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Massive sentences for leasing fraudsters

Crime doesn’t pay, or does it? Six years after the Total Asset Finance fraud was discovered, the guilty parties finally collected 44 years in jail between them. We would comment that the process of law took far too long in this case. Two brokers collected a 10 and a 15 year term between them, and an employee of a funding bank who had accepted nearly £900,000 in bribes for continuing to approve the dodgy deals got 7 years. We asked industry veteran John Bennett of JB Associates, who has seen it all before, for his thoughts.

He said, “Another old style leasing fraud – but any new lessons? It was a simple fraud, based on . . .

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Asset finance enjoys 6th year of growth

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (“FLA”) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew by 5pct in 2016 – the sixth consecutive year of growth. The figures also remind one that it has taken many years to reach 2008 levels again, in terms of asset finance volumes, although that is partly due to the virtual disappearance of the big ticket leasing business . .

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Host of new appointments at SGEF

Societe Generale Equipment Finance (“SGEF”) has appointed seven top industry veterans to new positions in its organisation, without spending a penny on headhunters or recruitment company fees! This is how it was done . . .

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Jon Maycock at Hampshire Trust Bank

Hampshire Trust Bank (“HTB”) the specialist bank asset finance, property finance and commercial mortgage bank, has announced the appointment of Jon Maycock as Managing Director of Asset Finance.

In his role as head of the Asset Finance business, Jon will focus on enhancing both the broker and block discounting channels. This will involve continued investment in IT systems and broadening the bank’s proposition to the broker market, while exploring new opportunities to grow the Asset Finance business in line with Hampshire Trust Bank’s strategy. The existing heads of broker and block discounting businesses will report to Jon.

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Adam Tyler heads up new SME funding launch

Adam Tyler has sought to combine his unique combination of knowledge of the Business Lenders and Funders in the UK and the Broker market coupled with deep connections into the Small Business community and a big reach into Westminster to launch of FinancemyBusinessonline, a new Finance Platform that aims to become the best way to find Business Finance for SMEs.

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Read all about it!

Don't worry if you missed some of the asset finance Christmas events, you can catch up with all the big ones here in our two Christmas issues of Leasing World magazine, photos and all, with our compliments. 

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Top stories of 2016

2016 was clearly a year of continuing acquisitions, kicking off straightaway in January, and apart from a Brexit pause for breath, continuing right the way through till December, with the acquisition of Renaissance Asset Finance by Arbuthnot Latham, announced at Christmas.

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Adam Tyler to stand down from NACFB

L-R: Ray Wells & Jan Szmigin with Adam TylerAdam Tyler, chief executive of the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB), pictured here on the right looking relaxed at the recent LW Awards Dinner, is to stand down after 11 years. Seconded from NatWest in 2005, Adam Tyler joined the NACFB when it was in its infancy.

When Adam arrived, the Association was run from a small office above a Gift Shop in Exeter with one member of staff looking after 400 members and 48 Patrons. Over the past 11 years Adam has, with the input of a Board of volunteer members, guided and nurtured the Association to its current position in the commercial financial arena.

Today, the NACFB is a highly successful central London based Association with 14 staff representing a membership of 1600 across all the commercial finance disciplines supported by over 140 industry Patrons.

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TwitterWall Best Pic Winner

This year's LW Awards Dinner featured a Twitter Wall first for the asset finance industry, and a prize of a bottle of of champagne was offered for the best photo tweeted on the night. The photo that got most Likes, and resonated most with the event was judged to be the double winners award photo of Syscap and Wesleyan: 

Winning Photo (please tell editor@leasingworld.co.uk who took the pic!)  plus runners-up:

Winning Photo tweet

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A great night of Awards and Rewards

A great atmosphere!The LW Awards Dinner 2016 was immensely enjoyed by those who attended, especially the winners of one of the 18 awards to be won or any of the dozen desirable raffle prizes kindly donated by the companies of those attending, ranging from a weekend vineyard experience with a stay in a 5-star hotel, to a bottle of James Bond 007 Bollinger champagne. 

The new larger venue, necessary to accomodate the now 260 strong audience, proved to be much to everyone's liking, with its modern feel, multiple AV screens and TwitterWall, sponsored for us by Liberty Leasing, and was a fitting setting for Lord Mitchell, returning invigorated after a year's break from the Awards ceremony, to address the leasing community represented on the night with a rousing speech for the industry to embrace change and the sharing economy.

