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2011 AFP Annual Conference Sessions

Session 1: Challenges and Opportunities in Latin America with a Focus on Brazil

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

As you consider entering the Latin American markets, especially the biggest one-Brazil, what are the issues to be faced? Understand the different stages one goes through as it relates to M&A and the human side of a transaction. The discussion will cover labor law and cultural perspectives. Case studies will be reviewed as they pertain to the various stages.

Session 2: Investing and the DC Plan: Managing Risk and Relevance

Track: Pension & Benefits

This discussion will examine how today's DC plan is addressing rising concerns about the risks retirement investors are facing. Hear how plan design has mitigated some risks and amplified others and explore how today's economic climate requires that DC plans continue to strive to mitigate the risks of inflation, volatility and longevity.

Session 3: 2011 AFP Benchmarking Survey Results

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

Hear the results from the fourth survey in the AFP Treasury Benchmarking Program. The 2011 survey took a break from the previous three AFP Benchmarking Surveys by taking a closer look at bank relationship management. The presenters will discuss key metrics from the survey, the importance of credit in relationships, criteria utilized in selecting banking providers and identify the characteristics top performing companies use in managing their bank relationships.

Session 4: Extra-Financial Analysis: A Fourth Dimension of Investment Risk Management

Track: Risk Management

Balance sheet investors have historically focused on three primary objectives of their investment evaluation criteria: safety, liquidity and yield. Explore a new concept in cash investing which incorporates Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues as a way to anticipate headline risk events that may be difficult to detect using traditional analysis. eBay and its asset management partner will discuss incorporating aspects of this ESG into investment evaluation.

Session 5: Myth Busters: Challenging Popular Economic Myths to Help Guide Investment Strategy

Track: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

This presentation addresses five economic myths investors wrestle with – and presents a counter perspective. Is the Federal Reserve "printing money" and risking a rapid inflation? Is the trade deficit a dangerous global imbalance? Is America poor because it doesn't manufacture "stuff" here anymore? When will the U.S. economy recover and when will we see job creation? Is the emerging markets story a bubble? Debunking these myths will help companies navigate their investment strategy decisions with a fresh perspective.

Session 6: Metrics: From Insight to Value Creation

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

Hear a case study on how a peak performing company identified incremental opportunities for additional performance improvement and increased cash flow through innovative metrics. The company benchmarked existing performance metrics to discover opportunities for improvement and identified blind spots to existing performance metrics that were not tracked to further increase performance.

Session 7: Making the Switch: Developing Transportable Treasury Skills

Track: Career Development

When a company restructures its operations or goes through a merger or acquisition, the treasury department is increasingly aware of its vulnerability. However, treasury professionals possess unique skills that can be used across different industries. Hear about the treasury skills that will help you capitalize on opportunities. Learn how you can use these skills to show the diverse and irreplaceable role that treasury can play in an organization.

Session 8: Integrating ERP, Liquidity Planning, and Capital Budgeting in the Treasury

Track: Financial Planning & Analysis

Integrating risk analysis, capital budgeting, and liquidity planning is more efficient and effective as an integrated treasury analysis task. In fact, there is significant overlap in these important financial management areas. During this presentation, a methodology for integrating these tasks with practical examples will be explored.

Session 9: Cash Repatriation - Strategies & Case Study in Intercompany Loans

Track: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

Hear a middle market company's perspective on the benefits, issues, and problems encountered in cash repatriation specifically in establishing and administering a global intercompany loan program.

Session 10: The Road to Centralization: What Comes Next in Liquidity and Risk Management?

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

Major multinationals have been advancing treasury management processes for years, deploying structures such as in-house banks, regional treasury centers and shared service centers. Hear three leading corporations discuss where they are today and explain where they are going next. The session will explain some of the major advancements they are making toward the goal of improving global liquidity and risk management.

Session 11: Corporate Mobile Banking: Revolutionizing Cash Management

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

Based on Celent's research, there will be a discussion of the latest corporate mobile banking technology trends. This session will provide a detailed picture of what mobile cash management solutions will look like and will describe key features and functionalities that will attract users to this blossoming technology (e.g. alerts, payments, transfers, etc.).

Session 12: Intensive: Growing Your Professional Presence – Saying the Right Thing at the Right Time

Track: Career Development

Whether you are searching for a job, brainstorming with other departments or reporting to senior executives & the board, it is essential to strategically and authentically express the value that you and your Treasury Department bring to the company. In this intensive and interactive workshop, learn creative communication skills that enable you to tactfully sell the value of your ideas and grow your executive presence.

Session 13: Works for Me. Me Too! Making Agreements Work for You

Track: Bank Relationship Management

Creating treasury agreements between the client and the financial institution - agreements that protect both parties and yet are not administratively burdensome to enact and enforce - is critically important. Compare and contrast the use of one single, all encompassing agreement covering all possible services, to the individual agreements for each service utilized. Discuss the paradigm shift of the changing legal and business landscape regarding indemnification should losses occur.

Session 14: Investing Cash: Managing Risks and Looking for Investment Opportunities in the Cash and Short Duration Markets

Track: Risk Management

Navigating the cash markets continues to be a challenge for investors. This session will focus on the state of the economy and the impact on the cash markets as well as the outlook going forward. The discussion will include the importance of managing risks in cash portfolios - for example - credit, interest rate, and liquidity.

Session 15: BAI Reporting Reborn as X9 CM - 1 – The Journey to Create a Global Reporting Standard

Track: Payments

This roundtable discussion focuses on the initiative to update the BAI reporting standard under X9. In a recent survey, AFP found that 84 percent of corporate respondents would like to see format and implementation guidelines standardized across all banks and 44 percent would like the tags and XML descriptions standardized so that both machines and humans can more easily read the information. This session will highlight the conversion project from a variety of perspectives.

Session 16: The BSB, Global Electronic Billing Statement: History, Proof of Concept, Status and Acceptance

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

The BSB, global electronic billing statement, is alive and well. Find out how the BSB, combined with the US 822, can provide you with a complete analysis and archive of all service billing statements from both domestic and foreign banks. Hear a brief case study concerning BSB implementation in the corporate environment and its use in a worldwide analysis of bank services billing.

Session 17: The ACH Network: Update & Opportunities

Track: Payments

The ACH Network provides a foundation for the most efficient corporate payments system in the United States. Bill payment infrastructures as well as international, healthcare, and mobile payments are evolving via the NACHA Operating Rules. In this interactive session, learn about the latest ACH Network developments.

