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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Thursday 13th November, 2014 

08.15 Registration and morning refreshments

09.00 Chairperson’s opening remarks

  1. Jana Petkova, Managing Director, Corporate & Financial Institutions, Loan Syndication, UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking
09.10 A multi-speed Central and Eastern Europe: Fractured but not broken
  • Looking at forecasted CEE economic growth for 2015
  • What will be the biggest challenges faced by CEE economies at the start of 2015 and how will this impact banks’ corporate lending?
  • What are the key macroeconomic indicators to look out for in 2015?
  1. Michael Bures, Head of Debt Capital Markets, Corporates, Raiffeisen Bank International
09.40 Emerging Markets Loan Bankers Roundtable: Are the prevailing trends of 2014 expected to continue into 2015?
  • How low are banks willing to go in loan pricing for the promise of ancillary business?
  • Looking at why there’s been a dearth of truly syndicated facilities in the CEE over the last year
  • To what extent are CEE syndications increasingly heading towards an originate-to-distribute model?
  1. Eric Zimny, Deputy General Manager, Head of CEEMEA Syndications, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited
  2. William Sharpe, Managing Director, Loan Syndication International, Natixis
  3. Peter Hanrott, Head of EMEA Loan Market Sales, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ
  4. Helen Guillemot, Head of Loan Syndications, E&C Structured Finance, CIS, Eastern Europe & Turkey, BNP Paribas
  5. Adrian Walker, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs
  6. Caryn Bell, Director, EMEA Loan Structuring and Syndication, Citi
  7. Moderator: Paul Stallebrass, Partner, Head of CEE Banking & Finance, CMS

10.40 Morning refreshments and networking break sponsored by KBC/CSOB

11.20 Is it still a good time to be a corporate borrower in CEE?

  • Looking at the financing preferences of the regions corporates and why relationship-driven club deals have recently risen in popularity
  • Domestic vs international: On what grounds is the decision to use domestic or international banks made? What other factors besides pricing are looked at?
  • USD vs EUR vs local currency: To what extent does currency matter?
  1. Vera Szaz, Head of Funding, Group Treasury, MOL
  2. Arpad Nagy, Treasury and Funding Director, MVM
  3. Eliska Sovova, Head of Financing Unit, CEZ Group
  4. Moderator: Andrew Moses, Head of Loan Sales, KBC
12.10 Political and credit risk: Using specialized insurance products to mitigate risks in the CEE region
  • What is the impact of political risk on the CEE market and what products exist to mitigate these risks?
  • How do banks use political and credit insurance to mitigate risk?
  • How do (re)insurers see recent developments in CEE and what influences are these having on premiums?
  1. James Cunningham, Credit & Political Risk, Miller Insurance Services
  2. Simon Bessant, Broker, Texel Finance
  3. Peter Jenkins, Co-Head of Credit & Political Risk, Brit Group
  4. Moderator: Cengizhan Kaptan, Director Loan Syndications and Distribution, Raiffeisen Bank International
13.00 Lunch sponsored by Baker & McKenzie

14.30 Chairperson's remarks
  1. Vladislav Chiriac, Director - Loan Syndication, Market Coverage and Trading, Finance & Advisory, UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking

14.40 Energy and infrastructure finance: Meeting the funding gap in the CEE region

  • What is the extent of funding needed for infrastructure projects in CEE and what is the composition of the investor base that might satisfy this demand?
  • Looking at the role of local banks in providing funding for infrastructure and energy projects, and their interactions with international financial institutions
  • What can be done to boost the participation of pension and debt funds in CEE infrastructure projects?
  1. Alma Ourazalinova, Principal Syndications Officer, IFC
  2. Mark Kleinman, Global Senior Managing Director, General Manager of Sales & Project Finance, GE
  3. Stuart Wimbury, Director, Project & Commodity Finance Loan Syndications, UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking
15.25 Russia and the CIS: Examining current and future prospects for the syndicated lending market in the region
  • The current status of the Russian syndicated loan market
  • Kazakhstan: What deals have been done over the last year and what does the pipeline look like for YE 2014 and 2015?
  • Azerbaijan: Can/will the country attract more loan investors than before? Is there a market beyond Socar and IBA?
  1. Yuri Korsun, Managing Director, Head of Structured Finance, Sberbank CIB
  2. Vladislav Chiriac, Director - Loan Syndication, Market Coverage and Trading, Financing & Advisory, UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking
  3. Thomas Hädicke, Executive Director, Head of Loan Syndication & Distribution, Raiffeisen Bank International
  4. Moderator: Grigory Marinichev, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius
16.10 Afternoon coffee and networking break sponsored by KBC/CSOB

