and Exec Committee member of International Factors Group and Factors Chain International.

André Casterman
Managing Director, Casterman Advisory, Chair of Fintech Committee, ITFA

André is an independent consultant, advising financial institution and fintech clients on data management, trade finance, and capital markets innovations. André spent more than 20 years at SWIFT, leading various innovations in the inter-bank payments, corporate treasury, and trade finance markets. During that time, he established an institutional partnership between SWIFT and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and created the first digital trade settlement instrument. André chairs the Fintech Committee of the International Trade and Forfaiting Association (ITFA), with a focus on helping banks take advantage of fintech innovations to automate trade finance operations and establish the business as an investable asset class through use of data analytics and artificial intelligence. André holds a Master's degree in Applied Economics from ICHEC Brussels Management School, and two Master’s degrees in Computer Sciences and Management from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Simon Connor
Senior Associate, Clifford Chance

Simon is a Senior Associate specialising in securitisations, structured finance transactions, forward flow/factoring arrangements, asset-backed commercial paper conduits and asset-based lending. Simon has considerable experience advising arrangers, originators and investors on complex cross-border securitisations (both public and private in nature) across the spectrum of asset classes, including trade receivables, lease receivables, telecommunication receivables, corporate and consumer loans (including CBILS, RLS and RLS2), and residential mortgages.

Jonathan Croft
Managing Director and CIO, Société Générale Factoring

Jonathan graduated from Pembroke College Oxford and started his IT career in 1991 with a European consultancy firm working in the banking and finance sector. 1996 marked his first factoring experience with solution integrations and Y2K migrations. Over the last 32 years Jonathan has played major IT roles across Europe from development and infrastructure to architecture and strategy with a strong business mindset. He has successfully led factoring teams through migrations, integrations, joint venture creations and most recently agile, infrastructure and digital transformations. In February 2017, Jonathan joined Société Générale as CIO heading up the Business and Information Solutions Directorate and as an Executive Committee member.

Bertrand de Comminges
Managing Director, Global Head Trade Finance Investments, Santander Alternative Investments, SGIIC, SAU

A renowned industry expert, Bertrand is currently the lead portfolio manager for the global Trade Finance strategy at Santander Alternatives Investments, SGIIC, SAU, Santander Holdings´ private investments arm. Previously, Bertrand worked for eight years at HSBC wherein his last role he was responsible for the European business development activities for Global Trade and Receivables Finance. Previously, he was HSBC’s Global Product Head of Structured Solutions and Global Head of Solutions Structuring, among other roles. Before HSBC, Bertrand worked at JP Morgan as EMEA Head Structured Trade Advisory and for RBS/ABN Amro, where in his last role he was EMEA Head of Trade. Bertrand is Co-Chair of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association´s ITFIE working group (Trade Finance Investment Ecosystem), whose efforts are targeted to make Trade Finance an investable asset class for institutional investors. Bertrand is also a Subject Matter expert in the ICC’s 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.

Marie-Gabrielle De Drouas
Director, Head of ESG for Global Transaction Banking, Société Générale

Marie-Gabrielle joined Société Générale in 2017 as Environmental and Social (E&S) Risk Manager within SG CSR Directorate before joining the Global Transaction and Payment Services Business Unit to develop its global ESG offer and strategy. In her role, she has worked on the definition and structuration of both green and sustainability-linked products in Trade Finance, such as guarantees, SBLC, L/C, Payment and Cash Management, working capital loans and deposits, and also Correspondent Banking, Factoring, SCF through the bank’s international desks. Marie-Gabrielle actively participates in market standards working groups such as the International Chamber of Commerce’s working group on Sustainable Trade and Sustainable Trade Finance. She previously worked on the definition of Société Générale’s environmental and social commitments, and on their operational implementation throughout the different businesses of the group, such as CIB, Market Activities, Asset Management, Retail Banking and Insurance. Marie-Gabrielle was also in charge of non-financial directive reporting on environmental and social risk management and related controls. She was part of several market initiatives and has spoken on topics such as ESG in Transaction Banking and environmental and social risk management. Previously, Marie-Gabrielle spent 12 years at Ernst & Young as Senior Manager in the Sustainable Finance Practice, working on consulting and audit engagements for financial institutions such as corporate investment banks, development finance institutions, private equity funds, asset managers and insurers on CSR strategy definitions, SRI and green funds, impact measurement and environmental and social risk management. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Engineering from Ecole des Mines in Saint Etienne in 2004.

