The Global Commodity Finance Conference has become the must attend event for any serious professional who deals with commodity production, logistics, trading and financing.
Last year, nearly every major trading house and bank was represented. Over 250 senior delegates attended the three days of the event representing over 150 different organisations from across the world.
In the last quarter, the performance of most commodities has been heavily influenced by the sub-prime crisis as have the margins on commodity finance deals. With the crisis unlikely to abate any time soon, we are likely to see a continuation of these trends. Although good news for the commodity financier, this puts extra pressure on the structuring of deals to ensure that financings are secure and structured to minimise the higher risks inherent in a more uncertain economic environment.
Against such a changing backdrop, we expect this year’s conference to be the biggest and most important yet with an unprecedented line up of expert speakers and cutting edge presentations.