Session 18: Featured Session: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (no presentation available)

Track: Career Development

In his newest book titled Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Stephen Johnson asks the questions, What kind of environment fosters the development of good ideas? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? His answers are never less than revelatory, convincing and inspiring as he identifies the seven key principles to the genesis of such ideas, and traces them across time and disciplines. From Johnson's insights and research find out how the generation of innovative company-wide strategies can increase Treasury and Finance's role and visibility within the organization.

A book signing will follow this session in the AFP booth.

Session 21: Cash Management in a Zero or Rising Interest Rate Environment

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

This session will discuss short maturity investment opportunities and risks in a prolonged, low-rate environment while incorporating liquidity, risk management and creativity. Looking at the past, the present and the future; examine some of the unavoidable pitfalls that were experienced and transition into the potentially dangerous temptation to "reach for yield."

Session 22: Evolving to an Outcome-Oriented DC Plan: DC 2.0

Track: Pension & Benefits

401(k) plans continue to evolve, reflecting new rules and regulations, as they strive to meet the retirement income goals of American workers. How can you shift your plan to meet the income goals of your workers? Discuss evaluating the outcome goal, considering your DC plan design and asset allocation structure, protecting participants from inflation, managing plan costs and helping participants manage retirement income.

Session 23: Awakening the Dragon – Take the Lead in China

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

Asia is important for corporates looking for long-term growth and new destinations for liquidity. In order to fund these aspirations, the concentration of cash is moving from west to east, requiring a new approach to dealing with cash and liquidity management. This session will cover how to achieve global interoperability, allowing cash to be mobilized and information to be gathered centrally. Understand the special nuances treasury in China brings to this endeavor.

Session 24: EVA Momentum -- The One Financial Performance Ratio that Tells the Whole Value Creation Story

Track: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

In this session, a state-of-the-art breakthrough in value-based corporate performance management called "EVA Momentum" will be discussed. Learn how EVA Momentum can help finance teams set targets, measure and improve the quality and value of their forward business plans and acquisitions, benchmark with peers and spot improvement opportunities, and read expectations built into share prices.

Session 25: Inside Washington – AFP's Government Relations, Legislative & Regulatory Update

Track: Governance, Accounting & Compliance

Now that our nation's financial regulatory system has been completely redesigned, the impacts within treasury and finance are far and wide. During this session, attendees will hear from Congressional staff and learn more about what is behind the actions that Congress will take to further solidify the changes. Attendees will also receive a synopsis of other policy issues that are impacting AFP members and learn how they can participate in advocacy efforts.

Session 26: Upcoming Changes under IFRS for Hedge Accounting and Comparison with U.S. GAAP

Track: Governance, Accounting & Compliance

The IASB proposes significant changes to the current hedge accounting requirements. The good news is that the IASB developed a new standard for hedge accounting that is principle-based and less complex. This presentation compares the upcoming changes under IFRS to the proposed changes under U.S. GAAP, focusing its impact on the treasury function and other changes including: choice of hedging instruments, revision of hedging relationships, and the choice of hedging components in non-financial items.

Session 27: Shared Services: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Centralized Treasury

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts made a decision to centralize all treasury and accounting functions. Hear lessons learned that will help you overcome challenges and realize the advantages of this configuration as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Session 28: Corporate Cash Is King: Investment Trends in the Corporate Sector

Track: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

While financial markets grab the lion's share of the media cycle, corporate cash assets offer a strong indicator of American corporates' vitality. If sources cite corporate cash assets among American companies hovering around $1.2 – $1.8 trillion, how are American companies investing their cash? In this session, we'll look at corporate cash indices by asset type, duration and credit rating based on a sample of assets from publicly-traded, American companies on Clearwater's system.

Session 29: Conquering Commodity Risks: Adopting a Strategic Approach to Managing Volatile Commodity Prices

Track: Risk Management

With unprecedented unpredictability in companies' earnings driven by volatile commodity prices, executives must develop non-traditional and strategic approaches to managing commodity risks. This session provides strategies to understand and navigate risks introduced by an era of sustained volatility in commodity prices. The session also addresses how these capabilities support a competitive advantage.

Session 30: Implementing Best Practices for FX Payments

Track: Payments

In a global economy, it is critical for Treasury professionals to understand how to navigate the international currency markets. Learn about current trends in the foreign exchange market and examine a case study of a well-established merchant's best practices for operating in the global economy. Practitioners will leave with greater appreciation for the different products available to properly manage foreign currency exposures as well as tips to work with foreign exchange providers.

Session 31: The ERM Challenge – Balancing Business Needs and Leadership Expectations

Track: Risk Management

Increased regulatory and stakeholder scrutiny around ERM is gaining attention of boardroom leaders across the globe - - but how can its essence be captured in a practical way for today's lean organization? Listen to this seasoned professional share experiences with process design/implementation for multi-billion dollar global organizations. Gain perspectives for approaches and encountered challenges / solutions. Participants will gain valuable insight into examples of simple yet robust processes that capture the respect of leadership.

Session 33: Automating Bank Account Management: Lessons Learned and Practical Applications of eBAM in Corporate Treasury

Track: Bank Relationship Management

Electronic Bank Account Management (eBAM) is quickly becoming an essential tool for corporate treasurers. Discover the benefits and challenges of automating your bank relationships and discuss the implementation and use of eBAM in both the domestic and international space. This session will focus on numerous approaches to bank account management in terms of automation, simplification and executing across a global network.

Session 34: Fighting Back Against Fraudsters: Best Practices in Eliminating Fraud from the Payment Space

Track: Payments

Industry-leading practitioners will discuss the latest fraud defense weapons and the deployment of new means to counter fraud in the payment space. Topics will include the critical need for authentication of users, strategies for eliminating repeat offenders and the latest artificial intelligence tools that mitigate the risk of fraud. Learn methods to weed out would-be offenders and best practices for fraud prevention.

Session 35: Cash Flow Forecasting: Tools and Techniques for Success

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

This session will outline critical tools and techniques necessary for implementing and maintaining a robust cash flow forecasting process from 90 days to 10 years. Learn how Yum! Brands has used the "engagement" of its organization and historical trending techniques to successfully model its future financial liquidity.

Session 36: Federal Reserve Payments Initiatives from A to Z: Current Facts and Future Developments

Track: Payments

This session will explore three of the Fed's initiatives that seek to address payments issues of major interest to financial professionals: cross-border ACH, remittance detail with wires, and same-day ACH services. Attendees will better understand the status of these important initiatives and how they serve as the basis for new services that will address their payment needs.

Session 41: Best Practices in Budgeting and Business Intelligence

Track: Financial Planning & Analysis

Hear an overview on best practices in planning, budgeting and forecasting. Determine how linking these practices with the use of the right key performance indicators and the right intelligence tools can benefit your organization.

Session 42: A Case Study in Doing an Asset Liability Study for a Pension Plan

Track: Pension & Benefits

The presentation will discuss the purpose and process of using the asset-liability framework to establishing a long-term investment policy for a pension plan. As part of the discussion, capital market assumptions, asset allocation, managing risk and dynamic asset allocation at various funding levels will be covered in the presentation.

Session 43: The Changing Landscape of Accounting and Financial Reporting

Track: Governance, Accounting & Compliance

This session will cover the latest developments and regulatory changes in accounting and financial reporting that affect treasury. Hear about proposed and recently issued guidance on leasing, hedging, revenue recognition and fair value measurement. Other regulatory issues, such as convergence with international accounting standards, will also be covered.

Session 44: Dynamic Discounting at Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

Track: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

The session starts with a short introduction to dynamic discounting, its benefits and its use as an alternative risk-free, short-term investment opportunity yielding double-digit returns. Then hear about Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated's initiative to maximize discount capture as part of an upgrade of their AP and procurement processes: from setting ambitious goals, via the provider selection, to their experiences with the dynamic discounting solution in SAP.

Session 45: Project Management for the Treasury Professional

Track: Career Development

This session will demystify the discipline of project management for treasury. Using a corporate treasury management project, attendees will learn how to manage a project from initiation to implementation and completion. Gain an understanding of a project's stages and benchmarks to build your confidence in leading your next treasury management project.

Session 46: Three Global Treasury Models for Middle Market Companies

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

In this panel discussion, learn how diverse companies structured their global treasury operations to provide visibility and control. Discover when it is essential to use foreign bank accounts and centralize treasury operations and control, and find a balance between centralized and decentralized operations while doing business in foreign markets.

Session 47: Award Winning Treasury Transformation Project

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

AkzoNobel embarked on a major Treasury transformation project following the acquisition of ICI. A major part of the project was the wall-to-wall SAP Treasury implementation. Learn how AkzoNobel Treasury utilizes SAP with a specific focus on the In-House Bank and payment factory processes. Examine how the project was set-up and managed, including lessons learned.

Session 48: Evaluating Risk in Money Market Funds

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

Investors are more sensitive to the risks embedded in cash investments. Yet while they are paying more attention to risk, investors often do not fully understand the true nature of the risks associated with money market securities or even how to assess the risk level of one fund relative to another. Learn what common misconceptions investors have regarding portfolio risk in money market funds and identify the true measures of risk in money fund portfolios.

Session 49: FX Hedge Optimization - Quantification Methodologies and Implementation Best Practices

Track: Risk Management

Understanding VaR and hedge implementation is critical to effective FX risk management and decreasing the challenges of cash flow and earnings volatility. Hear program best practices with an in-depth focus on risk quantification and exploration of how various currency exposures interact. A global technology company will cover its incorporation of diversification benefits into its cash flow and balance sheet hedging program decisions.

Session 50: Navigating Today's Choppy Credit Markets – What Is the Outlook for 2012?

Track: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

A wider investor base is finally paying attention to senior, secured, floating rate loans, which are appealing as an inflation hedge. How does this change market dynamics for borrowers? Discover how quickly terms are changing with low defaults and strong investor demand and learn how issuers are negotiating terms in the leveraged grad market areas. What are bankers' short-term expectations for terms and trends in the loan and bond markets?

Session 51: Payments Security & Legislation: Is Your Business Prepared?

Track: Payments

BJ's Wholesale Club and Vantiv will share perspective and insight into the challenges associated with card data security and the journey the merchant community faces in creating a strategic security plan for their business. Additionally, the team will share updates and perspective relative to the evolution of the Durbin Bill and perceived opportunities and challenges associated with the legislation as understood.

Session 52: The Impact of FinReg - What it Means to Your Company

Track: Bank Relationship Management

This session will help you understand how regulatory changes will impact both the supply of credit and your bank relationships - and how your company can prepare for these changes. Discover how bankers actually make relationship and pricing decisions - and how the new capital requirements are already impacting those decisions. Strategies for how corporations can meet these new challenges and obtain the capital their company needs will be shared

Session 53: Making Payments Across the Atlantic

Track: Payments

Corporates need lower cost cross-border payments. Learn about cross-border payments options from an industry expert and hear how one financial institution is providing its corporate customers with greater flexibility in non-urgent payments to Europe, including enhanced foreign exchange options. The session features the experiences of a corporate treasurer making payments to Europe.

Session 54: We're Buying Who? Do They Have Bank Accounts?

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

Hear how AT&T's Treasury organization has successfully handled dozens of acquisitions, large and small, over the last 15 years. Assess an extensive checklist of items that need to be addressed for merger integration. Many of which deal with the acquired company's banks and bank accounts. Hear practical experience and best practices.

Session 55: Ensuring Efficient and Secure Payment Processing by Improving Receivables

Track: Payments

Direct General Insurance will share best practices in implementing an overall structure to streamline cash handling and checks, improving internal controls for their 450+ retail locations, while dramatically enhancing the safety and security around the cash and check handling processes. Examine how these solutions provide better insight into Direct's cash position and greater control of working capital.

Session 56: Escheatment and Unclaimed Property: Understanding the Key Issues and Impact of State Regulatory Activism

Track: Payments

Many states are moving aggressively to increase revenues from unclaimed property (escheatment) laws and larger companies are a top target. Understand how Delaware's laws and aggressive audit methods may impact your Delaware-incorporated company. Learn how widely adopted A/P and A/R policies may expose your company to very large potential liabilities to states. If you fund any stored value cards (payroll, gift cards, rewards/incentives cards, etc.), understand your company's responsibilities and liabilities—even if you outsource.

Session 58: Featured Session: The Middle East "Spring" and the Ramifications for Corporate America (no presentation available)

Track: Career Development

The extraordinary transformation underway in the Middle East will have a major impact on American commercial, political and strategic interests in the region. Former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns and Dr. Kenneth Pollack from the Brookings Institute will discuss this year's events with David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst, and talk about potential strategies to mitigate the risks for the U.S. government and the business community.

A book signing will follow this session in the AFP booth.

Session 61: Why the CTP?

Track: Career Development

AFP's Certified Treasury Professional certification signifies your mastery of a rigorous body of treasury, cash and risk management knowledge, viewed by employers as a best practice for finance departments. Hear practitioners discuss why they chose to earn the CTP, how they prepared for the exam and some benefits of holding the credential. Employers will discuss why they encourage their staffs to pursue the designation.

Session 62: Design Trends in Qualified Default Investment Alternatives (QDIA) After the Financial Meltdown

Track: Pension & Benefits

This session will cover the evolving trends in target-date funds, risk-based asset allocation, balanced accounts, managed accounts and other QDIAs. Hear insights on QDIA issues and DoL regulations. Are providers changing their products in response to these regulatory initiatives? Have plan sponsor perceptions of QDIAs shifted? Learn what elements of these solutions pose the greatest challenge for plan sponsors and their participants.

