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Friday, October 7, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aneta Spilman
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Contact: Aneta Spilman, CAE, ICTF President

Baltimore, MD, October 7, 2011
– The Association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals (ICTF)  is bringing its powerful connections, unmatched expertise and leading-edge resources to Düsseldorf, Germany for ICTF’s International Credit Professionals Symposium in Europe on November 23-25, 2011 at The Intercontinental Hotel.

This year’s informative programme is covering all the latest hot-button topics in trade, including an unparalleled open forum to facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices, while creating an exceptional networking environment for international credit and trade finance professionals from around the world.

ICTF’s Annual Symposiums attract both experienced and novice professionals in international business who seek out the best in world-class educational and networking events. "The educational content and intellectual capacity contained within ICTF is astounding and surpasses any of the groups I have attended in the past,” confirms Scott Pales, ICTF member and 2011 Symposium attendee.

This highly-anticipated global business event will address the imperative topic of Global Economic Forecast: Recovery Interrupted, providing professionals with a thorough understanding of current and future challenges, as well as opportunities, in export trade.

Additionally, The ICTF Best Practices and Ideas Exchange Forum: Best-in-Class Global Credit, Collections and A/R Improvement Initiatives features top international credit management pros who will discuss actionable and successful strategies for maximizing effect in credit risk management, DSO, and cash flow/liquidity.  This Forum is designed to encourage debate on predefined topics such as: optimizing resources and maximizing performance by automating risk management, spotting a troubled company through financial and non-financial warning signs, EMEA credit and collection challenges, and dealing with FX fluctuations when setting credit lines – enabling attendees to benefit from the collective knowledge and experience of fellow industry peers.

A timely session on Basel III – The Price of a Stable Banking Sector will answer whether banks are fully prepared for the adoption of Basel III considering recent sovereign debt downgrades, the harsh economic landscape, plus the impact these regulations will have on banks’ profitability.

Furthermore, in a global economy that is on the brink of fundamental changes, Warning: Nine out of Ten Companies are Bankrupt in Five Years is bringing business intelligence back to the forefront and will illustrate that there is in fact ‘a behavior behind every number’. Speaker Prof. dr. Jan Adriannse, Turnaround PowerHouse (The Netherlands), will provide invaluable insights on understanding a company’s management, industry, market position as well as other important aspects and trends that affect financial performance.

On the final day of the Symposium, Trading in Eastern Europe – Managing Risk, Improving Credit Procedures and A/R Collections will supply an enlightening panel of international credit practitioners, risk management and legal experts to examine important country-specific issues, including effective approaches and practical tips for selling on open accounts, collecting outstanding invoices and avoiding common pitfalls when exporting to this region.

More not-to-be-missed programme highlights include: Corporate Ratings and Valuation, Counterpart Risk Mitigation in Commodities Financing, and SEPA: Core Issues for Corporates and The Future of Direct Debits.

During networking breaks, delegates also have the opportunity to learn the latest technologies, innovations and services in the field of global credit from symposium exhibitors: Bierens, Creditreform, DataExchange Europe B.V., MoretonSmith, and OnGuard.

ICTF’s 2011 International Credit Professionals Symposium in Europe is generously supported by ICTF’s annual sponsoring partners: International Risk Consultants, Inc./ICBA, Smyyth, Atradius, Citibank, Euler Hermes ACI, Aon, Coface, Creditreform, Fifth Third Bank, Graydon, and PNC; as well as symposium sponsors: Creditreform and Turnaround Powerhouse.

Registrations can be placed online at or by contacting ICTF at


The Association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals (ICTF) is an independent, not-for-profit, member-led organization, whose mission is to advance the profession of international credit management by providing unmatched expertise, leadership, powerful connections, leading-edge educational programs and resources, and an unparalleled forum for the exchange of information and best practices. For more information or to become a member, visit  

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