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2012 AFP Annual Conference Sessions

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Session 2: Solutions to Manage Pension Risk in a New Era

Track: Pension and Benefits

Tighter accounting and government regulations, continued market volatility, increased governance standards and limited staff resources have forced pension plan sponsors to adapt to a new environment of pension plan management. This session frames and reviews pension risk management concepts such as dynamic glidepath asset allocation, portfolio strategy and customized pension liability hedging approaches with the goal of shedding light on ways to minimize funded status volatility.

Session 3: AFP's Washington Update: 2012 Election Analysis and Corporate Treasury

Track: Government Accounting and Compliance

With the eyes of the world focused intently on the U.S. economy, lawmakers and policy makers in Washington are considering many issues that directly impact treasury and finance. The looming 2012 Elections will play huge role a role in what will be considered and to what degree. This session is targeted at treasury and finance professionals who want to learn more about the current status of important legislative and regulatory initiatives in Washington and engage them in a discussion of relevant issues impacting our industry. During this interactive session, participants will hear from Washington Insiders about policy, legislation and regulation impacting our industry as well as, the latest inside scoop of the happenings in Washington and the upcoming elections.

Session 4: Making Strategic Planning Work

Track: Financial Planning and Analysis

Synopsys, Inc., a $1.7 billion growing and profitable software company, needed an effective way to identify and drive growth opportunities in the wake of the recent recession. Its existing planning process was not scalable and not aligned with its business model. This presentation highlights how its FP&A team successfully implemented a new strategic planning process that enabled the company’s leadership team to refine and focus its strategy, establish multi-year growth and profit goals and effectively prioritize investment decisions. The result was the ability to establish itself as an industry leader and generate shareholder returns at twice the market rate.

Session 5: 2012 AFP Benchmarking Survey Results

Track: Treasury Management

Hear the results from the fifth survey in the AFP Treasury Benchmarking Program. The 2012 survey took a look back at the prior 5 years of survey results and what it means to truly be a benchmark company. The presenters will discuss key metrics from the survey, the differences across various company sizes and industries and identify the characteristics of top performing companies.

Session 6: The U.S. Credit Market - What Might Lie Ahead

Track: Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

With all the volatility (political, economic, and regulatory), it is critical to understand the current state of affairs in the bank-loan market and the forces impacting it. In this session, we will discuss expectations for the loan and bond market, how issuers are negotiating terms in this ever changing market, and what the biggest challenges facing the markets will be going forward.

Session 7: Managing Disparate Regional Treasury Operations in Asia

Track: Global Treasury and Finance

The Asia-Pacific region continues to provide tremendous opportunities for growth; however, executing treasury operations efficiently remains a challenge when doing business in this complex region. Pfizer, a global healthcare company, discusses how it will implement and manage regional treasury operations in 15 countries across Asia. Learn about its transition to a shared service center environment, consolidation to a single banking relationship, its use of in-country and regional pooling structures, an in-house bank and its close partnership with SWIFT as it migrates to this new environment.

Session 8: Successful Tips on Networking

Track: Career Development

This interactive session is for treasury and finance professionals who wish to improve their networking skills (novices and experts). This session focuses on tips for enhancing the results of networking, including how best to enhance your own personal brand. Audience participation and a lively discussion are guaranteed.

Session 10: Global Liquidity Management: Pursuit of Zero Cash Subsidiaries

Track: Global Treasury and Finance

This session examines liquidity management structures that optimize working capital management, reduce risks and automate end-to-end accounting and reconciliation within the in-house bank. Microsoft runs a centralized treasury for more than 350 legal entities in over 100 countries. Its global cash management and the global cash operations teams are responsible for ensuring that all their legal entities only have cash for operations and that all collected cash balances are concentrated efficiently to the central treasury. With its banking partner, it has substantially reduced its float balances in the global network and cut costs.

Session 11: Managing Bank Counterparty Risk

Track: Risk Management

In an environment of ever-changing bank counterparty risks, it is vital that an organization maintains an effective way of analyzing its banks and other third parties. The eBay global investments team not only takes into consideration corporate policies but also regulations specific to the customer owned balances when analyzing investment opportunities. Discover eBay’s rationale for some investment decisions and how it negotiated the requisite terms and conditions from its banking providers.

Session 12: The Global Payments Frontier: How to Focus in this Changing Environment

Track: Payments

This session examines the progressive payment options being deployed globally and domestically and the tools used to minimize risk and fraud. Hear from PayPal and Intuit as they offer best practices for payment offerings and describe risk models that provide instantly actionable guidance to reduce days sales outstanding. We also examine how solutions have been successfully socialized internally and externally and delivered across the globe.

Session 13: Impact of USPS Network Consolidation upon Remittance Mail

Track: Payments

The U.S. Postal Service network consolidation will completely reshape the first-class mail product by eliminating next-day delivery and substantially reducing the geography covered by two day delivery. Although these impacts will be mitigated for remittance mail and lock box operations, some postulate consolidation as an end to payments by mail. Each speaker will examine the impacts of consolidation and explain how to mitigate negative consequences and forecast how product offerings and usage may change, answering the key question: Will lock box remain an effective and reliable method of collecting payments?

Session 14: Treasury Trading on Electronic Portals: How They Can Help and How to Make Sure They Do

Track: Treasury Management

Despite the significant recent growth of interest in electronic trading, it is still at a relatively early stage of adoption by corporate treasurers. The trading portal market also remains relatively immature and fragmented, making it difficult for corporates to make strategic choices about what to implement. Gain a greater understanding of portal terminology and learn how to identify key portal characteristics and evaluate electronic portals through the use of a selection of matrices. Learn how Honeywell was able to make an informed decision with the help of this selection tool.

Session 15: The 2012-13 Guide to Money Market Fund Investing in a Post-Crisis Environment

Track: Treasury Management

The 2008 credit crisis resulted in changes to money market regulations and the perceived risk of these investments. This session explores the recent changes in the money market fund investment landscape and relays best practices for corporate money market fund investing. With one of the most sophisticated treasury departments in the U.S., Google discuss how it structures its investments in money market funds.

Session 18: What Does the Proposed Corporate Tax Reform Mean for Treasury?

Track: Government Accounting and Compliance

Corporate tax reform has been a major topic in the legislative agenda. Among the issues being debated are repatriation of assets, financial transaction taxes, international tax developments, Basel III and FATCA. What will the impact of any proposal reform be on treasury? This session addresses these issues, giving attendees an understanding of how they can adapt their operations to meet any changes in the tax laws.

Session 19: New Treasury Solutions for RMB---Analysis on RMB Cross-Border Services

Track: Global Treasury and Finance

Though the RMB currently is not fully convertible under the capital account, the Chinese government has made great strides by establishing an offshore Yuan market, which lets foreign companies issue RMB-denominated bonds through Hong Kong. Gain a greater understanding of the RMB cross-border services development trends, including function expansion, regional distribution and policy changes. Explore the challenges and opportunities that exist for multinationals operating in China through the McDonald’s operational experiences in this area. Hear how it effectively reduced its RMB funding rate in supporting China’s growing business.