Clara del Val Cancela
Specialty Credit Commercial Underwriter, Allianz Trade

Clara works as a credit and political risk underwriter at Allianz Trade’s (formerly Euler Hermes) Specialty Credit team in London. Previously, Clara worked at HSBC in London and Santander in London and Madrid, focusing on the distribution of trade finance products to both banks and alternative investors. She began her career in a graduate programme sponsored by the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX), which allowed her to work in Chicago supporting Spanish exporters. She is also a member of the ITFA Emerging Leaders Committee. Clara holds two Bachelor degrees in International Relations and Translation and Interpreting from Comillas Pontifical University. She also holds an MSc in International Management from the Menéndez Pelayo International University.

Sean Edwards
Managing Director, Head of Legal – EMEA, Special Adviser – Global Trade Finance Department, SMBC Bank International, Chairman, ITFA

Sean is Head of Legal at SMBC Bank International plc, part of the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group. He is a Special Adviser to the Trade Finance Department of the bank and in the Trade Innovation Unit. Sean is Chairman of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA). He helped draft the Uniform Rules for Forfaiting (URF) and the Standard Definitions for Techniques of Supply Chain Finance published by ITFA, ICC, FCI, BAFT and the EBA. Sean is a former member of the Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission and the ICC Working Group on Digitalisation in Trade Finance. He is a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Finance Expert Group and a non-executive director of KomGo S.A. Sean has written for all the major trade finance magazines and is on the editorial board of Global Trade Review (GTR). He has presented at many conferences.

Will Foulkes
Co-founder and CEO, Stabiliti

Will is an entrepreneur and leads the business team at Stabiliti – a company that traces carbon back to its roots. Stabiliti's goal is to create trust and transparency in carbon offsets in order to incentivise more businesses and individuals to buy them. This is the lead domino that will lead to more farmers and landowners planting carbon capturing natural assets. Will is an advisor to the Law Commission's DAO Committee, reviewing how DAOs can structure their organisational arrangements under the law of England and Wales and will identify any areas in need of further consideration and potential law reform. Will is a solicitor with over 10 years’ experience, currently a partner at gunner cooke llp, specialising in digital assets and DAOs.

Carolyn Goddard
Head of Product, Lendscape

A seasoned business analyst with experience across high-profile, large scale technical and transformational projects, Carolyn holds a key position of Head of Product at Lendscape, a world leading technology provider for all forms of secured finance. Responsible for overseeing the product strategy, management, and success of Lendscape’s products or services, Carolyn maintains a customer-centric approach throughout the product lifecycle, ensuring that Lendscape products, solutions and services meet client needs and expectations. Prior to joining Lendscape, during more than 15 years in the secured finance industry, she held various positions in consulting, project management and business analysis. As Consulting Director at Trade Ledger, Carolyn managed a team engaging with multiple Tier 1 banks to embed onboarding solutions in the commercial lending space. As Director of Change and IT at Nucleus Commercial Finance she oversaw the migration of their core funding solution, and the transition to remote working technologies both before and during the 2020 Covid outbreak. Carolyn began her career at Bibby Financial Services as part of their graduate team. Along with several technical diplomas and industry certifications, Carolyn holds First Class Honours from the University of Manchester and an MBA from Cambridge University.

Professor Sir Roy Goode CBE QC FBA
Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow, St John's College, Oxford

Professor Sir Roy Goode CBE QC FBA is Emeritus Professor of Law in the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of St John's College, Oxford. He was formerly the Crowther Professor of Credit and Commercial Law at Queen Mary, University of London, where he was the founder and first director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies. The author of many widely used textbooks in the field of commercial law, including Commercial Law, Principles of Corporate Insolvency Law and Legal Problems of Credit and Security, Roy Goode, a former solicitor, moved to the Bar in 1988 and was appointed Queen's Counsel two years later. He was awarded the CBE in 1993 and was knighted in 2000 for his services to academic law. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and holds the degrees of LLD (Lond.) and DCL (Oxon), as well as honorary doctorates from the Universities of London and East Anglia and from the College of Law, now the University of Law. He has played a leading role in the development and conclusion of a number of international Conventions and Protocols, and is the author of the three Official Commentaries on the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its associated Protocols on aircraft objects, railway rolling stock and space assets.

Neal Harm
Secretary-General, FCI

Neal is Secretary-General at FCI (fci.nl), the Global Representative Body for Factoring and Financing of Open Account Domestic and International Trade Receivables. He has over 30 years of experience in working capital finance, having successfully led and managed complex and large commercial finance, international and payments businesses at leading US Banks. Neal is a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University in North Carolina, USA, where he joined Wachovia’s Leadership Management Development Program. At Wachovia, now Wells Fargo, he started his career in the Asset Based Lending division as a collateral analyst. This role led to his interest in working capital based finance. Neal later joined Bank of America’s factoring division, taking on various leadership roles. He was responsible for all aspects of business operations including client experience, partnerships with financial institutions, and product development, ultimately becoming President of Business Finance in 1999. In 2005, Neal joined BB&T, now Truist, leading to his role as President of the bank’s international banking division, covering Trade, FX, Factoring, and Correspondent Banking. While at BB&T, he was a member of FCI’s Business and IT Committee, serving as Chairman from 2008 to 2012. He later became a member of FCI’s Executive Committee, including a role as Vice Chairman.

Chris Hart
Independent Consultant

Chris spent 16 years as a corporate banker with Barclays, before moving into the asset-based lending arena with a sales role at GMAC in the early part of the century. He subsequently spent nearly two decades in a variety of sales and sales leadership roles in receivables finance for organisations such as ABN AMRO, Lloyds and BNP Paribas. He then spent two years with Lenvi Riskfactor, a business providing risk analytics software to receivables finance providers, leading the effort to broaden its customer base into continental Europe. With business fluency in both French and German, the majority of Chris’ career has been spent in the international arena. He has recently moved into consultancy, seeking to bring his considerable experience in receivables finance, his linguistic capabilities and his cross-cultural skills to strategic projects.

Chris Hawes
Managing Director, Debt and Capital Advisory, PwC

Chris has 25 years’ experience in asset-based lending, receivables finance and trade finance. He has structured and closed large and complex ABL transactions, and built stand- alone ABL businesses with full P&L, balance sheet and portfolio responsibilities. At Royal Bank of Scotland Chris headed up the corporate asset-based lending business in the UK, working closely with colleagues at Citizens Bank in the US to originate and close UK and cross-border transactions. Moving to HSBC, he became Head of Transaction Risk Management for Global Trade and Receivables Finance in Europe, overseeing a portfolio of local and cross border facilities including non-recourse receivables purchase, recourse receivables purchase, SCF and asset-based lending. In addition to European responsibilities, Chris was asked to undertake a secondment to Hong Kong to establish asset-based lending in HSBC Asia, concluding with the structuring and execution of an asset-based lending facility in South Korea. Chris joined PwC in November 2021 in the Debt and Capital Advisory business. He heads up the asset-based lending channel, working with a team of 30 advisers across the UK, with specialisms in leverage, real estate, ESG, sponsor backed and large corporate. The UK team works closely with colleagues across the firm, and across the global PwC network.

