Conference Programme 

21st October 2009, The Lancaster London Hotel

 07:30 – 08:30Registration
 08:30 – 08:40Welcome
 Craig Abouchar, Portfolio Manager, Axial Investments, Chair, EHYA
Eric Capp
, Global Head of High Yield Syndicate, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Conference Co-Chair, EHYA 
 08:40 – 09:30Heads of Leveraged Finance Panel – The State of the European High Yield and Loan Markets Post-Crisis
  • Can the sell side support expected increases in high yield issuance?
  • What is the new investor profile?
  • Will senior notes replace bank debt in this next cycle?
  • What are the current issuance drivers for high yield?
  • What are the likely product characteristics?
  • Will the new issuance profile kick start a truly European high yield market?

James Cole, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Eric Capp, Global Head of High Yield Syndicate, The Royal Bank of Scotland
Tanneguy De Carne
, Co-Head of European Loan Syndicate, Société Générale
Joel Feldmann, Head of Leveraged Finance, Europe, Bank of America
Nick Jansa, Head of European Loans & High Yield, Deutsche Bank
Youssef Khlat
, Managing Director, Global Head of High Yield Capital Markets, Calyon
Chris Munro,
Managing Director, Leverage Finance Capital Markets, J.P.Morgan

 09:30 – 10:20Issuer's Perspective: European High Yield 3.0
  • High yield as a refinancing option
  • High yield v loans – has the issuer perspective changed?
  • Going beyond fallen angels
  • Can high yield become more issuer friendly
  • Will high yield replace mezz?
  • Do reporting standards need to be revisited?

Adrian Collins, Managing Director, Head of European Loan & High Yield Capital Markets, The Royal Bank of Scotland

Philip Boeckman, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore 
Luigi Gubitosi
, Chief Executive Officer, Wind Telecomunicazioni Spa
Rick Martin
,Group Director - Treasury and Investor Relations, Virgin Media
Rob Mathews, Partner, White & Case
Alexander Naidenov
, Partner, Linklaters
Dr. Michael W. Nimtsch
, Chief Financial Officer, IFCO Systems

10:20 – 10:50Networking Break
10:50 – 11:40The Times Are A-Changin’: A Bob Dylan Retrospective
  •  A look back and forward with key market players who have changed firms and perspectives
  • Changing intermediaries – what is the right capital raising vehicle to channel Sven’s pension to
  • How banks and buy-side have changed focus: good-bye prop desks
  • How does IMO Carwash change the landscape?
  • The emerging players: the brokerage house

David Ross, Senior Vice President, Sankaty Advisors
Craig Abouchar, Portfolio Manager, Axial Investments
Stephen Butcher
, Broker, ICAP
Eric Capp
, Global Head of High Yield Syndicate, The Royal Bank of Scotland
John Empson
, Managing Director of Capital Markets, Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts

11:40 – 12:30

 Martin Wolf

12:30 – 13:30Lunch 
13:30 – 14:30The Role of High Yield in LBO’s
  • How has the financing landscape for new LBOs changed (bank, mezzanine, high yield)?
  • How will high yield price volatility impact new LBOs?
  • How can high yield be used to refinance the "wall of maturities" for existing LBOs?
  • How do high yield bonds impact sponsors investing in restructurings?

Gleeson Van Riet, Managing Director, Financial Sponsor Group, Credit Suisse

Matthew Tooth, Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
Felipe Merry Del Val
, Managing Director, Bain Capital Europe
Peter Schwartz
, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Karim Tabet
, Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners

14:30 - 15.20Restructuring 2009: A Macro Look 
  • The LBO Landscape Today
  • The Restructuring World Today
  • Has LBO documentation of last ten years worked well?
  • The Impact of the Dearth of Bank Finance in today’s market
  • Proactive vs. Reactive Restructurings
  • Will the UK govt proposals for company rescue work?
  • EC Directive on Comi: Does it Work? Does it Matter

Robert Willoughby, Managing Director, Chairman, Debt Advisory and Restructuring, Credit Suisse

Adam Bradley, Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP
Michelle De Angelis, Senior Director, Fitch Ratings
Tracy Edmonson
, Partner, Latham & Watkins
Tony Horspool
, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Frank Sekula
, Head of Restructuring and Recapitalisation, Jefferies

15:20 – 16:05




Restructuring - Where is it all going?

  • Is there a conspiracy of silence or are investors just facing up to reality?
  • Have mezz investors been left behind? Can they come in from the cold?
  • Refinancing structures--is it just a game?

Sarah Murphy, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mark Bergman, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Pierre-Marie Boury
, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
John Connolly
, Partner, Clifford Chance
Robert Murray
, Associate, MezzVest
Francois Vidal, Executive Director, Moelis
Taron Wade
, Senior Research Analyst, Standard & Poor's

Distressed Investing: No Brainer or Bear Trap?

  • With banks and CLOs reluctant sellers, what is the price of entry?
  • Who are the players: credit hedge funds, private equity, prop desks, special opportunity funds?
  • Does size matter? Controlling a committee, blocking power, new money.
  • Outlook for sectors, EV's, required returns, investment holding periods and exit issues
  • How to play Europe’s Chapter 22s

Edward Eyerman, Managing Director - Head of European Leveraged Finance, Fitch Ratings

Robin Doumar, Managing Partner, Park Square Capital
Martin Gudgeon
, Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
Patrick Kenney
, Head of International Credit Opportunities Trading, D.E Shaw & Co
Simon Mansfield
, Co-head of European Special Situations Group (ESSG), Goldman Sachs
Stephen Phillips
, Partner, White & Case

16:05 – 16:20Panel Intermission (beverages provided)
16:20 – 17:05A Look at Convergence in European Debt Capital Markets
  • Investor Base 2006 vs Investor Base 2009 - Is there a difference? Who is playing and what are they doing? Is there a difference between North America and Europe?
  • The return of financing – is it back? What incentives does the availability or lack there of provide to investors? Will TRS be regulated?
  • What have borrowers both financial and corporate learned in the past 24 months? Is there a preference for loan or bond borrowings? Will CDS players “incentivise” prospective borrowers to issue (Stranded CDS)
  • Will the preference for private over public deals in Europe remain? Why? Will the benefits outweigh the smaller investor universe? Will investors demand public deals?
  • Alphabet soup- Whether CDO/CSO/CLO’s? Will they be back? If not, how will this influence financing options for borrowers? What is the long term effect on credit spreads?
  • Settlements – How will loan market respond to the call for simpler more standardised loan docs and settlement practices? Will this impact the number and diversity of market participants?

Jeff Kushner, Head of Managed Products and CEO, BlueMountain Europe

Stephen Byrne, Managing Director, Head of European Public High Yield/Loan Trading, Goldman Sachs
Tatjana B. Greil Castro, Portfolio Manager, Muzinich & Co.
Clare Dawson
, Managing Director, Loan Market Association
Andrew Lago, European Trading & Member of the European Investment Committee, King Street Capital Management
Amit Raja
, Managing Director, Head of High Yield, Loan and Distressed Trading, Citi
David Staples
, Managing Director, Moody's Investors Service
Brett Tejpaul
, Managing Director, Head of European Credit Sales, Barclays Capital

17.05 – 17.25Networking Break
17.25 – 18.15Rescue Finance in the Current Climate: Trends and Developments
  • Recent deals: Vita, McCarthy & Stone, Countrywide, Crest Nicholson, Monier, Sanitec, Ferretti, Dometic, SGD
  • Who’s providing rescue finance and why?
  • What are the obstacles to rescue finance and strategies for dealing with them?
  • The government proposal to facilitate rescue finance: is the UK market ready and would it work?

Lynn Hiestand, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Edward Eyerman, Managing Director, Head of European Leveraged Finance, Fitch Ratings
Dorian Lowell,
Partner, Head of Special Situations, Gleacher Shacklock
Lesley Lynn
, Head of IRM EMEA in London, Citi
John Redding
, Portfolio Manager, Eaton Vance
Tom Siebens, Partner, Milbank
Marc Vassanelli
, Interim CFO, Equiniti

18:15 Networking Reception for Speakers and Delegates        Sponsored by:  White & Case