Finance and treasury consulting since 1988

Schwabe, Ley & Greiner (SLG) is the market leader in treasury consulting in German-speaking Europe. We work alongside our clients to tackle all treasury and financial management challenges and develop practical solutions. Our clients in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are large and medium-sized companies from industry and com-merce, banks, insurance companies and public-sectors entities. For this clients we work around the globe. With over 50 employees, the SLG team has several hundred years of hands-on treasury consulting experience.

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  • Universal Treasury Project

    The big picture

    The fact that we focus on treasury consulting enables us to deal with all aspects of this specialist field in depth. Combining all of these aspects to form an overall concept is one of SLG’s core competences. We consistently prove this in the course of classic greenfield projects; as part of a carve-out scenario for example, when the resulting subgroup needs to set up a standalone treasury department. On the other hand, there are often projects related to fast-growing mid-size enterprises which are faced with the challenge of setting up a real treasury department based on previously independent functions (e.g. payment transactions). The approach to both of these challenges couldn’t be more different (the big bang approach versus a modular structure).

    How we can support you:

    • Analysing of the current situation
    • Defining future requirements
    • Developing an overall concept (specialist and system concept)
    • Calculating the overall project budget
    • Developing an implementation plan
    • Establishing personnel plans and job profiles
    • Supporting implementation
    • Project management support

     

    Policies & Structures

    Clear rules for treasury management

    In the course of our consultancy projects, we make sure that your treasury policies comply with the requirements of corporate governance, auditing and accounting rules. However, policies should not only bear the scrutiny of your auditors but must also make operating sense. We therefore see rules as operational improvements opportunities and consequently take into account the specifics of your company so that implementation is both efficient and sustainable. For us, treasury is not about conceptual theory but about sound day-to-day practice.

    How we can support you:

    • Concept: Current vs. target processes and structures
    • Development: From a draft to final coordination
    • Implementation: Roll-out and implementation of policies across the group
    • Designing treasury functions and processes

     

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  • Strategic corporate management encompasses all action aimed at achieving sustainable corporate success by means of the targeted deployment of the resources available – from the product/market strategy via technology, production and HR, to IT and administration. Financial corporate management refers here to the contribution made by the finance department from the perspective of the CFO. As a specialised consulting firm, SLG has supported CFOs in these areas for many years in the course of hundreds of projects. These include the optimal allocation of capital, the financial assessment of development options, the provision of the necessary capital and the integration of this capital into corporate planning.

    How we can support you:

    • Establishing integrated planning tools
    • Evaluating financial planning
    • Modelling and evaluating strategic development options
    • The valuation of strategic development options
    • Highlighting impacts and limitations
    • Preparing decision-making documentation
    • Evaluating funding requirements
    • Developing the funding strategy

     

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  • We can support you in your search for cash management optimisations and leverage these step-by-step. Let us analyse your processes, system landscape and guidelines in terms of efficiency, costs, safety and auditability. We will also provide specific proposals on how to optimise your CM as well as an implementation roadmap. We are at your disposal to provide support if you want to completely revamp or appropriately adjust your cash management processes, from the development of a concept all the way to implementation.

    How we can support you:

    • From account clearing to the implementation of international cash pools
    • Internal and external payments
    • Bank connectivity solutions
    • Internal and public seminars
    • Selection of cash management banks
    • Practical usage of SAP cash management functions
    • Integration of treasury and e-commerce

     

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  • Debt Advisory

    From creditworthiness to financing

    We shed light on your financing portfolio from a liquidity risk perspective and check your scope of action
    on the basis of the contractually agreed covenants, collateral commitments and termination options. We can scrutinise complex financing structures within your group and develop these to form a financing concept which is in line with your strategy and your credit rating. Let us support you in your search for the right financing partners and during the following negotiations, both behind the scenes and at the negotiation table. We can provide you with a tool for debt compliance monitoring to ensure that you maintain an overview of your agreed covenants and obligations and don’t risk a breach of contract.

