Loan Market Association

FinTech Conference

23 May 2019, 08:30 - 17:10, followed by drinks/networking reception
QEII Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE

Interest in technology, designed to improve the efficiency, transparency and liquidity of the syndicated loan market, is at an all-time high. Looking to a product that has historically been associated with manual processes, the introduction of fintech solutions, ranging from blockchain to machine learning to smart contracts, could be revolutionary.

This inaugural conference will discuss how that will happen, what could be achieved, why it is necessary and, most importantly, when such changes are likely to be adopted.


Target audience
We plan to bring together, for the first time, in excess of 250 senior loan market professionals and technology experts with the aim of combining market (whether from a commercial, legal or regulatory perspective) and technological expertise. The conference will also create a unique forum for institutions active in the loan market to share ideas as to which solutions could provide the answers to some long-standing questions.


The conference is open to LMA members and technology vendors and should be the largest FinTech event for the syndicated loan market in EMEA.


Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
At the FinTech conference, we are offering sponsorship and exhibitor packages to both LMA members and technology vendors. Click here to view the packages available and associated benefits and costs.


Duration: 23 May 2019, 08:30 - 17:10,
followed by drinks/networking reception

Who can attend: Members Only

Price: £0

Contact Name: Chelsea Brown

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FinTech Conference

23 May 2019, 08:30 - 17:10, followed by drinks/networking reception
QEII Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE
Morning Session

Breakfast registration and exhibitor demonstrationsSponsored by Scissero

Welcome and introduction

Nigel Houghton

Nigel Houghton, Managing Director - LMA

Amelia Slocombe

Amelia Slocombe, Managing Director - Head of Legal - LMA

Driving change: Fintech and the role of the LMA

Clare Dawson

Clare Dawson, Chief Executive - LMA

If you want to play the game, you have to understand the rulesWhat are the challenges associated with syndicated lending and to what extent can technology overcome them? What are the legal, regulatory and compliance considerations associated with new technology from a bank perspective? Are these an impediment to progress?

Faizal Khan

Chair: Faizal Khan , Partner Clifford Chance

Hubert Beaulat

Hubert Beaulat, Global Head of Innovation, Financing Activities - Crédit Agricole CIB

Peter Chapman

Peter Chapman, Partner and Co-head of International Fintech Group - Clifford Chance

Harrison Comfort

Harrison Comfort, Director of Commercial Strategy - R3

HSimon Hurst

Simon Hurst, Head of Execution, Global Lending Group - Barclays

Amelia Slocombe

Amelia Slocombe, Managing Director and Head of Legal - LMA

Refreshments and networking

Man vs. Machine: will technology replace the role of the arranger? Could Blockchain and other technological solutions change the face of loan market origination? What are the benefits of technology in this space and what improvements might it bring? Should Fintech in this context be seen as competitive or complementary?

Charles Kerrigan

Chair: Charles Kerrigan, Partner - CMS

Sebastian Glock

Sebastian Glock, Co-Founder - VC trade GmbH

Tom Pocock

Tom Pocock, Founder and CEO - Aztec Protocol

Rob Stewart

Rob Stewart, COO - Refineryy

Philippe Van Hecke

Philippe Van Hecke, Chief Operating Officer - Tokeny

Matt Webster

Matt Webster, CEO - Cloudscraper

Hosted networking and lunch

Afternoon session

Friend or foe: will technology replace lawyers on banking transactions or will it simply make the process more efficient?How will the role of the lawyer evolve in the context of syndicated lending? What efficiencies does automation bring? How does technology improve the overall process?

James Quinn

Chair: James Quinn, CEO - Clarilis

Catherine Hammon

Catherine Hammon, Digital Transformation Knowledge Lawyer - Osborne Clarke

Zoe Maurer

Zoe Maurer, Partner - Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Partha Mudgil

Partha Mudgil, COO - Linklaters Nakhoda

Fiona McClune

Fiona McClune, Sales Director - Workshare Transact

Mark Waghorn

Mark Waghorn, Partner - Simmons and Simmons

Trading up: how Fintech will improve secondary trading and back office functionsWhat challenges need to be overcome in the context of loan operations and secondary trading? How might technology improve these processes? Will human intervention always be necessary? Is there a need for greater collaboration in this space?

