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Date: 11th September 2017 Venue: Mansion House, London

Growing from strength to strength, the IFN Europe Forum will return in 2017 to familiar terrain as we once again host the event in London. Europe is growing in stature for Islamic investors who are taking a keen interest in its notable developments in the sector.

European markets have continued to demonstrate a strong commitment to Islamic finance with an emphasis on growing the Islamic investment industry. In addition to real estate investment funds, Europe is also a vibrant market for alternative investment funds, private equity, retail, hedge funds and SRI investing. The IFN Europe Forum is expected to gather participants from across Europe, Asia and the Middle East and will encompass everything related to the continent’s growing Islamic finance industry, attracting a truly global audience with a focus on central issues and latest developments.

 

Keynote speakers:

Abdulla Al Awar
CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Center

Alderman Sir David Wootton
Former Lord Mayor of London

Bora Oruc
Executive Vice Chairman, Capital Markets Board of Turkey

Fiona Le Poidevin
CEO, The International Stock Exchange Group

Ian Johnston
CEO, Dubai Financial Services Authority

Nikhil Rathi
CEO, London Stock Exchange

 

Stephen Barclay
Economic Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury

 

 

Agenda

Main Event | SIDE EVENTS

Main Event: IFN Europe Forum – 11th September 2017

9:00 – 09:15 Welcome Remarks
Alderman Sir David Wootton –
Former Lord Mayor of London
09:15 – 10:00 Flourish or Flounder: How will Brexit Impact Islamic Finance Activity in Europe?
Moderator: Jawad Ali – Managing Partner, Middle East, King & Spalding
Panelists: Harris Irfan – Managing Director and Co-Head of Investment Banking, Rasmala
Peter Kruschel Director, Banking Supervision, Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), Germany

