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Leasing Life Conference & Awards 2019

Venue Hotel SOFIA Barcelona - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Date 28 November 2019

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The leading asset finance event of the year, Leasing Life Conference and Awards, moves to Barcelona in 2019 for its 15th edition.

As banks across Europe wrestle with the challenge of deep digitisation of their businesses, two additional forces are gradually re-shaping leasing and asset finance across the region. The growing importance of responsibility for asset lifecycles, combined with the asset-light, service-led model pioneered by the sharing economy, have the potential to re-define the conventional role and perceptions of leasing.

This year’s Leasing Life Conference explores how Europe’s leasing industry is responding to the value chain opportunity, the role of technology in this pinnacle transformation, strategy-driven innovation and much more.  Thriving in a digital age has never been more important.

Our conference agenda leverages expertise from across Leasing Life’s research and publishing portfolios, developed to polarise the vision of a smarter, safer, more efficient future for the leasing industry.

The event is an opportunity to share ideas, discover strategic trends and network with peers, while accessing insight into exclusive research and case studies delivered by the industry’s thought leaders.

For more information or to book your place at the event please contact:

Carlo Mancini
Tel: +44 (0) 207 832 3584 or

With focused sessions, practical workshops, exhibitions 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.


(Valid Until Friday 29th March)

Full Day Conference and Awards Dinner

  • £920

Bring the team 3 for 2 (Only applies to standard rate)


Full Day Conference and Awards Dinner

  • £1150

Bring the team 3 for 2 (Only applies to standard rate)

All rates are subject to VAT where applicable

Who attends?

  • CEOs, CFOs, CIOs,COOs,
  • Chief Sales Officers
  • Chief Innovation Officers
  • Chief Credit Officers
  • Managing Directors/Project Directors
  • Heads/Managers of Capital Markets
  • Heads of Asset Finance
  • Heads of Equipment 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

Company type:

  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Asset Finance Providers
  • Law firms
  • Consultants
  • Technology providers
  • Insurance groups

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 FNP’s control.

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Hotel SOFIA Barcelona – in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Plaça de Pius XII, 4, 08028 Barcelona, Spain

Please find below the group code and booking instructions if you wish to reserve your accommodation at the conference venue with the negotiated rate available only for Leasing Life guests: 

  1. Choose HOTEL: Sofia Barcelona and choose the relevant check in / check out dates
  2. Click into the SPECIAL RATES section and scroll down to the CORPORATE OR GROUP CODE option
  3. insert the code G-LL20 and press BOOK NOW – this will activate the group rate
Group rate = €275.00 (single occupancy) / €315.00 (double occupancy) – these rates are per room per night
Rates include 10% VAT
A city tax of €2.48 inc. VAT per person per night will be applicable to these rates
Breakfast buffet is included 
A credit card will need to be submitted at the time of booking
Please book by: 27.10.2019

Confirmed Speakers for 2019’s Leasing Life include:

Pascal Layan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions
Carmen Ene, Chief Executive Officer, 3stepIT
Andrew Denton, Chief Executive Officer, Alfa
Andrew Flegg, Chief Technology Officer, Alfa
Chris Sullivan, Non-Executive Director, Alfa
Cécile André Leruste, European Banking Lead, Managing Director, Accenture
Egbert de Jong, Global Head of Asset Management, Advanced Solutions, DLL
Lee Thompson, Head of Pay-Per-Use Solutions, Europe and Asia Pac, DLL
Jochen Jehmlich, Chief Executive Officer, Societe Generale Equipment Finance
Lindsay Town, Chief Executive, IAA-Advisory
John Rees, Co-Chief Commercial Officer, Societe Generale Equipment Finance
Florence Roussel Pollet, Co-Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Technology Management, Societe Generale Equipment Finance
Patrick Gouin, Executive Director, Invigors EMEA
Ben Sher, MD EMEA, Cloud Lending, a Q2 Company
Steve Swift, CEO, Kennet
Christian Sonneville, Strategic Accounts Manager Europe, Ritchie Bros
Johan Lustig, Product Manager – Valuation Services, Mascus
Daniel Layne, Chief Executive Officer, Quotevine
Per Dahlqvist, Head of Business Development, Credit Product, Tieto
Arnaldo Rodriguez, President, CSI Leasing
David Woodroffe, VP, Product Management Executive, FIS – Ambit Asset Finance
Olivier Ouazana,Chief International Officer, GreenFlex
Pascale Favre, Managing Director – International Business Line Technology, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions

For the speaking opportunities at the 16th Leasing Life Conference and Awards 2020 contact our Conference Producer:

David Jones
Phone: +44 (0)20 7936 6645


Headline Partner


Alfa has been delivering systems and consultancy services to the global asset finance industry since 1990.

