Modern Finance and Faster Financial Close Key Topics at BlackLine EMEA User Conference 2015

5th annual European client gathering supports financial automation software leader’s commitment to strengthen global operations to deliver superior customer service worldwide

LONDON and LOS ANGELES – June 17, 2015  Finance controls and automation software leader BlackLine is hosting its fifth annual EMEA User Conference next week in London, home of the company’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) headquarters, to serve the company’s rapidly growing base of clients in the region.

Accountancy and finance team members from Western Union and Aker Solutions will present case studies on how each has used BlackLine’s cloud-based financial automation platform to increase efficiencies and improve productivity and visibility, ultimately accelerating their financial close. A panel of clients from Unisys, Kempinski Hotels and Misys will address the need for finance transformation, due to intensifying global competitive pressures, a rapidly changing regulatory landscape, the growing complexity of financial processes, and heightened demands for clear visibility into balance sheet data. The panel will discuss best practices elevating finance organisations to true ‘Modern Finance’ status.

In addition, John E. Van Decker, VP of Research, from global IT industry research firm Gartner, will deliver a keynote on the current financial systems landscape. Stefan Karl, Chief Solution Expert, Financial Solutions, SAP, will provide a presentation on enabling finance transformation with SAP Simple Finance – and how BlackLine enhances SAP’s solutions, complementing the inherent functionality in SAP ERP Financials and SAP Simple Finance. Plus, forensic accountant Tim Tribe, CPA/CFF, will give a keynote entitled “Employee Theft – The Fraudsters Adapted, Did Your Controls?”

Representatives from other BlackLine client companies from around the world are registered to attend, joining BlackLine’s team of experts in London. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to strengthen its global operations to provide clients everywhere with superior service, BlackLine has designed the two-day event for attendees to share their ideas on how Finance and Accounting can get the most value out of the BlackLine platform.

Through a dual-track program, both new and experienced users who attend the London sessions will be given an opportunity to:
The BlackLine EMEA User Conference 2015 will be held Thursday to Friday, 25-26 June, at Bishopsgate London. For more information, contact Howard Goldstein at

  • Learn best practices from BlackLine’s team of experts and other clients
  • Hear how experienced users from other regional companies creatively use BlackLine
  • Preview upcoming software enhancements
  • Directly influence the product direction going forward

About BlackLine

BlackLine is a provider of cloud-based solutions that transform Finance and Accounting (F&A) by automating, centralising and streamlining financial close operations, intercompany accounting processes and other key F&A processes for large and midsize enterprises.  Designed to complement ERP and other financial systems, BlackLine’s cloud platform increases operational efficiency, real-time visibility, control and compliance to ensure end-to-end financial close management and accounting automation.

BlackLine’s mission is to continuously improve the quality, accuracy and efficiency of Finance and Accounting by centralising key functions within a single, unified cloud platform. Enabling customers to move beyond outdated processes and point solutions to a Continuous Accounting model, in which real-time automation, controls and period-end tasks are embedded within day-to-day activities. BlackLine helps companies modernise accounting operations with intelligent automation, ensuring more accurate and insightful financial statements and a more efficient financial close.  To date more than 2,800 companies with users in over 130 countries around the world trust BlackLine to help ensure balance sheet integrity and confidence in their financial statements.

BlackLine is recognized by Gartner as a Leader in its 2019 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions.

Based in Los Angeles, BlackLine also has regional headquarters in London, Singapore and Sydney servicing its 14 global locations.For more information, please visit


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