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25-26 APRIL 2023

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COMMODITY TRADE FINANCE WILL BE RETURNING TO LONDON AS PART OF COMMODITY TRADING WEEK ON THE 25TH – 26TH APRIL 2023. THE GLOBAL COMMODITY TRADE FINANCE LANDSCAPE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE INTERESTING AND DYNAMIC.


The joining global megatrends of sustainability and digitalisation have already begun to transform long established practices and approaches – and this change has only just begun. The Commodity Trade Finance Forum brings together traders, producers, financers, leading advisory firms and technology providers to assess and share best practices on how to leverage this change and ensure you are well placed to benefit from disruptive forces.


KEY TOPICS INCLUDE:


COMMODITY TRADE FINANCE WILL BE RETURNING TO LONDON AS PART OF COMMODITY TRADING WEEK ON THE 25TH – 26TH APRIL 2023. THE GLOBAL COMMODITY TRADE FINANCE LANDSCAPE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE INTERESTING AND DYNAMIC.


The joining global megatrends of sustainability and digitalisation have already begun to transform long established practices and approaches – and this change has only just begun. The Commodity Trade Finance Forum brings together traders, producers, financers, leading advisory firms and technology providers to assess and share best practices on how to leverage this change and ensure you are well placed to benefit from disruptive forces.


KEY TOPICS INCLUDE:

Access to Capital


Fintech


ESG Financing


Structured Trade Finance


In addition to watching the live sessions, you'll get to connect with your peers using our event networking platform and dedicated meeting times, so don't miss out on the opportunity to join us!

In addition to watching the live sessions, you'll get to connect with your peers using our event networking platform and dedicated meeting times, so don't miss out on the opportunity to join us!

You'll get the lowdown from industry leaders on topics including:

  • Strategic challenges in commodity trading – the role of global trends
  • Climate change – overcoming challenges and embracing opportunities
  • Fraud, the role of banks and innovation in trade finance
  • Best practices to mitigate operational risk
  • Adapting risk monitoring to the changing landscape

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Commodity trading in the year ahead - industry leaders' perspectives

PANEL DISCUSSION
• A look at the economic and geopolitical effect inflationary pressures have on commodity pricing and markets
• Addressing volatility in commodity markets
• Liquidity assurance in a climate of rate volatility; hedging, forward buying and refinance pressures in a moving environment
• Assessing the impact of geopolitical imbalances on commodities
• Industry resilience and profitability

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The impact of war on the global trade

Thumbnail Maryana Stober, Associate General Counsel EMEA - ADM & President, Wista Switzerland

Thumbnail Anna Malamen, Finance Director, PMG Holding

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Assessing further risks and consequences of Russia's attacks on Ukraine
• The status of the grain corridor
• Considering food security and disruptions to the global grain trade
• Addressing solutions and a look into the future

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Digitalising commodity trading to drive success - The business perspective

Thumbnail Hugo Brodie, Head of Product Development & Innovation, London Metal Exchange

PANEL DISCUSSION
• How are the global trends influencing strategic decisions in the digitisation space?
• Different departments, different needs: How do you create coherent approach across the board?
• How do you achieve such a deep transformation from the top to the bottom?
• Success stories: 'How we transformed our business through digitalisation'

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Morning Coffee Break

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“It’s the economy, stupid”... global macro insights and trends in 2023 and beyond

Thumbnail Moderator: Marc Ostwald, Chief Economist & Global Strategist, ADM ISI

Thumbnail Scott Wellcome, Director - Grains Risk Management, Goodmills Group

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

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Market dynamics, pressures, cycles, mitigation strategies
• Industry confidence for the year ahead
• How the commodity trading industry is adapting to high inflation

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An impending global food crisis?

Thumbnail Moderator: Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

Thumbnail Natalia Haas, Managing Partner, Mercator Commodities

Thumbnail Scott Wellcome, Director - Grains Risk Management, Goodmills Group

Thumbnail Ana Yaluff, Sustainability Manager EMEAI, ADM

PANEL DISCUSSION
• The ongoing impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine
• Global food supply: shortages and price impacts
• Weather outlook and ongoing impact of global warming
• Crops for energy vs crops for food - debate
• Global food supply chain - is a rethink needed?

