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2018 Agenda

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2018 Agenda

*This is a draft agenda and is subject to change

Wednesday 28th February


08.00   Registration and coffee


08.50   Chairman’s opening remarks

Andres Uribe, Managing Director, Head of Colombia and Peru, HSBC


09.00   Keynote address: Interest rates strategy: How will monetary policies continue to support growth, shore up the currency, and fight the impact of inflation?

  • Inflation, interest rates, currency and growth: Where are we? What is the trajectory?
  • How will upcoming elections across the continent (specifically Colombia Brazil and Mexico) impact interest rates in Peru and Colombia? What policies will the Central Bank implement to maintain stability?
  • Protecting the peso and countering inflation vs. supporting GDP: How will policy-makers set interest rates?
  • What impact will Venezuela’s default have on interest rates in Colombia and Peru?

Juan José Echavarría, President, Banco de la Republica Colombia


09.30   Keynote address: What is Colombian Ministry of Finance’s outlook and funding strategies for 2018 and beyond?

  • Economic growth forecasts, upcoming projects and financing requirements: What are the strategies of the government to implement increasing foreign investment in the coming 12 months?
  • How is the government looking to finance the fiscal, pension and trade deficit? Will ongoing and upcoming infrastructure projects take precedence?

Andres-Mauricio Velasco, Technical Deputy Minister of Finance, Republic of Colombia



10.00   Keynote address: How does the Ministry view Peruvian GDP growth and strategies over the coming years?

  • What strategies will the government put in place to stimulate this growth?
  • How is the government planning to develop local markets and attract private investment and funding to Peruvian projects?
  • How will continued political tension between the executive branch and congress impact the execution of future bids?

José Olivares, Director, Directorate of Financial Markets Management, General Directorate of Debt and Public Treasury, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Peru


10.30   Broadening the issuer and investor base: How to develop an Andean High Yield bond market

  • Gauging investor appetite for Andean High Yield bonds: Is the hunt for yield really on?
  • Cost, structure, timing, transparency: Which Peruvian and Colombian companies are candidates to issue High Yield bonds?  Is there a demand amongst potential High Yield issuers?
  • Local investors/pension funds and high yield bonds: Is there a demand amongst local buyers?  What needs to happen to kick-start the market?

Juan Daniel Frias, Investment Manager, Old Mutual

Felipe Castilla, Chief Financial Officer, Grupo Energía de Bogotá

Santiago Giraldo López, Chief Financial Officer, Tecnoglass Inc.

Pablo Arroyave, Chief Financial Officer, Odinsa

Moderated by: Alejandro Bertuol, Pacific Hub Manager, Fitch Ratings



11.15   Coffee and networking



11.45   Accessing long term US dollar funding: How are corporates approaching the market?

  • What are borrowers and issuers outlooks for growth, capex and capital requirements?
  • How are borrowers and issuers approaching fund raising? Is there demand for new capital or is the focus on refinancing and liability management?
  • Bonds vs. loans vs. alternative sources of capital: Where do companies see value in the debt markets?
  • Prospects for private placements and long-term non-USD funding

Jaime Falquez Ortiga,  Director of Financial Resources, ISA

Eduardo Sanchez, Finance Officer, Grupo Argos

Rosemery Carrillo, Chief Financial Officer, Ocensa

Jack Deino, Director, Emerging Markets Debt, Blackrock

Miguel Diaz, Director, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

María Carolina Barón, Directora Sector Corporativo y Público, BRC S&P Global Ratings

Moderated by: Carlos Fradique, Partner Capital Markets & Project Finance, Brigard Urrutia


12.35   International vs. local financing: What are the lending capabilities of banks? 

  • Terms, size, tenor: What is the capacity of the Andean syndicated loan market to provide long term capital for borrowers?
  • How much capital are local and regional banks able and willing to put to work?
  • What is the appetite amongst international banks to underwrite and syndicate loans?  Have politics impacted their demand?
  • Attracting new lenders to the market: How can banks and borrowers attract institutional investors and lenders from across Chile, Colombia and Peru to participate in intra/inter-regional deals?

Alex Bertram, Managing Director – Head of Infrastructure Finance and Advisory, Americas, ING

Andres Restrepo Mesa, Director of Structures, Banco Davivienda

Helena Radzyminski, Managing Director, Head of Loan Syndications, Latin America, Natixis

Moderated by: Monica Macia, Managing Director, Head of Loans Syndications, Americas, HSBC


13.20   Chile, Colombia and Peru’s ratings outlook: Where are the pressure points?

  • Ratings updates for Andean economies: Positive, stable, negative?
  • What can be done to stabilise credit ratings in Chile, Colombia and Peru?
  • How do sovereigns and corporates protect their ratings against downgrades? 

Natalia O’byrne, Head of Corporate, Colombia, Fitch Ratings


13.45   Networking lunch Hosted by; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP


15.00   Macroeconomic outlook: In which direction are growth, inflation, rates and commodities heading and what impact will these have on Andean economies?

  • Elections and geo-political rifts: How much will these shocks disrupt the Andean markets?
  • Is inflation in Colombia under control?  What impact is inflation having on growth and consumer spending?
  • Trends in energy and metals prices: How do peaks and troughs affect the economy and the markets? 

Edward Glossop, Emerging Markets Economist, Capital Economics


15.25   Oil, gas and energy: Still fuelling growth and capital markets activity?

  • How has the new equilibrium price of oil impacted economic growth and the businesses of oil and energy companies?
  • Supply vs. demand: How have production and capacity measures shifted? How has this impacted the need for debt funding?
  • What is the approach and objective of oil, gas and energy companies in the bond and loan markets?
  • To hedge or not to hedge: How are oil, gas and energy companies managing risk?

Aquiles Mercado, Chief Financial Officer, Promigas

Carlos Adrian Linares Penaloza, Chief Financial Officer, Petroperu

Maria Fernanda Suarez, Chief Financial Officer, Ecopetrol

Adrián Garza, Vice President – Senior Analyst, Global Project Finance and Infrastructure Group, Moody’s

Moderator: Andres Pareja, Chief Representative – Colombia, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)


16.10   Pricing assets in the new norm: How are fixed income assets being priced given anticipated interest rates, FX and political volatility?

  • Country risk and bond curves: Where are we headed in 2018?
  • How are falls in energy prices putting pressure on Colombian and Peruvian bonds?
  • What does the Venezuela default mean to the rest of the Andean fixed income market?
  • How are fixed income asset managers generating positive returns in a rising rate environment?

Gustavo Morales Investment and Treasury Manager, Global Seguros de Vida S.A.

Juan Sebastian Restrepo, Portfolio Manager, Old Mutual Colombia

Miguel Angel Gomez, Head of Financing and Investor Relations, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Republic of Colombia

Moderated by: Jose Coballasi, Senior Director and Sector Head, Latin America Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings


16.55   Chairman’s closing remarks followed by cocktail reception hosted by Mizuho

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