13th Annual European High Yield Conference | afme

13th Annual European High Yield Conference

16 Oct 2018 etc venues St. Paul's, London


Thank you to our partners.

Lead partners

  • Covenant Review

    Covenant Review

    Lead Seminar Partner

    Covenant Review analyzes bond and loan documentation and supplies timely research on exchange offers, LBOs, and other actionable events. Its product suite facilitates reduced risk exposure, alpha generation, and cost savings, and is used by institutional investors worldwide to provide perspectives on creditors' rights through the eyes of experienced lawyers.

  • Milbank


    Lead Partner

    Milbank is an international, full-service law firm focused on providing the world’s leading financial institutions, corporations and governments with the highest quality advice on complex matters. With over 700 lawyers based in offices spanning 4 continents, our international teams are driven to deliver exceptional results for our clients, by pushing boundaries and challenging assumptions. That’s been core to our ethos since our founding in 1866, fuels how we work and informs our growth and evolution as a firm.

    Known for our integrated approach to capital markets, we bring our in-depth knowledge of the New York, English and German banking and bond markets to transactions across jurisdictions. In the Americas, Asia, and EMEA—including a standout dedicated Greek practice—our clients include leading financial institutions, corporates, private equity and real estate firms, among others.

    For further information, please visit our website: www.milbank.com

  • Shearman & Sterling

    Shearman & Sterling

    Lead Partner

    Shearman & Sterling’s success is built on our clients’ success. We have a long and distinguished history of supporting our clients wherever they do business, from major financial centers to emerging and growth markets. We represent many of the world’s leading corporations and major financial institutions, as well as emerging growth companies, governments and state-owned enterprises, often working on ground-breaking, precedent-setting matters. With a deep understanding of our clients' businesses and the industries they operate in, our work is driven by their need for outstanding legal and commercial advice.

    We have over 850 lawyers around the world speaking more than 60 languages and practicing U.S., English, French, German, Italian, Hong Kong, OHADA and Saudi law. Nearly half of our lawyers practice outside the United States. Combining legal knowledge with industry expertise, our lawyers provide commercial advice that helps clients achieve their ambitions.

    We are committed to forging long-term relationships with our clients, providing them with genuine insight and practical advice, and supporting them as they navigate the challenges of our 21st century global economy.


  • AdvantageData


    Founded in 1997, AdvantageData has been a leading provider of credit and credit derivative pricing, descriptive, financial and analytical information to the world’s top financial institutions for more than two decades. AdvantageData’s workstation provides access to a powerful, comprehensive and global fixed-income platform. Thousands of sell and buy-side fixed-income analysts, traders, portfolio managers and risk management professionals rely on AdvantageData every day to access quality data quickly and easily. Likewise, banks, brokers, mutual funds, hedge funds, asset managers and insurance companies utilize the AdvantageData feeds services for end of day valuation, research, and compliance functions.

  • Ashurst


    Ashurst is a leading international law firm with more than 1600 lawyers, spanning 25 offices in 15 countries. Ashurst's global footprint and world-class capabilities enables us to offer integrated multi-jurisdictional solutions to match our clients' business goals across Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Australia and North America.

    With our technical expertise, local knowledge and international network, we deliver a seamless "one-stop-shop" experience. ‎As a result of our global presence, we are attuned to the latest finance deal techniques and market dynamics and apply this insight to develop innovative solutions for our clients.

    Our award-winning High Yield group works closely with our leveraged finance, debt capital markets, restructuring and private equity teams to provide sophisticated funding solutions for our investment banking, private equity and corporate clients.

  • BBVA



    BBVA is global financial group with a diversified business providing financial services in more than 30 countries to 72 million customers. It is a leading bank in the Spanish market and it is the biggest financial institution in Mexico. BBVA also has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region in the U.S. It also has a significant presence in Turkey (through strategic investments in Garanti Bank) and operatives an extensive network of branches worldwide. This balance between emerging and developed markets allows for revenue diversification and higher recurrent earnings.

  • Citi


    Agency and Trust (a business line within Citi Institutional Client Group) is a leading provider of corporate trust services offering a full range of agency, fiduciary, tender and exchange, loans agency and custody, and depositary and escrow services in both established and emerging markets. Agency and Trust administers in excess of USD 4 trillion in fixed income and equity investments on behalf of 2,600 clients worldwide.

    Citi, the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    A leading international law firm with 16 offices around the world, Cleary Gottlieb has been successful in developing the high yield market due to our long-standing presence in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Our firm has been at the forefront of the high yield market at each stage of development in Europe and the United States, and we can offer a combination of local and U.S. expertise in key European markets. We have recognized expertise in assisting debut issuers and have significant experience in emerging markets. Our firm works as an integrated seamless practice providing top tier legal advice on the full life cycle of a company.

