Mergermarket Germany Forum 2017

29 & 30 MARCH 2017, INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL, DÜSSELDORF



  • 29 March - Day 1: Explore German Financing on the first day of the Mergermarket German Forum

    • 09:30

      Registration & Coffee

    • 10:00

      Chair’s welcome remarks

      Thomas Schulz
      Thomas Schulz
      Partner , Noerr
    • 10:15

      Debtwire Market Trends

      Presentation on emerging trends in leveraged finance  and high yield bonds based on data from Debtwire.

      Mariana Valle
      Mariana Valle
      Co-Deputy Editor , Debtwire
    • 10:30

      Panel: Are direct lenders gaining ground in Germany?

      Banks have been fighting hard to keep their position in the market but funds are fighting back with flexible debt solutions and senior financing options to compete with banks. Some of Germany’s top debt funds will discuss what  the outlook is for institutional lenders.

      Mark Jochims
      Mark Jochims
      Principal Private Lending , BlueBay Asset Management
      Patrick Ordynans
      Patrick Ordynans
      Managing Director , Alcentra
      Ralph Betz
      Ralph Betz
      Director , EQT Partners
      Jurij  Puth
      Jurij Puth
      Managing Director , GSO Capital Partners
      Tom  Beckerhoff
      Tom Beckerhoff
      Partner , Noerr
      Mariana Valle
      Mariana Valle
      Co-Deputy Editor , Debtwire
    • 11:15

      Networking coffee

    • 11:45

      Case Study: Acquisition financing as part of an operational restructuring and sale process

      During operational  restructuring, the banks' requirements may conflict with the targets of  existing shareholders or a new equity investor. The Hamm-Reno-Group case shows  how the interests of all parties can be reconciled.

      Matthias  Loop
      Matthias Loop
      CFO , Hamm RENO
      Marcel Herter
      Marcel Herter
      Founder , Herter & Co.
    • 12:15

      Keynote: The German banking landscape

      A number of large German lenders are struggling to  cope with Fintech competition and  outdated IT infrastructure, low interest rates, non-performing shipping  loans and opaque derivatives portfolios. The key note will look at how 2017 will look for major German lenders in an increasingly demanding regulatory  environment. 

      Jörg  Asmussen
      Jörg Asmussen
      Managing Director (Former member of the Executive Board of European Central Bank) , Lazard & Co GmbH
    • 13:00

      Networking lunch

    • 14:00

      Panel: High Yield and leveraged loans

      2016 saw a significant increase in covenant-lite loans, coupled with further flexibility and low margins, which have helped leveraged loans gain ground over high yield bonds. A panel of lev fin experts will discuss recent developments and what 2017 has in store in the large cap leveraged debt market in Germany.

      Torben Ronberg
      Torben Ronberg
      Portfolio Manager – Head of Syndicated Loans , Muzinich & Co
      Martin Reeves
      Martin Reeves
      Head of Global High Yield , Legal & General Investment Management
      Per  Wehrmann
      Per Wehrmann
      Head of European High Yield , Deutsche Asset Management
      Scott  Boothby
      Scott Boothby
      Managing Director, Head of Leveraged Markets , Commerzbank
      Steffen Wasserhess
      Steffen Wasserhess
      Managing Director, Head of NIG/HY Syndicate , UniCredit
      Adam Samoon
      Adam Samoon
      Senior Reporter – High Yield , Debtwire
    • 14:50

      Panel: Private equity views

      PE speakers on their outlook on the German debt financing market and key trends.

      Giles Reaney
      Giles Reaney
      Managing Director , Advent International
      Björn  Lauschke
      Björn Lauschke
      Investment Director , Capvis Equity Partners
      Matthias Wilcken
      Matthias Wilcken
      Partner and Director , Gilde
      Holger  Kleingarn
      Holger Kleingarn
      Managing Director , H.I.G. Capital Partners
      Mariana Valle
      Mariana Valle
      Co-Deputy Editor , Debtwire
    • 15:45

      Chair's closing remarks

      Thomas Schulz
      Thomas Schulz
      Partner , Noerr
    • 15:55

      Networking reception

    • 19:00

      Networking Dinner

      We are happy to announce that we will once again be hosting the popular networking dinner on 29th March, following day one of the forum.

      Delegates are invited to join us at SIGN! for an exclusive evening of networking with champagne drinks reception at 19:00, with a three course meal, wine and coffee at 19:30.

      This can be added to your booking at the point of registration for £110+VAT. For more information please contact Francesca.Veronesi@mergermarket.com

      Please note that only attendees registered to the forum with a 1 day pass or a 2 days pass will be able to sign up to our networking dinner.



Video highlights from the 2016 Agenda:

Video: Which growth story is best for a bank versus direct lender?

The panel examined what kind of request makes for a "bank story" vs a “unitranche story”. What projects can banks support and which are more challenging? Which sectors present a more difficult risk profile for credit committees and why? Borrowers and lenders offer their perspectives on raising debt; can the hausbank still be relied upon for all funding requirements? Which projects or strategies have been challenging to finance through relationship banks?

2016 Presentation Slides: