Clifford Chance
London
26-27 May

#RFIx22

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Lockdowns and disturbances of supply chains have forced receivable financiers to reorganise and adjust to new ways of doing business, some of which will remain even after the covid crisis ends. Higher risks and costs, further consolidation of the markets, digitalisation, lead banks and independent receivables financiers to deploy new strategies to ensure long-term survival and growth. Held by BCR publishing, the 22nd Receivables Finance International Convention (RFIx ’22) will bring together the top minds of the industry to discuss what it takes to make the best of the current situation, better manage and grow client portfolios as well as the role of technology as a facilitator. RFIx ’22 will be held in London on 26-27 May and will bring together in person, senior receivables finance executives from around the world, with live streaming also available.

Speakers
Anil Berry
Group Board Member – Chief Commercial Officer, Euler Hermes

Anil is Euler Hermes Group Board Member responsible for Commercial Underwriting, Marketing and Distribution.

Anil has been at Euler Hermes, the global leader in trade credit insurance, for the past 20 years and during this time held leadership positions in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, including being CEO of Euler Hermes business in Dubai, Hong Kong and their Multinational business.

A UK Graduate in Economics from the University of East Anglia, Anil began his career at Sun Alliance Insurance in London. He also qualified as an Associate Chartered Insurer. Today he is based in Paris.

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, NBFI 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.

Daniela Bonzanini
Head of International, Banca IFIS, Chair, FCI

Daniela has a long career background in international trade and factoring and almost 40 years’ experience in international factoring. Her knowledge of the factoring industry has been of great contribution to the development and implementation of new projects mainly focused on innovative products and services. She was International Manager at Factorit for twenty years and in 2002 she joined Banca FIS to start the international activity. She is Head of International, responsible for the development of business and international network. She is also directly involved in the management of the bank’s foreign activities as a Member of the Board of IFIS Finance Sp. z.o.o and IFIS Finance I.F.N. S.A., the daughter companies of Banca IFIS in Poland and in Romania. Until April 2017 she was Director of India Factoring and Finance Solutions Pvt. Ltd., the JV established in India in 2009. From 2006 until 2015 she has been a Member of the Board of A.I.C.E., Associazione Italiana Commercio Estero in Milan.

She is a speaker at international conferences as well as at FCI Seminars and a lecturer at Universities. After serving Factors Chain International as Chairman of the Education Committee, Member of the Executive Committee and Vice Chairman, she was appointed as Chairman of FCI in June 2013. At the end of the Chairmanship mandate, she has returned to chair the Education Committee. She is also Vice Chairman of FCI Executive Committee.

Frédéric Bourgeois
Managing Director UK&I, Global Head of Single Risk Business Development, Coface
Frédéric Bourgeois was appointed Managing Director of Coface UK & Ireland in September 2012. He joined Coface in 2004 after 7 years as a financial analyst at Natexis Bleichroeder, covering French, Swiss and German banks and insurance. First in charge of investments and reinsurance within Coface, Frédéric added treasury and refinancing responsibilities, as well as the trading desk specialised in Foreign Exchange guarantees on behalf of the French State, to become Group Finance & Reinsurance Director in 2011. Since joining Coface UK&I, Frédéric also added the responsibility of developing the Single Risk business globally.
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 : Deputy Chair and Head of Origination at Channel Capital Advisors LLP where he also serves on Channel’s Risk Advisory Council, Chairman of Accelerated Payments Ltd, 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: 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). He was previously Chairman of Asset Based Finance Association (UK), Board and Exec Committee member of International Factors Group and Factors Chain International.
John Bugeja
Managing Director, Trade Advisory Network

John Bugeja is a highly experienced trade, supply chain and invoice finance specialist with more than 40 years’ experience in senior leadership roles with HSBC, NatWest, RBS, Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group.

John is now Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network Limited, a trade, supply chain and invoice finance advisory network delivering product development & innovation, operating model design & implementation, training & education and deal structuring & placement solutions to banks, alternative finance providers, FinTechs, technology service providers and corporates.

Key areas of expertise include origination, risk and governance, product management and development, business development, organisation design, change management, process facilitation, training and management development. John is passionate about promoting the development of supply chain finance in all its forms and was a member of the drafting group that wrote the ICC rules for the Bank Payment Obligation (URBPO). John is also co-author of the ICC Academy’s Advanced Supply Chain Finance online course, a core module of their CTCP programme.

