Vice President and European Treasury Management Director London, United Kingdom
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Vice President, PNC's International Advisory Team
Second Lien Loans
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How to Thrive in a Post-Brexit World
Arm Your Company with the Tools You Need
Improve your understanding of the economic impact and potential disruption to trade flows. Identify possible negotiation outcomes surrounding passporting rights and data privacy. Review foreign exchange concerns including currency volatility. Recognize the potential impacts on employees, customers and vendors.
Find out how second lien lending may enable you to refinance higher cost debt and support a variety of other business purposes.
Second lien lending is becoming popular with both borrowers and lenders. It can be used to add needed debt to a company's capital structure as a way to refinance higher cost debt and for a variety of other business purposes.
Fraudsters frequently conduct extensive research to tailor their approach to match the target. Here are some tips for how to fight the threat.
Social engineering fraudsters frequently conduct extensive research on individuals or corporations to tailor their approach to match the target. Read about ways to identify your risks and fight back.
The migration to chip cards and chip-enabled point-of-sale terminals in the United States has helped to mitigate fraud risk for cardholders, merchants and bank issuers.
Fraudsters are aware that they can’t counterfeit physical cards and use them in a chip environment anymore. As the online environment is less protected, card-not-present fraud is growing.
Find out how the right foreign exchange strategy can mitigate risk and potentially help you grab opportunities.
Tariff announcements, whether real or threatened, have impacted the markets. Companies dealing in U.S. dollars should consider hedging strategies to manage the foreign exchange aspect of their international trade.
Find out how a revolving line of credit can help manage the “cash eating” impact of fluctuating inventory needs.
Economic cycles, changes in demand and gains or losses of major customers affect inventory management. Find out how a revolving line of credit can help you deal with the “cash eating” impact of fluctuating inventory needs.
Unitranche loans can provide attractive options and flexibility for middle-market borrowers. Are they right for your company?
Before unitranche debt emerged in the mid-2000s, middle-market borrowers did not have access to the same kind of innovative financing options as larger organizations. Now they do.
How recurring revenue lending is helping SaaS companies achieve their bold visions.
Software as a Service (SaaS) companies took software out of shrink wrapped boxes and put it in the cloud. They've changed everything from how individuals do taxes to how massive supply chain partners work out multi-million dollar global purchases.
Getting to compliance may yield valuable data that can be used to guide future leasing and financing decisions. Here’s how.
New standards may require significant changes in internal systems, processes and controls surrounding leases. But you can also collect valuable data to guide future leasing and financing decisions.
Equipment financing can deliver a low- to no-down payment while helping you preserve capital and manage cash flow.
Accumulating long term fixed assets by borrowing on your line of credit could be a mistake. Here’s how to maintain flexibility and access to capital when you need it most.
Treasury professionals believe that strategic, cybersecurity and financial risks will challenge them over the next three years.
Four hundred treasury professionals believe that strategic, cybersecurity and financial risks will challenge them over the next three years. Get results of the 2019 AFP® Risk Survey.
Find out how to acquire capital at favorable rates and amend a facility if necessary. Your banking relationship is key.
Find out how to position your company to seek capital at favorable rates and amend a facility should it become necessary. Open communication with your lender or lenders is key.
Operating lease payments can be increased or reduced to more easily match revenues and expenses when acquiring new equipment.
While the new accounting rules eliminate the off-balance sheet nature of operating leases, this type of lease structure can still offer advantages for assets and equipment ranging from computers to jets.
The equipment finance industry has undergone seismic change. Find out why that’s for the better.
Equipment finance started as a specialized service supporting manufacturer sales. But equipment needs don’t exist in silos. Focusing on the client and reaching beyond the boundaries of the internal organization makes sense today.
Smart contracts can unlock the power of blockchain technology, providing a platform that can remove friction, reduce paper and speed transactions across many industries.
Could smart contracts benefit your business? Smart contracts are blockchain-enabled contracts that have the potential to revolutionize the way we do business. Similar to paper contracts, smart contracts define operating rules between parties, but a key differentiator is that they can also systematically enforce those rules.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made the most significant changes to business tax law in more than three decades.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made the most significant changes to business tax law in more than three decades. Find out how several aspects of the new code specifically impact capital equipment acquisition and finance transactions.
This webinar will provide background on the threats and best practices for protecting your Commercial Card program.
Are you exposed to future rate increases related to longer term debt? A forward starting swap can help to manage interest rate exposure.
