Date: 22 November 2023
The ICMA European Primary Market Forum assembled issuers, investors, underwriting banks, and other market participants to consider how economic conditions, regulatory policy and other global influences are impacting the functioning and development of the primary bond markets in Europe through various lenses, including fintech and sustainable finance. Featuring a keynote from the Chief Economist of HSBC and panels of industry experts, this event provided a great opportunity to gain practical and topical insights in key primary market developments.
Kate Gibbons, Global Knowledge Partner, Clifford Chance
Jean-Luc Lamarque, Managing Director, Global Co-Head of Primary, Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, and Deputy Chair, ICMA Board
|Keynote speaker: Global economic determinants, and their effects on the capital markets
Janet Henry, Chief Economist, HSBC
|Panel discussion: Recent trends and outlook for primary bond markets
Primary bond markets have remained resilient in spite of persistently high inflation leading to tightening in monetary policy, sluggish economic growth, higher rates and fluctuating liquidity. Our panellists will share views from their respective functions on how this economic context, combined with current global events, affects behaviours, dynamics and projections in different parts of the primary markets, trends in new issue execution and the outlook for the bond markets in 2024.
Moderator: Ruari Ewing, Senior Director, Primary Markets - Market Practice and Regulatory Policy, ICMA
|Panel discussion: The transformative potential of bond digitalisation panel discussion
The digitalisation revolution is accelerating, and legal and regulatory frameworks are evolving in concert. This panel will assess the latest developments in DLT issuance and impacts on the bond markets. Panellists will consider whether the market is keeping pace in terms of infrastructure, market participation and documentation, and discuss the potential for DLT in growth areas such as sustainable finance and emerging markets.
*This panel will take place under the Chatham House rule
Moderator: Gabriel Callsen, Director, FinTech and Digitalisation, ICMA
|Panel discussion: The changing landscape of sustainable finance
The world of sustainable finance is fast-moving, with constant evolution and innovation requiring a balance between regulatory scrutiny on a global scale, and reputational risk management. In this discussion, the panel will share views from their respective functions on developments in sustainable and climate transition finance, including market responses to greenwashing concerns, implementation of upcoming regulation, the role of ISSB standards and ESG ratings and data providers.
Moderator: Katie Kelly, Senior Director, Market Practice & Regulatory Policy, ICMA
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ICMA Members: Free to attend
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