ITFA Christmas Party 2021, London

The ITFA Board wishes to invite its members to the ITFA Christmas Party 2021. This year’s event is taking place on Monday 6 December 2021 at Savage Garden Rooftop Bar of the Doubletree, Tower of London Hotel. We have hired the entire 12th floor to accommodate our expected numbers and give you more space to mingle and network.

You are invited to join us as from 2pm to attend our year-end Market Update Seminar taking place at the same location and entitled “Market developments: expectations for 2022”. The agenda is as follows:

13:45 Welcome coffee @ Garden suites 1, 2 and 3

14:00 Welcome by ITFA Chairman

14:15 Trade Credit Insurance – Basle III compliant standardised policy wording: one of the key themes driving developments in the bank – insurance market in 2022

  • Marcus Miller, Managing Director, Global Lenders Solutions Group Leader, Marsh
  • David H. Neckar, Client Director, Financial Solutions, Willis Tower Watson
  • Carol Searle, General Counsel, Texel Finance

15:00 Trade Finance Funds – now we have the technology, how can we attract more institutional investors to the trade space?

  • Bart Ras, Managing Director, Pemberton Asset Management
  • Nils Behling, CFO, Tradeteq and Member Fintech Committee, ITFA
  • Eric de Vienne, Head of Investor Finance, Portfolio Management & Distribution, HSBC
  • Moderator: Geoff Wynne, Partner, Sullivan

15:45 Break

16:15 Trade Finance Ecosystems, Open Banking and Platforms – are we heading towards interoperability?

  • Carl Williamson, Head of Trade Finance, UK Export Finance
  • Joshua Cohen, Managing Director, Mitigram
  • Lionel Taylor, Managing Director, Trade Advisory Network and Advisor, Enigio
  • Moderator: André Casterman, Founder, Casterman Advisory and ITFA Board Member 

17:00 Financing Trade in Emerging Markets – what will drive future strategies?

  • Natalia Sokolova, Head of Multinationals and Financial Institutions, Zenith Bank
  • Rudolf Putz, Deputy Director Financial Institutions, Head Trade Facilitation Programme, EBRD
  • Vaibhav Chaudhary, Director, Trade Asset Sales, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Simon Cook, Partner, Sullivan and ITFA Board Member
  • Moderator: Karl Page, Structuring & Syndications, Barclays Bank and Chair NERC, ITFA 

17:45 Closing remarks and networking

Following the great response we have received in relation to the ITFA year-end Market Update Seminar taking place on Monday 06 December 2021 from 2:00pm onwards, we wish to advise you that registration to the seminar is now closed. Should there be delegates who were not able to register in time, and are interested in attending, kindly let us know and we will put you down on a waiting list.

We are also ecstatic to announce that we only have a few places left for the ITFA Christmas Party 2021 as we are at over 270 registrations

Whilst we thank you for your interest, should you, for any reason, no longer wish to attend the seminar or the party, or in case you need to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, may we kindly ask you to drop us an email at advising us accordingly.  Apart from helping us better manage the event, it also gives us the opportunity to approach those individuals who have expressed an interest to attend the event but might have had their request declined, in view of space restrictions. May we remind you that the event is open for confirmed guests only.

For those of you who will be travelling to the UK, you can benefit from special rates at the Doubletree by Hilton London. Should you wish to have more information, please send an email to

Please note that the event is subject to cancellation and any restrictions imposed by Government to deal with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.



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