As interest rates continue to rise, borrowers may be exposed to future rate increases related to longer term debt. A forward starting swap can help to manage interest rate exposure and align their interest rate risk with their risk tolerance.
Whether you are buying or selling across borders or entering a new international market, you’re likely to face credit, country, counterparty and currency risks.
This webinar outlines the key instruments for mitigating risks, examines strategies for navigating the complexities of international trade, demystifies industry terminology and clarifies components of trade documentation.
We focus on three key areas for plan sponsors thinking about enhancing their pension risk outcomes.
2017 proved to be another volatile year for pension plan sponsors. The market environment combined with several regulatory updates may provide plan sponsors with some potential opportunities for 2018.
President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) into law on Friday, December 22, 2017 — and it has undoubtedly left its mark on the municipal finance market.
During this webinar, we discuss the major elements of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and their effect on municipal finance, including municipal bond supply and demand, and relative value relationship of municipals to other instruments. We also cover a look-back at the impact of these dynamics during the first two months of 2018 and expectations for longer-term effects. PNC Public Finance Disclosure
Discussion includes a look-back at the impact of these dynamics during the first two months of 2018 and expectations for longer-term effects.
Even in the face of uncertainty, abundant capital and intense demand are expected to drive the M&A environment into 2018.
Whether you’re contemplating buying or selling a business — or if you’re just curious about current market conditions — this webinar will provide valuable, real-time market insights for key decision makers.
Evaluate investment options and anticipate future rate changes in order to set an optimal cash position and strategy.
Many financial decision-makers see today’s rising rates as either a brand-new phenomenon or an operating environment that they haven’t faced for more than a decade. Corporates will be required to analyze their short-term cash and cash position differently in order to prepare for the long haul.
When you plan for the cost of new equipment, don’t forget to plan for the significant portion of the total equipment expense called “soft costs.”
Finding a lender with a strong specialty in equipment financing and who understands more than just the invoice amount is key. As long as soft costs stay within certain parameters of the total investment, you can fold them into your affordable monthly equipment payment, preserving your cash for more important needs.
Trade negotiations, including changes to NAFTA and the uncertainties presented by Brexit make the need for foreign exchange risk mitigation more urgent than ever.
Evaluate current risk management practices, including the establishment of a hedge policy. Ensure that your internal policies and controls correctly account for risks. Update your management reporting systems to correctly list your FX exposures and hedging activity.
PNC’s economists forecast that the Federal Reserve will continue to raise interest rates throughout 2017 and beyond.
In order to reduce the impact of rising rates on borrowing costs, companies should develop and implement a comprehensive plan to manage their interest rate exposure. PNC speakers provide a perspective on how external factors may affect your financing costs and what you can do to regain control.
Corporate financial managers must consider the impact of interest rate forecasts, future GDP estimates and potential tax reform on corporate cash strategies.
A number of short-term investment options have become part of the consideration set because of the rising market. They include variable net asset value prime money market funds, separately managed accounts and conservative ultra-short bond funds.
PNC’s economists are predicting increases in 2017 and 2018. A new administration in Washington and political changes in Europe may also affect interest rates.
What does the future hold for interest rates? How will the new interest rate environment affect your borrowing strategies and how can you mitigate the risks? We asked Tina Hwang from PNC’s Capital Markets group to weigh in.
2016 included a number of significant political and economic events that will usher in changes during 2017.
PNC’s Harris Williams & Co. subsidiary (www.harriswilliams.com) is a leading M&A advisor with experience across a wide range of industries. Bill Watkins, Managing Director, and Larissa Rozycki, Vice President, discuss results from 2016 and the rationale behind predictions for 2017 M&A activity.
As 2017 begins, stock and oil prices are moving higher and economic outlooks for 2017 are being revised.
Economic growth will be faster in 2017-2018 with assists from consumer spending, construction spending, business investment and Federal government spending, more than offsetting weakness in U.S. exports as the dollar continues to strengthen and growth outside the U.S. remains slow.
Do political trends influence interest rates during an election cycle?
Companies should be armed with a comprehensive risk management policy and exercise discipline in implementing their hedging strategy regardless of the political environment and market conditions. Prepare to implement your hedging strategy in a timely manner.
You can find relief by improving management of invoice processing through payment.
Invoice automation can help you optimize the use of employee resources, significantly decrease the cost of processing invoices, help you capture vendor discounts more reliably and increase scale within your back office.
Learn how to better manage intercompany payments, reduce transaction costs and improve intracompany reconciliation.
