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About the event

For 16 years, AFME’s European Leveraged Finance Conference has brought together the leading names in the European high yield and loan markets to network and debate. We recently broadened the programme to cover leveraged loans and reflect the increasing interaction between the European high yield bond and leveraged loan markets.

Early-bird registration fees valid until 15 September 2021:
• AFME member: £499 + VAT
• Non-member: £799 + VAT

Regular registration fees:
• AFME member: £599+ VAT
• Non-member: £999 + VAT

Multi-booking discount:
• 10% off when booking 3 or more delegates at the same time
• 20% off when booking 5 or more delegates at the same time

For group bookings, please email events@afme.eu

Complimentary subject to verification:
• Investor: promo code INVESTOR
• Regulator: promo code REGULATOR
• Press: promo code PRESS

Note: Promo codes are case sensitive

How can your business be a part of AFME's 16th Annual European Leveraged Finance Conference?

As a partner you could:
Engage with 200+ European senior-level attendees across a day of high value content
Interact with industry expert speakers
Participate in panels on key industry topics
Build useful connections with dedicated networking sessions
Gain visibility via our social media channels, website and bespoke promotional marketing to our database of 22,000 industry professionals
Showcase your solutions at the event exhibit space


Packages can be tailor-made to suit your company's aim and aspirations. To discuss particular opportunities, please contact Jillian Gable at jillian.gable@afme.eu or on +44 (0)20 3828 2695.

Partners

Lead Partners
Partners
Associate Partners
Event Endorsers

Who attends?

  • Institutional investors
  • Corporate issuers
  • Leveraged finance bankers
  • Lawyers
  • Bankers
  • European regulators and policy makers
  • Technology solutions providers
  • Rating agencies
  • Press

Why attend?

  • Meet 200+ senior level attendees
  • Build contacts in four hours dedicated to networking
  • Hear from 50 industry expert speakers
  • Join the debate in six hours of content designed and driven by market participants
  • Showcase solutions at the event exhibition space

Registration enquiries

For registration enquiries, please contact Events on events@afme.eu for assistance.

Agenda

08:30
Registration and refreshments
09:15
Opening remarks
Speakers:
Dominic Ashcroft,
Managing Director, Co-Head Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, EMEA, Goldman Sachs
Gary Simmons,
Managing Director, High Yield and Equity Capital Markets, AFME
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09:25
Panel discussion: Investor Outlook
  • Significant factors in investment decisions this past year
  • Ways in which COVID-19 has altered investment decisions, both good and bad
  • Portfolio diversification and risk mitigation
  • Brexit impact on processes
  • Update on UN Principles of Responsible Investment progress and key challenges
Moderator:
Jane Gray,
Head of European Research, Covenant Review
Speakers:
Camille McLeod-Salmon,
Portfolio Manager, Fidelity International
Clark Nicholls,
Senior Portfolio Manager / Analyst, Global and European High Yield, AXA
Gilles Teerlinck,
Partner, White & Case
Tyler Wallace,
Portfolio Manager, Fair Oaks Capital Ltd
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10:10
Keynote address: The Great Return
  • What has COVID-19 revealed about how we work?
  • New ways of working in practice
  • What comes next?
Christine Armstrong,
Writer and Consultant
Moderator:
Adam Farkas,
Chief Executive Officer, AFME
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10:40
Networking break
11:00
Panel discussion: The Rise of ESG
  • Regulation disclosure and due diligence
  • ESG KPIs, ratings and data
  • Pricing and monitoring of ESG ratchets
  • “Greenwashing”
Moderator:
Tamer Bahgat,
Partner, Alston & Bird
Speakers:
Andrew Steel,
Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Fitch Group
Cynthia Cheung,
Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, Bank of America
David Billington,
Partner, Cleary Gottlieb
Ricky Sharma,
Senior Covenant Analyst, Covenant Review
Tatjana Greil Castro,
Co-Head of Public Markets - Portfolio Manager, Global Credit Strategies, Muzinich & Co.
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11:45
Panel discussion: The Changing Game of Insolvency and Restructuring
  • Short-term and long-term impact of COVID-19
  • Regulatory developments and foreign investments
  • Evolution of insolvency filing and the introduction of new guidelines
  • Technological challenges
Moderator:
Haden Henderson,
Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Speakers:
Jo Hewitt,
Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
Phillip Taylor,
Partner, Alston & Bird
Shan Qureshi,
Senior Legal Analyst, Reorg
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12:30
Networking lunch
13:20
Panel discussion: Digitalising the Leveraged Finance Market
  • Increased monitoring
  • Trading on electronic exchanges
  • Increase of third-party information services on covenants
  • Results and documentation, news and credit views, fund holdings
Moderator:
Jill Christie,
Partner, White & Case
Speakers:
Brad Weyland,
Partner, Allen & Overy
Clark Nicholls,
Senior Portfolio Manager / Analyst, Global and European High Yield, AXA
Steven Hunter,
CEO, 9Fin
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Panel discussion: Distressed Funds and Alternative Financing
  • Direct lending
  • Private placements
Moderator:
Tony Lopez,
UK Head of Capital Markets & Structured Investments, DLA Piper
Speakers:
Akshay Shah,
Chief Investment Officer, Kyma Capital
Arjun Malhotra,
Vice President, Houlihan Lokey
Mudasar Chaudhry,
Head of European Structured Finance Research, DBRS
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14:05
Interval
14:10
Panel discussion: Listing Trends and Exchange Requirements
  • Green bond labelling
  • Increase in social bonds
  • Brexit impact on listings/trading
  • Market Abuse Regulation
  • Issuance review and impact on issuance behaviour
Moderator:
Noel Hughes,
Partner, Finance, Vinson & Elkins
Speakers:
Carlo Oly,
Head of Relationship Management, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Matthias Szabo,
Director Debt Listings, Vienna Stock Exchange (Wiener Boerse)
Maurizio Pastore,
Head of Debt Listing, Euronext
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Panel discussion: Europe vs. US – Similarities and Differences
  • Comparative analysis of the markets – Structure, practises, depth liquidity
  • Underwriting practices
  • How are the markets converging or diverging?
  • Will we continue to see investor and issuer crossover?
  • What policy changes could affect the markets going forward?
  • Forecasts for both markets
Moderator:
Aditya Khanna,
Partner, Ropes & Gray
Speakers:
James McDonald,
Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
Luca Laino,
Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
Sabrina Fox,
CEO, European Leveraged Finance Association (ELFA)
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14:55
Networking break
15:20
Question time: Ask the Heads of European High Yield and Leveraged Finance
  • Recap of the European high yield market issuance and performance in 2021
  • COVID-19, Brexit and ESG impact
  • What key factors do you expect to influence the market in 2022 and beyond?
Moderator:
Kevin Muzilla,
Partner, Allen & Overy
Speakers:
Benjamin Thompson,
Managing Director, Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, JP Morgan
Dominic Ashcroft,
Managing Director, Co-Head Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, EMEA, Goldman Sachs
Mark Walsh,
Managing Director, Co-Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, Credit Suisse
Susana Leith-Smith,
Managing Director, Head of EME Leveraged Finance, Barclays
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16:05
Fireside chat: Words of ESG Wisdom – Takeaways from the day
Speakers:
Anna-Marie Slot,
Global ESG Partner and Global Head of High Yield, Ashurst
Ben Yeoh,
Senior Portfolio Manager, RBC Global Asset Management
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16:35
Debate: What's Next for CLO's?
  • Lessons from the past
  • Changes in CLO structures and documentation post COVID-19
  • Relative value across the CLO liability stack in Europe and US
  • Risk retention and regulatory reporting requirements
  • Update on issuance plans, loan trends and new warehouses
Moderator:
Vedanta Bagchi,
Director, Commerzbank AG
Speakers:
Adeel Shafiqullah,
Senior Portfolio Manager, Institutional Credit Strategies - Europe Managing Director, Sculptor Capital Management
Alexander Martin,
Partner, Latham & Watkins
Elena Rinaldi,
Portfolio Manager, TwentyFour Asset Management
Laura Coady,
European Co-Head Securitised Markets, Jeffries
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17:20
Closing remarks
Speaker:
Gary Simmons,
Managing Director, High Yield and Equity Capital Markets, AFME
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17:30
Networking drinks reception
18:30
End of conference

