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Can individuals join? Can individuals join

No - only corporations, partnerships, and other commercial entities are eligible for AFME membership.

How do I become a member? How do I become a member?

Download our Membership Application Form, complete it, then email it to [email protected] or post it to: AFME Membership, 39th Floor, 25 Canada Square, London E14 5LQ. Applications are reviewed for eligibility and approved by a Board committee.

What are the membership criteria? What are the membership criteria?

AFME has two categories of membership - full and associate. To be eligible for full membership, your firm must be a financial institution such as a bank, corporate finance advisor, or other financial institution deemed appropriate by the AFME Board. All others are eligible for associate membership.

Who can join AFME? Who can join AFME?

Membership is open to participants in the wholesale financial markets.

What is the difference between Full and Associate membership? What is the difference between Full and Associate membership?

Full members can participate in the full range of AFME activities. Associate members tend to have narrower or more focused interests, and are eligible to participate in the High Yield and Securitisation divisions plus other selected division working groups.

How are the subsidiaries of and business lines within the parent company of a member treated? How are the subsidiaries of and business lines within the parent company of a member treated?

A subsidiary that would meet the criteria for full membership if it were a separate entity will be eligible to participate under the parent company's full membership. Those that do not meet the criteria are invited to apply to become associate members.

What are your subscription rates? What are your subscription rates?

Our subscription rates begin at £5,000 per annum, but vary according to the membership category (full or associate), the size of your firm, the scope of its operations, and the level of participation. We would be happy to provide you with a quote over the telephone or upon completion of a written application.

What is your membership year? What is your membership year?

Our membership year runs from 1 November through 31 October. A pro rata rate will apply if you join mid-year.

Can I cancel my membership? Can I cancel my membership?

Membership can be cancelled by giving us six months' written notice. Subscriptions are not refundable.

Will you post my publications on your website or distribute them to members? Will you post my publications on your website or distribute them to members?

Our main objective is to serve as a unified industry voice. Consequently, we rarely distribute materials that come from individual members. We occasionally make exceptions to this policy for material that furthers the objectives of the association. We encourage you to contact us if you would like us to consider posting (or linking to) something that would be of interest to our members.

Will AFME endorse products and services of full or associate members? Will AFME endorse products and services of full or associate members?

AFME does not endorse member products or services.

Will I be able to appear as a speaker at conferences and events? Will I be able to appear as a speaker at conferences and events?

Our primary objective is to ensure we have the most qualified speakers to cover topics at our conferences. Our members are among the best-informed in their areas of expertise, so we do frequently use them on panels and for presentations. If you are interested in speaking at a conference or appearing on a panel, please contact the head of the particular division or our conference department about upcoming events. Visit the events section to find out what we have planned.

What is the Global Financial Markets Association? What is the Global Financial Markets Association?

The GFMA unifies regional perspectives into a global voice and co-ordinates the activities of its members. AFME is a partner in a global alliance with the Asian Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) in the U.S. Each of these trade bodies is an independent, autonomous, self-funded, and self-governed entity that is a member of the GFMA.