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About the conference

For 15 years, AFME’s European Leveraged Finance Conference (formerly known as the High Yield Conference) has brought together the leading names in European high yield and loan markets to network and debate.

We are pleased to announce that this year we have extended our 2-day virtual program to include more discussions of matters related to leveraged loans, to reflect the increasing interaction between the European high-yield bond and leveraged loan markets.

In addition to panels and session directly related to high-yield, this year’s programme includes sessions on key topics such as Covid-19 impact, Sustainable Finance/ ESG financing, developments related to NPLs, and what’s in the pipeline for CLOs. The conference also provides the opportunity to hear about relevant regulatory developments that may be on the horizon.

Registration fees:
AFME Member: £149 + VAT
Non-member: £299 + 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

Complimentary subject to verification:
• Investor: promo code INVESTOR
• Regulator: promo code REGULATOR
• Press: promo code PRESS
Note: Promo codes are case sensitive
For Press Registrations: please refer to AFME Press Policy
If you require assistance with registration or for any queries related to bookings, please email: events@afme.eu

How can your business be a part of AFME’s 15th Annual European Leveraged Finance Virtual Conference?

As a partner you could:

Engage with 250+ European attendees across two days of high value content, videos, live Q&As
Interactive with polls, surveys and more from your office or home
Participate in panels on key industry topics
Sponsor hub and feature multiple pieces of content to ensure your brand and messaging is reaching the right audience
Gain visibility via our social media channels, website and bespoke promotional marketing to our database of 22,000 industry professionals
Network and connect with attendees via live-chat

Packages can be tailor-made to suit your company's aim and aspirations. To discuss particular opportunities, please contact Cheryl Chickowski at cheryl.chickowski@afme.eu or on +44 (0)20 3828 2704.

Partners

Lead Partners
Premium Partner
Partners
Associate 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 up to 300 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.

Tuesday 20 October

08:15
Registration and networking open
09:15
Opening remarks
Chair:
Gary Simmons,
Managing Director, High Yield and ECM, AFME
Moderator:
Daisy McAndrew,
TV Presenter, Reporter and Journalist
View speakers
09:30
Keynote address
Speaker:
Erik Nielsen,
Group Chief Economist and Global Head of CIB Research, UniCredit
View speakers
09:50
Rapid fire panel discussion: Covid-19: Impact, Recovery, and Future Challenges
Moderator:
Daisy McAndrew,
TV Presenter, Reporter and Journalist
Speakers:
Dr. Lewis Liu,
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Eigen Technologies
Matthias Baudisch,
Partner, Allen & Overy
Michael Dakin,
Partner, Clifford Chance
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10:20
Networking break
10:30
Panel discussion: Leveraged Loans and High Yield Bond Convergence: The Market Overlap
  • The scale of convergence and main challenges
  • Who’s driving the agenda?
  • Transferability Considerations
  • Role of “Amend and Extend”
Moderator:
Edward Eyerman,
Managing Director, Head of High Yield and Leveraged Finance, EMEA, Fitch Ratings
Speakers:
Jane Gray,
Head of European Research, Covenant Review
Martin Luehrs,
Managing Director, Head of Acquisition Finance and Co-Head of Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, EMEA, Morgan Stanley
Natalia Sokolova,
Counsel, Ashurst
Rob Mathews,
Partner, Baker & McKenzie
View details & speakers
11:10
Panel discussion: The Evolution and Current Impact of ESG
  • What is meant by Sustainable Finance/ ESG financing and what are the common misconceptions that surround these terms?
  • Disclosure and due diligence
  • Sustainable finance growth impediments
  • Percentage of growth prediction over the next 12 months
Moderator:
Tony Lopez,
UK Head of Capital Markets and Structured Investments, DLA Piper
Speakers:
Anjuli Pandit,
Sustainability Manager, Primary Capital Markets, BNP Paribas
Anna-Marie Slot,
Global ESG/Sustainability Partner and Head of High Yield, Ashurst
Ben Snook,
Senior Manager, Listings, The International Stock Exchange (TISE)
Farnam Bidgoli,
Head of Sustainable Bonds, EMEA, HSBC
View details & speakers
11:55
Networking break
12:05
Panel discussion: Listing Trends and Exchange Requirements
  • Flow of Transactions
  • Regulatory developments and impact
  • ESG Considerations
  • Brexit
  • Outlook
Moderator:
Fritz Ernemann,
Partner, Latham & Watkins
Speakers:
Carlo Oly,
Head of Relationship Management, Business Development, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Matthias Szabo,
Director, Debt Listings, Vienna Stock Exchange (Wiener Börse)
Maurizio Pastore,
Head of Debt, International Primary Markets, Euronext
View details & speakers
12:50
On demand session: NPLs: What's Next?
  • Use and restructuring
  • Role of loan platforms
  • Government intervention
Moderator:
Nigel Houghton,
Managing Director, Loan Market Association (LMA)
Speakers:
Alessia Pirolo,
Head of NPL Coverage, Debtwire
Eric Cloutier,
Head of Regulatory Banking, KPMG
Iñigo Rubio,
Partner, Cuatrecasas
Timur Peters,
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Debitos
View details & speakers
13:40
Closing remarks
Moderator:
Daisy McAndrew,
TV Presenter, Reporter and Journalist
View speakers
13:40
Networking open

