The Motor Finance Europe Conference and Awards 2016 was held last night at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof Hotel in Frankfurt.

Approximately 150 industry leaders from across Europe attended the conference and awards ceremony.

Motor Finance received very strong nominations across the 13 award categories, making for a strong competition and resulting in a nearly three-hour long conference call to decide the winners.

The shortlists and winners were decided by a judging panel consisting of Graeme Banister, director of consulting, mobility at Frost and Sullivan; Peter Landers, head of consumer and vehicle finance, financial services at Grant Thornton; Paul Harrison, head of motor finance at Auto Trader; Frank Stenner, professor of automotive financial services at University of Applied Science Nuertingen-Geislingen and Editor of Motor Finance magazine Jonathan Minter.

Black Horse was named Independent Finance Provider of the Year 2016, while BMW Group Financial Services won the award for Captive Finance Company of the Year 2016. Erhard Paulat from GM Financial was nominated as Industry Ambassador of the Year 2016 and Matt Solven at Audi Financial Services for Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) scooped up the Rising Star Award 2016.

The 2016 Motor Finance award winners are:

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Captive Finance Company of the Year 2016: BMW Group Financial Services
Independent Finance Provider of the Year 2016: Black Horse
Intermediary of the Year 2016: Evolution Funding
Sub-Prime Lender of the Year 2016: Moneybarn
Legal Provider of the Year 2016: Shoosmiths
Fleet Services Provider of the Year 2016: LeasePlan
New Entrant of the Year 2016: Blue Motor Finance
IT Services Provider of the Year 2016: Sword Apak
Best Finance Product 2016: NextGear Capital UK
Advisory Firm of the Year 2016: KPMG AG WPG "Captive Finance"
Innovator of the Year 2016: AU10TIX (With RCI Financial services UK)
Rising Star Award 2016: Matt Solven, Audi Financial Services for Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Ltd
Industry Ambassador of the Year 2016: Erhard Paulat, GM Financial

Motor Finance would like to congratulate each of the winners, as well as all of the finalists.