Over 1000 individuals joined us in Dublin for the 48th ICMA AGM and conference in May, to hear speakers, including the Finance Minister and Central Bank Governor of Ireland, on topics as varied as Climate challenge for capital markets, Capital Markets Union in Europe, and Getting financial regulation right.
The AGM covered items reflecting our priorities in primary and secondary markets, repo and collateral, sustainability and the role of the buy-side, and also the diversity of our members’ interests in Europe, Asia and Africa.  It concluded with the election of new members to an enlarged and more diverse board, see below for details. The AGM also agreed to extend the qualifying categories for full membership of ICMA. Recognised stock exchanges, multi-lateral trading facilities, central counterparties, clearing and/or settlement systems – are now eligible to become full members in recognition of the central role they play in the development of the capital markets.  As a result of these changes and continuing steady growth in membership numbers we believe that ICMA is more fully representative of the market, essential in the rapidly changing environment which we now inhabit.

Martin Scheck

ICMA Chief Executive


If you have any comments on this update or its contents please contact us at: ICMACorporateCommunications@icmagroup.org



ICMA membership at a 15-year high

ICMA welcomed 13 new members in June:
A&L Goodbody, Dublin
Banco Finantia SA, Lisbon
BPCE, Paris
Burgan Bank A.Ş., Istanbul
China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS), Shanghai
Citigroup Global Markets Inc., New York
Dagong Global Credit Rating (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd., Hong Kong
Dechert LLP, Philadelphia
Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd., Tokyo
Kerman & Co LLP, London
Mirova, Paris
Murex S.A.S., Paris
TD Bank N.V., Amsterdam

This takes total ICMA membership to 508.


2016 Members Register

The 2016 Members Register has been printed and is being dispatched to members.
For additional copies please contact: membership@icmagroup.org


ICMA members elect new board line-up at Dublin AGM

The AGM voted to increase the number of ICMA Board members from 16 to 22 to allow balanced representation of the full scope of ICMA’s activities, which in recent years have extended significantly in terms of constituents, products and also in terms of the geographical location of members.

The following were elected to the ICMA Board in Dublin: Godfried de Vidts, ICAP Securities Ltd, London; Sian Hurrell, RBC Europe Limited, London;  Roman Schmidt, Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt;  Yu Sun, Bank of China Ltd, London; Camilla Tinari, Intesa Sanpaolo SPA, Milan, Joanna Cound, BlackRock Investment Management UK Ltd, London; John Langley, Barclays Bank plc, London; Marc Baigneres, JP Morgan Securities plc, London; and Mark Tempelman, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, London.  


ICMA paper on innovative trading practices and technologies and the new market entrants shaping the electronic bond trading landscape in Europe

Bond trading in Europe is experiencing a period of intense, evolutionary change in response to regulatory pressures and fintech developments.  Firms are re-shaping business strategies and undergoing consolidation due to lack of returns in fixed income. With the reduction in trading and sales teams, more and more electronic trading tools and platforms are being used to reach investors.  ‘Evolutionary change: the future of electronic trading in European cash bonds’ identifies new strategies that are emerging for both buy and sell side participants trading in this market and the options available from platforms and technology providers in the new environment.
The latest Financial Stability Review from the Banque de France analyses the new situation created by the digital era of the financial system for financial institutions, markets and regulators. It includes an article based on the ICMA report on the future of electronic trading in cash bond markets.
Contact: elizabeth.callaghan@icmagroup.org

Consultation to revise the ICMA Buy-in Rules
In the coming months ICMA will launch a consultation for members, under the guidance of the Secondary Market Practices Committee, to review and potentially revise the ICMA Buy-in Rules. The aim will be to improve the efficiency and transparency of the by in-process, while also supporting the possibility for a buy-in auction mechanism.
Contact: andy.hill@icmagroup.org

EFAMA/ICMA fund liquidity report outlines tools available to manage liquidity risk

ICMA’s Asset Management and Investors Council (AMIC) and the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) have published a report on the legislative requirements and market-based tools available to manage liquidity risk in investment funds in Europe. The report was written in response to public concerns that liquidity has become more fragmented, whether as a result of the reduced role of banks as market makers and liquidity providers or the prolonged accommodative monetary policy of the world’s most prominent central banks and offers some recommendations to further improve the general liquidity management environment.
Contact: patrik.karlsson@icmagroup.org

ICMA 2nd European IG Corporate Bond Secondary Market Study

ICMA’s new study into the current state and ongoing evolution of the European investment grade corporate bond secondary market is underway and due for publication in the summer. As in the previous study, ICMA will rely on the active participation and input of its member firms, including broker-dealers, asset managers and investors, corporate and financial issuers, as well as platform providers and intermediaries. We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to be included.
Contact: andy.hill@icmagroup.org

2016 Update of ICMA legal opinions on GMRA

The 2016 legal opinions, which support the Global Master Repurchase Agreement (GMRA), the standard agreement used for international repo transactions are now available to ICMA members. The 2016 opinions support the use of the GMRA in over 65 jurisdictions worldwide. 
Contact: lisa.cleary@icmagroup.org