10:00 – 10:20 Keynote Interview: Role of European Stock Exchanges in Facilitating Islamic Capital Raising
Panelists: Bora Oruc – Executive Vice Chairman, Capital Markets Board of Turkey
Nikhil Rathi – CEO, London Stock Exchange
10:20 – 10:30 Launch of TheCityUK Report: Global Trends in Islamic Finance and the UK Market
By
 Gary Campkin – Director, Policy and Strategy, TheCityUK
10:30 – 10:45 Keynote Address: Stephen Barclay – Economic Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee & Networking
11.15 – 11.45 Global Real Estate Investment Roundtable
As real estate projects and investments continue to be a key driver for economies in the Middle East, Europe and other parts of the other world, this expert panel discusses market performance, where investors should ultimately be placing their real estate dollars and how Brexit will impact real estate investment in Europe. This multi-stakeholder roundtable will provide an avenue for leading global real estate investment specialists to exchange views on these very timely issues affecting real estate investors across the globe.
Moderator: Abradat Kamalpour – Partner, Ashurst
Panelists: Duncan Steele- Bodger – CEO, QIB UK
Mike Rainey
– Partner, King & Spalding
Nick Judd – Founder & Head of Investment, 90 North Real Estate Partners
11.45 – 12.20 Positioning Key Financial Markets in the Islamic Funds and Investment Landscape
Moderator: Lawrence Oliver – Deputy CEO, DDCAP
Panelists: Majid Sadjadi Nejad – Managing Director, Rostam Capital
Marcus Peter –
Partner, GSK Stockmann
Wayne Evans Adviser in International Strategy, TheCityUK
Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin  Managing Director of Development and Islamic Markets Business Group, Securities Commission Malaysia
12:20 – 12:30 Keynote Address:  Islamic Investment Opportunities between the UAE and the UK
Abdulla Al Awar –
CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Center
12.30 – 13.15 Islamic Corporate Financing Activity in Europe: Players, Markets and Sectors
From syndicated financing to corporate Sukuk, what are the key markets and sectors, where will activity center itself and who are the prospective corporate Sukuk buyers?
Moderator: Mohamed Damak  Senior Director, Global Head of Islamic Finance, S&P Global Ratings
Panelists: Arshad Mohamed Ismail  Head of Global Banking and Corporate & Investment Banking, Maybank Islamic, Malaysia
Farmida Bi – Partner and Head of Islamic Finance – Europe, Norton Rose Fulbright
Gordon Welsh  Head of Business Group, UK Export Finance
Nitish Bhojnagarwala  Vice-President - Senior Analyst, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service, the UAE
Serdar Sumer – CEO, Aktif Investment Bank, Turkey
13.15 – 14.00 Networking Luncheon
FINTECH FOCUS
14.00 – 14.15 What’s Happening in Fintech Investment and Why?
Presenter: Abdul H. Basit – Chief Financial Officer, Innovate Finance
14.15 –14.30 Fintech Keynote Interview
Interviewer: Muneer Khan  Partner, Head of Middle East Financial Markets, Regulatory & International Islamic Finance, Simmons & Simmons
Interviewee: Ian Johnston – CEO, Dubai Financial Services Authority
14.30 – 15.00 How is Fintech Changing the Face of Islamic Capital Raising and Investing?
Moderator: David Parker – Executive Director, Financial Services Business Development, Bahrain Economic Development Board
Panelists: Arif Siddiqui – Chief Information Officer (CIO), Malaysia and Group CIO, Islamic Banking, Standard Chartered Bank
Junaid Wahedna  CEO, Wahed Invest
Olivier Merlan  Deputy General Manager and Co-Founder, Logos ITS, Luxembourg
15:00–15:45 Responsible Investing: The Shift towards Green Finance, ESG & Ethical Funds
Moderator: Stuart Hutton – Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical, the UK
Panelists: Andrew Whiley – Head of Communications & Media, Climate Bonds Initiative
Antonia Stirling –
Global Head of Corporate Stewardship, Aberdeen Asset Management
Edward Baker –
Senior Policy Advisor, Principles for Responsible Investment
Hasan AlJabri –
CEO, SEDCO Capital, Saudi Arabia
Jane Wilkinson – Head of Sustainable Finance, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
15.45 –16.10 Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders
Solving the Industry’s Human Capital Conundrum
Panelist: Celia De Anca – Director of the Saudi-Spanish Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance, at IE Business School, Spain
16.10 –16.15  Launch of the Quorum Report
16.15 –17.00 IFN Debate: This House Believes a Post Brexit Europe Will Create More Opportunities for its Emerging Islamic Finance Markets
Debate Moderator: Tariq S. J. Alrifai Chief Executive, Quorum Centre for Strategic Studies
Debaters: Ashley Freeman – President, Gateway
John Sandwick
General Manager, Safa Investment Services, Switzerland
Richard Thomas – Managing Director, Sustainable Economy (former CEO, Gatehouse Bank)
17.00 –17.30 Coffee & Networking
17.30 End of Forum


Side Events – 12th - 13th September 2017

 

Tuesday, 12th September 2017

9.00am - 12.00pm
IFN Dialogues offer an independent and impartial platform for the identification and resolution of specific issues,challenges and opportunities facing the industry through a high-level discussion designed to determine the potential development of a particular country, sector or asset class. On the sidelines of the IFN Europe Forum REDmoney will host our first IFN UK Dialogue with UK-based financial regulators and market players on the 12th of September. The UK Dialogue is a high level, invite-only roundtable event comprising senior regulators and market leaders representing the Islamic finance industry in the UK. This closed door meeting will focus exclusively on London’s bid to become a world class Islamic investment destination. To facilitate open and honest discussion no media will be invited to cover the event. A summary of discussions will, however, be transcribed and distributed only to participants and submitted to the relevant regulators in the UK for their review.
 

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Global Real Estate Investment

Venue: Ashurst, 9 Appold St, London EC2A 2AP

Tuesday, 12th September 2017

9.00am - 12.00pm

Real estate finance and Islamic finance have for a long time been closely associated. Real estate and property satisfy the requirement of Shariah for tangible, physical assets and, as such, the two have thrived in a highly synergetic manner. Real estate investments offer significant benefits and opportunities for the Shariah compliant investor, whether it be through direct/private equity-style investment, or indirectly through an investment fund. This 3 hour session will focus on where the opportunities lie for real estate investors globally, with a specific view on European and US real estate investments.

