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18th Annual Financial Services Conference 2020

2020 Event Overview

Now in its 18th consecutive year, the European Financial Services Conference is widely considered as the major event in the Brussels calendar on financial services, annually attracting some 400 senior bankers and financial policymakers to discuss the most pertinent issues affecting European and global financial markets. Hosted by Accenture, Barclays, Bloomberg and Kreab, the 2020 edition will look at embracing change in a time of uncertainty.

Topics to be discussed include:

Risks and Opportunities in the global economy

Sustainable Finance

Capital Markets Union 

Exploring the future of Digital Currencies

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Speakers

Full speaker biographies for this year’s conference can be found below, please check back regularly for updates.

Confirmed speakers include:

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Valdis Dombrovskis

Executive Vice President 'An Economy that Works for People', European Commission

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Gabriele Galateri di Genola

Group Chairman,
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Kevin Wall

Kevin Wall

CEO, Barclays Europe

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Javier Pérez-Tasso

CEO, SWIFT

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Mary Schapiro

Head of TCFD Secretariat and Vice-Chair of CFLI, Bloomberg

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Emma Navarro

Vice President, European Investment Bank

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Verena Ross

Executive Director, European Securities and Markets Authority

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Francine Lacqua

Anchor, Editor-At-Large, Bloomberg Television

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Sheila Nicoll

Head of Public Policy, Schroders

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Eva Wimmer

Director General for Financial Markets Policy, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany 

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Mario Nava

Director, Horizontal Policies, DG FISMA, European Commission

Jane Ambachtsheer

Jane Ambachtsheer

Global Head of Sustainability, BNP Paribas Asset Management

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Erick Decker

CIO of Emerging Markets and Head of RI Center of Expertise, AXA Group

MauroMacchi

Mauro Macchi

Senior Managing Director, Financial Services Europe, Accenture

Theo Timmermans

Theo Timmermans

Secretary General, European Financial Services Round Table

Agenda

Event Day
08:15 - 09:00
Registration and Coffee
09:00 - 09:05
Welcome from the conference hosts
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David Reed
Senior Partner, Kreab
09:05 - 09:25
Keynote Presentation
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Valdis Dombrovskis
Executive Vice President for 'An Economy that Works for People', European Commission
Session 1: Global risks versus global growth

The global economy has been surging ahead, but amidst warnings of another global crisis comparable to the decade-long financial and economic slowdown triggered back in 2008. How well prepared for renewed trouble is Europe’s banking and financial services sector?

 

With solid growth in Asia forecast to help boost today’s $90 trillion global economy by another 25% over the next five years, what role will European and American financial institutions play? Can sluggish GDP growth and abnormally low interest rates in their home markets be countered by bolder policy initiatives?

 

    • Have financial institutions learned lessons from the last crisis that can protect their clients from global risks?
    • Are the EU’s recent regulatory reforms adequate in the face of growing protectionist pressures on the international trading and financial systems?
    • What are the financial system’s greatest vulnerabilities?
    • What should be the key priorities for financial institutions over the next 12 months and beyond?
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Moderator: Mauro Macchi
Senior Managing Director, Financial Services Europe, Accenture
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Kevin Wall
CEO, Barclays Europe
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Gabriele Galateri di Genola
Group Chairman, Generali
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Javier Pérez-Tasso
CEO, SWIFT
09:25 - 10:15
High-level Fireside Chat: Views from the Top
Session 2: Financing the Low Carbon Economy
Global moves towards a more sustainable economy have gathered pace and finance will play a key role in the low-carbon transition. Central banks, insurance companies, asset managers and pension and sovereign wealth funds are acting in response to the risk associated with climate change and investors’ growing demand for more sustainable investment. This panel will explore the drivers for low-carbon investment, including the need for better disclosure and understanding of climate-related risks and opportunities, and how further progress can be made globally to achieve a sustainable economy.

 

    • How can we better harness the power of financial markets to catalyse sustainable investment?
    • How can climate-related disclosure help inform investment and financial decision-making?
    • What does the financial sector need to better understand the risks and opportunities associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy?
    • How can the public and private sector join forces to accelerate climate friendly investment? Are the solutions for mobilising this investment different for developed versus developing economies?
    • With the Sustainable Action Plan and the recent launch of the EC Platform for International Sustainable Finance, Europe has shown that it is committed to becoming a global leader. How can Europe continue to give global leadership and help accelerate the move to sustainable investment in emerging and developing markets?
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Moderator: Francine Lacqua
Anchor, Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg TV
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Mary Schapiro
Head of TCFD Secretariat and Vice-Chair of CFLI, Bloomberg
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Jane Ambachtsheer
Global Head of Sustainability, BNP Paribas Asset Management
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Erick Decker
CIO of Emerging Markets and Head of RI Center of Expertise, AXA Group
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Emma Navarro
Vice President, European Investment Bank
10:15 - 10:25
Setting the Scene
10:25 - 11:15
Interactive Discussion
11:15 - 11:40
Morning Coffee
Session 3: Relaunching the Capital Markets Union – Boost or Bust?
As the EU institutions embark on a fresh five-year mandate, hopes are renewed of substantial progress towards an integrated EU marketplace for financial services. Is it possible that tantalising developments like a Europe-wide deposit insurance scheme will at last be achieved, bringing an EU-wide capital market appreciably nearer?
Eurozone uncertainties still hang over hopes of strengthening the Capital Markets Union, and there’s also Brexit’s impact on London as the EU’s largest capital market. What are the chances that a beefed-up CMU 2.0 will be strong enough to break the vicious circle – called the ‘doom loop’ by the IMF – between commercial banking and sovereign debt?
    • How should CMU 2.0 be shaped to avoid the shortcomings of CMU 1.0, and what new characteristics could heighten the international role of EU financial service providers?
    • How resilient are the domestic pressures within EU countries that have been resisting increased EU-level supervision and regulation of financial services?
    • What is the outlook for existing restrictions within Europe that limit the cross-border pooling of capital and liquidity by banks and financial services?
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Moderator: Mario Nava
Director, Horizontal Policies, DG FISMA, European Commission
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Eva Wimmer
Director General for Financial Markets Policy Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany
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Sheila Nicoll
Head of Public Policy, Schroders
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Verena Ross
Executive Director, ESMA
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Theo Timmermans
Secretary General, European Financial Services Round Table
11:40 - 11:50
Ask the Audience

