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About the event

For 17 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 5 August 2022:
• AFME member: £499 + VAT
• Non-member: £749 + 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 [email protected]

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 17th 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 Sarah Noakes at [email protected] or on +44 (0)20 3828 2714.


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Event Endorsers
Media Partners

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 [email protected] for assistance.


Opening remarks
Gary Simmons,
Managing Director, High Yield and ECM, Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)
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Panel discussion: Investor Outlook
  • Significant factors in investment decisions this past year
  • Portfolio diversification and risk mitigation
  • COVID-19 and Covenants - lessons learnt
  • Ratio and EBITDA calculations
  • Documentation developments
Clark Nicholls,
Senior portfolio Manager/Analyst, AXA Investment Managers
Craig Abouchar,
Managing Director, Barings Investment Services
Jacques McChesney,
Partner, Ashurst
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Networking break
Panel discussion: Insolvency and Restructuring: Update and Expectations in a Changing World
  • • The Covid-19 insolvency wave: what really happened?
  • Effect of sanctions and other geopolitical concerns
  • European Insolvency Directive and other regulatory initiatives
  • Changes in Restructuring/Insolvency Practices
  • Forecast for the future
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Panel discussion: Leveraged Loans and CLOs
  • Issuance and pricing drivers
  • Systemic risk
  • Investor and manager considerations
  • Inflationary concerns
  • Structures evolution and their impact on documentation
  • ESG impact on collateral and ratchets
Marta Stojanova,
Director, Leveraged Finance, S&P Global Ratings
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Networking lunch
Panel discussion: The ESG agenda
  • Effects of ESG regulations on leveraged finance markets
  • Greenwashing
  • Disclosure and due diligence
  • Pricing, transparency and monitoring of ESG ratchets
Anna-Marie Slot,
Partner, Ashurst
Daniel Bressler,
Vice President, Climate and ESG Capital Markets, Corporates, NatWest Markets NV
Sachin Shah,
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Panel discussion: Heads of High Yield
  • Recap of the European high yield market issuance and performance in 2022
  • COVID-19, Brexit, Sanctions and ESG impact
  • What key factors do you expect to influence the market in 2023 and beyond?
Kevin Muzilla,
Partner, Allen & Overy
Benjamin Thompson,
Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, J.P. Morgan
Dominic Ashcroft,
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Mathias Blumschein,
Managing Director, ING
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Networking break
Keynote session
Roundtable discussions on ESG: Increase in social ESG considerations
  • Social sustainability factors/considerations
  • Social Taxonomy and other regulatory issues
  • Effects of social ESG considerations on transactions and market practice
  • Current impact on business practices and social well being
  • Predictions for the future?
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Breakout session: Alternative forms of financing – growing competition?
  • Update on High Yield bonds and market performance
  • Alternatives: leveraged loans, direct lending, private credit
  • Use and impact of ESG Ratings
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Breakout session: Is Sustainable Finance under Threat?
  • Effects of Ukraine War and other geopolitical events
  • Geographical and Economic impediments/differences
  • Industry Resistance – General and Specific
  • Increasing and overlapping requirements: Too much too soon?
  • Predictions for the future
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Breakout session: Investor issues and requirements
  • How has the pandemic affected the ability to raise funds?
  • First time issuers - what are the challenges and lessons learnt?
  • Issuer disclosure and due diligence processes
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Fireside Chat: Political Implications/ Sanctions
Closing Remarks
Networking drinks reception

Other Speakers

Benjamin Thompson

Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, J.P. Morgan

Clark Nicholls

Senior portfolio Manager/Analyst, AXA Investment Managers

Daniel Bressler

Vice President, Climate and ESG Capital Markets, Corporates, NatWest Markets NV

Dominic Ashcroft

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Gary Simmons

Managing Director, High Yield and ECM, Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)