Venue: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Frankfurt


The International Capital Market Association (ICMA), the Association of German Pfandbrief Banks (vdp) and The Covered Bond Report jointly hosted the 9th Annual Covered Bond Investor Conference on 30 June 2022 at the German National Library. The event aired and addressed the concerns of investors and other key players in the covered bond market.

This year, The Covered Bond Report Awards for Excellence were presented at a networking reception that took place on the evening of 29 June 2022.

All photos from The Covered Bond Report Awards for Excellence and The Covered Bond Investor Conference 2022 can be viewed here.



  Welcome remarks
Joachim Heppe, Chairman, ICMA Regional Committee, Germany

  Macro economic headwinds – the ESMA perspective
Steffen Kern, Chief Economist and Head of Risk Analysis, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

  Panel discussion: Weathering volatile markets as issuance surges

Moderator: Neil Day, Managing Editor, The Covered Bond Report

Claudia Bärdges-Koch, Head of Debt Investor Relations and Client Acquisition, Münchener Hypothekenbank
Julien Marchand, Head of Origination FI/ SSA, Norddeutsche Landesbank
Wojtek Niebrzydowski, Vice President, Treasury, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Daniel Rauch, Senior Portfolio Manager, Union Investment
Maureen Schuller, Head Financials Sector Strategy, ING Bank
10:40   Coffee break
  Panel discussion: Covered bonds’ role in sustainable finance

Moderator: Simone Utermarck, Director, Sustainable Finance, ICMA

Casper Andersen, Senior Director, S&P Global Ratings Europe
Doris Kramer, Vice President, Sustainable Investment, KfW
Sascha Kullig, Member of the Management Board and Department Head Capital Markets, Investor Relations and Coordinator Sustainable Finance, Association of German Pfandbrief Banks
Bodo Winkler-Viti, Head of Funding & Investor Relations, Berlin Hyp
12:00   Lunch
13:00   Panel discussion: New directions: incoming developments in jurisdictions, assets and structures

Moderator: Hélène Heberlein, Managing Director, Fitch Ratings

Christoph Christensen, Treasury, Hamburg Commercial Bank
Matthias Ebert, Head of DCM FIG Origination, DZ Bank
Eiríkur Magnús Jensson, Head of Treasury, Iceland, Arion Bank
Matthias Ogg, Head Special Products, Capital Markets, Zürcher Kantonalbank
Arjan Verbeek, CEO, Perenna
14:00   Panel discussion: Regulation in a changing landscape
Moderator: Neil Day, Managing Editor, The Covered Bond Report 

Luca Bertalot, Secretary General, European Mortgage Federation – European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC)
Morten Bækmand Nielsen, Head of ALM and Investor Relations, Nykredit & ECBC Chair
Cristina Costa, Director, Covered Bonds/SSA Research, Barclays
Patrick Widmayer, Vice President - Senior Covered Bond Analyst, Moody’s
14:55   Closing remarks
Neil Day, Managing Editor, The Covered Bond Report
15:00   Close of event


DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank, Frankfurt am Main, is majority-owned by those who work directly with it - the approximate 800 cooperative banks in Germany. As a central bank and central institution, its mandate is to support the business of the many independent cooperative banks in the regions and to strengthen their competitive position. The combination of local customer knowledge and central product expertise has proved to be highly effective.

DZ BANK's range of services extends from traditional and innovative products, structuring and issues, to trading and sales in the equity and bond markets. In addition, as a corporate bank, DZ BANK serves companies and institutions that require a supra-regional banking partner.

Debt Capital Markets
DZ BANK is a leading German dealerbank in the DCM business. The global presence with public sector issuers (SSA) as well as financial institutions is supplemented by a deep expertise with corporate issuers of the DACH region. The DCM department consolidates DCM origination, syndication, private placement and ESG advisory units to ensure its clients receive a complete set of services. 

The bank’s DCM franchise is guided by the investment criteria of the all-important client base amongst cooperative and institutional investors in Germany, Europe and Asia. Accordingly, issuers of investment grade quality, Covered Bonds and SSA-transactions are at the centre of the bank’s DCM business. The product spectrum is complete and includes Bearer Bonds (private & public), promissory notes (Corporate Schuldschein as well as NSVs) and the associated cross currency and interest rate derivatives.

Our attitude
We think and act in partnership, consistently, innovatively, courageously, in a cosmopolitan manner, efficiently, safely and sustainably. Together, this results in an attitude that guides us as a bank - and makes for our success, especially in these challenging times. We are certain: with solidarity, confidence and cooperation at eye level, we can master any situation.
With a history dating back over two centuries, NORD/LB is one of Germany’s top banking groups in terms of diversified access to funding sources and a flourishing domestic capital markets franchise.

Combining general retail and specialist wholesale focus into a successful business model for the German Landesbank sector, NORD/LB is honoured to have helped a growing share of premier covered bond issuers worldwide to deepen their distribution in the largest fixed income investment market of the European continent.
Mayer Brown is a distinctively global law firm, uniquely positioned to advise the world’s financial institutions on their most complex matters. With extensive reach across four continents, we are the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers—New York, London and Hong Kong.

Given the firm’s preeminent securitization and mortgage market experience, it is not surprising that the firm counts among its lawyers some of the leading covered bond practitioners. Mayer Brown’s bank regulatory, capital markets, derivatives and tax lawyers work with covered bond issuers to establish their issuance programs, assist with US and European offerings and advise on regulatory matters. Mayer Brown is broadly recognized for its capital markets capabilities. Chambers Global ranks the firm in its Finance & Capital Markets (International & Cross-Border) category and our capital markets lawyers are ranked by Chambers Europe, Chambers UK and Chambers USA in its capital markets categories across various jurisdictions.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/MB-Covered-Bonds.

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