Leasing Life Conference & Awards 2020

Vienna, Austria   19-Nov-2020
Title Partner
Gold Partner
Silver Partner
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Silver Partner
Silver Partner
Bronze Partner
CSI Leasing
Bronze Partner
Badge and Lanyard Partner
Panel Host Partner
Table Host
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The 16th Leasing Life Conference and Awards will bring together a broad cohort of key decisions makers from asset finance, leasing and banks with technology suppliers and law firms to discover best in practice lending strategies, the latest disruptive technology reforming the sector and the innovations offering new opportunities for lenders.

The daytime conference is followed by a gala dinner and awards which celebrates excellence in leasing and asset finance.

Disruption in the leasing market is widespread; in recent years the rising threat of challenger banks, kick-starters, crowd-funding and alternative lending have transformed the industry and caused traditional lenders to revise their services and leasing offerings. Coupled with economic uncertainty, the impact of Brexit on the European market and the rise of block chain and AI, 2020 promises to be a defining year for the sector.

We look forward to seeing you there.


The leading asset finance event of the year, Leasing Life Conference and Awards, moves to a new exciting European destination in November 2020 for its 16th edition.

As banks across Europe wrestle with the challenge of deep digitisation of their businesses, two additional forces are gradually re-shaping leasing and asset finance across the region. The growing importance of responsibility for asset lifecycles, combined with the asset-light, service-led model pioneered by the sharing economy, have the potential to re-define the conventional role and perceptions of leasing.

This year’s Leasing Life Conference explores how Europe’s leasing industry is responding to the value chain opportunity, the role of technology in this pinnacle transformation, strategy-driven innovation and much more.  Thriving in a digital age has never been more important.

Our conference agenda leverages expertise from across Leasing Life’s research and publishing portfolios, developed to polarise the vision of a smarter, safer, more efficient future for the leasing industry.

The event is an opportunity to share ideas, discover strategic trends and network with peers, while accessing insight into exclusive research and case studies delivered by the industry’s thought leaders.


With focused sessions, practical workshops, exhibition and an evening gala awards, this event will offer delegates the forum in which to share their experience, challenges and opportunities in asset finance and lending.

(Valid Until Friday 27th March 2020)

Full Day Conference and Awards Dinner


Bring the team 3 for 2 (Only applies to standard rate)


Full Day Conference and Awards Dinner


Bring the team 3 for 2 (Only applies to standard rate)

All rates are subject to VAT where applicable

Who attends?

  • CEOs, CFOs, CIOs
  • Chief Sales Officers
  • Chief Innovation Officers
  • Chief Credit Officers
  • Managing Directors/Project Directors
  • Heads/Managers of Capital Markets
  • Heads of Asset Finance
  • Heads of Operations
  • Heads of Commercial Finance and Leasing
  • Heads of International Strategy
  • Heads of Financial Services
  • Heads of Consumer Finance
  • Heads of Marketing/Sales
  • Business Development Managers
  • Heads of Lease & Loan Insurance Services

Company type:

  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Asset Finance Providers
  • Law firms
  • Consultants
  • Technology providers
  • Insurance groups




Vienna, Austria


The speaker line-up for the 16th Leasing Life Conference and Awards 2020 is underway, if you would like to get involved, contact our team on

Hannah Toms
Phone: +44 (0) 207 9366 855
Email: Hannah.toms@arena-international.com



Title Partner


Alfa has been delivering systems and consultancy services to the global asset finance industry since 1990.

Our best practice methodologies and specialised knowledge of asset finance mean that we deliver the largest system implementations and most complex business change projects. With an excellent delivery history over our 26 years in the industry, Alfa’s track record is unrivalled.

Alfa Systems, our class-leading technology platform, is at the heart of some of the world’s largest asset finance companies. Key to the business case for each implementation is Alfa Systems’ ability to consolidate multiple client systems on a single platform. Alfa Systems supports both retail and corporate business for auto, equipment, wholesale and dealer finance on a multijurisdictional basis, including leases/loans, originations and servicing. An end-to-end solution with integrated workflow and automated processing using business rules, the opportunities that Alfa Systems presents to asset finance companies are clear and compelling.

