Webinar Treasury Management gedurende de COVID 19-crisis: risico’s en kansen

| 30-03-2020 | François De Witte

Webinar: Treasury Management gedurende de COVID 19-crisis: risico’s en kansen

Friday 3 april, 2020 from 1.30 till- 2.30 pm CET

With the COVID19 crisis, treasury management is of paramount importance. In this webinar, François summarizes some best practices and give some tips & tricks to weather these turbulent times.

Please note the webinar is hosted in Dutch Language and the Presentation Slide Deck is in English.

Webinar topics:

  • Hoe moet ik reageren? Wat is mijn cash positie vandaag?
  • Wat is de cash forecast voor de komende dagen, of zelfs weken?
  • Noodzaak dagelijkse stuurgroep Cash Positie
  • Hoe beheert de continuïteit van je onderneming?
  • Hoe kunnen we omgaan met betalingsproblemen bij klanten, die ook beïnvloed zijn?
  • Kunnen we de voorraad verminderen: kunnen wij de working capital requirements verminderen?
  • Welke kosten kunnen uitgesteld worden (RSZ, belastingen, enz.)?
  • Hoe onderhandel je een betalingstermijn met leveranciers?
  • Hoe onderhandel ik met mijn banken over een herschikking van een bestaand krediet? Hoe kan ik mijn financiële ademruimte verhogen? Belang van de track-record
  • Risico’s en opportuniteiten: herziening van het businessmodel

Presenters:

François De Witte
Seasoned Treasury & Project Manager at FDW Consult Services
Senior project Manager Treasury at Ardent-Finance
Onafhankelijk Bestuurder bij CKV
Community Ambassador bij Treasury XL
(Former Head International Cash Management Sales at ING Belgium, Luxembourg and Asia)

Date, time and registration

Date: April 3, 2020

Start time: 13.30 – 14.30

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Webinar and Q&A: Protect your bottom line from further impacts

| 24-03-2020 | XE.com

COVID-19 Webinar and Q&A on Wednesday March 25, 2020 at 5.00 pm – 5.30 pm CET

As the markets react to the global pandemic, the XE teams have been inundated with calls from concerned businesses who are looking for support during this volatility.

Throughout these turbulent times, our partner XE wish to share insights into how businesses with any exposure to international currencies can look to protect their bottom line from further impacts.

Register Now and and submit your questions, and the XE experts will look to answer the common challenges during the live session. XE may not have all of the answers, but they can look to provide some support to issues regarding currency exposure.

Date, time and registration

Date: March 25th, 2020

Start time: 5.00 pm – 5.30 pm CET

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Do you a question that you’d like one of the XE Experts to answer during the session? Please provide details and XE will endeavour to respond during the session. You can submit your question at the registration page.

 

 

 

Cashforce Webinar: Coffee & Algorithms – AI-powered Cash Forecasting

| 23-03-2020 | Cashforce

We would like to highlight the following event, held by our partner CashForce: Webinar Coffee & Algorithms – AI-powered Cash Forecasting.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing today’s landscape. For financial professionals it’s no different. It remains a challenge on how to convert the noise into more clear-cut methods that corporates can implement. In this webinar, held by our Partner Cashforce, a concise conversation is held on using AI in Cash forecasting. Furthermore, the webinar highlights the steps a treasurer should take to establish an effective Cash forecasting process.

Nicolas Christiaen, CEO at Cashforce, will be joined by James Kelly, Group Treasurer at Pearson, who led the project of putting an improved and automated group-wide Cash forecasting process in place. We welcome you to save your seat below!

In this webinar you’ll learn:

• the key concepts of Artificial Intelligence in Cash forecasting

• the 7-step approach to a more accurate Cash forecasting process

• how AI & machine learning can tie this all together

• how Pearson went through this process, resulting in an improved Cash forecast

• which benefits does Pearson yield from this process in these challenging times.

1 CTP and FP&A re-certification credits can be earned for attending this live webinar.

Date, time and registration

Date: March 31st, 2020

Start time: 11am EDT / 5pm CET.

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WEBINAR: How COVID-19 affects Dutch SME’S

| 18-03-2020 | by treasuryXL |

From Brexit to COVID-19, it is fair to say that a lot has been happening lately. These events have impacted the economy, especially Small and Medium Enterprises. It is hard to keep up with all new information, measurements and consequences. That is why, Smartfunding has organised a free webinar to keep you updated on forms of financing for which the SME’s in the Netherlands can apply for, that can solve short term liquidity shortages these SME’s might face. Furthermore, the webinar highlights the current situation and consequences of the coronavirus on SME’S. The Webinar is on Friday March 20th, from 15:00-15:30. (Blog is in Dutch)

 

Het coronavirus COVID-19 houdt de wereld in zijn greep. De impact op het dagelijks leven en op de economie is groot en het nieuws volgt elkaar ontzettend snel op. In Nederland worden allerlei maatregelen getroffen voor personen en de economie.