Our best practice methodologies and specialised knowledge of asset finance mean that we deliver the largest system implementations and most complex business change projects. With an excellent delivery history over our 26 years in the industry, Alfa’s track record is unrivalled.

Alfa Systems, our class-leading technology platform, is at the heart of some of the world’s largest asset finance companies. Key to the business case for each implementation is Alfa Systems’ ability to consolidate multiple client systems on a single platform. Alfa Systems supports both retail and corporate business for auto, equipment, wholesale and dealer finance on a multijurisdictional basis, including leases/loans, originations and servicing. An end-to-end solution with integrated workflow and automated processing using business rules, the opportunities that Alfa Systems presents to asset finance companies are clear and compelling.

We know that no one project is like another. Gaining a competitive advantage in the modern marketplace demands fresh innovation every time. We work to understand your business completely, then align our implementation methodology with your business practices. We work with you to shape the solution that fills all the gaps.

Our people are only the most talented graduates and professionals. All our consultants operate in all areas of the business, from preliminary client contact and requirements definition right through to manning the support desk. This ensures all our staff develop and maintain excellent all-round expertise.

With over 40 clients in 18 countries, Alfa has offices all over Europe, Asia-Pacific and the United States. For more information, visit


Gold Partner

Societe Generale

A Solution Provider Beyond Equipment Finance for Manufacturers and Vendors

At the heart of the real economy, SGEF offers tailored leasing and finance solutions to vendors, dealers and manufacturers.

With the widest geographical market coverage, SGEF supports the development of its partners and customers building on its expertise in four sectors:

  • Transport
  • Industrial equipment
  • Technology
  • Healthcare & Green energy



#2 WORLDWIDE in Equipment Finance

OUTSTANDINGS: EUR 29.4 billion*



SGEF is part of Societe Generale, one of the leading European financial services groups, which combines financial strength and proven expertise in innovation with a strategy of sustainable growth, aiming to be the trusted partner for its clients, and committed to the positive transformations of the world.


A leading provider of innovative and flexible solutions to finance and manage equipment.

A digital and customer-centric organization committed to deliver an excellent experience across countries.

A great place to work, driven by simplicity, agility and sustainability.


Silver Partner


3stepIT is an IT services company: We offer IT life cycle management services to help our clients acquire IT equipment (especially IT devices, like laptops, desktops & smartphones), to manage them in use, and then to refresh them after a planned life.

We remove replaced devices, erase their data, and then refurbish the devices. We resell 98% of returned devices, which helps to make clients’ IT more sustainable. Our Remarketing organisation also purchases used laptops, desktops, monitors and smartphones; again erasing their data before refurbishing and resale.

Our 2017 revenue was EUR 609 million. We serve over 4000 customers and manage around 1.9 million assets for them. We sell direct and also work with financing organisations and IT channel partners. The balance of this direct vs. partner business varies by country. We try to ensure our services complement the IT channel, rather than compete with it, so together we can serve clients more effectively.

We employ around 500 people in 10 countries, with refurbishing centres in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Malaysia and the UK. Our headquarters is in Finland.


Silver Partner

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions is the European leader in the financing of professional logistics and technological equipment and supports the development:

  • of its industrial partners (manufacturer, dealers and editors) by offering them financing solutions for their end customers,
  • of companies with full service rental and fleet management offers
  • of business customers of BNP Paribas’ banking networks by supporting their investment projects

At the heart of the usage economy, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions provides businesses with the flexibility they need to remain competitive and grow in a sustainable way.

In 2017, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions financed 320,000 projects for a total volume of 12 billion euros. Its 3,200 employees support its clients and partners’ growth in 18 countries, in Europe but also in China, the United-States and Canada. .

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Silver Partner

Cloud Lending, a Q2 Company

Cloud Lending, a Q2 company, leasing platform is for lessors looking to create the ultimate leasing experience. Through our integrated front-to-end platform, lessors can simplify the entire leasing experience, accelerate lease processing and revenues and reduce operational inefficiencies through automation and configurations. Designed for Captive Lessors, Bank Lessors, Independent Lessors, and Vendor Finance. With offices in San Mateo, London, Sydney, and Bangalore, Cloud Lending is empowering Financial Institutions to improve their lending or leasing practice; process more applications in significantly less time with reduced expenses and focus on what matters most – your customers.


