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The exclusive network event for trade credit & surety insurers, brokers and trade finance managers.

About the Event

SCHUMANN welcomes you in London!

Underwriting in trade credit insurance and surety business is undergoing a transformation.The demands for digitalisation from the market are sustainable and urgent for the competitiveness of insurance companies.

Insurtech is not a buzzword, but points to future-oriented solutions that are demanded by corporates, in trade finance and within the insurance industry.

In this event, the future-oriented solutions from SCHUMANN will be presented and discussed by experts from the industry and our clientele. Experiences in the implementation of digitisation projects will be discussed and opportunities for success will be highlighted.

Become part of the SCHUMANN community and CONNECT! We look forward to seeing you!

  • citizenM Tower of London, UK
  • 16 November 2023
  • Starting from 4:00 p.m. (UTC+0)
  • For decision makers and those in charge of credit management, compliance, business development, digitalization
  • Industries: surety & trade credit insurance, brokers as well as the trade finance industry
  • Participation is free of charge


04:00 p.m. - 04:15 p.m.

Lara Biermann

As Head of Sales Credit & Surety at SCHUMANN Lara Biermann is advising and supporting international credit risk insurer and surety bond provider in digitizing and automating their risk and business process management. She studied business administration focused on finance, accounting and taxes and supervises international credit and surety insurance companies while implementing CAM Credit & Surety.

Head of Sales Credit & Surety, SCHUMANN

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Intelligent Underwriting Assistance

04:15 p.m. - 04:45 p.m.

Join us for a panel discussion on the potential of intelligent software in the trade credit insurance industry. We will explore how automation can streamline processes, free up time for underwriters to focus on building relationships with clients, and enhance their capabilities and efficiency. Don't miss this opportunity to engage in a lively dialogue and learn about the benefits of software designed for intelligent underwriting assistance in trade credit insurance.

Jordy Groot

Jordy Groot, BBA, has been Head of Risk Non-Cancellable at Nexus Trade Credit since November 2021. He started as Senior Credit Analyst at Nexus Trade Credit in 2018.

Previously he worked for one leading credit insurer in the Netherlands for 11 years in various international risk underwriting roles.

Head of Risk Non-Cancellable, Nexus Trade Credit

Jordy Groot

Digital Business as a Key to Success - Benefits of Automated and Lean Processes for Sureties

04:45 p.m. - 05:15 p.m.

In this session we would like to focus on the topic “Digital Business as a Key to Success - Benefits of Automated and Lean Processes for Sureties”.

We will delve into the potential held by streamlined and integrated processes, free from disruptions and media breaks. The spotlight will be on exploring how efficient design and automation can drive success in the digital landscape for your surety business. Moreover, the discussion will extend to the opportunities of integrating external market actors into your business processes, shedding light on the challenges that may arise.

Sophie Albert

Sophie Albert, MBA, has been Head of Surety Business for Key Accounts in Germany & Austria at Allianz Trade since November 2020. She focuses on customer needs along with solution orientation and is responsible for portfolio and risk management as well as customer service and sales support in the surety business.

Previously, she was responsible for sales cooperation with cooperation partners such as Allianz agencies, brokers and banks. Furthermore, she gained international and cross-functional experience within the Allianz Trade Group while working in Internal Audit. Thus, she combines extensive expertise in the surety business with a broad experience in the international environment.

Head of Bonding Large Corp, Allianz Trade

Sophie Albert

05:15 p.m. - 05:45 p.m. Break

Annual Financial Statement Analysis in the Digital Age: From Data Import to Tailored Solutions

05:45 p.m. - 06:15 p.m.

In this session, we spotlight "Annual Financial Statement Analysis in the Digital Age: From Data Import to Tailored Solutions."

As the financial landscape evolves, especially during times of economic uncertainty, the urgency for swift and accurate data analysis becomes even more pronounced. Automated import of annual financial statements emerges as an invaluable asset, enabling businesses to concentrate on core analytical responsibilities rather than being sidetracked by manual data entry, preparation and reclassification. We'll explore the seamless integration of importing financial data with its tailored adjustment and reclassification, ensuring bespoke solutions that enhance the efficiency and precision of client-specific financial analysis. Join us to gain insights into this practical approach to data handling in financial analysis.

Johann Gosniz

Starting as a financial analyst, Johann Gosniz already worked in financial statement analysis at SCHUMANN during his studies. Since his successful master's degree in Management, he has been working as a consultant in the Credit & Surety area and is now acting as the Head of Financial Analysis for the area of financial analysis and the financial analysis software FINOYO.

Head of Financial Analysis, SCHUMANN

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Actual Trends in the Surety Industry

06:15 p.m. - 06:45 p.m.

Energy crisis, interrupted supply chains and a multitude of insolvencies the likes of which we have not seen for a long time. These are challenges of an economic policy nature. In addition, we see increasing pressure to digitally map the previously very analogue surety business. We want to discuss from a cross-market perspective how these challenges can be solved.

Carl E. Hoestermann

1992 Deutsche Bank management trainee program in Frankfurt and subsequent role as assistant to the board of management. Thereafter, branch director of two large Deutsche Bank branches.

January 1998 moved to HOCHTIEF AG in Essen as Head of Corporate Finance, Investor Relations and Asset Management. Responsibility for numerous projects, both national and international. From 2004 onwards, also Deputy Chairman at HOCHTIEF Pension Trust e.V., the group’s investment vehicle for financing German pension liabilities.

Longstanding management and project experience at international level, including negotiation of high-volume surety facilities for operating subsidiaries in the USA and Canada.

Joined Gracher as Managing Director in August 2019 with responsibilities in sales, legal, internationalization and strategic developments.

Managing Director and In-house Lawyer, Gracher Kredit- und Kautionsmakler

Carl E Hoestermann q

06:45 p.m. - 08:00 p.m. Drinks and Food


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