14 - 15 September 2021
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

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First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

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Rawabi Holding

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Bank of Jordan

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Morgan Lewis

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UK Export Finance

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Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East 2021 Agenda

14th September 2021

09:00

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Speaker

Fawaz Abusneineh

Fawaz Abusneineh

Acting Head of Global Corporate Finance

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Fawaz Abusneineh

Fawaz Abusneineh

Acting Head of Global Corporate Finance at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Fawaz is in charge of the DCM Origination business for FAB’s Global Corporate Finance clients. He has worked on a number of landmark transactions for high profile issuers in the Corporate, Institutional and SSA space, covering various DCM products from plain vanilla bonds and setting up MTN Programs, to project bonds, hybrid capital and liability management, both conventional bonds and Islamic (Sukuk).

Fawaz has also originated and overseen the execution of numerous landmark deals outside the region, including the inaugural sovereign Sukuk issuance from HM Treasury and Hong Kong Government SAR. Prior to this role, Fawaz headed FAB's global distribution of Syndicated Loans and also managed FAB's Proprietary fixed income portfolio.

Fawaz holds a BSc (Hon's) in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation. He is also the Chairman of the Middle East Region for International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and a Board Member of The Gulf Bonds and Sukuk Association (GBSA).

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Fawaz Abusneineh

About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, products and services to its customers. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans five continents, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

With total assets of AED 955 Billion (USD 260 Billion) as of September-end 2020, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region.

The Bank has been ranked by Global Finance as the Safest Bank in the UAE and the Middle East, and the 32nd Safest Bank globally.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

09:15

Keynote address: Oil and gas financing in a rapidly transitioning world

  • What structural changes has the oil and gas markets experienced in the last 12 months? How do oil and gas companies adapt their finance and investments to adapt to these changes?
  • What is the new sustainable equilibrium price for oil? How does the new norm oil price impact capital markets’ and investment strategy?
  • The economics of sustainable energy: How are oil and gas businesses adapting to increasing demand for ESG implementation from stakeholders?
  • What structural changes has the oil and gas markets experienced in the last 12 months? How do oil and gas companies adapt their finance and investments to adapt to these changes?
  • What is the new sustainable equilibrium price for oil? How does the new norm oil price impact capital markets’ and investment strategy?
  • The economics of sustainable energy: How are oil and gas businesses adapting to increasing demand for ESG implementation from stakeholders?

Speaker

Klaus Froelich

Klaus Froelich

Klaus Froelich

Chief Investment Officer at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Klaus Froehlich is the Group Chief Investment Officer of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Klaus joined the Group in 2020 to head the Group Strategic Investments Function. Prior to joining ADNOC, Klaus spent over 20 years in the financial service industry including 17 years at Morgan Stanley and more recently for 3 years as Chief Financial Officer of the Saudi Binladin Group in Jeddah.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Klaus Froelich
Session ends: 09:45
09:45

MENA Fixed Income and the (non)taper-tantrum: Are interest rates too low at this juncture?

  • Global vs. EM vs. MENA: Where does MENA fit within the global portfolio? How do MENA IG bonds compare to Asia IG?
  • Who’s going long and who sees a buying opportunity? Is a full recovery priced
  • into portfolios? Will there need to be a re-valuation? If so, when?
  • How is Biden’s policy towards the MENA region changing (if at all) ?
  • How could signs of a slowdown affect inflation?
  • Assessment of current liquidity levels vs. market expectation heading into 2022
  • Where do banks see the most growth in the market for tenors? How are development of Tier 1 and Tier 2 instruments developing to facilitate this growth?

Moderator

Aditya Kotibhaskar

Aditya Kotibhaskar

Senior Director - Head of Debt Capital Markets

Mashreqbank

Aditya Kotibhaskar

Aditya Kotibhaskar

Senior Director - Head of Debt Capital Markets at Mashreqbank

With nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Aditya has led and worked across origination and execution platforms at Trussbridge, ADIB, Nomura, Lehman Brothers, E&Y and Arthur Andersen. He worked in London, Dubai and Mumbai. He has bookrun deals in excess of several billions of dollars of landmark financings, across the conventional and Islamic space, for governments, supra-nationals, corporates and financial institutions worldwide.

Aditya is a ranking Chartered Accountant from India and has a MBA from London Business School.

Established in 1967, Mashreq is the oldest privately held Bank in the UAE with award winning financial solutions and services. Throughout its 50 years' history, Mashreq has differentiated itself through innovative financial solutions, making it possible for its customers to achieve their aspirations. Today, Mashreq has a significant presence in 11 countries outside the UAE with 21 overseas branches and offices across Europe, USA, Asia and Africa.

Mashreqbank

Aditya Kotibhaskar

One of the UAE’s best performing banks for five decades, Mashreq is a leading financial institution with an expanding footprint across the Middle East. We have international offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, and a strong presence in the financial capitals of the world.

As the oldest bank in the UAE, our journey can be traced back to humble beginnings in 1967, followed by periods of rapid growth and strategic expansion. Throughout our history, Mashreq has differentiated itself by pioneering new-to-market concepts and launching unique products and services.

Our innovative approach sets us truly apart, it also continues to win us numerous awards and accolades across all fields including digital banking, the most recent were: Middle East Best Digital Bank by Euromoney Regional Awards for Excellence, the Most Innovative Consumer/Corporate Digital Bank in the UAE and Best Bank in the UAE by World's Best Bank Awards by Global Finance, Most Innovative Bank in the Middle East by EMEA Finance and many others.

LinkedIn URL - https://www.linkedin.com/company/mashreq-corporate-and-investment-banking-group

Speakers

Angad Rajpal

Angad Rajpal

CFA, Head of Fixed Income

Emirates NBD

Angad Rajpal

Angad Rajpal

CFA, Head of Fixed Income at Emirates NBD

Angad is Head of Fixed Income at Emirates NBD Asset Management, having previously been Senior Portfolio Manager since October 2014. He has been with the business for more than nine years, having joined in 2010 as a Senior Credit Analyst. Angad is the lead manager for the UCITS-compliant MENA Fixed Income Fund and the Global Sukuk Fund, which have outperformed their respective benchmarks for most years since 2010. He has also had an active part in doubling Fixed Income Assets Under Management (AUM) since 2013 – to under USD3 billion for year-end 2019.

Prior to joining the team, Angad was Senior Analyst at Prime Emirates from 2008 to 2010, having previously been an Associate in Financial Services Advisory at Ernst & Young in New York and a Financial Analyst at Real Value Investments in Mumbai. He holds an MBA from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in New York and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Auditing from the University of Mumbai. Angad has CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Emirates Society.

Emirates NBD

Angad Rajpal

Emirates NBD (DFM: Emirates NBD) is a leading Banking Group in the MENAT region. As at 30th September 2020, total assets were AED 692 Billion (equivalent to approx. USD 188 Billion). The acquisition of DenizBank represents a significant milestone for Emirates NBD with the Bank expanding its presence to 13 countries, servicing over 14 million customers. The Bank is ranked among the top 20 in the Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Regarded Companies, securing a leading spot among global brands.

The Bank has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry with 94% of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. Emirates NBD was named “UAE’s Best Bank” in 2020 for a fifth consecutive year by Euromoney. In addition, Emirates NBD received the “Excellence in Leadership in the Middle East” award, introduced this year in light of the Covid-19 impact, as a recognition of its efforts in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

Emirates NBD is also a major player in the UAE corporate segment and has strong Islamic banking, investment banking, private banking, asset management, global markets & treasury and brokerage operations.

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/emirates-nbd

Kathy Collins

Kathy Collins

Investment Manager, Emerging Market Debt

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Kathy Collins

Kathy Collins

Investment Manager, Emerging Market Debt at Aberdeen Standard Investments

Kathy is an Investment Manager on the EMD team at Aberdeen Standard Investments where she specialises in corporate debt. The team manages US$16bn in global EMD assets, with just over US$3bn in dedicated global emerging market corporate debt portfolios. Kathy joined Aberdeen Standard Investments in June 2009, and the Emerging Market Debt desk as a credit analyst in 2012. Since then her research coverage has expanded across Latam, CEE, Middle East and Africa. Previously, she completed a year’s internship at Standard Chartered Private Bank in New York as part of the Mountbatten Internship Programme. She graduated with a BSc in Economics from St. Andrews University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Usman Ahmed

Usman Ahmed

Head of Fixed Income Investments

FIM Partners

Usman Ahmed

Usman Ahmed

Head of Fixed Income Investments at FIM Partners

Usman is the Portfolio Manager for all MENA and Global Sukuk strategies at FIM Partners. He joined the firm from Emirates NBD Asset Management where he was the Head of Investments and was responsible for EM Corporate Credit, MENA Fixed Income and Global Sukuk strategies and achieved top quartile performance across his funds. Prior to Emirates NBD, Usman was a director at Mashreq Capital where he was responsible for the bank’s distressed debt and structured credit investments. Usman began his career at TCH Miami where he was in charge of the research team responsible for analyzing and monitoring lending policies for investment grade and speculative grade corporate issuers and structured products. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami and is a CFA Charter holder.

FIM Partners

Usman Ahmed

FIM Partners was established in 2008 as among the first dedicated and independent specialist investment managers focused on the MENA & Frontier markets. The firm has successfully navigated the risks of investing in MENA & Frontier markets over the last twelve years through its fundamental approach, on the ground presence and smart portfolio construction. Our philosophy for managing fixed income portfolios revolves around optimizing risk adjusted-returns by investing in credits with attractive risk return dynamics, managing interest rate risk and minimizing liquidity risk.

In addition to employing investment staff with over 100 years combined experience in MENA & Frontier markets, the firm employs inhouse, independent risk management and operations professionals and its focus on capital preservation has led to its funds having a top ranking in CityWire. FIM Partners Limited is registered and regulated with the DFSA in the United Arab Emirates, FCA in the United Kingdom and the Capital Markets Authority of Saudi Arabia.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fim-partners

Justin Mathews

Justin Mathews

Vice President, Treasury and Capital Markets

Gulf International Bank

Justin Mathews

Justin Mathews

Vice President, Treasury and Capital Markets at Gulf International Bank

Justin Mathews is a banking professional with 17 years of aggregate experience both on the sellside and buyside, internationally and regionally, including most recently in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Justin began his banking career in London, having spent time with leading international banks like Credit Suisse, Jefferies and Bank of New York Mellon, before moving to Gulf International Bank. He has advised several clients on raising capital for through bond and sukuk issuances in the international and domestic debt capital markets. Justin currently manages the Treasury Investments portfolio of GIB Saudi Arabia, which runs a fixed income and multi-asset investment strategy. Justin has significant connections with investors and investment banks in the GCC and has contributed significantly to the development of the regional capital markets.

Gulf International Bank

Session ends: 10:40
10:40

Coffee and networking

Session ends: 11:20
11:20

Weathering the COVID storm and the economic after-shocks: How are corporates approaching funding through volatile times

  • Stories behind the big headlines: What were the risks (and successful outcomes) corporates faced when they attempted to approach the capital market in 2020?
  • Do MENA borrowers still prefer loan financing versus bonds/sukuk? What’s the desire to diversify investor/funding base eastwards?
  • How did SMEs with EBITDA >USD50m adapt their businesses and finances through the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • The market view on corporate credit deterioration and debt burdens: How will defaults trickle down to affect the credit environment post-COVID?

Moderator

Sarmad Mirza

Sarmad Mirza

Executive Director, MENA Debt Capital Markets

Standard Chartered

Sarmad Mirza

Sarmad Mirza

Executive Director, MENA Debt Capital Markets at Standard Chartered

Over 16 years of experience with 11 years dedicated to MENA Corporate Debt Capital Markets, Sam has been instrumental in driving the Corporate DCM agenda in the region.

Sam leads the Corporate Debt Capital Markets space for the Bank across MENA

Throughout the 11 years Sam has spent with StanChart, he has executed over 50 benchmark transactions for high profile Corporate issuers from the region

In particular, Sam has been instrumental in driving key business opportunities across a variety of repeat issuers including Majid Al Futtaim, Emaar, TAQA, Mubadala, Saudi Electricity, DP World

In addition, Sam has led a number of high profile debut issuers from the region including Almarai, Saudi Telecom, ESIC, Emirates REIT, Oman Telecom

Standard Chartered

Sarmad Mirza

Speakers

Ahmad Alshubbar

Ahmad Alshubbar

Vice President, Treasury and Strategy

Rawabi Holding

Ahmad Alshubbar

Ahmad Alshubbar

Vice President, Treasury and Strategy at Rawabi Holding

Mr. Ahmed AlShubbar is the Group Vice President, Group Treasury & Strategy for Rawabi Holding Group Mr. AlShubbar’s responsibilities include overseeing the group's Treasury, Corporate Finance, Bank Relations, Cash Flow Management, Insurance and most importantly Strategy. Mr. AlShubbar brings a wealth of banking experience that covers Corporate Banking and Investment Banking (Debt Capital Markets and Debt Advisory) for over 12 years with reputable banks such as National Commercial Bank (NCB), Samba Financial Group, Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) and Gulf International Bank (GIB) where he recently served as Vice President in Investment Banking. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Economics from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) Business School. He attended and participated in many training programs and conferences in related areas such as Credit Risk Management, Corporate Finance and Global Markets, Bonds, Loans & Sukuk to name a few.

