May 21-23, 2013
3 Day Event

GTR, the leading global financial publisher and events organiser, descended on Hamburg last week for the Europe Trade Finance Week, the continent’s leading gathering for trade, export, commodity and supply chain finance, taking place at the Radisson Blue Hamburg on May 21-23.

Held over three days and enjoying sponsor support from leading financial institutions such as Deutsche Bank, ING, Commerzbank, HSH Nordbank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BNY Mellon, Europe Trade Finance Week incorporated various workshops, stream sessions, training simulations and networking functions, as Europe’s trade finance leaders came together to discuss both the challenges faced in the local market as well as the opportunities to be found further afield.

Discussions centred on a range of issues over the three days, from the role of exports in driving the European and global economy, challenges faced by corporate treasurers in obtaining finance and managing risk, increasing the use of cross-border supply chain finance across Europe, alternative options within the commodity finance sector, increasing local market provisions, the role of the BPO and increasing awareness of the role of insurance.

“With so much coverage of the challenges faced within the European market, there has never been a more important time to bring business leaders together to discuss both the new ways in which trade is being financed as well as the increased focus on opportunities outside of core markets,” said Jeff Ando, Head of Conference Production at GTR. “One area of particular interest will be the opportunity to hear from differing companies as to how they are approaching the key issues of funding, regulation and new market opportunities.”

With a wide ranging delegation in attendance from the corporate, banking, insurance, legal and technology sectors, strong focus was placed on networking and meaningful business interaction, as well as knowledge sharing on the current business operating environment. Proceedings within the main conference part of the event began with a presentation from Dr. Matthias Koehler, Head of Export Financing & Export Credit Guarantees and Chairman of the Interministerial Committee (IMC) at the Federal Ministry of Economics & Technology (Germany).

“One of the key benefits of hosting such events is the long standing relationships enjoyed with senior market leaders, with many of the most established and internationally recognised banks and multinationals in regular attendance,” said Peter Gubbins, Managing Director of GTR. “A further recent trend has been greater participation from smaller, more locally-focused organisations, providing greater diversity in the size and scale of the companies attending.”

Further reflecting the huge activity in the European supply chain finance market, the Europe Trade Finance Week also included The Cool Connection, a web-based supply chain simulation workshop organised to engage participants in supply chain management, purchasing, sales and finance. The event concluded with the GTR Editorial Board Meeting on the afternoon of May 23, where a number of global heads debated many of the issues covered during the conference, to be published in the next issue of GTR.

