Baltic Exchange and TradeWinds present

International Shipbroking Forum

London / 11 September 2019

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Put your questions to a hand-picked panel of shipping’s most experienced and knowledgeable individuals, learn and challenge their business strategies and discover what makes them tick.  Among the speakers, you will hear from:

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Stefan Albertijn
Baltic Index Council
Stefan Albertijn (43) first joined the Baltic Exchange in 2005, becoming FMIUG chairman in 2009-2010 before joining the Baltic Board in 2012 and being appointed as Baltic Index Committee Chair in 2016. Stefan joined Deutsche Bank AG in 1999 holding various corporate and investment banking positions in Germany and Belgium before joining ADM's Alfred C Toepfer International GmbH shipping department in 2005, becoming its Global Head of Risk Management in 2010. In 2015 he founded Ocean Finance & Consulting BVBA (Oficon), a niche consultant in risk management for the shipping and agri-industries as well as a physical handysize and panamax operator specialised in grain and steel cargoes. He was a guest lecturer in ship finance at Hamburg University between 2009-2015 where he also co-founded the Hamburg Financial Research Centre. Furthermore he is a member of various shipping, financial and grain trading associations in Belgium and Germany. Stefan studied economics at the Universities of Antwerp and Konstanz and has authored various publications on ship finance and financial derivatives.
John Banaszkiewicz
Managing Director
John Banaszkiewicz co-founded FIS in 2002, growing the company into one of the world’s leading freight and commodity brokers, with operations in the United States, Dubai, India, Singapore and China. He previously spent 11 years at Cargill International in a variety of roles, notably as freight and grain trader in the ocean freight department. His determination and diligence in building liquidity in the multi-billion dollar FFA market, attracting clearing and encouraging dialogue between users and brokers, are unquestioned among his peers. He is Chairman of the FFA Brokers Association and sits on the Baltic Index Advisory Committee. John graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from Newcastle Upon Tyne University in 1986. He is married to Tracy, with four children and lives in London. He is a Director of Burnley Football Club, now firmly established in the English Premier League, and has also set up a sports-focussed University in the UK and China. He enjoys travelling, golf and reading.
Julian Bray
Julian Bray is Editor-in-Chief of TradeWinds, the shipping business news publisher which since its launch 25 years ago has become a reference point for decision makers in the industry. During a career in business journalism, he has won awards for both reporting and editing and built a track record of product innovation having lead numerous newspaper, magazine and website launches and relaunches. In addition to his specialist knowledge of maritime commerce, he has also been a Correspondent for the Reuters news agency, written for national newspapers and magazines, and made television and radio appearances. Away from the office, a love of the natural work often takes him to wild and mountainous regions to walk, cycle, climb and watch wildlife with family and friends. He also has a passionate interest in politics, culture and music.
Duncan Dunn
Senior Director
SSY Futures Ltd
Duncan Dunn has worked in the Derivatives industry since 1986 in both broking and fund management roles, at companies including Rudolf Wolff, Union PLC, and The Man Group. In 2004 Duncan joined SSY Futures Ltd and is a Senior Director, responsible for business development, marketing and regulatory compliance. In July 2009 Duncan was appointed a director of the Baltic Exchange and has additionally served as a director of Baltic Exchange Index Services Ltd and Baltic Exchange Derivatives Trading Ltd (Baltex). In 2018 Duncan became Chairman of the Baltic Exchange, he also sits on the Steel Committee of the LME. SSY Futures Ltd is a specialist Forward Freight Agreement and Dry Bulk Commodity Derivatives Broker and is part of Simpson Spence Young, the largest privately held shipbroker in the world. SSY Futures Ltd work with ship owners and operators, charterers, commodity traders, miners and end users and the full range of financial counterparties in the Dry Bulk Derivative Markets. They have been at the forefront of all the major innovations in the market including; screen trading, clearing and options trading. They have around 30 specialist brokers covering Iron Ore, Coking Coal, Steel and Freight Derivatives. SSY Futures Ltd has all the resources necessary to induct newcomers to the dry bulk derivatives markets and assist them in a successful trading strategy.
Mark Jackson
The Baltic Exchange
Mark Jackson was appointed the CEO of the Baltic Exchange in February 2017. He originally served on the board of the Baltic Exchange from 2004 to 2012 and as its Chairman from 2009. Mark has over 37 years of shipping industry experience having started his shipping career as a trainee in 1981 in Sydney, Australia. Mark first traded freight derivatives in 1987 and extensively used FFAs as part of a physical trading strategy. The London headquartered Baltic Exchange is an international provider of benchmark rates for the bulk shipping industry and as a membership organisation has over 650 shipowning, chartering and shipbroking companies who adhere to a code of conduct. The Singapore Exchange acquired the Baltic Exchange in 2016 and Mark is focused on building its London presence and broadening its Asia footprint.
