Five Fintechs on stage in Cape Town – a unique opportunity

”At present, $9 trillion of trade finance is coming from banks, and so far, only a negligible additional amount from institutional investors. This compares with a $29 trillion corporate bond market which is predominantly financed by institutional investors”, said Christoph Gugelmann, co-founder and CEO of trade finance investment marketplace Tradeteq.

With less than one month to go to the ITFA Annual Conference, the ITFA Board is pleased to announce that five fintech solution providers will be showcasing their value propositions and demoing their trading venues in Cape Town. This is a unique fintech discovery and learning opportunity for those of you joining us early September.

The sessions will be introduced by ITFA Board representatives Sean Edwards and Paul Coles and moderated by André Casterman, Chair of the ITFA Fintech Committee and CMO at INTIX. The following C-level fintech representatives will be on stage sharing their expert views on origination, risk distribution, credit insurance and non-bank funding:

Sumit Roy is Co-Founder and CMO of Fintech Innovations International (FII), the company that launched TradeAssets. Sumit has 25 years of experience as a global financial institution specialist with expertise in trade finance and international payments. He started his career with Price Waterhouse, working on software evaluation and management consultancy projects before moving to banking, where he worked for American Express Bank in India, USA and the UAE. Before founding FII in 2017, he was a Managing Director in Deutsche Bank, responsible for institutions in the Middle East and Africa.

Sumit has extensive experience in e-Products, primary and secondary trade finance, asset distribution, international payments and cash management. His venture into Fintech stems from a strong desire to continue to help create efficiencies and resolve problems, but from a different perspective and this time, for the industry as a whole.

Nils Behling is Co-Founder and CFO at trade finance market-network Tradeteq. Before entering the fintech space he was a portfolio manager with Trafigura’s Galena Asset Management, where he focused on originating and structuring alternative commodity-based finance. Nils was previously a director in Merrill Lynch’s FICC credit funding structuring group, focusing on illiquid and structured credit. Nils began his career as an attorney with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, specialising in cross-border corporate and debt restructurings, private equity investments, and acquisitions of financial institutions. Nils is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association charterholder.

Chris Hall is Senior Underwriter for Liberty Specialty Markets, focusing on short-term trade credit insurance. Chris is based in London and joined Liberty in January 2018 as Consortium Underwriter, to lead the Toredo initiative, an online platform for single situation non-payment insurance.

His previous role was as Head of Trade Asset Management for Lloyds Bank’s Global Transaction Banking, responsible for the development of the secondary market trade finance offering, whilst before this, he spent 9 years at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Chris holds a LLB in Law from the University of Bristol and is a serving board member of the ITFA.

Based in London, Johanna Wissing is a Director for LiquidX which is a fintech business providing a network for the financing of trade and working capital assets. The company was founded in New York in January 2016 and since Autumn 2017, Johanna has been responsible for setting up the European office.

Prior to her current appointment, she was looking after Barclays’ global trade offering for the insurance sector, which includes the provision of regulatory LCs, and other instruments supporting the underwriting of the reinsurance sector and the Lloyd’s of London specialty market. Before that Johanna has held several roles at Barclays, including several years in trade finance syndication as well as within the Financial Institutions team. Johanna joined Barclays on the bank’s graduate programme in 2010.

She holds a MSc in Management from Warwick Business School and a BA in Political Science from The University of Tuebingen, Germany.

Anindita Ghosh, based in Hong Kong is the Founder and CEO of Interlinkages Online, a primary marketplace for origination and distribution of Bankline Trade Assets. Interlinkages online enables Financial Institutions to better utilise their idle credit capacities, by originating and matching targeted business directly from Corporates, SMEs and Issuing Banks, even in the countries where the FI may not have a physical presence. The marketplace aggregates the idle credit capacities of FIs and reverse fits these with originations in the defined markets and segments. Anindita takes care of the Strategic and Product initiatives in the company.

Before setting up the company, Anindita was the Alternate Chief Executive of ICICI Bank, Hong Kong Branch and managed North Asian Corporate Banking business, Financial Institutions business and Global Export Credit Agency business. Anindita is a Management graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.

In order to accommodate your travel plans, you will have two opportunities to hear from them:

There is no need to sign up as attendance is free of charge for all ITFA conference delegates. Please consult latest details on line.

Sean, Paul and André look forward to welcoming you in Cape Town and to introducing you to the above fintechs. Here is our suggested pre-reading article entitled “Innovate or lose out: how collaborating with fintechs benefits trade banks, their clients and their investors”.

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