13th Annual European High Yield Conference | afme

13th Annual European High Yield Conference

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

Speakers

Keynote speaker

  • Tim Shipman

    Tim Shipman

    Political Editor, The Sunday Times

    Tim Shipman

    Tim Shipman

    Political Editor, The Sunday Times

    Tim is the Political Editor of The Sunday Times. In over 15 years of journalism he has reported on some of the biggest events in British, American and international politics. Before joining The Sunday Times, Tim served as Deputy Political Editor of The Daily Mail, and as Washington Correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph.

    He also held several posts, both Political and Foreign, at The Daily and Sunday Express. Tim has reported on stories from the war in Kosovo to Bill Clinton's impeachment. He has covered security and international relations, and led the Express’s coverage of the Iraq War, reporting from the US Central Command in Doha.

    Tim is the author of the revealing book All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain's Political Class. The book, compiled with access to some of the key players in the EU referendum campaign including Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage, looks at the events leading up to and during the campaign that would change the face of UK politics more than any other for a generation. The follow-up, Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem examines the tumult following the election of Theresa May as PM through to the the snap election that followed a 12 months later.

    As well as his Sunday Times role Tim has also written for The Spectator and Total Politics and is an avid Twitter user sharing his entertaining take on politics and occasionally sport.

Speakers

  • Bill Ammons

    Bill Ammons

    Founding Partner and Portfolio Manager, AlbaCore

    Bill Ammons

    Bill Ammons

    Founding Partner and Portfolio Manager, AlbaCore

    Bill has 14 years of experience in leveraged finance markets, most recently working at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. He was responsible for deal sourcing, structuring and arranging, as well as active portfolio management, also serving on the Real Estate Debt Investment Committee.

    Previously, Bill worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Restructuring and Leveraged Finance teams, and in Wachovia’s Leveraged Finance team.

    He holds a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Tamer Bahgat

    Tamer Bahgat

    Partner, Ashurst

    Tamer Bahgat

    Tamer Bahgat

    Partner, Ashurst

    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.

  • Joe Bishay

    Joe Bishay

    Head of European Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Joe Bishay

    Joe Bishay

    Head of European Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Joe is a Managing Director and the Head of the European Leveraged Finance Capital Markets Team (High Yield and Leveraged Loans) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, based in London. He joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London in 2006, and since held a number of different roles across both the Leveraged Finance Origination and Capital Markets Teams focusing on corporate and financial sponsor clients in the UK and Europe.

    Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch,‎ Joe spent 6 years in the management consulting industry in the US and Europe. He holds a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Jonathan Butler

    Jonathan Butler

    Managing Director and Head of the European Leveraged Finance Team, PGIM Fixed Income

    Jonathan Butler

    Jonathan Butler

    Managing Director and Head of the European Leveraged Finance Team, 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. He is also 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.

    Earlier, he 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).

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

  • Mathew Cestar

    Mathew Cestar

    Managing Director and Co-Head of the EMEA Investment Banking and Capital Markets Division, Credit Suisse

    Mathew Cestar

    Mathew Cestar

    Managing Director and Co-Head of the EMEA Investment Banking and Capital Markets Division, Credit Suisse

    Mathew is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the EMEA Investment Banking and Capital Markets division. He has responsibility for M&A and the Debt, Equity Capital Markets Solutions Groups and the EMEA sector and country coverage teams. Mathew also Chairs the Global Credit Products Capital Commitments Committee in London. Before assuming his current role, Matthew was Co-Head of Global Leveraged Finance Capital Markets as well as being Co-Head of Global Credit Products in EMEA, which encompasses the firm’s credit business across primary and secondary markets.

    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.

