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Commodity Trade Finance Conference 2016

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Having quickly built a reputation as an important annual gathering for global commodity traders, financiers, risk mitigators and other actors involved in commodity trade finance, GTR‘s Commodity Trade Finance Conference returned to Lugano for its third year on October 25.

Providing detailed insight on the condition of the global trading market and the challenges faced in both established and emerging markets, 2016’s event saw a high level delegation converge at the Lugano Convention Centre for a comprehensive one-day gathering, covering topics such as:

  • The commodity cycle: Where are we now?
  • Back to their roots: New (and old) priorities for trading houses
  • Selective hotspots: The Middle East and Central Asia
  • Business appetite: How conducive is the environment for trading companies and financiers?
  • Deal analysis: The art of structuring
  • Energy: Where are the big opportunities?
  • Achieving innovation in commodity trade finance
  • Live study announcement: Financing the future of commodity trade

With Switzerland being one of the world’s leading commodity trade hubs, the event was ideally placed to cater for those international businesses and trading houses based in and around the region.

  • Omar Al-Ali, Partner, Simmons & Simmons
  • Nolan Bauerle, Director, Skuchain
  • George Bellord, Director, BPL Global
  • Roberto Bonzi, Chief Financial Officer, Petraco Services
  • Olivier Boujol, Director & Global Head, Structured Trade Finance, ADM (Archer Daniels Midland)
  • Matthew Chamberlain, Head, Business Development, London Metal Exchange
  • Simon Cook, Partner, Trade & Export Finance, Sullivan & Worcester UK
  • Guillaume de La Ville, Senior Business Developer, Cofarco
  • Prieur du Plessis, Chief Investment Officer, Barak Fund Management
  • Mojgan Faratin, Independent Expert & Consultant, Consultant
  • Simon Gadd, Director, Energy Products, CME Group
  • Stephane Graber, Secretary General, Swiss Trading & Shipping Association (STSA)
  • Louis Hems, European Head of Commercial Energy & Commodities, Corporate, ABN AMRO Bank NV
  • Charles Ike, Head of EMEA, Pole Star Space Applications
  • Tobias Larsson, Director, Head of Resilience360, DHL
  • Les Male, Head of Sales Commodities, NASDAQ OMX
  • Neil McGugan, Global Head, Commodity & Structured Trade Finance, Aon
  • Mark Owen-Lloyd Principal Owen-Lloyd Futures
  • Thomas Patrick Chief Financial Officer Duferco
  • Richard Payne Managing Director Commodities Trading & Risk Management Accenture
  • Bob Piller Lecturer Director of Commodity Trading & Finance courses HEG
  • Jean-Jacques Poublet Head of Metals & Mining Commodity Trade Finance UBS Switzerland AG
  • Philip Prowse Partner Holman Fenwick Willan
  • Nicolas Sanchez Executive Board Member EFA Group
  • Kade Spears Head of Division Specialty The Channel Syndicate
  • Guillaume van Gemert Rabobank International
  • Marc Weisberger Partner Holman Fenwick Willan

A list of registered companies, as of October 17, can be found here.

Address: Lugano Convention Centre , Lugano, Switzerland , Lugano

Telephone/Fax: +41 58 866 66 30


“GTR events are a great way to meet people from the whole market, whom we would not easily meet otherwise.”

R Verlyck, Garant Insurance

“Great place to exchange expertise, market information, opinions and forecasts. Events organised by GTR are like GT-R among cars: an industry standard, something to strive for.”

K Nagorniak, Granum Invest

“A very useful platform for networking, as well as getting a valuable snapshot of trade related activity on a global basis.”

Z Meger, Nedbank

“Good choice of topics discussed during the panels, with a high quality of speakers. ”

A Attanajio, PwC

“The mix of participants and topics gives an idea of the current sentiment in the trade finance industry.”

G Blum, BNY Mellon

“A great place to meet people in trade.”

P Patnaik, Independent Journalist

“The conference is very much focused on today’s issues that concern many of the participants, which makes it so interesting”

E Egorova, Drum Risk Management

Commodity Trade Finance Conference 2016

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