Betty is managing director of AB5 Consulting, a consulting company based in UK specialised in high technological sectors, including satellite, telecommunications, transport and nuclear. AB5 Consulting develops winning strategies and innovative technical solutions, within a managed ecosystem, in order to open new markets. Betty works with the industry, regulators and UN Agencies, in due diligence, system assessment, business development, regulatory and licensing. Betty is an award winning chartered engineer. Her experience includes the management of complex international projects in the defence, nuclear, transport of dangerous goods and aerospace sectors. She holds two Masters in Science in aeronautical and space engineering, a diploma in international nuclear law and a MBA. She attended ISU'93 and '94.
Betty is member of the Women in Engineering and Science (WES) Council in the UK, chair of the UK Chapter of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), a founder of Women in Nuclear UK and ex-Vice-President, and board member of the International Women in Engineering and Science (INWES) Europe.
Betty is also involved in her community as she is the chair of the HR, finance & premises committee, part of a governing body for a large State secondary school with a budget of over £11M.
She regularly visits local schools to promote STEM subjects.
Nick Swinburne is a partner in the London office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and is a member of the firm's Transportation Finance Group.
Primary Focus & Experience
Nick focuses on corporate finance work in the transportation sector.
He advises arrangers, financiers, equity investors, leasing companies and operators on aircraft, marine and other asset-based and receivables-backed finance and leasing transactions. He also advises on acquisitions and disposals of assets, asset portfolios and transportation-related businesses.
His experience encompasses a wide variety of leveraged debt, capital markets, tax-enhanced, risk participation and intercreditor structures, and includes pre-delivery financings, Islamic financings, securitisations and other rated and unrated asset portfolio financings, as well as transactions involving export credit or other governmental support.
As well as advising on the structuring and execution of such transactions, he advises on trading and repackaging them. He has extensive experience of advising on restructurings (including security work-outs and asset repossessions).
Nick’s experience includes advising:
· SMBC Aviation Capital on the combined pre-delivery financing/sale and leaseback of five Boeing 787 aircraft to be operated by Air Europa;
· A major European financial institution as arranger on a number of structured operating lease financings, including of four Sikorsky S-92 helicopters for Avincis, of three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for Singapore Airlines and of two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for Cathay Pacific;
· Amedeo on its US$8.3billion acquisition of 20 Airbus A380 aircraft and associated capital arrangements;
· The Equity Arrangers in relation to British Airways’ US$929 million EETC;
· Avolon on its US$636 million rule 144A securitisation of 20 aircraft operating leases;
· Kenya Airways in relation to its US$2 billion PDP and long term financing of Boeing and Embraer aircraft (utilising a combination of Ex-Im Bank guaranteed debt with capital markets options and senior and junior commercial debt);
· SMBC Aviation Capital in its merger with SMFL Aircraft Capital Corporation B.V. and Sumisho Aircraft Asset Management (SAAM), following the disposal of the SMBC Aviation Capital business by RBS, creating a combined entity valued at over US$10 billion;
· Various financial institutions on numerous portfolio financings of aircraft, including Nord/LB and DVB on a US$425 million operating lease portfolio financing of 13 aircraft for Investec funds;
· ING Capital on Ethiopian Airlines’ PDP financing of 10 Boeing 787 aircraft;
· Financial institutions including Citi, HSBC, ING and TD on numerous Ex-Im Bank guaranteed financings with capital markets take out options;
· Various aircraft operating lessors, including Avolon, AWAS and RBS Aerospace (now SMBC Aviation Capital), on their ECA-supported financings;
· Credit Agricole CIB as arranger on the structured operating lease financing of six ATR aircraft for Jet, utilising export credit debt supported by COFACE and SACE and commercial debt provided by Investec;
· Various equity arrangers and lenders on numerous Japanese operating lease (JOLCO) aircraft financings, involving airlines such as Air China, Air France, British Airways, China Eastern, China Southern, easyJet, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, TAM and Turkish Airlines, as well as advising AWAS on its first operating lessor JOLCO financing, and subsequent similarly-structured transactions;
· The arrangers on the first ever Spanish Operating Lease (SOL) aircraft financing (of five Airbus A340-600 aircraft for Iberia), and subsequently the equity arrangers and/or lenders on a number of subsequent SOL aircraft financings, some of which involved debt supported by the European, Brazilian and Canadian ECAs;
· Several airlines on landing and take off slot acquisitions, disposals and leases at airports including London Heathrow and Frankfurt;
· Bahri on the US$1.3 billion acquisition (utilising cash and shares) of Saudi Aramco’s very large crude oil carrier fleet;
· BNP Paribas, HSBC and a syndicate of lenders in relation to the US$530 million K-Sure supported financing of seven large ore carrying vessels for Vale;
· A multinational banking and financial services corporation on the US$147 million structured lease facility in respect of four Aframax Tankers for BP;
· Various lenders on export credit-supported financings of cruiseships for Carnival
· A major US financial institution on the structured acquisition of a US$1.5 billion portfolio of export credit backed aircraft, marine and project finance loans;
· Barclays as arranger in connection with £3.5 billion liquidity and working capital facilities supporting Network Rail’s £20 billion bond issuance programme; and
· Various Lenders and ECGD in relation to the insolvency of Sabena and the related restructurings and/or security work-outs of 28 aircraft financings.
