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16 April 2024
SMBC Group

The second annual Trade and Investment Forum, hosted by BCR in partnership with ITFA, will discuss how the sector is currently interacting with investors, whether the Electronic Trade Documents Act, passed last year, has succeeded in becoming a catalyst for trade finance turning into a desirable asset class, how modern technology has become a transformative tool for institutional and private investors’ perception of trade finance. In addition, it will also look at the latest and future initiatives aimed at closing the trade finance gap by establishing a much wider market for trade assets.

Join asset managers, insurers, fund managers, trade finance banks, fintechs, and all who are interested in alternative investment with risk/return profiles that align with the character of trade finance portfolios, at TIF24, 16 April, SMBC Bank, London.

“The conference very relevant, up to date and engaging. Very pleased I attended,”

- John Omoti, MBA, CDCS, CCBI, Prince2,   VP - Head of Supply Chain Finance, Bank of China                                                                                                                       

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Saloi Benbaha
Head of Working Group Committee and Institutional Partnerships, Tradefinex

Saloi Benbaha is the Head of Institutional Partnerships and Working Group Committee at Tradefinex which is part of the XDC Network ecosystem, where she plays a key role of fostering strategic alliances and driving collaborative initiatives around the Trade Finance ecosystem. Saloi holds a French Business School Degree in International Business and Marketing, a BA Honours in European Economy and Management from Abertay University, and a Master's Degree in Business Studies from Sunderland University.
Saloi's professional journey spans across diverse industries, including telecom, banking, blockchain and oil and gas, where she has developed her expertise in strategic content production and facilitating high-level engagements and negotiations. Saloi brings to the table her experience and a forward-looking perspective in the universe of tokenisation of RWA.

Clairmonte Bourne
Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets Structuring, Olea Global

Clairmonte is a Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets Structuring at Olea Global Pte. Ltd. He is responsible for developing and implementing structures for Olea to expand the range of investors that can invest in trade receivables originated by Olea, and in so doing, increase the working capital finance that Olea is able to provide to its clients. He has 25 years of investment banking and asset management experience, encompassing structured finance and trade receivables. His experience includes 18 years at Credit Suisse, where he was a Managing Director. Clairmonte started his career as an international tax advisor at Price Waterhouse. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from University College London.

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

André Casterman is an independent consultant, advising financial institution and fintech clients on data management, trade finance, and capital markets innovations. André spent 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 in Management from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

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 8 years at HSBC. In 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 for the organisation 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 the 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.

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

Sean Edwards 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. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission and the ICC Working Group on Digitalisation in Trade Finance. Sean is a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Finance Expert Group. He is 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.

Rim Faker
Business Development Manager, Trade Finance and Financial Institutions, National Bank of Egypt (UK)

Rim has about 15 years of Trade Finance expertise, with a primary focus on business origination from financial institutions and commodity traders. Her roles have always involved comprehensive product management, guiding each step of a product's lifecycle, from development to positioning and pricing, but also transaction structuring. Rim started her career as a trainee at Commerzbank Paris, as a Trade Finance Sales Specialist with a focus on relationship management for commodity traders. Progressing through Société Générale and Attijariwafa Bank Europe, Paris, she played a pivotal role in launching the bank’s syndication and distribution desk in 2012, which is still up and running. In 2014, Rim joined Bank ABC Paris as a Trade Finance Relationship Manager within the Wholesale Banking department. Five years ago, she relocated and assumed the position of Business Development Manager for Trade Finance and Financial Institutions at the National Bank of Egypt (UK), concurrently managing all the bank's Trade Finance activity but also, its Trade Assets distribution desk.

Rim's genuine interest and passion for international commerce and trade have fuelled her involvement in thousands of transactions across the MENA region with major European and international companies. She is also Board Member of The Northern European Regional Committee (NERC) of ITFA. Rim holds a Master’s in Finance from ESSEC, Tunis, a Master’s in Management Programme Grande Ecole with a specialisation in Business and International Negotiation from ISG Business School, Paris, as well as a Certification in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard Business School Online. Rim is fluent in Arabic, French, and English.

Christoph Gugelmann
CEO and Co-Founder, Tradeteq

Christoph is CEO and Co-Founder at Tradeteq. He was a managing director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, leading distribution in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He also held senior management positions in sales and trading at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley in London, Frankfurt, and New York. He further served as investment manager in multiple structured credit funds. Christoph holds a Master's degree from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Ian Henderson
Chief Investment Officer, Artis Finance

Ian’s banking career spans 30 years gained through on the ground experience in the Americas, Africa, CEE and Asia. Ian has been involved in all aspects of structured finance for over 25 years covering origination, structured trade and commodity finance, securitisations, asset management and portfolio management, asset valuation and recovery/ restructuring. He has experience in all commodity groups ranging from oil and gas, metals and mining, to agriculture, and previous roles have given him practical exposure to SCF, physical commodity trading, capital markets and credit risk insurance products.