Session 63: Lease Accounting Changes

Track: Governance, Accounting & Compliance

Two significant features of the IASB and FASB proposed lease accounting changes will be reviewed. Learn to accurately assess historical lease costs. Armed with this information participants will be ready to enter into leases which will not cause reporting surprises later, and to identify significant opportunities for cost savings which can also be achieved by leveraging this analysis.

Session 64: Shaping the Supply Chain for Xbox's Success

Track: Financial Planning & Analysis

The launch of the original Xbox in 2001 was Microsoft's largest move from its roots as software company. Today, Xbox 360 & Kinect are are industry leading success stories. Hear a discussion of the transformation of the Xbox business over the last 10 years and hear how finance has played a critical role in the success of the business.

Session 65: Corporate Case Study: Improving Accounts Receivables Collections in Asia

Track: Payments

This session will focus on how senior executives in corporate treasury are leading cash management process changes in Asia. Hear a case study on increasing efficiencies using a banking partners' vast infrastructures, as well as, accounts receivables and liquidity management solutions with a focus on Asia.

Session 67: Crisis Management - Preparing Your Business for the Unexpected

Track: Risk Management

How quickly can your company recover and resume operations after a disaster? Learn to identify crucial processes to keep treasury running, and develop, execute and test a continuity of operations plan for your mission critical operations.

Session 68: Innovation in Finance: Encouraging and Deploying Innovation in Your Organization

Track: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

"Be Innovative!" is a mantra running rampant incorporate America—but are there real opportunities in finance? You don't have to be a high-tech company to innovate—you simply need to take a fresh perspective. Our panel of experts will discuss ways to identify potential process improvements, product enhancements and best practices and share proven techniques for collecting, assessing and acting on opportunities that positively impact your bottom line.

Session 69: Negotiating Loan Documents in Today's Environment

Track: Bank Relationship Management

This presentation will cover tips for--and common traps faced by--corporate borrowers when negotiating credit facilities and amendments, including recent developments in loan documentation. The presentation will also discuss key negotiating points in ISDA agreements. Discuss examples of specific language to either avoid or request.

Session 70: Corporate-to-Bank Connectivity: Bridging the Gap

Track: Payments

Banks, ERP providers, third parties and network operators are all offering bank to corporate connectivity options that promise to simplify and streamline the effort required to connect with bank payments services. These initiatives promise more standardization, less expense, and more flexibility. This session will review the types of solutions available - approaches, providers, and the pros and cons of each.

Session 71: Under the Cash Hood: Looking Beyond Yield at Money Market Mutual Fund Holdings

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

A money fund, money market and cash investment expert will review recent trends in money market analysis, including the examination of money market holdings and macro trends in money market securities sectors. The presenters will also review recent trends in the money fund sector and in the money markets, including regulatory developments, new product launches, and protective measures to take in a rising rate scenario.

Session 72: Breaking Down the Barriers – A Practitioner's Guide to Successful SWIFT Corporate Access Implementation

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

An increasing number of companies are implementing SWIFT and there are many lessons to be learned from their experiences. Come hear Dell speak about their implementation and find out what preparations should be considered before and during a SWIFT implementation. SWIFT will address best practices and lend insight as to what the future holds.

Session 73: Using Multiple Credit Risk Indicators to Gain Additional Insight into Your Counterparties

Track: Risk Management

There are many signals in the marketplace that can point to growing credit risk with your counterparties. Create a deeper understanding of the credit health of the companies you do business with by reviewing a range of credit risk indicators to complement your creditworthiness assessments. Discuss entity performance that derived from peer group analysis, estimate probabilities of default and evaluate the credit risk of unrated entities based on normalized financials.

Session 74: FBAR Compliance: Unraveling the Confusion

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

Starting with final regulations issued in February, new form instructions in March, and a series of notices issued in May and June, it has been a challenge to keep up with the latest developments on the FBAR reporting front (that is, reporting by U.S. persons of foreign financial accounts on Form TD F 90-22.1). With the IRS' heightened focus on offshore activities, compliance with the FBAR requirements is more important than ever. Learn which officers and employees must file an FBAR to report their signature or other authority over a foreign financial account and who is entitled to the filing extensions.

Session 75: Treasury's Role in Mergers and Acquisitions: Emerging Thoughts in a Merger-Rich Environment

Track: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

Mergers or acquisitions are a profitable strategy to grow businesses. This session examines the numerous roles that treasury departments play in these critical initiatives, including due diligence assessments, developing funding strategies, addressing interloper risk, and initiating, as necessary, integration of treasury processes.

Session 76: Managing a Cash Flow Hedge Program - Notes from the Field

Track: Risk Management

Hear how companies dealing with foreign currency, interest rate and commodity risks have successfully implemented hedge programs that meet stated objectives for risk management. Topics will include considerations and requirements for implementing a cash flow hedge program, hot button issues with auditors and internal management, and common roadblocks for gathering information. We will also address challenges faced and accomplishments achieved will be addressed.

Session 77: Payments Advisory Group- Are You Smarter Than a Fraudster?

Track: Payments

Fraud is a perennial concern of financial professionals, whose jobs are to protect companies' payments transactions from traditional and emerging fraud schemes. Research by the Fed, the AFP, and others will be summarized and reviewed to identify what payment types are most vulnerable to fraud attacks and losses, and what schemes are most prevalent today. Attendees will gain a better understanding of their payment fraud risks and actions available to mitigate those risks.

Session 78: Women Leading the Way: Inspiration Through Innovation, Strategies for Success

Track: Career Development

In this panel discussion, women leaders and influencers will share their experiences, expertise and lessons learned in their careers. The dialogue will cover the importance of developing a pool of women talent within an organization, best practices in terms of how the panelists have leveraged innovation, and specific techniques and tactics attendees can take back from AFP to their jobs and colleagues.

Session 81: Six Sigma Leveraged FP&A

Track: Financial Planning & Analysis

FP&A professionals are not only responsible for planning, forecasting and analysis cycles, but are also strategic partners within their respective organizations by applying Six Sigma concepts and techniques. Enhance the quality of your recommendations and become change agents. This session will explore the integration of Six Sigma tools and techniques to continually improve FP&A processes in a practical and efficient manner.

Session 82: Equity-Linked Note Investments: Equity Upside Potential with Principal Protection

Track: Pension & Benefits

Equity-linked notes can be structured to provide 100% principal protection with a return linked to the appreciation of an underlying stock, equity index or basket of indices. These investments may be suitable for risk averse, tax-exempt or equity-restricted investors such as pension funds, endowments, public entities or insurance companies. Examine note structures available in the capital markets, portfolio construction techniques, and the pricing mechanics of equity-linked notes.