Nigel Houghton

Chair: Nigel Houghton, Managing Director - LMA

David Jesson

David Jesson, Executive Director - IHS Markit

Doug Laurie

Doug Laurie, Director - Programme Lead, Wholesale Lending Technology and Change - Barclays

Helen Orton

Helen Orton, Senior Product Manager - Finastra

Chris Pruszko

Chris Pruszko, Vice President, Product Management, Financial Technology Solutions - Deloitte & Touche Projects SARL

David Ratnage

David Ratnage, Director of Product Management - FIS Commercial Lending, Europe

Ajay Rathor

Ajay Rathor, Chief Executive Officer - Maxatta

Refreshments and networking

Evolution or Revolution: What will Fintech really mean for financial services and syndicated lending?

John Olesky

John Olesky, Managing Director, Global Co-head Loan Platforms - IHS Markit

There's data Jim, but not as we know it: the use of AI in data analysisIf 90% of the world's data was created in the last two years, how do we ensure that the data we collect is easily accessible, valuable, and most importantly, correct? How do AI and machine learning assist with data extraction and analysis? Is there any role for human beings in this context?

Lucy Shurwood

Chair: Lucy Shurwood, Partner - Pinsent Masons

Jacopo Credi

Jacopo Credi, VP of Artificial Intelligence - Axyon

Edith Fishta

Edith Fishta, Head of Marketing and Sales - Credit Vision

Mathias Strasser

Mathias Strasser, CEO - Scissero Ltd

Alistair Wye

Alistair Wye, Lead Innovation and Technology Solutions Attorney - Latham and Watkins

Hosted networking and cocktails

FinTech Conference

23 May 2019, 08:30 - 17:10, followed by drinks/networking reception
QEII Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE
Platinum Sponsors

Clarilis is a market leading automation platform and team of automation specialists with a unique approach to automation. Data is gathered in relation to a matter (often from multiple sources) and stored in a highly structured data model. This data is used to draft suites of documents and to drive other processes.

A significant proportion of our automation projects are delivered to banking and finance teams. Clarilis regularly delivers complex automation projects in relation to LMA derived precedents to firms such as Addleshaw Goddard, Baker McKenzie, Simmons & Simmons and Travers Smith. Our intuitive platform is also used to deliver, for example, fund documentation, security packages and legal opinions.

The Clarilis team consists of PSLs (each averaging 15 years+ PQE), technical experts and automators. This combination of technical skills and experience is unique and allows us to implement, deliver and maintain complex document automation projects which provide a solid ROI for client firms and in-house teams.

Clifford Chance is one of the world's pre-eminent law firms and uniquely placed to help deliver your most exciting, complex and transformational fintech-related matters. With significant depth across five continents, we have a world-leading international lending and finance practice which seamlessly combines with our exceptional global Tech Group, breaking down traditional practice area boundaries.

We are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals by providing commercially-focused legal advice of the highest quality that consistently exceeds expectations. Our global reach and unrivalled international experience in finance and tech enables us to deliver seamless cross-border and specialist advice on the most innovative and complex tech-driven projects and financings.

We advise financial institutions and corporates, governments, regulators, trade bodies, industry-wide consortia and emerging players on a broad range of multi-disciplinary transactional and regulatory matters. Our work involves technologies including blockchain and smart contracts, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and the practical, legal and ethical risks to be considered.

IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and expertise for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide.

The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit has more than 50,000 key business and government customers, including 85 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world's leading financial institutions. Headquartered in London, IHS Markit is committed to sustainable, profitable growth.

Gold Sponsors

CMS is a global law firm with more than 4,500 lawyers, and a presence in over 40 countries. Our scale and breadth of experience enable us to serve the full spectrum of businesses in the finance industry, from the smallest FinTech start-up, through the firm’s equIP start-up programme, to the largest financial institution.