Richard Hawkins
CEO, Atlantic Risk Management Services

Richard established Atlantic Risk Management Services Ltd. in 1997, the leading provider of ABL ABS Receivables and Trade Finance services, including audit, recoveries, training, and work outs. Atlantic RMS works for many of the leading financial institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA. Richard is recognised as one of the leading experts in his field with over 30 years of experience dealing with complex cross-border transactions, portfolio management projects, corporate recovery, and credit and tactical risk management. Richard has published various articles, has spoken at many industry events and is co-author of Asset Based Working Capital Finance, published by Financial World Publishing on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Suresh Hegde
Head of Structured Private Debt, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Suresh is Head of Structured Private Debt at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Prior to joining GSAM, he worked at NN Investment Partners where he founded both the Structured Private Debt and Insurance Solutions businesses. He previously held roles in structured finance origination and credit structuring at J P Morgan, Bear Stearns, and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, and as a credit analyst at Standard & Poor’s. Suresh started his career at Linklaters in London. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Bristol.

Philippe Henry
Senior Adviser, Paris Europlace

Philippe is a senior corporate and investment banking professional with more than 35 years' transactional experience and expertise in financing, risk management and structuring of debt and equity-based solutions. Until recently, Philippe was the Head of Global Banking for Europe, Middle East and Africa at HSBC. He played an active role in building extending stakeholder relationships with senior clients, regulators and third parties. Philippe was also a key business sponsor of HSBCs Digital Transformation effort. Convinced that fintech, technology, analytics, big data and AI have the potential to transform the financial services industry into a leaner and more customer focused organisation, in July 2021 Philippe launched Dewenson Partners, a management consulting and venture capital company, based in London and Paris, helping strategic investors, private equity, entrepreneurs, boards and executive committees to create value in financial services. Philippe is the chair of the Advisory Board of Kyriba, a leading global fintech company, a Board Member of CDC Croissance Tech Premium, an investment arm of Caisse des Depots, specialised in equity investments in French tech leaders, and a Senior Advisor to Paris Europlace, the French financial centre association. Philippe is also a Board Member of Cranmore Partners, a leading financial advisory company specialised in Infrastructure and energy transition projects. He has been a Member of the Board of HSBC Investment Bank Holdings Ltd and Chairman of the Board of HSBC Factoring, as well as a Member of the HSBC Bank plc Executive Committee and Risk Committee. Philippe has extensive experience as a board member of several business units and legal entities within the HSBC Group. He is fully certified by the FCA as SMF 6 – Head of Key Business Areas. Philippe was a member of the Global Banking & Markets Exco.

David Karney
Head of Digital Assets & Member of Worldline Scientific Community, Worldline

From Blockchain to Cloud to opportunities like tokenisation, David helps large businesses digitally transform to make the most of tomorrow’s opportunities. He focuses his energies and experience on identifying how Blockchain can combine with other technologies to help people and organisations take full advantage of a digitised physical world, driven by this exciting new technology. Worldline is a global leader in the payment sector supporting merchants across the globe. Innovation is at the heart of their business.

Natalie Lederman
Partner, Sullivan & Worcester

Natalie represents a diverse base of clients, including public and private companies, domestic and international, in a broad range of business and finance matters with a focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, joint venture and financing transactions, including multi-jurisdictional trade and export finance transactions, and governance. She works with companies across various industries, including finance, technology, media, energy, sports, healthcare, manufacturing and design. Additionally, Natalie has unique experience in advising dozens of blockchain and digital asset businesses of various sizes on complex regulatory challenges. She advises her clients in the formation and development of digital asset and cryptocurrency-based companies and technologies, on token, NFT and other digital asset sales, other generation and distribution events, and market infrastructure and exchange solutions on distributed ledger technology. Natalie also counsels clients on domestic and cross-border cutting-edge distributed ledger and cryptocurrency, fintech and other consumer finance transactions. Prior to practicing law, Natalie was a financial consultant with Deloitte LLP in New York, advising national leadership on strategy initiatives, mergers and acquisitions.

