BAFT offers various in-person and virtual conferences, forums, workshops, briefings and webinars throughout the year to keep the financial services community informed on the latest updates related to international transaction banking.

We have a mainstay of large-scale industry wide conferences hosted annually each in the Americas, Europe and MENA; in addition to annual conferences focused specifically on trade and payments. BAFT also offers ad-hoc workshops globally covering a number areas including financial crime compliance, trade finance, supply chain finance and innovation.

We aim to create an optimal platform for networking with colleagues, clients (current and prospective) and peers, while also providing educational opportunities for continuing professional development to earn CPDs for numerous certifications including CDCS®.

BAFT 2020 In-Person Events Pivot to Virtual

BAFT has continued to monitor the impact of COVID-19 globally, as well as solicit feedback from various members across different regions. Although some countries have started lifting restrictions, several have not, and some cities that started to ease restrictions have delayed further phased re-openings. Policies on travel vary by country and each institution.

The health and safety of our members, attendees, and other stakeholders have always been our primary concern. Given the levels of uncertainty, and with input from our regional councils, the BAFT Board of Directors has approved the recommendation to pivot all planned BAFT in-person events through January 2021 to virtual events.

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Events News

Global Transaction Banking Leaders to Gather in Germany for BAFT's 2020 Global Annual Meeting

by Gregory Kramer | Dec 17, 2019
Europe's leading bank-to-bank forum to be held Jan. 13-15 in Frankfurt, Germany.

WASHINGTON — From high-level sessions featuring global transaction banking leaders to a showcase highlighting emerging platforms in the cross-border international payments space, BAFT’s 2020 Global Annual Meeting – Europe will bring together more than 250 senior banking and financial services professionals for Europe’s leading bank-to-bank forum. During the conference – which will be held Jan. 13-15, 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany – leading experts will address the most important topics and trends that will shape the banking industry in the coming decade.

The three-day event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Beata Javorcik, chief economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), who will examine the key changes affecting international trade in the next 10 years. In addition, a keynote fireside chat featuring Yves Mersch, member of the executive board and vice chair of the supervisory board of the European Central Bank, will look at the future of the European banking industry and key issues for European banks in the next decade.

This year’s conference co-chairs are Ulf-Peter Noetzel, chairman of trade finance-financial institutions at Deutsche Bank and Stephen Everett, head of payments and global transaction banking at Lloyds Banking Group. As co-chairs Noetzel and Everett lead discussions with fellow committee members to determine content and set programming for the conference.

“Frankfurt is the ideal location to host the 2020 Global Annual Meeting given the city’s established financial sector, and the increasing role it is playing on the continent with major banks moving staff to the city after the announcement of Brexit,” said Noetzel.

“In hosting this conference, BAFT plays a tremendously important role bringing together Europe’s leading bankers to discuss the future of the European banking industry,” said Everett. 

The conference will feature more than 13 sessions covering cross-border payments, trade finance, IBOR transition, compliance, instant payments, cybersecurity, transaction banking and more. 

In cooperation with Global Finance, the conference will close with the awards ceremony for the Trade and Supply Chain Finance Awards 2020 presented by Global Finance. Global Finance will name the best bank for trade finance globally and eight global regions, as well as the best banks in various service categories, such as document management and export finance. The supply chain finance awards will include winners in nine global regions, as well as global winners for supply chain financing, customer implementation, and other categories.

For the first year, the entirety of the Global Annual Meeting-Europe is open to members of the press. Media should contact Blair Bernstein at in order to register for the event.