The winners have now been announced for the Leasing Life Awards, which took place at the Hotel du Collectionneur in Paris on the 24th November, 2016.

The Awards, which were held as a part of Leasing Life conference, brought together leading figures from a variety of leasing industry backgrounds, to discuss and celebrate the industry’s progress at the turning point of this decade.  There was also a chance to explore the latest developments in the market in the updated format split stream conference.

The awards challenged candidates from across Europe to share their recent successes and the achievements of the European asset finance industry in 2016. The winners across 15 categories were carefully selected by the judging panel and honoured in the ceremony hosted by chief executive officer of CHP Consulting – Andrew Denton, and editor of Leasing Life – Brian Cantwell.

The panel of judges brought in fresh industry expertise and longstanding knowledge of Europe’s asset finance industry. The judging panel was actively involved in the evaluation process, guaranteeing the independence and transparency of the programme.

“Nominations for the Leasing Life awards were extremely competitive this year. There was a surge of interest in our new awards categories, covering the extended SME market and areas such as digital innovations and sustainability,” says Cantwell. “Our judging panel had a really tough time picking the winners as the competition was so close.”

“The European leasing industry is dealing with unique challenges this year as we head into future uncertainty caused by political and economic circumstances. The Leasing Life conference and awards allows these businesses to come together to benchmark their progress and to add to their strategy to limit future risks.”

The list of winners of the 2016 Leasing Life Awards:

Asset Finance Intermediary of the Year 2016: Bluestone Leasing

Asset Finance Legal Provider of the Year 2016: Stephenson Harwood

Digital Innovation of the Year 2016: Alphabet

European Lessor of the Year 2016: BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions

External Investment of the Year 2016: Commerzbank

Middle Ticket Corporate Lessor of the Year 2016: ABN Amro

SME Champion EU of the Year 2016:  Societe Generale Equipment Finance

SME Champion UK Bank Lessor of the Year 2016: Aldermore

SME Champion UK – Independent of the Year 2016: LDF

Sustainability of the Year 2016: DLL

Vendor Finance Provider of the Year 2016: DLL

Young Professional of the Year 2016: Matt Philips, LDF

Personality of the Year 2016: Neil Davies, Close Brothera

Industry Ambassador of the Year 2016: Adam Tyler, NACFB

Lifetime Achievement:  Benoit Chenu, SGEF