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25-26 APRIL 2023


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THE GLOBAL COMMODITY TRADE FINANCE LANDSCAPE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE INTERESTING AND DYNAMIC.


THE JOINT GLOBAL MEGATRENDS OF SUSTAINABILITY AND DIGITALISATION HAVE ALREADY BEGAN TO TRANSFORM LONG ESTABLISHED PRACTISES AND APPROACHES – AND THIS CHANGE HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN.


KEY TOPICS INCLUDE:

Access to Capital


Fintech


ESG Financing


Structured Trade Finance


We’re currently developing the agenda for the next event, but please find below all the information from the 2022 edition and check back soon for updates!


TRADE FINANCE AGENDA 2022


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The New Abnormal? The New Remarkable? Commodity Trading in 2022

Thumbnail Moderator: Ben Hillary, Managing Director, Commodities People

Thumbnail Kona Haque, Head of Research, ED&F Man

Thumbnail Nick Earlam, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Plexus Cotton Ltd

Olivier Boujol, VP & Global Head - Structured Trade Finance, ADM

PANEL DISCUSSION
• What is fueling the commodity supercycle… and how long can it last?
• Inflation, labour shortages, supply chain chaos - what does ‘post pandemic’ look like and how long will its effects be felt?
• Impact of the arrival of the traditional and national exporters, importers into the trading world.
• Have we seen the peak of industry disruption, or are just getting started?
• Common traits of winners and losers of the last 2 years - key learnings

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Commodity Trading - Leading the Battle Against Climate Change? From Rogues to Heroes?

Thumbnail Moderator: Tom Bullock, Senior Manager, PwC

Thumbnail Paul Sebastien, Co-Founder – Director, Climate Neutral Commodity

Thumbnail Hugo Brodie, VP Sustainability, London Metal Exchange

Thumbnail Ana Yaluff, Sustainability Manager EMEAI, ADM

Thumbnail Gordon Allott, President & CEO, BroadPeak Partners Inc.

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Development of 'green' commodity markets: drivers, perspectives
• The role to play for the commodity industry to support the emergence of low carbon markets
• Environmental / carbon neutral claims: standardisation, verification, transparency for credible claims
• Life cycle carbon footprint calculation, reporting: complexity, good/best practices, industry standards

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Coffee Break

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Trade Finance Opening Speech

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Transitioning Commodity Trade Finance Into a New Era

Thumbnail Moderator: Richard Watts, Director, HR Maritime

Thumbnail Carl Wegner, CEO, Contour

Thumbnail Alastair Northway, EMEA Head of Commodities and Energy Trade, Citi

Thumbnail Thierry Arys Ruiz, Executive Chairman | CEO, AgAu AG

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• Sustainability, supercycles, digitalisation - Impact of key industry megatrends on CTF
• What are the key investment and project execution challenges while transitioning to a net zero world and how can we mitigate?
• Buckle your seatbelts? The short, medium and long term impacts of the supercycle on financing
• Decades worth of innovation in years - is digitisation in trade finance the great equaliser?
• Which markets and commodities demonstrate the greatest potential returns in the years ahead?

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Where Next for Digital Innovation in Commodity Trade Finance?

Thumbnail Moderator: Richard Watts, Director, HR Maritime

Thumbnail Rod Hutchinson, Regional Business Development Manager - Americas, Veridapt

Thumbnail Joshua Kroeker, Chief Product Officer, Contour

PANEL DISCUSSION
• An overview of notable CTF FinTech on the market today
• Evolution or revolution? What is truly most important to the traders and financiers?
• Addressing the challenge of digital islands - how can interoperability be enhanced between trade finance tech providers?
• Does blockchain have a role? What is its potential?
• Where can these new technologies help resolve the liquidity challenge for SMEs?

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Access to Capital: Where Can I Get Financed?

Thumbnail Moderator: David Johnston, Managing Director - Head of Energy & Commodities, Lloyds Banking Group

Thumbnail Daniel Barbosa, Finance Director, Fex Agro

Thumbnail Tarun Naruka, CEO, Daksfirst

Thumbnail John MacNamara, CEO, Carshalton Commodities Ltd

Thumbnail Rakesh Ranchhoddas, Global Customer Solutions & Insurance and Bank Relations, ADM

PANEL DISCUSSION
• How have events in Ukraine impacted the global market for commodity trade finance?
• Should investors & lenders fear the ‘structured LC’ or are they an important part of the mix, if done ‘correctly’?
• Is traditional financing still feasible for SMEs? What alternative finance mechanisms/ routes are available?
• What is the winning formula? What do trading companies need to do to have the greatest chance of securing finance on favourable terms?
• The growing importance of investment funds
• The evolving role of insurance in commodity trade finance

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Driving the Transition through ESG Finance

Thumbnail Moderator: Deepesh Patel, Director, Trade Finance Global

Thumbnail Bhavtik Vallabhjee, Head: Power& Renewables, Absa Bank

Thumbnail Alexander Peters, Group CFO, ArrowResources

Thumbnail David Johnston, Managing Director - Head of Energy & Commodities, Lloyds Banking Group

PANEL DISCUSSION
• What are the carrots, and what are the sticks that traders can expect from the financial sector in the years ahead?
• Integrating ESG into banking frameworks - realistic rates of change
• What are the key drivers of change in the financial landscape?
• Emerging products and structures to meet sustainability goals
• Is the current commodity supercycle green?

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Sustainable Trade Finance - The Road Ahead

Thumbnail Moderator: Richard Watts, Director, HR Maritime

Thumbnail Elsa Pernot, Global Head of HSEC, GUNVOR

Thumbnail Swaroop N L N, Director- Alternate Distribution & Sustainable Trade Finance, HSBC BANK PLC HGHQ

Thumbnail Nehir Kirlar, Head of EMEA Distribution & Sustainability - Structured Trade Finance, ADM

Thumbnail Arafat Hossain, EMEA Trade Sales Lead for Industrials & CRH | Payments, J.P. Morgan

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Evolution not revolution? Adapting traditional trade mechanisms whilst driving change
• Demonstrating best practice in climate transparency and calculation of carbon footprints
• A look into sustainability linked loans - what is available and what products/structures are likely to emerge?
• What are the opportunities of climate finance in emerging markets?

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A Golden Era of Fraud and Financial Crime in Commodity Trade?

Thumbnail Moderator: Deepesh Patel, Director, Trade Finance Global

Thumbnail John MacNamara, CEO, Carshalton Commodities Ltd

Thumbnail Rod Hutchinson, Regional Business Development Manager - Americas, Veridapt

• Why has the pandemic been an enabler to increased fraud and risk?
• Cyber defence - what does the CTF community need to know and do?
• Lessons learned from recent high profile cases
• Where can new technologies play a role in mitigating these risks?

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SPEAKERS 2022


EMEA Trade Sales Lead for Industrials & CRH | Payments

Arafat Hossain

J.P. Morgan

Director- Alternate Distribution & Sustainable Trade Finance

Swaroop N L N

HSBC BANK PLC HGHQ

Managing Director - Head of Energy & Commodities

David Johnston

Lloyds Banking Group

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Nick Earlam

Plexus Cotton Ltd

Head of EMEA Distribution & Sustainability - Structured Trade Finance

Nehir Kirlar

ADM


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