Date: 22 November 2023 

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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.  



14:45   Registration
15:15   Introductory remarks
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
15:25   Keynote speaker: Global economic determinants, and their effects on the capital markets
Janet Henry, Chief Economist, HSBC
15:45   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
  • Richard Darby-Dowman, Lead Portfolio Manager for Credit, Index Fixed Income, State Street Global Advisors
  • Iuliana Necula, Head of DCM Legal Practice, Natixis Corporate & Investment Banking
  • Mark Whelan, Head of Funding and Liquidity, AIB Group Plc
  • Yumiao Yang, Head of EMEA Investment Grade Fixed Income Syndicate, Barclays 
16:25   Comfort break
16:35   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
  • Fanny Palmieri, ESES Legal Team Manager, Euroclear 
  • Deborah Smith, Executive Director / Senior Counsel, Digital Assets Legal, Goldman Sachs
  • Alexander Tollast, Counsel, Finance & Capital Markets, Clifford Chance 
17:15   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
  • Laurence Caron-Habib, Head of Public Affairs, BNP Paribas Asset Management
  • Paul O'Connor, Head of EMEA Sustainable Finance - Debt Capital Markets, JP Morgan
  • Ian Perrins, Treasury Debt Capital Markets Manager, NatWest Group
  • Deborah Zandstra, Partner in Capital Markets, Clifford Chance 
17:55   Closing remarks
18:00   Networking reception
20:00   Event close

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