ASIFMA Annual Conference 2024


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ASIFMA Annual Conference 2024

29 February – 1 March 2024 | Grand Hyatt Hotel, Hong Kong


About the event:

The ASIFMA Annual Conference is one of the widest reaching platforms in the region that brings together global leaders from regulatory bodies, as well as c-suite banking & asset managers, market makers, institutional investors, market information providers and leading industry experts globally. This flagship event will take place at the iconic Grand Hyatt hotel in Hong Kong.

Some of the key topics include:

  • Debunking the Demographic Challenges (a Macro Perspective on inflation, growth, elections, monetary policies),
  • Competition for Foreign Investment in Asia and What the Changing Global Dynamics Mean for Asia,
  • Corporate Credit Markets: a New Paradigm for APAC?
  • What’s next for Green Finance,
  • Generative AI.

As part of this event, we are also delighted to present the EU-Asia Financial Services Dialogue, in partnership with Afore Consulting, on the morning of Day 1 of the conference and the invitation-only Gala Dinner on 28th February 2024, which promises to be an evening filled with regulator networking opportunities, industry insights, and influential attendees.



Program Format:

2-day engaging program through keynote addresses, panel discussions, case studies, & fireside chats.

For more details about the event or if you would like to join the speaking faculty, please contact Claire Souleyman at

At ASIFMA, we are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion in our workplace and this policy is applied in all areas of our business including speaker roles at our events and conferences.  We wish to work with members and partners who share this same commitment and are willing to support this policy.

Our event programme is being developed in close consultation with ASIFMA committee members and directors to identify the key issues facing businesses, regulators and industries in the region.  We welcome your feedback on content, please email:



09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Remarks:
09:15 – 09:30 Opening Keynote Address:
Verena Ross, Chair, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
09:30 – 10:20 Panel EU1: Sustainable Finance
Creating a Globally Compatible Reporting Framework.
• How can we work towards a commonly applicable non-financial reporting framework that works across regions and serves international investors?
• How do we recognise regional specificities without reintroducing global fragmentation or the extraterritorial application of rules?
• How do we ensure the credibility of the framework without this becoming too burdensome to implement? Can the non-financial reporting framework help incentivise transition financing?
• What policy tools should supervisors and regulators adopt to facilitate the transition and what are its limits?
• What is the role for international standard setters, such as IOSCO and the ISSB?
Diana Parusheva, Managing Director, Public Policy and Sustainable Finance, ASIFMA
10:20 – 10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 – 11:40 Panel EU2: Digitalization
The Future of Tokenised Securities – Delivering a Seamless Global Service?

• What can established securities markets learn from the emergence of the crypto sector and where are the limitations of this comparison?
• Emergence of DLT led solutions in securities markets? What use cases are particularly well placed for the adoption of DLT?
• Regulatory and supervisory support of DLT-based solutions?
• Impact of settlement cycle time on the adoption of DLT solutions?
• What aspects of regulation would need to change to facilitate DLT applications and who would supervise the nodes?
• The rise of permission based or DLT solutions?
• How would the cash-led of transactions be managed? Will we see a rise of stablecoins or CBDCs?
Ugo Bassi, Director of Financial Markets, European Commision, DG FISMA
Nickolas Reinhardt, Director, Afore Consulting
11:40 – 12:45 Afternoon Keynotes (timings tbc)
Paulina Dejmek Hack, Head of International and Institutional Affairs, DG FISMA
Alexandra Jour Schroeder, Deputy Director General, DG FISMA (tbc)
Jean-Paul Servais, Chairman, FSMA (Belgium), Chair, IOSCO
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch Break


13:45 – 13:55 Welcome Remarks:
Peter Stein, Chief Executive Officer, ASIFMA
13:55 – 14:10 Keynote Address:
14:10 – 14:40 Scene Setting: Debunking the Demographic Challenges
Toshiyuki Miyoshi, Vice Commissioner for International Affairs, Financial Services Agency of Japan (tbc)
Peter Reynolds, Partner, Head of Greater China, Oliver Wyman
Jang Ping Thia, Lead Economist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
14:40 – 15:30 Afternoon Panel 1: Global Outlook – Business Perspective
Panel hosted by Global Financial Markets Association members (GFMA)
Adam Farkas, Chief Executive Officer, The Association for Financial Markets in Europe
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:50 PM Panel 2: Solving for the Liquidity Conundrum
Trading volumes on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange have dropped to 2019 levels spurring the creation of a Liquidity Task Force to explore solutions. India, China, and Korea have enjoyed strong liquidity on the back of retail investors but lack sufficient institutional participation to help improve the quality of market liquidity.
Where have animal spirits gone and how to get it back?
Stamp duty has been reduced, has anything changed? What next?
What are the microstructure issues in Asian markets which also impede market liquidity?
IPOs and trading volumes; which is the chicken, and which is the egg?
• Securities lending, good or bad for the market? For liquidity?
Lyndon Chao, Managing Director, Head of Equities and Post Trade, ASIFMA
16:50 – 17:05 Afternoon Keynote:
17:05 – 17:10 Closing Remarks:


09:00 – 09:10 Welcome Remarks:
Peter Stein, CEO, ASIFMA
09:10 – 09:25 Keynote Address:
Paul Chan, Financial Secretary, The Government of HKSAR
09:25 – 10:15 AM Panel 1: Corporate Credit Markets: A New Paradigm for APAC?
Corporate credit bond activity – primary and secondary market – experienced a significant drop in volume in 2022 and the first half of 2023. With increased interest rates, currency fluctuations and a bleak property market in China, Asian corporates are undoubtedly facing difficulties – domestically and cross border – to (re)finance their operations. This discussion will address:
Challenges faced by corporate issuers?
Potential diversions of credit from private to public sector (and as a consequence the emergence of Private Credit)?
Level of transparency of the market?
Role of credit rating agencies?
Regulatory framework around disclosure, bankruptcy laws and resolution regimes?
Alan Roch, Head of APAC Credit Markets, Credit Agricole, CIB
Philippe Dirckx, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income, ASIFMA
10:15 – 11:05 AM Panel 2: TBC
11:05 – 11:35 Coffee Break
11:35 – 12:25 AM Panel 3: Accelerating the Settlement Cycle
China and India are already on a T+1 settlement cycle with the US planning its own accelerated settlement cycle in May. What is the state of industry readiness and what challenges remain?
Why stop at T+1 and not go straight to T0?
What are the benefits of accelerating the settlement cycle and what are the costs? The risks?
Are there different considerations for domestic market participants versus global participants for cross border flows?
Is India and the US at risk becoming a prefunded market?
How might these changes impact future flows of investment capital?
Lyndon Chao, Managing Director, Head of Equities and Post Trade, ASIFMA
12:25 – 13:25 Lunch Break
13:25 – 13:40 Keynote Address:
Dr Ma Jun, Chairman and President, Hong Kong Green Finance Association
13:40 – 14:25 PM Panel 1: What’s Next for the Net-Zero Transition in Asia
• What should credible transition plans look like?
• What are the main opportunities for transition finance?
• How can we make an (early) phasing out coal an investable proposition?
• What is the role of Voluntary Carbon Markets and how can we ensure their integrity and legitimacy?
• Role of regulators?

Eugene Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Finance Institute Asia
Diana Parusheva, Managing Director, Public Policy & Sustainable Finance, ASIFMA
14:25 – 15:10 PM Panel 2: Where’s the Next Opportunity for Funds in Asia?
• What types of funds are investors interested in?
• Which markets are ETFs doing well and why?
• Are pension funds generating enough return?
• How to balance the need to keep fees down and get funds sold?
Eugenie Shen, Managing Director, Head of Asset Management Group, ASIFMA
15:10 – 16:00 PM Panel 3: Generative AI – Cutting Through the Hype
Go beyond the hype around generative AI and discuss the roadmap to successful AI adoption. Hear real use cases, the biggest challenges and the industry and regulatory view on the appropriate governance framework.
•Putting generative AI to work: what are the major opportunities arising from the further implementation of AI in the financial service industry and practical applications,
• What are the main incremental risks, challenges, and barriers to further implement AI in the financial service industry?
• How can these challenges be addressed?
• What does an appropriate control and governance framework for FIs look like?
• What does an appropriate regulatory environment for generative AI look like? Howe to best balance innovation and risk mitigation?
Laurence Van Der Loo, Managing Director, Technology & Operations, ASIFMA
16:00 – 16:20 Closing Remarks:

To effectively engage this esteemed audience and connect with the global and regional community, various sponsorship packages with speaking slots and marketing opportunities are available for ASIFMA members and non-members offering unparalleled branding exposure and lead generation. Financial institutions, vendors, consultants and law firms are particularly encouraged to join as sponsors.

For sponsorship, contact Joy Balboa, Manager – Marketing and Business Development (

Industry experts and senior representatives from sell-side and buy-side communities, law firms/ consultants/ vendors, global and Asian policy makers, regulators and central banks.​

At ASIFMA, we are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion in our workplace and this policy is applied in all areas of our business including speaker roles at our events and conferences.  We wish to work with members and partners who share this same commitment and are willing to support this policy. For more details about the event or if you would like to join the speaking faculty, please contact Claire Souleyman at

Registration will open 4th December 2023
EU-Asia Dialogue Only EU-Asia Dialogue + ASIFMA Annual Conference
** Ticket is transferable
ASIFMA Annual Conference Only
**Ticket is transferable
ASIFMA Members / Endorser Members
Early Bird Rate until 19th January 2024
US$400.00 US$800.00 US$600.00
ASIFMA Members / Endorser Members
Standard Rate from January 19th onwards
US$450.00 US$950.00 US$700.00
Non ASIFMA Members
Early Bird Rate until 19th January 2024
US$500.00 US$950.00 US$700.00
Non ASIFMA Members
Standard Rate from January 19th onwards
US$550.00 US$1,100.00 US$800.00

By registering to this event organised by ASIFMA, you agree that your contact details will be made available to both ASIMFA and our event sponsors so that we/they can inform you of future events and services that may be of interest to you.

*All registrations require final approval by ASIFMA and we reserve the right to cancel or decline any registration.

**Ticket is transferrable and allows a maximum of two (2) delegates to access the conference at different times.  

Media contact

This event is open to the press. For media inquiries, please contact Corliss Ruggles at (

Watermark, Central Pier 7, Hong Kong / 6:00pm HKT

ASIFMA and Afore Consulting are delighted to be hosting the EU-Asia Financial Services Dialogue Gala Dinner and Cocktails on the 28th February at the iconic Watermark restaurant at Central harbourfront. The dinner brings together executive participants from the EU-Asia Financial Services Dialogue to mingle and network against Hong Kong’s stunning harbour backdrop. Guests will hear from keynote speakers including Verena Ross, Chair of ESMA and Jean-Paul Servais, Chair of IOSCO in this small and exclusive gathering (venue is limited to 10 tables).

To reserve a table to the Gala Dinner, please contact Joy Balboa at

Table of 10 pax US$ 6,000.00


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