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

     

  • Fabrice Charretour

    Fabrice Charretour

    Global Head of High Yield Origination, UniCredit Bank

    Fabrice Charretour

    Fabrice Charretour

    Global Head of High Yield Origination, UniCredit Bank

  • Michael Dakin

    Michael Dakin

    Partner and Global Head of High Yield, Clifford Chance

    Michael Dakin

    Michael Dakin

    Partner and Global Head of High Yield, Clifford Chance

    Michael joined and became partner of Clifford Chance in 2005 and has been the Firm's Global Head of High Yield since 2013; prior to which he worked as a senior associate with Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP (New York and London).

    Michael 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's experience includes advising on some of the most significant high yield leveraged finance acquisitions in Europe, as well as numerous corporate financings and other financings and securities offerings.

    He 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.

  • Aseet Dalvi

    Aseet Dalvi

    Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    Aseet Dalvi

    Aseet Dalvi

    Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    Aseet focuses on international capital markets transactions, particularly high-yield debt issuances, and English and U.S. securities law matters. His transactional experience spans a wide range of high-yield debt issuances, liability management transactions and restructurings, convertible debt issuances, regulatory capital issuances, IPOs, and complex public capital raisings by alternative investment funds.

    In the high-yield space, he has acted extensively for both underwriters and issuers, including Atalian S.A. in its recent dual tranche offering of over €600 million equivalent of senior notes to finance the acquisition of Servest Limited (and the related bridge-to-bond facility), the underwriters in over $1.3 billion of recent senior notes issuances and liability management transactions by Puma Energy, the underwriters in the €350 million senior secured notes issuance by Cable Communications Systems N.V., only the second high yield issuance by a Romanian issuer, and the underwriters in the $1 billion quasi-high yield senior notes offering by Pershing Square Holdings, among the very few bond offerings by an alternative investment fund.

     

  • Tanneguy de Carné

    Tanneguy de Carné

    Global Head of High-Yield Capital Markets, Société Générale

    Tanneguy de Carné

    Tanneguy de Carné

    Global Head of High-Yield Capital Markets, Société Générale

    Tanneguy was promoted to Global Head of High Yield Capital Markets at Société Générale in September 2010 - a newly created origination and execution group for all debt products for non-investment grade borrowers and issuers. Additionally, up until August 2011, Tanneguy was also Co-Head of European Loan Syndicate - this was a position he has held since September 2008.

    After joining Société Générale in July 2005, to spearhead the development of a European high yield business, he extended his responsibilities in January 2007 to the leveraged loan syndicate activities. This was to provide integrated financing solutions to non-investment grade corporates and to private equity sponsors.

    Prior to his appointment, Tanneguy spent 17 years at BNP Paribas in various positions in Canada, US and the UK. He was one of the founding members of the High Yield effort, first in New York in 1998 and then in London in 2000 where he established a team. Tanneguy holds a BA from Dauphine University in Paris, and an MBA in Finance and International Business from the City University of New York.

  • Dr Sabine Dittrich

    Dr Sabine Dittrich

    Global Head of Regulatory Intelligence, UBS Asset Management

    Dr Sabine Dittrich

    Dr Sabine Dittrich

    Global Head of Regulatory Intelligence, UBS Asset Management

    Sabine is the Global Head Regulatory Intelligence at UBS Asset Management. She has global responsibility for a business-aligned (COO) team of permanent senior regulatory specialists and temporary business analysts for assessing regulatory impact within EMEA, Americas and APAC on strategy and operations and shaping the product, distribution and investment pipeline.

    She represents UBS Asset Management in a number of policy focused Steering Committees, is the former Chair of the AFME Post Trade Legal Committee and current Vice-Chair of the EFAMA Distribution and Client Disclosure Standing Committee.

    Prior to her current role, Sabine was, within UBS, inter alia Head of EU Public Policy for UBS Group and, prior to her career in UBS, senior Principal Associate for several years at law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in their Financial Institutions Group.
    Sabine has worked in Frankfurt, Milan, Paris, Zurich and London. She is author of a number of publication, holds a PhD in international securities law and an MBA of HEC Paris.