Silver Partner


DLL is a global vendor finance company with more than EUR 30 billion in assets. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, DLL provides asset-based financial solutions in the Agriculture, Food, Healthcare, Clean technology, Construction, Transportation, Industrial and Office technology industries. DLL partners with equipment manufacturers, dealers and distributors in more than 30 countries to support their distribution channels and help grow their businesses. DLL combines customer focus with deep industry knowledge to deliver sustainable solutions for the complete asset life cycle, including commercial finance, retail finance and used equipment finance. DLL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rabobank Group.

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Silver Partner

Ambit Asset Finance (FIS)

Ambit Asset Finance is FIS’ platform supporting the Auto and Equipment Finance industry. With our choice of a componentized model, an end-to-end platform or a fully managed service, you can configure and optimize your asset finance platform to meet your requirements. Our range of deployment options minimize implementation risk and break free of costly, legacy software for an enhanced customer experience and a more flexible strategy for growth. 

FIS is a leading provider of technology solutions for merchants, banks and capital markets firms globally. Our 55,000 people are dedicated to advancing the way world pays, banks and invests by applying our scale, deep expertise and data-driven insights. We help our clients use technology in innovative ways to solve business-critical challenges and deliver superior experiences for their customers. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, FIS is a Fortune 500® company and is a member of Standard & Poor’s 500® Index. 

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Acquis Insurance Management Spot

Bronze Partner


Acquis Insurance Management (Acquis) is an independent insurance broker and administrator providing specialist insurance solutions to the finance and leasing industry.

With offices in the UK and the Netherlands, Acquis currently works across 13 countries with equipment funders of all sizes, including small independent own-book brokers, captive finance companies, independent lessors and large international bank owned leasing companies.

Acquis’ insurance programmes are tailored to meet each client’s individual needs.  Through consultation and detailed analysis of their finance portfolio, Acquis creates bespoke insurance programmes designed to provide a fully outsourced risk management solution and to maximise non-interest-bearing income.

Acquis prides itself on the quality of its products, exceptional levels of service, and its reputation amongst its clients which include some of the biggest names in Europe.

Acquis is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK and the Autoriteit Financiële Markten (AFM) in the Netherlands.

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Bronze Partner

CSI Leasing

CSI Leasing is a major global independent leasing company with operations in Europe, Americas and Asia-Pacific.

Customers turn to CSI for superior service and advice from financing experts they can rely on. We are their resource, not only for financial solutions, but for help with asset management, end of life data security, disposal and more – all on a global scale.

CSI Leasing offers unmatchable high-value-added services and original know-how built up through around 50 years of experience.

Specialties: Technology Equipment Leasing, Government and Education Equipment Leasing, Healthcare Equipment Leasing, Media and Entertainment Equipment Leasing, and Equipment Disposal.

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Bronze Partner


GreenFlex specializing in sustainable solutions has been convinced since 2009 that businesses should make a positive contribution to the world’s evolution through their transformation. 

GreenFlex promotes the acceleration of companies’ environmental, energy and societal transitions and thus contributes to bringing our economy towards a new virtuous model. 

The multi-skilled GreenFlex teams work daily to develop sustainable operational solutions that offer advisory, support, financing and data intelligence for tangible and quantifiable results.    

GreenFlex joined Total in 2017 as part of its “Carbon Neutrality Businesses” within the Gas, Renewables & Power division.   

GreenFlex employs more than 550 professionals across 17 offices in Europe, for a turnover of more than 500 million euros in 2018. The company has been in operation for almost 10 years, supporting more than 750 clients.


Bronze Partner


Quotevine is a UK Based company. We have over 75 years combined experience in the Asset Finance, Automotive Finance, Digital and Banking tech space. We understand the problems and the clients, and we are looking to collaborate with them to build solutions that put the customer first.

We provide a suite of SaaS solutions with a digital-first approach. Innovation and efficiency sit at the heart of what we do; ensuring the proposal to payout journey is frictionless. We champion collaboration by working with global tech partners to ensure our solutions offer rich and relevant functionality, aligning with customers’ changing expectations.