Paul Coles Paul Coles
Board Member and Chair of the Market Practice Committee, ITFA, Asset Distribution Lead, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC

Paul Coles is responsible for overseeing the development and deployment of end-to-end distribution functionality in the booking platforms supporting the HSBC Global Trade and Receivables Finance (GTRF) business. He has also been focused on creating greater consistency in the processes, documentation and investor management on a global basis, along with working with the regional teams on key multi-jurisdiction transactions.

Prior to joining HSBC, Paul was the global coordinator and EMEA head for trade risk distribution at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has also worked in the trade credit distribution team at ABN AMRO, and subsequently at RBS as the trade asset management regional head for the NV business (part of the legacy ABN AMRO network). He started his career almost 25 years ago at London Forfaiting Company (a specialist trade finance provider) where he held a variety of trade finance roles.

Paul has a BSc in Management Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London and is a member of the Board of the International Trade and Forfaiting Association (ITFA), where he currently chairs the Market Practice Committee.

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

A A global Trade Finance specialist, Bertrand is currently responsible for HSBC’s Global Trade and Receivables Finance Solutions Structuring team. He leads the team that structures complex working capital optimization receivables, supply chain, and lending solutions for HSBC’s clients. On a daily basis, he engages clients around the world in the structuring of complex working capital efficient solutions that support the release of free cash flows into the client’s business and its stakeholders.

Previously, Bertrand was Global Product Head, Structured Solutions for HSBC GTRF. He joined HSBC from JPMorgan where he managed the EMEA Structured Trade Advisory business. Prior to joining the banking industry, Bertrand had roles in the corporate and consulting world, with his last role as EMEA lead of Strategic Sourcing for Johnson & Johnson’s Visioncare division.

Bertrand is a Chartered Actuary, has an MBA from the London Business School and, an MSc degree in Economics and Business Sciences from UCM. He is married and has five children.

Scott Ettien Scott B. Ettien
, Executive Vice President, Financial Solutions & Global Head of Trade Credit, Willis Towers Watson

Scott is the US Trade Credit Practice Leader for Willis Towers Watson. Scott and his team specialize in providing Trade Credit insurance expertise for financial institutions and corporations. Scott joined Willis in 2010 and has built a strong team, mostly made up of former Trade Credit policy and risk underwriters to place and service programs for our various clients.

Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson in 2010, Scott worked at Atradius Trade Credit Insurance, Inc., which is the second largest credit insurance company worldwide. Over his 25 years at Atradius, he held positions in accounting, direct sales, and was the head of sales for the East Region. Scott spent the last five years as the Director of Global for North America. In that role, he was responsible for the commercial development of large global business from both a sales and commercial underwriting perspective. Scott was elected to the Atradius Trade Credit Insurance, Inc. Board of Directors in 2005.

Scott holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Baltimore.

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.

Ignacio Frutos
Global Head Structured Receivables Finance, Banco Santander
Ignacio has over 10 years’ experience in corporate investment banking performing different roles in London and Madrid in Structured Trade Finance and Receivables Solutions. He is responsible for structuring and execution of receivables transactions, helping corporates to optimise their working capital needs. Ignacio holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in ICADE, Madrid Spain.
Dr Rebecca Harding
Founder and CEO, Corolis Technologies

Dr Rebecca Harding is founder and CEO of Coriolis Technologies, a data and analytics provider for the trade finance space. She is an independent speaker and trade and trade finance economist.

Her experience spans academia, policy and business, including senior positions at Deloitte, London Business School. the Work Foundation, and as Chief Economist of the British Bankers Association. She acted as Specialist Adviser to the Treasury Select Committee and advised the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship. She is a member of the World Trade Board and formerly a Trustee of the German-British Forum.

She co-authored The Weaponization of Trade: the Great Unbalancing of Policy and Economics and Gaming Trade: Win-Win Strategies for the Digital Era. She has authored 8 other books on the German economy, global innovation policy and SME financing. Her high media profile includes frequent appearances on Sky, CNBC, Times Radio and BBC television and radio.

Suresh Hegde Suresh Hegde
Head, Structured Private Debt, NN Investment Partners

Suresh is Head of Structured Private Debt at NN Investment Partners, where he leads investment strategies in Trade Finance (both working capital finance and structured commodity trade finance), Export Credit Agency finance, and Government Related Lending. NN IP was one of the first asset managers to develop an expertise in trade and export finance and has since taken a pioneering role in bringing Institutional investment to these markets. During his time at NN IP (formerly ING Investment Management) he also founded the Investment Solutions business which grew into a substantial portfolio of innovative structured investment and hedging solutions for NN’s general account and third party clients.

Before joining NN IP, Suresh held various roles in structured finance origination and credit structuring at JP Morgan, Bear Stearns, and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, and as a credit analyst at Standard & Poor’s. He started his career at Linklaters.

He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Political Science from the University of Bristol.

Roberto Leva
Trade and Supply Chain Finance Relationship Manager, Asian Development Bank, Co-Chair, ICC Sustainable Trade Finance Initiative

Roberto Leva joined ADB in Manila, Philippines, in 2019 as a relationship manager in the Trade and Supply Chain Finance programme, covering Bhutan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Nepal and Sri Lanka and managing the sustainability initiative of the programme.

Roberto is a banking and trade finance front office professional, who started his career back in 2007 after graduating in management engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. During his university studies, Roberto also attended Universität Stuttgart, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm, before being accepted as trainee in A.P.Moller Maersk in Denmark.

Roberto started his career at J.P.Morgan in 2008 as a graduate, rotating for two years in different positions in Frankfurt, London and New York, followed by eight years in the trade finance team in London: until his move to ADB, Roberto looked after the relationships with financial institutions and Asian multinationals located in Europe.

David Loseby
Global CPO, Business Transformation Advisor and Author

David Loseby FCIPS, is one of the top 50 senior directors in Arriva plc, responsible for all fleet assets, procurement and the ERP procurement function. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and has built a reputation over many years as a change and transformation specialist across many sectors, public, private and equity backed ventures. Currently he is in the process of writing a research paper as part of a PhD in Behavioural Procurement, based on the principles established in decision & social sciences, psychology and behavioural economics. He has spoken at many international events over the years on the subject of procurement, SRM and change management.

Mark Mandula
National Sales Manager, United Capital Funding
Prior to joining United Capital, Mark was Principal and Shareholder in an investment banking firm that completed over 200 bank industry mergers and acquisitions in a 13 year span. Following that, he was owner and CEO of a leading credit industry business and was nominated as an Entrepreneur of the Year. He currently manages strategic marketing and sales for his firm, including client lifecycle management, new client marketing, client retention, and business development. Mark is constantly seeking out new ways to better serve and reach entrepreneurial clients nationally. He holds a 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. He has been actively involved in multiple non-profit boards including Eckerd College, Tampa Bay Research Institute and others. Mark is a regular speaker at international conferences and has had over 100 articles published online and ABA Banking Journal, Mergers & Acquisitions and other Industry publications.
Robert Meters
Director, SCHUMANN International
Robert Meters is Director at SCHUMANN International Limited in London. He studied Business Administration and International Management at the University for Economics and Management. He has been in the credit risk management industry since 1993 and has worked for leading information service providers as well as in the telecommunications industry. At SCHUMANN, he is responsible for global business and the Financial Services division. He advises and takes care of customers in the automation of credit decisions and the implementation of a fully integrated credit management workflow system that also supports onboarding and KYC processes. SCHUMANN offers the leading credit risk management solution for the financial services sector covering leasing, factoring, banking and trade credit insurance.
Pushkar Mukewar
Co-founder and CEO, Drip Capital

Pushkar Mukewar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Drip Capital. At Drip, he is responsible for defining the strategic direction and managing the product, business development, and operations of the company. In his 13-years-long career, he has worked across various geographies and has an in-depth understanding of the global financial services industry. Pushkar realized the huge potential of addressing the working capital gap for small businesses in emerging economies and this became his inspiration behind starting Drip Capital in 2016. Drip offers a unique trade financing product targeted towards small businesses engaged in cross-border trade by making the underwriting and financing of international B2B transactions seamless.

In the past, Pushkar was a venture capitalist at Saama Capital and was involved with several high growth start-ups in India, including Paytm, Snapdeal, and Bluestone. He has also been a Consultant with Oliver Wyman in the US, UAE, and Switzerland, where he advised many financial services clients on strategic and operational issues. He started his career at Capital One where he developed credit risk analytics for the subprime consumer loans business.

Pushkar holds an MBA degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MS degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.