 

Agenda:

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome Remarks
Abradat Kamalpour
Partner, Ashurst
9:15 – 9:45 The Global Real Estate Market: Who’s investing, in what and where?
Moderator: David Jones – Partner and Head of Capital Markets – Ashurst LLP
Panelists: Aly Meghani – Vice President, International Real Estate, SEDCO Capital UK
Kevin Aitchison
– CEO, Knight Frank Investment Management
Paul Perris
– Group Managing Director, Crestbridge
Philip Churchill
– Founder and Managing Partner,90 North Real Estate Partners
Richard Ellis – Partner, Amiri Capital, the UAE
Richard Payne – Director and Head of Real Estate Finance, Bank of London and the Middle East
9:45 – 10:00 Presentation: The Regulatory Environment Affecting Real Estate Transactions
Jake Green –
Partner, Ashurst
10:00 – 10:15 Presentation: Opportunities in the US for Real Estate Investors
Dan Cooper –
Partner, Head of North America, 90 North Real Estate Partners
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee & Networking
10:45 – 11:30 Evaluating options for Shariah compliant real estate structures
Panelists: Abradat Kamalpour – Partner, Ashurst
Azeemeh Zaher –
Managing Director, Naissance Capital (tentative)
Rachid Ouaich –
CEO, Wafra Capital, Luxembourg
11:30 – 12:00 How are Equity Crowdfunding and PropTech Altering the Real Estate Landscape?
Panelists: Anouar Adham – CEO, MercyCrowd
Zeeshan Uppal –
COO & Co-Founder, Yielders
12:00 – 12:05 Closing Remarks
12:05 – 12:30 Refreshments
 

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Islamic Fintech

Venue: Simmons & Simmons, CityPoint, 1 Ropemaker St London EC2Y 9SS, UK

Tuesday, 12th September 2017

2.00pm - 5.00pm


With growing influence on global investments and altering how business is being conducted, the importance and relevance of technology-based financial companies can no longer be ignored. Driven by innovative start-ups, the booming fintech industry is capturing traditional market share with its approach and there have been calls for traditional financial services companies to tie up with fintech companies to leverage on their penetration levels, rather than compete head-on. This 3-hour breakout session will explore how the convergence of fintech and Shariah compliant financing will advance the Islamic finance industry and most importantly, the possible synergies that exist between new platforms and traditional banking systems.

 

Agenda:

14:00 – 14:15 Welcome Remarks
14:15 – 14:30 Keynote Address
Speaker: David Parker – Executive Director, Financial Services Business Development, Bahrain Economic Development Board
14:30 – 15:00 Regulators’ Roundtable: Supporting and Regulating Islamic Fintech
How are financial regulators in key Islamic finance markets driving innovation through regulation and the creation of sandbox and incubator programs? What are the unique requirements to ensure compliance to Shariah principles?

Moderator: Muneer Khan – Partner, Head of Middle East Financial Markets, Regulatory & International Islamic Finance, Simmons & Simmons
Panelisst: Yasmeen Al Sharaf – Licensing Directorate of Central Bank of Bahrain
Subas Roy – Global Chairman, International RegTech Association
15:00 – 15:30 Gaining Access to Islamic investors
Can conventional Fintech players access the pool of Shariah-compliant capital raisers and investors through their existing platforms?
Moderator: Abdul H Basit – CFO, Innovate Finance
Panelist: Angus McLean – Partner, Intellectual Property, Simmons & Simmons
Junaid Wahedna –
CEO, Wahed Invest
Maisa Shunnar
– Head of Strategy Implementation & Transformation, Bahrain Islamic Bank
15:30– 15:45 Presentation: Artificial Intelligence in the Islamic Investing Space
A look at what impact deep learning, big data and robo-advisors will have on the Islamic funds industry
Moderator: Yasser Aboudkhil – Chief Technology Officer, Wahed Invest
15:45 – 16:15 Alternative Lending: The Evolution of Islamic Crowdfunding and P2P Platforms
How are these platforms evolving to meet the financing needs of their intended audience?
Panelists: Andreas Heinzmann – Partner, GSK Luxembourg
Hassan Waqar – Founder, Ummah Finance
Irfan Khan – Founder, Yielders
Shahbaz Mirza
– Director, Finocracy
Tom Woolf – Founder and CEO, EdAid
16:15 – 16:45 Applying Blockchain to Islamic Financial Services
A look at how blockchain is being applied to payments and trade and in Islamic capital market transactions
16:45 – 16:55 Closing Remarks
16:55 – 17:30

