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 Europe 2016 – making it worthwhile

Without question the best event the ACT has held on the Continent, bar none. Why do I say that? Simple, really: a terrific line up of highly experienced and committed speakers, a series of topics that got to the core of treasury concerns, some serious networking and for the ACT team (apologies to vegetarians and  pescatarians), ridiculous meat consumption at a classic Dusseldorf Brauhaus! To open the day up, Rather cheekily we asked our continental audience which way they would vote, if they could, in the Brexit referendum. Overwhelmingly the vote would be IN; even more cheekily we asked them if

Dispatches from the European front

Strategic, collaborative This was my first ACT Europe Conference, and strategic and collaborative are the adjectives that best describe the experience for me. A fantastic speaker faculty and a generous attendance made the event content-rich, interactive and stimulating. Temperature check We kicked-off by deploying our event app to check the temperature on current market conditions, business prospects and some hot-button political issues. Paired with tepid business confidence, the room overwhelmingly supported a stay-in vote in the June UK referendum. Even further, more than two thirds of the audience stated that they would not like their home country to hold a

A busy summer for treasurers

It may be the holiday season but the ACT team has been very active again this month. There seems to be no end to the issues that we need to comment upon or influence including bank regulation and the radical changes proposed to OTC trading.

It seems that the regulators still (in my view) expect to struggle to regulate the largest banks effectively and are therefore focussing on other areas to compensate. We have to strive to avoid collateral damage to banks’ non-financial corporate customers as well as look for positive changes.