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11th Asian Bond Markets Summit

Issuing and investing in 2017

15 November 2016 - Singapore
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In a world of low inflation, negative interest rates and slowing growth, the search for yield that investors cite has become like a broken music streaming app repeated ad nauseam. Issuers, on the other hand, are continuing to enjoy the benign interest rate regime an opportunity for them to recalibrate their debt profile whether via refinancing activity or conducting liability management.

The reality is that rates remain low and likely to remain so in the foreseeable future. This is providing a further fillip to issuing and investing in bonds in the emerging markets especially in Asia where while growth has receded remain above the rest and returns from emerging markets bonds are better than what could be earned in the developed markets.

Meanwhile, global and domestic investors, now with more than a decade investing in Asian bonds have become advocates for the market’s development. Issuers are tapping the fixed income market in new ways. Domestic markets also are seeing a broadening in the institutional investor base.

Dovetailing the expanding fixed income investor base is the move to continue to open fixed income markets. The most notable developments have been in two of the region’s largest economies – China and India.

With the growing interest in fixed income products, initiatives are underway to also address shortcomings in the secondary market. Deploying technology via electronic trading platforms to allow for pre and post-trade transparency are underway in Singapore. In addition, a number of fintech startups have launched robo-advisory enhancing investors’ choices.

With a whirlwind of activity in Asia’s bond markets, how are issuers viewing the somewhat conflicting monetary strategy between the US and the rest of the world and how is it affecting their approach to financing? How should investors position themselves? What’s next for China and India in attracting foreign institutional investor participation? With the slowdown in the region, how will corporates in Asia fare and will it lead to more restructuring exercises to reframe debt in the new normal?

Now on its 11th year, the Asian Bond Markets Summit is the definitive fixed income event in Asia that draws the largest participation of issuers and institutional investors. Organized in association with the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Bond Markets Summit is a part of Asean Bond Markets Initiative especially in deepening the development of Asia’s bond markets.

Keynote Speakers
Noritaka Akamatsu
Noritaka Akamatsu
Senior Advisor of Sustainable Development & Climate Change Department
Asian Development Bank
Roberto Tan
Roberto Tan
Treasurer
Republic of the Philippines
Paroche Hutachareon
Paroche Hutachareon
Director of Fund Management & Bond Market Infrastructure Development Division
Ministry of Finance, Thailand
Bernard Wee
Bernard Wee
Executive Director, Financial Markets Development & Payments and Technology Solutions
Monetary Authority of Singapore
Venue
Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel
Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel
 
Two Temasek Boulevard
Singapore
Date: 15 November 2016

Speakers / Agenda

08.00
Registration
09.00
Asset Events Speaker
Opening remarks
Daniel Yu
Daniel Yu
Editor-in-Chief
The Asset
09.10
Asset Events Speaker
Morning keynote address
Noritaka Akamatsu
Noritaka Akamatsu
Senior Advisor of Sustainable Development & Climate Change Department
Asian Development Bank
09.30
Asset Events Panel
Panel: Issuing and investing in 2017
Following a difficult start to 2016, which saw volumes fall year-on-year by 30% in the first quarter, G3 activity has picked up matching the levels in 2015. But the number of issues is down suggesting chunkier deals as high-grade names are able to access the market while high yield names look opportunistically at market opening to refinance maturing debt.
  • How are issuers viewing the market in 2017?
  • Which markets are the most cost-effective to meet funding needs?
  • What will investors’ approach be in the face of divergent interest-rate outlook?
  • What role will liability management play as issuers smooth out their debt profile?
Peter Davis
Peter Davis
Treasurer
BOC Aviation
Panellist
Mark Young
Mark Young
Head of Asia Pacific Financial Institutions
Fitch Ratings
Panellist
Gopul Shah
Gopul Shah
Director, Corporate Treasury & Structured Trade Finance
Golden Agri Resources
Panellist
Salman Niaz
Salman Niaz
Portfolio Manager, Emerging Market Fixed Income Team
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Panellist
Sean Henderson
Sean Henderson
Deputy Head of Debt Capital Markets, Asia Pacific
HSBC
Panellist
Pinank Shah
Pinank Shah
President, Head of Finance
Indiabulls Housing Finance
Panellist
Damian Glendinning
Damian Glendinning
Treasurer
Lenovo
Panellist
Arthur Lau
Arthur Lau
Head of Asia ex Japan Fixed Income
PineBridge Investments
Panellist
Ross Maree
Ross Maree
Issuer Services Product & Sales Head
Deutsche Bank
Co-Moderator
Chito Santiago
Chito Santiago
Managing Editor
The Asset
Co-Moderator
Daniel Yu
Daniel Yu
Editor-in-Chief
The Asset
Co-Moderator
10.50
Asset Events Speaker
In focus: China
Accounting for 65% of Asia’s bond market (ex-Japan), China is now the third largest bond market in the world behind the United States and Japan. But it was only recently that offshore investors have been given greater access. Chinese regulators see the value of investor diversification to underpin the orderly development of its market
How important is China’s bond market as a part of an Asian fixed income portfolio? What has been the experience of offshore investors? What critical factors need to be considered in entering the market? With credit defaults on the rise, is return justified by the increasing risk?
Gregory Suen
Gregory Suen
Investment Director, Fixed Income
HSBC Global Asset Management
11.10
Networking and coffee
11.40
Asset Events Conversation
In conversation: Philippine and Thailand
Thailand and the Philippines have been active issuers in Asia’s bond markets. Hear from the senior officials of these countries in charge of their funding strategy.
Roberto Tan
Roberto Tan
Treasurer
Republic of the Philippines
Paroche Hutachareon
Paroche Hutachareon
Director of Fund Management & Bond Market Infrastructure Development Division
Ministry of Finance, Thailand
Daniel Yu
Daniel Yu
Editor-in-Chief
The Asset
12.20
Luncheon
14.00
Asset Events Panel
Panel: China belt & road – opportunities for ASEAN infrastructure
China’s belt and road initiative promises to open new economic corridors that will enhance trade connectivity. Building critical infrastructure is at the heart of this grand masterplan and the key to its success. Southeast Asia, with a huge pipeline of projects, is set to benefit from this initiative. How will the belt and road reshape the global infrastructure and investment landscape?
  • What are the key markets and sectors for development?
  • With investors looking for higher yielding assets, could project bonds be the answer?
  • How can banks and investors work together to fill the infrastructure finance gap?
  • What conditions are necessary to draw the interest of institutional investors?
  • What are the risks that can be mitigated to enhance the attraction of infrastructure?
Boo Hock Khoo
Boo Hock Khoo
Vice President
Credit Guarantee & Investment Facility
Kalai Pillay
Kalai Pillay
Senior Director & Head of North-Asia Industrials
Fitch Ratings
Vijay Pattabhiraman
Vijay Pattabhiraman
Chief Investment Officer, Asia Infrastructure Investments
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Abhishek Badkul
Abhishek Badkul
Executive Director, Project and Export Finance
Standard Chartered
Gregory Liu
Gregory Liu
 