Karol Leszczyński
Factoring Product Development Manager, Comarch Factoring SA

Karol is an enthusiast of the AGILE methodology, certified Scrum Master, Professional IT Product Owner and a graduate of Management and Marketing in the Public Sector at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He has 10 years of experience in corporate banking at Raiffeisen Bank and BNP Paribas as Relationship Manager and Sales Director for Factoring for the southern region of Poland. Since 2019, Karol has been a member of the Business Banking Unit at Comarch and is Product Development Manager of the Comarch Factoring Platform, where he is responsible for the development of the Comarch Factoring Platform in line with the latest business trends and market analyses. Karol’s main responsibilities include the transformation of the platform from a monolithic structure to microservices and development towards a cloud application. Karol is also the owner of a factoring blog.

Mark Mandula
Chief Learning Officer, BCR Publishing; Senior Vice President, United Capital Funding

Mark is an internationally recognised factoring expert, speaker, author, serial entrepreneur, and servant leader. He is Senior Vice President of United Capital Funding, a Tampa Bay, Florida B2B and B2G SME commercial finance professional services firm. He was Principal/ Managing Partner from 2000 to 2017 when the firm was acquired and has also served in a National Sales Director capacity. Since formation, United Capital has grown eighty times in annual employed capital to B2B and B2G SMEs and is projected to exceed US$1bn in NFE in 2022. Mark has also become an equity owner of BCR Publishing and will serve as Chief Learning Officer. In this new role, he will lead the expansion of programmes and ‘best of breed’ events for BCR Publishing on a global basis. He believes that “power in knowledge, but only when shared.” Effective 1 January, 2024, Mark is serving in a new role at United Capital “of counsel” and anticipates investing his time speaking and teaching SMEs and others globally on the power of factoring and other topics of current interest. Prior to joining United Capital in 2000, he was principal and shareholder in an investment banking firm that completed over 200 bank industry mergers and acquisitions over more than 20 years. Following that, he was owner and CEO of a leading credit industry business and was nominated as an Entrepreneur of the Year. He holds an MBA and BBA in Finance and is a 2012 graduate of the Certificate in Private Capital Markets from the Graziadio Graduate School of Business at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. Mark has been actively involved in multiple non-profit boards, including Eckerd College, Tampa Bay Research Institute, and others. He is a regular international speaker and has participated in over 250 international conferences and has had more than 1,200 articles published online and in ABA Banking Journal, Mergers & Acquisitions, BCR Publishing, FCI and other commercial finance global industry publications both online and in hard copy. Mark has also contributed to several editions of the World Factoring Yearbook, published by FCI and BCR on a global basis.

Ian Miller
Senior Sales Consultant, Lenvi Riskfactor

Ian recently left HSBC after 40 years working in their Receivables and Asset Finance business. He has set up, established and run businesses all over the world for HSBC. Most recently Ian has been working within HSBC’s Global Risk team developing, owning and adapting risk management policy for the global network of receivables finance businesses. This included working closely with the Lenvi Riskfactor’s portfolio risk analysis software to ensure full and effective use across the global network. After leaving HSBC he was delighted to be offered the opportunity to work more closely with the Riskfactor team as they look to enter new European territories building on their already impressive client list. The team are looking forward to introducing the next generation of risk and lending products to the market, delivering the enormous benefit and seismic shift the software can have on risk management processes.

Wayne Mills
Founder and Managing Director, Atom Advisory

After a successful banking career of more than 30 years, Wayne founded Atom Advisory Limited in 2022. Wayne has held various senior leadership positions in Transaction Banking, most recently leading the build-out and growth of the Transaction Banking Solutions team at Lloyds Bank, supporting clients across the UK, EMEA, US and Asia. Combining strategic, technical and commercial acumen, Wayne oversaw the delivery of innovative, risk-appropriate solutions across trade, SCF and receivables. Atom Advisory creates value through expert, real world advice and training on trade, receivables and supply chain financing to banks, NBFIs and corporates. A core focus is to deliver ROI through actionable outputs aligned to strategy and purpose. Wayne also sits on the advisory board of an international training company and is Corporate Finance Advisor to ICC United Kingdom Trade Corporate Digitalisation Taskforce.

