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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Monday, November 28, 2016

1:15PM Registration and welcome lunch
2:15PM Chairperson's opening remarks
2:30PM Keynote address on CEE’s economic and financial challenges
Bas Bakker, IMF Senior Resident Representative, Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe, International Monetary Fund
3:00PM Examining strong local liquidity in CEE: Where do opportunities lie for international banks?
  • Are cash-rich corporates content with relationship-driven deals?
  • What cross-selling potential do syndicated loans offer in the current climate?
  • For how long can refinancings continue to generate better covenants and pricing?
  • When will lenders descend the credit curve to expand their business?
Paul Stallebrass, Partner, Head of CEE Banking & Finance, CMS
Kirsten Schulz-Lobeck, Head of Loan Syndication, Erste Group Bank
Petr Skotnica, Senior Banker, Structured Financing, Komercni Banka
Thomas Haedicke, Head of Primary Syndications and Distribution, Raiffeisen Bank International
3:45PM Afternoon refreshments and networking break
4:30PM Improving perception of Russian DCM risk: How could this impact the post-sanctions environment for CEE?
  • The impact of sanctions on international lenders’ risk management profiles
  • How will ‘pent-up’ demand from Russian corporates manifest itself in a post-sanctions environment?
  • How will the future composition of Russian borrowers and lenders change?
  • Analysing the interplay between dollar, euro and rouble financing going forward
Julia Kolesova, Head of Debt Capital Markets - Loans - & Treasury, Alfa-Bank
Elena Lukovkina, Head of Corporate Finance, Treasury & International Tax, Evraz Group
Marina Kareeva, Director, Capital Issuance and Funding Department, Promsvyazbank
Peter Hanrott, Head of Loan Markets, Bank of Tokyo - Mitsubishi UFJ
5:15PM What do CEE’s borrowers seek from lenders in an ever more aggressive pricing climate?
  • Do different sectors favour new entrant lenders?
  • How are borrowers continuing to generate more favourable covenants?
  • Eurozone negative rates and LIBOR floors
Jacek Matyjasik, Director Treasury Department, PKN Orlen
Mariusz Machajewski, Chief Financial Officer, Grupa Lotos
Marian Rasik, Chief Financial Officer, Pegas Nonwovens
Jelena Penava, Director of Funding & INA Portfolio Management Department, INA – Industrija nafte
6:00PM Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by drinks reception

Day 2: Tuesday, November 29, 2016

9:15AM Morning refreshments
9:45AM Chairperson’s opening remarks

Stream 1

10:00AM Pre-payment financing & PXF structures: How will this deal structure impact CEE?
  • How dependent are CEE’s borrowers and importers on the success of pre-payment deals?
  • Does this bypass of the loan market portray an evolving or declining lending landscape?
  • What can European lenders learn from oil trader-influenced lending structures?
Elena Tchoubykina, Counsel, CMS
Yuri Korsun, Managing Director, Head of Structured Finance, Sberbank CIB
10:45AM Outlook for CEE sectoral challenges: Agriculture, Real Estate, Telecoms & Utilities
  • What are the big growth areas for cross-border transactions?
  • Building relationships in local jurisdictions: Where can borrowers benefit most from international banking expertise?
  • PPP financing: What are the regional sectoral opportunities?
Vladislav Nožicka, Executive Director, Specialized Finance, CSOB
Ladislav Janyik, CFO, Slovnaft
Jan Brozik, Executive Finance Director, CEZ

Stream 2

10:00AM Chinese capital in CEE: How will Asian investment live up to expectations?
  • How do new entrants establish arranger mandates in an already overbanked region?
  • What are the challenges of putting balance-sheet to use
  • Do post-sanctions secured transactions favour new entrants?
  • Utilities, infrastructure and agriculture: What are the challenges facing different sectors?
Vincent Thomson-Walsh, Head of Syndications, EMEA Syndication Centre, Bank of China
10:45AM How will recent instability impact pricing and tenors for Turkish FIs and corporates?
  • Can Turkish banks finance corporates effectively as they expand and acquire?
  • Is there a ‘mismatch in maturity’ for Turkish corporates and FIs?
  • Changing borrower access to liquidity and the role of international banks given political upheaval
  • Turkish infrastructure projects: How do local and international banks compete for business?
Hiren Singharay, CEO/ Member of the Supervisory Board, Global Finance & Capital Limited
Bülent Beydüz, Chief Financial Officer, Erdemir Group
Zeki Önder, Executive Vice President, Sekerbank
Muhsin Keskin, Partner, Baker & McKenzie/Esin Attorney Partnership
11:30AM Morning refreshments and networking break
12:15PM CEE regional and sectoral roundtable discussions

Each table will focus on a different core CEE economy and asset class, hosted by a different industry expert. Delegates can tailor their conference, and choose which table they join, enjoying diverse networking opportunities

• Czech Republic & Slovakia -  Antonin Pospíšil, Head of Syndicated Loans and Debt Placement, CSOB

• Multilaterals & ECAs - Michael Emery, Head of Syndications, IFC

• Romania - Simon Dayes, Partner, CMS

• Russia - Ben Dobson, Director, Structured Trade & Export Finance, Deutsche Bank

• Real Estate - Michael Weitersberger, Head of Real Estate Finance, Raiffeisen Bank International

• Schuldschein - Jan-Martin Nufer, Director, Treasury & Funding, Borealis AG

1:30PM Networking lunch

Stream 3

2:45PM To what extent is Acquisition & Leveraged Finance driving syndications in CEE?
  • Why have institutional investor-driven acquisitions lagged behind in CEE, and how best to stimulate it?
  • Borrower-friendly LBOs as a driver for deal volume
  • What debt instruments are CEE’s acquirers most active in?
Nicholas Kabcenell, Managing Director, Darby Private Equity
Peeter Saks, Managing Partner, BaltCap Management
Aleksander Majewski, Director, Syntaxis Capital UFB GmBH
Tamas Szalai, Partner, CEE Equity Partners
Jonathan Nighswander, Director, EMSA Capital
Patrick Wigan, Director, Wigan Acquisitions
3:30PM Understanding NPLs and restructurings: Exploring distressed debt appetite in peripheral CEE markets
  • Which jurisdictions are driving restructurings in CEE?
  • Exploring options for structuring of NPL transactions
  • Expanding cross-border transactions: Who is purchasing loan books?
Ihor Olekhov, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Stream 4

2:45PM Schuldschein in CEE: Are corporates attracted by a diverse investor base and simplified documentation?
  • Could shifting borrowers’ needs facilitate greater demand for Schuldschein?
  • Building globalised investor demand for CEE debt
  • Must documentation become more simplified & standardised?
Penelope Smith, Head of EM Corporate Loan Origination, Commerzbank
Nicholas Voisey, Managing Director, Loan Markets Association
Jan-Martin Nufer, Director Treasury & Funding, Borealis AG
Philipp Schmidt, Head of Group Treasury, Semperit AG
3:30PM End of Stream
4:00PM Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by close of conference