Wednesday 21 October

08:15
Registration and networking open
09:00
Opening remarks
09:10
Fireside chat: Investor Trends and Developments
  • Investment decisions during challenging times
  • How has recent political and market developments affected investment abilities and processes
  • What legal, market or regulatory changes would improve investment capabilities?
  • ESG issues and their effect on investment practices
Moderator:
Jill Concannon,
Partner, White & Case
Speakers:
Clark Nicholls,
Senior Portfolio Manager/Analyst, Global and European Leveraged Finance, AXA Investment Managers
Conor Daly,
Director, Portfolio Manager, European Credit, BlackRock
View details & speakers
09:55
Question time: Ask the Heads of European High Yield and Leveraged Finance
Conference attendees will have the unique opportunity to pose questions to the leaders of high yield and leveraged finance businesses, regarding current market trends and expectations for 2021.
  • Review of the European high yield market issuance and performance in 2020
  • Effects of current and developing trends and practices in the industry
  • Global economic factors affecting the markets
  • Key market influencers in 2020 and beyond
Moderator:
Kevin Muzilla,
Partner, Allen & Overy
Speakers:
Dominic Ashcroft,
MD, Co-Head Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, EMEA, Goldman Sachs
Jermaine Jarrett,
Managing Director, Head of High Yield Syndicate, Credit Agricole CIB
Joseph Bishay,
Managing Director, Head of Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, EMEA, Bank of America
Mark Walsh,
Managing Director, Co-Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, Credit Suisse
View details & speakers
10:40
Interactive networking break: How to Thrive and Succeed in the COVID-world: Three simple science-based steps for success
Speaker:
Dr. Jon Finn,
Founder and Managing Director, Tougher Minds and MePower-TeamPower
View speakers
10:50
Morning Seminar: The Sponsor Playbook in the Current Market
Hosted by Covenant Review
  • Capitalizing on capacity for priming debt
  • Contentious collateral stripping transactions and investor pushback options
  • Avoiding breaches: EBITDAC, amendments and waivers
  • Increasing use of UK Schemes of Arrangements and implications of the UK’s new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act
  • Impact of COVID-19 on European bond and loan covenants in the primary market
Moderator:
Jane Gray,
Head of European Research, Covenant Review
Speakers:
Kevin Lennon,
Managing Director - Head of European Credit, Alcentra
Neil Devaney,
Partner, Business Finance & Restructuring, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Tatjana Greil Castro,
Portfolio Manager Global Credit Strategies, Muzinich & Co.
Yasmine Bassili,
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
View details & speakers
11:35
Panel discussion: What's Next for CLOs?
  • ESG considerations
  • New manager vs. old manager
  • When does private debt come into play?
  • Secondary market
  • What's in the pipeline given the current economic climate?
Moderator:
Ann Rutledge,
Director, Education Committee, FIIN and CEO, CreditSpectrum Corp
Speakers:
Chris Porter,
Head of Private Equity, Loan and CLO Business Development, EMEA, S&P Global Ratings
Elena Rinaldi,
Junior Portfolio Manager, TwentyFour Asset Management
Nicholas Voisey,
Managing Director, Loan Market Association (LMA)
Simone Bohnenberger-Rich,
Head of Product Portfolio, Eigen Technologies
View details & speakers
12:20
On Demand Interview: What's Happening with Brexit?
Moderator:
Daisy McAndrew,
TV Presenter, Reporter and Journalist
Speaker:
Liam Halligan,
Economist, Author and Broadcaster, The Telegraph
View speakers
12:40
Closing remarks
Chair:
Gary Simmons,
Managing Director, High Yield and ECM, AFME
View speakers
12:50
Networking open