Recognition & Accomplishments
Nick is ranked in the ‘Top Tier’ of asset finance lawyers in the UK by Chambers & Partners 2017.
He is also recognised as a leading lawyer for asset finance and leasing, transportation, trade finance and capital markets work global-wide by Chambers & Partners.
The Chambers Global legal directory describes him as a "very quick-witted, very good negotiator". Chambers UK has noted his strength in both aviation and shipping finance, and praised “his energetic approach to matters”, his “combination of commercial and technical skill and his “analytical, calm and collected” style. Legal 500 has remarked on his ability “to handle complex structures in a very professional manner”, recommending him for asset finance and leasing, as well as for trade finance. Who’s Who Legal cites his aircraft and marine asset-backed expertise, describing him as “dedicated and intelligent”.
In 2014, he was named by Dow Jones Financial News as one of the "40 Under 40" most influential lawyers working in European debt and equity capital markets.
Mr. Rémi Challamel (TAS-UK) graduated from “Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace” (France) in 1993, where he specialized in Information&Telecommunication technologies. He started his career as he was system engineer on a Geographic Information System project dedicated to the merge of digital maps with satellites images. He was then successfully system engineer and “satellite tracking system” project manager on many major telecom satellite programs. He became responsible of LBS (Location Based Services) business development in Alcatel Space in 2001, and Project Coordinator of LIAISON (LBS oriented towards enterprise applications – 34 partners project under FP6 IST 2nd Call) between 2004 and 2008. He was also during 5 years Manager of TAS-F (Thales Alenia Space France) Application and Services department for European GNSS R&D projects. He then became in 2009 the head of Maritime Data Collection system unit in TAS, and responsible for Navigation satellite On-board activities (project, bid) in 2012. He is now in charge of business development for satellite navigation and telecommunication, in TAS-UK since mid 2016, and joined the UK SSPI chapter board in November 2016.
White Tiger Communications Ltd. is headed by Cynthia Ritchie, a business development, marketing and communications professional who has spent 25 years in the satellite communications, digital TV and electronic media sector. Throughout most of the 1990s, she was a recognised journalist and commentator on the communications and broadcasting sector, having held senior editorial positions at many of the most respected industry publications including Cable and Satellite Europe magazine (now Digital TV Europe), Cable and Satellite Express, Inside Digital TV, Interspace, International Cable, Cable Business International, as well as having a host of other publishing credits to her name. Following her career as a journalist, Cynthia successfully held numerous senior sales, business development, marketing and corporate communications positions with blue-chip industry leaders including BT Broadcast Services, Lockheed Martin Intersputnik and Intelsat. At NDS (now Cisco) she spearheaded sales initiatives that developed market traction and won new customers in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia for the company’s end-to-end portfolio of advanced TV technology solutions. She was then appointed Global Director of Corporate Communications, with responsibility for worldwide media relations and internal communications. Her most recent corporate role was Vice President of Marketing Communications at Inmarsat plc, where she transformed company positioning in multiple vertical sectors. Cynthia is a founder member of the UK affiliate of SSPI (Society of Satellite Professionals International) and of EUsatcom, an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), and a member of Women in Telecoms and Technology (WiTT).
Oliver Irwin is a senior associate in the London office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and is a member of the firm’s Global Project, Energy and Infrastructure Finance Group.
Primary Focus & Experience
Oliver acts for both lenders and sponsors in the development and financing of cross-border projects, specialising in multi-sourced financings involving export credit agencies, multi-laterals and development finance institutions.
Recent representative matters include advising:
· multiple export credit agencies and commercial banks for the financing of a nuclear power project in the UAE;
· O3b Networks Limited on its project financing of a medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite constellation;
· Seaborn Networks on its project financing of a subsea fibre optic cable system (the first ever direct fiber optic cable between the commercial and financial centers of Brazil and the US);
· multiple commercial banks and ECAs on Reliance Industries Limited’s export credit agency financing programme for the expansion of its Jamnagar petrochemicals project; and
· lenders and sponsors on several independent power/power and water projects and upstream oil and gas projects in the EMEA region.
Recognition & Accomplishments
Oliver is featured and listed as a “Rising Star” in Euromoney’s LMG Rising Stars 2016 guide and was awarded the “Rising Star” award for Project Finance at the 2014 IFLR European Awards.