Session 20: Accounting Debrief

Track: Government Accounting and Compliance

This session helps you understand how the latest accounting pronouncements and other regulatory issues may affect your company and what you can do to position your company to implement them. We cover the most recently issued guidance, proposed guidance, and other regulatory accounting and financial reporting issues. Topics include an update on the SEC’s convergence project, fair value measurement, derivatives, hedge accounting and lease accounting. We also discuss AFP’s advocacy efforts in these topical areas.

Session 21: When Will Cash Recover from the Crash? Ideas for Overcoming Low Rates and Reduced FDIC Coverage

Track: Treasury Management

Companies with significant deposits continue to earn historically modest returns (ECR or interest) and pay significant FDIC-related fees to their banks. And at the end of this year, FDIC coverage of balances will be reduced from the current 100% to a $250,000 maximum. Holders of cash need to review their options and find ways to balance their risk and return objectives.

Session 22: Using Scenario Planning to Become Future Ready

Track: Financial Planning and Analysis

Many organizations find that their traditional budgets become obsolete almost as soon as they are published. Although finance executives cannot predict the future, they can prepare for it by deploying robust scenario planning. In this session, attendees see how their organization can become Future Ready using scenario planning, enabling their company to prepare in a way that provides direction and maneuverability. Learn how Dimensional has used scenario planning to proactively manage the ups and downs of the markets

Session 23: A Corporate Analyzes the Pros and Cons of Hyperion Strategic Finance in the Evolution of Long-Term Planning

Track: Financial Planning and Analysis

During this presentation, attendees are guided through a case study of how CHS, Inc. transformed from decentralized strategy discussions and individual spreadsheet-based financial models to a leading edge, long-range planning process. With Hyperion Strategic Finance (HSF) being a key component to the overall process change, we discuss both the opportunities and the challenges identified during the implementation, as well as the tools available for modeling, analysis, and reporting.

Session 24: Cybercrime: Are Businesses and Banks on the Same Team?

Track: Payments

Emerging technologies offer new opportunities for commerce – and crime. New FFIEC bank guidelines, significant merchant losses, and evolving security threats make it critical for businesses to act. Learn about the changing payments technology landscape, FFIEC and other legal requirements, and the importance of establishing business rules, restrictions and thresholds to mitigate risk from fraudulent activity.

Session 25: Balancing both Customer Credit Risk and Supplier Risk

Session 25: Risk Management

This session reviews both order-to-cash and procure-to-pay cash cycles and linking the party-risk variables related to Days Payable Outstanding (DPO) and Days Sales Outstanding (DSO), as well as best-of-breed practices for evaluating suppliers’ financial and performance viability. Financial evaluation tips and financial contractual clauses for both customer and supplier will be discussed. Hear a case study illustrating the impact to business and cash flows from a failed supplier.

Session 27: Generating Alpha in Separately Managed Separate Accounts

Track: Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

Separate account strategies are growing increasingly popular because of their many advantages, which include greater flexibility, diversification and, most importantly, enhanced performance. Ultimately, the strategy’s success is contingent on the skill of the investment manager in place. Learn skills and identify tools for becoming a more successful account manager and enhance your separate account performance.

Session 28: Cash Flow Forecasting Dedication and Discipline of Metrics Yields Improvements

Track: Treasury Management

Understanding cash flow dynamics and coordinating a reliable and timely forecast are critical components of any global treasury operation. A liquidity and investments expert, alongside practitioners at various stages of cash flow forecasting development, provide insights on common challenges in cash flow forecasting approaches used by multinational firms. The session also covers how to create a standard workflow and centralized process for collection of bottom-up cash flow projections and improvement of CFF accuracy and metrics.

Session 29: Streamlining Bank Relationships: Learning from "Uncle Sam"

Track: Bank Relationship Management

The U.S. Treasury Department streamlined the management of over 125 different banking relationships saving millions of dollars in bank fees. Attendees learn about the new Bank Management Service (BMS), an A/P module configured by the Federal Reserve Bank to its Customer Accounts Receivable System (CARS), the analytical tools available in CARS/BMS and ways they can implement the same bank management principles in their organizations.

Session 30: Understanding the Changing Landscape of Account Analysis

Track: Bank Relationship Management

Account Analysis fees continue to show a great deal of volatility. Banks are looking for ways to replace lost revenue streams and your account analysis statement is a prime target. You need to develop a solid strategy for monitoring your bank fees, coping with rising interest rates and the rapid expansion of the international reporting of bank fees.

Session 31: Demystifying the Private Placement Debt Market

Track: Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

This session provides an overview of the Private Debt Market and investigates the types of corporate issuers involved in this market, as well as the characteristics of these transactions, including size, tenor and market approach (agented versus direct). From the issuer perspective, advantages of the private placement market are discussed as well as a review of the investor base for this product with regard to their criteria for investing in such structures.

Session 32: Mobile Payments for Corporations: Should You Care?

Track: Payments

Mobile payments are among the biggest innovations in the payments industry in recent years, but what do they really mean for corporations? Will they impact point-of-sale transactions significantly? Should companies integrate their marketing and loyalty programs with mobile payments? Can mobile payments improve business-to-business transactions? Are mobile payments risky? A panel of practitioners discuss the pros and cons of these developments, results from recent research and implications for a company’s payments strategy.

Session 33: Fast, Furious, Gone: The New Faces of Fraud and How to Thwart Them

Track: Payments

International and home-grown financial fraudsters are more creative, tech-savvy and ready to infiltrate your bank accounts, cell phones, and computers. Most fraud risks can be mitigated by implementing best practices, carefully designing internal procedures and structuring insurance to meet your business risks. However, tight controls and protocols are still dependent upon humans in a new "electronic environment." What is your liability for cyber crime losses? Payment fraud losses? How can insurance help? Learn the answers to these and other vital questions.

Session 35: Crisis Management in Today’s Global Economy

Track: Executive Institute

Due to his vast experience – where decisions affect lives – General Conway knows how to best assess a situation and analyze various courses of action effectively. He believes that the key to crisis management is primarily identifying the right problem and tackling it, instead of its effects. He addresses how this one crucial step is often overlooked and how to go about determining where the root problem lies. He then explains how to perform situational analysis appropriate to your time constraints to determine the best course of action and preferred solution. Conway also explains how determining the best solution is not the last step and outlines how you must also predetermine “spin-off” points to ensure a plan is functional in the real-world

Session 36: Leveraging Netting, Pooling and In-house Banking

Track: Global Treasury and Finance

This interactive session covers several major liquidity management structures vital to nearly all multinational organisations. Strategic Treasurer will provide the theory and developments surrounding pooling and in-house banking (IHB). CoProcess will expand on the scope and drivers of multilateral netting. Diebold will describe their current and planned initiatives around netting, pooling and in-house banking.

Session 37: U.S. Corporations’ Exposure to European Pensions Harmonization

Track: Pension and Benefits

Get an overview of the European pensions landscape and interpret the influences of turbulent financial markets, increasing longevity, the price of guarantees and solidarity. Learn about the latest insights in intelligent hybrid defined contribution solutions with smart defaults, life cycle investments and adequate conversion ratios. This presentation provides essential information for executives of U.S. corporations with European subsidiaries.