ICMA in Asia

In addition to its ongoing work programme in primary markets and repo, the ICMA Asia-Pacific office is working on the Green Bond agenda, through further involvement and contribution to the G20 green finance study group. The ICMA-NAFMII panda bond study is still in progress and we would appreciate any further input from issuers to our online survey.
Contact: ricco.zhang@icmagroup.org
ICMA has recently concluded an MoU with the Money Market Association of the Philippines (MART) which has a total of 64 member institutions consisting of banks and non-bank financial institutions that actively trade fixed income securities in the market. As with similar MoUs in local markets around the world we look forward to a close relationship and a two-way exchange of information relating to capital market practices, regulation, training and research.
Contact: allan.malvar@icmagroup.org

ICMA in Africa

ICMA will deliver its second training workshop on the GMRA in Nairobi on June 14 and 15 for the Central Bank of Kenya and key market participants. The workshops have been sponsored by Frontclear, a development agency focused on developing interbank markets in emerging and frontier markets.
ICMA is assisting the development of other repo markets in Africa, including Nigeria.
Contact: allan.malvar@icmagroup.org


Market Practice and Regulatory Policy 

For a full list of ICMA’s Market Practice and Regulatory Policy experts and their areas of expertise click here.
More detailed information on ICMA Market Practice and Regulatory Policy work on behalf of members can be found in the ICMA Quarterly Report for the 2nd Quarter 2016 which was published on 8 April 2016. The Quarterly Report for the 3rd Quarter will be published on 12 July.
The ICMA Regulatory Grid which summarises proposed financial regulations affecting the cross-border securities market in Europe is available for download on the locked members’-only area of the ICMA website.  It is a working draft provided by the ICMA Market Practice and Regulatory Policy team and is periodically updated.


Consultation responses and briefing notes April/May 2016

The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) is due to come into force on 3 July.  The implications of MAR for pre-sounding and stabilisation in primary markets are covered in the latest ICMA Quarterly Report. ICMA has produced a briefing note on MAR’s potential impact on Investment Recommendations.
3 April ICMA with four other associations jointly published a statement that can be used to help market participants comply with new requirements under the European Union’s Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (SFTR).
4 April The ICMA ERCC Operations Group  submitted a response to an ECB consultative report on the services provided to market participants as part of its Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS). The consultation focuses on potential synergies between the TARGET2 and TARGET2-Securities.
18 April The ICMA ERCC submitted its response to the FSB's consultative proposals on Possible Measures of Non-Cash Collateral Re-use.
22 April The ICMA ERCC has submitted a detailed response to ESMA’s Discussion Paper on Draft Regulatory and Implementing Technical Standards under the EU SFT Regulation. 
29 April ICMA published a briefing note entitled 'Further thoughts on the ECB’s Corporate Sector Purchase Programme', following the announcement of details of the Programme on 21 April.
23 May ICMA Covered Bond Investor Council responds to Review of the Covered Bond Label Harmonised Transparency Template – 2016.
8 June ICMA published website resources page on Distributed ledger technology/blockchain.


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ICMA Events

The 2016 ICMA AGM and Conference is just successfully completed for another year, with numbers of attendees at a 20 year high. Thank you to everyone that supported us, especially the sponsors and exhibitors who made it possible. You can see highlights from the Dublin event on our website. We hope that you will be joining us in Stockholm next year for the 49th AGM and Conference and we’ll be announcing the date very soon!
Although the AGM is behind us we have other events planned before the summer and are already working on our programme for the autumn.  
We are holding a workshop on Market Abuse Regulation and new bond issuance in Stockholm on 22 June.
Be sure to save the date for three Future Leaders events for ICMA members - an ICMA Dutch Regional Committee and Future Leaders Summer Networking Reception in Amsterdam hosted by Simmons & Simmons LLP on 30 June, a Barbeque in Zurich on 25 August and an evening event in London hosted by Allen & Overy on 16 September!
The Green Bond Principles 2nd Annual General Meeting & Conference will take place in 2 days on June 16 at which the 2016 update of the Principles will be announced. There is still time to register for the event which will be held at the EBRD in London and the afternoon conference is open to all.
Details of our traditional charity ski event in Switzerland will be announced in autumn, but meanwhile we were very pleased to be able to present Helveta Swiss Cooperation, a charity working in the field of development cooperation and emergency response with a substantial cheque, the proceeds of the 2016 Ski Weekend. 



Autumn Event Preview  

ICMA Conference – China’s integration in the International Capital Markets
Shanghai, 6 September

ICMA Belgian Committee Summer BBQ
Antwerp, 8 September

ICMA Workshop: Ethics and the Capital Market
London, 13 September

ICMA European Repo and Collateral Council (ERCC) General Meeting
London, 27 September
The 8th Annual bwf and ICMA Capital Markets Conference
Frankfurt, 29 September

ICMA Workshop: European Regulation: An introduction for Capital Market Practitioners
London, 18 October
ICMA Workshop: Bond syndication practices for compliance professionals and other non-bankers
London, 27 October



ICMA Executive Education

ICMA Executive Education offers a number of its core courses as online study programmes or you can  join the
100s of market professionals who have already signed up for our classroom based courses in 2016!
Fixed Income Portfolio Management
London, 23-24 June

Trading and Hedging Short-Term Interest Rate Risk
London, 27-28 June

Trading the Yield Curve with Interest Rate Derivatives
London, 27-28 June
View the full autumn 2016 course schedule 



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