Quotevine offers a full end to end solution from proposal to in-life asset management. We have built a solution with new technology and an API first approach allowing a modular approach of implementation for our clients. This approach as well has enabled us to deliver micro-services out of the platform to target specific problems and propositions. Some great examples are Terms Management in the Auto Finance market and Dynamic Pricing in Asset and Auto market. This technology and how its delivered could power relevant applications like fleet car sharing and SME creative Asset Finance.


Bronze Partner


Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. is a global asset management and disposition company, offering customers end-to-end solutions for buying and selling used heavy equipment, trucks and other assets. Operating in many sectors, including construction, agriculture, transportation and mining, Ritchie Bros. offers unprecedented choice to meet your equipment needs, including:

  • Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers – the world’s largest industrial auctioneer with live onsite, unreserved auctions
  • IronPlanet –  frequently held online auctions
  • Marketplace-E – online, 24/7 marketplace with Make offer and Buy Now options
  • Mascus – the leading European online equipment listing service and other technology solutions & services

Whether you’re in the market to buy or sell equipment, Ritchie Bros. is your trusted advisor to manage your assets.


Lunch Partner

FICO (NYSE: FICO) is a leading analytics software company, helping businesses in 90+ countries make better decisions that drive higher levels of growth, profitability and customer satisfaction. FICO’s ground-breaking use of Big Data and mathematical algorithms to predict consumer behaviour has transformed entire industries. The company provides analytics software and tools used across multiple industries to manage risk, fight fraud, build more profitable customer relationships, optimize operations and meet strict regulations. Many of our products reach industry-wide adoption — such as the FICO® Score, the standard measure of consumer credit risk in the United States. FICO helps auto finance companies integrate all aspects of the credit risk lifecycle from marketing, acquisition, customer management, financial crime and compliance through the use of preconfigured software, advanced analytics, credit and non-credit scoring solutions. Our decisioning capabilities can take you to a new level to find, acquire, manage, protect your customers and differentiate from the competition.


Panel Partner


Tieto is the leading Nordic software and services company, with over 14,000 experts in close to 20 countries. We aim to be customers’ first choice for business renewal by combining our software and services capabilities with a strong drive for co-innovation and ecosystems. Tieto captures the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turns them into lifelong value for people, business and society.



Asseco Data Systems

Asseco Data Systems S.A. is the main producer and developer of software for leasing sector on Polish  market. It provides IT infrastructure for public administration, offers data centres, mass communication and human capital management systems. The company specializes also in security as the largest Polish provider of trust services. Nearly 1000 experts in diverse competencies and locations. A credible partner in creation, development and maintenance of IT systems delivered both to business and public administration entities with excellent knowledge of clients’ needs and potential of being part of one of the biggest IT companies in Europe – Asseco Group.




Liscor, part of the Lutech Group, is the leading solution provider of the FORWARD©3000 Hi-flex finance software for Leasing, Loans and NPL Management. Liscor’s Hi-Flex approach helps financial companies reach a faster time-to-market, flexibly manage process re-engineering, streamline system integration and rationalize costs. The FORWARD©3000 full web 2.0 responsive platform offers an unprecedented user experience, a full Front-to-Back functional coverage, an integrated BPM engine, and a variety of real-time collaboration features that improve productivity across the organization. The international business model of FORWARD©3000 comprises multi-country and multi-lingual capabilities while the future-proof technology enables flexible integration with existing components and plug-ins to quickly adapt in a rapidly changing business environment.

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Apak Group

Apak Group’s Wholesale Finance Floorplanning System (WFS) is a proven, highly versatile and scalable automotive finance solution. Specifically developed to standardise, streamline and automate dealer funding operations, WFS can be rolled out into multiple markets on a single global platform. Significantly improving operational efficiency and productivity and providing rich functionality in a single application, it is widely recognised as the preferred solution for major banks and captive finance providers internationally. With 40 years of extensive experience of developing and implementing dealer funding solutions on a global scale, Apak Group has the largest worldwide network of professional business and technical expertise in wholesale finance technology.

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Cocktail Partner


NETSOL Technologies (NASDAQ:NTWK) is a worldwide provider of IT solutions, serving the asset finance and leasing industry. With local support and delivery centres in 8 cities around the world, our team of 1500+ experts ensures that our clients benefit from the deep industry insight we have developed over the course of 4 decades. Having rapidly expanded to several locations across the globe and providing superior technology solutions to the biggest names in the leasing and finance industry, NETSOL has an ethos of excellence and innovation through constantly devoting time and resources to a well-rounded team of skilled and experienced professionals.