Rawabi Holding

Ahmad Alshubbar

From our trading legacy, Rawabi Holding has developed into a diversified conglomerate. Rooted in the region, Rawabi Holding has extensive expertise in understanding and anticipating market dynamics.

We recognize what businesses need to do to be successful in Saudi Arabia and we are dedicated to helping our partners, joint ventures and businesses succeed.

Established and proven, Rawabi Holding is not satisfied with the status quo. We seek out innovative solutions, technologies and opportunities that help enable our clients to succeed more effectively and cost-efficiently.

Rawabi Holding, through its fully owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and partnerships with international market leaders, focuses on three core sectors:

  • OILFIELD SERVICES
  • CONTRACTING & INDUSTRIAL SERVICES
  • OFFSHORE SERVICES

LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rawabi-holding-group

Mohamed Al Shehab

Mohamed Al Shehab

Portfolio and Investor Relations Manager – Investments

Nogaholding

Mohamed Al Shehab

Mohamed Al Shehab

Portfolio and Investor Relations Manager – Investments at Nogaholding

Mr. Mohamed Al Shehab joined the Oil & Gas Holding Company (nogaholding) in Bahrain in December 2020 as Portfolio and Investor Relations Manager in the Investment Department. He is responsible for securing funding and identifying investment opportunities for nogaholding, and setting and executing the financing strategy for the Group, as well as managing the portfolio companies’ key performance indicators and maintaining investor relations.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Al Shehab was Vice President at Barclays Bank PLC, in London, United Kingdom from August 2013 to November 2020, where he served in several roles in Corporate and Investment Banking in Barclays International, including risk, product and business management as the Head of Business Management and strategy for the International Corporates business.

Mr. Al Shehab holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, U.S.A., with majors in Finance and Operations and Information Management and minors in Economics and Philosophy, awarded in 2012. He has also obtained a Certificate in Advanced Credit Skills, and passed CFA qualification Level 1, 2 and 3 examinations.

Since joining nogaholding, Mohamed led on the issuance of $250m GMTN Bond Private Placement and the establishment of the $3bn Sukuk programme and the $600m debut issuance there under in 2021.

Nogaholding

Julian Lynn

Julian Lynn

Regional Head, Middle East & Asia Pacific

UK Export Finance

Julian Lynn

Julian Lynn

Regional Head, Middle East & Asia Pacific at UK Export Finance

Julian joined UKEF in 2015 and is currently responsible for UKEF’s business origination activities in the Middle East and Asia Pacific, in close support of UKEF’s regional and international network of dedicated representatives.


He was previously extensively involved in all aspects of negotiating and underwriting UKEF’s first Offshore Wind Projects in Taiwan, along with other firsts in solar and Islamic Financing. Julian has over 30 years international banking experience in project, export, and structured finance, having worked with major international banking groups such as Standard Chartered and HSBC. He has worked in all the main sectors of power (thermal and renewable), infrastructure (water, airports, ports), oil and gas and petro-chemicals, and in the emerging markets of Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He has also extensive experience of working with bilateral and multi-lateral lending agencies.

UK Export Finance

Julian Lynn

UK Export Finance (UKEF) is the UK’s export credit agency. We support UK exporters, international project sponsors and buyers of UK goods and services. We also work with banks to provide flexible, innovative, and competitive financing solutions.

In 2020/21, we provided £12.3bn in support for UK exports to 77 countries and increased our capacity to support exports to over 100 foreign markets. UKEF can support exports for any size of company and across all sectors, from capital goods to services and intangibles such as intellectual property.

UKEF is delighted to have been voted ‘best export credit agency’ by Global Trade Review for 2020. This is a recognition of our innovative approach to supporting exporters, comprehensive product offering and substantial appetite to take on new business.

UKEF have an international network of export finance representatives in key markets around the world: Brazil, China, Columbia, East Africa, India, Indonesia, Middle East & Asia Pacific, Turkey and West Africa, with responsibility for developing commercial ties and matching UK businesses to local projects. This is alongside our network of Export Finance Managers based regionally across the UK, who are local points of contact for exporters and businesses with export potential.

To find out more on how UK Export Finance can support you, visits: www.great.gov.uk/get-finance/

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Sabrina Al Bakri

Sabrina Al Bakri

Head of Treasury

OQ SAOC

Sabrina Al Bakri

Sabrina Al Bakri

Head of Treasury at OQ SAOC

OQ SAOC

Hussain Hussain

Hussain Hussain

Head of Capital Markets - Middle East

MUFG

Hussain Hussain

Hussain Hussain

Head of Capital Markets - Middle East at MUFG

Joining MUFG in September 2017, Hussain is the Head of Capital Markets for the Middle East. With an extensive portfolio focusing on transactions across a wide range of sectors within the EMEA region, his role predominantly looks at debt capital market transactions involving Sovereigns, Corporates and Financial Institutions compromising of debut and repeat issuers, project bonds and hybrid capital issuances.

Hussain has over 15 years of banking experience, primarily within the debt capital markets across EMEA and has led over USD 60bn of issuance from the Middle East.

Hussain holds a First Class Honours in BSc Economics from the University College of London.

MUFG

Hussain Hussain

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is one of the world’s leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with over 360 years of history, MUFG has a global network with approximately 2,500 locations in more than 50 countries. The Group has about 170,000 employees and offers services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing. The Group aims to “be the world’s most trusted financial group” through close collaboration among our operating companies and flexibly respond to all of the financial needs of our customers, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world.

Please visit the website for more information - https://www.mufgemea.com/

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mufg

Twitter Page: @MUFGEMEA

Neeraj Agrawal

Neeraj Agrawal

Chief Financial Officer

Crescent Petroleum

Neeraj Agrawal

Neeraj Agrawal

Chief Financial Officer at Crescent Petroleum

Neeraj Agrawal is responsible for Crescent Petroleum's finance and business development functions, building relationships with the investment and banking community and overseeing financing, mergers and acquisitions. He is also the Chief Financial Officer and Board Member of Crescent Group.

Neeraj’s achievements throughout his 32 years with Crescent Group include securing several financings from development & commercial banks via bilateral and syndicated loans as well as capital market transactions. Neeraj has also been instrumental in various joint ventures within the international energy and port industries and leading the development of operations across the MENA region. He was also instrumental in the successful formation and capitalisation of Dana Gas PJSC, including the private placement and US$80 billion IPO, the US$1.2 billion acquisition and financing of TSX-listed Centurion Energy International Inc., and the Middle East’s first forward-looking accelerated US$1 billion sukuk issued by an associate company in 2007, and which also received the 2013 ‘Restructuring Deal of the Year’ award in New York.

More recently Neeraj has been instrumental in securing multiple channels of international funding for Pearl Petroleum’s development of KRI gas resources through a regional bank facility, EPC contractor financing, and long-term financing agreement by a US Development Finance Corporation.

Crescent Petroleum

Neeraj Agrawal
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12:15

Syndicated loan markets: Can banks bridge the gap between borrower demands for better pricing and longer tenor

  • Demand > supply: Can banks bridge the gap between borrower demands for better pricing and longer tenor versus a backdrop of light pipeline of projects and deals?
  • Can banks keep apace as competition amongst lenders heats up?
  • Wall-to-wall refinancing: How big is the pipeline? How to negotiate and renegotiate terms and conditions in the current market
  • How can the loan market support companies with lower ratings access FX in the current environment?
  • Sustainability loans: Do borrowers understand their benefits?

Moderator

Tonmoy Andalib

Tonmoy Andalib

Managing Director, Head of Loan Syndicate & Distribution

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Tonmoy Andalib

Tonmoy Andalib

Managing Director, Head of Loan Syndicate & Distribution at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Andalib has 16+ years of experience in origination, structuring, execution and distribution of syndicated loan transactions across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Andalib heads up the Loan Syndicate & Distribution team at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) and is based in Abu Dhabi. He and his team are responsible for all loan underwriting, bookrunning, primary syndication and secondary market activity by FAB.

Andalib joined FAB in February 2015 from Standard Chartered Bank, UK. With Standard Chartered, he previously worked in London, Singapore and Dhaka covering loan markets and investors across Europe, Africa and South Asia.

Andalib has bookrun in excess of USD 200 billion of landmark financings for many of the most sophisticated supranationals, governments, corporates and financial institutions. Andalib holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing.

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Tonmoy Andalib

About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, products and services to its customers. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans five continents, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

With total assets of AED 955 Billion (USD 260 Billion) as of September-end 2020, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region.

The Bank has been ranked by Global Finance as the Safest Bank in the UAE and the Middle East, and the 32nd Safest Bank globally.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Speakers

Eric Zimny

Eric Zimny

Managing Director, Head of CEEMEA Origination

SMBC

Eric Zimny

Eric Zimny

Managing Director, Head of CEEMEA Origination at SMBC

With over 25 years of Loan and Debt Capital Market experience, Eric is a Managing Director and Head of CEEMEA Origination, Loan Capital Markets, at SMBCE responsible for the origination and structuring of loans for corporates and financial institutions across the full regional and borrower spectrum. Before joining SMBC in 2011, he was employed at Commerzbank New York, Frankfurt and London, where he held various head positions including loans and bonds origination. Eric is a certified Attorney at Law and has worked as such in Germany and the US. Eric is also a member of a group of authors that triennially publish a practical textbook on syndicated lending for borrowers, banking professionals, lawyers and auditors in German language

SMBC

Eric Zimny

With over four centuries of history and rooted in the stability of Japan and growth of Asia, SMBC Group reaches out around the world to provide the advice, connections and support that create value. Our customers in Africa and MENA choose SMBC Group because we offer local knowledge and global expertise.

With one of the most extensive domestic and international branch networks of any Japanese bank, SMBC Group uses the strength of its extensive footprint with powerful capabilities in loan and debt capital markets, project and trade finance, and a wide range of other financial services to deliver customer-focused, integrated solutions.

African & MENA customers benefit from SMBC Group's position as a world leader in loan capital markets bookrunning and arranging of loan facilities, including structuring, pricing, advising, executing and distribution of syndicated loans. A specialist debt capital markets team can provide expert advice and execution in core markets for public and private bond issuance, and offer issuers with guidance through the process from structuring, documentation and legal requirements, to execution of relevant funding solutions and investor relations. Particular focus is dedicated to corporate and structured finance and emerging market benchmark transactions for distribution to an international investor audience.

Zain Zaidi

Zain Zaidi

Managing Director, Head of CEEMEA Loans & Leveraged Finance

Citi

Zain Zaidi

Zain Zaidi

Managing Director, Head of CEEMEA Loans & Leveraged Finance at Citi

Zain is a Director in the Loans and Acquisition Finance team at Citi and responsible for all syndicated loan financing in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. In addition to his regional coverage, Zain is also responsible for syndicated loan transactions for shipping clients within the broader EMEA region.

Zain has been with Citi for over 16 years between New York, London and Dubai and has provided debt origination, execution, structuring and advisory services to clients over this time related to loans, bonds, and securitization. His client list has spanned the full credit spectrum from sovereigns and strong investment grade names to high yield issuers.

During his time at Citi, Zain has had strong experience with transportation assets and infrastructure financing but has spent the last 7 years focused on corporate loans covering Sovereigns, GREs, Corporates and FIs from the Middle East.

Citi

Zain Zaidi
Hitesh Asarpota

Hitesh Asarpota

Managing Director, Head of Global Capital Markets & Loan Syndications

Emirates NBD

Hitesh Asarpota

Hitesh Asarpota

Managing Director, Head of Global Capital Markets & Loan Syndications at Emirates NBD

Hitesh joined Emirates NBD Capital in 2008 and has been instrumental in the development of the investment banking franchise of the Emirates NBD Group. Hitesh is responsible for a dedicated DCM desk and the origination and syndication of debt capital markets, liability management and structured finance mandates.

Hitesh worked on the first Sukuk issuance in 2005 and since then he has advised various governments, financial institutions, blue chip and mid-cap corporates on their Islamic and conventional financing strategies and access to debt capital markets. He has successfully raised over USD 60 billion for Middle East, Asian and Turkish issuers

Hitesh holds a BCom in Accounting and Economics from Sydenham College, India and a postgraduate management degree from HEC Paris (Grande École), France

Emirates NBD

Hitesh Asarpota

Emirates NBD (DFM: Emirates NBD) is a leading Banking Group in the MENAT region. As at 30th September 2020, total assets were AED 692 Billion (equivalent to approx. USD 188 Billion). The acquisition of DenizBank represents a significant milestone for Emirates NBD with the Bank expanding its presence to 13 countries, servicing over 14 million customers. The Bank is ranked among the top 20 in the Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Regarded Companies, securing a leading spot among global brands.