  • Edward Eyerman

    Edward Eyerman

    Managing Director, Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance, European Corporates Group, Fitch Ratings

    Edward Eyerman

    Edward Eyerman

    Managing Director, Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance, European Corporates Group, Fitch Ratings

    Edward is a managing director and the head of European leveraged finance at Fitch Ratings, based in London. He leads a team of 18 analysts that rates over 400 leveraged transactions and produces timely reports and commentary on leveraged product and market developments.

    Prior to joining Fitch in April 2003, Edward was an investment banker in Credit Suisse First Boston’s European acquisition and leveraged finance and telecommunications groups. From 1997 to 1998, he was in the European high-yield origination and credit research groups at Deutsche Bank. He also worked for Merrill Lynch in New York from 1994 to1997 as an associate in the corporate bond research department covering Yankee bond issuers.

    Edward holds a B.A. in History from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York.

     

  • David Forgash

    David Forgash

    Executive VP, Head of High Yield Investments, Europe, PIMCO Europe

    David Forgash

    David Forgash

    Executive VP, Head of High Yield Investments, Europe, PIMCO Europe

    David is an Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager in the London office and Head of High Yield Investments for Europe.

    Prior to joining PIMCO in 2018, he was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Millennium Capital Partners, investing across European credit. Previously, he was an Executive Director of European Credit Trading at Morgan Stanley, a Managing Director of U.S. Credit Trading at Greenwich Capital and a Vice President in Credit Trading at Lehman Brothers.

    He has 25 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware.

     

  • Sabrina Fox

    Sabrina Fox

    Head of European High Yield Research, Covenant Review

    Sabrina Fox

    Sabrina Fox

    Head of European High Yield Research, Covenant Review

    Sabrina directs Covenant Review’s high-yield research in Europe, which publishes covenant research on primary issuances and event driven reports on credit specific events.

    Prior to joining Covenant Review, Sabrina worked for over 12 years as a capital markets finance lawyer with a focus on high-yield debt at top U.S. and City law firms.

    Covenant Review is the authority on bond and loan covenants, and a sister company to CapitalStructure, which provides first to market sub-investment grade and distressed news and research.

  • James Greene

    James Greene

    Partner, White & Case

    James Greene

    James Greene

    Partner, White & Case

    James is a Partner in the London capital markets group at White & Case. His practice is focused on high yield debt offerings and leveraged loans as well as financial restructurings, including UK Schemes of Arrangement, exchange offers, tender offers and other liability management exercises.

    James acts for sponsors, issuers, credit funds and investment banks across the EMEA region and has experience in leveraged finance across all products and structures.

  • Ash Heatwole

    Ash Heatwole

    Credit Analyst, Shenkman Capital

    Ash Heatwole

    Ash Heatwole

    Credit Analyst, Shenkman Capital

    Ash is a Credit Analyst with Shenkman Capital Management and is responsible for investment coverage within the firm’s Global strategy.

    His principal role is to evaluate credit opportunities in both primary and secondary markets within the high yield universe on the basis of comprehensive bottoms-up analysis, focusing on both issuer-specific and industry dynamics as well covenant due diligence. He joined the firm in 2012 and moved to London in 2015 as the firm continued to expand its global offering. Prior to joining Shenkman, he worked at UBS Investment Bank as an analyst on the Restructuring and Distressed Debt desk.

    Ash graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, majoring in Finance, and is a CFA Charterholder.

     

  • Steven Hunter

    Steven Hunter

    Co-founder and CEO, 9fin

    Steven Hunter

    Steven Hunter

    Co-founder and CEO, 9fin

    Steven is Co-founder and CEO of 9fin, a fintech start-up that provides AI powered financial data for the high yield bond market.

    Before founding 9fin Steven worked as an Investment Executive at Babson Capital Management covering the European High Yield Bond and Leveraged Loan market.

    Steven has also worked previously as an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance team at J.P. Morgan in London. He graduated from the University of Bristol with a first-class honours degree in Law.