Table Host

Close Brothers

Close Brothers Asset Finance is part of Close brothers Group plc; a leading UK merchant banking group providing lending, deposit taking, wealth management services, and securities trading.

Close Brothers Asset Finance offers a range of flexible funding solutions to UK SMEs and is a sustainable form of funding.  Asset Finance enables a business to purchase or refinance capital equipment such as commercial vehicles, print machinery or construction and plant, spreading the cost over an agreed period of time.

Demonstrating its power as a strategic tool for business growth, asset finance is now the fastest growing finance option on the market.


Table Host

White Clark Group

White Clarke Group is a leader in software solutions and consultancy to the automotive finance sector for Retail, Fleet and Wholesale. It is a global organization employing over 600 professionals, with offices in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Austria, Germany, India and China.

White Clarke Group’s award-winning CALMS software is a full lifecycle enterprise solution that provides a flexible workflow approach, which automates the entire business process from origination through to contract and portfolio management.

It is the solution of choice for captive and independent finance companies trusted by more than 100 customers in 30 countries. It is multilingual, multi-GAAP, multi-currency and multi business-culture. It is true straight-through processing, to help you maximize operational efficiency and drive down cost.

The company has over 25 years of experience working with companies such as: Daimler Financial Services, Toyota Financial Services, BMW Financial Services, Opel Vauxhall Finance, Volkswagen Financial Services, Volvo Finance, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and LeasePlan.

This company has been recognised by several industry organisations and trade bodies. Latest awards include: Best Use of Technology, Best Point of Sale in Motor Finance, Digital Innovation of the Year, Best Automotive Finance and Leasing Software Provider.

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Badge and Lanyard Partner

VIP Apps Consulting

VIP Apps Consulting provides management consulting, business process management and technology consultancy services for the Leasing and Finance industry. Our consultants leverage their extensive experience in leasing organisations and Business and Technology consulting to successfully deliver business transformation projects, including business process re-engineering and leasing system implementations.  Using our unique AMOBI methodology, utilising the best of Six Sigma/Lean and Customer Journey mapping concepts, we’ll assess how your strategy, people, processes and systems are all working together to identify and implement tangible improvements towards Operational Excellence and IT Simplification business objectives. VIP will help you optimise your back office and embrace disruptive technologies.

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Documentation Partner

Great American Lease & Loan Insurance Services

Great American Lease & Loan Insurance Services is a recognised leader in providing insurance products to commercial equipment lessors, manufacturers, and vehicle finance markets in the UK and Europe.

Our bespoke insurance solutions are designed to provide portfolio protection, deliver an additional revenue source to your business and enhance your product range. Our successful pan-European programmes deliver consistent and flexible multi-lingual insurance solutions across multiple territories.

Lease & Loan Insurance Services has been providing specialised insurance programmes to major financial institutions and lessors in Europe for over a quarter of a century. We are part of the Great American Insurance Group whose roots go back to 1872, with the founding of its flagship Great American Insurance Company which has received an “A” (Excellent) rating or higher from A.M. Best Company for over 100 years.

Become an Event Partner

The 15th Leasing Life Conference 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


Following on from the success of 2018’s event, Leasing Life will again be holding its Awards in 2019 to celebrate the very best in the industry.

This year companies can nominate in 12 categories, full details of which can be found on the next tab or in the downloadable Awards Information Pack below.

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Please send all your submissions to by deadline 5pm GMT on Tuesday, 22nd October..

Submission rules

Nominees should follow these simple guidelines to ensure that their submission has the best chance of winning:

  1. Submissions can be made either on behalf of your own company or in recognition of a colleague or partner firm.
  2. Maximum of 1,000 words in Word format, no appendices.
  3. Entry must address the award category explicitly, not generic links to web sites, corporate marketing etc.
  4. Submissions should highlight the key differentiator and competitive nature of the project or implementation
  5. It is made explicit the Entrant, Judges and the publication will treat any and all information in strict confidence and any quotes or information to go into the public domain will be pre-cleared by the Entrant.
  6. Submissions made after the publicised cut-off date will be ignored irrespective of their relative merits.
  7. The Editor and Judges reserve the right to make no award for any specific category
  8. The Editor and Judges reserve the right to move a submission to a more appropriate category at their discretion
  9. In submitting for more than one category the submissions must be unique (see 3)
  10. The Editor and Judges’ decision is final

Please note: Whilst we recommend you to try to submit against as many of the criteria as possible, we appreciate that for some companies this may not be possible. The more you can respond against the stronger your application will be, but we would like to highlight that submitting against all criteria is not mandatory.