Session 38: Workforce Solutions in the Age of Regulatory and Compliance Upheaval

Track: Career Development

The financial services sector – and corporate finance for that matter – is facing an unprecedented compliance and regulatory implementation phase as DFA, the new SEC regulations and other compliance mandates go live. There is a trend toward greater reliance on contingent workers, consultants and creative workforce solutions. Are you ready to leverage the free agent workforce in your human capital strategy to deliver on the increased transparency, reporting requirements and oversight these new regulations will demand?

Session 39: Impact of Pending Hedge Accounting Changes On Treasury

Track: Government Accounting and Compliance

This session discusses the expected proposed changes under the IFRS and the FASB’s revised standards for hedge accounting that aim to simplify this complex standard and make it more in line with risk management activities. The session focuses on the impact that the proposed changes to hedge accounting will have on treasury risk management strategies, including choice of hedging instruments, revisions of hedging relationships and choice of hedging components in non-financial items.

Session 40: Dynamic Financial Planning: Connecting the Information Silos

Track: Financial Planning and Analysis

Understand the drivers of variability in financial forecasts and effectively model uncertainties to anticipate future results and evaluate alternatives. Hear how organizations can implement dynamic financial planning, and share insights from companies that have introduced this process to optimize their returns by evaluating the impact of different scenarios involving multiple risks on financial statements easily, quickly and accurately.

Session 41: When Cash Isn't King: How Financial Industry Reform is Reshaping Corporate Liquidity Management

Track: Treasury Management

This session examines the key regulatory reforms (Dodd-Frank, the repeal of Regulation Q, FDIC program changes and Basel III) that will impact corporate liquidity management in the years ahead. The presentation then outlines ways corporations should adjust their liquidity management approach, create a win-win relationship with their bank and make the most of their cash.

Session 42: Setting Hurdle Rates that Encourage Growth

Track: Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

Hurdle rates for new investments are the primary tools used by finance to control capital and hold different investments to a similar standard across the organization. However, these hurdle rates are typically set too high, stifling the amount of investment companies make. Research shows that the hurdle rate for operating performance and investments for growth is much lower than that used by corporations. Learn how setting a hurdle rate in-tune with the markets better allocates capital and incentivizes more investments.

Session 43: Best Practices in Corporate Financial Risk Management: Market Study and Case Study with Pepsi

Track: Risk Management

This presentation provides results of a global risk management study and is presented by Pepsi Co., who provides a general overview of Pepsi’s risk management framework as it pertains to managing FX commodities.

Session 44: A Roadmap to Fully Implementing and Utilizing your Treasury Management System

Track: Treasury Management

Many companies have invested in a TMS, but limit usage to standardized cash management functions. The presenters share key tips on successfully implementing and fully utilizing a TMS, focusing on improving efficiency and productivity, accessing key information and evolving from a reactive to a proactive team.

Session 45: Business Continuity: A Corporate-Bank Dialogue on Planning, Prevention and Protaganism

Track: Risk Management

This session challenges attendees to review the current state of their business continuity plans by analyzing the types of business disruptions that can occur, no matter how complex or simple. Observations from both a corporate and bank perspective on ways you can better prepare your organization to deal with the imponderable will be provided.

Session 46: Beyond Payments Electronification: Consolidating With a Single Provider

Track: Payments

In recent years, best-in-class companies have invested heavily in driving paper out of payment processes, but treasury and finance professionals have been slower to reduce the number of intermediaries in the payment process, forfeiting much of the financial value for an organization. By consolidating payments (ACH, card, check and wire) into a payments hub/integrated payment solution with a single service provider, companies can leverage rich remittance information and back office integration to drive process efficiency and dollars to the bottom line.

Session 47: eBAM, a tool for Bank Account Management

Track: Bank Relationship Management

Electronic Bank Account Management (eBAM) is a tool for bank account administration that allows users to optimize their account maintenance processes electronically. This presentation will discuss the benefits of eBAM, including decreased risk and increased efficiency, as well as provide an overview of the various solutions available in the industry today.

Session 48: Nuances of the Game: Strategies to Manage Card Interchange

Track: Payments

Visa, MasterCard and Discover interchange rates are complex, confusing, and constantly changing. Combined with the recent debit card regulations and network actions, understanding card payments becomes very difficult and cumbersome. This presentation summarizes the opportunities and challenges presented by the Durbin Amendment and card network action based on case studies of merchants in a number of industries with strategies to manage interchange for small- and large-ticket merchants.

Session 49: SWIFT Implementation: The Coca Cola and Intel Experience

Track: Payments

Coca-Cola and Intel each chose to implement SWIFT for Corporates – although for different reasons. This session provides different perspectives on SWIFT from these two companies, including what triggered the decision, a cost-benefit analysis, how SWIFT was implemented and what problems it did and didn’t solve at each company.

Session 50: Alternative Payment Networks: Putting Your Commercial Transactions in the Fast Lane

Track: Payments

New consumer-oriented payment networks like PayPal and PopMoney are reaching critical mass. These networks have not been directed at commercial transactions but that is changing rapidly. These and other emerging networks and service providers have the potential to displace old, inflexible and inefficient alternatives from banks and other traditional providers. This session will review online payment networks, discuss their commercial applicability, and get you thinking about where they might work for your organization—both inside treasury and as an enabler of innovative, customer-facing services.

Session 51: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

Track: Career Development

In this day and age, individuals are constantly using mobile technology and social networking to maintain business and social relationships. How does this relentless connection through technology affect our human relations? What is the psychological impact of the networked environment on innovation and productivity? In this session, Ms Turkle shares her ideas on the impact of technology on our lives.

Session 52: Beating the Odds: Achieving Success by Learning from Failure in Strategic Decision Making

Track: Executive Institute

Attend this multi-disciplinary study of the strategic decision-making process and how and why it so often leads to failure. To avoid failure, one must understand its underlying causes. The deck is stacked against us because the decision making process is fraught with irrationality (of decision makers), complexity (of the business environment) and uncertainty (of the future). Develop fresh perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of standard methodologies applied to this critically important business task.

Session 53: The Critical Importance of Effective Visibility and Forecasting

Track: Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

Global cash visibility and forecasting are critical issues that have been increasingly challenging for corporate treasury executives, especially in light of continuing financial crises and restrictions to capital and lending opportunities. The consequences of poor or incomplete visibility into cash and liquidity have escalated to the point that in many cases daily visibility is only the minimum metric required. This presentation will review the opportunities to improve cash visibility, the escalating organizational pressures requiring cash visibility, and the positive effects on financial decision making that better visibility provides. We will cover available choices to leverage SWIFT integration, techniques to improve the reliability of cash forecasting, and strategies to manage debt maturities and re-financing.

Session 54: The Evolution of LDI Strategies in a Low Interest Rate Environment

Track: Pension and Benefits

This session explores how pension risk management must evolve in light of the current market environment, especially as it relates to low interest rates and why plan sponsors can still benefit from LDI programs to the extent that they are adapted to this environment. Speakers discuss dynamic de-risking strategies that are meant to optimize the implementation of LDI programs in the longer run.