To set the scene for this session, audience members will be asked key (multiple-choice) questions relating to the topics to be discussed in this session and have the opportunity to respond to these via voting pads. Questions and answers will appear in real time on the screen.

11:50 - 13:00
Panel Discussion
Lunch Session: Digitalisation: Exploring the future of Digital Currencies

* By Invitation Only

Digital currencies have received significant interest from EU Institutions, as well as member state Finance Ministers, with ongoing consideration of measures in response to private stablecoin initiatives, such as the Libra project.

 

At the same time, Central banks worldwide are developing digital currency pilot projects, recognizing the opportunity this form of payment presents for peer-to-peer transactions, more resilient payment infrastructure, reduced transaction friction and more equitable digital access to the highest grade of money, a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). At European level, the ECB is actively running CBDC pilots with the objective of setting a global framework for CBDC, in cooperation with National Central Banks.

 

CBDC also has important implications for how monetary policy is conducted and transmitted in the real economy, with broader implications for the functioning of the global financial system.

 

This session will enable the ECB and a representative from a Central Bank to provide insight on their plans for CBDC and the outcomes of initial pilots, as well as discuss some of the broader implications for monetary policy and on the broader economy.

 

  • What emerging global trends are driving the accelerated interest in CBDC?

 

  • What market need is CBDC solving for or is CBDC innovation for its own sake?

 

  • How can a Euro CBDC protect consumers and commercial interests in light the rising tide of stablecoin initiatives and other CBDC’s around the world?

 

  • What are the policy impacts of CBDC and how can policy transmission mechanisms continue to remain effective?
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Moderator: John Velissarios
Blockchain-Financial Markets Infrastructure Lead, Accenture
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Holger Neuhaus
Head of Market Innovation and Integration Division, European Central Bank
13:00 - 13:15
Networking Aperitif
13:15 - 14:45
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Organisers & Partners

Event Host
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 492,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.Visit website: www.accenture.com.
Event Host
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs 140,000 people.Visit website: www.barclays.com 
Event Host
Bloomberg L.P. provides financial software tools and enterprise applications such as analytics and equity trading platform, data services, and news to financial companies and organizations through the Bloomberg Terminal (via its Bloomberg Professional Service), its core revenue-generating productBloomberg L.P. also includes a wire service (Bloomberg News), a global television network (Bloomberg Television), websites, radio stations (Bloomberg Radio), subscription-only newsletters, and two magazines: Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets.Visit website: www.bloomberg.com/europe
Event Host
Kreab is a world leading communications consultancy. We provide independent and strategic advice on high-stakes financial, corporate and public affairs communications.With operations in 25 countries, and over 350 highly experienced consultants, we offer communications counsel to the highest levels within companies, organizations, governments and governmental agencies.Visit website: www.kreab.com
Event Organiser
Forum Europe events are where people and policy meet. We have been organising policy conferences in Brussels and around Europe since 1989. Our events provide unique insights from the people behind the policy and those seeking to influence it. Our expert team develop conference programmes with impact and provide first-class event logistics. Forum Europe is more than an event management and conference production specialist. With offices in Brussels and the UK, we operate across Europe and globally. Through our international arm, Forum Global, our events cover five continents, and engage policymakers and industry at national and regional levels around the world. Our mission is to drill down to the issues that matter, creating policy events that are ahead of the curve, facilitating frank and open debate on some of the most pressing issues facing Europe and the world today.Visit website: https://www.forum-europe.com
Event Partner
BNP Paribas Fortis offers the Belgian market a comprehensive package of financial services for private individuals, the self-employed, professionals, SMEs and public organisations. In the insurance sector, BNP Paribas Fortis works closely with Belgian market leader AG Insurance. The bank also provides wealthy individuals, corporations and public and financial institutions with custom solutions for which it can draw on BNP Paribas’ know-how and international network. Visit website: www.bnpparibasfortis.com

If you are interested in becoming involved in this event and finding out more about the sponsorship opportunities available, please download the sponsorship brochure here or contact Charlene Bowditch: charlene.bowditch@forum-europe.com / +44 (0) 2920 783 079 

Venue

BNP Paribas Fortis Brussels, Rue de la Chancellerie 1, 1000

BNP Paribas Fortis
Rue de la Chancellerie 1, 1000 Brussels

Get directions from Google Maps here.

Contact

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Charlene Bowditch using any of the details below.

Charlene Bowditch
Director | Head of Event Management
Forum Europe

charlene.bowditch@forum-europe.com

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 079