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Date: 12th October 2016 Venue: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, New York

While Islamic finance activities in the US have taken a back seat in recent years, momentum is now building, with the improving US economy and growing interest from overseas investors seeking solid assets. Deals are being done at the larger end of the spectrum and more discussions are being carried out about promoting large Sukuk and funds transactions. The IFN US Forum will offer delegates access and insight into efforts being taken by industry players and market makers within the US in developing Islamic financial products and lucrative opportunities for domestic and foreign investment into Shariah compliant investments.

Designed to profile the growing number of investment opportunities available to Shariah compliant investors, ranging from innovative real estate deals to agriculture and livestock investments the IFN US Forum will bring together key industry players, asset and fund managers and financial intermediaries in the US representing the retail finance, debt and equity markets.

 

Agenda

09:00 – 09:15
Welcome Remarks
 
09:15 – 09:30
Keynote Address: Effect of US Policy on the Industry
Senator Kevin S Parker
 New York State Senate
 
09:30 – 10:20
What’s Driving Industry Growth?
Given current market conditions, what does the future hold for the Islamic debt and equity capital markets and retail finance? What can we expect in terms of new asset classes, sectorspecific development and trends? Are there opportunities for cross-border transactions and what role will US market makers play? How will US and global regulations on Shariah compliance impact the performance of PE funds and investment in private equity?
Moderator: Rizwan Kanji — Partner, King & Spalding, the UAE
Panelists: Ahmed Al Qassim – CEO, Emirates NBD Capital, the UAE
Bashar Qasem — Founder and CEO, Azzad Asset Management
Ibrahim Mardam-Bey
— Principal and Chief Commercial Officer, Taylor De Jongh
Michael Orzano — Director, Global Equity Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices
Patrick T. Drum
— Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager, Saturna Capital
 
10:20 – 10:40
Presentation: US Tax Regulations Impacting Capital Flows from the Middle East
Oliver Reichel
— Partner, Real Estate Tax, PwC
 
10:40 – 11:10
Coffee & Networking
 
11:10 – 12:00
Tapping the Middle East and Other Key Markets
The US and Middle East markets both hold great promise for potential investors seeking solid and innovative assets. We ask investment experts from each market what sectors are likely to yield the best returns. How can US market players access liquidity in the Middle East and other key markets, and likewise how do their Gulf counterparts attract US investors?
Moderator: Jawad Ali — Managing Partner, Middle East Offices, King & Spalding, the UAE
Panelists: Aamir Rehman — Managing Director, Fajr Capital
Gabriel Torres – Vice President & Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service
Hdeel Abdelhady — Principal, MassPoint, Legal and Strategy Advisory, Washington, DC
Hitesh Asarpota — Managing Director, Capital Markets, Emirates NBD Capital, the UAE
Thom Polson — CEO, Falah Capital
 
12:00 – 12:30
Deal Dialogue: 45 Park Place
Moderator: Lauren McAughtry — Group Managing Editor, REDmoney Group, the UK
Panelists: Adam Malik Azlan — Managing Director, Conglomerates and Institutions, Maybank Investment Bank
Amro Nahas 
— Head of Real Estate Investment, MASIC, Saudi Arabia
Mona Dajani — Partner, Baker McKenzie
Sharif El-Gamal
 — Chairman and CEO, Soho Properties
 
12:30 – 13:00
Equity Investment into US Real Estate 
  • Outlook for the flow of Gulf based capital into the US real estate investments 
  • Tax treatment of equity capital from the Gulf
  • Post-Brexit opportunities
Moderator: Andrew Metcalf — Partner, Middle East and Islamic Finance Practice Group, King & Spalding
Panelists: Anup Patel — President and Chief Investment Officer, Arch Street Capital Advisors
Khaled Elsayed — President and CEO, Guidance Residential
Nasr El Hage — Co-Founder and Managing Director, Ritz Banc Group
 
13:00 – 13:15
Quality Talent Development for the Financial Services Industry 
Ulrika Brunner – Director, Strategic Corporate Relations, Finance Accreditation Agency

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PWC

LEAD PARTNERS

Emirates NBD Group
Taylor-DeJongh

EXCLUSIVE LAW FIRM PARTNER

King & Spalding 

ACCREDITATION PARTNER

Finance Accreditation Agency

EXECUTIVE PARTNERS

Guidance Residential
Moody's Investors Service

LEAD MEDIA PARTNER

Islamic Finance news

MEDIA PARTNER

ABANA