Day 1 - Monday 3 February 2020

08:00 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:45 Opening proceedings

Welcome and opening remarks by H.E. the Hon. Sir David Baragwanath KNZM, Chair, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Advisory Board; Appellate Judge, former President and Presiding Judge, Special Tribunal for Lebanon; former Judge, Court of Appeal of New Zealand; President, New Zealand Law Commission; Member for New Zealand, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague; Honorary Professor, University of Waikato (New Zealand); Visiting Professor, University of Northumbria (UK); Overseas Bencher, Inner Temple; Door Tenant, 3 Hare Court Chambers

Opening remarks by Saskia Bruines, Deputy Mayor of The Hague

Keynote address by Patrick Pearson, Head of Financial Market Infrastructure and Derivatives, European Commission  

09:45 - 10:15

P.R.I.M.E. Finance and the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Hugo Hans Siblesz, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Advisory Board; Secretary-General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration; former Foreign Ministry (Netherlands) diplomat, including positions as Ambassador to France, Monaco and Andorra; Director-General for Political Affairs, Director of the Consular Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the Netherlands) and Assistant Legal Adviser

Robert G. Pickel, Chair, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Management Board; Affiliate, Rutter Associates LLC (New York); former Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel, International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA); P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

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10:15 - 10:30 Group picture
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 12:00 Benchmarks Update

The transition from LIBOR and other IBORs to alternative rates represents a monumental shift across financial markets worldwide. What are some of the ramifications of benchmark transition? What alternatives are being developed? What are the challenges - and the solutions? This panel will focus on the effects of benchmark transition and some of the implications. 

Session Chair:

Rick Grove, Secretary, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Management Board; Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Rutter Associates LLC (New York); former Fixed Income and Commodity Derivatives Executive, Bank of America and Paribas Capital Markets; former Chief Executive Officer, ISDA; former lawyer, Cravath, Swaine & Moore (New York and London); P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

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Joseph P. Bauman, Treasurer, P.R.I.M.E. Finance Management Board; Chair, Board of Directors, PRIME Finance Dispute Resolution and Education Foundation (US); Affiliate, Rutter Associates LLC; former Chief Administrative Officer, Athilon Group Holdings Corp; former Chairman, ISDA; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

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Carolyn Jackson, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP; former Executive Director and Board Member, ISDA; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

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Ellen P. Pesch, Partner & Global Co-Head, OTC Derivatives Industry Group, Sidley Austin LLP; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

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Professor Akihiro Wani, Senior Counselor, Ito and Mitomi (Registered Associated Offices of Morrison and Foerster LLP); Professor, Sophia University Law School; Japan Counsel, ISDA; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

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12:00 - 12:45 Brexit and Its Impact on Financial Services

More than three years after the UK’s Brexit referendum, it appears likely that the UK will leave the European Union on 31 January 2020. This very timely update will look at the implications for financial markets.

Massimiliano Danusso, Managing Partner London Office and Team Leader of the Capital Markets Focus Team, Bonelli Erede; Solicitor of England & Wales; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

Joanna Perkins, Chief Executive, Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC); P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

Philip Wood CBE KC (Hon.), former Head, Global Law Intelligence Unit, Special Global Counsel, Allen & Overy LLP; Yorke Distinguished Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge; former Visiting Professor, International Financial Law, University of Oxford; Visiting Professor, Queen Mary College, University of London; author of nine volumes in the Law and Practice of International Finance series published in 2019;  P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

12:45 - 13:45

Lunch break


Keynote address from Lady Arden, Justice of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom; Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration; ad hoc UK judge of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg

To be introduced by Professor Jeffrey Golden, Founder and Chair Emeritus of the P.R.I.M.E. Finance Foundation; Honorary Fellow and Member of Court, London School of Economics; Joint Head of Chambers, 3 Hare Court; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert


Climate Change and Sustainable Finance

14:15 – 17:00

What is the impact on the financial sector of climate change and sustainable finance? What are the risks and opportunities? Amongst other things, this panel will explore: the UN sustainable development goals; recent regulatory developments; the position of central banks; the impact of bringing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into business and public policies; and possibilities for climate change arbitration.

Session Chair:

Heikki Cantell, General Counsel and Head of Legal Department, Secretary General, Nordic Investment Bank; former General Counsel, Council of Europe Development Bank; former Head of Branch, Heikki Haapaniemi Law Firm (Paris); P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

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Georges Affaki C.Arb, FCIArb, Professor of International Banking Law and Dispute Resolution, University of Paris II; Independent Arbitrator and Avocat à la Cour, Paris; Chairman, ICC Banking Commission Legal Committee; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

Ida Levine, Principal, Two Rivers Associates Ltd, London; Policy/Regulation Lead and Board of the UK Impact Investing Institute; former Board Director/Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel, Capital Group - American Funds; former European Counsel, JP Morgan Investment Management; former Partner, Jones Day; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

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Salahuddin Manzoor, Owner and CEO, Mangrove Markets; former Global Treasurer, Habib Bank Ltd., Karachi; former Head of Business Development, Observatory Capital LLP; former Global Head, Emerging Markets Trading FX, Derivatives and Local Fixed Income Markets, Paribas London; Prime Finance Expert

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Professor Dr. René Smits, Professor of the Law of EMU, University of Amsterdam; Consultant on banking regulation; Alternate member of the Administrative Board of Review, European Central Bank; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

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Habib Motani, Consultant, Clifford Chance LLP, London; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

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Jonathan Maphosa, Nedbank Group Chief Legal Counsel; former General Counsel for BankservAfrica; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

Professor Jaap Winter, Partner, Phyleon Leadership & Governance; Professor of International Company Law at the University of Amsterdam; Professor of Corporate Law, Governance and Behaviour at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Distinguished Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at INSEAD in France

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There will be a coffee break in the middle of this session.