Session 83: Dodd-Frank: The Impact on Non-Financial Companies

Track: Governance, Accounting & Compliance

For end-users of derivatives, the Dodd-Frank Act may require changes to hedging strategies and internal processes and result in increased costs of managing financial risk. In this session, attendees will receive an update as to the current status of the Dodd-Frank implementation, what it means for non-financial companies and what companies should be doing to ensure compliance.

Session 84: Networking – Developing Your Personal Brand

Track: Career Development

A common misconception is that networking is for sales people only. Networking, when used effectively, can distinguish your personal brand to elevate your treasury and finance career and raise your opportunities for advancement. This session will cover: learning to network with confidence; understanding how to "work the room," including conversation generators and exit strategies; and learning how to "build advocates" as you build your brand.

Session 85: Navigating Uncertain U.S. Rates Markets

Track: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

The past year has seen significant uncertainty impacting financial markets, and U.S. Rates Markets in particular. An interest rate strategist will navigate the wages of Washington, including the debt ceiling and Dodd-Frank implementation, the economy and the European Central Bank and its peripherals.

Session 86: Leading Up – Connecting Your CFO with Treasury

Track: Career Development

Your CFO grew up on the accounting side, so treasury functions are not second nature. In today's treasury, involvement in the organization is essential and requires the constant support of the CFO to ensure that the tools and resources can be secured to solve business problems and seize opportunities. What skills do you need to build a strong, consultative relationship with your CFO to support your treasury functions and the overall goals of the business?

Session 87: Financial Risk Management - Evolution of a Hedging Strategy

Track: Risk Management

This session will explore key components of a risk management framework, including process, infrastructure, and implementation along with the evolution of a hedging strategy. Through hedging case studies, follow the evolution through the various stages of the hedge cycle from exposure awareness through performance analysis and reporting. Best practices will also be covered.

Session 88: Transform Planning by Implementing a Rolling Forecast Process and Solution

Track: Financial Planning & Analysis

Hear how a financial services company and its partners built a rolling forecast process. Discussion will include a business opportunity overview, an explanation of how the team created a project structure and process, requirements and technical architecture review of the project, and a review of the results. Hear recommendations for improvement and lessons learned for establishing and maintaining an effective rolling forecast process.

Session 89: Maximizing Corporate Liquidity by Increasing Bank Share of Wallet

Track: Bank Relationship Management

This session will examine best practices in evaluating bank relationships, creating a score card program that allows banking partners to see their rank with the firm in terms of credit extended, and clarifying how much wallet share they can expect to receive in return. WESTCO explains how it established a more open dialogue with lenders about its credit needs and utilized detailed means for evaluating bank relationships before allocating fee income to its strongest credit supporters.

Session 90: Global Treasury Project at Celanese focusing on Bank Rationalization and Treasury Automation

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

Celanese Corporation has successfully implemented their global treasury project which covered bank rationalization, bank connectivity and treasury automation. In this session, learn how the company was able to reduce its number of bank accounts and consequently bank fees, set up an in-house bank and a payment factory and implement a new banking structure with a SWIFT connection.

Session 91: Including the Consolidation of the Disbursement Process in your IT Integration Strategy Yields Significant ROI

Track: Payments

Combining disbursements systems can be one of the biggest challenges to merging organizations.However, a unified disbursement process can allow your combined entity to increase efficiency, achieving significant time and cost savings. Hear first hand accounts of the decision-making, planning and integration of disbursement processes. Understand how companies successfully merged the disbursement systems of organizations, saved money and implemented process improvements. Learn how they made changes and improvements to existing disbursement systems in a more cost effective manner.

Session 92: Quantifying Commodity Risks and Structuring Appropriate Hedges

Track: Risk Management

This session will focus on the elements of a successful commodity hedging program. Hedging, by definition, is intended to reduce a firm's overall exposure. Speculating while deciding when to hedge and how much to hedge can quickly add operational and financial risks. Examine five key elements to managing commodity risk.

Session 93: Centralizing the Treasury Function in a Complex Global Environment – Critical Success Factors

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

In an environment of increased M&A activity and international growth, coupled with the need to rationalize accounts and work with fewer banks, centralizing treasury in a global environment is a challenge that needs solid planning and uniform execution. This case study describes how two large multinational firms moved from a decentralized "regionally managed" treasury function to a centralized "corporate owned" structure and gained visibility, standardization and cost controls around the globe.

Session 94: SWIFT Fundamentals – Foundational Information and Case Study

Track: Payments

This session will provide a basic overview of SWIFT processing for corporate treasury payments and information reporting. The discussion will cover fundamental aspects of SWIFT that every corporate treasury team should understand prior to quantifying the benefits to their respective organization. Participants will gain a solid understanding of basic SWIFT infrastructure and messaging options.

Session 95: Cash Flow Forecasting: Tools for Developing a Reliable, Critical Senior Management Report

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

Reliable cash flow forecasting reports become the catalyst to long-term strategic business decisions including capitalization scenarios, dividend policy, share buybacks, improving the cash conversion cycle, investment policy and banking relationships. This presentation will focus on the sources of information used in developing this critical senior management report.

Session 96: Deciphering the New Account Analysis Statement

Track: Bank Relationship Management

By the beginning of November, the ability to pay hard interest on DDA accounts will have been implemented. This session will review the changes that have occurred on our account analysis statements with hard interest credits, FDIC Fees, Interest on Reserves and other regulatory impacts on account analysis.

Session 97: Turning the Table on Fraudsters: Best Practices in Mitigating Payment Fraud

Track: Payments

Discussion will focus on best practices in mitigating payment fraud, examining the latest payment fraud trends, the consequences of an attack, and the solutions that are available for prevention. Learn the importance of institutionalizing fraud protection measures across business lines, monitoring and combating the latest in fraud trends, calibrating internal best practices and leveraging appropriate fraud protection solutions.

Session 98: Featured Session: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (no presentation available)

Track: Career Development

Amy Chua's third book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is a parenting memoir in which Amy explains her views on parenting as a typical Chinese parent. Being raised the Chinese way herself, Chua chronicles her iron-willed decision to raise her daughters her way - the Chinese way - and the remarkable results her choices inspire. From her awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of extreme parenting, revealing the rewards-and the costs-of raising her children the Chinese way draw parallels and gain insights on how best to lead your treasury department.

A book signing will follow this session in the AFP booth.

Session 101: Financial Planning & Analysis in a Globally Decentralized Environment

Track: Financial Planning & Analysis

Hear best practices in streamlining FP&A and forecasting in a global company with decentralized operations. Efficiencies gained resulted in reduced reporting times and enabled staff to focus on analysis and activities supporting business decisions. Some of the best practices covered in this presentation include: accounting policy and procedures, IT systems, and forecasting and budgeting.

Session 102: Financing the Pain: New Ideas on Funding Nonqualified Benefit Plans

Track: Pension & Benefits

This discussion will focus on the various financial instruments that are available for funding nonqualified benefits describing the tax and financial advantages and disadvantages of each. The discussion will also focus on new ideas that have been developed for financing these types of programs.

Session 103: The New Unclaimed Property Paradigm: How to Meet the Challenge

Track: Governance, Accounting & Compliance

This presentation provides the practitioner with information about new trends in maintaining unclaimed property compliance, new enforcement guidelines, and practical suggestions for process establishment and improvement. Evaluate your current procedures and enhance existing processes.

Session 104: Managing Treasury in Eastern Europe: A Global Company Perspective

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

Eastern Europe is an emerging source of growth for many multinational corporations. There are plenty of opportunities in the region, but there are also challenges and risks. Learn about the region's unique regulatory/compliance requirements and how a global corporation operating in Russia overcame them efficiently. Topics to be covered include currency hedging, funding, investments, cash management, pooling, currency control and payment solutions and supply chain financing.

Session 105: What Have You Done For Me Lately? Marketing Your Professional Assets

Track: Career Development

Over the past several years, you have never worked harder, or accomplished so much. Yet, many of those achievements may be going unnoticed. In this session, leading marketing expert, Eileen Zicchino, will teach you how to how to market your professional skills and assets. She'll share why it's critical you market your successes internally in order to highlight your value to the business, as well as chronicling your good work to set the stage for career advancement. Along with tips and suggestions from several professional development experts, we will examine the importance of using professional social media tools to market your story inside and outside your organization.

Session 106: There's a 300 Pound Safe in The Room: The Chick-fil-A Story

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

Chick-fil-A, the second largest quick food chicken restaurant in the U.S., sought to ease the pain of its restaurant owner-operators by installing in-store safes that could count cash, accept deposits, and transmit this information to the bank. Stores receive provisional daily credit for their deposits without the cost of daily armored pickups. Discover how Chick-Fil-A and its bank and armored car partners found a successful in-store safe solution.

Session 107: How to Manage an International Leasing Program: Best Practices for Corporate Lessees

Track: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

Hear best practices for managing a global equipment leasing program. Included in the discussion: how to supply a wide variety of equipment types and geographic locations and how to evaluate your needs and create a repeatable, scalable process that can be deployed around the world.

Session 108: A Practical Guide to International Treasury Management

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

The presentation will focus on the goals, tools and strategies to effectively manage global treasury in the case that the company does not have a Regional Treasury Center and has few dedicated treasury personnel outside the U.S. The control and visibility of cash; streamlining banking structures; managing foreign exchange risk; and providing access to liquidity will be covered.

Session 109: Repeal of Regulation Q and the Impact on Bank Pricing and Changes

Track: Bank Relationship Management

The repeal of Regulation Q is projected to have a significant impact on the financial services industry. In this session, representatives from Informa Research Services will provide the results from their recent survey capturing the strategies financial institutions are taking in response to the repeal of Regulation Q. Make sure you are paying a fair price with the helpful advice on pricing data, surveys, and analysis tools provided in this session.

Session 110: The Role of Commercial Paper in Short Term Markets: An Essential Source of Financing and Investing

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

The session will provide a thorough understanding for establishing, managing and investing in a commercial paper program. Hear various aspects of issuing commercial paper from both a corporate treasurer's and dealer's perspective, examine the best practices followed by a corporation for managing the program and discuss investing excess cash through commercial paper whether passively through money market funds or actively by self-directing.

Session 111: Are You Renminbi Ready?

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

Chinese regulators started allowing banks and individuals to trade Yuan outside of mainland China in 2009. They broadened the program and increased the number of exporters allowed to use Yuan to trade in 2010. This session will explore the impact of the introduction of the Yuan as a new trade currency on U.S. corporations. Attendees will learn how to efficiently manage payables and receivables in the new currency and the liquidity management structures available.

Session 112: Commodity Risk Management: Commodity Volatility in Consumer & Industrial Products

Track: Risk Management

Volatility associated with rising commodity prices has a direct impact on earnings through energy feedstock and raw material ingredients, such as grains, vegetable oils, and sugar. Minimization of earning volatility through physical/financial linear contract structures is a non-trivial decision because any "protection" against higher costs involves a simultaneous "sacrifice" of opportunities when prices decrease. In this context, a Spend@Risk analysis framework serves as an additional point of insight that can used by consumer and industrial companies to manage commodity risk in today's uncertain environment.

Session 113: Secrets of the Payments Processors

Track: Payments

The complex payments eco-system will be de-mystified so that your team can better understand the potential savings and opportunities that lie ahead. Whether you're seeking to reduce paper checks, achieve 100% electronic payroll, electronify your receivables, or install a huge payments hub, grasping the unseen magic that operates behind your vendor, merchant service provider, bank and customer will help you negotiate a better deal and remove obstacles.

Session 114: Payments Advisory Group: Life After Durbin

Track: Payments

The Federal Reserve rules and regulations on debit card fees and the U.S. Department of Justice settlement with Visa and MasterCard have markedly changed the payments landscape. Discuss how these events present opportunities and challenges in the acceptance of card payments. Consider the pros and cons of various alternative payment strategies and the potential impact of those strategy changes.

Session 115: Really Managing Corporate Credit Risk -- You Can't Afford to Wait!

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

This session will provide a first rate approach to receivables management by applying basic elements of risk management, loss prevention, risk transfer and damage control to improve the performance of your receivables portfolio and limit devastating write-offs.

Session 116: Wires with Extended Remittance: The Great Right Hope for Corporates

Track: Payments

On November 19, 2011, Fedwire/CHIPS wire payments will undergo a revolutionary change – the new U.S. dollar wire transfer format will be implemented, allowing U.S. corporations to send or receive wire transfers with up to 9,000 characters of remittance information. This panel of experts will explain how to take advantage of these changes, update you on related developments, and provide domestic and cross-border best practices guidance developed by groups sponsored by the Federal Reserve and SWIFT.

Session 121: Managing Cash in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

The opportunities and issues facing corporate treasurers with business operations in Africa are broad and vary from country to country. Although Africa remains a challenging continent to effectively manage operational risks, there has been significant progress in implementing strategies analogous to more developed economies. Learn ways to improve efficiencies when organizing your Treasury Operations in the region from a corporate practitioner with extensive experience in Africa.

