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5th Annual Nordic Region Trade & Export Finance Conference
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Exporta were delighted to return to Gothenburg on November 21st for the 5th Annual Nordic Region Trade & Export Finance Conference, which took place at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.
Amidst a prestigious audience made up of the best in breed from the Nordic and wider European corporate, banking, insurance and financial services sectors, discussions focused on a range of key issues, including the continuing impact of the Eurozone crisis on trade volumes, different strategies between local and international banks in meeting client requirements, managing working capital and the changing role of the corporate financier, opportunities provided by emerging markets and new trade corridors, and changing market dynamics as insurers, banks, insurers and export credit agencies all look to broaden their offerings.
“As one of the trade finance market’s most forward-thinking regions, we’re delighted to have returned to Gothenburg for the 5th time for discussions on an extensive array of subjects,” said Jeff Ando, Head of Production for Exporta Conferences. “As well as the ongoing need for innovation, we have focused on the core trade fundamentals of managing risk and maintaining liquidity, as well as considering how the challenges of the current climate have seen companies look towards markets such as Africa and Asia, with their banks following them. We’ve also examined the new roles for insurers and ECAs in particular, asking whether this makes for greater collaboration or increased competition in the marketplace.”
“One of the keys to the success of this event has been the ability to consistently attract the major multinationals to attend and outline how the market is serving them, from the likes of Volvo and Electrolux to ABB and Nokia,” said Peter Gubbins, Managing Director of Exporta. “As a result the event has built such a reputation that we regularly have delegates contacting us months in advance in order to plan their trip to the region. Attendees can save literally days of travelling by meeting everyone under one roof on that one day.”
With attendance not only from leading Swedish trade leaders but also senior figures from Finland, Norway and Denmark, as well as mainland Europe, the event looked to reflect Gothenburg’s role as a key regional trade hub. Support came from both the private and public sectors, with local institutions such as SEB, EKN, SEK and Swedbank joined by international names such as Standard Chartered, RBS, Atradius, Gallagher and SWIFT. "We're delighted to have been the lead sponsor of this event once again, a role we have enjoyed since its inception," said Patrik Zekkar, Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance at SEB. "The chance to bring so many clients and market participants together to hold key discussions has been very important to us."
With networking deemed a key priority throughout the course of the day, delegates were encouraged to organise meetings with clients, partners and peers prior to the event, utilising a special networking site available through the Exporta website. Such discussions were continued well into the evening, with a special networking reception held following the conclusion of the event.
Moderator: Helén Seemann, Director, Large Corporates, EKN
Carina Gyllenbring, Senior Vice President, Head of Trade Finance Sales, Swedbank
Edvard Stang, Director, Giek
Topi Vesteri, Executive Vice President, Finnvera
Kerstin Gedung, Executive Director, Head of Structured Finance, SEK
• Looking at how other actors such as ECAs are increasingly providing direct funding as banks withdraw from certain markets
• Discussing the methods being undertaken to cover alternative financings such as pension funds
• Does the emergence of new lending entities further demonstrate the changing balance in the Nordic market?
• Increasing levels of engagement with the customers of Nordic exporters to boost market appeal
• With so many increases in facilities being provided are ECAs in danger of spreading themselves too thin?
14.30 Case study: Flexible thinking in the export finance market
Daniel Lundgren, Commercial Director, Gas Turbines, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery
Göran Albertson, Senior Director, Export Finance, Volvo Corporate Finance
Peter Gisler, Group Vice-President, Head of Export & Trade Finance, ABB
Anders Alftenius, Senior Manager, Asset Productivity, Getinge
• Looking at the role of banks in arranging and funding trade: How has this changed?
• Considering the importance of certainty of provision of funds for corporates
• How have working capital facilities evolved during the recent tough economic times?
• Examining the growing trend of corporates working together to create their own liquidity tools
• New ways of thinking in achieving greater diversity of funding and the role of non-bank actors
• What are the main priorities when looking to select the right banking partner?
• Has the role of trade finance within corporates changed or remained the same?
17.30 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by evening networking reception
Radisson Blu Scandinavia HotelSödra Hamngatan 59
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