8th EU Prospectus Regulation Conference


September 26, 2017, Le Meridien Piccadilly, London


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This year's speaker line-up includes contributions from:

Johan van Gruijthuijsen

policy officer - prospectus team, securities markets unit
European Commission

Ronan Dunne

Ronan Dunne
corporate finance
European Securities & Markets Authority (ESMA)

Ronan joined the Corporate Finance team of ESMA in 2012 as a seconded national expert from the Central Bank of Ireland where he is the Corporate Finance Policy and Strategy Manager. Ronan specialises in the area of prospectuses and has over 10 years experience working in structured finance. Prior to joining the Central Bank of Ireland, Ronan worked for William Fry Solicitors and the Irish Stock Exchange. He is a qualified solicitor in Ireland, England & Wales and is admitted as an attorney in the State of New York. He is also a former member of the CESR Standing Committee on Credit Rating Agencies.

François-Régis Benois

Francois-Regis Benois
head of listed corporates regulation division
Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF)

Francois-Regis Benois graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce of Paris and Sciences Po Paris and holds a Masters in Business Law from the University Panthéon-Assas.

Benois contributes to regulation strategy and AMF influence, negotiation and implementation of international, European and national regulations or soft law, including compliance with the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and level 1 proposals and ESMA. Benois also advises on AMF policy in topics related to listed companies and public offerings.

Benois has particular expertise in financial information under prospectus and transparency regimes, takeover bids, SME financing, corporate governance, 
shareholders’ rights and proxy advisory firms, securitisation vehicles, credit rating agencies, corporate social responsibility and equity crowdfunding

Gregory Frigo

Gregory Frigo
supervision officer
Autoriteit Financiële Markten, Netherlands

Gregory Frigo is senior supervision officer at the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. Gregory grew up in the United States and attended Pitzer College, Boston University and the University of Wisconsin Law School. Gregory then studied at the University of Amsterdam, where he received a Masters degree in Dutch law. After completing his studies, Gregory worked in the finance practice at the Amsterdam office of a large international law firm and then went on to work at the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

Gregory is currently involved in the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets’ supervision of prospectuses and is also responsible for policy matters in relation to prospectuses. Gregory represents the AFM in relation to corporate finance matters within ESMA and has also participated in task forces within the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). Gregory was seconded to the Dutch Ministry of Finance during the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Gregory has particular expertise in prospectuses, takeover bids, SME finance and securitisations.

Stephan Weinandy

Stephan Weinandy
deputy head of section "policy", securities division

Stephan Weinandy is deputy head of division in the Securities Supervision at Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin), responsible for policy issues. He is involved in national and European legislative processes and represents BaFin at the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on the securities prospectuses. Prior to that, he worked in the legal department of a German investment association.

Catherine Wade

Catherine Wade

primary markets, market practice and regulatory policy
International Capital Markets Association (ICMA)

Catherine is seconded to the International Capital Markets Association in the Primary Markets, Market Practice and Regulatory Policy team from Linklaters. Catherine is Senior Professional Support Lawyer in the Capital Markets team at Linklaters where her areas of focus include the Prospectus Regulation, MiFID2, PRIIPs, MAR and the Benchmark Regulation. Prior to Linklaters Catherine worked as a Director at Barclays Investment Bank in the Debt Capital Markets Legal team.

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson
director - head of DCM transaction management
Credit Suisse

Richard Johnson is a senior capital markets and structured finance lawyer with extensive experience of working with many global corporates and financial institutions.

Johnson is a risk and regulatory specialist with a seat on several industry body committees and is also a regular speaker and commentator on market regulation, in particular Basel 3/CRD 4, EU Prospectus Directive and retail bonds.

In February 2015, Johnson was named as one of Financial News' Rising Stars of the financial legal profession. Johnson also led IFLR's 2016 and 2014 "In-house Teams of the Year".

Carolyn Boey

Director, associate general counsel
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Carolyn Boey is a director and associate general counsel, and co-heads the EMEA DCM IG legal team of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Boey has extensive experience in a wide range of debt capital markets products (in Reg S, Rule 144A or SEC registered format) including: regulatory capital/hybrid securities; covered bonds; and liability management transactions for a broad spectrum of financial institutions and corporate issuers in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Ruari Ewing

Ruari Ewing
director, primary markets
International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

Having previously worked as a debt capital markets transaction lawyer, Ewing has been with the ICMA since 2007. His primary focus is on the primary debt markets, where he represents ICMA's lead manager constituency. Supporting the ICMA Primary Market Practices Committee, Legal & Documentation Committee and related working groups, he facilitates discussions among and within ICMA members and liaises on their behalf with other market constituencies and national and international authorities. Ewing is responsible for administering the ICMA Primary Market Handbook (previously the IPMA Handbook), which sets out recommendations, guidance and standard wording and documentation for syndicated cross-border debt securities issuance.

Gerard Scully

Gerard Scully
director of international primary markets
Irish Stock Exchange

Gerard Scully is Director of International Primary Markets with responsibility for the promotion and development of the ISE’s markets for international debt and investments funds. He joined the ISE in March 2004 and is currently a member of the ESMA Corporate Finance Consultative Working Group.

From 1987 until 1997 he worked in London as a legal advisor, including 6 years as legal advisor on derivatives and capital markets matters covering some of the first “euro” debt transactions. On his return to Ireland in 1997, Gerard worked in a variety of legal and compliance roles. Gerard is qualified as solicitor in Ireland, England and Wales.

Fatema Caderbhoy

Fatema Caderbhoy
head of X-markets, repack & equity derivatives legal
Deutsche Bank

Fatema Caderbhoy is senior counsel at Deutsche Bank. She is responsible for the retail structured products and the quantitative investor solutions businesses of DB. She has wide experience in capital markets and derivatives.

Graham Walker

Graham Walker
manager, primary market regulation
London Stock Exchange

Graham is a manager within the Primary Market Regulation team of the LSE responsible for admission of debt securities on to the ISM.  Prior to moving to the LSE in April this year, Graham had spent 16 years at the UK Listing Authority as a manager responsible for the review and approval of debt security prospectuses.”

Amanda Thomas

Amanda Thomas
Allen & Overy

Amanda is head of the International Capital Markets Know-How & Training team and is responsible for the development and management of internal and external knowledge resources and training programmes. She is actively involved in many industry working groups on debt capital markets related issues, including the impact of the Prospectus Directive, Transparency Directive and MiFID on the markets. Prior to taking on a knowledge role Amanda worked as an associate at Allen & Overy gaining experience of a wide range of international capital markets transactions, including structured and equity linked issues, covered warrant issues, straight debt issues, ECP, Global CP and EMTN Programmes.

Andrew Sulston

Andrew Sulston
Allen & Overy

Andrew specialises in derivative securities and other derivative products linked to a wide range of underlying asset classes. Working primarily with major financial institutions, he is heavily involved in equity-linked, fund-linked, credit-linked and FX products for both institutional and retail markets. Andrew and his team work on a wide range of structured product platforms. He has advised the ISDA/ICMA Joint Association Committee (JAC) on the Priips initiative and the Aifmd. He continues to help clients meet the requirements of the amended Prospectus Directive regime for a wide range of structured products, as well as in planning for the effect of the IOSCO/EU benchmark initiatives on synthetic index business. 

Lachlan Burn

Lachlan Burn

Lachlan Burn is a specialist since 1976 in banking and capital markets issues. His expertise includes:

  • debt securities
  • GDRs
  • convertible bonds
  • derivatives of all types
  • repackagings

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