SAIFM is delighted to be resuming this annual event after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic.  The SAIFM’s regulatory summit provides the financial markets and financial services sector with key updates on the latest regulatory developments, as well as key changes to the environment and markets that may impact on the regulatory regime.

This year’s theme for the summit is “Change”.  Not only has the general world view been permanently altered by the pandemic, but there have been a number of shifts in regulatory philosophies, international accords and environmental factors driving change in the regulatory environment.  How this all impacts on current, potential and proposed regulatory initiatives will be explored.

Awareness of the factors potentially driving change, as well as proposed regulatory initiatives and the intentions behind these, are essential for practitioners to prepare for meaningful dialogue with regulators.

The 7th Regulatory Summit will not disappoint, with cutting-edge discussions taking place between regulators and colleagues.

Our Keynote Speaker is Ms. Valdene Reddy, the Director of Capital Markets at the JSE, giving the Summit an opportunity to look at the future of exchanges in South Africa.

This year’s summit will also feature a focus session on the current drive around Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) expectations, from investment, trading, benchmarking, reporting and regulatory perspectives.

South Africa’s involvement as an active participant in the G20 and other international forums is driving a number of regulatory changes and some of these are explored through discussions on the regulation and margining of OTC derivatives, and the application and compliance implications of shifts to a more principle-based regulatory regime.

As always, the impact of technological innovations on the financial services sectors is a critical theme that will be discussed, including the impact on the recent inclusion of crypto assets as a financial product, and the potential of Central Banks Digital Currencies (CBDCs).

Given the volume and pace of regulatory change, current and expected, the 2023 SAIFM regulatory summit promises to provide critical information and a forum for lively debate.