14th Annual European High Yield Conference | afme

14th AnnualEuropean High Yield Conference

14 Oct 2019 etc. venues St. Paul's, London

Speakers

Keynote speaker

  • Nicky Morgan MP

    Nicky Morgan MP

    Chair, House of Commons Treasury Select Committee

    Nicky Morgan MP

    Nicky Morgan MP

    Chair, House of Commons Treasury Select Committee

    Nicky is the chair of the House of Commons Treasury Committee. She has been the Member of Parliament for Loughborough since 2010.

    In Government she served as Secretary of State for Education, Minister for Women & Equalities, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and as a Government Whip.

    She is a former Mergers & Acquisitions lawyer and has worked in three major City of London firms.

Speakers

  • Dominic Ashcroft

    Dominic Ashcroft

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

    Dominic Ashcroft

    Dominic Ashcroft

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

    Dominic is co-head of EMEA Leveraged Capital Markets, which covers the sub-investment grade loan and bond products. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2002 as an analyst in the UK Advisory team. In 2003,

    Dominic moved to the High Yield Capital Markets desk, where he subsequently assumed additional responsibilities for loan and mezzanine products. He became vice president in 2008 and was named managing director in 2011.

    In 2013, Dominic was named 'Most Impressive High Yield Syndicate Banker' in the annual EuroWeek Bond Awards.Dominic earned a double first in Economics from Cambridge University in 2002.

  • Tamer Bahgat

    Tamer Bahgat

    Partner, Ashurst LLP

    Tamer Bahgat

    Tamer Bahgat

    Partner, Ashurst LLP

    Tamer is a finance partner at Ashurst LLP in London and is driving the development of the European high yield practice for the firm. He regularly advises leading investment banks, private equity sponsors and high profile corporate issuers in a wide range of financing transactions, with a primary focus on Rule 144A/Reg S high yield bond offerings, acquisition finance, as well as restructurings.

    He has represented clients in a variety of industry sectors across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

    Tamer is a member of the New York bar and prior to joining Ashurst, he worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York and London, Allen & Overy LLP in London, and in the Leveraged Finance Execution Team of Goldman Sachs International in London.

  • Matthias Baudisch

    Matthias Baudisch

    Partner, Allen & Overy

    Matthias Baudisch

    Matthias Baudisch

    Partner, Allen & Overy

    Matthias is a U.S. securities law partner in A&O’s London office. He regularly advises leading underwriters, issuers and financial sponsors in high yield bond offerings, acquisition and other leveraged finance transactions.

    Matthias has been repeatedly cited as a leading practitioner in debt and equity capital markets with particular expertise in Germany and the United Kingdom (Chambers Global). He was also recognized for his high yield and debt capital markets work by Legal 500 and more recently has been described by Chambers UK 2018 as "a go-to on the bond side, he is very reliable and very thoughtful" and in Chambers UK 2016 as "outstanding".

  • Jonathan Butler

    Jonathan Butler

    Managing Director,  PGIM Fixed Income 

    Jonathan Butler

    Jonathan Butler

    Managing Director,  PGIM Fixed Income 

    Jonathan is a Managing Director and the Head of the European Leveraged Finance Team (High Yield and Bank Loans) at PGIM Fixed Income, based in London.

    Jonathan is also the co-Head of the Global High Yield Strategy. He is a member of the board of directors of PGIM Limited, PGIM's UK-regulated business, and assists with developing and implementing the Firm's business strategy in the UK.

    Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Jonathan was responsible for establishing and managing NIBC’s third-party CLO asset management franchise. At NIBC, he invested in senior and mezzanine loans for financial sponsor transactions (leveraged buyouts). Previously, Jonathan held investment positions with Chemical Bank (now JPMorgan Chase & Co.), where he originally received his credit training, and Industrial Bank of Japan (now Mizuho).

    Jonathan received a BA with honours in Financial Services from Bournemouth University, UK.

