The UK Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) is holding its Smart Cash event on 8-9 February in London – CTMfile picks out six highlights from the two-day programme.
- 13.00 day 1: This case study, presented by Karen Toh, the treasurer at Grosvenor, gives an inside view on “TMS implementation and treasury transformation in a decentralised context”. This should be interesting for corporate treasurers working in non-centralised environments and, seeing as centralisation has been a bit of a mantra on the conference circuit in the past several years, it's good to acknowledge that it's not the best structure for everyone.
- 14.30 day 1: Another session presents not one but two corporate case studies, from Honda Motor Europe and Archimedia. The theme is working capital management and the speakers, Kevin Pinnegar, European group treasurer at Honda, and Sarah Sabra, CFO at Archimedia, will be sharing their insights into supply chain finance, cash conversion cycles, new technology and interest rate environments.
- 16.20 day 1: PwC's Naresh Aggarwal and William Wrest of TISA are two of the speakers in this debate on how fintech will improve cash management. The discussion will touch on faster payments, automation, AI and robotics, as well as mobile payments and mobile treasury. With technology developing so rapidly, this is one not to miss.
- 11.15 day 2: Bert Heirbaut, the treasury manager at InterContinental Hotels Group, dives into the murky world of cash pooling. Often touted in the past as the answer to corporate trapped cash conundrums, it seems that many corporates are abandoning this structure as regulations in recent years have made this form of cash concentration too complicated. An insight into international pooling will be useful.
- 12.45 day 2: A panel discussion on cyber security and payment fraud, with speakers from Bottomline Technologies and the event sponsors Barclays, looks in particular at evaluating and hedging the risks of cyber attacks and fraudulent payments. There will also be discussion of how to plan for the worst-case scenario and ensuring your company has a cash reserve set aside to deal with the fallout.
- 16.45 day 2: Pitch-perfect and interactive voting – this promises to be an interesting session, with teams of corporate treasurers pitching their solutions for corporate cash management. Bankers in the audience will no doubt be taking notes but corporate treasurers will have a chance to vote and interact – and perhaps someone will come up with the perfect corporate cash management solution?
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