Naar aanleiding van de ontwikkelingen rondom het coronavirus en de impact op het mkb wordt er in deze webinar ingegaan op de regelingen die beschikbaar zijn voor ondernemers. Om alle relevante informatie op een rij te zetten worden de volgende topics behandeld.

  • De huidige situatie en de gevolgen van corona op het mkb
  • Maatregelen die Nederland, de EU en andere landen treffen
  • Financieringsopties die korte termijn liquiditeitstekorten kunnen verhelpen

De link naar de webinar vind je straks hier.

Over SmartFunding

SmartFunding is een landelijk concept dat MKB-ondernemers helpt bij het aanvragen en verkrijgen van financieringen tussen de €250.000 en 5 miljoen euro. SmartFunding is opgericht door Irma Langeraert en Fred van der Stappen. Beiden hebben een jarenlange expertise op het gebied van financieringen en ondernemerschap. Irma als zakelijk adviseur bij ING en sinds 1995 bij haar eigen onderneming ILFA Treasury Support, Fred als hoofd Business Development bij Robeco, Schroders en Euronext.

Met SmartFunding bieden zij lokale ondernemers op een toegankelijke manier advies en begeleiding bij het verkrijgen van een passende vorm van financiering.

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Irma Langeraert

Managing Partner at ILFA Group and Co-owner SmartFunding

Seminar SAP S/4HANA – What treasurers need to know

| 21-01-2020 | by treasuryXL |

Are you dealing with the replacement of existing SAP-systems with SAP S/4Hana and its impact on treasury departments? Discover the opportunities offered by this transition and what you need to be aware of by attending the SAP S/4Hana seminar on June 25, 2020 in Amsterdam organised by Schwabe, Ley & Greiner (SLG).

The transition to SAP S/4HANA

Many companies are currently transitioning to SAP S/4HANA. Hardly any other issue is presently as hot in IT departments of SAP clients. Treasury departments are also affected by the switch of their companies’ ERP systems.

It is therefore helpful, as a treasury department, to address this issue regardless of the extent to which you have relied on SAP in the area of treasury in the past. Why? Because these changes are going to impact everyone. Irrespective of whether you use a stand-alone TMS (in this case, at least because the interfaces and data sources will change) or your processes are reflected using SAP treasury modules (in this case the impact will of course be greater since your own systems will be affected by the switch).

Many corporates are taking the opportunity offered by the switch to the new SAP version to integrate their systems to a greater extent. As such, the fundamental question of what system to use also arises. This could be an opportunity to efficiently design your treasury processes using a new or optimised system-based solution.

What key issues are covered in the seminar?

  • SAP S/4HANA – an overview of what’s new compared to the old version
  • How your future system landscape needs to be configured – which options are available and what to pay attention to
  • Understand the IT approaches relevant to the S/4HANA launch
  • What to do during the transition while selecting a new system – possible strategies
  • A quick insight into the system: SAP S/4HANA
  • A quick insight into the system: SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC)

Target Audience

Managers and personnel in the areas of treasury, cash and liquidity management, risk management, controlling, finance and accounting, payables and receivables management, IT and SAP applications.

Objectives

1. SAP S/4HANA – an overview of what’s new compared to the old version.

  • General system architecture
  • The new design – web-based interface as an alternative to the SAP GUI
  • Which new features does SAP S/4HANA offer in the area of treasury?
  • A brief explanation of the new models: SAP Cloud Platform (connection to external systems), SAP Analytics Cloud (new approach to reporting and forecasting) and SAP Leonardo (machine learning)

2. How your future system landscape needs to be configured.

  • An overview of possible scenarios
  • What if you already use SAP treasury modules and there’s a switch to S/4HANA? What’s going to change? Which functions will have to be modified? Which functions are going to be added? Which licenses will you need?
  • Integrated system v. side-by-side approach – which advantages and disadvantages are there?
  • How can your existing non-SAP TMS be integrated into an SAP landscape?
  • If you currently use a non-SAP TMS, does it make sense to fully or partially switch to using SAP treasury modules?