  • Alexander Mutter, Director, Head of Trade & Cash Solutions Advisory, Deutsche Bank
  • André Casterman, Head of Corporate & Supply Chain Markets, Swift
  • Andreas Klasen, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG WPG, Head of Export Credit Guarantees, Euler Hermes
  • Andreas Mehl, Managing Director, Export Finance, EMEA Global Trade, J.P. Morgan
  • Angela Koll, Vice-President, Specialist Sales Strategy, International Business, Commerzbank
  • Avarina Miller, Senior Vice-President, Demica
  • Cedric Bru, Global Head of Business Development & Marketing, Syncada from Visa
  • Charles Berry, Chairman, BPL Global
  • Christer Söderström, Senior Adviser, SCF Insight
  • Christian Große Erdmann, Head of Corporate Finance, Evonik Industries
  • Christian Nehk, Director, Global Trade Sales, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Christoph Matthews, Corporate Advisory, HSH Nordbank
  • Clemens Pramböck, Head of Trade Finance, Sberbank Europe
  • Daniel Verbruggen, Head of Relationship Management, Developed Markets, BNY Mellon
  • David Bischof, Policy Manager, ICC Banking Commission
  • David Maule, Executive Director, Political, Project & Credit Risks, Gallagher London
  • David Vermylen, Global Credit Manager, BP Petrochemicals
  • Detlef Semberg, Head of Export Finance, HSH Nordbank
  • Dr. Matthias Koehler, Head of Export Financing & Export Credit Guarantees Department, Chairman of the Interministerial Committee (IMC), Federal Ministry of Economics & Technology (Germany)
  • Eric Riddle, Vice-President & General Manager, Europe, PrimeRevenue
  • Erik Timmermans, Secretary General, International Factors Group (IFG)
  • Ernst de Kuiper, Executive Vice-President Finance, CEVA Logistics
  • Eugenio Cavenaghi, Director of Trade & Working Capital Product Management, Europe, Barclays
  • Florian Seitz, Senior Vice-President, Head of Trade Finance, Bayerische Landesbank
  • Frank LaMonaca, Vice-President, UPS Capital International
  • Fuad Islamov, Managing Director, Trade, Export & Project Finance, International Bank of Azerbaijan
  • Gerhard Lubitz, General Manager, Collateral Management/Corporate Finance, Hannover Re
  • Gert Demmink, Managing Partner, Philip Sidney
  • Henri d’Ambrières, Chair, Export Credit Working Group, European Banking Federation
  • Jacob Katsman, Chairman & CEO, GlobalTrade Corporation
  • Joaquin Jimenez Krijgsman, Global Head, Supply Chain Finance, Working Capital Solutions, ING
  • Jochen Anton-Boicuk, Vice-President & Group Head, Export Finance CEE/CIS, Commerzbank
  • John MacNamara, Global Head, Structured Commodity Trade Finance, Deutsche Bank
  • Josep Selles, Director General, Eurofactor Spain
  • Julia Petrova, Head of Global Transaction Banking, UniCredit Bank Russia
  • Jurriaan Braat, Partner, Omni Bridgeway
  • Kris Van Broekhoven, Global Head of Commodity Trade Finance, Citibank
  • Lars Reese, Head of Transaction Banking Sales, Senior Vice-President, HSH Nordbank
  • Laurent Tabouelle, Managing Director, Codix
  • Maëlia Dufour, Head of International Department, Organisation & Expertise, State Guarantees Directorate, Coface
  • Margrith Lütschg-Emmenegger, President, FIMBank
  • Martin Knott, Managing Director, EMEA Global Trade Head, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Martin van Leeuwen, Treasurer & Head of Export Finance, Thales Netherlands
  • Martina Janschak, Head of Trade Finance Advisory Letters of Credit, Siemens Financial Services
  • Matthias Hellstern, Managing Director, Corporate Finance, Moody’s
  • Matthias Wietbrock, Managing Director, Northstar Europe
  • Matthieu Delorme, Executive Vice-President, Commercial & Chief Operating Officer, Cotecna
  • Mauro Bonacina, EMEA Sales, Working Capital Solutions & Insurance, Treasury Services EMEA, BNY Mellon
  • Neil Ross, Trade Credit Regional Manager, Europe, AIG
  • Nigel Houghton, Director, Loan Market Association (LMA)
  • Olivier David, Head of Special Products, Atradius
  • Peter Chin, Executive Vice-President, Premium Technology
  • Peter Luketa, Global Head, Export Credit & Global Specialised Finance, HSBC
  • Peter Matza, Engagement Director, Association of Corporate Treasurers
  • Philip Prowse, Partner, Clyde & Co
  • Phillip Voit-Avemarg, Capital Markets, Corporates, Commodities & Freight, HSH Nordbank
  • Ralph Lerch, Senior Vice-President, Head of Export Finance, Commerzbank
  • Robert Nijhout, Executive Director, ICISA
  • Robert O’ Donoghue, Global Head of Working Capital Solutions, ING Commercial Banking
  • Roland Tan, Principal, Oliver Wyman
  • Rudolf Putz, Head, Trade Facilitation Programme, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)
  • Ruediger Geis, Executive Committee Member, ICC Banking Commission
  • Sebastian Hölker, Head of Global Innovative Trade Products, Global Transaction Banking, Corporate & Investment Banking, UniCredit
  • Simon Davies, Head of International Trade Finance, Bibby Financial Services
  • Simon Peterman, Factoring Manager, Raiffeisen Bank
  • Simon Tyler, Head of Corporate Banking, China Construction Bank
  • Suresh Advani, Head of Trade Finance, GML Capital
  • Thomas Baum, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Head of Division Underwriting & Risk Management, Export Credit Guarantees, Euler Hermes
  • Thomas Neidert, Head of Global Treasury, Qiagen
  • Tom Rahder, Vice-President, Product Strategy, Bolero International
  • Urs Kern, Senior Sales Manager, Corporate Business EMEA, Swift
  • Winfried Blasius, Sales Director, Europe, Bank & Corporate Trade Finance and Supply Chain Finance Solutions, Surecomp
  • Yasser Henda, Global Head of Export Finance, BNP Paribas