The Bank has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry with 94% of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. Emirates NBD was named “UAE’s Best Bank” in 2020 for a fifth consecutive year by Euromoney. In addition, Emirates NBD received the “Excellence in Leadership in the Middle East” award, introduced this year in light of the Covid-19 impact, as a recognition of its efforts in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

Emirates NBD is also a major player in the UAE corporate segment and has strong Islamic banking, investment banking, private banking, asset management, global markets & treasury and brokerage operations.

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/emirates-nbd

Karim Zine

Karim Zine

Managing Director

BofA Securities

Karim Zine

Karim Zine

Managing Director at BofA Securities

Karim is a Managing Director in the MENA Corporate Banking team and has coverage responsibility for GREs, Banks, SWFs and Governments in the GCC region. Main countries covered include Qatar, the UAE and KSA

Karim joined Bank of America’s MENA Corporate Banking team in 2011 and has a total of 19 years corporate banking, debt capital markets and Islamic Banking experience. Prior to joining Bank of America, Karim worked 5 years at Barclays Capital in London for their Global Loans team covering MENA clients. Prior to that, Karim spent 4 years at Citi where he worked 2 years in the corporate banking coverage team based in Tunis and then moved to Bahrain where he was part of the Islamic Finance team and worked on Sharia’ compliant syndicated loans, Sukuk and risk management financial instruments.

BofA Securities

Karim Zine

At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News) and LinkedIn (@BofA_Business )

Kashif Raza

Kashif Raza

Head of Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Kashif Raza

Kashif Raza

Head of Corporate Finance and Investment Banking at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Kashif joined ADIB in March 2011 and manages the DCM and distribution business for ADIB. His responsibilities include origination, structuring of DCM and syndicated financing transactions and cross asset distribution including debt and equity. He has 20 years of work experience incorporating a rich blend of investment banking, financial advisory and management consulting. Kashif has significant experience of introducing clients to the international debt capital markets and has advised on several international Sukuk and syndications deals for sovereigns, GREs and large corporates. Prior to ADIB, Kashif worked for DIB for 5 years in a similar capacity where has was a part of the core team responsible for establishing the debt capital markets and syndications origination and distribution business. He has earlier worked for Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan where he was involved in several local and foreign currency transactions including the largest bond issue by a large local commercial bank in Pakistan and the largest foreign currency refinancing deal in Pakistan. Prior to SCB he worked for United Bank Ltd. Pakistan in the Investment Banking Group where he led the deal team on several local currency bond issues and syndicated loans.

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Kashif Raza

ADIB is a leading bank in the UAE and the 4th largest Islamic bank globally by assets. Headquartered and listed in Abu Dhabi, ADIB was incorporated in 1997 to serve as the first Islamic bank in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Over the last two decades, ADIB has demonstrated a consistent track record of growth with assets now totaling USD 34 billion. The bank currently serves more than 1 million customers through a balanced proposition that combines a highly personalized customer experience with world-class digital banking services. ADIB has one of the largest distribution networks in the UAE with 70 branches and 520 ATMs. Internationally, the bank has a presence in six strategic markets - Egypt, where it has 70 branches, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Qatar, Sudan and Iraq.

ADIB has embedded robust corporate governance principles overseen by an eminent board that supports a strong and experienced management team. The bank is guided by Islamic finance values, principles of responsible corporate citizenship, and a strong belief that banking solutions should always be simple, fair, and transparent.

ADIB’s digital transformation journey, which began more than two years ago, is centered around customers, ensuring that the bank’s digital solutions always deliver the best possible banking experience. The bank has seen a substantial rise in customer demand for its digital banking services with 70% of customers now enrolled through the bank’s digital channels and 99% of ADIB’s banking transactions conducted digitally.

ADIB’s Wholesale Banking business offers a wide range of Shari'a compliant Islamic Banking solutions. Its client profile is segmented into government and public sector entities, financial institutions and a diversified private sector base of Trading, Contracting, Real Estate, Energy, Transportation, Manufacturing and other industries within the bank's target market. It provides financing and advisory services, supporting clients in capital markets, M&A advisory, syndicated financing, cash management and global trade services.

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13:10

Networking lunch

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14:30

Sustainable ESG and greenwashing: How quickly and efficiently can companies transition to an ESG framework?

  • How MENA companies define and engrain ESG principles into company culture before issuing ESG bonds/sukuk
  • What is the strategic value of ESG in the GCC? How to make a good business case for it and why should O&G companies care about sustainability?
  • Focus on “S” and “G”: What efforts are banks in the region making to promote sustainability and better governance?
  • How do dedicated ESG investors view the MENA region within the ESG spectrum? Is ESG attracting new dedicated green investors or ESG to retain existing investors? What puts clear water between European institutions and the rest of the world?

Moderator

Sarah Pirzada Usmani

Sarah Pirzada Usmani

Managing Director - Head of Sustainable, Asset & Project Finance

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Sarah Pirzada Usmani

Sarah Pirzada Usmani

Managing Director - Head of Sustainable, Asset & Project Finance at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Sarah has over 18 years of corporate and investment banking experience having worked across a number of banking divisions such as Project & Export Finance, Asset Finance, Structured Finance, Structured Trade Finance & Financing Solutions and Client Relationships across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East

She joined FAB in May 2016 from Standard Chartered Bank where she held a number of senior roles including but not limited to; Regional Head of Asset Finance & Leasing, Regional Head of Structured Export Finance, ASEAN Coordinator for Structured Trade Finance and Financing solutions etc.

Sarah is well versed with the European and Asian Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) having originated, lead and concluded several landmark, award winning Project & Export finance transactions and advisory assignments for regional and international clients across Asia, Africa & the Middle East. She also successfully established the Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) platform for FAB

Sarah also has significant experience in the corporate finance space including Asset Finance having successfully delivered bespoke financing solutions to clients across sectors such as mining, construction and aviation - both to Airlines and Lessors demonstrating ability to support the sector in multiple ways

Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Institute of Business Administration Karachi (Pakistan)

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Sarah Pirzada Usmani

About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, products and services to its customers. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans five continents, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

With total assets of AED 955 Billion (USD 260 Billion) as of September-end 2020, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region.

The Bank has been ranked by Global Finance as the Safest Bank in the UAE and the Middle East, and the 32nd Safest Bank globally.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Speakers

Debashis Dey

Debashis Dey

Debashis Dey

Partner at White & Case

Debashis Dey is a partner in White & Case’s Capital Markets Practice based in the UAE. He has more than 20 years of expertise and has extensive global experience advising international and domestic investment banks, corporates and governments on capital markets, securitisation and all types of structured finance, project bonds, Islamic finance Sukuk transactions, regulatory capital transactions, commercial, residential mortgages and consumer finance and other asset classes. His transaction experience covers various jurisdictions, including the GCC (UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia), Europe, the US and Asia. His experience includes leading on numerous product innovations in conventional and Islamic finance, including transactions such the first covered bond in the US, the first convertible Sukuk structure for Aldar PJSC, 'first-time' securitisations in Europe and the Middle East as well as convertible and straight debt issues for corporates in the Reg S and Rule 144A markets. Debashis has recently advised the joint lead managers on the first UK Government Export Credit Agency Guaranteed pre-funded Sukuk for an aircraft financing in the UAE, the joint lead managers on the Republic of Turkey's third Sukuk issuance, a UAE based company on its public equity-linked offering and update of its Rule 144a/Reg S GMTN programme and the structuring bank and joint lead managers on the United Kingdom's inaugural £200 million Sukuk issuance. Debashis is regularly noted in legal directories as being “Truly fabulous” and “frank in terms of what is doable and what the hurdles would be - he lays things out clearly for clients.” - Chambers & Partners Global, 2015.

White & Case

Debashis Dey
Dilawer Farazi

Dilawer Farazi

Portfolio Manager, Global Credit

Royal London Asset Management

Dilawer Farazi

Dilawer Farazi

Portfolio Manager, Global Credit at Royal London Asset Management

Dilawer Farazi is a Portfolio Manager at Royal London Asset Management, responsible for Emerging Market corporate bonds within the Global Credit team. Dilawer has 15 years of experience investing in EM, has held portfolio manager and analyst positions at GIB Asset Management, ADIC and Loomis Sayles, working in London and the Middle East. Dilawer has a BA in Law & Economics from Queen Mary’s, University of London and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Royal London Asset Management

Franck Nowak

Franck Nowak

Vice President - MENA Fixed Income and Global Sukuk

Franklin Templeton Investments

Franck Nowak

Franck Nowak

Vice President - MENA Fixed Income and Global Sukuk at Franklin Templeton Investments

Franck Nowak is a senior research analyst for Franklin Templeton Investments (Middle East) Limited. Mr. Nowak joined the investment team in 2012 to lead our research efforts and augment our investment processes for Global Sukuk and MENA fixed income. Mr. Nowak previously worked for Moody's Investors Service in both London and Dubai where he was responsible for non-bank ratings in the CEEMEA region. Mr. Nowak holds a bachelor's degree in commercial law and a master's degree in management, both from Rouen Business School in France.

As one of the first global asset management firms to establish local asset management capabilities in India (1993) and in South Korea (1997), Franklin Templeton is a pioneer in local asset management. Our goal is to manage each local business on a global scale, focusing on local investing, benchmarks and client needs, while drawing on the deep resources and global presence of the broader Franklin Templeton organization. Each local office (or strategic alliance) employs a truly "local" investment process that gives managers flexibility in investment decisions.

Since 1993, Franklin Templeton has developed or invested in local asset management capabilities — local portfolio managers investing locally — in several countries, including:

• India

• Brazil

• Japan

• South Korea

• Canada

• China (joint venture)

• Vietnam (joint venture)

• Middle East/North Africa

Franklin Templeton Investments

Nibras Hadi

Nibras Hadi

Nibras Hadi

Vice President at Crédit Agricole CIB

Nibras joined Credit Agricole CIB in 2018 and has been responsible for assisting clients across the financial institutions, corporates and SSA sectors with all their Sustainable Finance endeavors.

His experience focuses on originating and structuring transactions across the Green, Social, Sustainability and Sustainability-Linked product classes, which has included the first ‘Green ECA’ loan for a Middle East Sovereign, the first Covid-19 Sustainable Sukuk in the Middle East, and the structuring of the first green bond framework for a Middle East Sovereign.

Nibras began his career at a verification NGO in London. He went on to work on the Lloyds of London Insurance market before joining Standard Chartered Bank, where he held numerous roles within the corporate banking space.

Nibras holds an MA from SOAS, University of London and an LLB from the University of Essex.

Crédit Agricole CIB

Nibras Hadi

About Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (Crédit Agricole CIB)

Crédit Agricole CIB is the corporate and investment banking arm of Credit Agricole Group, the 12th largest banking group worldwide in terms of tier 1 capital (The Banker, July 2020). Nearly 8,400 employees across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa support the Bank's clients, meeting their financial needs throughout the world. Crédit Agricole CIB offers its large corporate and institutional clients a range of products ad services in capital markets activities, investment banking, structured finance, commercial banking and international trade. The Bank is a pioneer in the area of climate finance, and is currently a market leader in this segment with a complete offer for all its clients.

For more information, please visit www.ca-cib.com

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/CA_CIB

Timucin Engin

Timucin Engin

Senior Director, Cross-Practice Coordinator, GCC Region

S&P Global

Timucin Engin

Timucin Engin

Senior Director, Cross-Practice Coordinator, GCC Region at S&P Global

S&P Global

Timucin Engin
Shrey Kohli

Shrey Kohli

Head of Debt Capital Markets

London Stock Exchange

Shrey Kohli

Shrey Kohli

Head of Debt Capital Markets at London Stock Exchange

Shrey is responsible for London Stock Exchange plc’s debt, structured finance and close-ended investment funds markets. At LSEG, Shrey has covered roles across Product Development & Regulatory Strategy, and was previously Head of Strategic Development for LSE plc.

He represents LSEG on the Advisory Council of the Green & Social Bond Principles Executive Committee. During 2018-19, Shrey was seconded to International Finance Corporation as Financial Officer in Treasury & Syndications. He has previously worked at McKinsey and Co, the strategy consultancy.

He holds an MSc in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc (Hons) in Physics from University of Delhi.

London Stock Exchange

Shrey Kohli

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) is a global financial markets infrastructure business. Its diversified global business focuses on Information Services, Risk and Balance Sheet Management and Capital Formation. The Group supports global financial stability and sustainable economic growth by enabling businesses and economies to fund innovation, manage risk and create jobs. LSEG operates an open access model, offering choice and partnership to customers across all of its businesses. These include London Stock Exchange; Borsa Italiana; MTS (a European fixed income market); Turquoise (a pan-European equities MTF); FTSE Russell, a global index, data and analytics provider; global clearing house LCH; and LSEG Technology. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, with significant operations in North America, Italy, France and Sri Lanka, the Group employs approximately 4,500 people.

