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ICMA Primary Market Forum – the MENA bond markets
Date and Venue

13 March 2019
Time:  10.00 - 14.30

Crowne Plaza Hotel
P.O.Box No. 5831
Kingdom of Bahrain

Event Overview

Drawing together international experts and market participants from the GCC, this half day ICMA conference looked at major developments affecting global and MENA bond markets.

The agenda featured discussions on: the outlook for MENA bonds and sukuk issues; trends and new products in international markets; the transformation of bond markets by FinTech; and the rise of ESG investing.

The current transition from IBORs to new alternative benchmarks was also covered, highlighting progress on the choice of replacement risk-free rates in different currency areas and the implications of the transition for legacy issues and new bonds referencing IBORs, with specific reference to issuing practice in the MENA region.


  Registration, Tea & Coffee

  Welcome Remarks
Martin Scheck, Chief Executive, ICMA

  Presentation 1: Transition to risk-free rates and international bond market
Martin Scheck, Chief Executive, ICMA

  Panel 1: Primary bond market trends; new products and markets
Moderator: Martin Scheck, Chief Executive, ICMA

Fawaz Abusneineh, Managing Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets & Issuer Services, First Abu Dhabi Bank (PJSC) 
Ijlal Ahmed Alvi, Chief Executive Officer, International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM)
Hamid Al-Hashimi, Vice President, Head of Treasury, United Gulf Bank
Abrar Hussain, Head of DCM, Crédit Agricole CIB
Rajat Sapra, Group Head of Capital Markets, Bank ABC
11.40   Coffee Break

  Presentation 2: Recent technology developments in the primary bond markets
Gabriel Callsen, Director, ICMA

  Panel 2: How is technology affecting the primary bond markets? New trends, challenges potential regulatory approaches and implications for the MENA/GCC markets
Moderator: Gabriel Callsen, Director, ICMA

Ahmed Abdulghani, Head Debt Capital Markets & Syndications, National Bank of Bahrain
Vic Arulchandran, Co-Founder / Chief Operating Officer, Nivaura
Rod Gordon, Head of DCM Origination and Fixed Income Syndicate, Gulf International Bank
  Q&A and Closing Remarks
13.10   Networking Lunch

Event Close