On the 23- 24 June 2015, The Euromoney Global Borrowers and Investors Forum reconvened for the 24th year at The Hilton on Park Lane, London. For the second year running, the Forum also incorporated Euromoney’s premier fixed income event, The Bond Investors Congress, to make the conference the most successful yet. Around 1000 of the biggest issuers and investors in the world gathered to listen to discussions with the who’s who of debt capital markets.
Sir John Sawers opened the Forum with an insightful keynote address on how to treat global issues in investment decisions, touching upon trade, politics and terror threats to a packed Ballroom 2. Jean Boivin, Deputy Chief Investment Strategist from BlackRock Investment Institute followed with an interview addressing key topics such as liquidity, inflation expectations in the bond market, the fixed income market and central bank divergence.
The Global Borrowers and Investors Forum had its very own Wimbledon tennis tournament on the panel Sovereign Borrowing in the Eurozone. Eight DMO’s from the biggest issuers in the Eurozone including Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and France, and one banker, took to the stage to be served questions by the two moderators with their answers volleyed left, right and centre, to create what was certainly an interesting and different panel debate.
Day two of the conference opened with Richard Ensor, Chairman of Euromoney Institutional Investor interviewing Vernon Hill, Chairman of Metro Bank. The interview delved into the philosophy of Metro Bank, a bank that is challenging everyday banking. After a brief pause of a few years, the largest issuer in the world, The US Treasury, took to the stage again at The Global Borrowers and Investors Forum this year. Seth Carpenter, Acting Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets spoke freely in a keynote interview on the cause of volatility in the market, China’s sell off of US debt, cyber threats and their issuing plans for the future.
The final panel closed the conference with an extremely lively debate between top economists from Fidelity, Oxford Economics, PineBridge Investments, BCA Research and McKinsey Global Institute. Opinions largely differed on the panel creating an interesting and insightful look into what investors should be concerned about over the next year.
Videos of the panel discussions and exclusive online interviews will be available to watch very soon.
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.