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Lunch

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Commodity trade finance in disrupted times

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• Overview of trade finance in 2023 and beyond
• Inflation and its’ effect on lending rates
• Impact of war, the geopolitical situation

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Leaders panel: Responding to and thriving under abnormal conditions

Thumbnail Moderator: Brian Canup, Editorial & Research Assistant, Trade Finance Global

Thumbnail Ozan Ozturk, Managing Director, AGROZAN COMMODITIES DMCC

Thumbnail Alexander Peters, Group Chief Financial Officer, ArrowResources

Thumbnail John MacNamara, CEO, Carshalton Commodities Ltd

Thumbnail Bruce Glazier, Chairman of the Board, Fex Agro

PANEL DISCUSSION
This panel will bring together experts from across the trade finance spectrum to assess some of the below challenges, and explore best practises in their mitigation:
• Incorporation of ESG​ in the trade finance
• The volatility of the capital markets
• Inflationary pressures
• High geopolitical instability
• The impact of the Russia war and sanctions
• China and Asian economy working in isolation vs the West

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Bridging the finance gap - perspective of SMEs

Thumbnail Ozan Ozturk, Managing Director, AGROZAN COMMODITIES DMCC

Thumbnail John MacNamara, CEO, Carshalton Commodities Ltd

Thumbnail Daniel Barbosa, Finance Director, Fex Agro

Thumbnail Tanya Epshteyn, Head of Structured Finance, Czarnikow Group Limited

PANEL DISCUSSION
• SMEs perspectives - where and how to get financed
• What are the biggest challenges to access the finance?
• What are most recent developments in SMEs adopting digital trading tools?
• What are the alternatives available for SME’s compared to larger industry players?
• Developing a financing checklist: Best practises for SMEs in seeking financing

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Coffee Break

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Easing access to trade finance through digital innovation

Thumbnail Moderator: Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

Thumbnail Cavin O'Driscoll, Sustainability and Investor Relations Lead, Riccoffee

PANEL DISCUSSION
• An overview of digital tools in the market and which might be most useful for your organisation
• Too much or too little data? Applying analytical tools to speed up business processes
• Utilising AI and ML to support credit assessments - use cases
• Electronic documentation - what can be improved?
• Are these solutions interoperable? What about industry collaboration?
• The views of banks and lending institutions
• Does the regulatory environment foster the adoption of new solutions?

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Client case study

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Digital innovation in action - real life use case

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Tackling fraud & criminality in trade finance - the ongoing battle

Thumbnail Moderator: Deepesh Patel, Director, Trade Finance Global

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Advances in transaction monitoring to identify fraud and risk
• Best practises in KYC and AML compliance in the ‘new normal
• What are the digital tools against fraud and trade based on money laundering?
• What is the role of AI in defeating fraud and financial crime

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Exploring digital trading platforms and ecosystems - driving an industry sea change?

Thumbnail Moderator: Deepesh Patel, Director, Trade Finance Global

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Which notable platforms and ecosystems are developing to help digitise trade finance?
• How will these platforms develop in the next 2 years?
• Understanding security issues and standards

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Greening trade finance - how are we adapting?

Thumbnail Moderator: Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Is trade finance becoming more sustainable?
• ESG and green finance - what does it mean for commodity trade finance? • What are the set of standards and guidelines to follow?
• How to structure trade finance to positively reward ESG-driven investment?
• How digital technology helps to drive sustainability in trade finance
• Risks in climate change and increase in natural disasters, droughts, floods etc - what does it mean for commodity trade finance

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Client case study

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Lenders perspective - practical cases

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Coffee Break

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All eyes on Africa - new frontiers for growth and investment

Thumbnail Moderator: Marc Ostwald, Chief Economist & Global Strategist, ADM ISI

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

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Africa’s role in international trade finance
• Addressing the financing gap in Africa
• What opportunities lie ahead?
• Boosting technical solutions to access data and internationally recognised payment systems
• Overcoming transaction barriers
• Aligning with regulatory compliance challenges

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What is the future of trade finance?

Thumbnail Moderator: Mark Ambrams, MD - Global Head of Trade & Receivables Finance, Trade Finance Global

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Trade finance in the metaverse - NFT’s and process digitalisation
• Tokenised future - what will it mean for trade finance?
• Clearing path to digitalisation and automation

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Lunch

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Traditional vs alternative trade finance solutions: Not ‘either/or’ but ‘and’

WORKSHOP
Designed for a small group of attendees, this session will provide a space for best practice sharing, discussions, group activities and benchmarking, with the support of real-life examples.

• Traditional trade finance offer and access: Is it showing its limits?
• Supply chain finance, digital trade finance and blockchain technology in the commodity trade finance:
• What space are they currently occupying?
• How do they fit into your traditional finance set-up?
• How you can implement a hybrid and sustainable trade finance strategy

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Drink Reception & Networking


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SPEAKERS


MD - Global Head of Trade & Receivables Finance

Mark Ambrams

Trade Finance Global

Editorial & Research Assistant

Brian Canup

Trade Finance Global

Associate General Counsel EMEA - ADM & President

Maryana Stober

Wista Switzerland

Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst

Eddie Tofpik

ADM Investor Services International Ltd.

Head of Product Development & Innovation

Hugo Brodie

London Metal Exchange


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