Global Treasury & Finance


Educational Sessions

Trapped Cash and Other Pitfalls of Managing Global Balances

Having global operations often leads to managing cash in multiple currencies. Global companies are challenged with maximizing use of local balances and, where advantageous, repatriating that cash to where it could be better used or invested. As regulatory and tax rates continue to evolve both domestically and internationally it is especially incumbent on treasury professionals to be nimble and adapt to the external environment, thereby maximizing the value of global operations for their companies. An expert panel discusses solutions developed by several companies to address the needs and pitfalls you can expect when managing global balances.

Spanning the Globe: Finding the Right Fit in International Treasury

International treasury management is not one-size-fits-all. Different countries, currencies and economic conditions demand custom solutions and workflows. Join this discussion and explore the complex variables behind international treasury, managing a range of cash management concerns, navigating the maze of compliance and documentation requirements, and implementing receivables and payables practices that maximize capital across diverse markets. Gain innovative strategies to influence your international cash management decision-making and learn how to navigate the ever-changing global treasury space.

Disruption: Turning Change into Opportunity in Liquidity Management Practices

Disruption is a hot topic in technology these days, and it isn’t constrained to Silicon Valley; corporations in all sectors must adapt to change, including market dynamics, organizational pressures, and personnel shifts. In periods of broader change, how does a corporation adapt to turn disruption into opportunity? Join executives from Qualcomm and FedEx to discuss how changes from within — and outside of — their companies have revised their approach to risk management, cash segmentation, forecasting and product solutions.

Help! I Have Unauthorized Access to my Global Bank Accounts!

Having unauthorized users access your company's bank accounts is a disaster. As global and national companies go through mergers, spin-offs, joint venture-creations and large reorganizations or acquisitions, they are faced with a myriad of risks. Achieving full control and visibility of user-access rights helps you reduce the risk of internal fraud or misuse of company data. Join this session to gain practical advice and examples of how a large corporation eliminated most risks associated with global user-access rights and achieved strategic objectives such as account rationalization and payment centralization.

Policy Changes and Their Effect on the U.S. Economic and Financial Outlook

For corporate treasurers and other financial professionals, the economic outlook is almost always top of mind. The ability to get a handle on the economy’s underlying fundamentals and the potential impacts of fiscal and monetary policy changes are critical to forecasting and financial risk management. In this session, the Wells Fargo economics team provides a two-year outlook for economic growth, a review of economic conditions and changes that will affect the overall economy, and the underlying conditions that have led to calls for change regarding tax, regulatory, trade and monetary policies.

The Return of Returns: Transforming your Investment Strategy for a Nonzero Interest-Rate World

Since 2008, the decision to “sit in cash” has had little impact on the performance of treasury portfolios. But the long, cold winter of zero interest rates has begun to thaw. To capitalize on these changes, treasury teams need to: 1) develop a new investment strategy for a shifting interest-rate environment, 2) have a clear picture of the company’s liquidity position, and 3) communicate investment strategies effectively with senior leaders. Hear from the treasurer of The Carlyle Group and eBay’s head of global investments as they discuss developing their post-2008 investment policies and strategies, optimizing the treasury investment function for a non-ZIRP world, and best practices for building world-class treasury investment programs.

When Cash Comes at a Cost: Efficient Methods for Managing Global Cash in Today's Regulatory Regime

Global regulatory reforms and policy changes continue to plague corporate cash investors. No sooner has U.S. money market reform shifted to the rearview mirror than EMEA money market reform has risen on the horizon. Whether you hold large pockets of cash overseas or not, the global cash paradigm is shifting and prompting many treasurers to rethink how they manage this important asset class. Hear from three corporate investors (at global MNCs) as they discuss regulatory and policy changes in the context of their global investment programs and describe the efficient ways they have discovered to traverse these changes.

The Treasury Triangle: How to Effectively Communicate How Treasury Works to the Business

The Treasury Triangle is a graphical method used to explain the functioning of a standard, global treasury process framework used to optimize the management of cash for the business. It can also be used to effectively communicate how a standard, global framework for treasury can be an important, value-added element to the business. This session takes a deep dive into the three legs of the Treasury Triangle — Treasury Workstation, Operating System and General Ledger — and explores how to build and implement it by outlining the experiences of the head of global treasury at Allianz in creating and implementing the Treasury Triangle concept.

Managing Liquidity Through a Downturn: Tackling Challenges Together with Your Bank for Win/Win Results

During the rapid decline of oil prices in early 2015, energy companies and service providers were forced to respond and prepare for the unexpected: at Gibson Energy, the Treasury department proactively assessed financial alternatives to preserve their balance sheet. By understanding key drivers and risks they were able to find win-win solutions that provided Gibson with the financial flexibility to weather the downturn while still protecting the bank syndicate’s balance sheets. Hear about the key drivers of success and lessons that can be applied to companies experiencing financial challenges, negotiating with lenders, or exploring/implementing complex financial strategies.

The Politics of Cash Repatriation

Under the current administration, the possibility of another cash repatriation has increased. In view of this, corporate treasury and tax teams should be strategically aligned with the business growth plan. Attend this session to gain a greater understanding of the cash and liquidity impact of a mandatory tax on unrepatriated foreign earnings, changes to the funding and cash management strategies if the tax preference for debt is eliminated, and how the legal entity structure and its geographic location would apply to financial transactions. Prepare for this anticipated event with a review of the potential tax and treasury approach and how it can be applied today.

Brexit: What, When, How?

