TXF Washington DC - Export, Agency & Project Finance

Apr 22, 2015

The agenda is designed in a way that will provide delegates with a content rich and detailed discussion forum, focused purely on export and agency finance.

Pre-conference
20th – 21st April

Separately bookable “School of ECA Finance” hosted by Valerie Colville and Francisco Anzola of CC Solutions

Evening of 21st April
6.30pm - Georgetown walking tour and pre-conference drinks, available to all guests

22nd April
Conference starts

8am - registration and coffee

ANONYMOUS INDUSTRY SURVEY
Upon arrival, guests will complete a short poll on the export and agency finance industry. Results will then be shared with the audience in the final session, and distributed to all who attended after the conference.

8:15am - BBVA breakfast briefing: Latin America

Risk outlook for the region - followed by business implications for export and agency finance- including recent developments on commodity price fluctuation, BNDES funding, Petrobras and Mexican energy deregulation.

9:20am - Chairman’s opening remarks

Jonathan Bell, editor-in-chief, TXF: Trade and Export Finance

9:30am - Keynote Interview: Jonathan Bell interviews US Ex-Im bank

Followed by audience question and answer session

10:00am - TXF Data: Trends in tagmydeals data and industry outlook

An exclusive presentation looking into export, agency and ECA-backed project finance trends across the region – derived from individual deals data

10:20am - Direct lending and project support

Comparing US Ex-Im policies and products to the wider global picture - which models are most prevalent, how is the picture changing?Where does US Ex-Im want to be on the global scale of ECAs, and how does it currently compare?Latest developments on US Ex-Im direct lending. What lessons have been learnt? What is next?

JAMES CRUSE, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, POLICY, US EX-IM BANK

11:10am - Coffee and networking

11:40am - Panel Discussion:Trends in liquidity and capacity for long term lending

This session will evaluate the credit environment and assess the various sources of long term financing currently available. What impact are issues such as global interest rates, QE and regulation having on the cost, availability and competitiveness of long term capital.
 
GEORGINA BAKER, HEAD OF SYNDICATIONS, IFC
BOB MORIN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, US EX-IM BANK
JORDAN W. SCHWARTZ, HEAD OF GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITY, WORLD BANK
EMILIO GILIBERTO, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF STRUCTURED TRADE FINANCE, BBVA
 
12:20pm - Financing projects in Africa
 
What does the power Africa initiative mean in practice, and what can be expected in the coming two-year period?
How can the project proposal to project completion ratio be improved?
What ways can large projects be financed? Finding structures to assist poorer government borrowers and SOEs
 
SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE, OPIC
RICK ANGIUONI, DIRECTOR - AFRICA, US EX-IM BANK
PHILLIPS LEE, HEAD OF EXPORT FINANCE, USA, SG
OLIVER ANDREWS, CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER,,AFRICA FINANCE CORPORATION

 

1pm – 2.15pm - Lunch

 

2:15pm - Risk underwriting: Claims, losses, hot spots and capacity shifts

A presentation on some of the current trends being seen and the risk outlook this creates.

DAVID ANDERSON, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ZURICH

Followed by- Panel: Products, policies and underwriting considerations in a volatile world 

How has the process of underwriting insurance changed and what cover is available and when. Does it make sense to purchase private insurance? How does the risk and cost profile change? What does it mean to FIs? How does it compare to public sector procedures and products? Banking attitudes to private versus ECA cover.

KEN HANSEN, PARTNER, CHARDBOURNE & PARKE
SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE, MIGA
MODERATED BY RICHARD ABIZAID, HEAD OF AMERICAS REGION, ZURICH
 
3:10pm - How have ECAs changed since the financial crisis? And what is the role of ECAs in 2015?
 
What does the modern ECA look like? Flexibility v reliability? Competition v collaboration? Guarantees v lending? How much common ground should exist between agencies? How should agencies approach the capital markets? How are ECAs regulated in terms of green initiatives and climate change? How can ECAs best support exporters as EPC contractors? Made by v made in v made for.
 
ISABEL GALDIZ, HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, US EX-IM BANK
TOPI VESTERI, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, FINNVERA
CAROLINE DICKENS, HEAD – IFI AND ECA BUSINESS
DAVID LUDLOW, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, UKEF
 
4:00pm- Coffee and networking
 
OPTION 1
 
4:20pm - Design the perfect ECA- Hosted by Valerie Colville, Principle, CC Solutions
 
Guests will be divided into two groups where they eachwill be asked to list and then prioritise the most important facets of an ECA, and one suggestion for an innovation that would greatly advance ECA finance. Both sets of answers are then discussed amongst the group.
 