Multinational corporations face many challenges in managing growth across multiple continents, currencies, and accounting systems. Treasury managers can facilitate cross-border settlements among affiliates, increase productivity and generate cost savings with a multilateral netting solution.
PNC Healthcare commissioned Shapiro+Raj to explore changes in the healthcare environment and their impact on providers, payers, and employers. Here are the findings of that study.
Millennials will shape the future of American healthcare. They seek change throughout the system. They embrace retail and acute care clinics. They take the most responsibility for their own healthcare. They spend more time researching online, finding providers and getting others’ opinions and they will force much more change compared to Boomers and seniors.
The strength of the dollar, a favorable interest
rate environment and an abundance of cash on
hand may make this a good time for domestic
companies to invest outside the U.S.
Companies considering a cross-border merger or acquisition should evaluate the currency risk during the due-diligence stage of the deal to ensure that currency rate volatility does not adversely affect the target price.You can perform a “Value at Risk” analysis to quantify the currency risk between now and closing.
Canada’s Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has granted PNC Bank Canada Branch (“PNC Canada”) a full-service branch license.
Canada is the United States' largest export market and the second largest source of imports after China. Companies doing business in Canada face a number of challenges as they deal with customs documentation and adapt their operations for sales tax accounting, procurement procedures and even packaging and labeling. PNC can help.
Foreign currency volatility has reduced earnings from both a transaction and translation perspective. Explore strategies for mitigating the currency impact on earnings and cash flow.
Find out how a strengthening dollar can create a headwind for companies doing business internationally. The recent spike in foreign currency volatility has taken a big bite out of earnings, from both a transaction and a translation perspective. This presentation helps explain these issues.
More and more companies are exploring the benefits of an asset-based solution. It works especially well in industries with tighter operating margins.
With liquidity at a premium, asset-based lending can be a particularly attractive alternative to a traditional bank loan or, to having to raise equity, which could dilute ownership. It can help middle-market companies move their business forward.
As international business grows more important to U.S. companies, it's vital to recognize that import and export activities are heavily regulated by the U.S. Government.
If you are conducting international business, if you are engaging in new types of transactions, if you are doing business with new entities or in new geographic regions, you may receive questions from government entities or your financial institution. Everyone involved is responsible for compliance and could face penalties or fines for noncompliance.
Your financial well-being, like your health, can benefit from regular checkups — but where to start? Here is a step-by-step plan to improve your financial fitness.
Pay yourself first. Create a budget. Pay down credit card debt. Prepare a personal net worth statement. Review your estate planning documents. Rebalance your investment portfolio. Review your insurance and your tax plan and seek guidance from a qualified wealth management professional to improve your financial wel being.
Currency markets are experiencing a significant amount of volatility. Hedging programs can help companies protect profits and cash flow.
While most companies start with hedging balance sheet exposures as they are more visible, more are now considering hedging forecasted exposures such as sales or expenses. Hedging anticipated cash flows depends on the company’s ability to forecast reasonably accurately, although uncertainties can be managed by hedging a percentage of your anticipated exposure.
Most businesses need both disaster planning and business resiliency strategies, but resilency can come into play almost every day.
Business resiliency plans ensure uninterrupted processing for essential functions. Most business interruptions fall into one or more of these 5 categories: hardware, facilities, network/telecom, software and people. With a strong business resiliency plan, you can be prepared and avoid the difficulties of recovery without one.
Doing business with Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa can be challenging for companies accustomed to the certainties of mainstream currencies.
Although the BRICS proactively promote international business, their governments remain concerned that any sudden inflow or outflow of money could de-stabilize their economies. As a result, they have implemented restrictions on international transactions. Trade and capital payments are regulated and certain hedging practices are prohibited.
Business owners and corporate treasurers are reviewing their projections for funded debt levels over the next several years to manage their mix of fixed and floating rate debt.
A hedging solution called the yield curve efficient interest rate swap closely follows the expected future path of interest rates. The frequency and timing of the increases can be tailored to meet specific cash flow needs.
Companies are continually looking for ways to stay ahead of the competition. And yet many of them overlook the benefits of regular interaction with their banking team.
It's a good idea to meet with your banker and talk through upcoming expenditures, including capital expenses. Get to know your bank and the people on your banking team. Regular meetings can help your banker capture a more accurate picture of your business and respond more quickly when needs and opportunities arise.
Many companies that had previously elected to hedge with an interest rate swap will be faced with early termination or make whole of their current interest rate swap.