     

  • Jermaine Jarrett

    Jermaine Jarrett

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

    Jermaine Jarrett

    Jermaine Jarrett

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

    Jermaine is the head of EMEA High Yield Syndicate at CA CIB, based in London. Prior to re-joining CA-CIB in 2013, he was Head of High Yield Syndicate & High Yield Debt Capital Markets Origination at Mizuho, having moved there to spearhead the establishment of its European High Yield business.

    Prior to this, Jermaine was an Executive Director in High Yield Capital Markets at CA CIB, joining as one of the early members of the team. Earlier, he held positions in Leveraged Finance at GE Capital and he began his career at Lehman Brothers.

    Jermaine has an MBA from INSEAD and a BSc in Economics from University College London.

  • Tim Kerry

    Tim Kerry

    Managing Director, Leveraged Finance, Europe, Barclays

    Tim Kerry

    Tim Kerry

    Managing Director, Leveraged Finance, Europe, Barclays

    Tim is a Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance team at Barclays. Based in London, he is responsible for leading Barclays’ European Leveraged Finance business in the Natural Resources, Chemicals, Healthcare and Paper and Packaging sectors.

    Tim joined Barclays in 2018 from HSBC, where he worked for 10 years leading the origination and execution of numerous high yield and leverage loan transactions for both financial sponsors and corporate. Prior to HSBC, he spent 4 years at RBS in the leveraged finance team and prior to RBS he spent 4 years at Deloitte where he worked in the transaction services team focussing on private equity buyouts.

    Tim has a BA in Economics from the University of Durham and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW).

     

  • Youssef Khlat

    Youssef Khlat

    Global Head of High-Yield Capital Markets, Crédit Agricole

    Youssef Khlat

    Youssef Khlat

    Global Head of High-Yield Capital Markets, Crédit Agricole

    Youssef is a Managing Director and Global Head of High Yield Capital Markets at Crédit Agricole. In this role, he oversees the origination, structuring and execution of High Yield bond issues for Crédit Agricole CIB’s clients located around the world.

    He joined Crédit Agricole in August 2009 from BNP Paribas where he was 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 30 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 also the Chairman of the High Yield Board of AFME, member of the International Board of Advisors at Tufts University, and of the MENA Board of Advisors of Human Rights Watch.

  • James Knightley

    James Knightley

    Chief International Economist, ING

    James Knightley

    James Knightley

    Chief International Economist, ING

    James is ING’s Chief International Economist, responsible for the bank’s coverage of the major developed markets.

    He has been with ING for 20 years during which time he and his team have won numerous awards for forecasting accuracy.

    James regularly markets ING’s economic views to clients around the world and is frequently quoted in the global media.

  • 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.

     

  • Jonathan Latham

    Jonathan Latham

    Head of London High Yield Capital Markets, Société Générale 

    Jonathan Latham

    Jonathan Latham

    Head of London High Yield Capital Markets, Société Générale 

    Jonathan joined SG’s HY team in London in 2011. He has over 13 years of experience in the European Leveraged Capital Markets through roles in Leveraged Finance and High Yield at both Société Générale and Barclays Investment Bank.

    At SG, Jonathan leads the High Yield team in London. He has played a role on a multitude of HY transactions for both corporate and private equity clients across Europe.

    Jonathan has a Certificate in Corporate Treasury from the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He gained this during his time in the debt advisory team at KPMG, where he started his career. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Manchester.

  • 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.

  • Francesco Lione

    Francesco Lione

    Partner, Latham & Watkins

    Francesco Lione

    Francesco Lione

    Partner, Latham & Watkins

    Francesco is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins, regularly representing investment banks, private equity firms, and corporate clients in a wide array of international financing transactions, including financings of acquisitions and joint ventures, recapitalizations, bond offerings, bridge facilities, private placements, and spin-offs.

    Francesco also advises investment banks and issuers in connection with liability management transactions, encompassing debt tender and exchange offers, consent solicitations, and out-of-court restructurings.