Further information on LSEG can be found at www.lseg.com

LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/company/london-stock-exchange-group/

Twitter handle: @lsegplc

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15:25

So much demand and not enough supply: Are sukuk market technicals stacking up?

  • Is a lack of supply, and spread tightening, forcing investors to shoulder too much risk?
  • Working within the framework of the new AAOIFI accounting standards to successfully issue sukuk: How have the costs and benefits for issuers been affected by the changes in standards?
  • Formosa and taking sukuk global: What are the new characteristics of supply and demand of the sukuk market?

Moderator

Rizwan Kanji

Rizwan Kanji

Rizwan Kanji

Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Rizwan Kanji’s practice focuses on debt capital markets, finance and securitizations using both conventional and Islamic finance structures.

He advises investment banks, financial institutions, multilateral development banks, sovereign states, insurance companies and multinational regional corporations on high-profile transactions across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

Widely considered one of the leading lawyers within Islamic finance, Rizwan has earned a reputation for advising on “first of its kind” transactions.

Global directories, Chambers and Partners have consecutively ranked Mr. Kanji as one of the world's leading Islamic finance and debt capital markets lawyers. Clients are highly impressed with his breadth of expertise, elaborating: "His problem-solving skills and pragmatic approach to transactions are invaluable” and “He has a lot of attention to detail and is very attentive to his clients.”

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Rizwan Kanji

Speakers

Mahmoud Nawar CFA

Mahmoud Nawar CFA

Head of Debt Capital Markets

GIB Capital

Mahmoud Nawar CFA

Mahmoud Nawar CFA

Head of Debt Capital Markets at GIB Capital

Mahmoud has over 15 years of aggregate experience in banking and corporate finance services. He is currently a key member of the debt capital markets team at GIB Capital. He has played leading roles in several high profile bond and Sukuk transactions for GCC sovereigns and quasi-sovereign issuers, including the first Basel 3 compliant Sukuk in Saudi Arabia. Through his career he has worked with clients in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Egypt. Prior to joining GIB Capital in Nov 2011, Mahmoud was part of the Strategy Management and earlier the Corporate Finance team at Bank ABC. His role included leading acquisition finance and mergers and acquisitions on behalf of clients and later on behalf of Bank ABC, in addition to overlooking the strategy implementation. Prior to that, Mahmoud was part of the Corporate Finance and Advisory team at Standard Chartered Bank, Dubai. Earlier he worked for Barclays Bank – Egypt, where he was part of the Corporate Credit team, responsible for managing a loan portfolio and later on he assumed the role of Structured Credit Manager.

Through these different roles Mahmoud has been exposed to some of the key transactions that have taken place in the GCC and Egypt, giving him an unparalleled experience in leading DCM and debt advisory transactions coupled with the competency that comes from being full engaged throughout the life cycle of transactions, whether in advisory or debt financing.

GIB Capital

Mahmoud Nawar CFA

Gulf International Bank B.S.C. (GIB) is a pan GCC universal bank established in 1975 and regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain.

GIB offers a diverse range of financial products and services and bespoke banking solutions to a wide customer base in the GCC, Europe and North America. This includes corporate banking, the world’s first Shariah compliant digital retail banking service, meem, as well as investment banking spanning asset management, bond and sukuk issuance, financial restructuring, private placements, private sale, IPOs, underwriting equity and debt, and mergers and acquisitions.

GIB’s services are delivered across the GCC and international markets through its subsidiaries: GIB Saudi Arabia, GIB Capital and GIB (UK) Ltd. Additionally, the Bank has branches in the UAE and USA.

GIB Saudi Arabia is the first foreign domiciled bank to establish a local commercial bank in the Kingdom. It is headquartered in Eastern Province and operates branches in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran, while the Bank’s investment banking activities are delivered by GIB Capital, based in Riyadh.

GIB (UK) Ltd is a London and New York based international asset management subsidiary.

GIB is owned by the governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund being the primary shareholder.

LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gulfintlbank

Bashar Al Natoor

Bashar Al Natoor

Global Head of Islamic Finance

Fitch Ratings

Bashar Al Natoor

Bashar Al Natoor

Global Head of Islamic Finance at Fitch Ratings

Bashar Al Natoor is Fitch Rating’s Global Head Islamic Finance. Mr Al Natoor is responsible for coordinating all Islamic Finance activities across Fitch’s Sovereign, Financial Institutions, Corporate, Structured Finance, Infrastructure and Insurance teams, bringing together dedicated analytical and industry expertise into a centralised and focused Islamic finance group.

Mr Al Natoor has more than 16 years' experience in the Islamic Finance market. Since joining Fitch in 2007, he has overseen Fitch's Sukuk criteria and Islamic Finance practices, undertaken research and written numerous published articles on Islamic Finance. Mr Al Natoor Joined Fitch as a director in the EMEA Corporates group based in Dubai. He was responsible for analysing EMEA issuers, with focus on Middle East and Turkish issuers in the construction, property and Telecommunication sectors. Prior to joining Fitch, Mr. Al Natoor spent seven years at the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in key roles including Investment Officer in the Treasury Department, a Senior Credit Analyst in Risk Management and Senior Technical Assistant to the Vice President of Finance & Administration. Before working with IDB, Mr Al Natoor was a senior auditor for four years in Arthur Andersen.

Mr Al Natoor graduated with an MSc in banking and financial studies from the Arab Academy for Finance and Banking Science and a BS in finance and banking from Amman University. Bashar is also a Certified Bank Auditor (CBA), a Certified Risk Professional (CRP), a Chartered Market Analyst (FAD-CMA), and a Certified Risk Analyst (CRA).

Fitch Ratings

Bashar Al Natoor

Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary, and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise. The additional context, perspective, and insights we provide help investors to make important credit judgments with confidence.

Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research; Fitch Solutions, a leading provider of credit market data, analytical tools and risk services; and Fitch Learning, a preeminent training and professional development firm. With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is owned by Hearst.

For additional information, please visit fitchratings.com.

LinkedIn Page: www.linkedin.com/company/fitch-ratings

Nicholas Samara

Nicholas Samara

Head of Debt Capital Markets, MENA

SMBC

Nicholas Samara

Nicholas Samara

Head of Debt Capital Markets, MENA at SMBC

Nicholas Samara joined SMBC in early 2020 to head their MENA DCM franchise and has recently relocated to Abu Dhabi from London earlier this year. At SMBC, he is tasked with building out their regional DCM platform across product offerings while also bridging the gaps between Asian investors and regional issuers. Nicholas has extensive experience in fixed income markets, also previously having spent over a decade with Citi in New York and London advising clients on private and public capital markets issuances across global emerging and high grade markets. In London, he was part of Citi's emerging markets DCM team, focusing on originating and executing sovereign, corporate and financial institution bond offerings as well as advising issuers on liability management transactions across CEEMEA, executing USD 75 BN of new issues over his time at Citi. His latter years focused solely on MENA, where he furthered his client relationships at senior ministry and executive management levels. Prior to London, Nicholas spent nearly four years with Citi in New York originating and executing 4(2) US Private Placements debt issuances for corporates in the Americas, Western Europe and Australia. Prior to Citi, Nicholas spent one year as a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley in Washington DC.

SMBC

Nicholas Samara

With over four centuries of history and rooted in the stability of Japan and growth of Asia, SMBC Group reaches out around the world to provide the advice, connections and support that create value. Our customers in Africa and MENA choose SMBC Group because we offer local knowledge and global expertise.

With one of the most extensive domestic and international branch networks of any Japanese bank, SMBC Group uses the strength of its extensive footprint with powerful capabilities in loan and debt capital markets, project and trade finance, and a wide range of other financial services to deliver customer-focused, integrated solutions.

African & MENA customers benefit from SMBC Group's position as a world leader in loan capital markets bookrunning and arranging of loan facilities, including structuring, pricing, advising, executing and distribution of syndicated loans. A specialist debt capital markets team can provide expert advice and execution in core markets for public and private bond issuance, and offer issuers with guidance through the process from structuring, documentation and legal requirements, to execution of relevant funding solutions and investor relations. Particular focus is dedicated to corporate and structured finance and emerging market benchmark transactions for distribution to an international investor audience.

Kashif Raza

Kashif Raza

Head of Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Kashif Raza

Kashif Raza

Head of Corporate Finance and Investment Banking at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Kashif joined ADIB in March 2011 and manages the DCM and distribution business for ADIB. His responsibilities include origination, structuring of DCM and syndicated financing transactions and cross asset distribution including debt and equity. He has 20 years of work experience incorporating a rich blend of investment banking, financial advisory and management consulting. Kashif has significant experience of introducing clients to the international debt capital markets and has advised on several international Sukuk and syndications deals for sovereigns, GREs and large corporates. Prior to ADIB, Kashif worked for DIB for 5 years in a similar capacity where has was a part of the core team responsible for establishing the debt capital markets and syndications origination and distribution business. He has earlier worked for Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan where he was involved in several local and foreign currency transactions including the largest bond issue by a large local commercial bank in Pakistan and the largest foreign currency refinancing deal in Pakistan. Prior to SCB he worked for United Bank Ltd. Pakistan in the Investment Banking Group where he led the deal team on several local currency bond issues and syndicated loans.

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Kashif Raza

ADIB is a leading bank in the UAE and the 4th largest Islamic bank globally by assets. Headquartered and listed in Abu Dhabi, ADIB was incorporated in 1997 to serve as the first Islamic bank in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Over the last two decades, ADIB has demonstrated a consistent track record of growth with assets now totaling USD 34 billion. The bank currently serves more than 1 million customers through a balanced proposition that combines a highly personalized customer experience with world-class digital banking services. ADIB has one of the largest distribution networks in the UAE with 70 branches and 520 ATMs. Internationally, the bank has a presence in six strategic markets - Egypt, where it has 70 branches, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Qatar, Sudan and Iraq.

ADIB has embedded robust corporate governance principles overseen by an eminent board that supports a strong and experienced management team. The bank is guided by Islamic finance values, principles of responsible corporate citizenship, and a strong belief that banking solutions should always be simple, fair, and transparent.

ADIB’s digital transformation journey, which began more than two years ago, is centered around customers, ensuring that the bank’s digital solutions always deliver the best possible banking experience. The bank has seen a substantial rise in customer demand for its digital banking services with 70% of customers now enrolled through the bank’s digital channels and 99% of ADIB’s banking transactions conducted digitally.

ADIB’s Wholesale Banking business offers a wide range of Shari'a compliant Islamic Banking solutions. Its client profile is segmented into government and public sector entities, financial institutions and a diversified private sector base of Trading, Contracting, Real Estate, Energy, Transportation, Manufacturing and other industries within the bank's target market. It provides financing and advisory services, supporting clients in capital markets, M&A advisory, syndicated financing, cash management and global trade services.

Nik Joharris Nik Ahmad

Nik Joharris Nik Ahmad

Nik Joharris Nik Ahmad

Country Head at Maybank Islamic

Nik Joharris Nik Ahmad

Maybank Islamic Berhad (Dubai – DIFC Branch) - Country Head

Over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. His previous posts included Chief Executive Officer of TaHa Alam Sdn Bhd, and Century Banking Corporation Ltd, the first Islamic bank in Mauritius.

He started his career at Bursa Malaysia and the Securities Commission and has worked in several investment banks in Malaysia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia particularly in Islamic corporate debt financing.

Maybank Islamic

Nik Joharris Nik Ahmad
Sohaib Ahmed

Sohaib Ahmed

Director, Islamic Banking

Crédit Agricole CIB

Sohaib Ahmed

Sohaib Ahmed

Director, Islamic Banking at Crédit Agricole CIB

Crédit Agricole CIB

Sohaib Ahmed

About Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (Crédit Agricole CIB)

Crédit Agricole CIB is the corporate and investment banking arm of Credit Agricole Group, the 12th largest banking group worldwide in terms of tier 1 capital (The Banker, July 2020). Nearly 8,400 employees across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa support the Bank's clients, meeting their financial needs throughout the world. Crédit Agricole CIB offers its large corporate and institutional clients a range of products ad services in capital markets activities, investment banking, structured finance, commercial banking and international trade. The Bank is a pioneer in the area of climate finance, and is currently a market leader in this segment with a complete offer for all its clients.

For more information, please visit www.ca-cib.com

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/CA_CIB

Session ends: 16:20
16:20

(L)IBOR transition: What are the new benchmark rates, what are the hedging structures and what is the impact on debt pricing?

  • How can banks help clients to update their systems for LIBOR transition? How can banks help their clients to be more transparent with reporting?
  • What are the hedging structures based on the new benchmark rates?
  • What are the new risk-free rates? Do they work? Are they worth it? Are they risk-free?
  • What is the impact to bond and loan pricing?
  • What are the consequences and risks for inaction?

Moderator

Audoin de Laromiguiere

Audoin de Laromiguiere

Managing Director, Head of Solutions Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, Global Markets Solutions & Financing, Corporate & Investment Banking Division

Intesa Sanpaolo

Audoin de Laromiguiere

Audoin de Laromiguiere

Managing Director, Head of Solutions Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, Global Markets Solutions & Financing, Corporate & Investment Banking Division at Intesa Sanpaolo

Audoin de Laromiguiere (MEAT Corporate Risk Solutions) joined Intesa Sanpaolo in 2013 and, after 8 years in Milan, has just moved back to Dubai. He provides derivatives solutions on FX, Interest Rates, Commodities, Equity and Credit to corporates, financial institutions and sovereign wealth funds in the region.

Audoin started his career in Credit Agricole Indosuez in Milan in 1997, where he held various roles in FX, IR and Equity Structuring & Sales, covering the Italian market. In 2002, Audoin moved to Bahrain where he handled the MENA-Turkey corporate and Financial Institutions client base as a structurer for Credit Agricole Indosuez. In 2005, Audoin joined Barclays Capital in London, as a derivatives sales for the MENA region. He became the Head of the Risk Solutions Group for the MENA region a year later. After having been relocated to Dubai in 2008, he held that role until 2013 when he joined Banca Imi.

Audoin speaks fluent French, English and Italian, in addition to some Arabic, and graduated from HEC Paris, major in Finance.

Intesa Sanpaolo

Audoin de Laromiguiere

Intesa Sanpaolo Group is one of the top banking groups in Europe, with a market capitalisation of 27,6 billion euro (1) and is committed to supporting the economy in the countries in which it operates.

Intesa Sanpaolo aims at becoming a reference model in terms of sustainability and social and cultural responsibility.
Intesa Sanpaolo is the leader in Italy in all business areas (retail, corporate, and wealth management) and it has also a strategic international presence, with approximately 1,000 branches and 7.2 million customers, comprising subsidiaries banks operating in commercial banking in 12 countries and an international network of specialists in support of corporate customers across 26 countries.

The IMI Corporate & Investment Banking Division is part of Intesa Sanpaolo Group.

This Division aspires to be a global partner serving Corporates, Public Finance and Financial Institutions, on a national and international basis, standing out for its historical presence in the financial markets and its extensive and innovative offer, in order to provide its clients with the best risk management advice and to accompany them in their development through change.

The IMI Corporate and Investment Banking Division’s offer includes the following products and services: Commercial Banking, Transaction Banking, Structured Finance, Investment Banking and Capital Markets.

(1) As at 30/10/2020

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Speakers

Fathima Lijiya

Fathima Lijiya

Managing Director, Head of MEA Loan Capital Markets – Global Corporate Finance

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Fathima Lijiya

Fathima Lijiya

Managing Director, Head of MEA Loan Capital Markets – Global Corporate Finance at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Lijiya comes with more than 18 years of Debt Market experience. She holds an MBA in Finance & Marketing and has been a core deal team member in various Structured & Project Finance deals in the UAE. She joined FGB in 2006 and prior to that she was with HSBC CIBM and was dealing with regional deals and transactions in various sectors along with providing coverage of strategic customers. Lijiya is a key deal team member in many of the large Debt Market syndicated transactions in the region which involved structuring, negotiation of terms and execution of deals where she has led the deal team that acted in the senior capacity of Debt Advisor, Initial Mandated Lead Arrangers, Coordinating Bank and Book running roles for Corporate, Acquisition Finance, FI/NBFI deals, Leverage finance, Project and Structured Finance, Asset Backed financing, Hybrid facility structures etc. Currently she is the Managing Director & Head of Syndication Finance, Loan Capital Markets under the Global Corporate Finance with FAB which addresses the flow business from Corporates, GRE’s, Sovereigns, NBFI’s and FI’s.

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Fathima Lijiya

About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, products and services to its customers. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans five continents, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

With total assets of AED 955 Billion (USD 260 Billion) as of September-end 2020, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region.

The Bank has been ranked by Global Finance as the Safest Bank in the UAE and the Middle East, and the 32nd Safest Bank globally.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Rohit Mishra

Rohit Mishra

Senior Director, Structuring & Leveraged Finance, Investment Banking

Mashreqbank

Rohit Mishra

Rohit Mishra

Senior Director, Structuring & Leveraged Finance, Investment Banking at Mashreqbank

Rohit has 13 years of experience in banking and financial services across MENA, India, North America & North Africa, with a primary focus on structured & acquisition finance. Rohit has worked across multiple sectors, including Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Shipping, Trading, GREs, etc.

Rohit manages the Leveraged & Acquisition Finance (LAF) desk under the Investment Banking business of Mashreq Bank. LAF is responsible for structuring, negotiating & executing multibank mandates run by Mashreq Bank across EMEA & Asia.

Before joining Mashreq, Rohit was working in the Debt Syndications & Capital Market Advisory vertical of one of the largest NBFCs of India. Rohit has also spent 3 years in the Corporate & Investment Banking vertical of Essar Group.

Rohit is a mechanical engineer from IIT Delhi, India, and an MBA from IIM Indore, India

Mashreqbank

Rohit Mishra

One of the UAE’s best performing banks for five decades, Mashreq is a leading financial institution with an expanding footprint across the Middle East. We have international offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, and a strong presence in the financial capitals of the world.

As the oldest bank in the UAE, our journey can be traced back to humble beginnings in 1967, followed by periods of rapid growth and strategic expansion. Throughout our history, Mashreq has differentiated itself by pioneering new-to-market concepts and launching unique products and services.

Our innovative approach sets us truly apart, it also continues to win us numerous awards and accolades across all fields including digital banking, the most recent were: Middle East Best Digital Bank by Euromoney Regional Awards for Excellence, the Most Innovative Consumer/Corporate Digital Bank in the UAE and Best Bank in the UAE by World's Best Bank Awards by Global Finance, Most Innovative Bank in the Middle East by EMEA Finance and many others.

LinkedIn URL - https://www.linkedin.com/company/mashreq-corporate-and-investment-banking-group

Umera Ali

Umera Ali

Partner, Head of Banking & Finance (Middle East) and Global Head of Islamic Finance

DWF (Middle East) LLP

Umera Ali

Umera Ali

Partner, Head of Banking & Finance (Middle East) and Global Head of Islamic Finance at DWF (Middle East) LLP

Umera Ali is a banking & finance partner at DWF Middle East advising on both conventional and Islamic finance matters, and also leads the firms Islamic finance practice.

She advises lenders, financial institutions, funds, sponsors, borrowers, and issuers in corporate and structured finance transactions, including secured and unsecured, syndicated and bilateral loans, asset finance, Islamic finance, supply chain finance, trade finance and debt capital market transactions.

Umera has significant experience having worked in six different jurisdictions. She has built her practice by concentrating on making connections and acting as a strategic partner, and not just a counsel, for her clients. She takes a highly practical and pragmatic approach to providing legal services and brings an understanding of cultural conventions and sensitivities when working on a transaction.

Umera is interested in innovation, sustainable power source, and environmental change, and fuses that with her practice by working with Fintech and Cleantech companies and advising on sustainable finance and carbon credit trading.

DWF (Middle East) LLP

Hamid AlHashimi

Hamid AlHashimi

Hamid AlHashimi

Treasurer at Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company

Hamid is the Treasurer of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, The Sovereign Wealth Fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

He has 20 years of extensive experience in Treasury and Capital Markets with a wide reaching network that began in 2002 through a journey that took him to a number of leading international and regional Treasuries including Citi, Credit Agricole, National Bank of Kuwait, Unicorn Investment Bank and United Gulf Bank amongst others. Throughout his experience, Hamid headed the Treasury Departments in numerous financial institutions for more than 10 years. As a member of the executive management, Hamid has always been a key member of the various management committees, including ALCO, Risk, Compliance, Investments etc.

Hamid brings a wealth of solid knowledge across all asset classes (buy and sell side) including structuring, sales and trading in the various international and regional financial institutions, both conventional and Islamic.

Working closely with the regional corporates and holding companies as well as being lead syndicate for a number of regional issuances has gained Hamid the insight and ability to cater to the different needs and requirements of Governments, Corporates and all types of Financial Institutions.

Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company

Session ends: 17:15
17:15

Chairperson’s closing remarks and close of Day One

Speaker

Fawaz Abusneineh

Fawaz Abusneineh

Acting Head of Global Corporate Finance

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Fawaz Abusneineh

Fawaz Abusneineh

Acting Head of Global Corporate Finance at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Fawaz is in charge of the DCM Origination business for FAB’s Global Corporate Finance clients. He has worked on a number of landmark transactions for high profile issuers in the Corporate, Institutional and SSA space, covering various DCM products from plain vanilla bonds and setting up MTN Programs, to project bonds, hybrid capital and liability management, both conventional bonds and Islamic (Sukuk).

Fawaz has also originated and overseen the execution of numerous landmark deals outside the region, including the inaugural sovereign Sukuk issuance from HM Treasury and Hong Kong Government SAR. Prior to this role, Fawaz headed FAB's global distribution of Syndicated Loans and also managed FAB's Proprietary fixed income portfolio.

Fawaz holds a BSc (Hon's) in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation. He is also the Chairman of the Middle East Region for International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and a Board Member of The Gulf Bonds and Sukuk Association (GBSA).

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Fawaz Abusneineh

About First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, products and services to its customers. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans five continents, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.

With total assets of AED 955 Billion (USD 260 Billion) as of September-end 2020, FAB is rated Aa3/AA-/AA- by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively, the strongest combined ratings of any bank in the MENA region.

The Bank has been ranked by Global Finance as the Safest Bank in the UAE and the Middle East, and the 32nd Safest Bank globally.

To empower its customers and clients to Grow Stronger, FAB initiated a powerful movement, which goes beyond banking. The Grow Stronger movement represents the bank’s promise to support its stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions, providing ideas, tools and expertise to help them become stronger, today and in the future.

For further information, visit: www.bankfab.com

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Session ends: 17:25

15th September 2021

09:05

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Session ends: 09:10
09:10

Oil-price, inflation, fiscal deficits and ratings: What does post-COVID economic recovery look like?

  • Structural reforms, worse(ning) fiscal positions, rising debt/GDP ratios and cost of debt: How can governments deleverage whilst supporting their economies?
  • How are GCC governments diversifying their economies away from oil? What does the transition into these new economies look like?
  • Fed policy and US rates: What will be the impact?
  • Is inflation coming: Will Big Fiscal drive growth and/or inflation?
  • What is the new equilibrium price of oil? What is the economic impact to the region at the new price?

Moderator

Alexander Perjéssy

Alexander Perjéssy

Vice President, Senior Analyst, Sovereign Risk Group

Moody's Investors Service

Alexander Perjéssy

Alexander Perjéssy

Vice President, Senior Analyst, Sovereign Risk Group at Moody's Investors Service

Alexander Perjéssy is Vice President – Senior Analyst at the Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group. Based in Dubai, he has lead analyst responsibilities for a number of sovereigns in the Middle East, including most of the Gulf Cooperation Council member states and several regional multilateral institutions.

Prior to joining Moody’s in November 2017, Alex worked for two years as senior economist at the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Before relocating to the Middle East, Alex spent more than 12 years covering macroeconomic developments and sovereign risk assessment in the emerging markets of the EMEA region for AllianceBernstein and The Rohatyn Group, both US-based asset management firms in New York, as well as for Goldman Sachs in London.

Alex holds an MA in Economics from the University of Maryland and a BA in Economics from Middlebury College.

Moody's Investors Service

Alexander Perjéssy

Moody's Investors Service is a leading provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. Moody's commitment and expertise contributes to transparent and integrated financial markets, and the firm's ratings and analysis track debt covering approximately 130 sovereign nations, 11,000 corporate issuers, 21,000 public finance issuers, and 76,000 structured finance obligations.

Speakers

Cian O'Brien

Cian O'Brien

Cian O'Brien

Senior Investment Officer at Colchester Global Investors

Cian is a Senior Investment Officer at Colchester Global Investors and has been with the firm since 2013. Cian manages both developed and emerging market bond portfolios and conducts sovereign balance sheet research at the firm. He began his career in 2002 with the Central Bank of Ireland before moving into asset management with Bank of Ireland Asset Management. In 2011 he joined State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) in London where he was a senior portfolio manager on the active global fixed income team. Cian graduated from University College Cork with a degree in Commerce and German, before obtaining a Masters in Investment and Treasury from Dublin City University. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of the UK.

Colchester Global Investors

Adi Rajguru

Adi Rajguru

Adi Rajguru

Head, Financing Solutions at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

Adi Rajguru is Head of Financing Solutions at ADCB. Adi has nearly twenty years of experience in banking, having previously worked at Nomura, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs in Dubai and London.

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

Adi Rajguru

ADCB Group is a leading UAE banking group that provides over 1 million customers with a full suite of products and services, spanning Consumer Banking, Wholesale Banking, Treasury & Investments and Property Management. ADCB operates a network of 54 branches and over 428 ATMs across the UAE.

On 1 May 2019, ADCB and Union National Bank merged and the combined entity acquired Al Hilal Bank, which operates as a separate Islamic banking entity under its own brand within the Group. The transaction reinforced ADCB’s position as the third largest bank in the UAE by assets. As at 31 December 2020, the Group’s total assets stood at AED 411 billion.

ADCB Group, which is 60.2% owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi through the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, trades on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) under the ticker of ADCB. As at 31 December 2020, ADCB’s market capitalisation was AED 43 billion.

Khatija Haque

Khatija Haque

Chief Economist and Head of Research

Emirates NBD

Khatija Haque

Khatija Haque

Chief Economist and Head of Research at Emirates NBD

Chief Economist and Head of Research, Emirates NBD

Khatija Haque joined Emirates NBD in 2011 as one of the founding members of the Emirates NBD research team, helping to build the bank’s macroeconomic coverage on the GCC and wider MENA region over the last decade. She was appointed Chief Economist and Head of Research in 2020.

Khatija has more than 20 years’ experience as an Emerging Markets economist spanning three continents. Before moving to Dubai in 2008, Khatija was a Vice President at Deutsche Bank in London, covering several countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She is a frequent guest on local radio and television and is often quoted in both local and international press.

Emirates NBD

Khatija Haque

Emirates NBD (DFM: Emirates NBD) is a leading Banking Group in the MENAT region. As at 30th September 2020, total assets were AED 692 Billion (equivalent to approx. USD 188 Billion). The acquisition of DenizBank represents a significant milestone for Emirates NBD with the Bank expanding its presence to 13 countries, servicing over 14 million customers. The Bank is ranked among the top 20 in the Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Regarded Companies, securing a leading spot among global brands.

The Bank has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry with 94% of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. Emirates NBD was named “UAE’s Best Bank” in 2020 for a fifth consecutive year by Euromoney. In addition, Emirates NBD received the “Excellence in Leadership in the Middle East” award, introduced this year in light of the Covid-19 impact, as a recognition of its efforts in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

Emirates NBD is also a major player in the UAE corporate segment and has strong Islamic banking, investment banking, private banking, asset management, global markets & treasury and brokerage operations.

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/emirates-nbd

Sharif Eid

Sharif Eid

Portfolio Manager, Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income

Franklin Templeton Investments

Sharif Eid

Sharif Eid

Portfolio Manager, Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income at Franklin Templeton Investments

Sharif Eid is a portfolio manager for Franklin Templeton Investments (Middle East) Limited. Mr. Eid joined the Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income investment team in April 2009 as a research analyst where he helped develop the group's fundamental research process and production. Mr. Eid was promoted to portfolio manager in 2011 and is currently the co-manager of the FTIF GCC Bond Fund and co-manager of Global Sukuk institutional accounts.

Prior to joining Franklin Templeton Investments (Middle East) Limited, formerly Algebra Capital, Mr. Eid worked for TD Securities in Toronto as a trader. He rotated through credit, FX and interest rate option desks.

Mr. Eid holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a master's degree in mathematical finance, both from the University of Toronto.

FTIML-Dubai is an active, research-driven, team-based manager which aims to achieve superior long-term investment performance against relevant benchmarks and to provide excellent, value-added client service through the Franklin, Templeton and Mutual Series investment groups. The fund management team performs bottom-up research to manage assets in private and public markets across all asset classes. Their services are packaged as fund solutions, discretionary mandates or structured products.

Franklin Templeton launched a dedicated bond fund aimed at capitalising on the growing debt market in the Gulf region which was supported by portfolio Sharif Eid.

Franklin Templeton Investments

Session ends: 10:05
10:05

GCC Structured and project bonds: Is the market finally taking off?

  • Discuss drivers for recent pick-up in activity in the GCC Structured/Project Bond Market
  • Are we finally witnessing a shift in dynamics for GCC Structured/Project Bonds such that they will represent a continuing theme in the GCC
    o Investor views/perception of
    o GCC Structured/Project Bonds?
    o Holdco/BidCo vs AssetCo transactions?
    o Importance of ESG?
  • Can we expect the market to evolve to accommodate transactions with market risk (i.e. no guaranteed / limited off-take risk)

Moderator

Laughlan Waterston

Laughlan Waterston

Managing Director, Head of Corporate & Project Finance, Middle East

SMBC

Laughlan Waterston

Laughlan Waterston

Managing Director, Head of Corporate & Project Finance, Middle East at SMBC

Laughlan Waterston is the Head of Corporate & Project Finance at SMBC’s Middle East Department based in Dubai. Laughlan has 25 years experience in banking with more than 20 years experience of project and structured finance. He has experience on a wide variety of projects and corporates in the energy and infrastructure sectors including power, renewable energy and oil& gas, petrochemicals, waste to energy/ wastewater, utilities, social infrastructure and transportation. His roles include structured finance MLA lending, corporate finance, acquisition finance, green/sustainable finance, financial advisory, capital markets and LP investment.

SMBC

Laughlan Waterston

With over four centuries of history and rooted in the stability of Japan and growth of Asia, SMBC Group reaches out around the world to provide the advice, connections and support that create value. Our customers in Africa and MENA choose SMBC Group because we offer local knowledge and global expertise.

With one of the most extensive domestic and international branch networks of any Japanese bank, SMBC Group uses the strength of its extensive footprint with powerful capabilities in loan and debt capital markets, project and trade finance, and a wide range of other financial services to deliver customer-focused, integrated solutions.

African & MENA customers benefit from SMBC Group's position as a world leader in loan capital markets bookrunning and arranging of loan facilities, including structuring, pricing, advising, executing and distribution of syndicated loans. A specialist debt capital markets team can provide expert advice and execution in core markets for public and private bond issuance, and offer issuers with guidance through the process from structuring, documentation and legal requirements, to execution of relevant funding solutions and investor relations. Particular focus is dedicated to corporate and structured finance and emerging market benchmark transactions for distribution to an international investor audience.

Speakers

Iman Abdel Khalek

Iman Abdel Khalek

Managing Director, Co-Head CEEMEA Debt Capital Markets

Citi

Iman Abdel Khalek

Iman Abdel Khalek

Managing Director, Co-Head CEEMEA Debt Capital Markets at Citi

Iman is responsible for Citigroup’s Middle East & North Africa Debt Capital Markets Business, based in Dubai. In her current role, she advises sovereigns, corporates and financial institutions on access to the international bond & Sukuk markets. Iman’s career spans 18 years with Citigroup in various roles. She holds a BA in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo.

Citi has been present in the Middle East for more than 50 years, primarily through Citibank. The bank is directly represented in main markets, including the UAE, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. It has more than 30 branches and offices in the region. Across the region, the bank offers a range of corporate finance services, including securitization, project & structured trade finance, syndication and advisory.

In 2006, Citi opened its regional Middle East office at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) following approval by the Dubai Financial Services Authority to operate as an authorized firm at the DIFC in mid-2006. Today, the DIFC houses Citi's Middle East Division management, Investment Banking and Equity businesses in the MENA region along with Islamic Banking and non-UAE regional banking businesses. In 2007, the bank established a dedicated MENA-level equity research team covering major sectors (banks, construction, telecom) operating out of the DIFC.

Citi's journey in the United Arab Emirates started in 1964 when Citibank, a member of Citi, opened its first branch in Dubai followed by Abu Dhabi in 1971. Since then, the bank has been known for delivering excellence and consistently introducing world-class banking products and services to UAE market.

Citi

Iman Abdel Khalek
Sherif Ayoub

Sherif Ayoub

Sherif Ayoub

Chief Financial Officer at Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)

Dr. Sherif Ayoub is the Chief Financial Officer for the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) where he oversees treasury and capital markets, financial control, financial planning and analytics, financial operations, budget and corporate performance as well as risk management. Prior to APICORP, he has assumed numerous leadership positions over his career, serving as Senior Advisor at the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Assistant Secretary General at the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB), in addition to working with A.T. Kearney, the US Government, United Nations, and the World Bank in different capacities.

Notably, Dr. Ayoub acquired his PhD in Finance from the University of Edinburgh, and is also a holder of a Masters’ Degree from Columbia University and a Bachelors’ Degree from Baldwin Wallace University. In addition, he has served as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University.

Dr. Ayoub is a CFA Charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has also published a book and several articles that relate to the finance and risk management.

Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)

Anil Vijayachandran

Anil Vijayachandran

Director, Acquisitions and Project Finance

ACWA Power

Anil Vijayachandran

Anil Vijayachandran

Director, Acquisitions and Project Finance at ACWA Power

Anil Vijayachandran – ACWA Power

Anil Vijayachandran is part of the Acquisitions & Project Finance team at ACWA Power, and has extensive experience in project and leveraged finance, M&A support, bid financial advisory and fund-raising for infrastructure projects in the Middle-East and Africa. He has worked on conventional power (coal, oil and gas fired), water, renewable (solar, wind, hydro) as well as airports and hotel concessions. In his previous role, he has also advised governments, state-owned entities and private developers on complex emerging and frontier market infrastructure project development, structuring and financing.

ACWA Power was formed in 2004 due to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decided to increase the role the private sector played in the Saudi economy by opening up the production of electricity and desalinated water to the private sector to own and operate.

ACWA Holding (representing the Abunayyan Trading Company and Abdulkadir Al Muhaidib & Sons Co.) along with the MADA Group for Industrial and Commercial Development (MADA Group) formed a joint venture under the name of ACWA Power Projects in 2004. The latter was the forerunner of present day ACWA Power, which was subsequently founded in 2008.

ACWA Power

Anil Vijayachandran
Mark Wells

Mark Wells

Executive Director, Head of Structured Capital Markets

MUFG

Mark Wells

Mark Wells

Executive Director, Head of Structured Capital Markets at MUFG

Mark is Head of Structured Debt Capital Markets at MUFG Securities EMEA plc.

He joined MUFG in November 2015, having spent the previous 6 years in the BNP Paribas Structured Capital Markets group as a Managing Director.

Mark has over 30 years of banking experience, the last 25 years of which have all been in the infrastructure and energy sectors in a wide variety of different roles including bank lending, financial advisory and the debt capital markets covering both private and public executions (last 19 years). During this period he has had broad geographical coverage responsibility throughout EMEA, with also some exposure to transactions in both Asia and Latin America. In the GCC, Mark has led transaction deal teams for Ruwais Power, Adcop and Galaxy.

Mark’s transaction experience is extensive, including direct involvement across all the principal infrastructure and energy related sectors such as oil & gas, power (including renewables), PPP/PFI, transportation (roads / rail / airports / ports), telecoms, aviation, shipping, infrastructure related whole business securitisations / structured corporates.

MUFG

Mark Wells

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is one of the world’s leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with over 360 years of history, MUFG has a global network with approximately 2,500 locations in more than 50 countries. The Group has about 170,000 employees and offers services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing. The Group aims to “be the world’s most trusted financial group” through close collaboration among our operating companies and flexibly respond to all of the financial needs of our customers, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world.

Please visit the website for more information - https://www.mufgemea.com/

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mufg

Twitter Page: @MUFGEMEA

Session ends: 10:50
10:50

Market liquidity and ALM: How are banks managing their funding and capital under Basel 3 requirements in a post-COVID world?

  • Popping the hood off bank balance sheets: What are the NPL positions of GCC banks now? What will the NPL positions be when forbearance and payment holidays end?
  • Should the market be concerned by a lack of Tier 2 supply? What impact will a rise in inflation and/or rates have on the hybrid and perpetual market?
  • How much liquidity is in the system? Where is it finding a home? What are the risks with where it is finding a home?

Moderator

Ali Ahmad

Ali Ahmad

Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets, FIG, AME

Standard Chartered

Ali Ahmad

Ali Ahmad

Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets, FIG, AME at Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered

Ali Ahmad

Speakers

Asif Karmally

Asif Karmally

Head, Portfolio Strategy Management

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

Asif Karmally

Asif Karmally

Head, Portfolio Strategy Management at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

Asif Karmally is Head of Portfolio Strategy Management within Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank’s Wholesale Banking Division. He oversees the strategic direction of WBG’s portfolio of assets and liabilities, optimizing the portfolio and revenue mix for the Division as well as ensuring compliance with relevant banking ratios and regulations.

Asif started his banking career in 2004 in Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets division in London, working across various product lines including structured credit, debt capital markets and fixed income sales, and rising to co-head of financial institution sales for the GCC in 2012. Between 2014 and 2018 he was part of Goldman Sachs’ Securities Division in Dubai, responsible for structured finance distribution to financial institutions across the Middle East. Asif re-joined Deutsche Bank in 2018, as a Managing Director in the Institutional Client Group where he was responsible for advising the firm's clients on bespoke financing and investment solutions.

Asif is a CFA Charter Holder; he has a BA in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University, and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

Asif Karmally

ADCB Group is a leading UAE banking group that provides over 1 million customers with a full suite of products and services, spanning Consumer Banking, Wholesale Banking, Treasury & Investments and Property Management. ADCB operates a network of 54 branches and over 428 ATMs across the UAE.

On 1 May 2019, ADCB and Union National Bank merged and the combined entity acquired Al Hilal Bank, which operates as a separate Islamic banking entity under its own brand within the Group. The transaction reinforced ADCB’s position as the third largest bank in the UAE by assets. As at 31 December 2020, the Group’s total assets stood at AED 411 billion.

ADCB Group, which is 60.2% owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi through the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, trades on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) under the ticker of ADCB. As at 31 December 2020, ADCB’s market capitalisation was AED 43 billion.

Jaap Meier

Jaap Meier

Managing Director, Head of Research

Arqaam Capital

Jaap Meier

Jaap Meier

Managing Director, Head of Research at Arqaam Capital

Jaap Meijer is the Head of Research at Arqaam Capital. He is also the Chief Strategist, Chief Economist and Head of FIG research. He is also a Member of Management Committee.

Jaap Meijer holds a Master of Science in Business Administration and Economics with an emphasis on Finance & Investments from Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam), an MBA from Webster University (St. Louis) and is a holder of both the CFA charter and the CEFA designation (VBA). He is also a mentor in the CFA challenge.

He has 24 year of research experience. Prior to heading up the research at Arqaam Capital, covering MENA stocks, he was a research director at Evolution, Dresdner Kleinwort and Cheuvreux, covering European financial conglomerates, diversified financials as well as investment banks.

His highest rankings were a No 1 ranking in Emerging EMEA Financials in Extel, and a No 2 ranking in MENA Extel survey.

Arqaam Capital

Patrick Clerkin

Patrick Clerkin

Senior Managing Director, Group Funding & Investor Relations

Emirates NBD

Patrick Clerkin

Patrick Clerkin

Senior Managing Director, Group Funding & Investor Relations at Emirates NBD

Patrick (‘Paddy’) is Head of Investor Relations and Managing Director for Emirates NBD’s Group Funding and Principal Investment Unit. The Investor Relations team updates the Analyst & Investor community on the Bank’s performance and outlook. The Global Funding team manages the strategic funding needs of the Bank. The Principal Investment team manages an investment portfolio containing hedge funds, credit funds and private equity.

Paddy has been with Emirates NBD since 2007. Prior to that he worked in London as co-head of the global operating-company rating team at Fitch Ratings. Before this he was part of the structured investment group at JP Morgan where Paddy looked after capital modelling and risk management.

Paddy has a B.Sc. (First Class) in Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics from Heriot-Watt University and a M.Sc. in Mathematical Finance from the University of Oxford.

Emirates NBD

Patrick Clerkin

Emirates NBD (DFM: Emirates NBD) is a leading Banking Group in the MENAT region. As at 30th September 2020, total assets were AED 692 Billion (equivalent to approx. USD 188 Billion). The acquisition of DenizBank represents a significant milestone for Emirates NBD with the Bank expanding its presence to 13 countries, servicing over 14 million customers. The Bank is ranked among the top 20 in the Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Regarded Companies, securing a leading spot among global brands.

The Bank has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry with 94% of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. Emirates NBD was named “UAE’s Best Bank” in 2020 for a fifth consecutive year by Euromoney. In addition, Emirates NBD received the “Excellence in Leadership in the Middle East” award, introduced this year in light of the Covid-19 impact, as a recognition of its efforts in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

Emirates NBD is also a major player in the UAE corporate segment and has strong Islamic banking, investment banking, private banking, asset management, global markets & treasury and brokerage operations.

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/emirates-nbd

Carla Ajaka

Carla Ajaka

Head of Financial Markets

United Arab Bank

Carla Ajaka

Carla Ajaka

Head of Financial Markets at United Arab Bank

Carla Ajaka is the Head of Financial Markets at United Arab Bank (UAB). She joined the bank in August 2020.

She has more than 24 years of experience in banking. She was the head of Global Markets at HSBC Bank Middle East Lebanon for 17 years. She was covering various geographies including Jordan, Kuwait and Algeria.

Following the acquisition of HSBC by BLOM Carla continued her career for 3 years.

She has substantial experience in Financial markets products and risk management solutions.

United Arab Bank

Carla Ajaka
Jeffrey El Khoury

Jeffrey El Khoury

Head of MENA and Turkey Debt Capital Markets

BofA Securities

Jeffrey El Khoury

Jeffrey El Khoury

Head of MENA and Turkey Debt Capital Markets at BofA Securities

BofA Securities

Jeffrey El Khoury

At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News) and LinkedIn (@BofA_Business )

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11:40

Coffee and networking

Session ends: 12:10
12:10

The GCC/Africa investment corridor: A banking perspective

  • What role are Middle Eastern banks playing in funding the African banks?
    > Which MENA banks are lending to African banks and FIs?
    > What price, size and tenors can African banks and FIs secure borrowing from MENA banks?
  • What support can Middle Eastern banks offer African banks and financial institutions?
  • Which African regions, countries and jurisdictions are MENA banks comfortable lending to?

Moderator

Abiodun Azeez

Abiodun Azeez

Senior Relationship Manager Corporate and Institutional Banking

Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)

Abiodun Azeez

Abiodun Azeez

Senior Relationship Manager Corporate and Institutional Banking at Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)

Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)

Abiodun Azeez

MCB Group is an integrated banking and financial services player, offering a comprehensive range of tailored and innovative solutions to its retail, corporate and institutional clients. The Group is investment grade-rated by Moody’s and Fitch, and is currently ranked 1st in East Africa, 18th in Africa and 582nd among the Top 1,000 Banks in terms of Tier 1 (July 2020), 27th in Africa in terms of assets (Jeune Afrique Top 200 Banks, The Africa Report, September 2020) and 72nd on the African continent in terms of market capitalisation (African Business Top 250 Companies, May 2020). MCB Group is present in 10 countries overseas via its subsidiaries in Madagascar, Seychelles and Maldives, its representative offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Paris and Dubai, and its associates, Société Générale Moçambique and Banque Française Commerciale Océan Indien (BFCOI) operating in Réunion Island, Mayotte and Paris.

LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mcbgroup/

Speakers

Sidra Taj

Sidra Taj

Director, Loan Syndicate & Distribution – Investment Banking

Mashreqbank

Sidra Taj

Sidra Taj

Director, Loan Syndicate & Distribution – Investment Banking at Mashreqbank

Sidra is a seasoned Corporate Finance and Investment Banking professional, with 15 years of wide-ranging experience in loan origination, structuring, underwriting and distribution, across the GCC, South Asia, Egypt, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and Far East.

Sidra is currently acting as Director, Syndications & Loan Distribution at Mashreq. Over her 8 years’ association with Mashreq, Sidra successfully led and raised several billions in financings for sovereigns, GREs, supra-nationals, sponsors, corporates and financial institutions across diverse industries and structures including Corporate and FI loans, Project and Infrastructure Finance, Structured Trade Finance, Non-recourse Acquisition Finance etc. Sidra has demonstrated bookrunning and underwriting capabilities in developing niche markets for the bank, including Egypt, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, etc.

Before Mashreq, Sidra worked for 6 years in Investment Banking at Habib Bank Limited, with a focus on Project Finance and Financial Advisory, that saw her lead financings for several notable power and infrastructure projects.

Sidra has a BBA (Finance) and the CFA designation, and was the recipient of the "MBA Women in Business” award from the CASS Business School, City University, UK. She takes special interest in the topic of ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ and actively promotes inclusion of more women in banking.

Mashreqbank

Sidra Taj

One of the UAE’s best performing banks for five decades, Mashreq is a leading financial institution with an expanding footprint across the Middle East. We have international offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, and a strong presence in the financial capitals of the world.

As the oldest bank in the UAE, our journey can be traced back to humble beginnings in 1967, followed by periods of rapid growth and strategic expansion. Throughout our history, Mashreq has differentiated itself by pioneering new-to-market concepts and launching unique products and services.

Our innovative approach sets us truly apart, it also continues to win us numerous awards and accolades across all fields including digital banking, the most recent were: Middle East Best Digital Bank by Euromoney Regional Awards for Excellence, the Most Innovative Consumer/Corporate Digital Bank in the UAE and Best Bank in the UAE by World's Best Bank Awards by Global Finance, Most Innovative Bank in the Middle East by EMEA Finance and many others.

LinkedIn URL - https://www.linkedin.com/company/mashreq-corporate-and-investment-banking-group

Mert Poyraz

Mert Poyraz

Director, Loans & Syndications

Emirates NBD

Mert Poyraz

Mert Poyraz

Director, Loans & Syndications at Emirates NBD

Mert graduated with a BSc. degree in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul in 2005. He started his career in Consumer Banking in Citibank, Dubai and joined Emirates NBD Group in 2008.

He has been part of Emirates NBD Capital platform since late 2012, focusing on capital market transactions and loan syndications.

Mert has led a number of key transactions across project finance, structured finance, leveraged buy-out landscape and covered key regional markets such as UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Africa and Turkey.

Emirates NBD

Mert Poyraz

Emirates NBD (DFM: Emirates NBD) is a leading Banking Group in the MENAT region. As at 30th September 2020, total assets were AED 692 Billion (equivalent to approx. USD 188 Billion). The acquisition of DenizBank represents a significant milestone for Emirates NBD with the Bank expanding its presence to 13 countries, servicing over 14 million customers. The Bank is ranked among the top 20 in the Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Regarded Companies, securing a leading spot among global brands.

The Bank has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry with 94% of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. Emirates NBD was named “UAE’s Best Bank” in 2020 for a fifth consecutive year by Euromoney. In addition, Emirates NBD received the “Excellence in Leadership in the Middle East” award, introduced this year in light of the Covid-19 impact, as a recognition of its efforts in responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

Emirates NBD is also a major player in the UAE corporate segment and has strong Islamic banking, investment banking, private banking, asset management, global markets & treasury and brokerage operations.

LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/emirates-nbd

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12:50

Pure Harvest: A case study on structuring, packaging, and selling MENA private credit

  • Originating deals outside of the usual DCM channels: The background to how private credit trades materialise
  • Connecting SMEs with institutional investors: Advice and preparation
  • Marrying deal structure with an evolving legal, and bankruptcy regime: What are the security, governance and financial covenants required to attract institutional investors to SMEs?
  • How is a private credit deal structured? What are the additional complexities when structuring a Sharia-compliant private credit deal?

Moderator

Sharif Eid

Sharif Eid

Portfolio Manager, Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income

Franklin Templeton Investments

Sharif Eid

Sharif Eid

Portfolio Manager, Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income at Franklin Templeton Investments

Sharif Eid is a portfolio manager for Franklin Templeton Investments (Middle East) Limited. Mr. Eid joined the Global Sukuk and MENA Fixed Income investment team in April 2009 as a research analyst where he helped develop the group's fundamental research process and production. Mr. Eid was promoted to portfolio manager in 2011 and is currently the co-manager of the FTIF GCC Bond Fund and co-manager of Global Sukuk institutional accounts.

Prior to joining Franklin Templeton Investments (Middle East) Limited, formerly Algebra Capital, Mr. Eid worked for TD Securities in Toronto as a trader. He rotated through credit, FX and interest rate option desks.

Mr. Eid holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a master's degree in mathematical finance, both from the University of Toronto.

FTIML-Dubai is an active, research-driven, team-based manager which aims to achieve superior long-term investment performance against relevant benchmarks and to provide excellent, value-added client service through the Franklin, Templeton and Mutual Series investment groups. The fund management team performs bottom-up research to manage assets in private and public markets across all asset classes. Their services are packaged as fund solutions, discretionary mandates or structured products.

Franklin Templeton launched a dedicated bond fund aimed at capitalising on the growing debt market in the Gulf region which was supported by portfolio Sharif Eid.

Franklin Templeton Investments

Speakers

Sky Kurtz

Sky Kurtz

Chief Executive Officer

Pure Harvest

Sky Kurtz

Sky Kurtz

Chief Executive Officer at Pure Harvest

Mr. Sky Kurtz is a former technology private equity investor turned serial entrepreneur who is passionate about building impactful companies that tackle big problems in the world. Before founding Pure Harvest, Mr. Kurtz Co-founded Vence—reinventing livestock management through a virtual fencing & autonomous control solution. Mr. Kurtz also served as a divisional CEO within Pultron Composites, delivering novel concrete reinforcement materials that solve infrastructure corrosion challenges.
Prior to building technology companies, Mr. Kurtz invested in them as a Vice President with Francisco Partners, a $15B tech investment firm based in San Francisco, CA that is an affiliate of Sequoia Capital. Mr. Kurtz was also an investor with CCMP Capital, a $17B generalist investment firm based in New York, NY. Mr. Kurtz has served on the boards of five (5) technology companies of all scales (from $2MM to $500MM+ of sales) and considers himself a lifelong student of business.
Mr. Kurtz is an MBA graduate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) and holds a B.S. in Finance from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named the Turken Family Outstanding Graduating Senior (valedictory honor)

Pure Harvest

Natasha Hannoun

Natasha Hannoun

Natasha Hannoun

Head of Debt at SHUAA Capital

Natasha is the Head of Debt. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi-listed investment company Eshraq Investments PJSC.She has broad experience in advisory, origination, structuring and execution across multiple asset classes including Private Equity and Debt Investments, Real Estate and Fixed Income.

