3rd Chief Executives’ Lending Forum & Awards 2019

London   28-Feb-2019

Chief Executives’ Lending Forum returns to London on 28th February 2019.

We bring together senior decision makers from leading British lending industry organisations including asset finance leaders, brokers, intermediaries and businesses as well as new challengers in the market. The evening will host a gala dinner to reveal the winners of the UK Lending Awards 2019, celebrating excellence in lending industry.


The 3rd Chief Executives’ Lending Forum  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 lending.

Disruption in the B2B lending 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 banks to revise their services and product offerings. Coupled with economic uncertainty and the impact of Brexit, 2019 promises to be a defining year for the sector.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Why Attend?

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.

Register Now:

Standard  –  Full Day Conference and Awards Dinner £1150
All rates are subject to VAT


Register now – To book your place at the event please contact:

Carlo Mancini
T. +44 (0) 203 096 2582
E. carlo.mancini@compelo.com

Who should attend?

The annual event brings together decision-makers and specialists from a variety of key sectors, job titles include:

  • 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


  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Asset Finance Providers
Terms and Conditions
Changes and Cancellation

We reserve the right to change event details if necessary, although we will endeavor to keep all changes to a minimum. We will inform you as soon as possible of important changes, for example name or date changes.

Substitutions may be made in writing at any time and will incur no penalty fee. Cancellations without a substitute delegate that are received a month prior to the event will be subject to a 20% cancellation charge. Delegates cancelling after this date without a substitute delegate will be required to pay the full fee and no refund will be made. Cancellations must be received in writing or via email and will not be accepted over the phone.

Force Majeure

We reserve the right to cancel the event by reason of Force Majeure, included but not limited to fire, flood, extreme weather conditions, acts of war or violence, malicious damage, explosion, earthquake, strike, civil disturbances, political unrest, riot, labour dispute, power cuts or any other extraneous variable beyond Compelo’s control.






The speaker line-up for the 3rd Chief Executive’s Lending Forum and Awards 2019 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


Become an Event Partner

The 3rd Chief Executive’s Lending Forum and Awards 2019 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 3096 2585
Email: ray.giddings@timetric.com



We’re delighted to announce the nomination call for the Chief Executives’ Lending Forum Awards 2019 which recognise the most successful asset finance and lending 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 events@arena-international.com to receive your nomination pack.

Corporate 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.

Corporate 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. Corporate finance must be a core discipline and demand a real focus from the firm.

For this award, the judges will consider:

  • Team focus – is it a specialised corporate 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

This award recognises UK asset finance lenders and lending organisations such as Challenger Banks, P2P lenders, Fintech platforms, Private Equity and Alternative Finance companies that that directly engage in supporting the SME market, beyond volume picked up via wholesale/intermediary type operations.

For this award, the 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

Captive Finance Provider

This award is open to nominations for the captive finance houses of any commercial lender. 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.

For this award, 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.

High Value and Structured Asset Finance Provider

This award recognises UK asset finance lenders and lending organisations who specialise in the provision of high ticket value and complex transactions, using the principles of the asset finance and leasing industry to build and deliver bespoke solutions for major assets and projects. The focus of the judges will be substantially on the technical expertise and innovation demonstrated by nominated organisations in delivering solutions for their clients.

For this award, the judges will consider:

  • Normally executes single asset/project transactions in excess of £20M (but not always in Sterling)
  • Frequently deploys bespoke or one off solutions to solve clients’ needs
  • Works across product or sector divisions to provide effective products (e.g. use of capital markets, export finance techniques, project finance techniques, etc)
  • Will frequently look at transactions involving one or more non-UK jurisdictions (e.g. marine, rail, aerospace, infrastructure)
  • Does not necessarily have the word “leasing” in its title but uses the risk and structural approach of the sector

Middle Ticket Corporate Finance Provider

To qualify for this award, lessors must be writing business in the £5M to €20m range In this sector, asset knowledge, risk appreciation, skilled structuring and commitment to the sector are all important features.

For this award, the 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

Innovation in Lending

This award is meant to recognise a policy, product or lending 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.

For this award, the 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.

Diversity & Inclusion Award

The Diversity and Inclusion Award winner will demonstrate an exceptional understanding of diversity and inclusiveness beyond the call of duty as represented by the following criteria:

  • Enhances inclusion through positive communication between persons of different backgrounds
  • Develops innovative methods for increasing and valuing diversity through wide-ranging activities
  • Demonstrates outstanding efforts to promote an environment free from bias and discrimination
  • Organizes, creates and facilitates various academic or community events promoting diversity, respect, and inclusiveness.

Future Chief Executive of the Year

The Future Chief Executive of the Year category will recognise someone under 40 years of age in 2017 who has demonstrated the depth of their talent and the breadth of their expertise in the corporate/commercial lending industry. The winner will be someone who peers recognise as being a pivotal member of the team (and company), and with a stellar trajectory across their career path.

Chief Executive of the Year

This prestigious award goes to an individual who is helping to build and to shape the lending industry, their contribution will be driving new developments and they will have successfully steered companies and mentored colleagues through challenges. Strategic leadership within their organization will be a key factor of their working ethic, and they will be a top influencer among their peers, and with the wider business community. The Chief Executive of the Year award recognizes talent, tenacity and the winner will be a driving force within the industry.

The 2018 winners of Chief Executives’ Lending Forum Awards were…

SME Champion – Bank Owned

Metro Bank

SME Champion – Non-Bank Owned

Hitachi Capital

Capital Finance Provider

JCB Finance

Middle Ticket Corporate Finance Provider


Innovation in Lending


Diversity & Inclusion

Metro Bank

Chief Executive of the Year

Roger Skinner


The agenda for the Chief Executives’ Lending Forum

is now under development through close collaboration with the industry and by conducting in-depth research with asset finance and lending 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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Contact Us

Sponsor & Partnership Enquiries

Ray Giddings
+44 (0) 203 096 2585

Speaker Enquiries

Hannah Toms
+44 (0) 207 936 6855

General & Media Partner Enquiries

Hannah Leigh
+44 (0) 207 936 6689