Event Date/Time: Oct 29, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 30, 2008
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C5 invites you to Europe’s premier event on Microfinance, designed for microfinance investors, industry experts and all other microfinance stakeholders.

Investments in microfinance are continuing to soar above all predictions at a 25% annual growth rate and total asset value estimated at $33bn, yet important questions are still being raised about how sustainable this asset class is in the long run and whether investors can expect sustained returns? Convergence is occurring between microfinance and mainstream banking as MFIs grow in size and sophistication and commercial banks enter the market. While these trends have boosted the size and quality of the microfinance sector, they bring with them new pressures of competition and higher expectations on fund performance.

Join an unparalleled faculty includingCEOs, Chairpersons, Heads of Global Microfinance Departments and Managing Directors from Deutsche Bank, Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank, Blue Orchard, responsAbility, Grameen Foundation, CGAP, Symbiotics, Microvest, Merrill Lynch, ACCION, IFC, Unitus Investment Group, Standards and Poor’s, Fitch Ratings, LuxFlag, MIX and other industry leaders. This event will not only put current market transactions into context, but also explore the potential business models emerging to ensure sustained growth in the microfinance industry.

Be present at Europe’s leading event on the 29th and 30th October, bringing together experts from across the globe to identify and resolve industry’s concerns, including:

What are the investment alternatives available in microfinance for institutional investors?
Recent innovative fund structures in the microfinance context
US market perspective on microfinance investments
Analysis of fund rating methodologies currently being used in microfinance
Strategies for balancing the risks and rewards of having microfinance in your portfolio
Developing a uniform framework for evaluating social performance
How to avoid a sub-prime crisis in microfinance
Importance of development agencies’ investments for growth in microfinance
MIX market update on how the microfinance industry is performing
Developing internationally applicable corporate governance guidelines for MFIs
We welcome you and look forward to seeing you in London in October 2008.


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United Kingdom