Speeches, presentations, panels and minutes

The international capital markets met under one roof at the 55th ICMA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference which attracted 1,200 senior capital market representatives and industry leaders from ICMA’s global membership alongside public sector officials, regulators, academics and the press.

The programme featured high-level, influential speakers and delegates, who provided insights on the current state and prospects for capital markets, with a special focus on financial stability, sustainability, regulatory change and FinTech developments.

The pace of market and geo-political events shows few signs of slowing as we head into 2023, so our conference agenda equipped delegates with plenty of opportunities to fully grasp the factors affecting the international capital market and help them identify opportunities for growth. With a strong roster of high-level speakers, we covered topics including:

  • Industry leader debate – The geopolitical landscape and the its impact upon the wider capital market
  • The evolving role of asset management in times of change
  • How do we make bond markets liquid again?
  • Digital Transformation of Capital Markets – Automation, DLT, Digital Assets and Regulation

In addition, evening receptions at the Palais Brongniart (the historic open-outcry exchange situated in central Paris) and the Musée du Quai Branly provided the perfect backdrop for delegates to reconnect with peers and make valuable new industry contacts. ICMA’s event drew together market participants from 44 countries across the globe, making the opportunities for networking more impactful.

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Day 1 - Thursday 25 May

Panel discussion on ICMA’s activities, including on market practice & regulatory policy, sustainable finance and fintech

Panel discussion: Technological innovation in the global bond markets

Bruno Le Maire, Minister for Economy, Finance, Industry and Digital Security, France
Welcome address

François Villeroy de Galhau, Governor, Banque de France
Keynote address

Forum of industry leaders: Testing times for global capital markets: meeting the challenge

Fireside chat: Navigating turbulent times: the role and priorities of the EBRD

Fireside chat: Scaling up sustainable finance through Sukuk - the IsDB experience

Carlo Monticelli, Governor, Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)
Keynote address: Promoting social inclusion from both sides of the balance sheet

Fireside chat: The state of the European financial market: a view from the top - the Crédit Agricole CIB perspective

Panel discussion: SSAs: issuance amid a shifting global landscape

Panel discussion: The evolving role of asset management in times of change

Panel discussion: Current conditions and dynamics in executing new issue transactions

Panel discussion: Oiling the wheels – are global repo and collateral markets still up to the task?

Verena Ross, Chair, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
Keynote address: European capital markets: need for strength in uncertain times

Jean-Paul Servais, Chair, International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO)
Keynote address: Progressing full steam ahead to deliver on some of the most pressing issues faced by the financial sector

Day 2 - Friday 26 May

Dr. Sabine Mauderer, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank and Vice-Chair, Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS)
Keynote address: Transition plans – the next step on the path to net zero?
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Panel discussion: Sustainable finance in an uncertain world

Tim Gould, Chief Energy Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Keynote address: The energy investment landscape in 2023 and what it means for the future

Fireside chat with Dr Ma Jun 

Panel discussion: How do we make bond markets liquid again? A deep dive into bond market structure and the factors driving liquidity

Panel discussion: Digital transformation of capital markets – Automation, DLT, digital assets and regulation

Jean-Claude Trichet, Chairman of the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, Honorary Chairman, the Group of Thirty, Former President, European Central Bank & Honorary Governor, Banque de France
Keynote address: The many causes of the return of inflation, and how to pave the way back to price stability

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting

Download the Minutes of the ICMA Annual General Meeting, held in Paris on Thursday, May 25, 2023 (ICMA members only).

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