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ICMA Annual General Meeting & Conference 2018
 

Highlights of ICMA's 50th Annual General Meeting & Conference 2018
Madrid, May 30 to June 1


Our thanks go to our members for their continued support and to our sponsors and exhibitors who ensured the success of this year’s event. Special thanks to our Platinum sponsor, BBVA; Gold sponsor, Santander; Silver sponsor, DekaBank; and Bronze sponsors: Bank of China, BayernLB, BlackRock, BNP Paribas, ConvEx, Fitch Ratings, Fitch Solutions, HSBC, LIST, MarketAxess, Shanghai Clearing House and Societe General.


ICMA's 50th AGM and Conference brought issuers, investors, intermediaries and market infrastructure providers from the cross-border fixed income markets, together with market experts, regulators and policy makers to Madrid to discuss the state of the global industry and future developments.
 
Financial markets are continuing to evolve rapidly, influenced by regulation, disruptive financial technology, demographic trends and an increasingly important environmental agenda. In its 50th year, the focus of the event was very much on how the capital markets of the future can continue contributing to economic growth, sustainability and prosperity.

Among the topics for discussion by speakers and expert panels at the Madrid conference were: life in a post QE world; international benchmark reform and developments in Asian bond markets. Following the implementation of MiFID II in January this year, we looked at changes in bond trading and the accelerating drive to automation and electronification. And, after another record year for green bond issuance, the future of this market and the global potential for social and sustainable bonds were also on the agenda.
 
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Welcome video




Summary video

Javier Alonso, Deputy Governor, Banco de España
Banks’ traditional funding sources

Margaret L. Kuhlow, Finance Practice Leader, WWF International
Green Finance: Good progress but we need more
Green Finance: Good progress but we need more - Presentation Slides

José Manuel González-Páramo, Executive Board Director, Head of Global Economics, Regulation and Public Affairs, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
The future of capital markets: digital and sustainable

Steven Maijoor, Chair, European Securities and Markets Authority
Towards benchmark integrity and stability

Arunma Oteh, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank
Leveraging the Capital Markets for Development


International benchmark reform panel, May 31