The winners of the 2018 Leasing Life Awards were announced last night at the Hilton, Tallinn Park in Tallinn, Estonia.

The fourteenth annual conference and awards saw senior leaders in the European leasing industry join for a day’s conference on the key issues of digital and the transition to a digitalised model for leasing, amongst other key topics.

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, has the potential to re-define the conventional role and perceptions of leasing. With far-reaching implications for the distribution, pricing and operations of asset finance businesses.

Based on three pillars taking in insights from adjacent markets, the external  factors driving transformation, and opportunities for internal optimisation, this year’s Leasing Life Conference explored how Europe’s leasing industry is responding to the value chain opportunity – the operational, and strategic, implications of the paradigm shift, and the role that technology must play in transforming the industry so that it thrives in the digital age.

After the conference and gala dinner, Alfa chief executive Andrew Denton handed out the awards.

The 2018 awards winners were:

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Asset finance intermediary – First Asset Finance

Asset Finance legal provider – Stephenson Harwood

SME Champion – Bank Lessor – Metro Bank

SME Champion – Independent or privately owned – 1pm

Vendor Finance provider – DLL

European lessor – Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Middle ticket corporate lessor – ABN Amro Lease

Digital Innovation – BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions

Sustainability – 3 Step IT

Young professional of the year – White Oak UK – Mike Green

Lifetime achievement – Cormac Costelloe, Dell Financial Services (posthumously awarded; received by Richard O’Donohue, Dell FS)

Industry Ambassador – John Rees, chief commercial officer, SGEF 

In previous years, the conference has visited Amsterdam, Paris, Budapest and Warsaw, amongst other cities. The 2019 conference destination will be announced in due course.