The Corporate Restructuring Summit 2018 (CRS 2018)

05-06 September 2018, Dubai, UAE

The Corporate Restructuring Summit 2018 (CRS 2018) – The GCC’s first debt restructuring & NPL-focused Summit, is slated to be held on September 05-06 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Dubai under the theme of “Optimal Management of Financial Restructuring & Non-Performing Loans”.

Leading Industry Veterans headlining CRS 2018 include: Majed Essa Ahmed Al Ajeel, Chairman, Kuwait Banking Association & Burgan Bank; H.E. Ahmed Abdullah Al Alsheikh, Deputy Governor – Supervision, Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority; Noor Bank; Alexandre Coelho, CEO, Al Hilal Bank; Bharat Manwani, Head of Loan Management Unit, HSBC; Naveed Kamal, Managing Director, Citi Bank N.A. & Ravi Murthy, CFO, Arabtec Construction, amongst others.

IFRS-9 implemented from January 2018, that requires banks world-wide to set aside provisions in advance for expected loan loss, will see a challenging period ahead for banks as they work towards implementing the new regulation and operate with lesser capital. This comes in the midst of pressure from growing NPLs. On the other side of the coin are some of the large corporates and SMEs who default loan re-payments and resort to financial restructurings with the lenders (which includes banks, mezzanine financiers & investors). Piling debts and loan defaults have become commonplace in the region’s contracting, real estate, insurance, energy and other sectors.

As the region’s first conference addressing two high stake areas, The Corporate Restructuring Summit aims to facilitate dialogue between Banks, Corporates, Regulators, Legal & Advisory Firms to optimize Debt restructuring for large Corporations while establishing effective NPL strategy for banks.

Key Features at CRS 2018 include: Keynote Addresses on effective management of distressed assets; High-profile CEO Debate on resolving GCC's challenge of accumulating bad debt; Key Panels focused on effective debt restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, IFRS-9, trends in consolidation; Case Studies focused on ‘Analyzing major credit failures in the Middle East’ & more.

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6th China Omni-Channel Retailing Summit 2018

28th – 29th June – Shanghai, China

The development of e-commerce and new retail has brought great changes to the traditional retail market, and the retail market accelerated to the multi-scene integration era. The digital wave is redefining the retail industry's customer experience. Omni-channel retail and full-scene service become the direction of domestic Internet business technology development. The retail enterprises actively promote the digital level of the stores, open up the online and offline products, customers, order information, to better match the retail elements such as customers, goods and venues. The collaborative trend of online and offline integration and multi-business is obvious. The socialized scene model becomes the mainstream, the intelligent and efficient supply chain system is reconstructed, and the community business enters the golden development period. In 2017, the online retail enterprise comprehensive in-depth integration, social scene multiple consumption scenarios, multiple formats collaborative one-stop aggregation service, intelligent and efficient supply chain system will be increasingly obvious.

CORS2018 is designed by GSRI and CDMC Events to bring together about 600 industry elites from retailers, brand owners, e-commerce platform, new media, logistics, solution providers, consulting institute from home and abroad. You can learn about industry concerns such as Digitized New Retailing、Making Brands Matter via Data & E-Commerce 、High-Efficient Logistics Promotes E-commerce Development, Omni-channel -Remodeling Retailing Ecology, Precise Marketing boosted by Big Data in various activities like keynote speeches, round-table discussions, awards Ceremony, cocktail dinner party, 1-1 business meeting.It will be a great international communication platform for industry insiders to learn and network.Struggle together for a better and brighter future!

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13th World Takaful Conference

9-10 April 2018 – Dubai

Join over 300 industry leaders comprising CEOs, CIOs & Dignitaries from around the world at the 13th Annual World Takaful Conference (WTC) convened by leading financial intelligence platform Middle East Global Advisors in strategic partnership with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Authority. The conference will take shape under the theme of “Differentiation, Innovation & Profitable Growth” on April 9-10 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Dubai.

The World Takaful Conference (WTC) is the leading and longest running global forum for Takaful and has played an instrumental role in the development of the industry for more than a decade by connecting key markets like the GCC & South East Asia to emerging markets, in turn facilitating thought-provoking discussions, producing quality research & generating actionable insights.

As the industry navigates through the complex global insurance landscape, there is a greater need for its leaders to share insights and deliberate on new strategies to help it grow beyond its niche status. Leading Regulators and industry leaders including H.E. Ebrahim Obaid Al Zaabi, Director General, Insurance Authority (IA) & Abdulla Al Awar, CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, to name a few, have keynoted the conference in the past.

2017 saw the inception of the inaugural InsurTech Integrated – a one-day dedicated stream to highlight the importance of developing digital proficiency amongst insurance and Takaful operators in the light of stiff competition. After garnering overwhelming response, the second edition of InsurTech Integrated is set to return on 10th April, 2018.