Session 55: Spinoffs and Integrations Impacts to Treasury

Track: Treasury Management

As the global economy evolves, corporates are constantly looking at optimal ways to structure and manage the business to ensure future profitability and generate sustainable and measurable SVA. Tyco International spun off a critical part of its company leading to improvements in liquidity management and maximizing working capital. Critical to this process is identifying detailed objectives, defining potential cost savings and establishing a thorough implementation plan before the transaction closes. Hear best practices and insights about splits and integrations.

Session 56: No Decision is Still a Decision: Interest Rates Won’t Be Zero Forever

Track: Risk Management

While FX and Commodity risk dominate headlines, companies are increasingly focused on the lurking risk inherent in their debt capital structures. This session will focus on providing participants insights into key market changes that impact strategies and tactics around interest rate risk management

Session 57: The Eurozone: Coping With Crisis and Regulation, a Practical Guide

Track: Global Treasury and Finance

The Eurozone is experiencing a period of unprecedented upheaval with the sovereign debt crisis dominating the news agenda. At the same time, the regulatory agenda moves forward with 2012-13 representing a key period in the evolution of the Single Euro Payments Area. This session examines practical steps companies can take to ready themselves for the unknown and the known.

Session 58: Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges in doing business in Brazil

Track: Global Treasury and Finance

As the sixth largest economy in the world, Brazil is certainly a place where you want to conduct business. However, its complicated tax laws and compliance requirements make it difficult to do so. How does a company navigate all the regulations and a different banking environment in order to better manage its cash, make investments and hedge its foreign currency exposure?

Session 59: Maturing Capital Planning with Portfolio Management

Track: Financial Planning and Analysis

This session discusses how Education Management Corporation (EDMC) is setting a new standard by combining portfolio management with financial planning and analysis principles to improve their capital planning process. Hear insights on how EDMC is streamlining its capital planning process with faster cycle time to drive decisions for expansion of its campuses and with other strategic initiatives.

Session 60: Project Management for Treasury Professionals

Track: Career Development

Treasury Management Professionals (TMPs) are becoming more involved in all aspects of project management and implementation. This presentation helps demystify project management and leaves TMPs with an understanding that a project, like any process, has stages. This knowledge provides competence and confidence for the TMP’s future project efforts.

Session 61: Innovative Financing: Pushing Beyond Best Practice

Track: Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

This presentation focuses on the rationale and lessons learned in developing a precedent-setting financing program which incorporates a number of unique structural features. Participants will learn how Ontario Power Generation approached its needs and engineered a solution which went beyond traditional “best practices” in the area of project finance. The presentation covers the structure, credit rating aspects of the transaction, marketing and roadshow dynamics involved in launching the deal and appropriately positioning the transaction for long term success.

Session 62: Information Highways and Byways

Track: Bank Relationship Management

The presentation focuses on the important role that information plays in today’s treasury environment from the perspectives of corporates and their financial institutions. Learn about various methods and means of providing information to clients and examine the differences between push vs. pull technology and interfacing with types of receivers. Understand how this information is used by corporates. Discussion includes the importance of deadlines and the implications of a delay. Learn proven strategies for both sides to improve this process with better communication.

Session 63: When the Going Gets Tough, Companies Turn to A/R to Get Going

Track: Treasury Management

Improvements in working capital and cash flow management have become key corporate objectives and accounts receivable departments are under growing pressure to provide strategic information around cash flow and improve transactional efficiencies. This session highlights latest trends and discusses how Cox Inc. implemented various receivables management best practices associated with remittance processing, credit management and collections to expedite processing and improve cash flow.

Session 64: Currency Hedge Policy Implications of European Debt Crisis

Track: Risk Management

Gyrating expectations about the prospects for a resolution to the European sovereign debt crisis have placed the Eurozone and its euro at the center of the “risk on-risk off” dichotomy that continues to drive financial markets. This session gives an overview of the macro picture across the Eurozone including a discussion of ‘what if’ scenarios, discusses company best practices related to the aforementioned policy objectives, and highlights opportunities for USD-based institutions to take advantage of pricing anomalies that arise during bouts of risk aversion in either asset or funding markets.

Session 65: Wire Transfers: Extended Remittance Information and Payment Notification

Track: Payments

The U.S. dollar wire transfer systems were enhanced in November 2011 to include additional fields to support structured or unstructured remittance information and to support the notification and tracking of wire transfers. The panel discusses the current state of adoption, implementation issues, benefits achieved after implementation and plans for moving forward to support greater corporate adoption.

Session 66: Cross Border Acquisitions: FX and Interest Rate Risk Issues and Obstacles to Hedging

Track: Risk Management

Typically, a company focuses on hedging the foreign currency purchase price, particularly if the financing is in U.S. dollars. But purchase price is only one challenge. This session focuses on a variety of issues impacting cross-border acquisitions, including the currencies of the target’s cash flows, proposed capital structure of a new subsidiary, efficient creation of non-U.S. dollar debt and interest rate implications. Attendees also learn about implementing an integrated centralized risk management approach.

Session 67: Streamlining Electronic Payment Processing by Integrating ACH Payments into Automated Receivables Posting

Track: Payments

The benefits of electronic payments still present accounts receivable (A/R) professionals with challenges; absent a CTX with properly formatted addenda, A/R has to manually determine which invoice belongs to which payment, resulting in a longer and more costly process. Johnson Controls (JCI) share best practices on how to integrate electronic payments with established lock box cash posting process, gain internal efficiencies, reduce DSO and enhance customer credit position reporting.

Session 68: The ACH Network: Optimizing Opportunities and Benefits for Corporates

Track: Payments

Learn how your peers are leveraging the capabilities of the ACH network for their business needs and how these capabilities are evolving through the NACHA Operating Rules in a manner that balances innovation and risk. Interact with NACHA’s CEO and provide your direct input to the NACHA dialogue on making the ACH Network meet the changing payment and information needs of corporates.

Session 69: What is the Board and your CFO Looking to Treasury to Deliver?

Track: Executive Institute

As the Treasurer and treasury has taken on a more strategic role within the organization, along with its elevated presence and responsibility comes heightened scrutiny. So what exactly is it that the Board and the CFO are looking for treasury to deliver for the company? And how do you communicate and report to the Board and senior executive levels effectively? Hear directly from a board member and a CFO as they discuss this with a treasurer.

Session 70: 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. Connect with CTPs at a networking reception immediately after the session.

Session 71: Management and Governance Credit Factors

Track: Government Accounting and Compliance

Standard & Poor’s recently struck new ground by announcing that it would explicitly score insurance companies and non-financial corporations on management and governance credit factors. These factors, previously implicit in ratings, are now identified by S&P with positive, negative and neutral characteristics spelled out for the most qualitative of analytical subjects. Examine S&P’s approach: the ground rules for evaluating strategy, risk management, organizational effectiveness and governance.