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel
Address: Marseiller Straße 2, 20355 Hamburg, Germany
Telephone/Fax: +49 40 35020


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Privacy Policy

Our privacy commitments

This Privacy Policy outlines the information we may collect about you in relation to your use of our websites, events, related publications and services (“personal data”) and how we may use that personal data. It also outlines the methods by which we and our service providers may (subject to necessary consents) monitor your online behaviour to deliver customised advertisements, marketing materials and other tailored services. This Privacy Policy also tells you how you can verify the accuracy of your personal data and how you can request that we delete or update it.

This Privacy Policy applies to all websites operated by Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd (as indicated on the relevant website).

This privacy statement does not cover the activities of third parties, and you should consult those third-party sites’ privacy policies for information on how your data is used by them.

Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by e-mail to or by writing to Data Protection Officer at, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, 4 Hillgate Place, London, SW12 9ER, United Kingdom. Alternatively, you can telephone our London headquarters at +44 (0) 20 8673 9666.

Who are we?

Established in 2002 and with offices in London and Singapore, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd is the world’s leading trade and trade finance media company, offering information, news, events and services for companies and individuals involved in global trade.

Our principal business activities are:

  • Business-to-Business financial publishing. We provide a range of products and services focused on international commodities, export, supply chain and trade finance markets including magazines, newsletters, electronic information and data
  • Organisers of seminars, conferences, training courses and exhibitions for the finance industry

Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd is a company registered in the United Kingdom with company number 4407327 | VAT Registration: 799 1585 59

Data Protection Policy

This Data Protection Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit our website, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

Why do we collect information from you?

Our primary goal in collecting personal data from you is to give you an enjoyable customised experience whilst allowing us to provide services and features that will meet your needs.
We collect certain personal data from you, which you give to us when using our Site and/or registering or subscribing for our products and services. However, we also give you the option to access our Sites’ home pages without subscribing or registering or disclosing your personal data.

We also collect certain personal data from other group companies to whom you have given information through their websites (including, by way of example, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd and subsidiaries, in accordance with the purposes listed below). Should we discover that any such personal data has been delivered to any of the Sites, we will remove that information as soon as possible.

Why this policy exists

This Data Protection Policy ensures Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd:

  • Complies with data protection law and follow good practice
  • Protects the rights of staff, customers and partners
  • Is open about how it stores and processes individuals’ data
  • pretexts itself from the risk of a data breach

We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

Data protection law

The Data Protection Act 1998 described how organisations – including Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd – must collect, handle and store personal information. These rules apply regardless of whether data is stored electronically, on paper or on other materials. To comply with the law, personal information collected must be stored safely, not disclosed unlawfully and used fairly.

The Data Protection Act is underpinned by eight important principles. These say that personal data must:

  • Be processed fairly and lawfully
  • Be obtained only for specific, lawful purposes
  • Be adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Be accurate and kept up to date
  • Not be held for any longer than necessary
  • Processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects
  • Be protected in appropriate ways
  • Not be transferred outside the European Economic Area (EEA), unless that country of territory also ensures an adequate level of protection

How do we collect information from you?

We obtain information about you when you use our website, for example, when you contact us about products and services, when you register for an event, register to receive eNewsletters, subscribe or register for a trial to our GTR magazine/website.

 Types of Personal Data Held and its Use

1.      Customer Services and Administration

On some Sites, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd collects personal data such as your name, job title, department, company, e-mail, phone, work and/or home address, in order to register you for access to certain content, subscriptions and events. In addition, we may also store information including IP address and page analytics, including information regarding what pages are accessed, by whom and when.

This information is used to administer and deliver to you the products and/or services you have requested, to operate our Sites efficiently and improve our service to you, and to retain records of our business transactions and communications. By using the Sites and submitting personal information through the registration process you are agreeing that we may collect, hold, process and use your information (including personal information) for the purpose of providing you with the Site services and developing our business, which shall include (without limitation) the purposes described in the below paragraphs.

