IFLR Asia Capital Markets Forum 2018

November 28, 2018, JW Marriott, Hong Kong 


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8.15 Registration

8.50 Keynote Speech
David Graham , head of listing, HKEX

9.10 International developments for 2018

  • China and US – affecting the global market
  • What has increased fragmentation in the environment
  • Being aware of GDPR and how it has affected cross border data privacy
  • Opportunities in the green finance market – analysing Hong Kong’s Green Bond program
  • Looking ahead to the upcoming year

Rebecca Terner Lentchner , head of government relations and public policy APAC, BNY Mellon ( chair )
Ricco Zhang , director, ICMA
Thomas Ochensberger , chief compliance officer, Asia, HPS Investment Partners
Errol Bong , legal and regulatory projects, Hong Kong, director, Credit Suisse

10.00 Equity Capital Markets: Hong Kong and beyond

  • State of play of the market: a regional update
  • A banner year for Hong Kong – thanks to new economy companies?
  • The new biotech regime
  • WVRs and other new economy companies opportunities
  • Hong Kong’s rival: a look into the US market

Matthew Bersani , partner, Shearman & Sterling ( chair )
Michael Duignan , senior director, SFC
Lin Shi , managing director, joint head, IPO vetting, listing department, HKEX
Stephen Monick , global corporate and investment banking counsel, legal department, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Jenn-Hui Tan , head of capital markets and corporate governance, Fidelity International
Colin Law
, partner, Shearman & Sterling

11.00 Networking and coffee break

11.20 Opportunities and challenges in high yield

  • Finding opportunities in Asian high yield markets
  • Factors affecting yield and the impact on the bond market
  • A look into NDRC and China’s short term debt

Thomas Kollar , partner, Mayer Brown ( chair )
Bobby Ladwa , director, banking, legal, Barclays
Anna Xu , head of APAC DCM, legal, JP Morgan
Fredric Teng , head of high yield product group for Greater China & North Asia, Standard Chartered
Jason Elder , partner, Mayer Brown

12.20 Accessing China in 2019 and beyond

  • Trends of Asset Management Association of China regulation and investment into Chinese financial institutions
  • Accessing asset management in China from the compliance’s perspective
  • How C-REITs will come into play over the next year
  • Updates on the market developments in China

Gordon Ng , partner, Dentons ( chair )
Pius Chong , co-convenor, Asia Pacific Structured Finance Association
En Hong , Greater China head of compliance and AML, Brown Brothers Harriman
David Shoushuang Li , senior partner, Dentons
Nicholas Chong , partner, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson

13.20 Networking lunch - exclusively sponsored by:


14.20 Connecting Hong Kong and China

  • Stock Connect: what to expect next?
  • Impact of Stock Connect Northbound Investor ID
  • What we have learnt in the past that will lead to future success for the Bond Connect
  • Increasing investors’ interest and usage of the Connect Schemes through enhancements
  • What other Connects are in the works?

Eugenie Shen , managing director, ASIFMA (chair)
Joost Lobler , head of sales investors, transaction banking, securities services, Standard Chartered
Joe Zhou , managing director and head of legal department, CCIC
Yong Kai Wong , head of special projects, CITIC Capital
David Quah , managing director, Value Partners

15.10 Maximising impact in debt capital markets

  • Identifying key sectors and jurisdictions for investment returns
  • Public vs. private debt markets
  • How documentation terms have changed in 2018
  • Should you be relying on refinancing? The need for liability management
  • Developments in the PRC

Jonathan Hatch , managing director, Madison Pacific Trust ( chair )
Alexander Shaik , partner and general counsel, ADM Capital
Tracy Kung , director, transaction management, global banking APAC, global banking and markets, HSBC
Andrew Loong , head of transaction management, debt capital markets Asia, Mizuho Securities Asia

16.00 Networking and coffee break

16.15 Online Capital markets – opportunities and risks

  • Digital/virtual assets, including recent global regulatory developments
  • New blockchain players - cryptoexchanges, initial coin offering (ICO) advisors, crypto hedgefunds
  • Addressing AML/CTF and hacking/cybersecurity concerns
  • Advent of security token offerings (STOs)
  • RegTech and LegalTech as a “secret sauce”

Shaun Ansell , head of international legal and compliance, GPB Financial Services ( chair )
Brian Tang , managing director, Asia Capital Markets Institute
Malcolm Wright , chief compliance officer, Diginex

17.05 End of conference






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