Session 72: CFO Liability and Pension Plan Governance and Risk Management

Track: Pension and Benefits

With trillions of employee benefit plan dollars at stake, chief financial officers are in the spotlight as never before. ERISA and securities litigation, successor liability relating to mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs, ratings downgrades, significant new regulations and accounting rules are a few of the challenges that put 401(k), defined benefit plan and health care plan financial management at the top of every CFO’s “to do” list.

Session 74: Proposed Changes in Accounting and Financial Reporting for Private Companies

Track: Government Accounting and Compliance

The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF), which oversees the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), is responsible for ensuring that the standard-setting process meets the needs of a wide range of U.S. capital market participants. This session focuses on the FAF’s efforts to improve standard setting for private company stakeholders through the creation of its new Private Company Council (PCC), a body that will identify, deliberate and vote on exceptions to existing U.S. GAAP for private companies while serving as primary advisory body to the FASB on private company issues relating to active projects.

Session 75: Challenges of Cash Forecasting with Diverse Revenue Streams

Track: Treasury Management

Cash flow forecasting is critical to business success and continues to present challenges, and businesses with diverse revenue streams and multiple locations face additional obstacles. What are some of the best ways to manage various revenue streams to determine a cash position? Community Health System’s discusses its approach to such challenges and provides attendees with best practices for organizations with multiple revenue streams.

Session 76: Enhancing the Working Capital Cycle Across Central and Eastern Europe

Track: Global Treasury and Finance

This session focuses on the treasury structure of Avnet across the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe, addressing operations from Austria to Russia. Avnet, a Fortune 500 company, is one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components and computer products. Working with banking partners, the company streamlined the cash management structure across Central and Eastern Europe. Working with the company’s major suppliers and distributors, Avnet honed the working capital cycle through the use of country specific factoring and receivables programs.

Session 77: Expediting Your Business Case for SWIFT

Track: Treasury Management

This presentation advises on how to build a business case for SWIFT. SWIFT is an international network used by over 9,000 organizations as a critical component of their technology plan to securely and reliably exchange financial messages and payments with their banks worldwide, while increasing global cash visibility, enabling STP and reducing costs. Dell shares how it approached and substantiated its business case.

Session 78: What Credit Ratings Tell You About Investment Credit Quality

Track: Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

The credit ratings assigned to short-term debt are the most important metric of credit quality, but they do not capture the full panoply of risks that influences the performance of a short-term investment. In this session, hear how the ratings agencies arrive at their ratings for different asset types and examine the risks that may not be reflected in the ratings.

Session 79: Singing the Praises of How BMI Streamlined its Receivables Processes

Track: Payments

BMI shares best practices for implementing an overall restructure to streamline and improve daily receivable processes: establish a rigorous decision-making process to select the right solutions and partner, build an effective business case for new development, develop a platform to minimize exceptions and reduce payments requiring special handling redesign and customization. They also provide a deeper insight into their cash position and greater control of working capital and work closely with a banking partner to ensure a smooth and successful implementation.

Session 80: De-Risking Financing: Capital One’s Approach to Financing the ING Direct Acquisition

Track: Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

Capital One Financial Corporation announced the acquisition of ING Direct in a stock and cash transaction in June 2011. Explore how it decided to aggressively execute the acquisition financing within the next month – a remarkable feat. Capital One’s treasury team describes its key strategies for de-risking the financing, providing a behind-the-scenes look at critical internal and external communications efforts, the decision to accelerate the company’s earnings announcement to support the financing strategy and its ultimate determination not to use a bridge facility.

Session 81: The ISO BSB Electronic Billing Statement

Track: Bank Relationship Management

The global electronic billing statement, known as the “BSB,” is now an international standard under ISO 20022. This session discusses the BSB history, its current status and its acceptance. Discussion includes a proof of concept, its appearance as an ISO standard, use of the new global AFP common service codes and a comparison of the 822 and the BSB. See how the BSB, combined with the U.S. 822, can provide your international bank relationships with a complete standardized picture, analysis and electronic archive off all billing statements from both domestic and offshore banks.

Session 82: Got SWIFT. Now What?

Track: Global Treasury and Finance

World Vision International (WVI), which operates in over 100 countries, became a SWIFT member in 2009. As the company set out to obtain a daily view of cash, it faced a number of challenges that ultimately precipitated the decision to build an ambitious treasury management system from the ground up. We discuss the project’s challenges and anticipated outcomes.

Session 83: Keeping Your Treasury Operation Running Smoothly After an Acquisition

Track: Treasury Management

Acquisitions are a key growth strategy for many cash-rich organizations. Treasury departments play a vital role in ensuring that this endeavor is executed flawlessly, especially when dealing with the acquired company’s banks and bank accounts. Get practical guidance to prepare you for the next merger or acquisition, and learn important tips, lessons learned and the nuts and bolts critical to pulling it off successfully. The session also reviews an extensive checklist of items that need to be addressed regarding bank relationships and accounts.

Session 86: Innovation in Treasury

Track: Career Development

As the general manager of IDEO, Thomas Kelley is considered a innovation practitioner with proven techniques for fostering a culture of creativity and developing processes for continuous innovation. With his brother, IDEO founder and chairman David Kelley, he helped manage the firm as it grew from 20 designers to a staff of more than 500 people. He is a jack-of-nearly-all-trades having overseen business development, marketing, human resources, and operations. Tom gives business leaders tools and insights for managing innovation gleaned from the experience of IDEO and other successful design teams.

Session 87: Strategy for Success in a Global Treasury Project

Track: Executive Institute

This session covers the Coca Cola Company’s global treasury project including how they structured the business case, alignment of SWIFT with the broader treasury technology transformation, plans for global deployment and approach to the global implementation. Learn how to engage with your banks, treasury advisors, SWIFT and technology partners to plan a successful global treasury management infrastructure project.

Session 88: Combating Money Laundering: Are you Managing Your Company’s Risk?

Track: Government Accounting and Compliance

The rise of organized financial crime along with increased global regulatory demands is the biggest challenge facing corporations today. This presentation examines money laundering and how it impacts business. We discuss types of money laundering, its history, the latest fraud threats and best practices in mitigating risks. Presenters also dissect the Patriot Act, KYC compliance issues and examine how its impact expands beyond the banking community into a company’s credit department.

Session 89: Collective Trusts: Making Investors and Themselves Victims of Their Success

Track: Pension and Benefits

Collective trusts are not low-cost mutual funds. While they are appearing in more 401(k) plans and now have trillions in assets under management, these unregistered investment vehicles that were originally intended for institutional investors are not mutual fund clones. There are some subtle yet very important problems of cost, financial literacy and disclosure, and fiduciary duty for plan sponsors to address on behalf of their participants and beneficiaries. Gain insights, pacify concerns and detect suggested improvements.

Session 90: Exploring TIAA-CREF’S Approach to Enterprise Planning

Track: Financial Planning and Analysis

An organization's strategic plan is often derived from "what-if" questions which are determined by the organization’s FP&A. But many times, Treasury and Corporate Development operations run separately from one another. The result: an inefficient method of providing the CFO with a more informed and coordinated analysis. Learn how organizations can better integrate corporate finance functions to enable collaboration and robust analysis of the "what-if" to better equip the CFO to answer the "what now."

Session 91: Raising the FBAR

Track: Government Accounting and Compliance

The focus of this session is to identify the individual and corporate reporting responsibilities over foreign financial accounts. Issues addressed include who is required to file, reporting, valuation issues and the impact of the rules on foreign branch operations, subsidiaries and foreign pension and deferred compensation plans.

Session 92: Internationalization of RMB, Cash Optimization and Lessons Learned in China

Track: Global Treasury and Finance

More and more U.S. companies are conducting trade with China. For many years, transacting business in Chinese renminbi (RMB) wasn’t an option for U.S. firms because it is a restricted currency. However, the Chinese government is now loosening restrictions to make the RMB more of a global currency.This session discusses developments and techniques around mobilizing cash in China and a corporate treasury practitioner of a NYSE listed medical diagnostic company explains how her company optimizes cash and lesson learned in China.

Session 93: How Treasury Can Increase Their Organizational Influence

Track: Career Development

The treasury function and the role of the treasurer are evolving. A key change is the need for treasury to be more strategic and more collaborative as its scope of responsibility increases. In order to adapt and prosper, treasury professionals should increase their influence within their organizations to ensure that their voices are heard. In this session, learn key steps and operational best practices applied by exemplars and gain influence and a seat at the table.

Session 94: Developing the Right Risk/Return Management Framework for Short Term Cash Investments

Track: Risk Management

The purpose of this session is to learn how to obtain yield in a sustained low interest rate environment. Our speakers discuss investment processes and best practices and how the Portfolio Management team manages portfolio risk daily (top down evaluation of risk). They discuss the price/premium of liquidity versus need for return from a portfolio manager and client perspective.

Session 95: Overcoming Jurisdictional Complexities While Establishing Strong Banking Relationships

Track: Bank Relationship Management

Corporate headquarters take upon themselves the leadership role in establishing banking relationships, and they increasingly face regulatory complexities in other countries. Despite the efficiency of centralizing the process, it is endangered by the demands of different local requirements. In order to meet these challenges, there is a need for the corporates to gain a better understanding of the local practices. This case study demonstrates how working closely with a global bank has mitigated the operational jurisdictional complexity for a corporate that has presence in more than 40 countries.

Session 96: What You and Your Bank Can Do for Each Other

Track: Bank Relationship Management

An organization’s relationship with its bank(s) is vital to achieving its business goals. What do companies need from their banks to meet their goals? How can banks better meet their corporate customers’ needs? This session will feature a bank relationship manager and a leading global corporation treasury practitioner who discusses both sides of the relationship. Build a stronger relationship and maintain a mutually beneficial partnership with your bank.

Session 97: The Battle Against Payments Fraud: Practitioner Best Practices

Track: Payments

In this panel discussion, industry practitioners examine who is most impacted by fraud and what is at stake from attacks as well as emerging payment fraud solutions. Panelists walk through a fraud attack scenario and explain in detail how they approach protecting assets. Explore results from the latest AFP Fraud Survey and latest fraud prevention tools available from banks.

Session 98: Managing Volatile Commodity Prices: If I Only Had the Right Model

Track: Risk Management

In a time of ever increasing volatility in commodity and related financial markets, risk managers need better tools to help them better understand the impact that their exposures have on the value drivers of their core business - cash flow, liquidity, earnings, etc., and make more effective decisions in managing these risks. Risk measurement methodologies range from the simple to more complex - from static forecasts or basic statistics to more advanced, simulation-based models such as value-at-risk (VaR), or its close cousins: cash flow-at-risk, earnings-at-risk, and budget-at-risk.

Session 99: Evolution of Discovery Communications' Capital Structure

Track: Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

What are the basics of capital structure management? This session will examine Discovery Communication’s evolution from from a privately held media company with only a few cable TV outlets in the U.S. to a publicly traded company with over 140 cable networks in over 200 countries, and discuss the challenges of raising capital in a growing company, the types of debt instruments available, and the importance of continually adapting capital structure to a changing financial position.

Session 100: eBAM: From Paper to Pilot to Production

Track: Bank Relationship Management

In this session, MetLife leads an in-depth discussion about the advantages of electronic bank account management (eBAM) based on first-hand experience. The discussion also focuses on the recent SWIFT eBAM Central Utility pilot program, channels and tools clients should consider and how eBAM is expected to evolve in the near- and long-term.

Session 101: Electronic Payments and Remittance Data

Track: Payments

Many businesses want to use more electronic payments for business-to-business transactions. However, checks are used instead because good solutions are lacking to easily and efficiently reconcile electronic payments with remittance detail. The Remittance Coalition (RC) was designed to foster solutions that better enable all types of businesses to integrate electronic payments and remittance processing. This session reviews key RC actions, including highlights of 2012 RC survey of businesses.

Session 102: Economic Outlook for 2013

Track: Global Treasury and Finance

With the US presidential elections just weeks away, Europe still mired in its debt crisis, and economies elsewhere in the world slowing down, where does one look across the globe to invest in the business? From the perspective of a global private equity firm, where do they see the opportunity and risks as they look to invest their funds across the globe? Utilizing data gathered from their global businesses they already own, the chief economist of the Carlyle group will put forth his own unique observations and perspective.

Session 104: Examining the Culture of Risk

Track: Executive Institute

An examination of risk failures in different companies in recent years highlights the most important underlying causes, which are not analytical or process-driven, but instead risk culture-related – mindsets and behaviors throughout the organization related to admitting and dealing with risks. McKinsey and PNC Financial Group discuss the particular ways different organizations institute risk profiles.

Session 105: Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty

Track: Executive Institute

Recent headlines have focused on the European debt crisis, the recent slowing of growth in China, Brazil and India, as well as the softening employment picture in the U.S. With all of these issues facing many countries around the world, what determines a nation’s success? Daron Acemoglu suggests that a country’s economic success lies in the strength of its institutions and their tendency to provide individuals with the incentive and the opportunities to achieve and innovate. We should not take our eye off the really important ball: economic growth and the innovation process that underpins it. Learn why individual innovation is essential to the health and fiscal success of a country (and businesses).

Session 106: Proving ERM Value through Objective Measurement

Track: Risk Management

The number one stumbling block for ERM has been proving its value quantitatively, objectively and reliably. Learn about a robust methodology that cuts through the obscurity of qualitative measures, speaks the language of the C-suite and produces a “fifth financial statement” to make the business case for strategic risk management to senior management and your board. This methodology proves how your ERM strategy contributes to company performance. Learn to articulate the critically important linkage between risk outcomes and the performance of your company, both short- and long-term.

Session 107: Risk Budgeting for a Defined Benefit Plan

Track: Pension and Benefits

The presentation discusses the purpose and process of using risk budgeting as a part of managing active risk in a defined benefit pension plan. As part of the discussion, capital market assumptions, asset allocation and managing risk are covered.

Session 108: The Benefits of a Global Approach to Letter of Credit Management

Track: Treasury Management

Hear how one company was successful in standardizing and globalizing its letter of credit management activities by moving from a fragmented, regional approach to a harmonized, global solution. Emphasis is placed on how standardization was achieved, how technology and relationships helped procure outcomes and why using a mix of banks and various facilities was key to this challenge. Benefits include pricing improvements, utilization optimization, implementing standard terms and conditions and creating flexibility through the introduction of a new range of trade finance facilities.