Javier Moreno García
Executive Director, Global Trade & Working Capital Solutions, Santander Corporate and Investment Banking

Javier has spent his entire career at Santander in the UK and Spain. He has more than 10 years of banking experience within Santander Corporate and Investment Banking, and has been recently appointed as global head of receivables finance. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Business Administration.

Sandra Nolasco
CEO & Co-founder, Twinco Capital

Sandra is an experienced banker and specialist in trade finance, with an international career spanning over 20 years. Before setting up Twinco Capital, she was Managing Director at BBVA and Head of Structured Trade Finance. She joined BBVA in 2009 having held several senior global positions in both structured and transactional trade. Sandra started her trade finance career with the Fortis Bank commodity trade finance team, first in Rotterdam dealing with asset-backed finance, then in London leading the structured commodity portfolio in Latin America and finally in Sao Paulo, as Chief Representative Officer Brazil. Before she ventured into the trade finance arena, Sandra worked as an associate consultant at Mckinsey & Co in Portugal, and at Semapa S.A. as an internal advisor. Sandra holds a MSc in Economics and an MBA from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.

John Oliver
Advisor to the ABL, Receivable and Fintech Industry, Former Head of Client Management, Open Account Products, Barclays, Chair, IF/ABL Product and Service Board, UK Finance

John has recently left Barclays and is now using his vast experience to provide advisory services across the ABL, receivables and fintech sectors. At Barclays John was the Head of Client Management for Open Account Products, with a team of 60 people, looking after 1,700 clients and £4bn of limits on a global basis. The product set covers Off-Balance Financing, ABL, CID and Factoring. John is a career banker having worked within various Barclays Trade and Corporate Relationship departments for over 30 years. His most recent roles have included Head of the Structuring, Execution and Delivery Team for Trade and Working Capital products on a global basis; Origination and Structuring of bespoke Trade and Working Capital solutions for investment bank clients; and the Head of Asset-Based Lending Syndications and Distribution.

Yemi Paul
Senior Manager, Global Product Governance, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC

Yemi is a Senior Product Governance Manager within the Trade Finance team at HSBC. She is also the Global People Engagement Lead for her department and is passionate about driving change and initiatives to foster an inclusive work culture. Yemi has an extensive background in commercial banking and a unique blend of expertise within line of business, legal and change management. She has recently founded the Trade Finance Diversity & Inclusion Network, which was launched in March at an event hosted by ITFA Emerging Leaders Committee.

James Pomeroy
Global Economist, HSBC

James is a global economist at HSBC. He joined the economics team in 2013 and much of his work focuses on longer-term trends and themes, and the impact they have on the economy and policy decisions today. Much of James' work is focused on demographic data and trends, which extends to consumer trends, urbanisation and technology adoption.

Simeon Radcliff
Partner, Clifford Chance

Simeon is a Partner in Clifford Chance's Structured, Asset Backed and Real Estate Finance group. He has extensive experience in the structured financings of a wide range of asset classes and has a particular focus on multi-jurisdictional trade receivables finance.

Kasia Rytelewska
Product Partner, Finkr

Kasia has held various roles within the European alternative B2B lending market, working for both traditional and fintech companies. She has more than 10 years of experience in the factoring and receivables finance market in areas such as audit, risk, relationship management, strategy, operations, business innovation and product management. Her professional interests revolve around designing products that customers love, and that are viable and scalable as well as creating efficiency and process improvement through digitisation.

Matt Salisbury
Co-Founder and CEO, Honey Badger HQ

Matt Salisbury is the Co-Founder and CEO of Honey Badger, a company that uses new and alternative data sources to identify fraud risks. Honey Badger has quickly become a leading provider of risk insights for invoice finance, financial institutions and fintechs, with thousands of lookups processed daily. Prior to Honey Badger, Matt founded a customer experience start-up that was acquired by Civica in 2021. He has also held leadership roles at Hewlett Packard and Hitachi and has a wealth of experience in using technology to mitigate fraud risks.

