All articles by Fred Crawley

Fred Crawley

Mark Picken joins Shire

Mark Picken is to join Shire Leasing as managing director, effective from Monday 8 April.

Cassiopae sets sights on global domination

Fred Crawley talks to the software house’s president Emmanuel Gillet about its global growth ambitions and committedly international corporate philosophy.

Lenders react to ING’s £1.7bn funding vacuum

ING’s departure from UK asset finance has had a significant impact on the outlook for the market as a whole, with lenders of all types revising strategy in reaction to the news.

ING Lease to leave UK market

ING Lease in the UK is to be run down, following a decision made by parent bank ING with no new business to be signed after November.

Editor’s Letter: Part of the solution

Ive often spoken, here and elsewhere, of how the leasing industry can better position itself as a vital product within the public consciousness. As anyone can tell from the undercurrent of discussion when lessors compare notes, asset finance organisations across the continent are being weighed up against other lending businesses by shareholders, and compared against other means of commercial finance by potential customers

Let’s get together

One would probably not expect that old clich to ever be applied to the European asset finance industry, but a quick look through the following news pages shows it is perfectly apt. In late June Peter McDonnell of the Cordoba Group suggested, at an industry lunch held in London, that he thought there might be space in the UK market for a not-for-profit membership organisation, geared firmly towards the social side of the business (see UK leasing needs one voice FLA, page 8).

Editor’s letter: The good, the bad and the cliché

To note the retrospective irony here isn’t in any way original – virtually every writer of finance or current affairs editorial managed to bust it out on the day of his resignation – but it certainly bears a second look from here, down where leasing resides, in the quiet underbelly of the financial sector.

Solving the Eastern block

While Ukraines monsters of political instability and liquidity shortage still scare off the big players, the potential for leasing growth in this growing nation is no myth .. With a population of 46 million people, a large agricultural and industrial base and a national capital expenditure pool barely touched by asset finance, the case for development of leasing in Ukraine is undeniable

Editor’s letter: Time to blow your own trumpet

June is here, and that means the Leasing Life team is gearing up for six months of preparation, programming and nominations perusal in advance of our annual awards and conference event. This year well be convening in Barcelona on 29 November for a conference I hope will follow on neatly from the theme of innovation developed last year

Captive audience

Fred Crawley interviews the man at the helm of the Captives Forum to find out how a quarterly conversation between friends became an international lobbying movement The fervour surrounding bank vendor finance programmes might give the impression that the world of sales-aid finance is moving away from the traditional captive model but is the problem simply that manufacturers are lacking a voice on the international stage?