  • Mathew Cestar

    Mathew Cestar

    Co-Head of Investment Banking & Capital Markets EMEA, Credit Suisse

    Mathew Cestar

    Mathew Cestar

    Co-Head of Investment Banking & Capital Markets EMEA, Credit Suisse

    Mathew is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse and Co-Head of the EMEA Investment Banking and Capital Markets division, based in London. He has responsibility for Mergers & Acquisitions and the Debt, Equity Capital Markets Solutions Groups and the EMEA sector and country coverage teams. Mathew chairs the Global Credit Products Capital Commitment Committee in London and coordinates the bank's underwriting activities in Global Markets.

    Before assuming his current role, Mathew was Co-Head of Global Leveraged Finance Capital Markets as well as being Co-Head of Global Credit Products in EMEA, which involved leading the Leveraged Finance and Investment Grade Capital Markets in EMEA. Prior to this, he was Co-Head of the Leveraged Finance and Sponsors Group within the Investment Banking Department. In 2008, Mathew was appointed Head of Leveraged Finance Capital Markets in EMEA, having previously taken on the role of Head of High Yield Capital Markets in the region in 2004.

    Mathew received his B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University with Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude Honours.

  • Jill Concannon

    Jill Concannon

    Partner, White & Case LLP

    Jill Concannon

    Jill Concannon

    Partner, White & Case LLP

    Jill Concannon's practice is focused on corporate finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on high yield debt offerings. Clients benefit from her experience of representing sponsors and underwriters in connection with international securities offerings.These include a number of award-winning and landmark transactions that were firsts within their respective markets.

    Jill also has experience of representing clients in senior and bridge acquisition facilities.

  • Michael Dakin

    Michael Dakin

    Partner, Clifford Chance LLP

    Michael Dakin

    Michael Dakin

    Partner, Clifford Chance LLP

    Michael is a high yield specialist, has extensive experience advising private equity sponsors, issuers and underwriters on high yield debt and leveraged finance transactions in Europe, the United States and Asia.

    Michael is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of AFME High Yield, has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars and is an adjunct professor of finance.

    Michael has been Partner in the debt and equity capital markets group at Clifford Chance LLP since September 2005. Michael previously served as a Partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. He received JD, cum laude from Fordham University School of Law and BA in Political Science and Economics from Tufts University.

  • Aseet Dalvi

    Aseet Dalvi

    Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

    Aseet Dalvi

    Aseet Dalvi

    Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

    Aseet focuses on international capital markets transactions and English and U.S. securities law matters. His transactional experience spans a wide range of debt capital markets and other financing transactions, with a particular focus on high yield debt, as well as liability management and restructuring transactions. 

    In the high yield space, he has acted extensively for both underwriters and issuers, including on issuances by Digi Communications, Vallourec, La Financière ATALIAN, Puma Energy, Nyrstar, Rexel, Yioula Glassworks, Univeg and New World Resources, among others. 

    He is a co-author of a new high yield chapter in the forthcoming (third edition) of European Securities Law (published by Oxford University Press) and is a key contributor to Cleary Gottlieb’s widely-distributed “Latest in European Leveraged Finance” monthly market wrap.

  • Marwa Elborai

    Marwa Elborai

    Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP

    Marwa Elborai

    Marwa Elborai

    Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP

    Marwa is a partner in the Capital Markets practice based in the London office. She represents both issuers and underwriters on complex corporate financings with a focus on high yield debt offerings, leveraged finance, U.S. federal securities law, general debt and equity capital markets transactions and debt restructurings.

    In addition, her experience includes SEC-registered and other types of initial public offerings, liability management exercises including debt tender offers and consent solicitations and general corporate matters.

    Marwa represents corporates, private equity and international financial institution clients and has advised in multiple jurisdictions across the EMEA region, with a particular focus in the Middle East, Greece, Italy and the U.K.

  • Haden Henderson

    Haden Henderson

    Partner, Baker McKenzie

    Haden Henderson

    Haden Henderson

    Partner, Baker McKenzie

    Haden is a New York qualified partner in Baker McKenzie's leveraged finance practice in London. Haden has experience working on a wide range of corporate finance transactions, including high yield debt offerings, liability management transactions and syndicated credit facilities. Haden has also worked for an extended period on secondment at a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm in its leveraged finance team.

