Event Overview

Date: 13 October 2020

Event overview

The ICMA Primary Market Forum joins together issuers, syndicate banks, law firms and investors to discuss market trends and practices, regulatory developments and the overall outlook for the primary debt capital markets. This year, the event was held virtually for the first time, presenting an opportunity to include a broader range of speakers and participants from across the ICMA network, including from Asia Pacific.

The Forum featured a wide range of topical issues relevant to primary bond markets, including the significant developments in sustainable finance where speakers discussed future dynamics and the market’s preparedness for a shift in investor behaviour towards ESG and qualifying sustainability instruments; the actual and expected impact of COVID-19 on funding strategies, the role of social and sustainable bonds in response to the global pandemic and any lessons learned that will shape the way we work in the future; the key issues leading up to, and following, the end of the Brexit transitional period, whether the market is ready for a smooth transition away from LIBOR towards risk-free rates, and other regulatory and market practice developments and dynamics affecting the global financial markets.

Event Endorser


     Introductory remarks
Martin Scheck, Chief Executive, ICMA

Recent developments in sustainable finance
Julie Becker, Deputy CEO, Luxembourg Stock Exchange; Founder, Luxembourg Green Exchange
Johanna Köb, Head of Responsible Investment, Zurich Insurance
Eila Kreivi, Director, Head of Capital Markets, European Investment Bank
Nicholas Pfaff, Head of Sustainable Finance, ICMA

  Current primary market trends and topics
Lucy Purkiss, Head of Securities & Asset Management, Lloyds Banking Group

Cristina Ceron, Director Corporate Finance and Funding, Rio Tinto Treasury
Carla Goudge, Managing Director, Head of Debt Syndicate, Asia-Pacific, HSBC
Jennie White, Vice President, BlackRock Capital Markets
Anna Xu, Executive Director, JP Morgan

  The global RFR transition effort
Charlotte Bellamy, Senior Director, Market Practice and Regulatory Policy, ICMA
Mushtaq Kapasi, Managing Director, Market Practice and Regulatory Policy, ICMA
Katie Kelly, Senior Director, Market Practice and Regulatory Policy, ICMA

  Closing remarks
Martin Scheck, Chief Executive, ICMA
  Event close
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