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Registration & Breakfast
08:00 – 09:00

Welcome & Opening Address
09:00 – 09:15
09:15 – 09:30
  Introduction to the Islamic Capital Markets
Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, 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
Panelist   Ayman Khaleq, Partner, Vinson & Elkins
Faisal Alshowaikh, CEO, Asian Finance Bank
Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Islamic
Coffee Break
10:15 – 10:45
Session Two
10:45 – 11:30

Hong Kong and the Islamic Capital Markets

  • Where is Hong Kong now with regards to Islamic finance?
  • Regulatory requirements and tax issues
  • Recent Developments in Islamic finance at home and abroad
  • Hong Kong ’s future role and prospects in Islamic finance
  • Hong Kong in Asia / GCC / Rest of the world
  • Hong Kong the gateway to Islamic financing in China


  Chris Richardson, Lawyer, Vinson & Elkins



Florence Yip, Partner, Tax Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Anthony Yeung, Regional Director, Dow Jones
Amirali B Nasir, Partner, Nasirs

11:30 – 12:00
  Overview of Malaysia's Islamic capital market

Datuk Ranjit Ajit Singh, Managing Director, Securities Commission Malaysia
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


  Dominique Gribot-Carroz, Assistant Vice President, Moody's Asia Pacific
Chris Richardson, Lawyer, Vinson & Elkins
Hooman Sabeti, Consultant, Allen & Overy
Umesh Desai, Asia Fixed Income Editor, Reuters
13:00 – 14:15
14:15 – 14:45
  Prospects & Opportunity in Islamic Capital Markets
  • Overview of Islamic Capital Markets
  • Sukuk issuances by size & region and new markets for Sukuks
  • Impact of the US subprime on pricing of Sukuks vs. conventional bonds
Baljeet Kaur Grewal, Group Chief Economist, Kuwait Finance House Malaysia
Session Four
14:45 – 15:30
  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   Ayman Khaleq, Partner, Vinson & Elkins


  Charlene Low, Senior Sales Manager - Asia Pacific, FTSE
Rosita Lee, Director and Head of Investment Products
, Hang Seng Investment Management
Coffee Break
15:30 – 15:45
Session Five
15:45 – 16:45
  Issuers & Investors Round-Table
  • The future: Overcoming challenges to ensure the success of Islamic finance in our market
  • The importance of Islamic ratings


  Amirali B Nasir, Partner, Nasirs
Adhitya Wisesa, Vice President, Deutsche Bank
16:45 – 19:00
  Hosted by FTSE Group                                 


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