The CMS FinTech team brings together the strengths of market-leading legal and technological expertise with deep industry knowledge. Our participation in the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on AI and Blockchain puts us at the heart of debate and policy development in the FinTech space, while our regulatory and technology lawyers advise many businesses that are at the forefront of driving innovation into the world of finance.

Finastra provides the broadest, deepest portfolio of financial services software in the world. We deliver mission-critical solutions for financial institutions of all sizes, on premises or in the cloud. Our open architecture and approach embraces a wide eco-system of partners and co-innovators. Together we are leading the way in which applications are written, deployed and consumed in the world of financial services.

Finastra offers the most comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end loan management software in syndicated, commercial, consumer, and mortgage lending. We create a consistent, seamless digital borrower experience for large multinational corporations, mid-sized and small business customers, and consumers. Covering the full loan lifecycle ? origination, underwriting, covenant tracking, collateral management, loan servicing and portfolio reporting ? our solutions make lending easier by improving customer onboarding, increasing transparency and streamlining back-office operations.

As the only single, open-architecture solution provider for all loan types, Finastra enables easy integration and helps reduce the complexity and costs associated with managing multiple systems. If you would like to learn more, visit

Pinsent Masons – winner of ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at the Legal Business Awards 2019 - is a full service international law firm with 25 offices spread across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

We understand that Fintech is transforming financial services and changing the way in which we think and talk about money, payments and finance.

Our Fintech team combines our top-ranked practices in technology, financial regulatory, payments and corporate finance. We are a global team: we advise clients internationally, with Fintech specialists in London, Dublin, Madrid, Germany, Paris, Dubai and Singapore.

We are embedded in the Fintech ecosystem, supporting:

  • established financial services businesses who are responding to market disruption;
  • existing technology players who are looking to develop their financial services offering; and
  • new fintech start-ups seeking to bring innovative products and services to market.

Breakfast Sponsors

Scissero is a cloud-based legal AI platform that can read, draft and mark up legal agreements to a standard that is (almost) indistinguishable from human lawyers.

It enhances traditional machine learning approaches with deep domain knowledge to create a legal AI platform that can solve difficult, real-world problems. Scissero has been designed to automatically mark up routine legal agreements (e.g., NDAs) and thus cut both the time needed to negotiate such agreements. Banks, insurers and asset managers can also use it for large-scale repapering exercises, such as the impending move from interbank offered rates (IBORs), such as LIBOR, to alternative risk free rates (RFRs).


AI powered smart and predictive analytics for loan syndications desks of Corporate & Investment Banks.

Aztec Protocol

AZTEC Protocol is a technology company enabling private transactions on public blockchains.

The company's vision is that the capital markets will take advantage of public-chain trade execution in the secondary markets, removing settlement risk. AZTEC is running live for testing on Ethereum today, and will go live for full deployment in Q3 2019.


Capexmove is digitising contracts and connecting debt market participants.

Capexmoveís mission is to support financial markets to provide corporate borrowers with capital faster and more competitively. Our technology converts clauses from English into programming language to bring the contracts to life. The finalised contracts can be deployed on both centralised and distributed systems, aligned with the financial institutionsí preferences.


ClauseMatch is a regulatory technology company with unique SaaS offering, that enables financial institutions to streamline regulatory change management through effective organisation of internal policies, standards, procedures and controls.

It is a 2014 graduate of the inaugural Barclays accelerator programme, BBVA Open Talent challenge winner, and is in the top 10 RegTech companies selected by Dow Jones, Financial News.

ClauseMatch brings an unprecedented productivity for Compliance, Legal, Finance, Operations and Risk teams saving millions in terms of time and resources, while significantly reducing risk and providing accountability.

Institutions benefit from better enterprise governance and proactive regulatory risk mitigation through a 360 degree live view into its current state of compliance with regulatory obligations, further enabling streamlining impact assessment and implementation of existing and future regulations.

