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Agenda Overview

Day One: Thursday 19th November 2015

08:15 Registration and morning refreshments  09:00 Chairperson's opening remarks 

09.15 Macroeconomic overview: How is the CEE region faring with its key challenges?

  • Growth and increased stability across CEE: What is the outlook for 2016?
  • How will CEE capitalise on the unprecedented liquidity flowing into the region?
  • What impact will the Greek debt crisis have on future CEE lending prospects?
  1. Simon Quijano-Evans, Chief Emerging Markets Strategist, Commerzbank

09.45 Loan Bankers’ Roundtable: Will 2016 improve on 2015’s weak new deal volumes?

  • Analysing the prominence of refinancing deals over the last year, and where they’ll lead
  • Do negative LIBOR floors present a threat to future deal volumes?
  • How will banks tackle stubbornly high NPL ratios in CEE?
  1. Vladislav Chiriac , Director, Loan Syndicate CEEMEA, UniCredit
  2. Eric Zimny , Deputy General Manager, Head of CEEMEA Syndications, SMBC
  3. Penny Smith , Head of EM Corporate Loan Origination, Commerzbank
  4. Moderator: Paul Stallebrass , Head of CEE Banking, CMS

10.30 Morning refreshments and networking break sponsored by CSOB/KBC

11.15 Russia and the CIS: Opportunities for deals in tough times

  • What syndicated deals are being done in Russia, and how is the market adjusting?
  • Pre-export finance as a steadfast liquidity source in the current environment
  • Which CIS countries are seeing most activity in syndicated lending?
  1. Yuri Lekarev , Managing Director, Head of International Funding, Financial Institutions and Investor Relations, Otkritie Financial Corporation Bank
  2. Leopold Glanz , Associate Director, Corporate Structured Finance CEE, UniCredit
  3. Yuri Korsun, Managing Director, Head of Structured Finance, Sberbank
  4. James Cunningham, Credit & Political Risks, Miller
  5. Moderator: Oliver Blount , Managing Director, Head of Loan Syndication, ING Bank

12.00 Assessing syndicated finance for CEE financial institutions

  • How has the role of the syndication market changed in FI finance?
  • Is regulatory pressure driving more subsidiary standalone funding?
  • Where does syndicated finance stand relative to other FI funding methods?
  1. Marina Kareeva , Director, Capital Issuance and Funding Department, Promsvyazbank
  2. Julia Kolesova, Head of Debt Capital Markets, Loans, and Treasury, Alfa Bank
  3. Ben Dobson, Director, Deutsche Bank 
  4. Moderator: Georg Diwok , Partner, Baker & McKenzie

12.45 Lunch sponsored by Baker & McKenzie

14.00 Poland: Analysing deal prospects in CEE’s most liquid economy

  • Which sectors are seeing the most syndicated lending activity?
  • As privatisations complete, will borrowers favour financing through bonds or loans?
  • Will Zloty-denominated debt remain preferable for the Polish market going forward?
  1. Marcin Kasinski , Executive Director, Debt Optimisation and Distribution, Credit Agricole CIB
  2. Maciej Wolanski, Managing Director, Head of Global Finance Poland, Societe Generale CIB 

14.45 Real estate finance in CEE: A hot sector for syndicated lending

  • Which countries are attracting critical mass in this sector?
  • Is substantial growth in the region’s real estate market disguising a bubble?
  • What type of facility characterises funding methods in this sector?
  1. Lukasz Motyl, MD, Head of Real Estate CEE, UniCredit
  2. George Aase , Chief Financial Officer, PointPark Properties
  3. Michael Weitersberger, Head of Real Estate Finance, Raiffeisenbank

15.30 Afternoon refreshments and networking break sponsored by CSOB/KBC

16.00 Acquisition and leveraged finance: Deal structures and lending prospects for 2016

  • Leveraged buyouts: An effective method of stimulating leveraged finance in the region?
  • Will increased private equity sponsored finance boost the CEE leverage market?
  • What role do alternative credit providers play in CEE leveraged finance deals?
  1. Nikolaus Bethlen , Partner, Mid Europa Partners
  2. Nigel Adamson , Director, Loan Syndicate CEEMEA, UniCredit
  3. Thomas Spring, Founding Partner, Syntaxis
  4. Moderator: Eva Smolen , Director, Syndicated Finance, ING Bank