OPTION 2
 
4:20pm - A guide to frontier sectors- John Schuster, 32 Advisors
 
SATELLITES- Like infrastructure, but a bit different…What challenges exist, and why have ECAs become such an essential part of the growth of this sector.
NUCLEAR - How to finance nuclear energy projects with agency finance
 
OPTION 1
 
5:00pm - The role of the modern development bank- Art Pilzer, Vice President, Betchel
 
The part that DFIs can play in fostering private sector growth. Partnering with ECAs and banks – the challenges faced and how difficulties could be eased. An open discussion on the impact of the BRICS bank on ECA and DFI finance, plus the world bank gif initiative.
 
OPTION 2 
 
5:00pm - Pricing in 2015
 
Last year saw large levels of liquidity chasing few assets – will this trend continue? Is pricing too low? Is it sustainable?
Discussing pricing (and re-pricing) trends for the year ahead and the key drivers from regulation, to interest rates and global risk indicators.
 
6:00pm- Drinks reception
 
Including: Voting results from the morning survey revealed and discussed. Presentations from the group “design the perfect ECA” session followed by a vote for the winning innovation

(On the 23rd and 24th April the US ExIm Annual Conference will take place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC)

Our approach

                          

THE AGENDA

Our dynamic approach to the standard conference format means that in addition to panels and presentations, the conference comprised of our unique Idea Labs, where the audience was split into smaller, capped-attendance sessions, allowing guests to discuss and debate specific issues in more detail. 

The agenda was designed to provide you with a content rich and detailed discussion forum, focused purely on export, agency and project finance. Kicking off with an anonymous survey on the export and agency finance industry, other topics included:

1. Direct lending and project support

Comparing US Ex-Im policies and products to the wider global picture

2. How have ECA’s changed since the financial crisis?

What does the modern ECA look like?

3. Financing projects in Africa

What does the power Africa initiative mean in practice, and what can be expected in the coming two-year period?

THE AUDIENCE

We know how important it is to ensure the right mix of guests attend every TXF event. We work hard on this and know that it’s what distinguishes our events from others in this market. Hence, we invite all corporate clients as complimentary guests to ensure the day is a valuable use of your time.
 

Venue

The historic Federal-Style clubhouse, acquired by Club founders in 1959, is one of oldest buildings in the nation's capital, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With it's selection of VIP rooms and workshop spaces, this is the perfect venue for another of TXF's interactive events.

 

Event enquiries

Phone: +1 (202) 337-8770

Why attend

TXF Washington DC - Export, Agency & Project Finance

Apr 22, 2015
The City Tavern Club, United States

TXF Washington took place one day prior to the 2015 US Ex-Im Bank annual conference, which saw over 1000 people attend, including senior bankers, exporters, borrowers and many more. Our event was deliberately placed at this time so guests could take advantage of having so many clients and colleagues in town. We work very closely with US Ex-Im and wer delighted to offer guests attending their annual event a healthy discount to attend ours. See here for prices.

Our event was also be international in focus, however, not US Ex-Im specific and included other agencies such as the IFC, OPIC, World Bank, IADB and MIGA, plus other ECAs like EDC, UK Export Finance and Finnvera.

    

At TXF, we always allow plenty of time around and during the conference for meeting with current and prospective clients, providing a great opportunity to get to know other attendees in a relaxed environment.

Other networking opportunities available included the pre-conference drinks and a Georgetown Walking Tour on the evening before the event.

Speakers and participants

Matt Strong
Matt Strong
Senior Partner, Credit, Political and Security Risks, JLT Specialty LTD
JLT
Nancy Rivera
Nancy Rivera
Managing Director, Structured Finance department
OPIC - Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Lillian Labbat
Lillian Labbat
Global Head Structured Export Finance
JP Morgan
Alex Lotocki
Alex Lotocki
Executive Director, JP Morgan, Global Trade Insurance Head
JP Morgan
James Cruse
James Cruse
Senior Vice President - Policy and Planning
US EXIM BANK - Export-Import Bank of the United States
David Ludlow
David Ludlow
International Business Development Director
UK Export Finance
Arthur Pilzer
Arthur Pilzer
Gryphon International Financing Services
Topi Vesteri
Topi Vesteri
Deputy CEO
Finnvera plc
John Schuster
John Schuster
Principal
32 Advisors
David Anderson
David Anderson
Executive Vice President and Managing Director
Anderson Risk Consultants
Isabel Galdiz
Isabel Galdiz
Vice President of International Relations
US EXIM BANK - Export-Import Bank of the United States
Georgina Baker
Georgina Baker
Director, Syndicated Loans and Management
International Finance Corporation (IFC)