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Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa 2020 - Virtual Conference

The world's largest virtual pan-African debt event

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700+ Attendees | 80+ Expert Speakers | 350+ Sovereign, Corporate & FI Borrowers | 100+ Investors | 40+ Countries

As the continent adjusts to the new normal, this event will bring together over 700 key players in Africa’s capital markets community and feature 80+ expert speakers. This is your best opportunity to initiate an unlimited number of new business connections via our networking directory; hear first-hand how the rest of the market are navigating current challenges and opportunities; and check-in with your industry’s leaders.

Livestream Agenda

Opening remarks

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 6:55am (Europe/London)

Keynote address: The role of the National Treasury in moving the South African economy forward post COVID-19 (presentation)

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 7:00am (Europe/London)

  • What measures have been put in place by the government to boost the South African economy in 2020-2021?
  • Effective sovereign debt and liquidity management: How much funding does the government need to support its economic recovery plan?

Speaker

Director General

Assessing sovereign debt outlook for 2021: Where are sovereigns looking for funding?

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 7:30am (Europe/London)

  • How have rating downgrades affected sovereigns’ ability to source funding? What options are now on the table?
  • Hard vs. local currency: How has reliance and availability of USD for sovereigns changed due to COVID-19?
  • Re-engaging the institutional investor appetite into Africa: What do investors need to see from sovereigns to improve their debt sustainability?

Moderator

Director, Treasury

Speakers

Head of Advisory Services

Presidential Economic Advisor

Director-General

Head of Debt Management Office

Director of Debt Management

Africa’s economic outlook for 2021 and beyond: A regional run-down of post-COVID-19 growth across the continent

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 8:15am (Europe/London)

  • How are rating downgrades affecting South Africa’s ability to structure reform?
  • Political transitions, economic recovery and commodity prices in East Africa: Which sectors are proving resilient post pandemic, and where is there a rocky road ahead?
  • What impact will the restructuring of oil & gas exposed loans have on Nigeria’s debt profile? What measures are the Central Bank implementing to support this?
  • How has being pegged to the French Treasury aided Francophone economies to withstand volatility during the pandemic? How might this change with the newly introduced Eco currency?

Moderator

Head of Middle East and Africa Sovereign Ratings

Speakers

Global Chief Economist

Senior Portfolio Manager and Economist, Emerging Markets Debt

Futurist and Leadership Consultant

Head: Metros, Intermediate Cites & Water Boards

How have banks’ approach to lending in the syndicated market changed in the COVID era?

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 9:00am (Europe/London)

  • Assessing local market liquidity: How do regional banks’ offering of favourable pricing and tenor vary across the region?
  • To what extent can local markets withstand ongoing volatility?
  • Longer tenors vs. liquidity flow vs. need to diversify lending base: What challenges are syndication teams facing with regards to size, pricing and structure of deals?
  • How can banks weather the slowdown in syndicated loan activity across the continent?
  • How are volatile liquidity levels impacting lenders’ approach to offering new structures to new borrowers?
  • Preparing for a transition away from LIBOR: What should bankers look out for in the fallback language of legal agreements? How does this affect loan structure going forward?

Moderator

Managing Director, Co-Head of Corporate Origination, Loan Capital Markets, EMEA

Speakers

Head: Syndications and Distributions,

Head: Distribution and Loan Syndication - International

Managing Director, Head of Syndication/Distribution - Energy & Natural Resources

Senior Director - Co-Head of Debt Origination

Capital markets strategies in the new normal: Managing FX volatility, rating downgrades, and access to markets

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 9:45am (Europe/London)

  • How do African treasury and funding teams interpret ongoing FX volatility? How will this impact their access to the bonds and loans markets into 2021?
  • Assessing corporate funding methods pre and post pandemic: How do treasurers now view capital structures?
  • How can borrowers optimise balance sheets whilst maintaining a stable liquidity position?
  • Eurobonds, private placements: Understanding the diversified funding options available to African borrowers

Moderator

Economist and Fixed Income Analyst

Speakers

Treasury Manager

Director, Debt Capital Markets

Head of Corporate Finance,

Managing Director, Co-Head: CEEMEA Debt Capital Markets

General Manager, Capital, Investment & Funding

Elections, trade, and post-COVID recovery: How are investors pricing African credit in the current climate?