NLN Swaroop
Global Product Head for Sustainable Trade Finance, Innovation, Financial Institutions and Asset Distribution, HSBC; Co-Chair, Trade Finance Investment Ecosystem Working Group, ITFA

Mr Swaroop has 18 years of rich experience across banking and insurance in varied roles, ranging from risk underwriting, trade financing, business development, general management and coverage banking across India and the UK. He is an active industry voice in the areas of sustainable trade, trade as an investible asset class and is a strong advocate of innovation in trade and commerce. He is the Vice Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)’s UK Sustainability Committee and co-chairs the Institutional Investors in Trade Finance Ecosystem (ITFIE) Committee at the International Trade and Forfaiting Association (ITFA). Mr Swaroop is a chemical engineer, holds a Master’s Degree in Management from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) at the University of Delhi and has a Post Graduate Certification from University of Cambridge in Sustainable Value Chains. He is an active researcher and thought leader, has several papers to his credit and is a regular speaker at various international forums on sustainability and trade.

Laurent Tabouelle
Managing Director, CODIX Group

Laurent is Managing Director of CODIX Group, an international commercial finance software provider, editor and integrator of the iMX solution. The technology supports all aspects of corporate/commercial finance, including PO finance, factoring, international/two-factors, reverse, classical, invoice discounting, asset-based lending, supply chain and inventory finance, leasing, as well as sophisticated debt collection capabilities. With a staff of 880+ business and technical experts located in 16 countries, CODIX delivers its iMX solution worldwide to clients of various sizes from SMEs to international groups, and always with a comprehensive suite of services, including system customisation, on-site training and assistance, as well as expert-level business recommendations and project management. Laurent’s entire career has been in IT for the financial/SCF industry, first in the business systems analysis space, then projects and products management, evolving into management roles. Laurent has been CODIX Group’s COO since 2010.

Federico Travella
Founder and Executive Chaiman, NoviCap

Federico is a Belgian-Italian technology entrepreneur and co-founder and executive chairman 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 from Ghent University and is a Young Talent Fellow at IESE Business School. Federico also advises the EU Commission on its innovation and entrepreneurship agenda.

Anthony Wadsworth-Hill
Co-Founder, Deputy CEO and COO, Mercore Group

Anthony is one of the co-founders at Mercore and holds the executive roles of Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer. The Mercore Group has two main business lines. As a non-bank/alternative lender, Mercore Capital specialises in the provision of trade and supply chain finance to SMEs and customers transacting in, or with, developing and/or emerging markets. This financing activity runs alongside Mercore’s second business line, which is the provision of anti-financial crime and due diligence services. Through a combination of these business divisions, Mercore is delivering financing solutions to aspiring businesses that find themselves caught within the global trade finance gap. Anthony’s main responsibility is to lead the build out of Mercore’s trade and supply chain finance capabilities, delivering a strategy to leverage digital solutions, wherever possible, to provide a service that is faster and less costly, whilst also being more operationally resilient and sustainable. Prior to Mercore, Anthony spent 18 years at Bank ABC in London working in various leadership roles, including Regional Director for MENA FI Trade Debt and Distribution, Co-Head of the European Syndicated Loans Desk, European Head of Wholesale Banking Business Management and European Head of Transformation and Specialised Services.

Anil Walia
EMEA Payables Finance – Payables, Deutsche Bank

Anil Walia is responsible for development of the Deutsche Bank’s Payables Finance business proposition. After completing his Master’s Degree in Plasma Physics a few decades ago, Anil took the not so obvious career decision to go into banking. The journey took him through India, the Middle East and finally to Germany. He picked up an MBA in Financial Management on the way. As head of Trade Finance Sales he has experience in the South-East Asian, Eastern European and European markets. Anil is a SCF veteran, who got his wings in the fledgling days of SCF in 2000 at J.P. Morgan. He has been a key contributor to the growth of SCF, as technology and documentation evolved, accompanying the first transactions that took place in Europe. Anil was elected in 2015 to the Who’s Who in Treasury & Cash Management for Supply Chain Finance. Anil is very active in the public discussion on matters pertaining to SCF – from accounting regulations to sustainability. He has been instrumental in setting up the first sustainability-linked payables finance programmes.