    How we can support you:

    • Analysing your financial situation
    • Evaluating the funding requirements
    • Indicative credit rating assessment
    • Developing a funding concept
    • Providing support for funding request procedures
    • Financial consulting support during negotiations
    • Preparing funding request documentation (term sheet, bank book, etc.)
    • Developing group-internal financing concepts
    • Setting up a debt compliance tool

    Liquidity Management

    Ensuring sufficient liquidity at all times

    Companies can survive for a while without profitability but not without liquidity. Reliable cash flow forecasting is indispensable in order to ensure liquidity at all times.

    Let us support you in developing a cash flow forecasting concept, technically implementing this, and identifying the means to actively manage your liquidity. Regardless of whether your forecasts are developed directly or indi-rectly: We focus on your underlying business.

    How we can support you:

    • Developing a cash flow forecasting concept: forecasting methods, plan data determination and processes
    • Quality control of forecasting based on actual cash flows
    • Risk management: identifying uncertainties in CF forecasts
    • Corrective action: defining a liquidity management strategy
    • Selecting planning tools
    • Reporting – the right information for the right recipients
    • Internal and public seminars

     

    Working Capital Management

    Optimising your WCM investment

    Let us analyse all the major WCM levers and highlight how you can effectively and sustainably free up working capital. We work alongside our clients to identify and analyse untapped potential, define the necessary action, and create the framework in the form of processes, policies and reporting procedures. From settlement processes, receivables issuance and collection to inventory management: Depending on the scope of a project, we can analyse the complete cash conversion cycle or selected processes in the areas of accounts payable (DPO), accounts receivable (DSO) or inventory management (DIO).

    How we can support you:

    • Analysis: Untapped DSO, DPO and DIO potential
    • DSO, DPO and DIO process mining
    • Implementation: Monitoring and documentation, implementation support, ensuring sustainable WCM
    • Framework: Key success factors and stumbling blocks, KPIs and reports, policies and best practices
    • Internal and public seminars

     

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  • Managing financial market risks means dealing proactively not only with FX, interest rates, commodities and shares, but also with counterparties and liquidity. Our range of services extends from the identification and measurement of risk exposures to the definition of a risk strategy, monitoring and regular reporting. This holistic approach to risk management makes sense given that correlations exist and an overview of the entire risk portfolio rather than analysing individual exposures can therefore lead to other conclusions. The SLG RiskEngine allows us to determine the ideal hedging portfolio for you based on the definition of certain overall criteria (e.g. lowest hedging expenses). This function adds a completely new dimension to professional risk management.

    How we can support you:

    • Risk management cycle: Identification – analysis – measurement – strategy – monitoring
    • Quantitative measurement methods
    • Integrated Risk Tool: Easy measurement of cashflow- and value-at-risk
    • Internal and public seminars
    • Risk policies
    • Value-at-risk data
    • Bank Monitor: Keeping an eye on your bank exposures

     

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  • Let us support you in defining your risk, return and liquidity targets with a clear focus on your investment horizon, investment purpose and overall portfolio. A tailor-made investment portfolio takes into account market risks associated with your business operations and debt portfolio as well as their potential impact on your profitability, equity and rating.

    How we can support you:

    • Developing your investment strategy
    • Selecting external asset managers
    • Designing and reviewing investment processes
    • Internal and public seminars
    • Selecting an asset management software tool
    • Supporting for your investment committee
    • Controlling risk and performance

     

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  • When selecting a treasury management system (TMS), there’s a lot you can do right and wrong. Detailed prepa-ration and careful project management are the be all and end all of TMS selection – before and after you invite system providers to submit offers.

    After literally hundreds of TMS projects, we know all of the relevant providers and how to design and manage a selection process so that you ultimately get the TMS you really need – and get that system to work for you.

    How we can support you:

    Selection: Scoping: Implementation:
    • Specifications
    • Functional concept
    • System concept
    • RFPs
    • Detailed specifications
    • System implementation
    • Planning details
    • Contract
    • Installation
    • Pilot concept
    • Performance benchmarking
    • System acceptance

     

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