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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
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   Samer Merhi - Executive Director, Gatehouse Bank PLC
Panelist   Dr Adnan Aziz - Head of Shariah Advisory, BMB Islamic
Alberto Brugnoni - President, Association for the Development of Alternative Instruments and Innovative Finance (ASSAIF)
Professor Rodney Wilson - Director of Postgraduate Studies, Durham University
Tim Plews - Partner, Clifford Chance
Coffee Break
10:15 – 10:45
Session Two
10:45 – 11:30

London and the Islamic Capital Markets

  • Where is London 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
  • London’s future role and prospects in Islamic finance
  • London in Europe / GCC / Rest of the world
Moderator   Imam Qazi - Head of Islamic Finance, Burges Salmon
Panelist   Mohammed Amin - Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Dr Eva Bigalke - Executive Director, WestLB AG
Sarah Gooden - Islamic Finance Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
Ken Eglinton - Director, Ernst & Young
11:30 – 12:00
  An Overview of the Islamic Capital Market in Malaysia
Hear the latest development and measures initiated by the regulators to facilitate further growth in the Malaysian Islamic capital market.
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
Moderator   Faisal Hijazi - Islamic Finance Analyst, Moody's Investors Srvices Limited
Panelist   Darshan Bijur - Director Islamic Finance Advisory, KPMG
Hamid R Yunis - Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP
Furquan Kidwai - Islamic Finance Strategist, Merrill Lynch
Malcom Hayday - Chief Executive, Charity Bank Limited
Professor Rodney Wilson - Director of Postgraduate Studies, Durham University
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   Hamid R Yunis - Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP
Panelist   Mohammad Khan - Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Haliza Abd Rahim - Legal Counsel, BMB Islamic
Dean Naumowics - Partner, Norton Rose LLP
Christina Tung - Managing Director, Mayfair Pacific Asset Management
Dato' Dr. Nik Norzrul Thani - Partner, Zaid Ibrahim & Co
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   Alberto Brugnoni - President, Association for the Development of Alternative Instruments and Innovative Finance (ASSAIF)
Panelist   Christine Chardonnes - Vice President, MSCI Barra
Samer Merhi - Executive Director, Gatehouse Bank
John Davies - Senior Director of Market Development & Institutional Business, Standards & Poors
Umer Majib - Director, Halal Investments
Bindesh P. Shah - Co-founder, Amiri Capital
Networking session
16:15 - 16:45


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On Cadogan Place
London. SW1X 9PY
United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 20 7235 1234


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