We know that no one project is like another. Gaining a competitive advantage in the modern marketplace demands fresh innovation every time. We work to understand your business completely, then align our implementation methodology with your business practices. We work with you to shape the solution that fills all the gaps.

Our people are only the most talented graduates and professionals. All our consultants operate in all areas of the business, from preliminary client contact and requirements definition right through to manning the support desk. This ensures all our staff develop and maintain excellent all-round expertise.

With over 40 clients in 18 countries, Alfa has offices all over Europe, Asia-Pacific and the United States. For more information, visit alfasystems.com.


Gold Partner

Societe Generale

At the heart of the real economy, SGEF offers tailored leasing and finance solutions to vendors, dealers and manufacturers.

With the widest geographical market coverage, SGEF supports the development of its partners and customers building on its expertise in four sectors:

  •  Transport
  • Industrial equipment
  • Technology
  • Healthcare & Green energy


#1 IN EUROPE #2 WORLDWIDE in Equipment Finance

OUTSTANDINGS: EUR 29.4 billion* NEW BUSINESS VOLUME: EUR 13.1 billion*

33 COUNTRIES** 3.200 EMPLOYEES* THE FUTURE IS YOU SGEF is part of Societe Generale, one of the leading European financial services groups, which combines financial strength and proven expertise in innovation with a strategy of sustainable growth, aiming to be the trusted partner for its clients, and committed to the positive transformations of the world.


A leading provider of innovative and flexible solutions to finance and manage equipment.

A digital and customer-centric organization committed to deliver an excellent experience across countries.

A great place to work, driven by simplicity, agility and sustainability.

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Silver Partner

Ambit Asset Finance (FIS)

Ambit Asset Finance is FIS’ platform supporting the Auto and Equipment Finance industry. With our choice of a componentized model, an end-to-end platform or a fully managed service, you can configure and optimize your asset finance platform to meet your requirements. Our range of deployment options minimize implementation risk and break free of costly, legacy software for an enhanced customer experience and a more flexible strategy for growth. 

FIS is a leading provider of technology solutions for merchants, banks and capital markets firms globally. Our 55,000 people are dedicated to advancing the way world pays, banks and invests by applying our scale, deep expertise and data-driven insights. We help our clients use technology in innovative ways to solve business-critical challenges and deliver superior experiences for their customers. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, FIS is a Fortune 500® company and is a member of Standard & Poor’s 500® Index. 

Get in contact: Getinfo@fisglobal.com



Silver Partner


DLL is a global vendor finance company with more than EUR 30 billion in assets. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, DLL provides asset-based financial solutions in the Agriculture, Food, Healthcare, Clean technology, Construction, Transportation, Industrial and Office technology industries. DLL partners with equipment manufacturers, dealers and distributors in more than 30 countries to support their distribution channels and help grow their businesses. DLL combines customer focus with deep industry knowledge to deliver sustainable solutions for the complete asset life cycle, including commercial finance, retail finance and used equipment finance. DLL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rabobank Group.


Silver Partner


CSI Leasing

Bronze Partner

CSI Leasing

CSI Leasing is a major global independent leasing company with operations in Europe, Americas and Asia-Pacific.

Customers turn to CSI for superior service and advice from financing experts they can rely on. We are their resource, not only for financial solutions, but for help with asset management, end of life data security, disposal and more – all on a global scale.

CSI Leasing offers unmatchable high-value-added services and original know-how built up through around 50 years of experience.

Specialties: Technology Equipment Leasing, Government and Education Equipment Leasing, Healthcare Equipment Leasing, Media and Entertainment Equipment Leasing, and Equipment Disposal.


Bronze Partner


Quotevine is a UK Based company. We have over 75 years combined experience in the Asset Finance, Automotive Finance, Digital and Banking tech space. We understand the problems and the clients, and we are looking to collaborate with them to build solutions that put the customer first.

We provide a suite of SaaS solutions with a digital-first approach. Innovation and efficiency sit at the heart of what we do; ensuring the proposal to payout journey is frictionless. We champion collaboration by working with global tech partners to ensure our solutions offer rich and relevant functionality, aligning with customers’ changing expectations.