Key Features at the 13th WTC include: Keynote Speeches by regional regulatory authorities and global leaders in insurance & Takaful; Conversations with leading economists in the region; A power-packed debate discussing the future of Takaful; The 2nd edition of InsurTech Integrated; Discussions on asset management, financial strength, distribution and marketing strategies & more.

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3rd Africa Islamic Finance Forum

27-28 March 2018

The 3rd Africa Islamic Finance Forum (AIFF) that is taking place at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria on 27-28th March 2018. AIFF will provide an insightful programme to greatly assist understanding towards investment opportunities as well as being a networking platform for the financial and business communities to forge partnerships and provide a catalyst for business. Africa is one of the world’s largest untapped growth markets for Islamic economy and Islamic finance offers various instruments that are ready to support the governments’ need for raising capital for large infrastructure and enhance individual and SMEs access to financial services.

Given Nigeria’s status as a leading member of the Islamic Development Bank, the drive for investment into Nigeria, and the important steps being taken towards economic recovery in Nigeria and through the region; the timing of the conference provides a much-needed platform for opening Islamic finance to Nigeria’s business community.

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War in Yemen (Webinar)

What? How? Why? What now?

President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi is politically paralysed. He wields no real influence and his main fighting force has been the Southern Separatists (who are now revolting against him) and the more ‘Jihadist’ elements who the US are perturbed by.

The only other alternative is the Islah (Muslim Brotherhood) but they have been severely weakened and the Arab coalition do not want to turn to them. Saudi Arabia also does not have the finances to buy off the tribes as it used to and Saleh’s death shows the tribes are not necessarily against the new political dynamics that sees Houthi as sovereign of the North.

In short, without the Separatists, it is hard to imagine what fighting force Hadi has.

Negotiations between UAE and Saudi are taking place over the recent fighting in Aden. UAE is playing on Saudi Arabia’s desire to end the war while saving face. UAE are arguing that a divided Yemen is the best solution for Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman and gives him the ability to pay more attention to shoring things up at home.

As Mohamed Bin Salman mulls over this proposition, join our webinar with Editor-in-Chief Sami Hamdi as he discusses the implications of recent events in Aden on the wider conflict in Yemen. The webinar will be followed by a live Q&A.

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World Islamic Banking Conference

4, 5, 6 December 2017 at ART Rotana Hotel and R, Amwaj Islands, Bahrain

Join H.E. Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, Governor, Central Bank of Bahrain and over 1300 of the biggest minds in Islamic Banking & Finance congregate for what is the event of the year at the 24th World Islamic Banking Conference (4-6 December) in Bahrain to discuss key topics gravitating around the theme of “Drivers of Economic Growth & Risks: Policymakers & Regulators”.

Register Now to avail the ongoing early bird rate and hear insights from Adnan Ahmed Yousif, Chief Executive and President, Al Baraka Banking Group; Adel Abdul Wahab Al-Majed, Vice-Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Boubyan Bank; Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre; Abdelilah Belatik, Secretary General, General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI), Abdul Hakeem Alkhayyat, Managing Director & CEO, KFH Bahrain; Hassan Amin Jarrar, CEO, Bahrain Islamic Bank, Ayman Sejiny, CEO, IbdarBank and other distinguished Islamic finance veterans from across 50 countries, who will shape the future discourse of the Islamic Finance industry.

Catch Sami Hamdi, Editor-in-Chief of the International Interest, at GEFF 2017 discussing sustainable investment and how finance can achieve impact and good returns.

GEFF 2017 endeavors to play a critical role in enabling stakeholders from the traditional responsible and Islamic finance sectors to forge and nurture new relationships aimed at building cooperation across various sectors and geographies. Confirmed Key speakers at GEFF 2017 include Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Scottish Government, Nurlan Kussainov, CEO, Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Authority and Peter Webster, Director of International Affairs, Vigeo Eiris & CEO, Eiris Foundation, amongst others.

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Thursday, 03 April 2017 from 09:00 to 12:00 (JST) 3rd Floor, Nippon Life Marunouchi Garden Tower Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, 100-8631Japan

Japanese investment has often been hindered by a lack of information on the geopolitics of a region renowned for instability and the discussion, led by Sami Hamdi who is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Interest, will address these gaps in knowledge to better equip Japanese entities to enter/enhance their business activities in the region.


Global ESG Investment Forum

London, 26-27 October 2016

The International Interest’s Editor-in-Chief, Sami Hamdi, will be addressing the Global ESG Investment Forum in London on how the stars have aligned between political will and ethical investing.

With the current low oil prices, diversification has intensified and oil-dependent nations are cutting bureaucracy to expedite investment in renewable energy.

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