The Euromoney Global Borrowers and Bond Investors Forum reconvened on 21-22 June, at The Hilton on Park Lane, London. Bringing together over 900 issuers, investors and financiers, the event covered some of the most important topics concerning the financial markets in 2016 and looked towards the challenges and opportunities participants will face in the coming years.
The 25th anniversary of the conference kicked off with a very topical keynote address from Greg Hands, MP for Chelsea and Fulham, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Greg took to the stage to share light on the impact of Brexit and talk to our audience, just two days before the referendum, about why they should vote remain. Hans Morris, Managing Partner at Nyca Partners followed with an insightful address on the past, present and future of FinTech and the capital markets.
Day one continued with interesting debates on the shape of the global financial landscape, bank capital, corporate funding, panda bonds and socially responsible investing. Last but not least, some of the biggest sovereign borrowers in the world including Japan, the US, the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and Portugal discussed their funding strategies for the year ahead in our two sovereign discussions.
Day two of the conference opened with a series of interviews. Firstly, Arunma Oteh, VP and Treasurer of the World Bank shared with our audience the role of the World Bank and discussed in detail global capital flows. Secondly, Jerome Booth, Economist and Chairman of New Sparta spoke passionately about investing in emerging markets and the impact of Brexit. H.E. Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Iceland, joined us on stage for the third and final interview of the conference, discussing Iceland’s story – from the near collapse of the banking industry to the prosperous growth it is now experiencing – and correctly anticipating Iceland’s winning score that evening in the UEFA Euros 2016!
A new panel to the 2016 agenda followed, with BBA, Applied Blockchain and Origin taking part in a discussion on FinTech and capital markets, breaking down what FinTech really means for the future of the financial markets. The day concluded with a heated and energetic discussion between economists looking at Chinese growth, emerging markets, US elections, and of course, Brexit.
Videos of the panel discussions and exclusive online interviews are available on our website.
Euromoney Conferences would like to thank all our sponsors, speakers and delegates, without whom the event would not be possible. We look forward to re-convening again next year and welcoming you all there.