Brian Nixon
Managing Director
Lavinia Bulk Ltd.
Brian was born in Dublin and is married to Christine with 2 children and now lives on the South coast of the UK. Brian graduated from the University of Plymouth in 1995 with an Honours Degree in Maritime Business and Law and in 1996 graduated from City University London with a Masters Degree in International Shipping, Trade and Finance. In 1996 Brian worked as a trainee in London and Singapore for APL/NOL container Line and then in 1998 worked with OOCL in London. In 1999, Brian moved into the dry bulk freight markets working for Cargill as a freight trader in London then Geneva, Hong Kong and finally Singapore. In 2006, Brian moved to Morgan Stanley Commodities and set up the physical dry freight trading desk with the main focus being on the supramax, panamax and the cape sectors to complement the banks involvement in freight derivatives. In 2013, Brian left Morgan Stanley to setup Lavinia Bulk Ltd as the Managing Director of the office based in London. Lavinia bulk is the chartering and commercial arm of the Laskaridis Shipping/Lavinia Corp’s dry bulk fleet and is separate from Lavinias reefer business based in Hamburg and the tanker business based in Athens. The dry bulk fleet comprises of 48 bulk carriers ranging in size from Ultramax upto Newcastlemax. We stay close to the S+P markets and also trade small volumes of freight derivatives. The London office now totals 5 employees. Brian is a member of the Baltic Exchange and other interests include sailing, rugby and golf.
Mark O'Neil
Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd
Mark O'Neil is the President of Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd. A maritime lawyer by profession, as a Partner with Stephenson Harwood LLP and Reed Smith LLP for 17 years, Mark headed up international law firm Reed Smith LLP's German Shipping Team, and also co-lead the firm's Offshore Department. His clients included Ship Owners, Charterers, Insurers, Management Companies, Banks, Oil Companies and Offshore Contractors worldwide with a particular focus on the German, Scandinavian, Greek, Dutch, South American and Cypriot markets. He therefore has an in-depth knowledge of the shipping, ship management, banking and offshore sectors. Mark chairs and/or speaks at numerous maritime and banking conferences and seminars worldwide. He is a passionate advocate of performance Optimisation within the shipping and ship management industry and regularly speaks on this matter together with the related topic of digitalisation.
Emanuel (Manu) Ravano
After a career as professional ski racer Manu studied at the Graduate Institute of International Relations in Geneva by completing a major in International Monetary Economics. Thereafter he did various internships in Grain trading houses and subsequently started in IFCHOR as early as 2002 where he covered various roles, from back to front office (Capesize Chartering). He is still actively broking whilst managing IFCHOR as its CEO since 2012. IFCHOR notably expanded during the past decade and offers today dry and wet bulk chartering (to both transactional and industrial clients), sale & purchase, research advisory services. It has been recently diversifying in Marine Capital and Marine Technology advisory. IFCHOR has earned the trust of its clients by providing a service based on integrity, discretion, intelligence and professionalism for over 40 years. The company is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland with a network of 12 offices in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and the USA, and employs as of today more than 170 persons.
Chris Reilly
Managing Director
BRS Futures
Graduated from Oxford University in 1976 with an Honours Degree in Modern Languages (German and French) and started his shipping career on the Clarksons graduate trainee course. After spending 5 years at Clarksons in dry cargo chartering, he moved to SSY in 1981 and joined their Mineral Team, whose main focus was the burgeoning steam coal market. He remained there for 17 years, the last 6 of which were as a Partner in the firm, before resigning in 1998. Since 1999 he has been with BRS, as head of the London office and a Partner since 2002. Today Chris is head of BRS London and managing director of the BRS derivatives-broking subsidiary BRS Futures. He is also the current Chair of the shipbrokers’ association Competitive Shipbrokers Ltd (CSBL) and has just completed 3 years of service as a member of the Baltic Index Advisory Council. Age 65 (born 1953), married with 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
Mark Richardson
Simpson Spence Young
Mark Richardson is the Chairman of Simpson Spence Young and Head of SSY Futures, the derivative arm of Simpson Spence Young, one of the world's largest shipbroking organisations. Mark's dry bulk and freight experience spans 29 years, including seven spent in Hong Kong. Mark started as a broker for Mercury Shipbrokers specialising in Soviet barter deals. In 1991, Mark moved to Hong Kong with Clarkson’s as a panamax dry cargo broker concentrating on the Chinese iron ore business. After an internal transfer back to the UK, he moved into Freight Futures at the inception of the business, serving as Chairman of the FFABA (Forward Freight Agreement Brokers Association) in 2002. In December of that year, Mark joined Simpson Spence Young as the head of futures, progressing to become a partner of the business in Jan 2004. He has led broking teams in physical shipping, Forward Freight Agreements (FFAs), Iron Ore, Coking Coal and Steels as well as specialising in options. Mark became the Chairman of Simpson Spence Young in January 2017.