Quotevine offers a full end to end solution from proposal to in-life asset management. We have built a solution with new technology and an API first approach allowing a modular approach of implementation for our clients. This approach as well has enabled us to deliver micro-services out of the platform to target specific problems and propositions. Some great examples are Terms Management in the Auto Finance market and Dynamic Pricing in Asset and Auto market. This technology and how its delivered could power relevant applications like fleet car sharing and SME creative Asset Finance.


Badge and Lanyard Partner

VIP Apps Consulting

VIP Apps Consulting provide management consulting, business process management and technology consultancy services for the Leasing and Finance industry. Unique in our evolution, we are an even mix of technology consulting backgrounds with focus on financial software and leasing solutions and experienced lease accountants from manager and controller level positions, operations leaders, business analysts and successful project managers from within the Captive and Vendor leasing space. We understand the regulatory constraints, differing accounting standards across countries, cultural differences, client expectations and the challenges for CIO’S and CFO’s to make the right decisions for their business. We accompany our clients from the definition of the strategy to the implementation of the solution, using our unique proprietary AMOBI and DELIVER methodologies, we find innovative ‘holistic’ solutions aligned with your business goals.


Panel Host Partner


Tieto is the leading Nordic software and services company, with over 14,000 experts in close to 20 countries. We aim to be customers’ first choice for business renewal by combining our software and services capabilities with a strong drive for co-innovation and ecosystems. Tieto captures the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turns them into lifelong value for people, business and society.

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Table Host

Close Brothers

Over the last 30 years Close Brothers Asset Finance has grown to become a leading asset finance company, providing finance for businesses wanting to buy new or used equipment, trucks, plant, machinery.


Our people are experts in asset finance, but they also have extensive knowledge the industries we work in. This experience means our team understand the challenges their customers face. They are a consistent and proactive point of contact, on hand throughout the life of the finance contract and beyond, building lasting relationships.


Our straightforward products and services are designed to promote business investment and growth. We don’t provide standard packages but consider all relevant aspects of a business creating tailor-made, flexible schedules to suit.

We also base our lending decisions on the overall health and plans of a business – not just a credit rating.  But we’re careful lenders too, a decision that fails to take account of risk factors and wider market forces is not in anyone’s interest.

Backed by Close Brothers, a leading UK merchant bank, we continually refine our relationships and enhance our products to deliver more effectively for our customers and suppliers.  With Hire Purchase, Lease and Refinance we offer effective solutions for SMEs who need fast and flexible funding.


The 16th Leasing Life Conference and Awards 2020 boasts a variety of exciting sponsorship and exhibition opportunities. Features include prime speaking positions on the main programme, an exhibition offering suppliers a platform to network and showcase their solutions, and intimate roundtable discussion groups, enabling vendors to promote their solutions in interactive sessions.

If you have a service or product you would like to showcase, please use the details below to make contact with our team.

Ray Giddings

Phone: +44 (0)20 7936 6512

Email: ray.giddings@arena-international.com



We’re delighted to announce the nomination call for the 2020 Leasing Life Awards which recognise the most successful asset finance and leasing initiatives over the course of the year.

The awards are a highlight in the industry calendar and reflect the latest trends in financing and the noteworthy initiatives that have established a strong foothold in Europe.

To nominate your organisation for one of the award categories, please email daisy.hall@arena-international.com to receive your nomination pack.

Asset Finance Intermediary

A good intermediary serves its clients and its funder panel, placing deals for the right reasons to serve its customers. The ideal model shows a business that cares about the post transaction aspects and has a strong quality ethic to its business dealings. In the current challenging markets it demonstrates an ability to grow, develop customer offerings that are relevant and has a risk and performance culture that is respected internally as well as externally.

For this award judges will be looking at:

  • Sustainable year on year business growth (not scale, but progression) measured over 5 years.
    Endorsement from the intermediary’s key funding panel members, speaking to risk quality, after-sales service and customer care.
  • Evidence of lender endorsements via example transactions, showing where the deals have gone, favouring real service over simple placement.
    Clear demonstration of their ability in developing people
  • Examples of “added value” and how the intermediary turns transactions and relationships into viable business where others could not.
  • How the intermediary builds quality and sustainable relationships, with vendors and manufacturers, or on a regional focus.

Asset Finance Legal Provider  

The stand-out firms are those that lead thinking, add value back to the industry and challenge the status quo while offering an exemplary service on top of their legal knowledge.  Asset finance must be a core discipline and demand a real focus from the firm.

Judges will consider:

  • Team focus – is it a specialised asset finance legal team? Can it clearly bring in other disciplines where needed?
  • People development – does the legal provider demonstrate a development culture and do they bring on (and attract) strong new talent.
  • Thought Development – is the firm proactive in challenging and informing the industry.
  • The intermediary’s client satisfaction and market reputation.
  • Growth of profile and capability; has the firm built on its successes and made inroads into developing its service reach and client capability.

SME Champion – European

This award recognises European asset finance lenders that that directly engage in supporting the SME market, beyond volume picked up via wholesale/intermediary type operations.

Judges will consider:

  • Demonstrable interest in the SME markets, beyond the provision of finance
  • Clear endorsement from clients
  • Consistent growth and commitment to the SME market
  • Examples of demonstrating creativity and addressing SME market demands in imaginative ways

SME Champion – UK – Bank Lessor

This award recognises UK asset finance lenders that that directly engage in supporting the SME market, beyond volume picked up via wholesale/intermediary type operations.

Judges will consider:

  • Demonstrable interest in the SME markets, beyond the provision of finance
  • Clear endorsement from clients
  • Consistent growth and commitment to the SME market
  • Examples of demonstrating creativity and addressing SME market demands in imaginative ways

SME Champion – UK – Independent or Privately Owned

This award recognises UK asset finance lenders that that directly engage in supporting the SME market, beyond volume picked up via wholesale/intermediary type operations.

Judges will consider:

  • Demonstrable interest in the SME markets, beyond the provision of finance
  • Clear endorsement from clients
  • Consistent growth and commitment to the SME market
  • Examples of demonstrating creativity and addressing SME market demands in imaginative ways

Vendor Finance Provider

This award recognises an asset finance lessor that has worked in conjunction with a manufacturer to provide tailored asset finance at the point of sale. The essence of success is building strong and successful partnerships that add clear value to both sides: this is not just about the provision of funding but also about creating a strong service and partnership business culture that withstands the ebbs and flows of the external environment.

Judges will consider:

  • Range and longevity of working partnerships
  • Endorsement from vendor partners
  • Evidence of developing more than “just financing”
  • Growth over time and the depth of their commitment to the business sector.

European Lessor

To qualify for this award, nominees must have businesses across at least two of Europe’s major five economies, and write at least €500m worth of new business annually. The European lessor of the year should be able to explain how it is driving change in the industry with market initiatives, product design, or value-add services.

Judges will consider:

  • Business being written in multiple jurisdictions within the EU
  • Strong brand market presence in multiple jurisdictions
  • Evidencing should include deal volumes, with some ‘marquee’ deal example, with a few lines explaining size and complexity.
  • Demonstrating how the lessor is driving change in the industry with market initiatives, product design, or value-added services

Captive Lessor

This award is open to nominations for the captive finance houses of any commercial asset or vehicle producer. This award recognises real focus on the captive’s efforts in supporting the parent and developing solutions that are relevant.  Support through all parts of the economic cycle is a critical feature and the lessor should be able to demonstrate how they use their skills to improve the products and services to assist sales and create additional value.

Judges will consider:

  • Degree of finance penetration both in absolute terms and also as a percentage of parent sales
  • Demonstrating a commitment to support through all stages of the economic cycle and finding creative solutions to challenges (e.g. difficult markets/locations)
  • Creativity in product design, implementation and in service, both to the parent and also to the customer

Evidence of the strength of the Parent/Lessor relationship showing how they work “hand in glove” to add additional value to the customer and additional value to their group.

Middle Ticket Corporate Lessor

To qualify for this award, lessors must be writing business in the €20m+ ticket size. In this sector, asset knowledge, risk appreciation, skilled structuring and commitment to the sector are all important features.

