Clifford Chance
London
9-10 March

#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 9-10 March 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
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.

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.

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.
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.
Igor Zaks
President, Tenzor Ltd
Igor Zax is founder and Managing Director of Tenzor Ltd. a consulting group focusing on working capital management and financing, as well as corporate restructuring, serving financial institutions, major corporate and private equity clients. Prior to Tenzor, Igor hold numerous positions in banks (Citibank, Eurohypo/Commerzbank, Daiwa), corporates (Dell) and specialised boutiques (SCF Capital alongside with John Sculley, former CEO of Apple). He holds Sloan Fellowship MSc. From LBS, CFA charter holder and MSc. In Physics.
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Clifford Chance

10 Upper Bank St Canary Wharf
E14 5JJ London
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