  • Clifford Chance

    Clifford Chance

    Clifford Chance is one of the world's pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. Our High Yield practice regularly advises on high-profile, complex, first-of-a-kind, challenging and multi-faceted transactions, evidenced by our impressive track record of simultaneously delivering across multiple practice areas in connection with multi-layered transactions and fast-paced executions. A major strength of our High Yield team is that it is fully integrated with our wider banking and corporate/PE practices, providing it with an unrivalled platform across the globe. We have a strong presence in all major high yield centres – Europe, US and Asia. 

  • Deutsche Bank

    Deutsche Bank

    Deutsche Bank is a market leading provider of trustee and agency services to the capital markets, with a focus on conventional and structured debt, project finance and specialised services, such as business escrows and document custody. Our offering also includes exchange and restructuring services, syndicated loan agency and the establishment, management and ongoing administration of special purpose vehicles and asset holding companies. With over 100 years experience and offices around the world providing corporate trust services, we remain committed to innovation and continue to invest in market-leading technology and resources.

    Deutsche Bank provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific.


  • DLA Piper

    DLA Piper

    DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world.

    We strive to be the leading global business law firm by consistently delivering quality and value to our clients, through practical and innovative legal solutions.

    We have one of the largest international finance practices and give our clients full-service support - including at all stages of high yield/leveraged finance transactions and throughout bond lifecycles, worldwide.

  • ING


    ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, offering retail and wholesale banking services to customers in over 40 countries. In 1Q2018, more than 51,000 employees offered services to over 37.8 million customers.

    The purpose of ING is to empower people to stay a step ahead in life and in business.
    Sustainability is integral to ING’s Think Forward strategy, which is evidenced by ING Group shares being included in the FTSE4Good index and in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Europe and World), where ING is among the leaders in the Banks industry group.

    Visit ING.com for more.

  • Investec


    We’re a private bank built to service a small number of individuals with an entrepreneurial spark and an active desire to create wealth. For these clients, who typically earn over £300,000 a year and have £3m in assets, we offer extraordinary banking, lending services, and access to investments and financial planning through Investec Wealth and Investment. Our team of dedicated Private Bankers build long-term relationships, understand our clients’ potential and tailor solutions to meet their specific financial needs. 

  • Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins’ lawyers have been on the cutting edge of the leveraged finance markets for more than three decades. Today, the firm provides innovative and creative advice on high yield products to clients in virtually every industry.  


  • Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE)

    Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE)

    With over 35,000 listed securities from 2,300 issuers in 100 countries, LuxSE is the world’s number one exchange for the listing of international securities.

    We are the first and, so far, the only exchange in the world to operate a platform dedicated entirely to green, social and sustainable securities. Launched in 2016, the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX) displays more than half of world’s listed green bonds.

    LuxSE also operates a specialist subsidiary, Fundsquare, which provides services to substantially support and standardise cross-border distribution of investment funds.

    For more information visit www.bourse.lu

  • Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking

    Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking

    At the core of Societe Generale’s universal banking business model, the Corporate & Investment Bank is a well-diversified & leading player with nearly 12 000 professionals present in more than 34 countries across Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.

    Standing by its clients across sectors, the Corporate & Investment Bank tailors solutions for them by capitalising on its worldwide expertise in investment banking, global finance, and global markets.

    • For Corporates, Financial Institutions & Public Sector: providing a global advisory approach, as well as capital raising solutions, optimised financing & expert risk management solutions (foreign exchange & rates).
    • For Investors: offering reliable investment opportunities & risk management solutions through its integrated global markets platform (equity, rates, credit, currencies, commodities)


  • The International Stock Exchange (TISE)

    The International Stock Exchange (TISE)

    The International Stock Exchange (TISE) provides a responsive and innovative listing and trading facility for international companies, such as issuers of high yield bonds.

    TISE offers a convenient and cost-effective regulated marketplace from within the European time zone but outside the EU. Our proportionate regime is proving extremely attractive for a growing number of high yield issuers, including globally recognisable companies.

    In total, TISE is home to more than 2,600 listed securities with a total market value of more than £300 billion.


  • UniCredit


    UniCredit is a simple, pan-European commercial bank providing unique access to Western, Central and Eastern Europe with an unrivalled strategic presence in 14 European core markets and an International Network spanning another 16 countries worldwide.

    UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking is fully plugged into UniCredit Group and serves 1,500 multinational corporates and key financial institutions and supports the Group’s corporate banking units in delivering services to 600,000 corporate and public sector clients. Furthermore, we deliver investment solutions for UniCredit’s retail and private banking clients.

    At home throughout Europe, we are the partner of choice for our clients’ increasingly sophisticated demand for Corporate Banking and Transaction Services, Structured Finance, Capital Markets and Investment Products. We offer local expertise as well as international reach and accompany our clients globally. We are a leading corporate lender and underwriter in Europe with over EUR 300 billion outstanding. As a leader in debt and trade finance, we consistently rank in the top three positions in league tables for combined loans and bonds in Euros and are recognized as a Trade Finance Powerhouse in Western, Central and Eastern Europe.

    As of 23 April 2018.