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”.

Amitji Odedra
Director, Qbera Capital

Amitji is responsible for Qbera Capital’s direct private credit investments and portfolio management. He joined Qbera Capital in 2018, bringing significant experience in Natural Resources and Commodities, Trade Finance and Portfolio Management from HSBC. Amitji has structured over US$3bn of transactions to date across debt and equity. He has extensive experience in Special Situations, Commodities and Structured Trade Finance and Portfolio Management and Distribution.

During his time in Special Situations at HSBC, Amitji managed the turnaround and recovery process for multiple corporates across the globe, including major transactions such as Jessops and Game. Amitji then moved to lead the strategy and planning for the Commodity and Structured Trade Finance (CSTF) division globally, and subsequently transitioned to a deal structuring role in CSTF Europe, with a focus on oil majors, metals, mining and agricultural corporates.

In 2016, Amitji joined the Portfolio Management and Distribution desk covering the European Trade and Structured Trade Finance book. Amitji was responsible for primary syndication, secondary distribution, and general portfolio management (via real and synthetic solutions). Amitji holds a BSc. (Hons). In Economics, Finance and Management from Queen Mary, University of London.

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.
Bart Ras
Managing Director, Working Capital Finance Origination EMEA, Pemberton Asset Management
Bart Ras is a Managing Director in Working Capital Finance at Pemberton. He is responsible for solving clients’ most pressing issues related to the financial flows in supply chains. Prior to joining Pemberton in 2021, Bart held senior positions at Greensill Capital, HSBC London, Citibank, Philips NV and ING Bank. He has over 10 years’ experience in Supply Chain Finance and was Head of Business Development for HSBC Global Trade and Receivable Finance in 2013 and 2016. Bart has been a research fellow (part-time) since 2017 at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands.
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 we.trade and Contour.
Lionel Taylor
Managing Director, Trade Advisory Network

Lionel Taylor is a trade, supply chain and invoice finance specialist with more than 30 years experience in senior leadership roles with major financial institutions including RBS, Rabobank, Citibank and Lloyds Banking Group and with non-bank independents.

Now Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network Limited, which specialises in the strategic development of global supply chain, trade and invoice finance with a client base of regional banks independent finance providers, fintechs and technology providers, his key areas of expertise include new business strategy, turnaround, organisation design, new product design, product management, marketing, origination, credit, team building and training.

He has extensive experience of operating in Asia where he led the cooperation on trade and supply chain finance between RBS and Bank of China, established an independent finance company facilitating trade between Asian and Western SMEs and assisted in the development of the Chinese factoring industry. Today, he continues his close involvement in the region, working with government agencies, banks, independent funders, investors and others who are looking to promote and extend trade and supply chain finance in the region.

He currently is a Non-Executive Director of a growing UK based Fintech, sits as the independent credit committee member for another non-bank finance provider and is also co-author of the ICC Academy’s Advanced Supply Chain Finance online course, a core module of their CTCP programme.

He continues to be engaged in advising a number of financial institutions, fintechs and technology providers on the development of their trade and supply chain finance businesses and is frequently invited to comment and write for specialist international trade publications as well as chairing and speaking at international events.

Federico Travella
CEO, 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.
Corine Troncy
Global Head of Trade Credit, American International Group (AIG)

Corine joined AIG as Global Head of Trade Credit in January 2021, overseeing Trade Credit globally for AIG. She has an impressive track record in the trade risk and credit insurance sectors and is a key recognized member of the Trade Credit Insurance community globally.

Previously at Coface Group, where she began her 30-year long career Corine’s acumen and ability to drive sustainable profitable growth led to her managing major international territories. These international responsibilities included serving as Director, UK & Ireland; General Manager, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan; Regional Chief Revenue Officer, North America; Group Chief Commercial Officer and Special Advisor to the Group CEO, France with a seat in the Executive Committee; and CEO, Finland and Sweden.

Corine has a Postgraduate Diploma in European Law jointly awarded by the Law Faculty of LYON III, France, and the Facultat Autonoma of Barcelona, Spain. She also has a Master’s in Marketing and International Trade from LYON III.

Igor Zaks
President, Tenzor Ltd
Igor 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. in 2009, firstly in the UK and then Toronto. Igor has Sloan Fellowship MSc (with distinction) from London Business School and Global Professional LLM from University of Toronto
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Clifford Chance

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