    Haden’s practice focuses on corporate finance transactions with a particular emphasis on high yield debt offerings. Haden regularly acts for corporations, private equity funds, investment banks and underwriters on leveraged transactions involving high yield debt offerings and commitment financing processes. Haden also regularly works on the syndicated loan side of transactions as well as out-of-court debt restructurings, including debt exchange and tender offers. Haden’s practice also includes the representation of corporations in connection with complex cross-border corporate and securities law matters.

  • Trevor Ingram

    Trevor Ingram

    Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP

    Trevor Ingram

    Trevor Ingram

    Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP

    Trevor advises clients in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, mining, engineering, telecommunications, cable television, retail and financial services.

    Trevor has represented both issuers and underwriters in offerings of securities into the United States and internationally, including U.S. registered public offerings and Rule 144A and Regulation S placements of high yield debt and investment grade debt, project bonds, initial public offerings and international rights offerings, as well as on restructuring transactions, tender offers and liability management transactions.

    Trevor has advised in multiple jurisdictions across the EMEA region, including in particular in South Africa, the Middle East and France. 

  • Andrew Kelly

    Andrew Kelly

    Partner, Clifford Chance

    Andrew Kelly

    Andrew Kelly

    Partner, Clifford Chance

    Andrew is a U.S.-qualified partner in the London office and specializes in high yield bonds and leveraged finance transactions, including acquisition financings, recapitalizations, restructurings and liability management. He also regularly advises issuers, financial sponsors and investment banks on other capital market transactions and U.S. securities law matters.

    Andrew is recognized as a Next Generation Lawyer for high yield (Legal 500, 2019). Andrew graduated from Columbia Law School (JD) and the London School of Economics (LLB).

    Recent deals include OCI, CBR Fashion, Maxima Groupe, Empark, Moto, RAC, BUT, Biostime, Daisy Group and Synlab.

  • Youssef Khlat

    Youssef Khlat

    Global Co-Head of the Leveraged and Telecom Finance Group, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

    Youssef Khlat

    Youssef Khlat

    Global Co-Head of the Leveraged and Telecom Finance Group, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

    Youssef is Managing Director and Global Co-Head of the Leveraged and Telecom Finance Group. He is based in London.

    He joined Crédit Agricole CIB in August 2009 from BNP Paribas where he was Co-Head of European High Yield Capital Markets and Deputy Head of European Leveraged Finance.

    Prior to BNPP, he worked at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust. He brings with him over 25 years of Investment Banking, Leveraged Finance and Debt Capital Markets experience

    Youssef has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a BA from Tufts University. He is Chair of the High Yield Division Board of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), member of the International Board of Advisors, Tufts University, and of the MENA Board of Advisors of Human Rights Watch.

  • Christian Knitzschke

    Christian Knitzschke

    Managing Director, Head of Leveraged Finance and High Yield Syndicate EMEA, BBVA 

    Christian Knitzschke

    Christian Knitzschke

    Managing Director, Head of Leveraged Finance and High Yield Syndicate EMEA, BBVA 

    Christian is Head of Leveraged Finance and High Yield Syndicate EMEA at BBVA Corporate & Investment Banking. He joined BBVA in 2014 as a Managing Director of the London syndicate, with primary responsibility for European high yield new issue markets.

    His career of over 20 years in banking spans roles at BBVA, RBS, HSBC and HVB for teams in London, Munich, New York and Frankfurt, focusing on origination and syndication of high yield bonds, leveraged loans, private placements and corporate loans for international corporates.

    Christian graduated from the Business School of Finance and Management (HfB) in Frankfurt, Germany, and attended the School of Management and the School of Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago.

  • Simon Lewis OBE

    Simon Lewis OBE

    Chief Executive Officer, AFME 

    Simon Lewis OBE

    Simon Lewis OBE

    Chief Executive Officer, AFME 

    Simon was appointed Chief Executive of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) in October 2010. AFME is the trade body which represents the pan-European capital markets industry. Previously Simon was Director of Communications and the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman at 10 Downing Street. He has held a number of senior corporate roles including Director of Corporate Affairs at Vodafone, Centrica and NatWest. Simon was appointed as the first Communications Secretary to The Queen in 1998.