2.      Monitoring use of our Sites

Where, as part of our Site services, we enable you to post information or materials on our Site, we may access and monitor any information which you upload or input, including in any password-protected sections. Subject to any necessary consents, we also monitor and/or record the different Sites you visit and actions taken on those Sites, e.g. content viewed or searched for. If you are a registered user (e.g. a subscriber or taking a trial), when you log on, this places a cookie on your machine. This enables your access to content and services that

are not publicly available. Once you are logged on, the actions you take – for example, viewing an article – will be recorded (subject to any necessary consents). We may use technology or a service provider to do this for us. This information may be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  • to fulfil our obligations to you;
  • to improve the efficiency, quality and design of our Sites and services;
  • to see which articles, features and services are most read and used
  • to track compliance with our terms and conditions of use, e.g. to ensure that you are acting within the scope of your user licence;
  • for marketing purposes (subject to your rights to opt-in and opt-out of receiving certain marketing communications) – see paragraph 3 below;
  • for advertising purposes, although the information used for these purposes does not identify you personally. Please see paragraph 5 below for more details;
  • to protect or comply with our legal rights and obligations; and
  • to enable our journalists to contact and interact with you online in connection with any content you may post to our Sites.

Please see paragraph 5 below for more information on cookies and similar technologies and a link to a page where you can turn them on or off.

3.      Marketing

Some of your personal data collected under paragraphs 1 and 2 above may be used by us to contact you by e-mail, telephone and/or post for sending information or promotional material on our products and/or services and/or those of our other group companies. We give you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving marketing communications. Further detail can be found on the applicable Site and in the footer of each marketing communication sent by us, our group companies or service providers. See also “Consents and opt-outs” section below. We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

4.      Profiling

We may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you.

5.      Cookies and similar technologies

All our Sites use cookies and similar technical tools to collect information about your access to the Site and the services we provide.

What is a cookie?

When you enter some sites, your computer will be issued with a cookie. Cookies are text files that identify your computer to servers. Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, just the computer used.

Many sites do this whenever a user visits their site in order to track traffic flows, recording those areas of the site that have been visited by the computer in question, and for how long.

Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. Selecting not to receive means that certain personalised services Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd offers cannot then be provided to that user.


Why do we use cookies?

  1. Log In – Where we provide log in mechanisms for site users a cookie is created at login and for the duration of the session. Each cookie contains a unique reference number only (no personal information) which is used to confirm you are authorised.
  2. Analytics – To allow us to keep track of traffic to our website we use cookies. The cookies simply tell us if you have previously visited our website so we can get more accurate figures for New vs Returning visitors.

Find and control your cookies

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We may use cookies to:

  • remember that you have used the Site before; this means we can identify the number of unique visitors we receive to different parts of the Site. This allows us to make sure we have enough capacity for the number of users that we get and make sure that the Site runs fast enough
  • remember your login session so you can move from one page to another within the Site;
  • store your preferences or your user name and password so that you do not need to input these details every time you visit the Site;
  • customise elements of the layout and/or content of the pages of Site for you;
  • record activity on our Sites so that we understand how you use our Sites enabling us to better tailor our content, services and marketing to your needs;
  • collect statistical information about how you use the Site so that we can improve the Site; and
  • gather information about the pages on the Site that you visit, and other information about other websites that you visit, so as to place you in a “market segment”. This information is only collected by reference to the IP address that you are using, but does include information about the county and city you are in, together with the name of your internet service provider.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that, or to notify you each time a cookie is set. You can also learn more about cookies in general by visiting which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to block cookies using different types of browser. Please note however, that by blocking, deleting or turning off cookies used on the Site you may not be able to take full advantage of the Site.

6.      E-mail tracking

E-mail tracking is a method for monitoring the e-mail delivery to those subscribers who have opted-in to receive marketing e-mails from GTR, including GTR Africa, GTR Asia, GTR Americas, GTR Europe, GTR Mena, GTR eNews, Third party e-mails and GTR Ventures.

Why do we track e-mails?

So that we can better understand our users’ needs, we track responses, subscription behaviour and engagement to our e-mails – for example, to see which links are the most popular in newsletters. They enable us to understand the consumers journey through metrics including open rate, click-through rate, bounces and unsubscribes. Any other purposes for which Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd wishes to use your personal data will be notified to you and your personal data will not be used for any such purpose without obtaining your prior consent.

How do you track GTR eNewsletters?