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 10:30am (Europe/London)

  • Market volatility and credit ratings: How is uncertainty being priced into African bonds?
  • How are investors hedging their exposure to downgrades across the continent?
  • How has the US presidential campaign and upcoming election impacted the way investors view Africa credit?
  • AfCFTA: How do investors view the Africa Free Trade Agreement as a vehicle to stimulate post-COVID growth between economies? Does it affect how they price differently across the continent?
  • Where do investors see opportunities for African credit as we head into 2021?

Moderator

Fund Manager, Emerging Markets Fixed Income

Speakers

Portfolio Manager, EM Distressed

Head: Syndicate Africa, Debt Capital Markets

Head of CEE & Africa Debt Capital Markets

Head of Syndications

Co-Head of South Africa & Africa Fixed Income

How has de-dollarisation, currency depreciation, and increased reliance on the Naira impacted Nigeria’s long-term debt outlook?

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 11:30am (Europe/London)

  • With a shortage of USD funding, can the naira market be “overtapped”? Is it sustainable to rely long-term on the naira?
  • What measures do the government have in place if it depreciates further?
  • How can the government balance the funding of much-needed infrastructure with helping borrowers get back on their feet? Where does the priority lie?

Moderator

Partner

Speakers

Head of Corporate Finance

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Investment Officer

Head, Corporate Financing Solutions

Chief Investment Officer

Transition finance as a gateway to green: How can fossil fuel dependent economies start thinking about ESG? What are the first-steps?

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 12:30pm (Europe/London)

  • What do banks and investors expect from commodity-driven companies in relation to their approach to ESG?
  • For an oil, gas or mining company thinking about becoming more sustainably focused, what are the first steps in the transition process?
  • How can oil & gas and mining companies start to become more conscious about greener reporting?

Moderator

Specialist Banking: Sustainable Finance

Speakers

Head of Corporate Finance

Deputy Head of Emerging Markets Fixed Income

Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Governance

Director, Debt Capital Markets

Debt restructuring and debt forbearance: What lessons can be taken from successful transactions in South Africa across the rest of the continent?

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 13:15pm (Europe/London)

  • Navigating the legal and regulatory frameworks: What should you be aware of before entering a restructuring?
  • Understanding how to factor payment and covenant deferrals into your wider financing structure
  • Importance of mitigating against potential liquidity issues, and lack of protection on Stock Exchange listings
  • What role is the DSSI looking to play in kickstarting the most fragile sectors (e.g. retail, aviation, transport)? How will African economies support themselves post DSSI?
  • How does DSSI and debt restructuring fit together? Is a restructuring inevitable following any DSSI agreements?

Moderator

Head of Special Asset Management

Speakers

Managing Director, Head of EM Sovereign Debt

Portfolio Manager, Emerging Market Debt

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer

Supporting pre-COVID activity and easing the downturn: How are DFIs, ECAs and commercial banks working alongside each other to ease the financial impact of the pandemic on the continent?

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 14:00pm (Europe/London)

  • With IMF and World Bank support on the table, are DFIs seeing a slow-down in appetite for syndications from some clients? How are they adjusting to this?
  • How is the relationship between DFIs and commercial banks changing with DFIs taking on an increased role in club deals?
  • Where do commercial banks see opportunities post-pandemic?

Moderator

Director of Syndications and Agency

Speakers

Senior Director, Head of Treasury & Financial Institutions

Loan Syndications Africa

Director - Financial Institutions Africa

Resident Underwriter, Tanzania

Country Manager - West Africa

Economic aftershocks of the election: How the volatile U.S. election as well as spending, tax, and trade policies will impact global markets in 2021 and beyond

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 14:45pm (Europe/London)

  • What are the policies being talked about for 2021 and how will they impact markets?
  • US economic trajectory: What does this mean for the global economic trajectory?
  • What is the outlook for emerging market economies and financial markets?

