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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

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 [email protected] or on +44 (0)20 3828 2704.


Lead Partners
Associate Partner

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 [email protected] for assistance.

Tuesday 20 October

Opening remarks
Gary Simmons,
Managing Director, High Yield and ECM, AFME
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Keynote address
Erik Nielsen,
Group Chief Economist and Global Head of CIB Research, UniCredit
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Rapid fire panel discussion: Covid-19 Impact, Recovery and Future Challenges
Panel discussion: Leveraged Loans and High Yield Bond Convergence: The Market Overlap
  • Major market differences
  • The scale of covenant convergence and the main challenges that could arise
  • Which will have the upper hand in the future?
  • Overview of the European Leveraged Loan and CLO markets
  • Convergence challenges with the high yield bond market
  • Risk retention issues
  • Loan settlement
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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
Ben Snook,
Senior Manager, Listings, TISE
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Roundtable: TBD
Closing remarks
On demand session: NPLs: What's Next?
  • Use and restructuring
  • Role of loan platforms
  • Government intervention
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Wednesday 21 October

Opening remarks
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
Clark Nicholls,
Senior Portfolio Manager/Analyst, Global and European Leveraged Finance, AXA Investment Managers
Conor Daly,
Director, Portfolio Manager, Leveraged Finance, BlackRock
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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
Kevin Muzilla,
Partner, Allen & Overy
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Roundtable: Morning seminar
Hosted by Covenant Review
Jane Gray,
Head of European Research, Covenant Review
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Panel discussion: What's Next for CLOs?
  • What’s in the pipeline given the current economic climate?
  • ESG considerations
  • New manager vs. old manager
  • When does private debt come into play?
  • Secondary market
Chris Porter,
Head of Private Equity, Loan & CLO Business Development, EMEA, S&P Global Ratings
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Closing remarks
On demand session: High Yield Regulatory Issues
  • Are they changing the market for better or worse?
  • How are they changing?
  • Flexibility vs. regulatory constriction
  • MiFID, Market Abuse Regulation, and ESG factors
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Keynote Speaker

Erik Nielsen

Group Chief Economist and Global Head of CIB Research, UniCredit


Ben Snook

Senior Manager, Listings, TISE

Clark Nicholls

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

Gary Simmons

Managing Director, High Yield and ECM, AFME

Kevin Muzilla

Partner, Allen & Overy