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Middle East a key market for structured products

United Arab Emirates: Thursday, February 28 - 2008 @ 10:54

An affluent investor-base, created as a result of oil-rich economies and the outstanding performance of local equity markets, has provided the impetus for structurers and distributors alike to bring structured products to the region as investors seek new ways to diversify their investment portfolios.

The nascent structured products market, which is estimated at $30-$40bn, is expected to reach unprecedented levels this year.

‘Structured Products and the Middle East are two main focus areas for Lehman Brothers, with two Lehman Brothers offices opened in the region in the last twelve months,’ says Adam Habib, Head of Equity Structured Retail Investments at Lehman Brothers.

Habib joins Structured Products magazine on 28-29 April 2008 at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai, for the inaugural Structured Products Middle East. Offering a comprehensive and lucid introduction to the universe of structured products and insight into Middle East appropriate investment solutions, the event is tailored to meet the interests and educational needs of distributors based within and outside of this thriving financial centre.

Additionally, the Structured Products Middle East 2008 agenda focuses on the increasing global interest in Islamic Finance and innovations in Shariah compliant investments. Along with the rise of the sukuk, the development of the embryonic sharia-compliant structured products market has exceeded all expectations and now forms a salient component of Middle East investing. The competition between global structured product issuers is not only driving innovation but welcomed debate about sharia-compliant products.

‘Shariah compliant Hedge Fund linked structured products represent the cutting edge of developments in Islamic finance. Their potential benefits for Middle East investors are immense.

The challenge lies in providing good quality, robust solutions within this arena,’ explains Bindesh Shah, co-founder of London-based Hedge Fund, Amiri Capital. Shah, alongside Habib, joins an impressive panel of speakers, uniting regulatory representatives, academics, leading local distributors and global product structurers, imparting their insight into local demand and the global outlook for the structured products market.

Since Structured Products magazine’s launch in 2004, over 4000 finance professionals have attended its events. Having enjoyed worldwide success, the portfolio has expanded from 2 regional events in 2005 to 18 regional events scheduled for 2008, including the inaugural Structured Products Middle East.

Structured Products Magazine is pleased to announce the following speakers to its growing panel:

Simon Gray, Director, Supervision, DUBAI FINANCIAL SERVICES AUTHORITY
Gilles Rollet, Chief Executive Officer, MIRABAUD MIDDLE EAST LTD
Adam Habib, Managing Director – Head of European Equity Structured Retail Products, LEHMAN BROTHERS INTERNATIONAL (EUROPE)
Nicolas Cagi Nicolau, Managing Director – Global Head of Structured Products Solutions, SOCIETE GENERALE PRIVATE BANKING
Haroon Ahmad, Head of Business Development, EIS ASSET MANAGEMENT
Bindesh Shah, Co-founder, AMIRI CAPITAL
Dr A S Johan, Family Office Advisor, A S JOHAN GMS
Richard Metcalfe, Global Head of Policy and Senior Regulatory Advisor, INTERNATIONAL SWAPS AND DERIVATIVES ASSOCIATION (ISDA)
Professor Rodney Wilson, School of Government and International Affairs, DURHAM UNIVERSITY and Former Visiting Professor at Universities of Kuwait, Paris X and International University of Japan.
S R Krishnan, Head of Asset Management and Private Banking, BANKMUSCAT SAOG

Programme highlights include:

The global structured products market – latest trends and challenges
How can structured products meet the needs of Middle East investors?
Using structured products in portfolio management: understanding their full potential
The challenge of enforcing uniform principles: is there a need for industry standards?
Structured products linked to property and other emerging asset classes
Opportunities in hedge fund linked structured products
Are all ‘approved’ products fully Sharia compliant?
Commodity diversification: what are the opportunities outside
Structuring Shariah compliant products to hedge risk

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