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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.