  • US Bank

    US Bank

    US Bank provides high quality trustee and agency administration services for all debt and credit transactions; providing flexible solutions for issuers, borrowers, investment managers and investors. Our array of services includes, indenture trustee, note trustee, security trustee, facility & security agent, escrow agent, paying agent, account bank, cash manager, collateral administrator, custodian, calculation agent, registrar and depositary.  We have expertise across a wide variety of asset classes, industries and geographies and over 148 staff in Europe. Rated A1/AA-, our balance sheet is $461 billion in assets and we are currently ranked as the 5th largest commercial bank in the US.

  • Walkers


    Walkers provides listing services on The International Stock Exchange (formerly the Channel Islands Stock Exchange), the Irish Stock Exchange in Dublin, the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange, and the Bermuda Stock Exchange  In addition, Walkers is one of the largest and most prestigious offshore law firms. It provides first-class, commercially focused advice that is attuned to clients’ requirements and facilitates their businesses. Walkers advises global corporations, financial institutions, capital markets participants, investment fund managers and high net worth individuals on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Ireland and Bermuda*. The Channel Islands offices work seamlessly with the firm’s global network of offices across the Americas, Middle East, Asia and Europe. This unique global footprint makes Walkers one of the leading international offshore law firms globally. The firm regularly advises clients on all types of international and cross-border transactions covering a broad range of sectors on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Principal areas of work include all facets of banking and finance, corporate and capital markets, employment, investment funds, insolvency and dispute resolution and private capital and trusts.

  • White & Case

    White & Case

    White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today's G20 world. As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.

    We work with some of the world's most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities. Our long history as a global firm means we are uniquely placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they are.


Media partners

  • Best Execution

    Best Execution

    Best Execution reviews the issues that impact the achievement of best execution in the global securities markets throughout the trading lifecycle (from pre-trade to trade execution to post-trade). Increasingly driven by regulation we report on the seismic shifts that are occurring in capital markets across asset classes, with a key focus on the cutting-edge technology solutions and services that are needed to meet these changes.


  • Debtwire


    Debtwire, an Acuris company, is the leading provider of expert news, data and analysis on global leveraged credit. Our end-to-end coverage goes behind the scenes from primary issuance to the first sign of stress through restructuring and beyond. With global breadth and local depth, Debtwire's award-winning editorial, research and legal analyst teams produce original content that helps subscribers make more informed decisions. Subscribers trust Debtwire - the pioneer in the market - for comprehensive coverage across geographies, companies and asset classes.

  • TheDESK


    We need to talk about bonds. Liquidity has been sucked out of the credit markets by regulation. It can only be replaced by a structural change in the secondary market, or a change to the issuance model in the primary market. Neither is happening right now. Fixed income trading costs are opaque at best, so achieving best execution in the bond market seems an impossible task. Wedded to illiquidity, a lack of price transparency could threaten to impact issuers.

    The DESK provides buy-side traders with precise detail on the macro-drivers, events and plans that are shaping liquidity and price discovery in fixed income markets. Published quarterly, The DESK delivers facts from the frontline of trading, opinion on the potential of new initiatives and support for fixed income desks across investment firms. Talking about bonds starts at The DESK.


  • IFLR


    International Financial Law Review (IFLR) is the market-leading financial law publication for lawyers specialising in international finance at major banks, investment institutions and securities firms, lawyers from international law firms, and senior banking executives.

    IFLR's mission has been to provide professionals in the financial services industry with focused, practical and digestible reports on matters affecting international finance.

    Visit www.IFLR.com for more information.

Event endorsers

  • AIMA


    AIMA, the Alternative Investment Management Association, is the global representative of the alternative investment industry, with more than 1,900 corporate members in over 60 countries. AIMA’s fund manager members collectively manage more than $2 trillion in assets. AIMA draws upon the expertise and diversity of its membership to provide leadership in industry initiatives such as advocacy, policy and regulatory engagement, educational programmes and sound practice guides. AIMA works to raise media and public awareness of the value of the industry. AIMA set up the Alternative Credit Council (ACC) to help firms focused in the private credit and direct lending space. The ACC currently represents over 80 members that manage $500 billion of private credit assets globally.  AIMA is committed to developing skills and education standards and is a co-founder of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA) – the first and only specialised educational standard for alternative investment specialists. AIMA is governed by its Council (Board of Directors). For further information, please visit AIMA’s website, www.aima.org.



    The Personal Investment Management and Financial Advice Association (PIMFA) is the UK’s leading trade association for firms that provide investment management and financial advice to everyone from individuals and families to charities, pension funds, trusts and companies.

    Our full member firms deal directly with clients.

    PIMFA was created in June 2017 as the outcome of the merger between the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) and the Wealth Management Association (WMA) and represents over 2080 full and associate member firms.

    Our mission is to create an optimal operating environment so that our member firms can focus on delivering the best service to their clients, providing responsible stewardship for their long-term savings and investments. We lead the debate on policy and regulatory recommendations to ensure that the UK remains a global centre of excellence in the wealth and investment management and financial advice arena.