Session 109: Changing Business Environment - Impact on Stakeholders and the Future of the Audit

Track: Government Accounting and Compliance

Businesses are engaged in increasingly complex transactions as they seek growth through globalization. This presents challenges in an environment of continuing economic uncertainty, evolving financial reporting and new regulatory requirements. How can independent audits enhance the interests of investors and other stakeholders most effectively? Understand how auditors are addressing these challenges in today’s financial reporting environment and hear about the future of financial reporting.

Session 110: Software Selection: Fast Tracking and Doing it Right

Track: Treasury Management

We explore the key elements of a software selection, share what makes selections fail and succeed and illustrate how to build a fast track, repeatable selection discipline. Learn techniques to accelerate international requirements gathering and techniques to identify and transform the business processes affected by the new software.

Session 111: Maximize Your Professional Brand and Minimize Social Media Risk!

Track: Career Development

Social media has quickly become the most common touch point for personal and professional interactions and communication. Learn how LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, if used wisely, can serve as credibility and thought leadership builders by promoting ideas, events and popularity. If used incorrectly or too casually, social media can hurt your reputation, relationships, brand or even your career. Presenters share tips and tricks for maximizing your profile and minimizing your social media risk.

Session 112: Global Account Structures from Bank Selection through Implementation

Track: Global Treasury and Finance

Vale, a Brazil-based mining company, has a large and complex global business model with operations and subsidiaries all over the world. Vale faced a unique set of challenges when designing its global account structure, including regulatory constraints and the inability of banks to meet their demanding requirements. This case study shows how the company went about the project: from designing its account structure, to selecting a group of banks, to servicing the implementation.

Session 113: Post Durbin: A Year in the Life of a Merchant

Track: Payments

Wondering how the Durbin legislation impacted businesses across America? Starting with a case study of a single merchant and then bringing in evidence from other merchants, this presentation demonstrates what did and did not happen as a result of the huge change in our laws

Session 114: How to Segment Your Cash

Track: Treasury Management

Corporations continue to hold large amounts of cash and face the continuing question of where to place these funds given such low yields. As a result, there are many solutions being pursued, all with the focus of safety and liquidity over and above return. However, it is important to segregate your cash balances to align with the purpose each block of cash will achieve. Learn how to delineate between short, intermediate, and long-term cash needs and apply these desires to your investment strategy.

Session 115: Strategies and Considerations for Deep ePayments Penetration in Your Payments Operation

Track: Payments

The majority of corporate accounts payable operations process 78 to 80 percent of payment transactions by paper. In contrast, organizations adopting specific strategies and actions can achieve 60 percent or more ePayments penetration and sizable accounting efficiencies. Speakers will share key success factors and first-hand accounts for leveraging custom solutions to maximize ePayments penetration. Learn as practitioners share their evolution with alternate ePayment approaches that compliment bank solutions.

Session 116: Evaluating Credit, Counterparty, and Market Risks in Money Market Funds

Track: Treasury Management

Given the vast array of money market funds available, hear the latest information on MMFs and learn ways to efficiently assess the risks from varying perspectives, including corporate treasury, rating agency, regulator and fund portal.

Session 117: From Data to Intelligence in a Simple Step

Track: Financial Planning and Analysis

This case study reviews the success of a corporate treasury team that augmented its data to business intelligence in a simple cost effective manner. Learn how you can use the everyday tools and simple steps to effectively manage cash, measure and mitigate risk and support strategic decision making.

Session 118: Trends, Impacts, and Practical Advice on the Life Cycle of Doing Business in China

Track: Global Treasury and Finance

China is still one of the primary growth markets for any company looking to expand globally; however, as everyone knows, opening up in China isn’t that easy. How do you initially fund the business, and then continue to fund growth? What are the right treasury and cash management structures? How do you manage the foreign currency exposures? And maybe most importantly, how do you navigate the ever-changing regulatory environment? Hear from a global banker and corporates who have been operating over there for quite some time now.

Session 119: Nissan Uses Paperless Invoice Processing and Trade Financing for Significant Cost Savings

Track: Payments

Nissan Motors has over $4 billion in annual sales and production facilities in 18 countries. In this environment of constrained supplier capacity, learn how Nissan built great relationships with freight suppliers by implementing an automated end-to-end payment system that contains Nissan’s costs and expedites payments to suppliers. Learn how online invoice visibility enabled collaboration with freight suppliers, improved data accuracy and improved relationships all around.

Session 120: How Delta Air Lines Rebuilt its Currency and Check Depository Procedures to Improve Working Capital

Track: Payments

For many organizations, improving cash flow and working capital availability can be a significant challenge. Delta Air Lines shares its best practices in meeting the need to reconcile check, cash and coin deposits more quickly as a single deposit, allowing them to consolidate their relationships. We examine how they implemented a customized solution to meet critical objectives, such as reducing the cost of transportation, minimizing time of cash in transit and streamlining bank service charges.

Session 121: Owning Your Voice

Track: Career Development

Considered a trailblazer in the media, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America's untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. As the anchor and managing editor of her own long-running weekly NPR show, "Latino USA," and anchor of the Emmy Award-winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza, Hinojosa has informed millions of Americans about the fastest growing group in our country. Hinojosa has won top honors in American journalism including two Emmys and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged. Three times over the past decade, Hinojosa has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Latinos in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine.

Session 123: Why the Financial Planning and Analysis Credential?

Track: Financial Planning and Analysis

Earlier in 2012, the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP), announced the development of the first global certification for the corporate financial planning and analysis (FP&A) profession. By standardizing global performance competencies, FP&A professionals who earn the certification will be recognized for their understanding of complex processes, tools and best practices, and therefore well-positioned to drive strategic business decisions at companies, no matter where they are located. In addition to passing a rigorous exam, candidates will be required to meet certain education and experience requirements. Hear from members of the FP&A Certification and Test Development Committees at this session to learn how the credential is being built and get insights into the knowledge, skills and abilities that will be tested when the exam rolls out later in 2013.

Session 125: Convergence in the Global Economy and Investment Trends in Emerging Markets

Track: Pension and Benefits

Market turmoil and economic volatility have led to an uncertain environment for investors. As U.S. institutions are grappling with reorienting their businesses and investment portfolios, emerging economies will be called on to play an even larger role in a multi-speed world. This session explains why investors need to rethink the ways they look at the world and how the short- and long-term outlook for emerging and developed markets might influence their investment strategies.

Session 126: Financial Planning and Analysis: The Latest Trends

Track: Financial Planning and Analysis

Every organization relies on its financial professionals for financial planning and analysis (FP&A). But changes in the economy, business environment, planning processes and techniques will likely impact these analyses in the future. In this session, we look at developments in the FP&A process, including advanced analytics, driver-based models, expanding time horizons, business partnering and the “Beyond the Budgeting” philosophy.

