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9th European Factoring Summit: Meet Our Speakers

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On 21 and 22 March, The EU Federation for Factoring and Commercial Finance and FCI will host the 9th European Factoring Summit in Vienna, Austria. The programme will address the latest updates and promote the impact of the Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry in Europe.

Discover Our Confirmed Speakers

The conference programme for Thursday, 21 March, will be opened by Mr. Fausto Galmarini, the Chairman of EUF. Dr. Frank Rudorfer, the Senior Head of Banking at the Austrian Economic Chamber, will welcome the attendees to Austria. Mrs. Magdalena Barczak, the Chairwoman of the Economic and Statistics Committee, will present preliminary statistics and figures on the factoring industry in Europe in 2023. This will be followed by an update on factoring in Austria by Mr. Sebastian Erich, the President of Österreichischer Factoring Verband in Austria.

After a coffee break, the EUF Committees will report on their focus areas, such as ESG, supervisory harmonisation, late payments, default, and the EU-wide implementation of Basel III, including credit insurance as credit risk mitigation techniques. A Q&A will follow, and the reports will be presented by Mr. Antoine de Chabot, the Chairman of the EUF ESG Committee, Mr. Diego Tavecchia, the Chairman of the EUF PRC Committee, and Mrs. Magdalena Wessel, the Chairwoman of the EUF Legal Committee.

Next, a presentation will be given on factoring towards international commerce by an as-yet-to-be-determined presenter. This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Betül Kurtulus, the Regional Director CEE, SEE and the Middle East, FCI. The panel will discuss the digital evolution in trade and commercial financing and what to expect from the future. The panellists confirmed so far are Mr. Rudolf Putz, the Head of the EBRD Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP), and Mr. Karol Leszczynski, the Factoring Product Development Manager at Comarch in Poland. Day one will conclude with a presentation from Codix given by Mr. Philipp Schmidinger, the Head of Codix in Germany, followed by a Networking Dinner at Stadtwirt.

The conference programme for day two, Friday, 22 March, is packed with informative and engaging sessions. The day will begin with a panel discussion on Factoring for Sustainable Development, moderated by Mr. Antoine de Chabot, Chairman of the EUF ESG Committee. Panellists will include Mr. Fabien Le Tennier, EBA Policy Expert in Sustainable Finance, with additional panellists to be announced soon. 

Next, Mrs Dorota Strauch, Deputy Head of the Economics Department & CEE Coverage Lead, Raiffeisen Research, Austria, will provide insights into the Outlook on the Economy, trends & developments. Following this, Ms. Antonella Correra, Senior Policy Officer, European Commission, will discuss the EU Commission’s Proposal for the Late Payment Regulation, including Rationale and Expectations.

The morning will continue with a panel discussion on Late Payment Regulation, moderated by Mrs. Magdalena Wessel, EUF Vice-Chair and Chairwoman of the EUF Legal Committee. Panellists include Mr. Niccolo Ciulli, EuroCommerce Competitiveness and Commercial Relations Adviser, Ms. Antonella Correra, Senior Policy Officer at the European Commission, and Mr. Christian Hausherr, Chair of GSCFF and Product Manager for SCF at Deutsche Bank.

After a coffee break, Dr. Joachim Kaetzler, Partner at CMS Hasche Sigle, will provide insights into upcoming changes around AML/CFT. Following this, Mr. Prof Federico Caniato, Politecnico di Milano in Italy, will talk about Factoring & Supply Chain Finance in the Age of AI, including its opportunities and challenges.

The day will conclude with a panel discussion on where we will be by 2030. The discussion will be chaired by FCI Secretary General, Mr. Neal Harm. Panellists include Mr. Stefano Giovannone, Head of Commercial Banking Products, Corporate & SME Department, Intensa Sanpaolo, Italy, and Mr. George Karagiannopoulos, CEO, Eurobank Factors Single Member, Greece. The conference will end with closing remarks by FCI Chairman, Mr. Çagatay Baydar, followed by a networking lunch.

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Masterclass: De-risking SCF Through Digitalisation

Raiffeisen Bank International, Vienna | 21 March 2024 | 09:00-12:30

Before the European Factoring Summit, the FCI Academy have organised a Masterclass on Supply Chain Finance with a special focus on Paperless Trade and Digitalisation and Trade Risk Distribution. Over 3 hours, you will hear from leading industry experts on paperless trade, digitalisation and risk sharing.

The Masterclass will also feature a Q&A session, where the audience can engage with the speakers, ask questions, and clarify any doubts they have.

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