2019 Pre-conference training

Need more in-depth knowledge? Attend one of our pre-conference training courses. Highly practical, intensive workshops on key topics.


Treasury Management for CFOs

In the radically changing economic environment, treasury is both central and critical to many of the key tasks facing a CFO – managing FX risks, ensuring availability of credit, driving working capital efficiency and restructuring banking relations to work in a shared services environment. This workshop provides practical examples of the best practice used by multinationals to meet these challenges. It is ideal for a CFO new to treasury management or as a refresher to update your current knowledge and set the agenda for the coming year and beyond.

Chris Robinson

Chair: Chris Robinson, Senior EuroFinance Tutor, TransactionBanking.com

Chris Robinson
Chris Robinson TransactionBanking.com Senior EuroFinance Tutor

Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the payments business, working in treasury, cash management, transaction services, trade, e-commerce and card acquiring. He has worked in senior roles for Citibank and Bank of America and founded the treasury workstation company, IT/2. In 2003 he set up TransactionBanking.com, a treasury and payments best practice training and consulting business, working with large multinational corporations and financial institutions around the world. He has a broad depth of experience in the trends and development of payments and treasury across many regions and countries.

  • Topics include

    • Best practice in international treasury and current trends
    • Treasury organisation and treasury techniques
    • Liquidity management and investment
    • Supply chain management and working capital
    • Shared service centres and payment factories
    • Global payment infrastructure and technology
    • What to expect in the future


  • 8:30am
  • 9:00am
    Training begins
  • Best practice in international treasury and current trends

    • Treasury as a strategic tool and performance driver for the CFO
    • Maximising liquidity and availability of credit facilities
    • Managing for economic value rather than accounting value
    • Importance of: cash; liquidity; working capital management
    • Role of ERP systems to create supply chain efficiency
    • New products and responses of the banking players
    • Impact of the credit crunch on bank relationships
    • Coping with FX: interest rate; commodity; counterparty risk

  • Treasury organisation and treasury techniques

    • Organisation of treasury and the role of the CFO
    • Setting treasury policy and governance
    • Treasury as a tool to actively manage risks
    • Levels of treasury responsibility: centralised; distributed; decentralised
    • Inter-company lending: re-invoicing; factoring
    • Centralising exposure management: inter-company FX
    • Tax neutral or tax advantaged treasury vehicles
    • Matching duration of credit facilities to cash flows

  • Liquidity management and investment

    • Accessing balances and capital locked in the organisation
    • Types of notional pooling, zero balancing and concentration
    • The tax, legal, documentation and regulatory issues
    • Mobilising core balances and money market investment
    • Impact of IAS 39 and Basel II/III on the corporate balance sheet

  • Supply chain management and working capital

    • Principles of supplier and receivables financing
    • Creating win, win, win in the chain
    • Financing: POs; invoices; acceptances; promissory notes
    • Off-balance treatment: SEC issues; without recourse
    • Leveraging credit differentials
    • Distributor and inventory financing

  • Shared service centres and payment factories

    • Critical role of treasury to deliver banking interfaces to SSCs
    • Integration of ERP accounting with payments systems
    • Examples from Oracle and SAP
    • Achieving economies of scale: benchmarking the processes
    • Challenges to eliminate domestic instruments and paper
    • New business models for commercial flows: commissionaire; limited buy/sell

  • Global payment infrastructure and technology

    • Multi banking and corporate access to: Swift; FileAct; MA-CUGs; SCORE
    • What is happening in SEPA?
    • Applying the right security and controls
    • Automated bank reconciliation and receivables matching
    • Cash forecasting process
    • The great formats debate: ISO2OO22; EDIFACT; ANSI; BANSTA; BAI; MT94O
    • Creating a treasury dashboard

  • What to expect in the future

    • Treasury policy agenda issues for CFOs

  • 5:30pm
    Training ends


FX Risk Management

Challenge your existing way of managing FX, get ideas on how to improve your current FX risk management strategy and programme, and learn how to turn ideas into reality with this highly practical workshop.

  • By the end of the course, you will be able to

    • Develop a FX risk management programme for:
      • Different cash flow hedging scenarios
      • Managing cash on a global basis
      • An in-house bank – including a holistic operating model
    • Critically assess and review your organisation’s FX risk management approach
    • Maximise the use of your treasury management system to manage FX risk and streamline work flows

    Real life case studies are used to illustrate how FX risk management is applied in practice in a corporate organisation.