Oliver has been recognised by IFLR 1000 as a "Rising Star" in their Project Finance rankings each year since 2013, and named as an “Associate to Watch” among leading project finance practitioners in Chambers & Partners each year since 2012, where clients report that “he is calm under pressure, delivers high quality work quickly and efficiently, grasps commercial points where often lawyers would not do so, and helps to translate them quickly into legal drafting”.
Oliver has co-authored a chapter on “Project Risks” and a chapter on “Insurance” in “International Project Finance – Law and Practice” published by Oxford University Press.
Oliver has also co-authored a chapter on “Why the world needs Multi-Sourced Project Financings (and Project Finance Lawyers)” in the 2016 edition of “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Project Finance”.
Oliver is a regular speaker at the “School of ECA Finance” run by TXF and CC Solutions.
Founder and Chief Executive of ICP Search, Gary is described an energetic entrepreneur and business leader who translates ideas into actions without any fuss whatsoever.
Gary founded technology search specialists ICP Search in 2001 to provide world class recruitment solutions to the advanced technology markets and has since established ICP as a global leader within the Satellite, Space, Electronics and Media Broadcast industries worldwide.
In addition to having a passion for the markets he serves, Gary is widely recognised for being absolutely committed to unlocking the full potential of our future generations. By working tirelessly behind the scenes Gary and the team inspire thousands of young people annually into STEM orientated careers, both locally and internationally. Gary also loves to utilise his energy and experience from within the recruitment industry to strengthen communities and economies at grassroots level – increasing employment opportunities, enhancing education participation and raising aspirations of our future generations, inclusive of all academic abilities.
Gary has a huge passion for what he does and has been recognised locally and nationally at various awards for 'Greatest Contribution to the Community' and 'Entrepreneur of the Year' to name but a few
Irina Petrov, Vice President Marketing, Onlime Group
Irina has mastered marketing skills over the years in many different areas: Satellite, Broadcast & Media, VSAT and Teleport Services, Mobile Applications, publishing, trade show production as well as political engagements with International organisations focusing mostly on Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Asia Pacific.
Adding to the extensive experience of B2B marketing also implemented B2C marketing strategies and social media reach, keeping up-to-date with constantly evolving marketing landscape.
Irina has been with the Onlime Group for almost a decade now as one of the key management team members to drive the business forward and responsible for launching CET Teleport and than its re-brand from to Onlime, creating the recognisable brand and significantly expanding company's services portfolio.
Her vast experience in telecommunications included posts at Europe*Star as Marketing Communications Manager and PanAmSat as Head of EMEA Marketing during its merger with Intelsat, the world’s largest satellite operator. Following her post at Intelsat, she joined Avanti Communications as Marketing Director.
Before working for satellite operators she was the Chief-Organiser of international satellite exhibitions and the Editor of Satellite TV Video magazine, responsible for the production of 70 issues.
Irina began her career working for the United Nations and spending three years in a war zone.
Andrew Faiola, Director, Mobility Solutions, Europe Sales, Intelsat
Andrew leads the Mobility Solutions sales team in Europe. If it floats, flies, or rolls, we’ve got it covered. Prior to this, Andrew led the European sales team and also led Intelsat’s Global Accounts teams on the Mobility and Broadband side of the business.
Prior to joining Intelsat, Andrew was European Sales Director at New Skies Satellites in the UK, and held various sales and marketing roles at ESATEL Communications, a small, independent teleport in the USA. In what seems like another life, he worked in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, and at NASA, where he conducted project development and implementation work for Latin America and the Asia-Pacific involving the provision of Internet service and remote sensing for environmental purposes.
He has also authored publications about the North American DTH market, distance learning in America, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, and Latin American economic development.
He received a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) is the world’s leading provider of satellite services, delivering high-performance connectivity solutions for media, fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government and military applications for more than 50 years. Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video and broadband services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and mobile broadband access, with Intelsat, envision your future network, connect using our leading satellite technology and transform your opportunities. Envision…Connect…Transform…with Intelsat. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.
Matthew Perren is Head of Future Programmes for Airbus Defence and Space’s Earth Observation, Navigation and Science business division in the UK. He started his career in Telecommunications satellite payload system and equipment design at Matra-Marconi before becoming Galileo Navigation Payload Manager at Astrium. He was appointed as Head of Engineering for the UK Earth Observation, Navigation and Science Division of Astrium before moving on to a role as Head of Innovation for Astrium Corporate offices in Paris, investing in technologies and future concepts for both satellite, launcher and service business segments. He held the post of Head of R&D and Innovation for Astrium Services developing technologies and service concepts exploiting Astrium’s space based infrastructure in communications and Earth Observation. Prior to his current role he was Head of Research and Technology Key Account Management for Airbus Defence and Space as the interlocutor between company technology strategy and external stakeholders.