    Simon has a degree from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He also holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley as a Fulbright scholar. He is a Visiting Professor at the Cardiff School of Journalism. Simon is a board member of TheCityUK and a member of the Chatham House North American Advisory Council, as well as a member of the Academy’s Advisory Board. He is Chairman of the Governing Council of University College School (UCS) in Hampstead, North London. Simon is a Patron and former Chairman of the Fulbright Commission.

    Simon was appointed an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for public service and services to international education through the Fulbright Commission. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in 2016.

  • Fiona Le Poidevin

    Fiona Le Poidevin

    Chief Executive Officer, The International Stock Exchange

    Fiona Le Poidevin

    Fiona Le Poidevin

    Chief Executive Officer, The International Stock Exchange

    Fiona is Chief Executive Officer and a Director of The International Stock Exchange Group Limited, positions which she has held since January 2015. Her role includes strategy formulation, providing leadership and direction to the team and focusing on opportunities to develop the business, including facilitating further growth in the number of high yield bond listings.

    Fiona is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and a Chartered Director (CDir). She is also a member of the Institute of Directors Guernsey Committee and the AIC Channel Islands Committee.

    Prior to joining the Company, Fiona was Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance. Previously a senior tax manager with a Big 4 accountancy firm, she has over 20 years’ experience working in financial services in both London and the Channel Islands.

  • Kevin Muzilla

    Kevin Muzilla

    Partner, Allen & Overy

    Kevin Muzilla

    Kevin Muzilla

    Partner, Allen & Overy

    Kevin is a high yield partner in A&O’s London office and co-head of the firm’s global high yield practice.

    He is recognized as a leading lawyer for high yield by Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR, and has been practising in the European high yield market since its inception. He is commended for having "a great brain when handling sophisticated matters," and is described as "technically gifted".

    Kevin has extensive experience advising underwriters, financial sponsors and companies, and his experience extends to bridge financings, leveraged bank financings, restructurings and merger & acquisition transactions.

    He is a member of the Board of Directors of the AFME High Yield Division and the Advisory Committee for the Practising Law Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe.

  • Anna-Marie Slot

    Anna-Marie Slot

    Global Head of High Yield, Ashurst

    Anna-Marie Slot

    Anna-Marie Slot

    Global Head of High Yield, Ashurst

    Anna-Marie is our Global Head of High Yield and a Finance partner with two decades extensive experience acting for investment banks and companies in a wide range of corporate finance and securities transactions, including high yield debt offerings, green bonds, liability management including consents and tender offers, refinancings and numerous securities transactions, such as Rule 144A and Regulation S debt and equity offerings, as well as mezzanine debt investments and senior credit facilities. Her practice also includes advising companies on US securities law matters.

    Anna-Marie is listed as a leading individual for debt capital markets and high yield in Hong Kong in Asia Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR 1000 and recognised as a band 2 ranked leading lawyer in Chambers Asia-Pacific. She is also been named as one of the world's top 300 female transactional lawyers in IFLR1000 Women Leaders for 2018 for debt capital markets and banking. Anna-Marie won The Best in Capital Markets at The Economy Asia Women in Business Awards 2018. She has been shortlisted for Securities Lawyer of the Year at The Asia Legal Awards 2017 and Best in Capital Markets at the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Awards 2015, 2016 and 2017. Anna-Marie and her team were also shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year: High Yield at The Asia Legal Awards 2017.

    Prior to joining Ashurst, Anna-Marie worked in London and Hong Kong at a leading international law firm headquartered in the US. She has also worked in both New York and London for a major New York law firm.

  • Benjamin Thompson

    Benjamin Thompson

    Managing Director, J.P. Morgan

    Benjamin Thompson

    Benjamin Thompson

    Managing Director, J.P. Morgan

    Ben joined J.P. Morgan’s London-based High Yield & Leveraged Loan Capital Markets team in 2011 as a Managing Director.

    He was a member of J.P. Morgan’s New York-based Syndicated & Leveraged Finance (SLF) team for the previous 16 years, serving most recently as a Managing Director and member of the firm’s Primary Loan Sales Desk and SLF Capital Markets team.

    Ben started his career in J.P. Morgan’s Telecom Media and Technology Investment Banking Coverage group. He has been with the firm for over twenty-seven years and Ben holds a B.A. from Williams College.