Judges will consider:

  • Demonstrable commitment to the middle ticket sector as shown by sustained and growing business volumes over time
  • Asset or sector specialisation where true expertise has been created
  • Evidence of creative product or service approaches. This could be shown in how other products or services have been combined into an asset finance product (e.g. export finance, EIB or similar funding programmes etc.)
  • Commitment to the middle ticket sector that spans geographic boundaries
  • Commitment to developing the skills and capability to grow the middle ticket asset finance product

Digital Innovation

This award is meant to recognise a policy, product or leasing related site or application that pushes the envelope on how commercial lessors relate to their customers. Not designed simply for ‘e-signatures’ or a back-room platform change, this award must impress the judges with its technological expertise and its novelty.

Judges will consider:

  • The judges must understand, through a convincing narrative, about the genesis of the product or site, and about how it is new or differentiates itself from previous digital innovations.
  • Evidence must be provided on how the innovation improves the customer experience, or allows an improvement on costs, speed of transaction or response and communication.
  • Evidence of commercial advantage through the innovation is encouraged.
  • Potential developments as well as implemented innovations qualify; eg regarding data quality, the use of block chain/distributed ledger technology in the areas of document and asset verification could qualify, as much as a client facing site or direct platform innovation, or an efficiency in the speed of service.


This award is designed to recognise non-CSR based, external sustainability initiatives on the leasing products or services that the lessor might offer. The award is not designed to recognise a handful of one off transactions, but a clearly demonstrated business commitment to the principles of sustainability.

Judges will consider:

  • Evidence of leasing products or services that are designed with the environment in mind
  • Can entail deals for environmentally friendly assets such as wind farms or solar panels.
  • Leasing products that entail lifecycle management, recycling or green products.
  • Products that promote clean fuels or electric/rechargeable technology
  • Metrics are required on size, volume, or complexity of deals to get a picture of their quality and exceptional status.

Young Professional of the Year

The young professional of the year category will recognise someone under 40 years of age who in 2017 has demonstrated the depth of their talent and the breadth of their expertise in the leasing and asset finance industry. The winner does not need to have risen to a senior position, but will be someone who peers agree has had a positive impact on the leasing community, influencing not just the success of their company but also the wider industry, and is judged by the Leasing Life editorial team.

The following awards are presented to individuals and as such these will be awarded by the judging panel without prior nomination.

Industry Ambassador of the Year

This award will be given to an individual who is considered to have done more than any other to promote, develop and enhance the reputation, economic role and social status of the leasing industry in 2019.

Lifetime Achievement

This prestigious award goes to an individual who has helped to build and to shape the international leasing industry during the course of their career. Their contribution will have driven new developments across the industry. They will have successfully steered companies and mentored colleagues through challenges, and taken strategic leadership within their organization and the leasing community as a whole. They will be a top influencer among their leasing peers, and with the wider business community. The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes talent, tenacity, experience and commitment.

Leasing Life 2019 Award Winners:

Asset Finance Intermediary of the Year: Medialease

Asset Finance Legal Provider of the Year: Stephenson Harwood

SME Champion – Bank Lessor of the Year: Close Brothers Asset Finance

SME Champion of the Year – Independent or Privately Owned: White OAK UK

Vendor Finance Provider of the Year: DLL

European Lessor of the Year: Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Middle Ticket Corporate Lessor of the Year: ABN AMRO Lease

Digital Innovation of the Year: BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions

Sustainability of the Year: Greenflex

Young Professional of the Year: Alexandra McWilliams from Simply Asset Finance

Industry Ambassador of the Year: Pascal Layan Deputy CEO of BNP Paribas Leasing Solution

Lifetime Achievement Award of the Year: Lindsay Town CEO of IAA Advisory


The agenda for the Leasing Life Conference is now under development through close collaboration with the industry and by conducting in-depth research with asset finance and leasing executives working across Europe, we ensure that only the most up-to-the-minute topics appear on the programme.

If you would like to get involved please contact our Head of Production:

Hannah Toms
Phone: +44 (0) 207 9366 855
Email: Hannah.toms@arena-international.com

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Ray Giddings
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Polly Bosher
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General Enquiries

Daisy Hall
+44 (0)20 7936 3544

Speaker Enquiries

Hannah Toms
+44 (0)20 7936 6400



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