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Bayani Cruz
Bayani Cruz
Executive Editor
The Asset
14.40
Asset Events Panel
Panel: Green bonds take tentative steps forward
From China to India and to the rest of Asia, corporates are keen to be seen as green. The recent landmark COP21 gathering in Paris emphasized the need to reduce carbon emission raising further awareness in environmental and sustainable projects. Green principles have been released including in China and India. Other countries are following suit. It means that green bonds could become much more prevalent in the coming years. What are the drivers in the launch of green bonds in Asia?
  • Are all green bonds created equal?
  • How much do investors factor in green principles in a bond?
  • How can corporates be encouraged to consider launching green bonds?
James Cameron
James Cameron
Managing Director, Co-Head of Infrastructure and Real Estate Group, Asia-Pacific
HSBC
Ricco Zhang
Ricco Zhang
Director, Asia Pacific
International Capital Market Association
Bernard Wee
Bernard Wee
Executive Director, Financial Markets Development & Payments and Technology Solutions
Monetary Authority of Singapore
Darryl Yu
Darryl Yu
Editorial Analyst
The Asset
15.20
Networking and coffee
16.00
Asset Events Panel
Panel: Spotlight on Malaysia
The Malaysian local currency bond market stood at over 1.16 trillion ringgit (US$289 billion) at the end of June 2016, up 2% from the previous three months and 8.2% on a year-on-year basis. Total government bonds outstanding amounted to 644 billion ringgit, while corporate bonds totaled 519 billion ringgit. The share of sukuk continued to exceed that of conventional bonds with a majority share of 55% at the end of June.
  • What should fuel the bond issuance in 2017?
  • What sector or sectors will lead the issuance activity next year?
  • Will unrated Malaysian corporate bonds find favour among investors?
  • What should unrated corporate issuer offer to investors to ensure a well-supported transaction?
Seohan Soo
Seohan Soo
Executive Vice President, Capital Markets Group
AmInvestment Bank
Abdul Halim Salleh
Abdul Halim Salleh
Senior Vice President, Treasury & Capital Markets
Cagamas
Michael Chang
Michael Chang
Head of Fixed Income
MCIS Insurance
Chito Santiago
Chito Santiago
Managing Editor
The Asset
16.40
Asset Events Conversation
In conversation: The rise of fixed income ETFs
Asian fixed income ETFs have shown tremendous growth especially in the past two years. Now hovering at US$50 billion of assets under management or about 10% of the global fixed income ETF AuM, interest has remained elevated from the number of fund launches in recent months. Underpinning their growth also has been the opening of Asia’s bond markets to international investors making access to domestic markets far simpler than previously.
  • What has been to track record of fixed income ETF in the region?
  • What are some of the underlying indices that have proved popular?
  • How does the launch of more fixed income ETF fit into bond markets’ development?
  • What new innovation is possible to stoke further interest in fixed income ETF?
Marco Montanari
Marco Montanari
Head of Passive Asset Management, Asia Pacific
Deutsche Asset Management
Matt Arnold
Matthew Arnold
Head of ETF Strategy & Research, APAC
State Street Global Advisors
Piotr Zembrowski
Piotr Zembrowski
Editorial Analyst
The Asset
17.00
Asset Events Speaker
Closing remarks
Daniel Yu
Daniel Yu
Editor-in-Chief
The Asset
18.00
Asset Events Cocktails
Networking and cocktails
19.30
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