3. Understand the IT approaches relevant to the S/4HANA launch

  • Greenfield v. brownfield approach; on-premise v. cloud strategy
  • Why is it also important for treasurers to understand their IT strategy?
  • What do these approaches mean for treasury departments?
  • S/4HANA best practices

4. What to do during the transition while selecting a new system – possible strategies

  • Treasury now needs a new system-based solution but it’s going to take time to implement the new S/4HANA system landscape
  • Possible interim solutions
  • Can and should your treasury department be the test bed for S /4HANA?
  • When is it better to wait?

5. A quick insight into the system: SAP S/4HANA

  • Navigation
  • New look and feel
  • Insight into several important apps

6. A quick insight into the system: SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC)

  • Brief overview
  • Comprehensive treasury reporting in real-time
  • SAC options in cash flow forecasting

Participation

The participation fee for the seminar is EUR 1,500.00 (ex VAT). This includes documentation, lunch and beverages.

Register with 20% discount via treasuryXL

We are delighted to give you the opportunity to register for the seminar with a 20% discount. Please be aware that discounted places are limited. The seminar allows a maximum of 15 attendees. We recommend to sign up early to secure your spot. You can use code treasuryXL20 at check out to receive your discount.

You can register here.

Date, Time & Location

Thursday, June 25 – 2020

10:00 – 18:00

Hotel NH Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Kruisweg 495,  2132 NA Amsterdam

Lecturer

Florian Maak

Manager at Schwabe, Ley & Greiner

 

 

 

 

About Schwabe, Ley & Greiner

Schwabe, Ley & Greiner (SLG) has been in existence for more than 31 years and is the leading consultancy firm in the area of finance and treasury management. During these years, they have carried out more than 5,000 projects mainly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for over 2,000 large and medium-sized clients in all sectors and on behalf of these clients for their subsidiaries in almost all Western European countries and overseas.

 

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Blockchain Information Event

| 17-01-2020 | by RBS |

Here is your reminder to join the free event: Blockchain, What is it and what does it do for your supply chain? The event will take place on January 27th, 2020 at the Rotterdam Business School, Kralingse Zoom 91.

Blockchain is a new disruptive technology that together with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data promises to change the way we do business today. It seems to have a major potential to make supply chains more efficient and transparent by cutting out middlemen and creating possibilities to do trusted peer-to-peer transactions on a global scale. However:

  • What is Blockchain exactly and how does it work?
  • What can Blockchain be used for?
  • Are there proven user cases?
  • How can blockchain be used to create value?

These and other questions related to Blockchain will be answered at the event.

January 27, 2020

16:00 – 20:00 

REGISTER HERE

 

Programme:

15:45 – 16:00    Welcome with coffee

16:00 – 17:00    Blockchain in the supply chain: financial and sustainable solutions

Victor van der Hulst, Blockchain expert Windesheim University of applied sciences

17:00 – 17:10     The logistics applications of Blockchain

Ron van Duin, professor of applied sciences, Rotterdam University of applied sciences

17:10-17:30        Best blockchain thesis award

17:30-17:45        A proven blockchain user case: Dutch & Belgian government: Waste transportation

Martijn Broersma LTO Network

17:45 – 18:00     Coffee break

18:00 – 19:00     Break out sessions

      1. Blockchain and the food chain
        Chair: Josanne Heeroma ten Katen (RUAS)
      2. Blockchain and supply chain finance
        Chair: Luca Gelsomino (UASW)
      3. Blockchain and fashion
        Chair: Chris van Veldhuizen (TMO)
      4. Blockchain and the off-shore industry
        Chair: Arthur Fellinger (RUAS)
      5. Blockchain and paperless document flows
        Chair: Martijn Broersma (LTO Network)

19:00-19:30        Wrap up

19:30-20:00       Social drinks

 

The event is a cooperation between the Masters of International Business the SIA-RAAk project Blockchain for SME’s and the National Blockchain Thesis Table. It’s aim is to disseminate knowledge acquired by applied research and stimulate the cooperation within the triple helix: business, research and education. For questions contact: K.M.Paardenkooper@hr.nl

 

Information session Treasury Management & Corporate Finance on May 13, 2020

10-1-2020 | by Kendra Keydeniers | Vrije Universiteit

The VU Amsterdam would like to invite you to the information Session of the Executive Education programmes at the VU Amsterdam on May 13,  2020. This evening gives an insight into the content and organisation of the programmes

 

The Information session of the postgraduate programme Treasury Management & Corporate Finance is from 18.30 hr. to 19:15 hr.