Session 127: Mastering the Matrix

Track: Career Development

Finance professionals belong to multiple teams, including the Finance community, the business unit and regional entities. With so many teams, conflicting agendas are bound to arise. Based on HayGroup (and other) research, we will help session attendees learn how to balance successfully and even leverage these multiple allegiances to their benefit.

Session 128: Rationalizing SOX Controls

Track: Government Accounting and Compliance

Key controls require companies to perform more tests and enhance their risk. This session differentiates which controls are considered key and which still do not allow treasury to retain sufficient controls. The presentation addresses how to pare down key controls in order to effectively manage the SOX process and reduce administrative effort while minimizing risk.

Session 129: Everything You Want to Know About Asset-Based Lending

Track: Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

Asset Based Lending (ABL) offers revolving lines of credit based on certain assets of the business. This session will explore ABL concepts: why it is used, who can use it, how it works day to day, cost considerations, and under what circumstances would you choose to leave an ABL facility.

Session 130: Overcoming the Hedge Accounting Challenge: A Treasurer’s Perspective

Track: Risk Management

Hedge accounting reduces income statement volatility, so how do you effectively overcome the challenges associated with this process and adhere to the complex FASB rules of hedge accounting? This session covers how to efficiently move away from a spreadsheet tool, provide auditors with clear, consistent and complete hedge accounting documentation that meets US GAAP requirements, and incorporate credit risk in the hedging strategy.

Session 131: Dealing with Non-Compliant Payments: Addressing Global Payment Issues

Track: Payments

For many organizations, dealing with non-compliant payments and the resulting payment investigations, delays and potential returns can cost an organization time and customers. DTE Energy was able to implement a solution that mitigated risk of delays and returns and improved customer experience. Find out how it incorporated the organization’s needs and worked with its banking partner to select the right solution to improve straight-through processing, increase content payment percentages, reduce risks and manage payment costs.

Session 132: Mobile Banking Comes of Age

Track: Treasury Management

If mobile banking is the next hot technology solution, why isn’t adoption universal? Does adoption vary by price? As tablet use grows, so will the expectations for better solution interactivity and improvements in the graphical interface. How can banks stay one step ahead of the market need and how should technology partners play a role? Gain perspective on the vision of mobile versus the reality, learn about best practices for a mobile solution deployment and get ideas on how your bank can meet the evolving mobile needs of corporate practitioners today.

Session 133: Mobile Payments and More: Using "On the Go" Technology to Connect with Customers and Facilitate Financial Processes

Track: Payments

Get first year results and lessons learned from the BNY Mellon and Safety Insurance client “app” developed for premium payments. Hear what’s next on the mobile horizon – exploring the potential impacts of with emerging B2B applications and see how easy it can be to “mobilize” your financial processes.

Session 134: Managing Treasury Through Dashboards: How to Achieve Flawless Execution

Track: Treasury Management

Vanguard’s fund treasury department forecasts, communicates and moves $25 billion daily. To meet the demands of an ever changing treasury environment, it built a best-in-industry improvement culture through metrics, dashboards, risk/control management and crew engagement. Learn how the team employed Vanguard’s unmatchable excellence methods of Six Sigma, Lean, Toyota Way, enterprise risk/control and new SharePoint portal communication technology to reach Six Sigma-quality payments, surpass timeliness goals, improve accuracy of overnight sweep calculations and increase savings leaders share dashboard best practices.

Session 139: Debt Compliance: Understanding Best Practices, Risk ad Costs in Today’s Environment

Track: Government Accounting and Compliance

The most critical enterprise risk for many companies – and treasury’s primary responsibility – is maintaining the company’s access to funding by being in compliance with its debt covenants. This presentation discusses best practices in debt compliance based on a recent benchmarking of the debt compliance practices of 200 U.S. corporations. Hear a case study on how a company achieves best practices by using technology to understand all of its covenant obligations.

Session 141: Current Issues in Generating Revenue by Derecognizing Payables

Track: Government Accounting and Compliance

Many companies conduct business that requires them to record liabilities regarding customer deposits, cards and coupons. Material amounts of the liabilities created by these products become obsolete overtime as the payable is unused or unclaimed by a customer. Recent developments have occurred as it pertains to managing such revenues. This session addresses FASB’s proposed changes to revenue recognition and its potential impact on the payments function within corporate treasury. It also discusses the related disclosures for financial reporting.

Session 142: Debt Structure: Selecting the Right One

Track: Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

This session focuses on how financial professionals can select the right debt structure for their company. What are the differences between cash flow and asset-based financing? What are the challenges in managing a credit facility’s covenants? What are the client needs? What future considerations should the company take into account? These and other issues affecting the decision on debt structure are discussed from a variety of perspectives.

Session 144: When Fraud Strikes, Do You Know What to Do? Who or What Should be There to Help?

Track: Treasury Management

With cases of fraudulent activities frequently being reported, it is essential to know that you can rely upon the people and tools you have in place long before fraud strikes. Learn how to leverage advisors, tools and basic internal controls to prevent and/or mitigate fraudulent risks. Ensure you have the right partners and processes in place.

Session 146: Effective FX Strategies for Managing Currency Exposure

Track: Risk Management

Access to reliable FX data and the ability to identify, quantify and mitigate foreign exchange risk remains a challenge for companies that operate in a global marketplace. Learn how Eaton Corporation, a global diversified power management company that sells products to customers around the world, covers its currency exposure and how it manages FX risk globally to protect corporate value, while dealing with 37 currencies in 150 countries

Session 147: Managing Your International Bank List

Track: Bank Relationship Management

This is a discussion and exchange of ideas on how to improve the management of multiple international bank accounts with multiple signers, online users and information requestors. This session will provide insights on how to answer these common dilemmas: What database tool is most economical, flexible and easy to use? What additional information is required to meet your organizational reporting, auditing, legal and tax needs? What are the most efficient ways to organize your electronic and hardcopy documents and files? Are there benefits of creating and maintaining standard letter formats? How do you more efficiently move through the stages of your updates?

Session 148: Mastering the Challenge of Managing Offshore Cash

Track: Global Treasury and Finance

Preserving – and ideally growing – offshore assets demands in-depth knowledge of not only the investment opportunities appropriate for these assets, but also the tax policies of the nations in which these assets are held. In this session, we discuss the challenges in managing offshore cash and best practices for developing an investment program for offshore assets.

Session 149: Finding Your SWIFT Soul Mate: A Sure Fire Way to Choose the Right Service Bureau Partner and Get the Most from the Relationship

Track: Treasury Management

In this session, treasurers contemplating SWIFT services learn about the considerations and methodology to effectively determine the optimal connectivity model and find the right service bureau partner. The speakers share ideas on how to plan for a migration to SWIFT and key considerations for getting the highest level of value from the service bureau relationship.

Session 150: Implementing SEPA and Other International ACH/GIRO Systems for a North American Corporate

Track: Payments

Global expansion brings with it an assortment of challenges for treasury and AP professionals to implement and maintain single-point automated solution for processing multi-country ACH transactions. This case study reviews the challenges Aetna faced in moving payments to European low-value clearing networks and how it partnered with a global bank to leverage leading industry tools to accelerate and simplify the migration process.

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