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

Broadcast on Sep 15, 2021 from Livestream: Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East 2021

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First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

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Mashreqbank

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Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

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Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

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MUFG

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Citi

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  • 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)
Middle East

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.

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