Anyone interested in the programme is welcome. We are looking forward to seeing you at the VU Amsterdam!

Register here

 

Take a dive into RT career stories from graduates

The VU has been delivering RT graduates successfully for a few decades. That means that there are hundreds of graduates working, most of them in corporate treasury. How do their careers look like after they graduated? treasuryXL asked some of the RT graduates about their career development and their thoughts about the RT programme. Check it out:

Join ILFA and Global Reach for a Foreign Exchange Masterclass on 23rd January 2020

16-12-2019 | by Kendra Keydeniers | Ilfa Group

Learn about the different FX risks, how to mitigate these, and how the use of tools might help.

About this Event

Ilfa and Global Reach are organising a masterclass on foreign exchange risk management. FX experts Michael Jansen of Global Reach and Arnoud Doornbos of Ilfa will guide you through the design of a FX risk management program and demonstrate which opportunities a program like this has for your organisation.

During the masterclass they will focus on:

  • Creating a foreign exchange strategy
  • Analysing your business’ operating cycle to identify FX risks
  • Calculating your business’ exposure to FX risks
  • Managing your foreign exchange exposure via hedging
  • Specialist FX tools

Program

16:00 Walk in with coffee and thee

16:15 Introductions Ilfa and Global Reach

16:20 Part 1: Educating FX risks

17:30 Break

17:45 Part 2: Ilfa’s Treasury as a Service and Global Reach Intelligence

18:15 Drinks and snacks

19:00 End

Register

You can register for the masterclass until the 8th of January 2020.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Michael Jansen via mjansen@globalreachgroup.com, +31 6 11 35 07 60 or Arnoud Doornbos via arnoud@ilfa.nl, +31 6 83 94 16 99.

About Ilfa

Ilfa helps businesses and social organisations to obtain funding and to manage their treasury. Since 1995, they are specialised in attracting bank and/or alternative financing, managing liquidity and managing financial risks. Ilfa’s core values are innovative, professional, driven and transparent. Since 2013, ILFA Group is in possession of a permit as an investment firm in accordance with the Financial Supervision Act.

About Global Reach

Global Reach is a leading provider of corporate foreign exchange, offering insight and guidance to help clients in managing their currency requirements more effectively. Our proprietary technology is at the core of the multi-faceted services we provide our clients. Whether your business requires an one-off transaction or a complex, multi-currency hedging strategy, protecting your bottom line is paramount for us. Global Reach is proud winner of Feefo’s Gold Trusted Service Award.

 

 

 

 

Start your International Treasury Management and Corporate Finance course in January 2020

13-12-2019 | by Kendra Keydeniers | Francois De Witte

Do you acquire an in-depth knowledge in corporate treasury and wishing to exercise this knowledge in practice? You can start the course in January 2020 and have your final exam 6 months later in June 2020.

Registration

This course will start on January 23th 2020. It includes 13 training modules and 5 intermediary exams. It is necessary to complete this form before your official registration. Registration will be closed on January 6th 2020.

Description

The treasurer is the custodian of the company’s daily liquidity. He manages, anticipates and secures cash flows by ensuring that financial needs are covered.

This cursus will give the ability to assist directly and practically the treasurer of large corporates or to take over the treasury responsibilities in a SME.

The various modules will allow acquiring an in-depth knowledge of the various areas of the “Corporate Treasure” profession.

Objectives

At the end of this programme, the participant will able to:

  • assist directly and practically the treasurer of large corporates
  • take over treasury responsibilities in a SME.

The various modules will allow to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the various areas of the “Corporate Treasurer” profession.

Programme

Module 0: Introduction to Treasury Management
Speaker: Benjamin Defays / Treasury Manager

  • Corporate Treasurer’s responsibilities
  • Cash management (bank account opening, closing, KYC, Cash pooling, Payments and bank connectivity)
  • Liquidity management (importance of working capital management,
  • Risk management (foreign exchange, fraud, credit risk)
  • Trade finance (general context, intro to bank guarantees and letters of credit)

Module 1: Financial Maths (Focus on treasury & corporate finance)
Speaker: Hugues Pirotte / Professor of Finance at Solvay Brussels School

  • Focus on treasury & corporate finance
  • Time Value of Money
  • Vocabulary
  • Compounding intervals
  • Discount and annuity factors

Module 2: Advanced Excel workshop for treasurers (Dedicated to treasury)
Speaker: Hugues Pirotte / Professor of Finance at Solvay Brussels School