The charities nominated by our headline sponsor, Hitachi Capital Business Finance, were Macmillan Cancer Support, and Brompton & Harefields hospitals, and the guests raised well over five thousand pounds in cash (plus a few euros, and IOUs!) on the night thanks to Johnnie Halliday's Heads n' Tails game sponsored by NetSol Technologies, and the Charity Raffle made possible with prizes donated by attending companies. 

The judges commented that the standard of submissions this year was impressively high, and many categories were very close run, but the final winners were:

BUSINESS FINANCE CHAMPION- Aldermore Business Finance . .

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Try Leasing World magazine on digital reader

Many of our readers working for large companies enjoy reading LW magazine each month in digital form, as it comes as part of their Corporate Subscription. However, as well as corporates, we'd like asset finance professionals as individuals to sample what the digital LW experience, so CLICK HERE to enjoy LW issue 111 (Yes, we've been publishing Leasing World for nearly 11 years!).

If you enjoy what you've read, then drop us an EMAIL HERE to find out our low-cost digital subscription offer, we'll do our best to make it worth your while!

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Praetura in £36m boost

Congratulations to Mike Hartley, Managing Director of Praetura Asset Finance Ltd - British Business Bank Investments Ltd, the commercial arm of the British Business Bank, has announced an £18 million investment in Blackburn and Manchester-based Praetura Asset Finance. The investment, comprising £15 million of matched funding and an additional £3 million of expansion capital, will support at least £36 million of smaller business finance. This is the first British Business Bank Investments Ltd transaction to combine matched and unmatched funding in this way.

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Leasing World Awards Shortlists - Brokers and Specialists

The Brokers and Specialist Awards categories shortlists are:

UK INDEPENDENT LESSOR OF THE YEAR
1pm Plc
Asset Advantage
Key Finance
Liberty Leasing Plc
PEAC Finance
Shire Leasing

BROKER OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Aldermore Business Finance
Bluestone Leasing
First Independent Finance
Premier Asset Finance

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Leasing World Awards Shortlists - Major Funders

All the Leasing World Awards entries are in, and we can finally announce that we have sixty entries competing for seventeen Awards, and our congratulations to the worthy entrants. The judges are sharpening their pencils, and getting ready to apply their razor sharp criteria to the very high quality submissions in their category folders.
Our judges are scrupulously fair, sworn to confidentiality, and are duty-bound to raise their hands at the slightest possibility of a conflict of interest on any submission. There are six judges, split into two panels, chaired by John Bennett, our long-serving chairman and arbitrator.
It’s a competitive field in the categories, with established heavyweights pitted against up-and-coming contenders. Broadly speaking there are four groupings to the Awards:
1) Major Funders
2) Major brokers and Specialists
3) Service companies
4) Individual recognition

We shall be announcing the shortlist for each grouping day-by-day, starting today with the shortlist for the major funder awards. The Major Funder Awards categories shortlists are:

BUSINESS FINANCE CHAMPION Sponsored by Great American Insurance Group
Aldermore Business Finance
Hitachi Capital Business Finance
Metro Bank
Siemens Financial Services

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Grant Thornton campaigns for vibrant economy

Grant Thornton has produced an analysis of the mechanics of leaving the EU, an assessment of some of the external factors that may affect our organisations over the coming months and years, and a summary of the different models for trading relationships outside the EU. It can be found on their website at http://www.grantthornton.co.uk/brexit

They urge organisations to consider not only legal and regulatory changes but also market reactions . .

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Brexit: Humble pie can do you good?

In May’s Leasing World editorial comment I predicted a win for Remain with a 55pc-plus vote, otherwise there would be some serious Humble Pie consumed here. Well, I was wrong about the result and have consumed a goodly sized version of Humble Pie since, which wasn’t all that bad as I discovered that Humble Pie was historically a pie made by the medieval poor filled with whatever low quality scraps of meat that could be found, which I suspect makes it little different to the meat pies down our local pub, which is where I went to commiserate.

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Deadline extended for Leasing World Awards submissions

Submissions have been flowing in for Leasing World Awards categories. With many still in the pipeline, judging by the number of individual requests we have received for extensions, the official deadline for Awards submissions has been extended to JULY 29th.

Hilton London Bankside, our new venue which can hold up to 280 people has already taken 250 bookings and this year’s Leasing World Awards sponsored by Hitachi Capital Business Finance will be the biggest yet! The venue has state of the art AV equipment and this year we will be featuring a LIVE TWITTER BOARD on the night so those guests that are tweeters can Tweet as they eat, watch this space for our Awards Dinner Hashtag. Is this the first leasing event to feature a live Twitter Board?

