The winners have been announced for the 2017 edition of the Leasing Life Awards, which took place on November 30 at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam.
With the Netherlands riding on the crest of an ongoing boom in the European leasing industry, which has returned to its pre-crisis levels of business volumes, Amsterdam provided the perfect backdrop for exploring the state of the industry and its future path.
Leaders from major European lessors and financial services company, both established and up-and-coming, convened to discuss future challenges and opportunities, from the switch a circular economy to regulatory challenges like new accounting standard IFRS 16 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The day was brought to a close with a celebration of major achievements by industry players, hosted by chief executive of Alfa Andrew Denton and editor of Leasing Life Brian Cantwell. Winners for the 12th edition of the Leasing Awards were carefully selected by a judging panel in an independent and transparent process.
UK Broker: Oracle Finance
UK Asset Finance Legal Provider: Shoosmiths
SME Champion – Europe: Societe Generale Equipment Finance
SME Champion – UK – Bank lessor: Close Brothers
SME Champion – UK – Independent: LDF
Vendor Finance: Societe Generale Equipment Finance
European Lessor: BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions
Middle ticket corporate lessor: ABN Amro Lease NV
Digital Innovation – UK: CheckedSafe
Digital Innovation – Rest of Europe: DLL
Sustainability: 3 Step IT
Young Professional: Ben McPheat, credit underwriter, LDF
Industry Ambassador: Jonathan Andrew, chief executive officer for commercial finance, Siemens Financial Services
Lifetime Achievement: Carol Roberts, managing director for leasing, Bibby Financial Services