    He has counselled clients from a variety of industries in high yield, cross-over, and investment grade debt transactions. These assignments have mostly involved cross-border financings for clients based in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Latin America. His experience also includes representing European companies on cross-border acquisitions as well as corporate and sovereign clients in connection with public offerings of securities in the United States

     

  • Tony Lopez

    Tony Lopez

    Partner, DLA Piper

    Tony Lopez

    Tony Lopez

    Partner, DLA Piper

    Tony drives DLA Piper's international high yield practice from London. He has extensive experience in leveraged finance and high yield capital markets, having represented corporate clients, sponsors and investment banks in public and private transactions in more than 35 countries around the world.

    He was named as a ‘Leading individual’ in High Yield by Legal 500 UK 2015, '16 and '17. Tony earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1996, after time working in other fields, including eight years of service in the US Air Force.

  • Rebecca Marques

    Rebecca Marques

    Partner, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy 

    Rebecca Marques

    Rebecca Marques

    Partner, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy 

    Rebecca is a partner in the firm’s Global Capital Markets Group in London. She focuses on advising issuers, sponsors, and underwriters in a wide variety of international securities transactions.

    Her practice and experience is extremely broad, covering U.S. federal securities laws, high yield debt offerings for corporates and leveraged buyouts, international capital markets transactions in general, as well as liability management exercises.

    Rebecca won "Lawyer of the Year" for her pro bono work at the 2017 Thomson Reuters TrustLaw Awards.

     

  • Michael Marsh

    Michael Marsh

    Head of Leveraged Finance, Alternative Capital Raising and Co-Head of Real Estate, EMEA, Goldman Sachs

    Michael Marsh

    Michael Marsh

    Head of Leveraged Finance, Alternative Capital Raising and Co-Head of Real Estate, EMEA, Goldman Sachs

    Michael is Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance and Global Co-Head of the Global Alternative Capital Solutions Group. He serves as a member of the Firmwide Capital Committee, Investment Banking Division Risk Council and Goldman Sachs International Bank Management Committee.

    Previously, Michael was responsible for EMEA High Yield and Leveraged Loan Capital Markets. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2006, was named managing director in 2008 and partner in 2014.

  • Jacques McChesney

    Jacques McChesney

    Partner, Shearman & Sterling

    Jacques McChesney

    Jacques McChesney

    Partner, Shearman & Sterling

    Jacques is a partner in the European Capital Markets Group in London. He has extensive experience in European leveraged finance, with a focus on high yield acquisition finance and bond deals.

    Jacques represents issuers, sponsors and underwriters on complex corporate financings. In addition, he advises clients with respect to investment grade offerings, restructurings, debt tender/consent solicitations, equity offerings, private placements, medium-term note programs, acquisitions and hybrid securities offerings.

    Jacques is named as a leading individual by the Legal 500 UK, which notes that he “is a longstanding expert in high yield acquisition finance and bond issuances”.

  • Ward	McKimm

    Ward McKimm

    Co-Global Head of Leveraged Finance and Partner, Shearman & Sterling

    Ward	McKimm

    Ward McKimm

    Co-Global Head of Leveraged Finance and Partner, Shearman & Sterling

    Ward is the Co-Global Head of Leveraged Finance and a partner in the Capital Markets Group in London. He is one of the leading high yield lawyers in Europe and focuses on high yield bond offerings and other leveraged finance transactions, representing underwriters, sponsors and issuers internationally.

    Ward has been practicing in Europe since 1999 and has advised on more than 50 high yield offerings since 2013 alone totalling more than €20 billion. Ward is ranked as a Band 1 High Yield practitioner by Chambers UK and is described by a source as “one of the very best on the high yield scene”. Chambers Global calls him a “go-to lawyer for more complex matters”.

