Sunday, November 13, 2011
|6:30 - 7:30 pm||
|Monday, November 14, 2011|
|8:00 – 8:45 am||
|8:45 – 9:00 am||Conference Welcome|
|9:00 – 10:00 am||
The New Global Financial Environment & the Power of Relationships
Rock bottom interest rates, deleveraging, delayed access to capital, off-balance sheet risk and regulatory mandates are causing big market shake-ups in the global financial services industry and are impacting trade financing products and services. Will you be paying more for these in the future? Will the same trade finance products/services still be available to your company in this rapidly changing environment?
Join us as Sanjiv Sanghvi shares his insights on how trade finance products/services are being impacted and what we can expect in the future.
|10:00 – 10:30 am||
Networking Coffee Break
|10:30 – 11:30 am||
Global Political Risks — How Are You Covered?
Angela Duca, Vice President—Political Risk/Structured Credit, Marsh USA
|11:30 – 12:30 pm||
Managing Credit Effectively: Risk Management Processes in Today’s Global Business Environment
Discover why integrated processes are so critical and recognize the value of IT solutions and their effect on risk management. Dr. Sauter will share his vast insight to examine the culture and philosophy of risk management processes and the importance of building strong, solid relationships very early in the customer life cycle in order to achieve a 360-degree view of your customer.
|12:30 – 2:00 pm||
|2:00 – 5:00 pm||
Doing Business in Sessions - 2 Concurrent Sessions
By participant request, FCIB is proud to introduce a session format designed to maximize your learning experience and provide you with targeted information and insight into those regions of interest to you and your business. The new format will enable you to share best practices with fellow colleagues and to get answers to questions on topics such as the use of open terms, CAD, LCs, payment trends, availability of financial statements, availability of trade credit insurance and working capital condition of customers. We invite you to submit your questions for each of the sessions prior to the Conference by clicking the “Submit Your Question…” link or by clicking the “Question Form” on the right-hand column of this page.
Although unable to join us, Dr. Hans Belcsák, FCIB's World Economy Expert, will share his perspectives and insights with you via a prerecorded webinar! We’ll kick off each session by sharing Dr. Belscák’s regional economic outlook, forecast and commentary. An FCIB panel of member experts will facilitate and lead the discussion on credit-related and country-specific issues relevant to you.
|2:00 – 3:15 pm||
Doing Business in the Americas
While the US economy has been stagnant, Latin America has enjoyed a strong recovery, having come through the recession without lasting damage. One worry is that inflation has edged up in South America. Mexico’s exports are falling in response to reduced consumer demand in the US and reduced US investment in the Mexican economy. The Mexican economy is now facing its greatest challenge since the peso crisis in 1995. Canada’s highly diversified economy automatically gives it some cushioning from external shocks; Canada exports so many natural resources like oil, minerals and timber that its currency tends to track commodity prices. The boom of the last decade has propelled Canada’s dollar to parity with America’s, forcing its manufacturers to become highly efficient to survive. The world’s rising economic tide has lifted Canada higher than most over the past decade, so the question remains whether a falling one could pull it down nearly as far.
Participate in this session to acquire in-depth knowledge of the markets and take advantage of existing opportunities for trade and growth in this region.
Doing Business in Europe
With continuing financial turmoil fanning the European financial crisis, the European economy has entered a new and far more uncertain phase, threatening both European monetary integration and the global recovery. These factors are forcing global credit professionals to carefully examine business dealings in each country. Learn how your peers are managing transactions in this region, given the significant business risks culminating from economic pressure, high debts and currency turmoil.
|3:15 – 3:45 pm||
|3:45 – 5:00 pm||
Doing Business in the Middle East and Africa
Moderator: Walid Tamari, Esq., Tamari & Blumenthal, LLC
Doing Business in Asia Pacific
|5:30 – 7:30 pm||
|Tuesday, November 15, 2011|
|8:00 – 8:30 am||Continental Breakfast|
|8:30 – 11:00 am||
Economics that Influence Foreign Exchange
Aside from factors such as interest rates and inflation, the exchange rate is one of the most critical determinants of a country’s relative level of economic health. Exchange rates play a key and critical role in a country’s level of trade—core to free market economies—making exchange rates among the most watched and analyzed economic measures. As economic forces change, so do profit levels.
In this session, Kevin Hebner will review currency forecasts, strategies and risk management approaches.
Topics will include:
Join us for this session to gain an expert view of how economics affect the market and contribute to increased FX volatility and risk.
|9:45 – 10:15 am||Coffee Break|
|11:00 – 12:00 pm||
Doing Business in the Emerging Markets
Panelists: Michael R.Dwiggins, Vice President-Structured Trade Finance/Global Banking, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.