Should you have any questions regarding the awards, please contact Ray Giddings:


Good luck in your submissions!

Asset 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.

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

Judges will consider:

  • Team focus – is it a specialised asset 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 – European

This award recognises European asset finance lenders that that directly engage in supporting the SME market, beyond volume picked up via wholesale/intermediary type operations.

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

SME Champion – UK – Bank Lessor

This award recognises UK asset finance lenders that that directly engage in supporting the SME market, beyond volume picked up via wholesale/intermediary type operations.

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

SME Champion – UK – Independent or Privately Owned

This award recognises UK asset finance lenders that that directly engage in supporting the SME market, beyond volume picked up via wholesale/intermediary type operations.

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

Vendor Finance Provider

This award recognises an asset finance lessor that has worked in conjunction with a manufacturer to provide tailored asset finance at the point of sale. The essence of success is building strong and successful partnerships that add clear value to both sides: this is not just about the provision of funding but also about creating a strong service and partnership business culture that withstands the ebbs and flows of the external environment.

Judges will consider:

  • Range and longevity of working partnerships
  • Endorsement from vendor partners
  • Evidence of developing more than “just financing”
  • Growth over time and the depth of their commitment to the business sector.

European Lessor

To qualify for this award, nominees must have businesses across at least two of Europe’s major five economies, and write at least €500m worth of new business annually. The European lessor of the year should be able to explain how it is driving change in the industry with market initiatives, product design, or value-add services.

Judges will consider:

  • Business being written in multiple jurisdictions within the EU
  • Strong brand market presence in multiple jurisdictions
  • Evidencing should include deal volumes, with some ‘marquee’ deal example, with a few lines explaining size and complexity.
  • Demonstrating how the lessor is driving change in the industry with market initiatives, product design, or value-added services

Captive Lessor

This award is open to nominations for the captive finance houses of any commercial asset or vehicle producer. 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.

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.

Middle Ticket Corporate Lessor

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

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

Digital Innovation

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

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.


This award is designed to recognise non-CSR based, external sustainability initiatives on the leasing products or services that the lessor might offer. The award is not designed to recognise a handful of one off transactions, but a clearly demonstrated business commitment to the principles of sustainability.

Judges will consider:

  • Evidence of leasing products or services that are designed with the environment in mind
  • Can entail deals for environmentally friendly assets such as wind farms or solar panels.
  • Leasing products that entail lifecycle management, recycling or green products.
  • Products that promote clean fuels or electric/rechargeable technology
  • Metrics are required on size, volume, or complexity of deals to get a picture of their quality and exceptional status.

Young Professional of the Year

The young professional of the year category will recognise someone under 40 years of age who in 2017 has demonstrated the depth of their talent and the breadth of their expertise in the leasing and asset finance industry. The winner does not need to have risen to a senior position, but will be someone who peers agree has had a positive impact on the leasing community, influencing not just the success of their company but also the wider industry, and is judged by the Leasing Life editorial team.

The following awards are presented to individuals and as such these will be awarded by the judging panel without prior nomination.

Industry Ambassador of the Year

This award will be given to an individual who is considered to have done more than any other to promote, develop and enhance the reputation, economic role and social status of the leasing industry in 2019.

Lifetime Achievement

This prestigious award goes to an individual who has helped to build and to shape the international leasing industry during the course of their career. Their contribution will have driven new developments across the industry. They will have successfully steered companies and mentored colleagues through challenges, and taken strategic leadership within their organization and the leasing community as a whole. They will be a top influencer among their leasing peers, and with the wider business community. The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes talent, tenacity, experience and commitment.

