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Agenda Overview

Day one, Tuesday 7th June 2016

08.30 Registration and morning refreshments

09.15 Chairperson’s opening remarks

09.30 Keynote: Plotting the rise of FinTech adoption in trade finance: Time frames, drivers, barriers and key innovations

09.45 Benchmarking the use of the digital solutions across the corporate landscape: Which sectors and companies will be driving demand in the future?

  • How are banks and corporates viewing the electronic presentation of trade finance instruments?
  • Will FinTech solutions be applied to structured trade/commodity finance? Is the Agri- business ready to digitise?
  • How are SMEs evaluating digitisation?
  1. Richard Evrard, Global Head of Trade Finance & Structured Trade Finance, Mercuria
  2. Ernst Berger, Business Development Manager, Digitization of Trade Finance, ABB

10.30 Tackling harmonisation and standardisation: Will a solution be found to align stakeholders?

  • What collaboration is needed between banks, corporates and technology companies to address interoperability issues?
  • Will ports and local authorities allow and adopt electronic documents?
  • Solutions to overcome legal requirements and standardise contracts
  • What can be done to improve data sharing and standardisation?
  1. Thierry Roehm, Global Head of Trade Finance & Services, Societe Generale

11.15 Morning refreshments and networking break

12.00 Understanding the regulatory environment for digital solutions in trade finance

  • What role will digitalisation play in fraud protection and KYC?
  • Will regulation be key driver or impediment to the digitalisation of trade finance?
  • Is there finally a need for the e-UCP?
  • Urban Ljungblom, Industry & Public Affairs, Trade Finance, Nordea
  1. Michael Hogan, Managing Director, Regional Head, EMEA Transaction Banking, MUFG

12.45 Case Study: Lessons taken from Airbus Group’s adoption of a multibank trade finance platform

  1. Claudie Guiraudet, Head of Guarantees, Customer Project and Structured Finance, AIRBUS Group

13.15 Networking lunch

14.30 How comfortable are banks and corporates with the Bank Payment Obligation? What alternatives are emerging?


  • Do the high costs and lack of awareness outweigh the benefits over LCs and open account trades?
  • Tackling change management: What can be done to enhance the integer extraction of key information from trade documentation for verification?
  • In terms of counterparty risk, is the BPO safer than the LC? Is the trade-off sufficient?
  1. Alan Adamson, Global Supply Chain / Logistics Executive Consultant, ACA Consulting
  2. Nirmal Radhakrishnan, Head of Corporate, CTA and Trade Products, Europe, Standard Chartered Bank
  3. Marguerite Burghardt, Head of Strategy and Products, Corporate Trade & Treasury Solutions CIB, BNP Paribas
  4. Vivek Ramachandran, Global Head of Product & Propositions: Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC Bank

15.15 Exploring the aspirations of third party platform providers: Are they a real threat to trade finance bankers or collaborators?

  • What impact are technology providers having on the bank/corporate relationship?
  • Which niches are platform providers targeting?
  • How are corporates evaluating their options?
  • Will platforms disintermediate trade finance banks?
  1. Jacco de Jong, Managing Director, essDOCS Consulting

16.00 Afternoon refreshments and networking break

16.30 Understanding blockchain: To what extent will it be a disruptive force for trade finance?

  • What is blockchain? Can it address the physical as well as the financial supply chain?
  • Assessing the impact of block chain on tackling fraud, collections, payments and verification
  • Will blockchain replace the Bill of Lading and LCs?
  • What are the regulatory concerns?
  1. John Edge, Chairman, Identity Economic Holdings

17.00 Automating trade finance: Developments in smart contracts and the application of the “Internet of Things”
Andre Casterman, Independent Consultant

17.30 Oxford style-debate
Two teams will take to the stage to argue for and against the motion.
“This house believes that trade finance will become completely automated, disintermediating trade finance bankers”

18.00 Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by cocktail reception