Ian has held positions at Standard Bank of SA Ltd, Standard Bank London, Banque Belgolaise, WestLB AG, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Texel Capital Ltd, MRI Trading AG, Gunvor Group and Gulf International Bank (UK) Ltd. Ian is currently CIO for the Artis Finance Group and also provides independent advisory services in the trade and commodity finance arena as an independent investment committee member, board advisor and observer for a number of funds in the trade finance, private debt and credit asset class.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Economics from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and holds the Islamic Finance Qualification. He is currently an approved person under the regulations of the Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom and Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

Paul Landless
Partner, Co-Head, Technology Group, Clifford Chance

Paul Landless is a partner in Clifford Chance’s London office and is is co-head of the Fintech practice, having founded and led the global Tech Group since 2017. His focus is financial markets technology, algorithmic trading, crypto markets, artificial intelligence, smart contracts and DLT uses in financial markets trading, risk management, treasury and payments. Paul is a member of the global Panel of Recognised Market Experts in Finance Foundation (P.R.I.M.E. Finance) based in the Hague.

Malcolm Offord
The Lord Offord of Garvel CVO, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department of Business and Trade

Malcolm Offord is a Scottish businessman who was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to the Scotland Office on 4 October 2021. He was also appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department of Business and Trade on 24 April 2023. He was born and educated in Greenock and graduated in Law from Edinburgh University in 1987 before embarking upon a 25 year career in the city of London. He returned to Scotland in 2014 and established the private equity boutique Badenoch & Co which invests in Scottish SMEs that focus on manufacturing their products at home and selling them abroad. He is a regent of Edinburgh University and a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

John O’Neill
Managing Director, Global Head of Digital Assets Strategy, HSBC Global Banking & Markets
Rebecca Shepherd
Senior Associate, Clifford Chance

Rebecca is an English law qualified senior associate in Clifford Chance’s banking and finance practice. She is 15 years qualified and spent 6 years in the Istanbul office and is currently based in London. Rebecca specialises in financings in growth markets across Africa, Turkey and the Caspian region. She focuses on projects, trade and export finance. Rebecca works with a number of industry bodies in the development of policy, recommended forms and industry know how. She also works with clients on their LIBOR remediation and LIBER transition projects.

Shobhit Singh
Head of Trade Finance, Concentrates, Trafigura

Shobhit has been at Trafigura for last 10 years and he is currently based in Geneva as Head of Trade Finance, Concentrates. He previously spent few years working in the Energy and Bulk divisions. Shobhit holds the Trade finance qualifications, CDCS and CTFP. He has worked on various digitalisation initiatives within Trafigura such as eBL. Before Trafigura, Shobhit was working at a bank in India in the Trade Finance world.

Daniel Stádník
CFA, Senior Managing Director, Finacity

Daniel Stádník is a Senior Managing Director at Finacity Corporation, responsible for business origination. His main geographical focus is Europe. He has more than 25 years of experience in corporate finance and investment banking, and for over 15 years he focused on securitisation. Prior to joining Finacity in 2010, Daniel spent more than a decade in corporate banking, mostly at ABN AMRO.

NLN Swaroop
Global Product Head – Sustainability, Innovation, FIs and Asset Distribution, Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC; Co-Chair, Trade Finance Investment Ecosystem Working Group, ITFA

Mr Swaroop has over 16 years of rich experience across banking and insurance in varied roles ranging from risk underwriting, trade financing, business development, general management and coverage banking in India and the UK. He is an active industry voice at ICC, BAFT and ITFA in developing trade as an investible asset class by attracting greater institutional capital and embedding ESG in trade finance. Mr Swaroop is a chemical engineer by training and holds a Master’s degree in Management for FMS from Delhi University. He has keen interest the area of sustainable development, has several papers to his credit and is a regular speaker at various industry forums on sustainability.

Matthew Taylor
Head of Alternative Debt, Corporate Private Credit, Legal & General Investment Management

Matthew is the Head of Alternative Debt, Private Credit, having joined LGIM in 2018. He is responsible for the origination and asset management across Alternative Debt for LGIM clients, including short dated strategies where he is Co-Fund Manager of the Short-Term Alternative Finance Fund. This fund, alongside other clients, invests in credit risks of up to one year including trade finance. Prior to LGIM he was responsible for corporate securitisations at HSBC. In this role Matthew led transactions raising over £25 billion in the public and private debt markets, including seven annual Deal of the Year awards. Prior to 2004 he was in Debt Advisory and Leveraged Finance at HSBC after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at EY. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Durham and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Matt Wreford
CEO, Demica

Matt Wreford joined Demica as CEO in November 2014 and has led the expansion of the firm from 12 to 300 people funded by $100m of growth capital. His primary responsibilities are setting the firm’s strategy and product vision and building strategic relationships with their global banking partners to deliver long term growth. Prior to joining Demica, Matt was the Group CEO of IPGL, the private holding company of Michael Spencer, founder and CEO of ICAP Plc as well as CEO of Exotix Partners LLP, the investment banking boutique specialising in illiquid bonds and loans, equities, and structured finance. He has served as a non-executive director of numerous other fintech and financial services companies including City Index, Origin Asset Management, and Ri3K.

Geoffrey Wynne
Partner, Sullivan & Worcester

Geoffrey Wynne 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. He has recently been involved in a number of initiatives for trade finance in the digital world including digital payment obligations. Geoff 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. He 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 Yadav 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, he serves as a member of the Emerging Leaders Committee at ITFA and holds a position as a Board Member of the London Trade Roundtable.

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