Call us on
+44 (0) 207 045 0920

Project and export finance: How is the mandate of ECAs evolving with COVID-19?

Broadcast on Oct 13, 2020 from Livestream: Project, ECA & Structured Finance MENA 2020 - Virtual Conference

Gold Sponsor

SMBC

Industry Sponsor

ACWA Power

Silver Sponsor

Deloitte

Bronze Sponsor

Fitch Ratings

Bronze Sponsor

UK Export Finance

Subscribe for access:

Project and export finance: How is the mandate of ECAs evolving with COVID-19?

  • How are ECAs adapting their strategies to trade wars, re-regionalisation of supply chains and other global trends?
  • Is the mandate for ECAs expanding? How much of a transaction must be tied to national interest?
  • What does the new relationship between commercial lenders and ECA look like? How will risk be shared?
  • ECAs and ESG: What are ECAs mandates for ESG? Can agencies lend to green and sustainable projects even where there is no exporter link?
  • What is the role for emerging regional ECAs in the shifting landscape of lenders?
Middle East

Moderator

Richard Simon-Lewis

Richard Simon-Lewis

Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications

UK Export Finance

Richard Simon-Lewis

Richard Simon-Lewis

Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications at UK Export Finance

Richard is head of the Origination and Marketing & Communications group at UK Export Finance. Previously, Richard was Head of the Civil, Infrastructure and Energy & International Business Development ('IBD') divisions, UK Export Finance. Richard reports into Louis Taylor, CEO, UKEF, and is a member of UKEF's Executive Committee.

Richard is a structured financier and international business developer with over 30 years’ experience in providing leadership, strategic direction and international stakeholder engagement to specialised public and private sector institutions (typically global top 5 in their fields) active internationally across a variety of sectors (for example, energy, utilities, infrastructure etc) but with a particular specialism derived from over 20 years working in renewable energy, and, more recently, clean growth (UKEF currently ranks 3rd in the TXF global sustainable finance league tables for 2019).

He has extensive knowledge and experience of the financial, political and regulatory aspects of international, structured/project financing and influencing/engagement from 3 different perspectives; namely, as a highly experienced, structured financier in an international bank context, as Head of Finance from his time in industry during a HMG CCS bid process, and, finally, as an executive committee member at an award winning, globally active and progressive ECA.

Richard has a BSC (Hons) in Financial Services (First Class) from UMIST and is ACIB and SFA Corporate Finance (CF30) qualified.

UK Export Finance

Richard Simon-Lewis

UK Export Finance (UKEF) is the UK’s export credit agency. We support UK exporters, international project sponsors and buyers of UK goods and services. We also work with banks to provide flexible, innovative, and competitive financing solutions.

In 2020/21, we provided £12.3bn in support for UK exports to 77 countries and increased our capacity to support exports to over 100 foreign markets. UKEF can support exports for any size of company and across all sectors, from capital goods to services and intangibles such as intellectual property.

UKEF is delighted to have been voted ‘best export credit agency’ by Global Trade Review for 2020. This is a recognition of our innovative approach to supporting exporters, comprehensive product offering and substantial appetite to take on new business.

UKEF have an international network of export finance representatives in key markets around the world: Brazil, China, Columbia, East Africa, India, Indonesia, Middle East & Asia Pacific, Turkey and West Africa, with responsibility for developing commercial ties and matching UK businesses to local projects. This is alongside our network of Export Finance Managers based regionally across the UK, who are local points of contact for exporters and businesses with export potential.

To find out more on how UK Export Finance can support you, visits: www.great.gov.uk/get-finance/

LinkedIn
Twitter

Speakers

Massimo Falcioni

Massimo Falcioni

Massimo Falcioni

Chief Executive Officer at Etihad Credit Insurance

Massimo Falcioni is the Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Credit Insurance, the UAE Federal export credit company, mandated to reinforce the country’s economic diversification programs as well as to support its export and international trade and investment activities. He is a seasoned and dynamic leader in the financial industry with over 30 years of solid business experience spent in the private and public sectors and led efforts focused on job creation, trade, economic development, multinationals and government companies’ growth. He has constantly produced sustained revenues and EBITA growth in both mature economies (Europe) and fast-growing markets (Middle East & Africa), through a deep understanding of economic cycles and import / export trade flows.

Etihad Credit Insurance

Eva Steinhaus

Eva Steinhaus

Eva Steinhaus

Director at Competence Center for German Export Finance

Eva Steinhaus heads the Competence Center for German Export Finance (or so-called “Hermes”-Desk), which was established last year by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy within the German-Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce (AHK) in Dubai.

As an Expert for German ECA (Hermes)-covered export financing, Ms. Steinhaus provides advice, information and support in the area of German government export credit guarantees and works in close coordination with the Euler Hermes-colleagues in Germany.

A seasoned corporate banker with nearly 20 years of experience, she was most recently responsible for the ECA-covered export finance business at Commerzbank AG DIFC Branch where she originated and worked on transactions in the MENA-Region. Prior to coming to the Gulf region in 2008 and working for Islamic financial institutions in Bahrain and Qatar, she gained experience primarily in project finance with German bank WestLB in New York, Hong Kong and London.

Eva Steinhaus holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, as well as a Master of Arts in Translation for Arabic, English and German from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany.

Competence Center for German Export Finance

Thierry Gernigon

Thierry Gernigon

Director Export Finance EMEA

BNP Paribas

Thierry Gernigon

Thierry Gernigon

Director Export Finance EMEA at BNP Paribas

Thierry benefits from a 24 year experience in the banking sector in different roles from Global Relationship Managers of key accounts, to Export Finance France during which he played a prominent role in structuring and arranging high profile BpiFAE backed export finance transactions across various industries (power, oil & gas, transportation, cruise, shipping, telecom, satellites, renewable energy, sovereign strategic assets), involving various types of structures (corporate / sovereign / limited recourse / bank-to-bank, conventional) and of ECA support & funding sources.

Thierry joined BNP Paribas Export Finance in 2007 as Senior VP within Export Finance France team, based in Paris. He was in charge of a portfolio of French global exporters and of the relationship with the French Authorities. He structured and arranged a series of BpiFAE financing in Americas, Africa and Asia.

From 1996 until 2007 Thierry also acted as consultant in organizations and management and global relationship manager for French and international corporates within international banks.

From 2019 Thierry joined the Export Finance EMEA team, based in Paris and in charge of developing Export Finance type solutions for GCC borrowers.

BNP Paribas

Thierry Gernigon