Module 3: Corporate Finance
Speaker: Mikael Pereira / Associate, Finance

  • Valuations
    • M&A’s
    • Portfolios
  • Corporate Financing
  • Corporate Investments

Module 4: Cash Management (domestic and international)
Speaker François De Witte / Consultant

  • Payments (Process, Tools)
  • Liquidity Management
  • Cash-Flow Forecasting
  • In-House Banking
  • Banking Relationship

Module 5: Trade Finance
Speaker: Benjamin Defays / Treasury Manager

  • General contact, cultural aspects
  • Why trade finance in treasury
  • Bank Guarantees, Burgschafts, Surety Bonds, Letters of Credit, Cash against Documents
  • Alterative security instruments
  • Disruptive technologies

Module 6: Credit Control
Speaker: Anca Vasiliu / Counterparty Risk Manager

  • Concepts & Practices/Types of Credit Risks
  • Understanding Financial Statements and Ratios
  • Credit Scoring/Ratings – S&P, Bloomberg models
  • Collecting overdue receivables – setting priorities
  • Strategies dealing with overdue invoices
  • Debt collection services development

Module 7: Pension / Insurance 

  • General introduction on insurances and pensions
  • Typology of insurances
  • Risk management via insurances
  • Saving via insurances

Module 8: Compliance

  • KYC, GDPR, EMIR, Bale III
  • International sanctions and their impact on transactions & overall business activities
  • Anticorruption (FCPA, UK Bribery Act)
  • EU competition law compliance
  • INCOTERMS
  • Drafting a contract (main considerations)

Module 9: Risk Management
Speaker: Patrick Verspecht / Group Treasurer

  • FX, Interests
  • Counterparties
  • Others (Reputation, etc…)

Module 10: Regulations / Accounting
Speaker: Quentin Bodart / Senior Finance Engineer

  • Emir, Mifid 2, Basle II and III,
  • Dodd Frank, GDPR, Fatca, Section 385…

Module 11: Treasury Accounting
Speaker: Quentin Bodart / Senior Finance Engineer

  • Accounting for Derivatives
  • Hedge Accounting, IFRS9 (all from a treasury side)

Module 12: Technologies
Speaker: Patrick Verspecht / Group Treasurer

  • New Technologies
    • Blockchain, Crypto-currencies, Smart Contracts
  • Treasury Console (Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters)
  • TMS, Fintechs

Module 13: Cyber Fraud

  • Why Cyber fraud needs to be considered as a major risk
  • Identify the consequences of a cyberattack
  • Main fraud schemes
  • How to protect against fraud

Some homework might be proposed for some modules, there will be continuous control in the form of intermediary exams (under the form of QCM) and a final exam will be sanctioned by an attestation delivered by ATEL (The Luxembourg Association of Corporate Treasurers).

There might also be one or two “extra-activity”, such as a visit in a bank trading room or/and a special guest speaker addressing the cursus participants on a specific subject (still to be defined, optional events).

Target Audience

Anyone willing to acquire an in-depth knowledge in corporate treasury and wishing to exercise this knowledge in practice.

Prerequisites

  • Basic background in finance or accounting
  • For the Advanced Excel workshop, a preliminary (good) knowledge in Excel is required

Course Material

The course material can be downloaded free of charge via your portal the day before the start of the course (download the Client Portal User’s Guide here).

Certificate

At the end of the programme, the participants will receive a “Certificate of Attendance” delivered by the House of Training, and an attestation of “Exam Success Pass” delivered by ATEL.

In order to get certified, an 80% rate of attendance and a 60% average score on the examinations are required.

The participants will also receive a one-year free membership to ATEL (www.atel.lu) giving a number of advantages.

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Information session Treasury Management & Corporate Finance

18-11-2019 | by Kendra Keydeniers | Vrije Universiteit

The VU Amsterdam would like to invite you to the information Session of the Executive Education programmes at the VU Amsterdam on Thursday 28 November 2019. This evening gives an insight into the content and organisation of the programmes

 

The Information session of the postgraduate programme Treasury Management & Corporate Finance is from 18.30 hr. to 19:15 hr.

Anyone interested in the programme is welcome. We are looking forward to seeing you at the VU Amsterdam!

Register here

 

Take a dive into RT career stories from graduates

The VU has been delivering RT graduates successfully for a few decades. That means that there are hundreds of graduates working, most of them in corporate treasury. How do their careers look like after they graduated? treasuryXL asked some of the RT graduates about their career development and their thoughts about the RT programme. Check it out: