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ICMA Primary Market Forum - MENA
Date and Venue

13 March 2019
Time: 14.00-20.30

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 will look at major developments in global and MENA bond markets. The agenda will feature discussions on the outlook for MENA bonds and sukuk issues; trends in secondary bond markets; the transformation of bond markets by technology; and the rise of ESG investing.

The current transition from IBORs to new alternative benchmarks will also be covered, highlighting progress on the choice of replacement risk-free rates in different currency areas and the implications of the transition for new bonds and legacy issues.

Admission: This event is open to all ICMA members and financial market participants and is free of charge; however, registration in advance is essential.

For security reasons, delegates who have not registered in advance will not be admitted to this event. Delegates will be required to provide photo identification on arrival, to ensure entry.

If you have any queries, please contact ICMA Events.


  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
15.40   Coffee Break

  Presentation 2: Current trends in the primary bond markets and their implications for the MENA/GCC markets – Fintech, platforms, ESG, etc.
Gabriel Callsen, Director, ICMA

  Panel 2: How is technology transforming the primary bond markets? New trends, challenges and potential regulatory approaches
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
17.10   Networking Reception

Event Close

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