16.40 Where do opportunities for syndicated deals lie in Hungary?
  • In what sectors are deals being seen in Hungary? Which sectors are more active than others?
  • Looking at the impact of high levels of non-performing corporate loans on foreign-owned banks’ ability to participate in syndications
  • Will the new Civil Code and recognition of the role of the security agent make securing syndicated loans under Hungarian law easier?
  1. Erika Papp, Partner, CMS Hungary

17.10 Turkey: Defying the odds to find success in the international syndications market?

  • What impact has recent political instability had on international banks’ risk appetite for Turkish deals?
  • Have Turkish banks been paying a higher premium for their foreign borrowings in 2014?
  • Looking at the impact of the Central Bank of Turkey's ban on foreign revolving loans and implications for cross-border borrowings
  1. Hiren Singharay, Regional Head of Syndications, Europe, Standard Chartered Bank
  2. Muhsin Keskin, Partner, Esin Attorney/Baker McKenzie Partnership
  3. Sakir Somek, Executive Vice President of International Financial Institutions, Alternatif Bank
  4. Halit Dover, Assistant General manager, Global Head of International Relations Group, Tekstil Bankasi
  5. Moderator: Semih Özcan, Division Head of Financial Institutions and Corresponding Banking, Denizbank AG

18.00 Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by cocktail reception hosted by Raiffeisen Bank International


Day 2: Friday 14th November, 2014

08.15 Morning refreshments

09.00 Chairperson’s opening remarks

09.10 Acquisition & leveraged finance: Where are deals coming from?

  • Looking at M&A activity in the region over the last year
  • Are banking sector consolidations in Hungary likely to boost acquisition finance activity? What other markets are expected to see similar consolidations?
  • Examining private equity activity in the region: Which countries have seen most private equity activity and which are the most popular heading into 2015?
  1. Thomas Schreder, Head of Department, Acquisition, Project and Structured Finance II, Raiffeisen Bank International
  2. Ivan Meloun, Director, Acquisition and Leveraged Finance, CSOB
  3. Nigel Adamson, Associate Director, Corporate & Financial Institution Loan Syndication, Financing & Advisory, UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking
  4. Moderator: Eva Smolen, Director, Syndicated Finance, ING Commercial Banking
09.55 How will regulatory updates impact the syndicated lending market?
  • Looking at the results of the recent EMIR consultation and its’ impact on syndicated lending
  • Have Basel III and FATCA impacted the way the market thought they would?
  • What recent documentary initiatives has the LMA undertaken?
  1. Nick Voisey, Director, Loan Market Association
10.40 Poland: Is the country still as hot as it has been?
  • Which banks are most liquid and ready to participate in deals?
  • What are the “hot” sectors for syndicated lending activity in the country?
  • With privatisations gaining full momentum in Poland, what will this mean for syndicated lending?
  1. Matias Sottile, Head of Credit Markets Poland, Bank Zachodni / Santander
  2. Dieter Lobnig, Director, Head of Financial Sponsor Solutions & Project & Commodity Finance, Bank Pekao
  3. Marcin Kasinski, Executive Director, Debt Optimisation and Distribution, Crédit Agricole CIB
  4. Moderator: Oliver Blount, Managing Director, Head of Loan Syndication, CEEMA, ING Commercial Banking
11.20 Mid-morning coffee and networking break sponsored by KBC/CSOB

11.50 Czech Republic & Slovakia: Looking at the syndicated lending market in these two economies
  • As the Czech and Slovak economies return to growth, will this lead to a greater activity of local corporates in the syndications market?
  • In what sectors are deals being seen in the Czech Republic and Slovakia? Which sectors are more active than others?
  • Have we seen some more attractive, unusual structures emerging in deals in these two countries?
  1. Ladislav Janyik, Chief Financial Officer, Slovnaft
  2. Marek Kyhos, Chief Financial Officer, Skoda Transportation Group
  3. Petr Hanak, Head of Structured Finance & Syndications, UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking
  4. Libor Basl, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
  5. Moderator: Jan Nyvlt, Director, Syndicated Loans, CSOB
12.40 Examining financing methods for the CEE’s financial institutions
  • How is the market risk perception of the region’s banks impacting their ability to access the loan market for financing?
  • Looking at international banks’ risk appetites for lending to Russia’s financial institutions
  • Do local CEE banks prefer the loans or capital markets for funding?
  1. Marina Kareeva, Director, Capital Issuance and Funding Department, Promsvyazbank
  2. Alenka Smerkolj, Senior Executive Director, Financial Markets and Group Treasury, Nova Ljubljanska
  3. Harun Tankovic, Managing Director, Head of Funding Department, HBOR
  4. Attila Farsky, Head of Debt Capital Markets, FIG, Raiffeisen Bank International
13.30 Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by lunch and close of conference