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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.

This year’s event will be taking place virtually over two days due to the continuing circumstances surrounding COVID-19. This event is free to attend, and we welcome you to register as normal – a unique URL will be sent to you closer to the event date to grant you access to the event platform.

Topics to be discussed include:

Risks and Opportunities in the global economy

Sustainable Finance and Green Recovery

Capital Markets Union 

Digital Recovery

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Speakers

Full speaker biographies for this year’s conference can be found below.

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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

Prenom NOM - 9th Parliamentary term

Danuta Maria Hübner

Member, European Parliament

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Jörg Kukies

State Secretary for Financial Market Policy and European Policy, Federal Ministry of Finance Germany

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Mary Schapiro

Vice Chair for Global Public Policy, Bloomberg, Head of TCFD Secretariat and Vice Chair of CFLI

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Andrew McDowell

Vice President, European Investment Bank

Jane Ambachtsheer

Jane Ambachtsheer

Global Head of Sustainability, BNP Paribas Asset Management

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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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Natasha Cazenave

Head, Policy and International Affairs,
Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF)

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Mauro Macchi

Senior Managing Director, Strategy and Consulting Lead for Europe, Accenture

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David Reed

Director, Tech Strategy, Innovation and Planning (SIP), Invesco

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Pēteris Zilgalvis

Head of Unit, Digital Innovation and Blockchain, Digital Single Market, DG CNECT, European Commission

Agenda

Please note: all times are in Central European Time (CET).

Day 1
2020-06-25
Day 2
2020-06-26
10:00 - 12:15
Session 1: Views from the Top – Policy and Industry Responses to Covid-19
10:01 - 10:05
Welcome and Introduction
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David Reed
Senior Partner, Kreab
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James Wilmott
Partner and Managing Director, Forum Europe
10:05 - 10:30
Keynote Presentation: Assessing the scale of the challenge posed by Covid-19 and actions needed by the European Commission to tackle the pandemic
Keynote Presentation: Assessing the scale of the challenge posed by Covid-19 and actions needed by the European Commission to tackle the pandemic image
Valdis Dombrovskis
Executive Vice President for 'An Economy that Works for People', European Commission
10:30 - 11:45
Fireside Chat: The Immediate Challenges and Implications of Covid-19 for Financial Institutions – Views from the Top

The EU has acted to promote common interests. We have a Recovery Plan. Rules on state aid and budget deficits have been adapted. However, a shock of this type and magnitude has revealed limitations in European level coordination and leadership – the response, initially at least, is being driven at national level. As we are learning how to live and work with the virus, leaders of large global financial institutions face important and unexpected choices. This session will assess where we are now, and at how short-term and long-term market trends are likely to have been impacted. As we start on the pathway out of the crisis, it will discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead as we adapt to changes in working environments and the investment climate, and the vital role that the financial sector can play in building a sustainable recovery.

 

  • What is the current state of the EU economy in comparison to other regions?
  • What should be the key priorities for financial institutions and EU economic and financial policy over the next 12 months and beyond?
  • What role should digitalisation and sustainability play in the recovery?
  • What are the lessons for European economic sovereignty and how do we balance them with our global interests and instincts?
Fireside Chat: The Immediate Challenges and Implications of Covid-19 for Financial Institutions – Views from the Top image
Moderator: Mauro Macchi
Senior Managing Director, Strategy and Consulting Lead for Europe, Accenture
Fireside Chat: The Immediate Challenges and Implications of Covid-19 for Financial Institutions – Views from the Top image
Gabriele Galateri di Genola
Group Chairman, Generali
Fireside Chat: The Immediate Challenges and Implications of Covid-19 for Financial Institutions – Views from the Top image
Kevin Wall
CEO, Barclays Europe
Fireside Chat: The Immediate Challenges and Implications of Covid-19 for Financial Institutions – Views from the Top image
Javier Pérez-Tasso
CEO, SWIFT
11:45 - 12:15
Virtual Networking Session
14:00 - 17:00
Session 2: Creating a More Sustainable Post-Crisis Economy – The Vital Role of Green and Digital Transitions
14:01 - 14:05
Welcome and Introduction
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David Reed
Senior Partner, Kreab
14:05 - 15:05
Fireside Chat: Financial Sector Digitalisation Priorities

The session will explore the role played by digital in coping with the crisis, and moving forward, the role that it can play in recovery and in the future of the financial services sector. Speakers will share their insights on how the market has responded and give their views on how digitalisation can help with recovery and the impact that it may have on future business and operational models.

