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About the event

This year, AFME is launching its first London High Yield and Private Debt Forum. The forum will bring together the leading names in the High Yield, Leveraged Loan and Private Debt / Direct Lending markets, providing topical and invaluable discussions, and an opportunity to network.

To build on AFME’s successes with its previous Annual European Leveraged Finance Conference series, AFME is recalibrating its new flagship event with a focus not only on HY bonds and leveraged loans, but also a greater focus on and coverage of the sizable European Private Debt / Direct Lending market. This is in recognition of the importance of all three markets to UK and EU mid-sized corporates, recent rapid growth and increased regulatory attention on this market.

The half-day forum content will comprehensively cover key areas of interest including:
• High Yield bonds and leveraged loans – current landscape
• Overview of Private Debt / Direct lending growth – motivations, participants, economics
• Private debt/direct lending emerging regulatory risk considerations, including NBFI regulatory focus
• Designing the right structures for High Yield, CLO/ LL & PC/DL

Regular Registration fees:
• AFME member: £399 + VAT
• Non member: £599 + 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


To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Safiya Merrique at [email protected] or on +44 (0)7920 221 216.

Partners

Lead Partner
Partner
Lead Event Endorser
Media Partner

Who attends?

  • Arrangers/Underwriters
  • Corporates
  • Investors
  • Law firms
  • Ratings agencies
  • Data providers
  • Other market participants

Registration enquiries

For registration enquiries, please contact Events on [email protected] for assistance.

Agenda

08:00
Welcome registration
08:30
Breakfast briefing: Covenants: Back in the Spotlight
  • How covenants have evolved over the years, flexibilities that borrowers might seek to leverage in the current climate, and what investors should look out for?
  • Whether new issue deals are seeing any additional changes, and the implications of these
Moderator:
Sabrina Fox,
CEO, ELFA
Speakers:
Craig Abouchar,
Managing Director, European High Yield, Barings
Rebecca Clements,
Senior Credit Analyst, Fixed Income, Fidelity International
Simon Duff,
Senior Credit Analyst, M&G
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09:05
Welcome registration continued
09:15
Opening remarks
Speakers:
Gary Simmons,
Managing Director, High Yield and ECM, AFME
Rob Mathews,
Partner, Baker McKenzie
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09:20
Keynote address
Speaker:
Klaus Baader,
Global Chief Economist, Société Générale
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09:45
Panel discussion: High Yield Bonds
  • Recap of the European high yield market issuance and performance in 2024
  • Evaluating high yield bond funding vs CLO and PC Alternatives
  • Predictions for the rest of 2024
Moderator:
James Greene,
Partner, White & Case
Speakers:
Benjamin Thompson,
Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, J.P. Morgan
Dominic Ashcroft,
Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance, Goldman Sachs
Luca Laino,
Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
Murad Khaled,
Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, BofA Merrill Lynch
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10:30
Panel discussion: European Private Debt & CLO Markets
  • What is “Private Debt”
  • Motivations for Corporate Investor and Arrangers European comparisons to US private debt markets
  • Integrations with the CLO markets
Moderator:
Anthony Kay,
Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Speakers:
Gianluca Consoli,
Portfolio Manager, PGIM
Henrik Ljungstrom,
Director, Danske Bank
Marta Stojanova,
Director, S&P Global Ratings
Michal Parkitny,
Managing Director - Head of Debt Capital Markets CEEMEA, BancTrust & Co.
Reza Zargham,
Head of Strategic Capital, Managing Director, Barclays
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11:10
Networking break
11:40
Panel discussion: Designing the right structures for High Yield Bonds & Leveraged Loans
  • Commercial differences and considerations for HY bonds, leveraged loans and private debt
  • Investor concerns and considerations
  • Covenants and other flexibility across financing structures
  • Assessing liquidity; role of secondary market / potential investor pool
Moderator:
Ben Bierwirth,
Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Speakers:
Clark Nicholls,
CIO, Aucit Investment Management
Eden Riche,
Managing Director and Head of High Yield and Emerging Market Syndicate, ING
Martin Reeves,
Head of High Yield, LGIM
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12:20
Closing remarks
Speaker:
Gary Simmons,
Managing Director, High Yield and ECM, AFME
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12:30
Networking lunch

Keynote Speaker

Klaus Baader

Global Chief Economist, Société Générale

Other Speakers

Anthony Kay

Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Ben Bierwirth

Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Benjamin Thompson

Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, J.P. Morgan

Clark Nicholls

CIO, Aucit Investment Management

Craig Abouchar

Managing Director, European High Yield, Barings

Dominic Ashcroft

Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance, Goldman Sachs

Eden Riche

Managing Director and Head of High Yield and Emerging Market Syndicate, ING

Gary Simmons

Managing Director, High Yield and ECM, AFME

Gianluca Consoli

Portfolio Manager, PGIM

Henrik Ljungstrom

Director, Danske Bank

James Greene

Partner, White & Case

Luca Laino

Managing Director, Deutsche Bank

Martin Reeves

Head of High Yield, LGIM

Michal Parkitny

Managing Director - Head of Debt Capital Markets CEEMEA, BancTrust & Co.

Murad Khaled

Head of EMEA Leveraged Finance Capital Markets, BofA Merrill Lynch

Rebecca Clements

Senior Credit Analyst, Fixed Income, Fidelity International

Reza Zargham

Head of Strategic Capital, Managing Director, Barclays

Rob Mathews

Partner, Baker McKenzie

Sabrina Fox

CEO, ELFA

Simon Duff

Senior Credit Analyst, M&G