Comprehensive audit trail delivers accountability, transparency and assurance into readiness for the next review of current governance documentation, internal controls and their links to the applicable regulations.

Credit Vision

Credit-Vision is the next generation financial data platform for banks and investment funds.

A winner of the UK Governments Award for Technology Innovation, Credit-Vision unlocks the tremendous value of a centralised data platform for the analysis of corporate credit data. It is the single repository of corporate credit data for the investor community and the only point of access lenders need to analyse company financials. Its innovative technology delivers a new level of insights in the analysis of corporate credit data.

Poor data quality exposes Credit Managers portfolios to undetected or mispriced credit risk. Early portfolio intervention is vital. Sophisticated credit investors are becoming more and more demanding on quality reporting. Credit-Vision is a front office platform that addresses these critical issues and enables managers to make the most of their data.

Data is identified, captured and logged securely to client accounts, making it incredibly easy for portfolio managers to access and navigate all the data they need, when they need it. The power of Credit-Vision technology is augmented by a team of experts with a proven track record in the leveraged finance and high yield markets.

Credit-Vision automates and enforces reporting, compliance, workflow management policies and procedures. It encourages collaboration and transparency within institutions, offering CLO and Private Debt Managers the toolkit they need to achieve superior credit outcome and capture new market opportunities.


Is your legal team resource constrained? To what degree is that slowing down your business?

Today, considering transactional lawyers spend over 50% of their time reading, any solutions that help prioritise which contracts to review is a game changer.

Della AI helps businesses unclog legal team workload by allowing lawyers to:

  • get a quick summary of a contract, allowing them to make decisions without a full contract review,
  • review vendors agreements quickly and identify which ones required a full review, and
  • find answers about contracts without having to read any documents.

We are a London-based start-up offering an artificial intelligence-based technology which helps lawyers answer questions about their contracts. Curious?

Come and see us at our booth and we will show you how it works on real world contracts such as loan agreements (NDAs are a bit too easy).

Because we trained our model to understand the grammar and semantics used in legal documents, you do not need to train our deep learning model to get results. However, reviewing contracts with Della means that our system will adjust to your needs and find what you are looking for.

VC Trade

vc trade is a fully digital issuance platform for private placement transactions.

It is the central market place for issuers, arrangers and investors. Based on latest technology, vc trade eliminates redundancies and increases efficiency and transparency in the fragmented and manually-driven issuing process. The digital platform supports all major steps throughout the transaction from mandating, structuring & documentation, marketing, settlement to post-settlement. The entire lifecycle management can also be done on vc trade as every deal remains on the platform until it matures. The digitalisation of the process significantly reduces issuance and liquidity costs for borrowers, reduces placement risks and provides the opportunity for smaller issuance volumes.

Founded in 2016, vc trade had its successful market debut in March 2018 and has established a leading position in the market. Numerous well-known companies have already used vc trade in connection with their corporate financing. The total issuance volume exceeds EUR 8 billion, with more than 50 issuances. 9 arrangers offer their transactions to more than 400 international investors on vc trade.


Workshare is dedicated to helping legal professionals compare, protect and share their high stakes documents.

First established in 1999 with the advent of DeltaView, Workshare continues its heritage of developing and releasing intelligent technology focused on the comparison, protection and sharing of high stakes documents. Headquartered in London, in the UK, Workshare also operates offices in the US and Australia. More than two million professionals in 70 countries now use Workshare on their desktop, mobile or tablet. For more information visit or follow @Workshare on twitter.

Workshare Transact is a cloud-based application that significantly reduces time spent on document management whilst providing an enhanced user experience. It centralises the exchange of deal documents into one user-friendly checklist and presents an easy-to-read overview of where the deal stands, eliminating confusing email threads and version mix-ups. Lawyers are able to redirect their new-found freedom into fresh and creative ways to bring value to clients.

Platinum Sponsors

Clifford Chance
IHS Markit

Gold Sponsors

Pinsent Masons

Breakfast Sponsor



Aztec Protocol
Credit Vision
VC Trade