Keynote Speaker

Christine Armstrong

Writer and Consultant

Other Speakers

Adeel Shafiqullah

Senior Portfolio Manager, Institutional Credit Strategies - Europe Managing Director, Sculptor Capital Management

Aditya Khanna

Partner, Ropes & Gray

Akshay Shah

Chief Investment Officer, Kyma Capital

Alexander Martin

Partner, Latham & Watkins

Andrew Steel

Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Fitch Group

Anna-Marie Slot

Global ESG Partner and Global Head of High Yield, Ashurst

Arjun Malhotra

Vice President, Houlihan Lokey

Ben Yeoh

Senior Portfolio Manager, RBC Global Asset Management

Benjamin Thompson

Managing Director, Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, JP Morgan

Brad Weyland

Partner, Allen & Overy

Camille McLeod-Salmon

Portfolio Manager, Fidelity International

Carlo Oly

Head of Relationship Management, Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Clark Nicholls

Senior Portfolio Manager / Analyst, Global and European High Yield, AXA

Cynthia Cheung

Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, Bank of America

David Billington

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb

Dominic Ashcroft

Managing Director, Co-Head Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, EMEA, Goldman Sachs

Elena Rinaldi

Portfolio Manager, TwentyFour Asset Management

Gary Simmons

Managing Director, High Yield and Equity Capital Markets, AFME

Gilles Teerlinck

Partner, White & Case

Haden Henderson

Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

James McDonald

Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

Jane Gray

Head of European Research, Covenant Review

Jill Christie

Partner, White & Case

Jo Hewitt

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Kevin Muzilla

Partner, Allen & Overy

Laura Coady

European Co-Head Securitised Markets, Jeffries

Luca Laino

Managing Director, Deutsche Bank

Matthias Szabo

Director Debt Listings, Vienna Stock Exchange (Wiener Boerse)

Maurizio Pastore

Head of Debt Listing, Euronext

Noel Hughes

Partner, Finance, Vinson & Elkins

Phillip Taylor

Partner, Alston & Bird

Ricky Sharma

Senior Covenant Analyst, Covenant Review

Shan Qureshi

Senior Legal Analyst, Reorg

Steven Hunter

CEO, 9Fin

Susana Leith-Smith

Managing Director, Head of EME Leveraged Finance, Barclays

Tamer Bahgat

Partner, Alston & Bird

Tatjana Greil Castro

Co-Head of Public Markets - Portfolio Manager, Global Credit Strategies, Muzinich & Co.

Tony Lopez

UK Head of Capital Markets & Structured Investments, DLA Piper

Tyler Wallace

Portfolio Manager, Fair Oaks Capital Ltd

Vedanta Bagchi

Director, Commerzbank AG