In the face of moderate economic growth in the United States and overseas, short and long-term interest rates remain at historically low levels. There are many flexible and creative hedging solutions available. You should review the expected duration of your debt portfolio and consult with your capital markets profession to discuss your options.
Canada is a vitally important market for U.S. companies. The United States sells more goods to Canada than to all 27 countries of the European Union combined.
The ease and longevity of our relationship with Canada can make us forget that the enormous territory to the north is not just an extension of the United States. Like any other global market, Canada has its own customs, laws, rules, and regulations that require just as much attention and insight as those of our more distant trading partners.
When you contemplate the sale of your business, market timing, economic considerations, competitive trends, tax strategies and future capital requirements should be taken into account.
Merger and acquisition ("M&A") transactions can raise a series of important considerations that significantly impact business owners. When is the right time for an M&A transaction? What steps are required? When selling a company, how can business owners achieve liquidity and maximize value while still looking after the best interests of their company?
Companies need to define a risk management objective. What are you trying to hedge and why? Every company has different metrics that should be incorporated into their hedging decisions.
Companies buying, selling or capitalizing a foreign business often overlook currency risks. including impacts on valuation, financial statements, and capitalization. Get specific, actionable information on currency risk management, including pre-close exposure/hedging, managing the currency impact of capitalization decisions and financial statement impacts.
The ability to offer your customers and prospects financing for the purchases they make from you at competitive rates can help you meeting important business goals.
Using financing as a core sales strategy can help you sell more of your product to more people and keep your customers longer. You can close deals faster, include more product in the sale and get paid faster. Vendor finance programs also deliver significant benefits to your customers. They can get financing more quickly at favorable rates.
The wrong strategy, the wrong partner and poor management can knock you off track in China. Learn about challenges in the operating environment.
Often companies initially focus their strategy for China on the basic how to’s: How do I start a company? How do I find an agent? How do I open a bank account? These are important questions. But these are not the issues that can inhibit your success in China.
Biases are the basis for cognitive and emotional errors when we apply them in financial markets and they often result in financial losses.
Humans have an amazing capacity for reasoning, memory, action, feelings and emotions. But capacity alone does not ensure that we will develop the proper biases to employ every day in predictive scenarios. In some cases, these biases come hardwired in our brains and work against us when it comes to predicting market movements.
Equipment is just as important to the success of your company as intellectual capital and management strength. Are you leveraging its value to deliver maximum benefits?
Many companies have minimized or frozen spending and investments. However, the pressure to stay competitive in the global marketplace makes it unrealistic to hold off on technology and operations improvements for the long term. It's time to determine what initial investments make the most sense and how to finance them. We take a look at some creative approaches.
Securitization allows a company to monetize its trade receivables by legally isolating the assets from the bankruptcy estate of the company originating them.
As attractive revolvers mature over the next four years, there can be a liquidity gap that could hamper a company’s ability to finance working capital needs and pursue growth opportunities. Securitization can close that gap. It has enabled many companies to increase liquidity, lower financing costs and diversify their overall capital structure.
Industrial Revenue Bonds
Public sector financing can support private development projects that will fuel economic growth in communities. The lower interest rates and longer payment terms characteristic of programs such as tax-exempt Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs) can be used to finance growth.
Many companies are finding that an asset-based structure provides the liquidity necessary to quickly execute a buyout or facilitate a turnaround plan.
In the past, asset-based financing was viewed as the best option for companies with high risk profiles. Today, the rules about what type of company can benefit from this strategy are changing. And more and more are embracing the flexibility that asset-based financing can offer.
Smart managers are sweetening their employee benefits package with additional perks to help their company stay competitive in the market for good employees.
Essentially, a workplace banking program is a package of discounted financial services and special benefits your company can offer to employees as part of your overall benefits package. Typically, there is no cost to participate, only rewards for both your company and your employees.
While banks today still consider traditional criteria like cash flow, leverage, equity and collateral, the experience and integrity of the management team is growing in importance.
Some managers who find themselves in challenging circumstances may be reluctant to talk with their bankers, fearing that relaying bad news might close off credit options. Successful companies are open and transparent with their banks, through good times and bad.
Credit is available with competitive terms for companies that see their bank as a vital resource. Here are tips for keeping an open relationship with your banker.
Imagine that you run a mid-size company with deep ties to an industry challenged by economic conditions. After decades of success, growth has stalled -- and your income statement is beginning to show it. Open communication with your banker puts everyone in a better position to structure and negotiate the right credit solutions for the challenges at hand.