Richard Wulff
Executive Director, International Credit Insurance & Surety Association (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, Richard managed the non-European credit, surety and political risk reinsurance department until 2008. He then moved to India to become the Chief Underwriting Officer of HDFC-ERGO Insurance Company, a general lines insurance business. Richard subsequently became Group General Manager, heading up the worldwide 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 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, structured trade and commodity finance, and related legal and compliance issues. Geoff has recently been involved in a number of initiatives for trade finance in the digital world including digital payment obligations. He 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. Geoff is General Editor and contributor to A Guide to Receivables Finance, a multi-authored publication co-published by Sullivan, Deutsche Bank and the International Trade and Forfaiting Association (ITFA). The team which Geoff leads has won numerous awards, including Best Trade or Supply Chain Finance Law Firm at the Global Trade Review (GTR) Leaders in Trade Awards 2022, and Best Trade Finance Law Firm by Trade Finance Global (TFG) in its International Trade Awards 2022. Geoff is ranked both in Chambers UK 2023 in Tier 1 as a Leading Individual for Commodities: Trade Finance and included in the Hall of Fame by The Legal 500 UK, 2023.

Vikrant Yadav
Head, International Business, Europe, Credable

Vikrant heads CredAble's business development in Europe. He has extensive experience spanning more than 12 years in Corporate Banking, Trade Finance Sales, Structuring, Secondary Market Distribution, and Correspondent Banking. A distinguished alumnus of the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) at Delhi University, Vikrant's professional journey includes notable tenures at ICICI Bank and Deutsche Bank, before assuming his pivotal role at CredAble. As a testament to his leadership acumen, Vikrant serves as a member of the Emerging Leaders Committee at ITFA and holds a position as a Board Member of the London Trade Roundtable.

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

Igor is the Co-Founder and Chief Risk Officer of 40Seas, a fintech platform that digitises and simplifies cross-border trade financing for SMEs around the globe. Igor is a seasoned finance professional, with extensive experience in banking, blue-chip corporates and consulting. Prior to joining the 40Seas founding team, Igor held senior banking roles at Citibank, Daiwa and Eurohypo/Commerzbank, and served as a senior executive at Dell on the financing and risk management teams. Igor was also a Managing Partner at SCF Capital, where he played a key role in launching one of the first supply chain financing platforms, and is an experienced consultant to many companies in the fintech space. Igor is a frequent speaker at major corporate events and sits on the advisory/editorial boards of TRF News and World of Open Account. Igor holds a Sloan Fellowship MSc with distinction from the London Business School and a Global Professional LLM from the University of Toronto.

RFIx 2024



Why sponsor RFIx24?

For sponsorship enquires, please fill in the contact form below:

Previous sponsors include:

Clifford Chance

10 Upper Bank St Canary Wharf
E14 5JJ London
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Nearby hotels:

Hilton London Canary Wharf

South Quay, Marsh Wall, London E14 9SH
(Awards venue, 3 minutes-walk to Clifford Chance the conference site)

Room Rates:
-    Double Guest Room single occupancy, including breakfast, is £195 for 21 May, £162 for 22 May and £135 for 23 May, flexible dates/duration you can choose
-    Double Guest Room double occupancy, including breakfast, is £182/night for 22 May or for 23 May, or £364 for 2 nights for 22-23 May (2 nights)

Novotel Hotel Canary Wharf

40 Marsh Wall, London E14 9TP
(10 minutes-walk to Clifford Chance) 

Room Rates:

The rate below is based on 3 nights stay 21.05.2024 – 24.05.2024:
-    £250 BB single / £260 BB double occupancy
-    Room Type:  Superior Double rooms
The rates quoted are per night per room inclusive of VAT, Full English Breakfast, and Free WI-FI 

 -    The latest you can book their bedrooms part of this block will be by the 21/04/2024. Any later than that guests will be quoted any of our best available rate on the day.

-    Guests will be required to provide their telephone number and email address to send out a confirmation as well as card details to secure the reservations. Please note that check-in time is from 3pm.

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