Session 122: Defined Benefit Pension Plan Management: A Dynamic Approach to Reducing Volatility and Risks

Track: Pension & Benefits

Today, the focus of managing defined benefit (DB) plans is on funded status. Assess different strategies along with a pension risk management continuum, to move to a liability-driven or Dynamic Asset Allocation strategy. Discussion will focus on the use of annuities within a DB plan investment strategy in conjunction with reducing risks – not just investment and interest rate risks, but also longevity and early retirement risks.

Session 123: Turning Your Accounts Payable Department into a Profit Center

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

Organizations are tasked with developing strategies to increase efficiencies, reduce processing costs and maximize working capital. BMW will share their strategy for developing an enterprise-wide commercial card solution to accomplish these efficiencies while generating financial benefits for the organization, improve vendor relationships, maximize working capital and generate revenue to re-engineer and automate their accounts payable processes.

Session 124: How to Conduct a Due Diligence Meeting with a Money Market Fund Complex

Track: Governance, Accounting & Compliance

It is critical for investors in institutional money market funds to gain the best understanding possible of how the manager they select approaches running institutional money market funds against the current credit, regulatory and interest rate backdrop. Gain a better understanding of what corporates can and should ask of a money market fund provider before and while invested in the provider's fund.

Session 125: Driving Best Practice for Regional Cash Management in Asia

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

Yahoo! is an innovative technology company that operates the largest digital media, content, and communications business in the world. Learn how Yahoo! Treasury worked with their local Asian operations and bank partner to harmonize its regional cash management infrastructure in 11 countries in Asia. Understand the key drivers to their banking review in Asia and the critical success factors required to improve daily operations and centralize control for Treasury.

Session 126: Money Laundering: Its History, Evolution and Deterrents

Track: Governance, Accounting & Compliance

This session will detail a brief history of money laundering and will describe how this activity has evolved to compensate for changes in business environments. Discussion will cover the effects on individuals, businesses and the economy. Financial news worthy events surrounding this issue as well as examples of tools used to identify money laundering will be addressed. Cash businesses are particularly vulnerable and examples where this activity is evident will be highlighted.

Session 127: Building a Holistic FX Risk Management Framework

Track: Risk Management

In 2010, Japan Tobacco International started a "Diagnostic Review on FX Risk Management" project with the objective to review, benchmark and redefine the FX Risk Management framework aiming to ensure best practices. This diagnostic review led to the conceptual design of a new FX management framework which was implemented in 2011. The results of the project including lessons learned will be shared.

Session 128: The Incredible Vendor Payments Conversion Success Story of Dean Foods Company

Track: Payments

With a database of nearly 200,000 vendors, an accounts payable staff of more than 100, and 80% of vendor payments made by check, Dean Foods Company knew changes were needed. Hear how they moved most of their vendor payments to ACH and extended days sales outstanding by seven days. Discover their strategies for working capital success.

Session 129: Realizing Efficiency: Utilizing eBAM in Shared Service Centers

Track: Bank Relationship Management

In this session, learn what it takes to implement eBAM in a Shared Service Center environment to drive efficiency. Hear P&G and Microsoft deliver candid recounts of the implementation process along with the benefits realized.

Session 130: Best Ways for Exporters to Navigate in the Ever Expanding & Increasingly Competitive Global Economy

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

This session will cover high level industry trends in the supply chain arena. A panel of industry and product representatives will address available programs and products for U.S. companies seeking to expand their overseas sales and examine how companies can leverage each option to reduce risk & increase cash flow.

Session 131: Adding Value with Municipal Securities in the Current Market Environment

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

State and local governments have seen their tax revenues drop precipitously in the wake of the global financial crisis. The resulting fiscal challenges have caused some investors to question the suitability of short-term tax-exempt bonds for cash portfolios. Learn how the risks intrinsic to tax-exempt bonds can be effectively managed and why investors should not pass up the diversification benefits and attractive returns presented by this important asset class.

Session 132: Hedging FX Transaction and Translation Risk with Average Rate/Strike Instruments

Track: Risk Management

Hedging with Average Rate or Average Strike Options or Forwards is a passive hedging strategy that addresses key accounting and budgeting concerns. Averaging offers corporations flexibility in the timing and notional amounts hedged, while providing transparency and a straight forward way to calculate pricing. Examine a variety of average instruments to use, depending on the hedging philosophy and the risk/reward profile of the corporation.

Session 133: Staying Ahead of the Curve: Establishing Global Online Payments Solutions

Track: Payments

This session will cover the trials and successes encountered in establishing worldwide online payment platforms to market digital goods direct to consumers. It will describe an approach to selecting and evaluating payment vendors and types of payment options to offer consumers, critical tax and legal considerations for different locations, and cash management and FX hedging concerns which are unique to global online payments.

Session 134: A Corporate Case Study - Selecting and Implementing a Sound Supply Chain Finance Program

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

What does treasury need to consider when selecting the optimal supply chain finance service program for its organization? Once selected, how does one implement and rollout the solution? Learn how Electrolux, one of the world's largest manufacturers of major appliances, evaluated and selected a supply chain finance provider. The implementation, launch of the program and key lessons learned will also be discussed.

Session 136: Lifecycle of Bank Relationship Management – From the First Date to the Break-Up

Track: Bank Relationship Management

Developing a bank relationship can be a rather intimidating task. This session will help you match your company's needs with the right bank services partner. Get an insider's perspective on how a bank works internally, so you know how to get what you need from the relationship. Learn when it is time to play the field and meet other partners or to end the relationship and move on entirely.

Session 137: Same-Day ACH: What's Next?

Track: Payments

With the first material change in ACH schedules in 35 years, it is time to review the lessons learned from the rollout of the same-day ACH clearing and settlement service from FedACH. A panel of experts will review a same-day ACH payments environment and its impact on payments systems and on your organization. Same-day payment applications such as check conversion, just-in-time payments, mobile payments, payroll, corporate trade payments, and cash concentration will be discussed.

Session 138: What Are the Prospects for the U.S. Economy in 2012?

Track: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

What are the prospects for the U.S. economy in 2012? What policy changes can we expect from Washington as we move into an election year? How will the Administration and the Republican House leadership interact on important economic issues, including tax policy, the budget deficit, and the ongoing implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act? And how (if at all) will these changes in policy direction impact the actions of the Federal Reserve?

Session 141: Treasury Transformation: Slashing Your Cash

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

Taking a fresh look at daily cash balance data with a focus on weekly and monthly patterns across multiple regulated subsidiaries. Specific days of peak cash demand have been determined. The cost to finance those periods has been determined and compared that to the return available from cash redeployed in investment portfolios. The total net benefit was approximately $5 million. Learn about the key drivers to this effort and the improvements to liquidity management.

Session 143: Documentation and Legal Liability Issues in the New Regulatory Environment

Track: Governance, Accounting & Compliance

It is critically important to pay attention to documents and contracts governing service providers. This session will focus on service relationships, types of services, proper account documentation and much more. In a highly interactive and participative format, learn where to focus your efforts to protect your organization's position as either a customer or a service provider in today's marketplace.

Session 144: Understanding Your Social Media "Community" and Taking Charge of Your "Social" Life

Track: Career Development

Social media is quickly become the most common tool for building current, past and even future professional relationships. With cultivated networking skills, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can help you promote industry ideas, make and maintain professional relationships and boost your career in treasury and finance. Discover how you can leverage your social networking skills to propel you to the next professional level.

Session 146: Advanced Money Market Fund Due Diligence for Effective Enterprise Risk Management

Track: Risk Management

Hear how advanced money market fund risk monitoring techniques and decision analytics are an integral part of enterprise risk management. Participants will learn to conduct a deeper level of analysis on their fund risk exposures. Examine the application of such analyses in liquidity and enterprise risk management.

Session 147: Secure Vault Payments - A Safe, Cost-Effective Way to Accept Consumer Payments Electronically

Track: Payments

Learn how two companies overcame the challenges of migrating payers from paper to electronic payments by offering Secure Vault Payments, an alternative payment option where consumers pay online through their bank, so merchants are guaranteed payment without the concern of keeping consumer data. This session will cover the problems they experienced, decision drivers, payer adoption strategies and the overall results experienced in implementing SVP.

Session 148: Beyond SWIFT Basics: Corporate Options and Considerations

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

Corporate treasury is expected to take on a more strategic decision-making role. This includes optimizing liquidity management, dealing with intensified regulations and compliance, the mandate for cost reduction, all while adhering to strict security. One of the potential solutions is for corporates to consider joining SWIFT. This session offers information on joining the SWIFT Network.

Session 149: Investment Policies in Practice: Successfully Create, Update and Manage Decisions Regionally and Globally

Track: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

EMC will share its best practices in creating, updating and maintaining its investment policy and how it has successfully managed its investment decisions globally. Discussion will also focus on EMC's risk profile and how it has evolved as a result of the refined investment policy. Ways companies can make their investment policies more dynamic, allowing them to adapt quickly and more easily to changes in the market will also be identified.

Session 150: How the Common Global Implementation and ISO 20022 Standards Can Help You Interface with Bank Networks

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

In this presentation, examine the Common Global Implementation (CGI). GE will provide valuable context, discussing interfacing with their banking partner more efficiently through the use of standards and ISO20022 CGI. SAP will discuss its implementation of ISO20022 standards.

Session 151: Do Your Banking Relationships Create Sustainable Value for Your Organization?

Track: Bank Relationship Management

How do you measure the value of the "relationship" in your banking relationships and should this be a factor when evaluating the performance of your treasury group? Hear how one company's relationship yields a win/win pricing structure, enhances dialogue on product needs and assessments, produces fast turnaround/response times, and results in credit terms based on mutual understanding of the perceived business risk all while providing outstanding customer service.

Session 161: Cash Investments: Lessons Learned from 2008 Liquidity Crisis and their Impact to Short Term Markets

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

Learn how today's cash investors should navigate the evolving markets as we move forward considering unprecedented government intervention, new regulatory rules, changes in rules 2a-7, and lower supply on short term instruments.

Session 163: When Less Means Much More: Consolidating Global Banks and Accounts via an In-House Entity

Track: Global Treasury & Finance

PMI Trading will discuss utilizing an in-house banking entity to centralize operations, reduce in-country bank relationships, increase control over global cash, manage liabilities, reduce borrowing facilities, comply with Sarbanes-Oxley and access real-time cash balance reporting. The focus will be on the implementation of a single banking system for payments, receipts, investment initiation and reporting, and the advantages of centralized funding and borrowing.

Session 164: Evolving to World-Class Financial and Performance Management at Hologic

Track: Financial Planning & Analysis

This case study covers the definition of enterprise performance management (EPM). how finance, IT and business teams worked to build an improved performance management culture and how the company designed and developed performance management processes and applications to improve overall operational efficiencies.

Session 165: Finding Liquidity in Your Insurance Program – How to Tackle Collateral Issues

Track: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

How can you reduce your insurance collateral obligations to free up capital for more productive uses? Collateral, especially in this credit market, can be a material component of your insurance program's cost. Find out why collateral is required, the impact of the collateral burden, and then hear alternative options to help you evaluate the optimal program structure for your expected losses and financial profile.

Session 166: The Evolution of Hedge Accounting in a World of Changing Regulations

Track: Governance, Accounting & Compliance

This session will discuss the results of recent changes in both the regulatory landscape for hedging transactions, as well as the accounting rules applicable to derivative instruments. The discussion will also address the impact of the Dodd-Frank bill and how the accounting and valuation of derivatives may be impacted by central clearing requirements.

Session 167: Maintaining an Effective Financial Business Continuity Plan

Track: Risk Management

Effective financial business continuity plans require continuous assessments to ensure necessary improvements and adjustments are made as the organization changes over time. Hear lessons learned from The City of Atlanta that not only built and implemented their plans, but, developed a testing and feedback loop to maintain their plans' effectiveness.

Session 169: The Investment Policy Statement: A Blueprint for Successful Cash Investing

Track: Treasury Management & Operations

With corporations sitting on trillions of dollars of cash and other institutional investors increasing their allocation to cash, it is vital that investors have a comprehensive investment policy statement (ISP). The ISP establishes the investor's yield and liquidity objectives as well as the risks the investor is willing – and unwilling – to accept. In this session, the benefits gained from a well-designed ISP and the high cost of failing to develop or maintain an ISP will be discussed.

Session 170: Driving Better Cash Flow: Migrating Customers from Paper Checks to ACH Remittances

Track: Payments

YRC Worldwide North American Transportation will share best practices in moving its customer base from paper to electronic payments to shorten float time, and discuss how implementing a scanner-based lockbox solution created greater efficiency in payments processing.

Session 171: Payment Study - Efficiencies and Risk Mitigation through SWIFT Technology Solutions

Track: Payments

Learn how Vanguard's Treasury operations and IT groups partnered to implement a multi-year payment technology effort to provide a "best in class" SWIFT payment infrastructure. Results included greatly increased quality and payment efficiencies, including an established straight-through processing rate with its many banking partners of 97.5 percent. Payment risk was dramatically reduced through aggregation, netting and multiple SWIFT capabilities.

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