16.45 Will CEE remain a borrowers’ market in 2016

  • How can banks entice borrowers to syndicated lending in the face of weak deal volumes?
  • Are borrowers holding back on capital expenditure across CEE?
  • To what extent are European macroeconomic developments affecting borrowers’ decision-making?
  1. László Szabó , Finance Director, MVM
  2. Jan Brozik, Executive Finance Director, CEZ
  3. Ladislav Janyik, Chief Financial Officer, Slovnaft 
  4. Moderator: Andrew Moses , Head of Loan Syndicate and Sales, KBC

17.30 Export finance in CEE: Are we seeing greater syndication volumes in this sector?

  • Are export syndications becoming more frequent in CEE?
  • What export territories are of interest for export syndicators?
  • How will varying degrees of state support impact export syndication volumes?
  1. Jan Nývlt , Director, Export & Structured Trade Finance, CSOB
  2. Dana Pucelikova, Director, Export Credit Insurance Department, EGAP
  3. Moderator: Dr Oliver Socher, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

18.15 Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by drinks reception

Day Two: Friday 20th November 2015

08:15 Registration and morning refreshments 09:00 Chairperson's opening remarks

09:15 Hungary: Is the market coming back to life?

  • Assessing the impact of easing tensions in the local banking sector on lending volumes
  • How liquid is the Hungarian market?
  • Which financing methods do Hungarian borrowers favour?
  1. Vera Száz, Head of Funding, Group Treasury, MOL Group
  2. Arpad Nagy, Treasury and Funding Director, MVM
  3. Moderator: Dusán Lásztity, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

10.00 Case study: Poland's first hospital PPP

  • Assessing the importance of this deal in both the Polish and CEE contexts
  • What role did each participant play in putting together the deal?
  • What are the implications for future financing of social infrastructure in CEE?
  1. Nasser Massoud, Executive Board Director, InterHealth Canada Limited
  2. Piotr Bednarski, Director, Project Finance, FM Bank PBP
  3. Konrad Wilczak, Principal Banker, EBRD
  4. Tomasz Zwoliński, Of Counsel, CMS
  5. Moderator: Simon Dayes, Partner, CMS

10.45 Czech Republic and Slovakia: A highly liquid and competitive market

  • Are refinancing deals returning to prominence in the Czech market?
  • Is overbuild in the commercial space leading to a real estate bubble?
  • Assessing greater liquidity and competition in the region, and how this could impact syndication volume and deal structures
  1. Lukas Chaloupka , Team Head, Structured Syndications and Syndicated Loans, CSOB
  2. Marianna Popovicova, Expert, Corporate Specialized Finance, CSOB
  3. David Jelen , Group Development Finance Director, PointPark Properties
  4. Moderator: Ana Radnev, Partner, CMS

11.30 Mid-morning coffee and networking break sponsored by CSOB/KBC

12.00 LMA Market Update: Regulatory changes, documentary initiatives, and sanctions

  • What guidance can the LMA give market participants to ensure continued compliance with sanctions?
  • Examining proposed regulatory changes, and their impact on syndicated lending
  • What recent documentary initiatives has the LMA undertaken?
  1. Nick Voisey , Director, Loan Market Association

12.30 Infrastructure and energy finance: Where are the deals coming from?

  • How has demand for infrastructure finance shifted since 2014?
  • Would an increase in PPP funding encourage longer tenor loan activity across the region?
  • What deals has the renewable sector seen? Which regions are attaining critical mass?
  1. Michael Emery, Head of EMEA Syndications, IFC
  2. Michael Delia , Deputy Head, Loan Syndications, EBRD
  3. Moderator: Pal Prileszky , Director, Project Finance CEE, UniCredit

13.15 Turkey: Capitalising on alternative financing methods into 2016

  • Are longer tenors the new norm for Turkish FIs?
  • How will Turkish corporates’ financing methods adapt to corresponding FI financing changes?
  • Will Turkey continue to attract more international funding to large scale project finance?
  1. Hiren Singharay , Regional Head of Syndications, Standard Chartered
  2. Harvey Hoogakker , Managing Director, Head of Risk Distribution & Loan Syndication EMEA, Wells Fargo
  3. Bülent Beydüz , Group Chief Financial Officer, Erdemir
  4. Zeki Önder , Executive Vice President – Financial Institutions, Şekerbank
  5. Moderator: Semih Özcan, Head of Financial Institutions & Trade Finance, DenizBank

14.00 Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by lunch and close of conference