  • Clark	Nicholls

    Clark Nicholls

    Senior Portfolio Manager Analyst, AXA Investment Managers

    Clark	Nicholls

    Clark Nicholls

    Senior Portfolio Manager Analyst, AXA Investment Managers

    Clark is a Senior Portfolio Manager within the EU and Global High Yield team in fixed income, responsible for managing core high yield portfolios. In addition, he is also Head of European High Yield research. He has held these roles since joining AXA IM in 2015.

    Prior to AXA IM, Clark worked for two years for Spread Research, where he was Head of High Yield research. Preceding that, Clark held similar roles at Credit Suisse and Société Générale where he worked for five and four years respectively, being ranked 1st by Institutional Investor and Euromoney amongst others in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

    Clark holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialisation in Finance from Australian Business School, NSW University. Additionally, Clark hold a Bachelor’s degree with a distinction average Marketing major from Charles Sturt University.

     

  • Carlo	Oly

    Carlo Oly

    Head of Relationship Management, Luxembourg Stock Exchange

    Carlo	Oly

    Carlo Oly

    Head of Relationship Management, Luxembourg Stock Exchange

    Carlo joined the Luxembourg Stock Exchange in 1994. After several years of experience in the listing of international securities, he was made responsible for the prospectus approval team. From 2006 to 2011, he was in charge of Bonds and Derivatives Listing and from 2011 to 2014, he was heading the Issuers and Securities Departmen. Since 2014 he is in charge of Relationship Management.

    Carlo is member of various committees and working groups of authorities and industry associations, like the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (Luxembourg Regulator), ABBL (Luxembourg Banking Association), ALFI (Luxembourg Fund Industry Association)

    He holds a degree in BA from University of Trier (Germany) and is a regular speaker at International Capital Markets conferences and seminars.

     

  • Martin Parkes

    Martin Parkes

    Managing Director, BlackRock

    Martin Parkes

    Martin Parkes

    Managing Director, BlackRock

    Martin is a Managing Director in BlackRock's Global Public Policy team based in London. Martin engages with policy makers and BlackRock’s clients on policy and regulation relating to investor protection and distribution, retirement and fund structures in Europe.

    Martin's service with the firm dates back to 2004. Prior to moving to this role, Martin was a director in BlackRock's legal team responsible for BlackRock's European-managed investment funds.
    Martin is a member of ESMA's Investor Protection and Intermediaries Standing Committee's Consultative Working Group. He is also a committee member of BlackRock’s LGBT OUT & Allies network.

  • Chris	Porter

    Chris Porter

    Head of Loan, Recovery & CLO Business Development, EMEA, S&P Global Ratings

    Chris	Porter

    Chris Porter

    Head of Loan, Recovery & CLO Business Development, EMEA, S&P Global Ratings

    Chris is Head of Loan, Recovery and CLO Business Development for EMEA at S&P Global Ratings, covering ratings throughout the region, including all corporate, leverage and infrastructure/project finance loans, as well as CLOs.

    Prior to S&P Global Ratings he spent over 20 years in the syndicated loan market, working across many of its’ different asset classes. His career started in NatWest on the project group that subsequently transformed into Europe’s first dedicated secondary loan sales team. After primary sales, Chris was posted to Hong Kong, where he was responsible for the pricing, structuring and origination of syndicated debt in South and South East Asia.

    On his return to Europe he became the Head of European Loan Trading for NatWest, taking the team through the integration with The Royal Bank of Scotland, transforming the desk from a back-to-back operation into a full trading book, working mainly in the leverage and corporate markets. At the same time he joined the Board of the LMA, where he co-chaired the Valuation & Trading Practices Committee and chaired a number of working parties. After RBS, Chris moved to Bank of Scotland, where he created and headed the Loan Sales and Trading Team.

  • Eden	Riche

    Eden Riche

    MD, Head of High Yield and EM Syndicate, ING

    Eden	Riche

    Eden Riche

    MD, Head of High Yield and EM Syndicate, ING

    Eden has spent over 30 years in the banking industry specialising in the origination, syndication and distribution of fixed income securities. He started his career in Capital Markets at Salomon Brothers as part of the London Syndicate desk. He then moved to Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers where he headed the European Syndicate businesses in both firms.

