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About the event

For 18 years, AFME’s European Leveraged Finance Conference has brought together the leading names in the European high yield and loan markets to network and debate.

This year we are broadening the programme to also cover CLOs – as well as covering leveraged loans and alternative forms of financing such as direct lending and private credit – to reflect the growth of, and increasing interaction between, European markets.

Additionally, panellists will reflect on the performance of the European high yield market in 2023, emerging market practice trends, ESG developments, and the impact of the macro-economic landscape and geopolitical events.

Registration fees:
• AFME member early bird: £499+ VAT
• Non-member early bird: £749 + 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

For group bookings, please email [email protected]

Complimentary subject to verification:
• Investor: promo code INVESTOR
• Regulator: promo code REGULATOR
• Press: promo code PRESS

How can your business be a part of AFME's 18th Annual European Leveraged Finance Conference?

As a partner you could:
• Engage with 200+ European senior-level attendees across a day of high value content
• Interact with industry expert speakers
• Participate in panels on key industry topics
• Build useful connections with dedicated networking sessions
• Gain visibility via our social media channels, website and bespoke promotional marketing to our database of 22,000 industry professionals
• Showcase your solutions at the event exhibit space

Packages can be tailor-made to suit your company's aim and aspirations. To discuss particular opportunities, please contact Safyia Merrique at [email protected] or on +44 (0)20 3828 2674.


Associate Partner
Media Partner

Who attends?

  • Heads of post trade
  • Investors
  • COOs
  • Market structure specialists
  • Regulators
  • Policymakers
  • Clearing and settlement houses
  • Law firms
  • Consultancies
  • Trading platforms and technology providers
  • Financial associations
  • AFME members
  • Investment banks
  • European supervisory authorities
  • National competent authorities
  • Clearing and settlement houses
  • Exchanges
  • Asset managers
  • Technology providers
  • Professional services
  • Fintech start-ups

Why attend?

  • The event provided an opportunity for delegates to meet over 300 senior level attendees
  • Build contacts in over 5 hours dedicated to networking
  • Hear up to 70 industry expert speakers
  • 12 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.


Welcome registration
Opening remarks
Keynote address
Investor Outlook
Panel discussion:
  • Investment decisions in a changing world
  • Portfolio diversification and risk mitigation
  • Geopolitical and Economic headwinds
  • Effects of Sustainable finance on investment decisions
  • What’s next?
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Panel discussion: Alternative Financing
  • What is alternative financing?
  • Market performance: High yield bonds vs Alternative financing
  • Direct lending and Private credit
  • Why choose alternative financing?
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Networking Break
Panel discussion: Sustainable Finance
  • Effects of ESG regulations on leveraged finance markets
  • Greenwashing and disclosure
  • Due diligence and reporting: Regulation and market practice
  • Geopolitical and Economic impacts
  • Ratings and third-party verification
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Panel discussion: Issuer Considerations
  • Why issue high yield bonds?
  • Challenges for first time issuers
  • Views on changing market structures and practice
  • Effects of sustainable finance on issuance decisions
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Networking Lunch
Panel discussion: Heads of High Yield
  • Recap of the European high yield market issuance and performance in 2023
  • The war in Ukraine, Inflation and ESG developments
  • That key factors do you expect to influence the market in 2024 and beyond?
Benjamin Thompson,
J.P. Morgan
Dominic Ashcroft,
Goldman Sachs
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Track A: Private Equity Discussion
Track B: TBC
Track A: TBC
Track B: TBC
Networking break
Panel discussion: CLO's
  • CLOs in 2022: Where do they stand?
  • Structures and documentation
  • Issuance, pricing, investor and manager considerations
  • Impact of Sustainable Finance
  • Next year, and beyond
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Panel discussion: The current state of European Leveraged Loans
  • Current trends and market performance
  • Have European leveraged loan markets changed for the better?
  • Leveraged loans vs Hig yield: Is equilibrium possible?
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Closing remarks
Networking drinks

Other Speaker

Benjamin Thompson

J.P. Morgan