Speaker

Chairman

Keynote address: Supporting the region for a return to economic growth

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 15:15pm (Europe/London)

Speaker

Director Advisory & Capital Markets

Close of conference day one

Tue 24th Nov 2020, 15:45pm (Europe/London)

Opening remarks

Wed 25th Nov 2020, 7:45am (Europe/London)

Africa’s energy and social development infrastructure (Healthcare, Education, Housing): Who is investing and what role are financiers & infrastructure companies playing to kick-start these projects?

Wed 25th Nov 2020, 8:00am (Europe/London)

  • How do pipelines compare pre and post pandemic? 
  • Which sectors are piquing investor interest? Are governance structures robust enough for investors to want to invest in energy and transport projects?
  • Greenfield vs. brownfield vs. health and educational infrastructure: Which types of projects and which sectors are seeing a renewed appetite for investment?
  • What criteria do DFIs and ECAs focus on when selecting a project for funding? To what extent will they fill the funding and tenor gaps?
  • Multilateral vs. bank funding: How do the funding options for borrowers compare?

Moderator

Managing Director, Head of Emerging Markets, EMEA

Speakers

Coverage Head: Social Infrastructure

Head - Power, Utilities & Infrastructure

President and Chief Executive Officer

Chief Investment Officer

Chief Investment Officer

Director

Assessing private credit as a vehicle to bridge the gap between the debt and equity markets

Wed 25th Nov 2020, 9:00am (Europe/London)

  • What products are banks and private equity houses offering if borrowers choose to access alternative funding?
  • Why it is important to have alternatives to debt and more malleable capital on the table in the current climate?
  • What methods can be used to turn debt into equity (if necessary), and how can alternative credit firms support this?

Moderator

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Speakers

Chief Executive Officer

Head of Credit Origination

Portfolio Manager

Keynote address: Mobilising African infrastructure investment for 2021 and beyond

Wed 25th Nov 2020, 9:45am (Europe/London)

Speaker

Chief Executive Officer

Securitisation as a risk management asset class in the South African market: a useful case study for newer markets?

Wed 25th Nov 2020, 10:15am (Europe/London)

  • Securitisation as a safe haven for investment: Why is this vehicle becoming more attractive to investors?
  • Overcoming compliance burden and regulatory costs: What methods worked well in South Africa?
  • Does one size fit all? Can legal and regulatory nuances be translated to different African economies?

Moderator

Executive: Debt Capital Markets and Securitisation

Speakers

Head of Structured Finance – Africa

Senior Policy Advisor

Director

Head of Treasury and Finance

Investment Analyst

Hedging against FX volatility: What instruments are available to African corporates, and how can they be implemented?

Wed 25th Nov 2020, 11:15am (Europe/London)

  • What instruments are available (natural or constructed) to hedge against currency depreciation? How accessible are they?
  • How can corporates optimise balance sheet management and improve ALM to include hedging instruments?
  • USD vs. local currency: Is USD the best currency for hedging when it will be linked to LIBOR? How to assess local currency hedging performance with the transition to the new benchmark rate

Moderator

Head of Client Solutions Group, Global Markets

Speakers

Group Treasurer

Senior Vice President, Treasury Client Solutions

Director

Close of conference

Wed 25th Nov 2020, 12:00pm (Europe/London)

Strategic Partner

National Treasury, Republic of South Africa

Platinum Sponsors

Absa Africa Finance Corporation Standard Bank

Gold Sponsors

African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim) MUFG SMBC

WAEMU Sponsor

Agence UMOA-Titres

Silver Sponsors

Development Bank of Southern Africa Emirates NBD Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Bronze Sponsors

African Trade Insurance Agency Fitch Ratings GCR Ratings KFW DEG

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