  • How did financial sector manage the first months of the crisis? How was business continuity ensured?
  • What role have technology and fintech played in this and helped the sector cope?
  • By reframing the behaviour and expectations of society, will Covid-19 ultimately accelerate the move towards digitalisation across the financial services sector?
  • How can technology aid in the post-crisis recovery, and to what extent should digitalisation and fintech be integrated into plans to build a more sustainable and resilient future financial services sector?
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Moderator: Julian Skan
Senior Managing Director, Banking, Accenture
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Pēteris Zilgalvis
Head of Unit, Digital Innovation and Blockchain, Digital Single Market, DG CNECT, European Commission
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David Reed
Director, Tech Strategy, Innovation and Planning (SIP), Invesco
15:05 - 15:15
Break
15:15 - 16:30
Panel discussion: Financing the Green Recovery

The Coronavirus pandemic has triggered a severe global economic downturn. At the same time financial players and policymakers have created an alliance to call for a reboot and reboost for a sustainable future.

 

Over the last few years global moves towards a more sustainable economy have gathered pace showing how finance is playing and can continue to play a key role in the transition to a climate neutral economy. With the Sustainable Action Plan and the launch of the EC Platform for International Sustainable Finance and the consultation on a renewed Sustainable Finance strategy Europe has shown that it is committed to leading the debate and action for a climate focussed revival of the economy.

 

This panel will explore the drivers for sustainable 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, in the wake of COVID 19, a sustainable economy and a much needed Green recovery.

 

  • How can we better harness the power of financial markets to catalyse the Green recovery?
  • How can climate-related disclosure help drive and inform sustainable investment and financial decision-making?
  • What does the financial sector need to better understand the risks and opportunities associated with the Green Recovery?
  • 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?
  • Can Europe provide global leadership for a Green Recovery and in the current crisis also 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
Vice Chair for Global Public Policy, Bloomberg, Head of TCFD Secretariat and Vice Chair of CFLI
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Andrew McDowell
Vice President, European Investment Bank
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Erick Decker
CIO of Emerging Markets and Head of RI Center of Expertise, AXA Group
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Jane Ambachtsheer
Global Head of Sustainability, BNP Paribas Asset Management
16:30 - 17:00
Virtual Networking Session
10:00 - 12:15
Session 3: New landscape, new priorities? Building Resilience in the Financial System Post- Crisis
10:01 - 10:05
Welcome and Introduction
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David Reed
Senior Partner, Kreab
10:05 - 10:30
Keynote Presentation: Building Resilience in the Financial System
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Jörg Kukies
State Secretary for Financial Market Policy and European Policy, Federal Ministry of Finance Germany
10:30 - 11:45
Panel discussion: CMU and Banking

Europe needs diversity of financing more than ever. The banking system alone cannot be the only significant source of finance for European businesses and entrepreneurs. Government support schemes via loans, grants and equity recapitalisations are only a temporary fix.

 

With Europe aiming to strengthen and not just repair its economy, capital markets must be part of the solution for a resilient financing model better equipped to manage climate change and embrace the benefits and challenges from digitalisation. Without deeper and more efficient capital markets Europe risks falling further behind other major economies. Europe must do a lot more and quickly. The COVID 19 crisis has also shown that acting together strengthens the Single Market. Brexit on the other hand continues to undermine access to capital and deep markets within Europe. So:

 

  • Can a massively revamped CMU agenda help reset Europe’s recovery and growth prospects?
  • What should be the absolute priorities of the Commission this year?
  • Is the move towards more central European oversight for capital markets now irresistible? Is this a good time to further enhance supervisory convergence and limit regulatory arbitrage detrimental to the integration of financial markets?
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Moderator: Tatyana Panova
Head of Unit, Capital Markets Union, DG FISMA, European Commission
Panel discussion: CMU and Banking image
Natasha Cazenave
Head, Policy and International Affairs, Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF)
Panel discussion: CMU and Banking image
Verena Ross
Executive Director, ESMA
Panel discussion: CMU and Banking image
Danuta Maria Hübner
Member, European Parliament
Panel discussion: CMU and Banking image
Kevin Wall
CEO, Barclays Europe
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Sheila Nicoll
Head of Public Policy, Schroders
11:45 - 12:15
Virtual Networking Session
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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 contact Charlene Bowditch: charlene.bowditch@forum-europe.com / +44 (0) 2920 783 079

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