Saudi Arabian M&A and Capital Markets Forum

09 September 2019

Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach
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The Saudi Arabian M&A and Capital Markets Forum will bring together dealmakers and provide an overview of the market through panels and case studies. The long afternoon structure will provide insights and the platform to network with dealmakers in the region.

International M&A Professionals
Different countries
Expert Speakers
Hours of networking
  • 12:00

    Registration & networking lunch

  • 12:50
  • 13:00

    Panel: Saudi Arabia private sector update

    Privatisation of the Saudi economy via the sale of assets from the government is set to transform deal activity. Deals will diversify the portfolios of family businesses and corporates. The region could also see an influx of foreign investment with the inclusion of Saudi Arabia in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

    • What is the overview of Vision 2030 and is the programme on track?
    • What is the role of privatisations in Vision 2030?  
    • Which sectors are receiving private interest from local and international investors? Has the inclusion of Saudi Arabia in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index affected this?
    • Which regulatory changes are proving successful in attracting foreign investors to the region?
    • What are the appetites of Asian investors for Saudi assets?
    • What is the appetite for domestic and international investments from Saudi family businesses and corporates?
  • 13:35

    Fireside chat: Private equity

    An overview of the Saudi Arabian private equity market. This session will cover asset allocation to the region, fundraising and investments as well as exit opportunities.

  • 14:05

    Panel: Equity markets outlook

    The emergence of new opportunities in Saudi and subdued activity in Dubai has attracted investors to Saudi’s capital markets. How has deal activity progressed since 2017? Will Saudi Aramco’s IPO encourage further IPO activity?

    • What is the current landscape for IPOs? What is the pipeline?  
    • How are dealmakers preparing for IPO listings in the current market?
    • How has sentiment towards the region affected the appetite for IPOs from funds?
    • What is the view of Saudi’s IPO market from institutional investor?
    • Which IPO markets are Saudi investors look at internationally?
    • Has the REITs initiative achieved its goals?
    George Allen
    George Allen
    Consultant, Capital Markets, Instinctif Partners Middle East
  • 14:40

    Panel: Debt financing opportunities

    This session will explore investor appetite for capital markets financing via debt including bonds, loans and sukuk financing.  

    • What financing opportunities are available in the region? Loans, bonds, equity/quasi-equity?
    • Which sectors are struggling to secure financing and why?
    • Which rescue financing options are available?
    Roderick Gordon
    Roderick Gordon
    Head of Debt Capital Markets, GIB Capital
    Faisal Qadri
    Faisal Qadri
    Managing Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets & Structured Finance, HSBC
    Michael Ogunleye
    Michael Ogunleye
    Senior Reporter, Debtwire
  • 15:15

    Case study: Transaction risk tolerance in Saudi Arabia

    This case study will explore foreign investors’ risk tolerance when investing in assets in the region.  

    • Are there differences in the risk tolerances between different regions investing in Saudi?
    • What are the perceived risks of investing in Saudi Arabia? Or have regulatory updates aided commercial investments in the region?  
    • What are the practical ways to deal with risk?
  • 15:50

    Fireside chat: Sector focus - infrastructure

    Panellist will discuss recent and upcoming greenfield and brownfield projects and the role of PPPs in the infrastructure sector.  

    • Overview of privatisation of infrastructure assets
    • PPPs update
    • Financing opportunities for infrastructure projects
    Chris Haffenden
    Chris Haffenden
    Project Lead, Project Finance, Acuris
  • 16:25

    Panel: Sector focus – defensive sectors

    Healthcare and education are key sectors for Saudi Arabia following demographic shifts. However, more widespread insurance and regulatory changes are driving consolidation in these sectors.  

    • Is consolidation driving growth in the healthcare and education sectors?
    • A closer look at the JV between NMC Healthcare and Hassana Investment Company
    • How are tuition fee increases impacting demand for education?
  • 17:00

    Conference close & networking

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