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GTR Asia Supply Chain Finance Conference 2015

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Global Trade Review (GTR), the world’s leading trade, export and commodity finance publication was delighted that Hong Kong once again played host to the inaugural GTR Asia Supply Chain Finance Conference on June 2, 2015.

The conference was organised with the support of leading global financial institutions such as Santander, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Euler Hermes, Bolero, Coface and ICC Hong Kong.

Having established an unrivalled presence across the continent, the GTR Asia Supply Chain Finance Conference showcased the opportunities offered by Hong Kong as a base for tapping into business with China and other key North-East Asian economies, and the innovative financing techniques being utilised to optimise working capital and manage risk across the supply chain. Insight was provided by leading companies from a range of countries, including Concordia, HSBC, Johnson Controls, Olam International and Standard Chartered, following an opening keynote by Nicholas Kwan, Director of Research for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).

Utilising detailed case studies, work-shop style focus sessions and high-level panels, the conference placed strong emphasis on the latest market trends and key challenges being faced by those companies seeking to de-risk international supply chains, with over 150 business leaders part of a delegation spanning commodity production and trading, manufacturing, banking, insurance, legal and export credit sectors.

“With ongoing economic liberalisation on the Chinese mainland and the trade and financing opportunities that offers to regionally-based corporates, it’s an exciting time to be doing business in Hong Kong”, said Rupert Sayer, CEO of GTR Asia. “We’re bringing together leading treasurers, traders, financiers and risk managers for a unique opportunity to discuss how companies can take advantage of Hong Kong’s strategic location as gateway to the Chinese market, and how the finance community can optimise increasing trade flows between partners in high-growth Asian economies, and those further afield. From economic stimulus on the mainland to seismic events in the commodity finance sector and progress toward freer flows of cash and trade out of China, there was plenty of practical takeaways on offer throughout the day.”

Extensive scope for networking was built into the programme, including an evening networking reception, providing opportunities for delegates to build new and develop existing business relationships between plenary sessions.

  • Nicholas Kwan, Director of Research, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
  • Kai Fehr, Head of Sales, Asia Pacific, International Trade Services, Wells Fargo
  • Kuresh Sarjan, Head, Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Asia Pacific, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Jayant Parande, Group Treasurer, Olam International
  • Alby Lee, Managing Director, Head of Global Transaction Banking, Apac, Santander
  • Simon Constantinides, Regional Head of Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC
  • Ross Wilkinson, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Bolero International
  • Vivek Gupta, Global Head of Trade & Supply Chain & Working Capital Products, ANZ
  • Helen Clark, Deputy Head of Trade Credit, Asia, Aon
  • Fabrice Desnos, Head of Asia Pacific Region, Euler Hermes
  • Xavier Farcot, Regional Head of Risk Underwriting, Coface Asia Pacific
  • Calvin Leung, Head of Trade, North Asia, National Australia Bank (NAB)
  • William Shaw, Director, Texel Asia
  • Paul Gardner, Global Head, Structured Commodity Finance, Westpac
  • Rahul Agarwal, Head of Risk & Finance, Matrix Bharat
  • Frank Wu, Regional Head of Structured Commodity Trade Finance, Asia Pacific, Deutsche Bank
  • Jolyon Ellwood-Russel, Partner, Simmons & Simmons
  • Andre Soumah, Chairman, Ace Global Depository
  • Finbarr Bermingham, Asia Editor, Global Trade Review
  • Marc Vandiepenbeeck, Corporate Treasurer, Apac, Johnson Controls
  • Michael Vrontamitis, Head, Trade Product Management, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered
  • Angelie Tai, Senior Treasury Manager, Financial Center, Shandong Xiangguang Group
  • Andrew Burlison, Director, Compliance, Swift
  • Churn Yuen Poon, Treasurer, Asia Pacific, Concordia

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“I have been attending GTR events for the last five years. It is simply amazing how the GTR team assemble some of the finest experts in their respective fields. The sessions are lively, interactive and always well attended by banks and corporates from every corner of the world.”

P Roy, Reliance Industries


“GTR have done a very good job over the last few years organising interesting conferences in Asia which bring together key players in trade finance. Always good networking opportunities for new contacts.”

Chris Pardey, RCMA Commodities Asia


“It is always a very rewarding experience attending GTR conferences. The quality of speakers and debate panellists is fantastic and the discussions are very current and lively. The best part has to be the amazing networking opportunity that the participants get exposed to. I always come back from GTR conferences with new contacts with mutual business interests and with open doors for newer business relationships.”

S Gupta, Stallion Group


“GTR provides an excellent forum for the trade industry to gather and discuss relevant and topical initiatives facing the industry. This is invaluable to all the trade operatives.”

P Rogers, BNY Mellon


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