Over the last five years, in her previous role as a Director with the Private Debt platform of the Group, she has structured over US$ 7 bn in financing including last mile and mezzanine financing.

Prior to joining the Group in 2014, Natasha was part of the Corporate Finance and Debt Advisory team at Deloitte Corporate Finance Advisory in Dubai.

Natasha holds an MSc in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Bristol in the UK with a year at University of Bologna, Italy.

SHUAA Capital

Natasha Hannoun
Ahmad Alanani

Ahmad Alanani

Chief Executive Officer

Sancta Capital

Ahmad Alanani

Ahmad Alanani

Chief Executive Officer at Sancta Capital

Ahmad Alanani is the co-founder and CEO of Sancta Capital, an alternative investment manager focused on deep value and special situations in the Middle East and North Africa. Ahmad has 17 years’ experience in debt restructuring, asset securitization and structured lending. Prior to founding Sancta Capital, he held various senior roles at Exotix Capital, MD Sass Investors and RBC.

Ahmad holds an MSc. In Financial Engineering from the Stevens Institute and a BSc. in Mathematics from the University of British Columbia. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Sancta Capital

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13:35

Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by close of Day Two

Session ends: 13:40

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COMPANIES CONFIRMED TO ATTEND

  • Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • Abu Dhabi Aviation
  • Abu Dhabi Capital Group
  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)
  • Abu Dhabi Fund for Development
  • Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company - Masdar
  • Abu Dhabi Investment Company
  • Abu Dhabi Investment Council
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB)
  • Abu Dhabi Municipality
  • Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA)
  • Abu Dhabi National Industrial Projects
  • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
  • Acciona Agua
  • ACWA Power
  • AD Global Investors Limited
  • Addleshaw Goddard (Middle East) LLP
  • ADQ
  • Advanced Electronics Systems International
  • Africa Bridge Capital
  • Agricultural Bank of China
  • AJmal Perfumes
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld
  • Al Ahli Holding Group
  • Al Bassami International Business Group
  • Al Dahra Holding
  • Al Fakher
  • Al Futtaim
  • Al Ghurair
  • Al Jaber Group
  • Al Marjan Island
  • Al Mazroui Group of Companies
  • Al Muhaidib Group
  • Al Ramz Capital
  • Al Shafar General Contracting (ASGC)
  • Al Wathba National Insurance
  • Al Yamama Group
  • Al Yousuf Group
  • Alcazar Energy
  • Aldar
  • Alghanim Industries
  • Al-Khomasiah Real Estate Development Company
  • Allen & Overy
  • Al-Qahtani Pipe Coating Industries
  • Alshawamikh Oil Services
  • Alshaya Group
  • Altica Partners
  • Aman Insurance
  • Amicorp Group
  • ANB Invest
  • Apparel Group
  • Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development
  • Arab Bank
  • Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)
  • Arabian Construction Company
  • Arada Development
  • Arqaam Capital
  • ASMA Capital Partners
  • ASYAD Group
  • AW Rostamani
  • Azimut
  • Bahri
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Bank ABC
  • Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam
  • Bank of Jordan
  • Bank of Sharjah
  • Barclays
  • Bee'ah
  • Beyridge
  • Bird & Bird
  • BofA Securities
  • Borouge
  • British Embassy UAE
  • Brookfield Asset Management
  • Burford Capital
  • Capital Investments
  • Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates
  • Citi
  • Clifford Chance
  • Colchester Global Investors
  • Commercial Bank International
  • Commerzbank
  • Consolidated Contractors Company
  • Costra Group
  • Credit Agricole CIB
  • Crescent Petroleum
  • Dalma Capital Management Limited
  • DAMAC
  • Daman
  • Dana Gas
  • Dar Group
  • Dechert
  • Dentons
  • Department of Finance, Abu Dhabi
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Diamond Developers
  • Dow Chemicals
  • DP World
  • Dubai Aerospace Enterprise
  • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
  • Dubai Green Fund
  • Dubai Holding
  • Dubai Investments Park
  • Dubai World Trade Centre
  • DUBAL Holding
  • DWF LLP
  • Eagle Hills Properties LLC
  • Edge Group
  • Ejarah Global
  • Elsewedy Electric
  • Emaar
  • Embassy of Italy
  • Emirates Airline
  • Emirates Development Bank
  • Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)
  • Emirates Investment Bank
  • Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC)
  • Emirates NBD
  • Emirates NBD Asset Management
  • Emirates NBD Capital
  • Emirates Ship Investment Company LLC
  • Emirates Water & Electricity Company (EWEC)
  • Emrill Services LLC
  • Engie
  • Equate Petrochemical Company
  • Equitativa
  • Etihad Airways
  • Etihad Rail
  • Etisalat
  • European Wealth Group
  • Exeed Industries LLC
  • FAS Energy
  • Fertiglobe Holding
  • FFA Private Bank
  • FIM Partners
  • FINSIGHT
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)
  • Fitch Ratings
  • Fitch Solutions
  • Flydubai
  • Franklin Templeton
  • GCS Contracting
  • Gems Education
  • General Electric (GE)
  • GIB Capital
  • Government of Sharjah
  • Gulf Bank
  • Gulf International Bank
  • Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC)
  • Gulf Link
  • Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Haliwell Financial
  • Hikma Pharmaceuticals
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW)
  • Howden Group
  • HSBC
  • Independant Consultant
  • Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals
  • Infra Innovative Financial Solutions
  • Institute of International Finance
  • Intermass
  • International Maritime Industries (a Saudi Aramco Joint Venture)
  • International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Invest AD
  • Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD)
  • Iridium Advisors
  • IsFin
  • Ithmar Capital
  • Jashanmal National Company
  • KfW DEG
  • KfW IPEX Bank
  • Khazna Data Center Limited
  • Klay Capital
  • Kludi RAK LLC
  • Larsen & Toubro
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Leminar Air Conditioning Company LLC
  • Link Lease
  • Linklaters
  • Liquidity Finance LLP
  • LLB
  • Lockheed Martin Global Inc.
  • London Stock Exchange
  • Lootah Group
  • Loukil Investment Group
  • LUMIERE G INTERNATIONAL LTD
  • Majid Al Futtaim Group
  • Mantrac Group
  • Mariana Investment Partners
  • Marsh
  • Marubeni Corporation
  • Mashreqbank
  • Mauritius Commercial Bank
  • Maybank Islamic Bank
  • Mazoon Electricity Company
  • MCB Capital Markets
  • McDermott
  • Metito
  • Milaha Capital
  • Ministry of Finance, Egypt
  • Ministry of Finance, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Ministry of Housing Saudi Arabia
  • Mitsui & Co
  • Mobily
  • Moody's Investors Service
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Mubadala - GE Capital
  • Mubadala Investment Company
  • MUFG
  • Mumtalakat
  • Munch International Holding
  • Mushrif Trading & Contracting Company KSCP
  • Nama Holding
  • National Bank of Fujairah
  • National Bank of Oman
  • National Bonds Corporation
  • National Center for Privatization & PPP
  • Natixis
  • NetRoadshow
  • Noga Holding
  • Novelis
  • Oasis Investment LLC (Al Shirawi Group - ESG)
  • OCTAL
  • Oman Aviation Group
  • Oman Insurance Company
  • Opal Business Development
  • OQ
  • Oq Gas Networks LLC (formerly Oman Gas Company SAOC)
  • Petrofac
  • Power China
  • Pure Harvest
  • Qatar Financial Centre
  • Qatar General Holding Company
  • RAK Ceramics
  • Rawabi Holding
  • Red Sea Housing Services Company FZE
  • Refinitiv
  • Rothschild & Co
  • Royal London Asset Management (RLAM)
  • S&P Global
  • Sabic
  • Samsung Group
  • Sanabil Investments
  • Sancta Capital
  • Saudi Aramco Base Oil Company - Luberef
  • Saudi Electricity Company
  • Saudi Investment Recycling
  • Shanghai Electric
  • Sharjah Asset Management
  • SHUAA Capital
  • Siemens
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • Sipchem
  • Societe Generale
  • SPIC Huanghe Hydropower Development Company
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Strabag
  • Strategic and Precious Metal Processing (FZC) LLC
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
  • Summit Global Power
  • Tabreed
  • Talc Investments
  • Tamasuk Holding Company
  • TAQA
  • Tawazun Holding
  • Telecom Egypt
  • The Sustainable City Group
  • TMF Group
  • Tristar Transport
  • Trojan Holding
  • UK Export Finance
  • Union Properties
  • United Arab Bank
  • Vienna Stock Exchange (Wiener Börse)
  • Walkers
  • wasl
  • White & Case
  • White Rock
  • Wisayah
  • Yas International Holding

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Access the most senior regional and international issuers, investors, bankers, rating agencies and lawyers at one time
  • Setup an unlimited number of virtual meetings with participants from the Middle East's credit markets community via our 1-2-1 networking platform
  • Gain exclusive behind-the-scenes insights from the 70+ regional and international credit market leaders speaking on our expert-led panels

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Testimonials

The Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East was already the premier financing conference in the Middle East but has grown in importance with each passing year. The majority of our key clients and all of the global and regional banks are there. It’s a great opportunity to network, catch up, and get your finger on the pulse of the Middle East market.

Zain Zaidi
Citi

The Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East conference attendance is increasing year by year and it is a great venue for all issuers, investors and banks.

Jean-Marc Mercier
HSBC

Bonds, Loans and Sukuk Middle East has become A MUST attend event, it is the best and most efficient gathering of different lenders and borrowers in the MENA region.

Riyad Hammad
Arabtec Construction

I never thought that GFC could improve on previous years but they managed to attract an unprecedented 1,200 delegates at Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East, representing issuers, borrowers and banks.

Raouf Jundi
MUFG

The Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East Conference gives you credible information about what is actually happening in the financial markets… both pros and cons, all under one roof… which you don’t get at any other conference.

Neeraj Agrawal
Crescent Petroleum

If attending the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East conference is vital to our network, the 1-1 meetings are by far the best way to build long-lasting relationships in our industry. The GFC team impressed me with their attentive and professional service.

James Bejjani
M1 Capital

6. Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East is the Gold Standard of Conferences. If you were to ask a number of people to name one conference to attend - this is the one they would choose. The networking opportunities are far greater than at any other conference.

Usman Ahmed
Emirates NBD Asset Management

The Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East conference provides the most extensive opportunity to network across our clients and investors at one event and, as it continues to grow, so does the benefit from attending. Cannot praise the organisation and the set-up of the conference more highly either.

David Higgs
Mizuho

I don't attend many conferences but I make sure Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East is the one event firmly in my diary year after year. It gives me the chance to interact with the buy side, sell side as well as prospects and peers. For that reason, this is the gold standard for conferences in the region.

Usman Ahmed
FIM Partners

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East continues to be the marquee event for Banks and Issuers in the region and one we all look forward to each year. The event is getting bigger and better with each year and this wouldn’t be possible without your team’s meticulous planning and organizing in the build-up to and during the event as well.

Chiradeep Deb
Mashreqbank

The Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East conference is a mecca of banking and treasury professionals. The positivity and energy in the conference was beyond my imagination and it can be witnessed through the excitement and aura of participants at the event. Most of the topics address the upcoming problems and panel discussions provide insight from the industry experts on critical issues faced by the industry.

Ashok Mehngi
GEMS Education

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East AWARDS 2021


The Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East AWARDS Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 15th September 2021 at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

Since 2015, the Bonds & Loans Awards has been recognising the most innovative and ground-breaking deals from Sovereign, Corporate and Financial Institution issuers and borrowers.


Benefits of attending the AWARDS Ceremony:

  • Access a highly exclusive event and senior industry-leading figures involved in the most innovative and ground-breaking deals from Sovereign, Corporate and Financial Institutions & Borrowers
  • Build your network: limited numbers ensure guaranteed interaction and networking with a select group of the industry’s elite; all of our 2019 ceremonies sold out and proved a night to remember

ACCOMMODATION

Unfortunately the discounted room block for Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East has now sold out. To check availability or book with nearby hotels within the resort (Hotels Al Naseem, Al Qasr and Dar Al Masyaf) please visit www.Jumeirah.com. Otherwise please feel free to book through your usual booking agent or direct with any other hotel of your choosing.

For more information contact Rosie at: Rosie.Nixon@GFCMediaGroup.com

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