    In 2005 he moved to RBS where he co-headed the Financial Institutions business until 2010, then to Investec where he established and managed the Debt Capital Markets business. Eden moved to ING in June 2015 to head up the London Syndicate Desk focusing on High Yield and Emerging Markets.

    He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Cass Business School.

  • David Riley

    David Riley

    Chief Investment Strategist, BlueBay Asset Management

    David Riley

    David Riley

    Chief Investment Strategist, BlueBay Asset Management

    David joined BlueBay in September 2013 and is Chief Investment Strategist within the Chief Investment Office. He is also a member of BlueBay’s Investment and Asset Allocation Committees. Drawing on more than 20 years of applied macroeconomic, policy and sovereign credit experience, David advises and coordinates the Investment Committee macro-investment perspective.

    As a member of the Asset Allocation team, he shares responsibility for tactical asset allocation across BlueBay’s suite of multi-asset credit funds. David was previously global head of Fitch’s Sovereign and Supranational Group, responsible for more than 130 ratings of the world’s largest fixed-income issuers.

    Prior to Fitch, David was a senior economist at UBS Investment Bank and at HM Treasury where he advised on international economic and debt issues, including representing the UK at international debt restructuring negotiations at the Paris Club of Official Creditors. David holds an MSc from Birkbeck College, University of London and a first-class degree in Economics.

     

     

  • René	Robert

    René Robert

    President and Founder, AdvantageData

    René	Robert

    René Robert

    President and Founder, AdvantageData

    René is the President and Founder of Advantage Data, a financial information company founded in 1997 which provides fixed income and loan data, analytics and functionality to market participants worldwide via the Advantage Data workstation, Excel Add-in, API, data feeds and custom solutions.

    Prior to founding Advantage Data, René was a High Yield Researcher and Capital Markets professional at BancBoston Securities (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch). Previously, he worked as an Economic Analyst at The Boston Company, an Analyst at Thomson Financial (now Thomson Reuters) and a Summer Associate in the Capital Markets Group of Smith Barney Shearson (now Citigroup).

    René completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University, graduate studies at France's Sciences Politiques and MBA at Cornell University.

     

  • Gary	Simmons

    Gary Simmons

    Managing Director, High-Yield and Prime Services, AFME 

    Gary	Simmons

    Gary Simmons

    Managing Director, High-Yield and Prime Services, AFME 

    Gary is the Managing Director of the AFME High Yield division, for which he leads AFME’s efforts to lower costs and increase efficiency in the execution of high-yield transactions, and lobbies for the reform of corporate insolvency laws. He also heads the AFME Prime Services division, which monitors business, legal and regulatory issues affecting the prime brokerage industry, and provides advocacy for member positions.

    He is a New York-qualified lawyer and was previously a senior associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. After an initial period in New York, Gary spent several years in London, gaining extensive experience in cross border and emerging markets debt transactions, particularly high-yield bond issuances and leveraged loans.

    Gary has a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law (with honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (with highest honours) from Rutgers University. Following law school, he was a law clerk to the Honourable William H. Walls of the United States Federal District Court, District of New Jersey.

  • Natalia Sokolova

    Natalia Sokolova

    Counsel, Ashurst

    Natalia Sokolova

    Natalia Sokolova

    Counsel, Ashurst

    Natalia is a U.S. counsel in Ashurst's high yield practice in London. She focuses on high yield and acquisition finance, representing the underwriters as well as the corporate issuers and financial sponsors.

    Natalia joined Ashurst from Linklaters in London. Previously, she was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. She is a qualified New York and Illinois attorney.

  • Miranda Staveley

    Miranda Staveley

    Vice President of Accounts, H4

    Miranda Staveley

    Miranda Staveley

    Vice President of Accounts, H4

    Miranda is Vice President of Accounts at H4, a digital platform transforming the documentation that underpins global financial markets and legal contracts.

