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


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: Mike Rainey  Partner, King & Spalding
Panelists: David Testa – Executive Director, DDCap
Harris Irfan –
 Managing Director, Cordoba Capital
Peter Kruschel  Director, International Directorate,Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), Germany
Waheed Qaiser – Chairman & CEO, IPS Ltd
10:00 – 10:20 Keynote Interview: Role of European Stock Exchanges in Facilitating Islamic Capital Raising
Interviewer: Lauren McAughtry – Managing Editor, REDmoney Group
Interviewee: Nikhil Rathi – CEO, London Stock Exchange
10:20 – 10:30 Launch of TheCityUK Report: Global Trends in Islamic Finance and the UK Market
 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: Bik Bhuptani – Director, Greenridge
Duncan Steele – Bodger –
Mike Rainey
  Partner, King & Spalding
Mohamed Isarti – Portfolio Manager, WCP Investments LP
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
Ramakrishna Sithanen – Chairman and Director, IFS - A SANNE Company
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
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: How are Financial Regulators Driving Innovation
Interviewer: Muneer Khan  Partner, Head of Middle East Financial Markets, Regulatory & International Islamic Finance, Simmons & Simmons
Interviewee: Ian Johnston – Chief Executive, Dubai Financial Services Authority
14.30 – 15.10 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: Anass Patel – Chief Eexecutive Officer, ConexCap
Mohammad Farrukh Raza  Founder and Managing Director, IFAAS
Olivier Merlan  Deputy General Manager and Co-Founder, Logos ITS, Luxembourg
Shahbaz Mirza – Director, Finocracy
Suhail Ahmad – Partner, Exolta Capital Partners
15:10–15:55 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
Kamran Butt – Managing Director – Head of International Business Development and Advisory, SEDCO Capital, Saudi Arabia
Jane Wilkinson – Head of Sustainable Finance, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
15.55 –16.05 Interview:Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders
Solving the Industry’s Human Capital Conundrum
Interviewee: Celia De Anca – Director of the Saudi-Spanish Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance, at IE Business School, Spain
Interviewer: Fara Mohammad – Consultant – Director of Islamic Finance, Foot Anstey
16.05 –16.10  Launch of the Quorum Report
16.10 –17.00 IFN Debate: This House Believes a Post Brexit Europe Will Create More Opportunities for 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
Mustafa Hussain – Partner, Taylor Wessing
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


Monday, 11th September 2017

Venue: Drawing Room, Mansion House, Walbrook, London EC4N 8BH

1.30pm - 4.00pm
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.


Global Real Estate Investment

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

Tuesday, 12th September 2017

9.00am - 12.00 noon

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.



9:00 – 9:15 Welcome Remarks
Abradat Kamalpour
Partner, Ashurst
9:15 – 10:00 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
10:00 – 10:15 Presentation: The Regulatory Environment Affecting Real Estate Transactions
Jake Green –
Partner, Ashurst
10:15 – 10:30 Presentation: Opportunities in the US for Real Estate Investors
Dan Cooper –
Partner, Head of North America, 90 North Real Estate Partners
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee & Networking
11:00 – 11:20 Evaluating options for Shariah compliant real estate structures
Moderator: Abradat Kamalpour – Partner, Ashurst
Panelists: Kamal Ikherrazen – Head of Operations, WCP Investments LP
Naomi Heaton – Chief Executive Officer, London Central Portfolio
Simon Swann – Partner, Ashurst
11:20 – 12:00 How are Equity Crowdfunding and PropTech Altering the Real Estate Landscape?
Moderator: Philip Churchill – Founder and Managing Partner,90 North Real Estate Partners
Panelists: Anouar Adham – CEO, MercyCrowd
Azeemeh Zaheer – Managing Director, Naissance Capital
Javed Khan  CEO, PropTech Crowd
Zeeshan Uppal –
COO & Co-Founder, Yielders
12:00 – 12:05 Closing Remarks
12:05 – 12:30 Refreshments






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.



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
Panelists: Subas Roy – Global Chairman, International RegTech Association
Suhail Ahmad – Partner, Exolta Capital Partners
Yasmeen Al Sharaf – Licensing Directorate of Central Bank of Bahrain
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
Presenter: Yasser Aboudkhil – Chief Technology Officer, Wahed Invest
15:45 – 16:30 Alternative Lending: The Evolution of Islamic Crowdfunding and P2P Platforms
How are these platforms evolving to meet the financing needs of their intended audience?
Moderator: Lauren McAughtry – Managing Editor, REDmoney Group
Panelists: Frederico Tavares de Carvalho – Business Development Analyst, Liberis
Hassan Waqar
– Founder, Ummah Finance
Irfan Khan – Founder, Yielders
Shahbaz Mirza
– Director, Finocracy
Tom Woolf – Founder and CEO, EdAid
16:30 – 16:40 Closing Remarks
16:40 – 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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9:00 – 9:15 Registration
9:15 – 9:30 Welcome Remarks
Speaker: Mr. Malcolm Sweeting – Senior Partner, Clifford Chance LLP, London
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
Lawrence Oliver
– Director, Deputy CEO, DDCAP Limited, London
Sara Cescutti – Deputy Head, Sales & Relationship Management, Euroclear SA/NA, London
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
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