Date: 22nd November 2017 Venue: Riyadh Marriott Hotel

Saudi Arabia is one of the most active and influential markets in the Islamic finance space today and certainly the biggest in the Gulf. With landmark steps including the opening of Tadawul to foreign investors, the potential for access to the Saudi debt market and booming asset classes including IPOs, real estate and project finance, a growing number of issuers are coming to market and the overall investment scene is growing dramatically.

Our exclusive access to the movers and shakers who matter make IFN Saudi Arabia Forum the essential event for anyone with interest in the Saudi market. IFN returns to Saudi Arabia for the sixth time and IFN Saudi Arabia Forum 2017 is slated to attract global market players eager to gain access to the highly lucrative Saudi Arabian market. With its solid regulatory framework and firm foundation in Islamic banking, the Saudi Arabian market will continue to prosper and innovate.

 

Agenda

09:15 – 09:25 Welcome Remarks
09:25 – 10:15 Saudi Arabian Capital Markets: From Domestic to International Recent Saudi sovereign issuance has been acknowledged as a game-changer in the Saudi capital markets and recent corporate Sukuk issuance has provided an important benchmark. However, what needs to be done to further shape the Kingdom as a recognized international financial center and how will the Sukuk market develop? What will a new generation of products such as Sukuk funds and mortgage-backed securitizations bring, and where can Islamic finance play a role?
Moderator: John Sandwick – General Manager, Safa Investment Services
Panelists: Anita Yadav – Head of Fixed Income Research, Senior Director – Wholesale Banking, Emirates NBD
Darko Hajdukovic – Head of Analytics, Funds and Fixed Income, London Stock Exchange Group
Faisal Qadri
  Managing Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets, HSBC Saudi Arabia
Mohamed Damak - Global Head of Islamic Finance, S&P Global Ratings
Robert Hahm – CEO, Mashreq Capital
Umera Ali – Partner, Michelman & Robinson
10:15 – 10:45 Investment Banking and Equity Markets in the Kingdom: Opportunities for Islamic and Conventional Finance
The Saudi Aramco listing is a significant and exciting development for Saudi companies and the country’s equity capital markets as a whole. We examine opportunities for equity issuance and the development of equity-linked products, and the various options offered by conventional and Islamic programmes. We also look at the prospects of mergers and acquisitions across key industries, with the backdrop of the Kingdom’s ambitious transformation, diversification and privatisation programs and Vision 2030.
Moderator: Nabil Issa – Partner, King & Spalding
Panelists: Fahad Aldeweesh – CEO and Head of Investment Banking, JP Morgan Saudi Arabia Company
Jassim AlSane – Director, Middle East Investment Banking, Citi
Robert Ansari –
Executive Director, Head of the Middle East, MSCI
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 11:40 Real Estate Investment in Saudi Arabia
We assess latest techniques and trends in real estate investment in Saudi Arabia, including the use and structure REITs
Moderator: James Stull – Partner, King & Spalding
Panelists: Allen Merhej – Managing Director - GCC, Inovalis Fund Management
Amro Nahas – 
Head of Real Estate Investment, MASIC
Ibrahim Al Buloushi – 
National Director and Country Head, JLL
11:40 – 12:10 Analysis: Sukuk Risk and the Case of the Dana Gas Default.
We ask two leading capital markets professionals to outline their views on the situation.
Moderator: Abdul-Rahman Hammad – Regional Director Middle East, IdealRatings
Panelists: Fakrizzaki GhazaliHead of Fixed Income, SEDCO Capital
Nitish Bhojnagarwala – Vice-President - Senior Analyst, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service
Rizwan Kanji  Partner, King & Spalding
Yasser Dahlawi – CEO, Shariyah Review Bureau
12:10 – 12:40 Funding Infrastructure and Social Welfare Requirements in Saudi Arabia
We discuss public-private partnerships, financing structures as well as opportunities in active sectors.
Moderator: Shibeer Ahmed – Partner, Winston & Strawn
Panelists: Hidayathullah BaigSenior Director, Project Finance, Al Rajhi Bank
Richard Paton – Head of PPP and Public Sector Strategy, Saudi Arabia, KPMG
Safdar Raza – Director, Project and Export Finance, HSBC Saudi Arabia
12:40 – 13:20 Preparing for the Future: Financial Technology in Saudi Arabia
What does the advancement of technology mean for financial institutions in Saudi Arabia? We analyze opportunities and challenges as well as likely industry shifts and developments in product and delivery channels.
Moderator: Maisa J Shunnar – Head of Strategy Implementation and Transformation, Bahrain Islamic Bank 
Panelists: Ashar Nazim – Managing Director, Finocracy
Lawrence Oliver – Director and Deputy CEO, DDCAP
Talal A AjinaCountry Head, PayTabs
13:20 – 14:30 Luncheon & Networking

 

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