On June 23, 2016, the U.K. voted to leave the European Union. What will this mean for the future of the U.K.'s relationship with Europe and the rest of the world? This session is a “must” with respect to business continuity planning in corporate treasury around one of the most complex changes in European pass-porting history. Featuring a State of the Union and segueing into practical considerations for all companies moving and managing funds across Europe, attendees will gain geo-political insights and explore the SEPA membership options under different market access models in this cutting-edge session.

European Treasury Landscape – Ripe for Change?

Multi-national corporates manage European treasury through different organizational approaches that include Regional Treasury Centers and Global Treasury Centers, delivering varying benefits from economies of scale and scope, but while also experiencing many drawbacks. While the shifting ground below Europe primarily influencing commercial business, there is a significant impact to treasury. This session analyzes five significant changes making headlines in Europe across politics, tax and regulation to provide attendees with best practices for addressing the implications of the dynamic European treasury environment.

Centralization: The Key to Managing Global Growth

Successful international growth brings distinct challenges like the fragmentation of key processes across geographies. Most corporates respond by establishing regional treasury centers to centralize low volume, high value treasury activities. Some go further, acting as an in-house bank towards subsidiaries with respect to treasury transactions such as loans, deposits and FX. An expert panel featuring two large multinational companies, Ingram Micro and FIS, who both have global treasury activities walk you through their evaluation and centralization process, identifying what their priorities were and what the crucial differences between the commonest choices.

Blockchain Truth: Standards and Promises

Blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, is at the heart of a new wave of innovation promising to create new efficiencies by creating a shared, updateable, and fully auditable “truth” of transactions without a central authority. This panel discussion features industry experts who will define the technology and explain how it is being applied today, its biggest payoffs — and its limits. They’ll examine the potential implications of blockchain technology for corporate practitioners, delve into the debate and consensus about how the technology can be implemented, and explore its state of standards.

Treasury Transformation: The Evolution of the Treasurer's Role

Globalization and the expansion of technology, a worldwide financial crisis and regulatory reform … These trends and others have ushered in a new century, ripe with risk and uncertainty, as well as opportunity. No longer strictly bound by the parameters of transaction processing and daily cash operations, leading treasury organizations can lend critical insights into finance and risk issues, thus helping their organizations achieve success with their strategic, business and financial objectives. Join us for this session to learn more about opportunities for treasury to evolve in your organization.

Treasury Management in Asia

Corporates have always viewed Asia through a liquidity lens; however, the pace of regulatory and digital changes at the country-level, beyond liquidity, provides many opportunities to increase cash management efficiency. Asia is seen as a growth region by many corporates, with significant GDP growth rates in China, India, and Indonesia as a few examples. Attend this discussion of treasury management in Asia to learn why corporate treasuries are focusing on how to most efficiently optimize operational working capital market-by-market, as well as how to keep up with regulatory changes regarding onshore markets — clearing, digitalization of payments, expansion of banking to cover the previously unbanked.

The New Paradigm: Lean Regional Treasury Centers and their Back Office – The Multinational Bank

Managing a $5 billion treasury operation requires multinational banking partners that are capable and responsive, as well as a highly efficient “back office.” Whether it’s the rollout of new products, additional credit requirements, or leveraging a company’s own treasury data, putting Treasury in a position to advance strategic priorities translates into success. Join in the discussion to gain insight into the new paradigm of the Lean Regional Treasury Center in a global context.

M&A Through the Treasury Lens

Increased worldwide M&A activity has directly impacted the treasurer. Treasury is no longer viewed as a group of traditional number-crunchers or money movers. Whether it’s pre-acquisition financing, capital structure or post-acquisition integration to achieve synergies and efficiencies, treasury is increasingly being tapped as strategic advisors and partners in M&A transactions. Experience the journey, the pressure and the secrets of success from practitioners who have been on both sides of the equation in this insightful session. 

Making the Concept of Data Work for Your Treasury

While “big data” and “data analytics” have become industry buzzwords, the practice to effectively utilize in-house data to make decisions is gaining traction. Treasury is progressively utilizing sophisticated forecasting tools and artificial intelligence to anticipate and manage risks, and is leveraging its primary banking relationships as a means to uncover opportunities to improve efficiency and benchmark their competitors. From the perspectives of both treasuries and banking partners, the goal is to transform data into insights and business prioritization. Attend this session to find out how treasury professionals are leveraging data-driven resources to significantly increase operating and financial efficiency.

Navigating Geopolitical Risks and Opportunities

Rising tensions between the U.S. and China, burgeoning populist sentiment in the Anglo-Saxon economies, and the apex of globalization are all part of the paradigm shift taking place in the business environment around the world. A methodological approach to geopolitical analysis has become a must, just like the way businesses use financial analysis to judge the viability of an investment. Using a constraints-based method allows observers of political trends to determine the most probable path for policy, rather than just forecasting possible outcomes. Attend this session to learn how to navigate geopolitical risks and opportunities from the experts.

Digital Identity:  The Cornerstone of Commerce and Transaction

Identity itself is fragmented in terms of its definitions, and in today’s world we are not only worried about identifying humans. We need to understand corporate identity, which obviously has a people component. Digital Identity is fundamental to businesses and consumers alike and plays an increasingly important role in how businesses serve customers better and how businesses manage enterprise risk. In this session Bob Schukai, Global Head of Design, Digital Identity Solutions at Thomson Reuters, discusses innovation and use cases for digital identity for corporate treasury and finance organizations.