Keynote Speaker

Erik Nielsen

Group Chief Economist and Global Head of CIB Research, UniCredit

Speakers

Alessia Pirolo

Head of NPL Coverage, Debtwire

Anjuli Pandit

Sustainability Manager, Primary Capital Markets, BNP Paribas

Ann Rutledge

Director, Education Committee, FIIN and CEO, CreditSpectrum Corp

Anna-Marie Slot

Global ESG/Sustainability Partner and Head of High Yield, Ashurst

Ben Snook

Senior Manager, Listings, The International Stock Exchange (TISE)

Carlo Oly

Head of Relationship Management, Business Development, Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Chris Porter

Head of Private Equity, Loan and CLO Business Development, EMEA, S&P Global Ratings

Clark Nicholls

Senior Portfolio Manager/Analyst, Global and European Leveraged Finance, AXA Investment Managers

Conor Daly

Director, Portfolio Manager, European Credit, BlackRock

Daisy McAndrew

TV Presenter, Reporter and Journalist

Dominic Ashcroft

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

Chair, High Yield Board, AFME

Dr. Jon Finn

Founder and Managing Director, Tougher Minds® and MePower-TeamPower® Coaching Programme

Dr. Lewis Liu

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Eigen Technologies

Edward Eyerman

Managing Director, Head of High Yield and Leveraged Finance, EMEA, Fitch Ratings

Elena Rinaldi

Junior Portfolio Manager, TwentyFour Asset Management

Eric Cloutier

Head of Regulatory Banking, KPMG

Farnam Bidgoli

Head of Sustainable Bonds, EMEA, HSBC

Fritz Ernemann

Partner, Latham & Watkins

Gary Simmons

Managing Director, High Yield and ECM, AFME

Iñigo Rubio

Partner, Cuatrecasas

Jane Gray

Head of European Research, Covenant Review

Jermaine Jarrett

Managing Director, Head of High Yield Syndicate, Credit Agricole CIB

Jill Concannon

Partner, White & Case

Joseph Bishay

Managing Director, Head of Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, EMEA, Bank of America

Kevin Lennon

Managing Director - Head of European Credit, Alcentra

Kevin Muzilla

Partner, Allen & Overy

Liam Halligan

Economist, Author and Broadcaster, The Telegraph

Mark Walsh

Managing Director, Co-Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, Credit Suisse

Martin Luehrs

Managing Director, Head of Acquisition Finance and Co-Head of Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, EMEA, Morgan Stanley

Matthias Baudisch

Partner, Allen & Overy

Matthias Szabo

Director, Debt Listings, Vienna Stock Exchange (Wiener Börse)

Maurizio Pastore

Head of Debt, International Primary Markets, Euronext

Michael Dakin

Partner, Clifford Chance

Natalia Sokolova

Counsel, Ashurst

Neil Devaney

Partner, Business Finance & Restructuring, Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Nicholas Voisey

Managing Director, Loan Market Association (LMA)

Nigel Houghton

Managing Director, Loan Market Association (LMA)

Rob Mathews

Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Simone Bohnenberger-Rich

Head of Product Portfolio, Eigen Technologies

Tatjana Greil Castro

Portfolio Manager Global Credit Strategies, Muzinich & Co.

Timur Peters

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Debitos

Tony Lopez

UK Head of Capital Markets and Structured Investments, DLA Piper

Yasmine Bassili

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs