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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