Asset Finance Intermediary
First Asset Finance


Asset Finance Legal Provider
Stephenson Harwood


SME Champion – Bank Lessor
Close Brothers Asset Finance
Lloyds Bank


SME Champion – Independent or Privately Owned
White OAK UK
STAR Asset Finance


Vendor Finance Provider
BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions
Societe Generale Equipment Finance
JCB Finance


European Lessor
BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions
Societe Generale Equipment Finance


Middle Ticket Corporate Lessor


Digital Innovation
BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions
MKB Euroleasing


BNP Paribas 3 Step IT
Societe Generale Equipment Finance
Close Brothers Asset Finance
Lloyds Bank
Capitas Finance






The list of winners of the 2019 Leasing Life Awards:

Asset Finance Intermediary of the Year: Medialease

Asset Finance Legal Provider of the Year: Stephenson Harwood

SME Champion – Bank Lessor of the Year: Close Brothers Asset Finance

SME Champion of the Year – Independent or Privately Owned: White OAK UK

Vendor Finance Provider of the Year: DLL

European Lessor of the Year: Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Middle Ticket Corporate Lessor of the Year: ABN AMRO Lease

Digital Innovation of the Year: BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions

Sustainability of the Year: Greenflex

Young Professional of the Year: Alexandra McWilliams from Simply Asset Finance

Industry Ambassador of the Year: Pascal Layan Deputy CEO of BNP Paribas Leasing Solution

Lifetime Achievement Award of the Year: Lindsay Town CEO of IAA Advisory

Tarun Mistry, Director – T.Mistry & Associates Limited

Tarun has focused on the alternative lending sector for 30 years. As a Chartered Accountant he worked in the industry as Finance Director for various lending businesses across the credit spectrum and at various stages of their business cycle.

He was asked to join Grant Thornton in 2003 to establish a specialist advisory practice in this sector. Whilst with this firm he developed this Advisory Practice from a greenfield team to the leading advisor in this sector.

In 2018 he established his own Advisory Practice, TMA, to more directly support the industry deliver value. He has established a team of industry experts covering financial, operational, risk and regulatory compliance, which to date have been involved in numerous projects totaling over £350m of debt and over £150m of equity transactions. TMA’s clients include Lenders, Intermediaries, Banks and other Debt Providers and Equity Investors.

Tarun also was a founding director of the Leasing Foundation and is currently a Patron of the Asset Finance Professionals Association. He is also a Freeman of the City of London through the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Lindsay Town

Lindsay is the Chief Executive of IAA-Advisory Limited and has been in the asset finance industry for over 40 years.

He has been directly involved in most product and industry sectors, from high value cross border transactions to auto finance and contract hire. His career to date has spanned several organisations, including Barclays, Lloyds, HBOS and PricewaterhouseCoopers, with his experience ranging from complex transactions to initiating and leading material strategic change. Lindsay also has experience in the funding of the industry through private and public capital markets including M&A. He has worked both in the UK and USA.

Prior to taking early retirement in 2009, Lindsay was responsible for leading a wide portfolio of asset finance businesses at HBOS plc, which consisted at its peak of approximately £18bn of funded assets and over 2,250 colleagues.

Lindsay is a Fellow of the Chartered Bankers Institute.

Patrick Gouin, Executive Director, Invigors Emea


Patrick Gouin is Executive Director at Invigors Emea, part of The Alta Group a global consultancy firm specialized in asset finance. He is also the CEO of Max&Tite International, a Consultancy firm specialized in strategy, international business development, business optimization and change management.

He was previously the Global Head of Strategy & Business Optimization, Member of the Management Committee at Société Générale Equipment Finance (SGEF), a European Leader in Equipment Finance. Before this he was heading SGEF global High Tech Division

Patrick, French, 67, is graduated from the Paris based leading business school ESSEC and owns a master degree in economics. He started his career in a consultancy firm from 1978 to 1985. He then joined the Alcatel Group as an advisor to the office of the Chairman of Alcatel, and General Manager of CGE-Composants a subsidiary of the Group specializing in the distribution of electronic components and computers.

In 1991 he joined Digital Equipment France as Managing Director for the indirect distribution channels. In 1996, he became Head of leasing and remarketing for Digital Equipment Europe and set up the JV Digital Finance with De Lage Landen (DLL) in 1997, then was named Managing Director of DLL European High Tech Division. Between 2003 and 2007, he has been in charge international consultancy projects for leading names of the leasing industry as a partner of The Alta Group.

His career combines wide experiences in the high tech industry, in asset finance and in strategic and business optimization consultancy.



2019’s agenda covers an array of hot topics, from the circular economy and digital business models, to emerging asset classes and operational efficiency.  Keep up to date with the hottest asset finance trends, make new connections and get your burning questions answered by industry leaders.

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