Coffee and Networking

 

Workshop on IIFM Standards

9:00 – 14:00
Workshop on IIFM Standards - Islamic Hedging and Liquidity Management – A Practical Approach
Venue: Clifford Chance LLP, 10 Upper Bank Street, London E14 5JJ, United Kingdom

Wednesday, 13th September 2017

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Agenda:

9:00 – 9:15 Registration
9:15 – 9:30 Welcome Remarks
Speaker: Senior Official – Clifford Chance LLP or IIFM (TBA)
9:30 – 11:30 Islamic Hedging Standards
  • Background and Overall Developments in Islamic Hedging Segment
  • ISDA/IIFM Tahawwut Master Agreement (TMA)
    • Unique Clauses and Designated Future Transactions (DFT) Examples
  • Islamic Hedging Product Confirmations
    • Islamic Profit Rate Swap
    • Islamic Cross Currency Swap
    • Islamic Foreign Exchange Forward
  • Islamic Credit Support Deed
  • EU Variation Margin Regulation (Islamic Banks Perspective)
  • Law Reforms in Islamic Jurisdictions and TMA Legal Opinions
Speakers: Habib Motani – Partner, Clifford Chance LLP, London
Ijlal Ahmed Alvi – Chief Executive, IIFM, Bahrain
Dr. Peter Werner – Senior Counsel, International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA),London (TBC)
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 – 12:45 Collateralized Murabahah Standard – Alternate to Repo
  • IIFM Standard Collateral Documentation & Guidance Memorandum – Key Features
  • Legal aspects such as:
    • Security Interest vs Title Transfer
    • Maintenance of Collateral Level
    • Treatment of Collateral in case of default etc
  • Monitoring and treatment of pledge securities for bilateral transactions
  • Bilateral and Triparty Collateral Management arrangements
Speakers: Ismail Dadabhoy – Advisor, IIFM, Dubai
Habib Motani – Partner, Clifford Chance LLP, London
Senior Official
– DDCAP Group, London (TBA)
Senior Official
– Euroclear Bank, Dubai (TBA)
12:45 – 13:30 Unrestricted Wakalah Standard – An Emerging Islamic Liquidity Management Alternative
  • Unrestricted Wakalah and its Use in the Islamic Inter-Bank Market
  • Standard Master Unrestricted Wakalah Documentation & Operational Guidelines
  • Accounting Assessment for IIFM Unrestricted Wakalah Master Agreement
  • Providing Level Playing Field to Islamic Financial Institutions by Regulators
Speakers: Ijlal Ahmed Alvi – Chief Executive, IIFM, Bahrain
Dr. Ahmad Rufai – Head of Compliance, IIFM, Bahrain
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch and Close of Workshop
Back to Main Event

 

 

 

 


LEAD LAW FIRM

King & Spalding

ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

GSK Luxembourg
SEDCO Capital

EXCLUSIVE LEAD FINTECH PARTNER

Bahrain EDB

EXCLUSIVE LEAD REAL ESTATE PARTNER

Ashurst

MULTILATERAL STRATEGIC PARTNERS

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation

FINTECH HOST PARTNER

Simmons & Simmons

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

Innovate Finance
The RFI Foundation

EXECUTIVE PARTNERS

90 North Real Estate Partners
ConexCap
DDCAP
EIGER
IdealRatings
IE Business School
Islamic Finance Advisory & Assurance Services
Norton Rose Fulbright
The Royal Mint
Wafra Capital

SUPPORTING PARTNER

The International RegTech Association

HOST MEDIA PARTNERS

Islamic Finance news
IFN Corporate
IFN Education
IFNFintech
UK Islamic Finance

INFORMATION PARTNER

Asia First

RESEARCH PARTNER

Oxford Business Group

MEDIA PARTNERS

AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics
Amanah Institute of Islamic Finance and Economics (Amanah IIFE)
Business Islamica
Capital Business
China Go Abroad
Eurekahedge
Executive Women
The Business Year
True Banking Magazine
Voices of Leaders
WORLD CSR DAY

 

 

 

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