  • 8:30am
  • 9:00am
    Training begins
  • Dealing with illiquid currencies

    • The challenge of international sanctions, currency controls and lack of efficient markets
    • Operating effectively in emerging markets
    • Defining a corporate policy

  • Balance sheet hedging

    • When to hedge on business unit and on corporate level
    • How to put a case together
    • What to hedge and what not to hedge
    • Balance sheet vs debt and earnings correlations
    • Impact on debt covenants
    • Real-life case studies

  • Intercompany lending and multi-currency cash management / In-house Bank

    • How to run a treasury centre or in-house bank
    • Maximise the use of your treasury management system
    • Defining an efficient operating model
    • Managing cash across currencies
    • The benefits of micro approach vs macro approach

  • Cash flow hedging

    • Establishing a good governance
    • How to define the right hedging approach
    • Importance of cash flow forecasting by currency
    • Risk vs exposure – how to distinguish them
    • Real-life case studies

  • Intercompany netting program

    • Mechanics and benefits of intercompany multilateral netting programme
    • How to structure netting
    • Systems used
    • How to make a case for a programme and other considerations

  • 5:00pm
    Training ends


Designing a Digital Treasury

With the current market conditions and growing role of treasury in business operations, corporate treasuries are constantly looking for increasing efficiency. With the evolution of new technologies like blockchain and the rise of fintech applications, corporate treasuries have many choices to simplify and automate processes. This workshop provides examples and best practices used by organisations to set-up robust treasury system architecture to deal with these issues.

  • By the end of the course, you will be able to

    • Discover the best approach for your digital treasury transformation project
    • Make the business case for change
    • Examine new technologies and their applications in treasury (eg. Blockchain, RPA)
    • Hear real-life case studies of corporate treasuries who have benefited from digital transformation
    • Find out how treasury analytics can be applied to management reporting

  • Topics include

    • Business need for modernising treasury systems
    • Digital foundation – treasury management system architecture
    • Overview of fintech applications
    • Blockchain and its application in corporate treasury
    • Supply chain financing and dynamic discounting
    • Robotics process automation (RPA)
    • Cyber security and the use of predictive analytics


  • 8:30am
  • 9:00am
    Training begins
  • Business need for modernising treasury systems

    • Current market factors affecting treasury processes
    • Impact of currency volatility
    • Future of banks and its impact on treasury
    • Evolving role of treasury and tighter integration of treasury with the business

  • Technological innovation and its impact on treasury systems

    • Evolution of treasury management systems
    • Rise of blockchain and related technologies
    • Evolution of fintech – platform as a service model
    • Robotics and predictive analytics
    • Treasury analytics – reporting and decision making

  • Concept of digital treasury

    • How to design a robust treasury system foundation for corporate treasury
    • Integration points with key business processes
    • Payments and collections on behalf ( POBO and COBO)
    • Foreign exchange risk management – integrated process with the business

  • Digital treasury – system architecture (foundation)

    • What are the factors affecting the treasury system design?
    • Key system functionalities to be considered in the foundation
    • Target architecture with key features
    • How does the fintech apps fit in the architecture?
    • Design considerations and common pitfalls

  • Blockchain and fintech market – typical applications and use cases

    • Blockchain technology
    • What are fintech apps and how are they consumed?
    • Market overview of fintech – classification of fintech
    • Key innovations and application
    • User cases – payment apps, blockchain and intercompany netting
    • Case study – how can treasury contribute to better customer experience using new payment technologies?

  • Treasury analytics – the strategic role of a treasurer and how technology can help

    • Reporting and decision support in treasury
    • Expectation from the management – typical topics
    • Overview of reporting and decision making tools
    • How can technology help?
    • Design considerations
    • Case study – treasury analytics

  • Supply chain financing and dynamic discounting

    • Concept of supply chain financing and dynamic discounting
    • Benefits to treasury
    • Design of a supply chain finance solution and dynamic discounting solution
    • Apps in the market and common features
    • Case study: Implementation of supply chain financing app with a bank
    • Case study: Implementation of supply chain financing app with a dynamic discounting fintech app

  • Robotics and predictive analytics

    • What are robotics?
    • Application in treasury
    • Robotics tools for treasury automation
    • Introduction to predictive analytics
    • Use of predictive analytics in treasury
    • Analytics tools
    • Case study: Robotics in FX risk management
    • Case study: Predictive analytics in cash flow forecasting

  • Cyber security - how can fintech help?

    • Current cyber threats to treasury
    • SWIFT cyber security reviews for corporates – how to prepare
    • How to use predictive analytics to prevent fraud and mitigate risk
    • Predictive analytics applications
    • How to safeguard the treasury system against cyber security

  • Digital treasury – a case study

    • How a corporate modernized and transformed its treasury
    • Realised benefits
    • Future improvements and roadmap

  • 5:00pm
    Training ends