To do this, we use pixel GIFs, also known as “pixel tags” – these are small image files that are placed within the body of our e-mail messages. When that image is downloaded from our web servers, the e-mail is recorded as being opened. By using some form of digitally time-stamped record to reveal the exact time and date that an e-mail was received or opened, as well the IP address of the recipient.

7.      Consents and opt-outs

You can give your consent to opt-out of all or any particular uses of your data as indicated above by:

  • Indicating at the point on the relevant Site where personal data is collected
  • Informing us by e-mail, post or phone
  • Updating your preferences on the applicable Site or eNewsletter (unsubscribe and preference options are available in the footer of each eNewsletter)

To turn cookies and similar technologies on and off, see the information in paragraph 5 above. Any questions regarding consents and opt-outs should be sent by e-mail to or by writing to Data Protection Officer at, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, 4 Hillgate Place, London, SW12 9ER, United Kingdom. Alternatively, you can telephone our London headquarters at +44 (0) 20 8673 9666.

8.      Disclosures

Information collected at one Site may be shared between Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd and other group companies for the purposes listed above.

We may transfer, sell or assign any of the information described in this policy to third parties as a result of a sale, merger, consolidation, change of control, transfer of assets or reorganisation of our business.

9.      Public forums, message boards and blogs

Some of our Sites may have a message board, blogs or other facilities for user generated content available and users can participate in these facilities. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should always be careful when deciding to disclose your personal information.

10.  Data outside the EEA

Services on the Internet are accessible globally so collection and transmission of personal data is not always limited to one country. Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd may transfer your personal data, for the above-listed purposes to other third parties, which may be located outside the European Economic Area and/or with a different level of personal data protection. However, when conducting transfers, we take all necessary steps to ensure that your data is treated reasonably, securely and in accordance with this Privacy Statement.

Who has access to your information?

Confidentiality and Security of Your Personal Data

We are committed to keeping the data you provide us secure and will take reasonable precautions to protect your personal data from loss, misuse or alteration.

However, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features described above to try to prevent unauthorised access.

We have implemented information security policies, rules and technical measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from:

  • unauthorised access
  • improper use or disclosure
  • unauthorised modification
  • unlawful destruction or accidental loss

All our employees, contractors and data processors (i.e. those who process your personal data on our behalf, for the purposes listed above), who have access to, and are associated with the processing of your personal data, are obliged to keep the information confidential and not use it for any other purpose than to carry out the services they are performing for us.


Everyone who works for or with Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd has some responsibility for ensuring data is collected, stored and handled appropriately. Each team handling personal data must ensure that it is handled and processed in line with this policy and data protection principles. However, the following people have key areas of responsibility. The board of directors is ultimately responsible for ensuring that Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd meets its legal obligations.

Name of Data Controller

The Data Controller is Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd. Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd is subject to the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and is registered in the UK with the Information Commissioner`s Office.

How to access, update and erase your personal information

If you wish to know whether we are keeping personal data about you, or if you have an enquiry about our privacy policy or your personal data held by us, in relation to any of the Sites, you can contact the Data Protection Officer via:

  • By writing to this address: Data Protection Officer, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, 4 Hillgate Place, London, SW12 9ER, UK
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8673 9666
  • E-mail:

Upon request, we will provide you with a readable copy of the personal data which we keep about you. We may require proof of your identity and may charge a small fee (not exceeding the statutory maximum fee that can be charged) to cover administration and postage.

Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd allows you to challenge the data that we hold about you and, where appropriate in accordance with applicable laws, you may have your personal information:

  • erased
  • rectified or amended
  • completed

Disclosing data for other reasons

In certain circumstances, the Data Protection Act allows personal data to be disclosed to law enforcement agencies without the consent of the data subject. Under these circumstances, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, will disclose requested data. However, the Data Controller will ensure the request is legitimate, seeking assistance from the board and from the company’s legal advisors where necessary.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

We will occasionally update this Privacy Statement to reflect new legislation or industry practice, group company changes and customer feedback. We encourage you to review this Privacy Statement periodically to be informed of how we are protecting your personal data.

Providing information

Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd aims to ensure that individuals are aware that their data is being processed, and that they understand.

  • How the data is being used
  • How to exercise their rights

To this end, the company has a privacy statement, setting out how data relating to individuals is used by the company. This is available on request and available on the company’s website.

Review of this policy

We keep this Policy under regular review. This Privacy Statement was last updated in April 2018.

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