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Shawbrook shares plunge on impairment

Shawbrook Group plc (“Shawbrook” or “the Group”), the specialist lending and savings bank, has announced in a Trading Update ahead of its Interim Results for the six months to 30 June 2016, that as a result of irregularities in one office in the Asset Finance part of its Business Finance division, the Group expects to book an additional impairment charge of c.£9 million in Q2 2016 on impacted facilities of £14.7 million. The irregularities, which have now been rectified, were the result of a number of loans being underwritten in the Asset Finance business that did not meet the business's strict lending criteria.

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Challenger wagons start to roll?

Paul Lynam, CEO of Secure Trust Bank has certainly enjoyed a Spring bank holiday blitz of press publicity. Firstly, we reported in May’s Leasing World that Paul would not “pay a penny!” to the Competition & Markets Authority’s (“CMA”) proposal for a website, paid for by the banks, for customers to compare the benefits of various bank accounts. Paul chairs the British Banking Association’s Challenger Bank panel . .

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Charity Skydive

We had previously reported that Mike Randall, who needs no introduction, would be jumping out of a plane from 14,000ft in aid of Cancer Research UK in May, his goal was to raise at least £5,000 for this wonderful charity. Well, Mike now reports that he made it! Together with his colleague Steve Williams they have raised over £9500 for cancer research, and survived a sky dive. And we have pictures to prove it!

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Dont miss this opportunity

If your business is in the intermediaries channel, and you are serious about your business, you really should consider attending or sending a representative this event.

Feeling FCA-ed out? You know what they say, once it starts, it never stops, but a unique aspect of the UK intermediaries channel is the desire on the part of funders and advisers to help brokers maximise their businesses within the gold plated standards required of the UK financial industry, of course the standards are high - we're in the most advanced financial environment on the planet.

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Catch up with Basel 3/4, IFRS16, aircraft, systems

International and EMEA leasing news is available on the Leasing World International APP for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices, and is free to download. For those looking to view on their PC . .

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Implementing IFRS16

Ultimate IFRS16 session . .

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Leaseurope launches SME Roundtable

Leaseurope is launching a series of roundtable meetings across Europe to discuss leasing as a key source of finance for SMEs. The aim is to explore the national SME financing landscape and improve the understanding of leasing as a valuable form of investment finance, as well as identifying any potential obstacles hindering its use by local SMEs and how these could be tackled at national and ultimately European levels . .

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New International CEO at Bibby

Independent business funder, Bibby Financial Services (“Bibby”), has announced that Steven Box has taken on the role of International Chief Executive Officer. In addition to Bibby’s European businesses, as of 1 January 2016 he is responsible for operations in Canada, USA, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia . .

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dll sale rumours

It has been widely trailered in the Dutch and international press that Rabobank Group is in preliminary talks with banks, institutional investors and private-equity firms that may bid for its leasing unit, De Lage Landen International BV, in a sale that may fetch as much as €4.5 billion, according to various sources.

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Leaseurope appoints Leon Dhaene

Leaseurope, the trade association representing the European leasing and automotive rental industries in Europe, has announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Leon Dhaene as Director General effective 1 December 2015. Leon Dhaene succeeds Tanguy van de Werve who left Leaseurope to join AFME, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe, to head their Brussels Advocacy Office.

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LeasePlan world leader

LeasePlan Corporation N.V has reached a record level of 1.5 million vehicles worldwide, a landmark it considers as confirming its global market leadership . .

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A small community, a very big business

How much does it cost to get into a highly paid career in leasing, that has a touch of glamour about it? There is a way, so how might one go about it? 

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Don’t try fiddling leases in Vietnam

In Vietnam, the HCM City People's Court has handed down death penalties to two former executives, one a leasing executive, for embezzling the equivalent of approximately $5.2 million and abuse of power while running state leasing companies.

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Sword Apak’s 3rd Italian win

Agos Ducato (a subsidiary of Credit Agricole Consumer Finance) has become Sword Apak’s third Italian based client to date. Expanding its wholesale operations in Italy by introducing main dealers into its business portfolio, Agos needed a robust platform to support its expansion plans. Having reviewed the options, it selected Sword Apak to implement its state-of-the-art Wholesale Floorplanning System (WFS) v6. This is the second implementation for Sword Apak under the Credit Agricole umbrella with Netherlands based bank Ribank already a well-established WFS client . .

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Car paranoia for legal eagles?

Supposing a firm leases a fleet of cars from a lessor, and overnight all those cars have to be recalled for the same fault. The usual lease agreement says the lessee has to keep paying whether the asset is available to use or not. 

