Date: 21 October 2021

Event overview

The ICMA Primary Market Forum joine together issuers, syndicate banks, law firms and investors to discuss market trends and practices, regulatory developments and the overall outlook for the primary debt capital markets. This event was held virtually, allowing us to connect fully with our global membership.

This year’s Forum featured a panel of speakers discussing recent developments in sustainable finance, including the suitability of certain sustainable products as a funding tool for all issuers, the importance of ensuring that regulatory disclosure models accommodate both sell-side and buy-side needs, the advent of taxonomies and the risk and reputation management issues inherent in the issuance of sustainable products.
A further panel discussed the recent functioning of primary bond markets globally and a wide range of other topics, including regulatory developments in a post-Brexit and global landscape, technological developments and other matters that are shaping the global market for new bond issues. This was followed by a session dedicated to FinTech in primary markets.

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  Introductory remarks
Bryan Pascoe, Chief Executive, ICMA

  Is this sustainable? Taking stock of sustainable primary bond markets
Moderator: Katie Kelly, Senior Director, Market Practice and Regulatory Policy, ICMA

Lars Eibeholm, Head of Sustainable Banking, SEB
Luying Gan, Head of APAC sustainable bonds, HSBC
Johanna Köb, Head of Responsible Investment, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.
Matthew Reed, Head of Development, Sustainable Finance, EDF – Finance and Treasury

  ICSDs syndicated new issue closing process changes
Dan Kuhnel, Director International (Primary) Debt Capital Markets, Euroclear SA/NV

  What’s new? Recent developments affecting primary bond markets
Moderator: Charlotte Bellamy, Senior Director - Market Practice and Regulatory Policy, ICMA
Frank Engels, Managing Director, Global Head of Fixed Income, DWS
David Hopkins, Managing Director, Head of DCM Legal, NatWest Markets
Marc Lewell, Managing Director, Head of EMEA & APAC Syndicate, J.P. Morgan
Liang Si, Head of DCM & Bond Syndicate APAC, BNP Paribas
Richard Teichmeister, Head of Funding – New Products & Special Transactions, European Investment Bank

  Technology in primary markets  
Armin Peter, Managing Director - Global Head of DCM Syndicate & Head of Sustainable Banking EMEA, UBS
Ruari Ewing, Senior Director - Market Practice and Regulatory Policy, ICMA

  Closing remarks and quiz results
Bryan Pascoe, Chief Executive, ICMA
12:15   Event Close
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