Smart Cash: a simple guide to attending

We understand that it can be quite a daunting thing to attend an event, particularly if it’s your first time coming to one, so here is a handy list of dos and don’ts that we think will help you make a good impression at the ACT Smart Cash conference in London on 8-9 February 2017. DO wear your name badge at all times. It’s for security – yours. Name badges help delegates to identify people at six paces that they’d rather avoid. DO NOT look at or hold up your own name badge when introducing yourself to people. It makes

ACT Middle East growing strong

Just under 500 finance and treasury professionals gathered at the Conrad Dubai Hotel on 24-25 October for the ACT Middle East Annual Summit – the largest event of its kind in the region. From technology to strategic treasury and leadership issues, what an insightful debate it was. Coupled with the fantastic support of all our sponsors, speakers and delegates, it was undoubtedly our best Middle East event to date. We had over 260 companies present from A to Z, including Almoayyed International Group, Aramex, Chalhoub Group, Du, elseco, Etihad Airways, Government of Sharjah, Gulf Energy, Landmark Group, Oman Trading International, R.A.K. Ceramics, Sephora, Webcor

From bard to worse: A Shakespearean take on the treasurer’s world today

As the entire world marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death whilst simultaneously gearing itself up for the ACT Annual Conference, our Senior Conference Producer, Julie Scrase, caught up with the man himself to speak beyond the grave about treasury, tech, banking, networking, diversity, cash management, Brexit, Boris Johnson and regulation… JS: Mr Shakespeare, you first attended an ACT event this February when you came along to our Cash Management Conference. What were your thoughts on the networking opportunities and the peers that you met there?  WS: O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is!

ACTAC past and present – a glimpse behind the scenes

Behind the scenes You probably know that the ACT runs events. Quite a few of them, as it happens. And that we have a flagship annual conference that is fondly known as ACTAC. Or TTC if you’ve known us for a (very) long time.  And the raison d’être for ACTAC? Well, as our good friend and Fellow of the ACT Gary Slawther says, As a professional body it is only right that the ACT has a ‎professionally organised and presented conference, that’s what attracts the quality of attendees, exhibitors and speakers.” We could tell you that as an independent and

Summing up, looking ahead – ACT Europe Conference 2016

A huge thank you to all the guests, speakers and exhibitors who joined the ACT team in Düsseldorf for the third annual Europe Conference! Bringing together over 200 treasury and finance professionals from 127 companies and 15 countries, the event was extremely well received. Only a half of this year’s participants had attended an ACT event before, but 96% would attend the Europe Conference again and 94% would recommend it to a colleague. Moreover, 90% of the attendees rated the conference as good to excellent. Providing over 7.5 hours’ worth of strategic-level, interactive content and 3.5 hours of networking with

ACT Cash Management Conference 2016

In a fast-changing environment of geopolitical shifts, regulatory change and technological innovation, it is sometimes difficult to identify where treasury professionals should focus. The recent ACT Cash Management Conference brought together more than 200 cash and treasury professionals over two days to address some of these issues and navigate through the complexity. We were really excited about showcasing our new events app which we put to good use with interactive voting sessions at the start of both days of the conference and participants were also able to leave feedback for sessions throughout. Day one kicked off with a fascinating keynote

Challenges and opportunities for the year ahead

The opening keynote speaker at the ACT Europe Conference 2016 in Düsseldorf, 9 March, Peter Llewellyn-Davies discusses challenges and opportunities for the year ahead. Peter is Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Board of Medigene AG. What is your top concern for 2016? As a Brit living and working in Europe I see the impending referendum as early as June on whether the country should remain in the EU or leave as a major concern. This will be a seminal moment, not just for the UK, but for the EU as a whole. It will have economic influences as

Speaker blog: Funding the future – capital raising in challenging times

Reflecting on the current standing of the GCC debt capital markets. The low oil price of the last 12 months has clearly affected the availability of credit in the Middle East, as financial institutions’ deposits are progressively constrained and international issuers face repricing pressure. However, this challenging macroeconomic environment does not point to a crisis or default scenario, it is more a repricing of credit and in some cases an overcorrection in response to sustained low prices. The GCC credit markets are actually at an exciting stage in their evolution. Despite seeing an overall reduction in issuance volume over the last