    Previously, Miranda worked at Rothschild for six years in their leverage finance group, covering both leveraged loans and high yield bonds.

    Miranda holds a degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol.

  • 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 and 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.  He has been with the firm for over twenty-six years.

  • Diarmuid Toomey

    Diarmuid Toomey

    Head of European High Yield Capital Markets, Deutsche Bank

    Diarmuid Toomey

    Diarmuid Toomey

    Head of European High Yield Capital Markets, Deutsche Bank

  • Arnaud Tresca

    Arnaud Tresca

    Managing Director, Head of Corporate Leveraged Capital Markets, BNP Paribas

    Arnaud Tresca

    Arnaud Tresca

    Managing Director, Head of Corporate Leveraged Capital Markets, BNP Paribas

    Arnaud is Head of Corporate Leveraged Capital Markets at BNP Paribas. In his role, he oversees the origination and execution of leveraged financing transactions across the loan and bond capital markets, including event driven and refinancing transactions, for BNP Paribas corporate clients in EMEA.

    Arnaud joined BNP Paribas in 1996 in the Leveraged Finance Group in New York. After five years originating and executing middle market LBOs across the U.S., he transferred to London in July 2001 to contribute to the setup of the European High Yield Capital Markets desk and became head of the team in January 2009. In 2015, as BNP Paribas reorganised its leveraged finance operations to combine loans and bonds, Arnaud became the head of Corporate Leveraged Capital Markets.

    Arnaud received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers in Paris, France, and a M.S. in Finance from the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales.

  • Mikkel Sølvsten Velin

    Mikkel Sølvsten Velin

    Co-CEO, YouLend

    Mikkel Sølvsten Velin

    Mikkel Sølvsten Velin

    Co-CEO, YouLend

    Mikkel is responsible for the day to day management of YouLend. Previously he was a high yield portfolio manager and partner at Rogge Global Partners and Allianz Global Investors.

    YouLend is a FinTech platform founded in late 2015 that enables SMEs in UK/IRE/DK to obtain flexible working capital loans and allows institutional money to invest into this asset class.

     

  • James Yu

    James Yu

    Partner, EQT Partners

    James Yu

    James Yu

    Partner, EQT Partners

    James is a Partner at EQT Partners, based in London. He joined EQT Partners in April 2013 and is responsible for managing the financing activities within the EQT Partners Equity and Mid Market teams.

    Prior to joining EQT Partners, James was a Managing Director in the Leveraged and Acquisition Finance team at Morgan Stanley in London. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at JP Morgan.

    He has 20 years of investment banking experience in London and New York and has worked on a variety of financing and advisory transactions.

     

  • Reza	Zargham

    Reza Zargham

    Managing Director, Leveraged Finance, Barclays

    Reza	Zargham

    Reza Zargham

    Managing Director, Leveraged Finance, Barclays

    Reza is a Managing Director of European Leveraged Finance at Barclays. Based in London, Reza is responsible for leading Barclays’ sub-investment grade financing business in the Industrials, and Power, Utilities and Infrastructure sectors across the EME region.

    Since arriving to the European market in 2006, Reza has helped lead nearly $100bn in high yield transactions across leveraged buyout and corporate financings. He has led landmark transactions for Swissport, Drax, Heathrow Airport, Azelis, Kaufman & Broad, Ontex, Interxion, NXP, and has financed LBO’s for Apax, Apollo, Blackstone, Bridgepoint, CVC, KKR, Lone Star, Macquarie, PAI, and TPG amongst others.

    Prior to joining Barclays in 2014, Reza spent a number of years at Merrill Lynch/BAML in London in Leveraged Finance, High Yield Syndicate and High Yield Sales positions. Reza holds a bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in Canada, where he graduated with Joint Honours in Economics and Finance, and he received an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD in France.