But what if the lease is through the car manufacturer’s leasing captive?

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They should have googled it?

Did Google google their new name Alphabet before adopting the new handle? Because within a few hours of receiving the Google Alphabet announcement, our editor’s office received a terse email from Munich saying, “As being reported in the media, Google has founded a holding company called Alphabet. The website www.alphabet.com is owned by BMW Group . .

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GE $8.5bn healthcare sale

GE has announced the $8.5 billion sale of GE Capital Healthcare Financial Services to US bank Capital One. This is less than the $10-$11 billion mooted in the press from “people close to the matter” just three or four weeks ago.

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Watch out: Uber’s understood leasing

Most people have heard of Uber, and know what it is - it’s a taxi service that’s given traditional taxi companies a lot to think about. But actually, Uber says it’s something different to that, Uber says it’s an App, and the App is now creating its own leasing company . .

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Job Board

J2027 - Business Development Manager, Hard Assets - Netherlands, Amsterdam - Asset Finance - New Leaf Search
J2019 - Leasing Manager, Medical Captive Finance - Spain, Madrid - Asset Finance - New Leaf Search
J1972 - Business Development Manager, Direct - London / SE Eng - IT Finance - New Leaf Search
J2038 - Credit Manager - UK, Thames Valley - Asset Finance - New Leaf Search
J2034 - Junior Credit Analyst - UK, Thames Valley - Asset Finance - New Leaf Search
J2033 - Finance Manager with SAP ERP & Oracle systems experience - UK, N Home Counties / Gtr London - Asset Finance - New Leaf Search
J2026 - Broker Manager Hard Assets - UK, NW Eng - Asset Finance - New Leaf Search
Contracts Administrator – Asset Finance / Leasing - The Oakland Partnership
Credit and Risk Manager – Asset Finance - The Oakland Partnership
3 x Internal Sales Executives – Technology Finance - The Oakland Partnership
Lease Desk Executive – Financial Services - The Oakland Partnership
Broker Support and Operations Coordinator – Financial Services - The Oakland Partnership
Internal Vendor Account Manager – Asset Finance - The Oakland Partnership
Account Manager/Recruitment Consultant – Asset Finance - The Oakland Partnership
Business Development Manager - Transportation Finance - CBC Resourcing Solutions
Business Development Manager - Transportation Finance - CBC Resourcing Solutions
Sales Support Executive - CBC Resourcing Solutions
Underwriter - Consumer Finance - CBC Resourcing Solutions
Supervisor / Team Leader - Financial Services - CBC Resourcing Solutions
Business Development Manager - Europe - CBC Resourcing Solutions
Senior Underwriter - Asset Finance - CBC Resourcing Solutions
Underwriter - Asset Finance - THC Recruitment
Account Manager – Asset Finance - THC Recruitment
Business Development Manager - THC Recruitment
Motor or Asset Finance Sales experience? - THC Recruitment
Hard Asset Sales Manager - THC Recruitment
Asset Finance Sales (Construction and Agricultural Equipment) - THC Recruitment
Healthcare Finance - BDM - THC Recruitment
Credit Analyst – Hard & Soft Assets – Thames Valley – salary range to c£45,000 + bonus to c20% + all large company benefits - Robinson Toms Recruitment
Hard Asset Sales Manager – Broker –location flexible : Base salary range to £75,000 + excellent uncapped bonus potential – realistic earning potential of £120,000 + all large company benefits including car allowance. - Robinson Toms Recruitment
Sales Manager - Brokers – Middle Ticket Asset Finance – North Midlands to North West preferred location. Realistic earnings of at least £120,000. Salary preferred £80,000 but potentially more to secure the best. On target earning to 50% of base salary wi - Robinson Toms Recruitment
Business Development Manager – Tier 1 Bank Asset Finance – Preston , Liverpool , North Wales sales area Base salary range ideally up to £50,000 , possibly slightly more for an exceptional individual plus a bonus potentially up to a further £25,000 plus al - Robinson Toms Recruitment
Account Manager – Agriculture Assets – UK Midlands or South location preferred – base salary to £40,000 + bonus to c25% plus company car and all large company benefits. - Robinson Toms Recruitment
Regional Business Manager – HGV Finance – Yorkshire – salary range up to £54,000 + bonus , company car all large company benefits and rare final salary pension scheme. - Robinson Toms Recruitment
Business Development Manager – IT Finance – Lyon €75,000 guaranteed minimum income , OTE year 1 €77,500, year 2 €90,000, year 3 €102,500 , year 4 - Robinson Toms Recruitment
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