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Agenda

Registration & Breakfast
08:00 – 09:00

Welcome & Opening Address
09:00 – 09:15
Introduction
09:15 – 09:30
  Introduction to the Islamic Capital Markets
Muzaffar Hisham - Deputy Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Islamic
Session One
09:30 – 10:15
  What is Islamic finance?
(Panel discussion)
  • Why is it necessary and why should we be interested
  • Key differences between conventional and Islamic products
  • What is Shariah and its role in Islamic finance
  • Riba (Interest), Gharar (Uncertainty) – the facts
  • Shariah objectives of financial contracts
  • Role of Shariah boards and Shariah advisory
  • The size of the industry today and the potential growth
  • Who are the main players and markets
  • The differences between GCC and SE Asian markets
Moderator   A. Usama DeLorenzo - Principal, Qantera
Panelist   Ghanim al Shamsi - Manager Business Development Islamic Finance, DIFC
Muzaffar Hisham - Deputy Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Islamic
Monem A Salam - Director & Vice President, Saturna Capital Corporation
Himy Syed - Chairman & Chief Executve Officer, IslamBank Community
Coffee Break
10:15 – 10:45
   
Session Two
10:45 – 11:30
 

USA and the Islamic Capital Markets

  • Where is New York now with regards to Islamic finance?
  • Regulatory requirements and tax issues
  • Building the necessary regulatory infrastructure
  • Recent Developments in Islamic finance at home and abroad
  • New York’s future role and prospects in Islamic finance
  • New York in United States / GCC / Rest of the world
Moderator   Dr. Linda Eagle - President, Edcomm Group
Panelist   Jonathan Rushdoony - District Counsel, US Treasury
Lewis Rinaudo Cohen - Partner, Clifford Chance
Alka Banerjee - Vice President of Global Equities, Standard & Poors
Mohannad Aama - Managing Director, Beam Capital Management LLC
Stephanie M. Brown - Managing Director Marketing, Calyx Financial LLC
Presentation
11:30 – 12:00
  Development of Islamic Capital Markets in Europe/Canada
Ahmad Nazmi Camalxaman - Manager Global Markets, CIMB Islamic
Session Three
12:00 – 13:00
  Issuing & Investing in Sukuk
(Panel discussion)
  • Sukuk, Islamic Bonds & Securitization: The Way Forward
  • Islamic Syndication financing
  • Definition and mechanics of Sukuk
  • Various types of Sukuk including sovereign
  • Issues / challenges in structuring Sukuk issues
  • Overview of Islamic securitization (ABS)
  • Comparisons on pricing, rating, distribution with conventional counterparts
Panelist   Umar F Moghul - Associate, Murtha Cullina LLP
Isam Salah - Finance Partner, King & Spalding LLP
Monem A Salam - Director & Vice President, Saturna Capital Corporation
Amjad M. Quadri - Assistant Vice President Business Development and New Markets, University Islamic Financial
Lunch
13:00 – 14:30
   
Session Four
14:30 – 15:15
  Investing in Islamic products
  • Where is the market?
  • Islamic Asset and Fund Management
  • Wealth management in the Islamic financing sector
  • The growth of Islamic funds: Mutual, Real Estate, Hedge, Private Equity, Fund of Funds and Takaful Funds
  • What are investors looking for?
  • Can we hedge under Islamic finance?
  • Secondary markets and brokerage
Moderator   Ghanim al Shamsi - Manager Business Development Islamic Finance, DIFC
Panelist   Daniel Enskat - Managing Director, Strategic Insight
A. Usama DeLorenzo - Principal, Qantera
Amjad M. Quadri - Assistant Vice President Business Development and New Markets, University Islamic Financial
Mohannad Aama - Managing Director, Beam Capital Management
Gary Kochubka - Senior Director, Standard & Poors
Session Five
15:15 – 16:15
  Issuers & Investors Round-Table
  • The future: Overcoming challenges to ensure the success of Islamic finance in our market
  • The importance of Islamic ratings
Moderator   To Be Advised
Panelist   Walied Soliman - Lawyer, Ogilvy Renault
Himy Syed - Chairman & Chief Executve Officer, IslamBank Community
Glen W. Roberts II - Partner & Chairman, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
Monem A Salam - Director & Vice President, Saturna Capital Corporation
Networking session
16:15 - 16:45
   


Venue

Le Parker Meridien
118 West 57th Street
New York NY 10019
Tel No: 1-212-245-5000


Exhibition

Exhibition space is available at the foyer of the ballroom. There will be a floor plan with booth space available soon. Please check back again for an update or call us directly to get more details.


Sponsorship

If you are interested in sponsoring or participating at IFN Forum 2008, please contact
Andrew Morgan at Andrew.Morgan@REDmoneyGroup.com


* The organizer reserves the right to change the venue of this event