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Date: 5th September 2018 Venue: Mansion House, London

Following on from the success of 2017, IFN Europe Forum once again returns to London – this time for a full week of activities in conjunction with leading European regulators, global standard-setters, world leaders and UK and European Islamic finance practitioners.

Working closely with the UK authorities and hosted in tandem with the UK government’s annual Global Islamic Financial Investment Group, the event will comprise a full one-day event covering all the latest developments and key topics in Europe’s Islamic finance landscape; along with a series of additional events, breakout sessions and focus groups throughout the following week to bring together leading practitioners and drill down into the nuts and bolts of doing business in Europe. Across an array of sectors from real estate and fintech to human capital, education and regulation, the Islamic Finance Week will shine a spotlight on the latest opportunities in the region and how to take advantage of them.

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. While the UK has made strides forwards with its supportive regulatory environment, attractive Sukuk listing location and booming real estate market, other countries are also making their mark. Luxembourg continues to be a key platform for Shariah compliant funds while also pioneering the green finance movement, while France is making leaps and bounds in the Islamic fintech arena and Germany continues its headway into the retail banking space. And of course, the exclusive announcement from the UK government at IFN Europe Forum 2017 regarding the reissuance in 2019 of its GBP200 million (US$264.1 million) Sukuk refocuses attention on the European capital markets, and how they can leverage sovereign support to kick-start corporate issuance.

IFN London: Islamic Finance Week 2018 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.



Main Event | Breakout sessions

Main Event: IFN UK Islamic Finance Week – 5th September 2018

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome Remarks: Lord Mayor Charles Bowman
09:40 – 10:20 Mega Trends: Global and Regional Influencers for Islamic Finance and Investment
We examine and discuss key issues and themes influencing global Islamic finance and investment including political risk, the performance of the UK and European Islamic banking sector in the coming year, regulatory and supervisory frameworks, green finance and the ascendancy of FinTech – what will offer opportunity and what will disrupt? What is the latest assessment of Brexit and what does the panel expect to be the implications and opportunities for Islamic finance and investment?
Panelists: Bruno Martorano – CEO of ADIB UK
Charles Haresnape – CEO, Gatehouse Bank
10:20 – 10:50 Real Estate Finance and Investment in the UK
We discuss the current environment in the UK and Western Europe for real estate investment and explore the continuing role played by Islamic finance. What are the latest trends, structures, themes and opportunities? We also assess the role technology plays and predict where disruption will be seen. Does tokenisation in property and real estate finance offer an opportunity?
Panelists: Adam Cavanagh – Chief Investment Officer, Rosette Merchant Bank
Nicholas Judd
Founder and Head of Investment, 90 North Real Estate Partners
10:50 – 11:20 Coffee and Networking
11:20 – 11:50 Growth and Development of Islamic Capital Markets: Highlights and Opportunities
We discuss significant developments in domestic and overseas capital markets, including home purchase plan-backed securitisation programs in the UK and the Saudi Arabian syndicated loan program. We also discuss the opportunities for listings and important issues such as the Shariah-compliance of tradable debt instruments, ratings, and the development and deepening of domestic Islamic secondary markets.
Moderator: Khalid Howladar – Managing Director and Founder, Acreditus
Panelist: Nitish Bhojnagarwala – Vice-President - Senior Analyst, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service
11:50 – 12:30 Liquidity Issues and Supervision of Islamic Financial Institutions in Western Europe 
We identify operational issues and challenges faced by Islamic financial institutions in the UK and Western Europe, where limited access to domestic, high quality Shariah compliant assets make adherence to Basel III liquidity rules a challenge. What other supervisory and regulatory issues do Islamic financial institutions face and what are the solutions? What role does the Bank of England Shariah compliant liquidity facility play and what of structures such as Commodity Murabahah? 
Moderator: Lawrence Oliver – Director and Deputy CEO, DDCAP Limited
12:30 – 12:45 Presentation: What is Value-Based Intermediation (VBI) and how does if fit with Islamic Banking and Finance?
David Korslund  Senior Economist, Global Alliance for Banking on Values
12:45 – 14:00 Luncheon
14:00 – 14:20 Hard Issues
Through a short, concise interview, we step outside the comfort zone and ask the tough questions the industry wants to hear.
14:20 – 14:45 Fintech, Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings
We discuss the role of fintech and ICOs in today's banking and capital raising environments. What are the latest approaches to incorporating coin offerings and cryptocurrencies into developed regulatory frameworks? We assess the latest developments in fintech and analyse likely industry shifts, regulation and developments in product and delivery channels
14:45 – 15:20 Stewardship and Responsible Investing: Opportunities for Ethical and Islamic Finance and Investment 
We examine responsible, ethical investment and green finance in the UK and Europe, and identify the prospects for Islamic finance and investment to thrive in this active sector. Do green bonds and Sukuk offer viable long-term investments and how can the industry address the relative scarcity of credible climate related and low carbon investment opportunities?
Panelists: Catherine Howarth – CEO, ShareAction
Martin Scheck  CEO, International Capital Market Association
Sean Kidney – 
CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
15:20 – 15:30 Presentation
15:30 – 16:30 Talking Islamic Asset Management
Through an experienced panel we discuss asset management in the UK and Western Europe. What’s next for real estate investment funds and REITs? Is there a bubble in private equity and should Islamic investors be wary of this as an asset class? Do Waqf-like structures provide an opportunity for the UK asset management industry? We also examine the potential for structured Shariah-compliant real estate investment into and out of the UK and Europe.
16:30 End of Forum

Breakout sessions – 6th September 2018



09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Remarks: Abradat KamalpourPartner, Ashurst
09:15 – 09:50 Panel: What’s Happening in The Global Real Estate Market?
We discuss what themes and trends are emerging in 2018 and into 2019 and identify active sectors, markets and buyers.
09:50 – 10:05 Presentation: Brexit and the Real Estate Market – Possible Scenarios
10:05 – 10:20 Presentation: Opportunities in Emerging Markets for Real Estate Investors – Focus on Africa and Asia-Pacific
10:20 – 10:50 Coffee
10:50 – 11:20 Panel: Latest structures and Asset Classes for Shariah Compliant Real Estate Investment
What are new and interesting asset classes for the Shariah compliant real estate investor? Does Agri real estate investment present an opportunity, and are there others? What structures are being successfully employed?
Moderator: Abradat Kamalpour – Partner, Ashurst
Panelist: Stuart Jarvis – Investment Director, Rosette Merchant Bank
11:20 – 11:50 Panel: Recent Technological Innovations Driving Property and Real Estate Finance
We discuss the latest ideas in PropTech and ask if Tokenisation is the next big disruptor in the real estate market.
11:50 – 12:00 Closing Remarks
12:00 – 12:30 Refreshment


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