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Tuesday 29 January, 2019


09:00 – 09:05

Welcome and Introduction

Moderator: David Reed, Senior Partner & Head of The Financial Policy Advisers Network, Kreab

09:05 – 09:25

Keynote Presentation

Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President and Commissioner for the Euro & Social Dialogue, European Commission

09:25 – 10:25

Fireside Discussion: The view from the Boardroom

What are the key opportunities for and threats to the financial services sector as seen from the top floor? Is technological change the major pre-occupation or is it political risk? How well is the banking and financial services sector adapting to Brexit's growing uncertainties? Do industry leaders believe that London will remain Europe's financial hub, or are rival continental centres set to challenge it?

Three prominent industry figures give their verdict and offer their predictions for the medium-term future of the industry. Is technological change happening to the industry or are the established players also reaping the benefits? Have the contingency plans forced on key market players by Brexit altered their strategic thinking, and who do they see as winners and losers from the shake-up?

What are the key short-term risks in the Brexit negotiations, what is their preferred final relationship between UK regulators and the EU?

John McFarlane, Chairman, Barclays
Shriti Vadera, Chairman, Santander
Denis Duverne, Chairman, Axa

10:25 – 11:00

Networking Break

11:00 – 11:30

Interview Session on Sustainable Finance

With interest in sustainable investments increasing, this session examines the role of financial market participants in supporting sustainable growth. What are the key drivers in unlocking the full potential of sustainable finance and investments in the low carbon, circular and resource efficient economy? With no harmonised set of indicators for sustainable investments, causing a lack of misunderstanding, what counts as ‘sustainable’?

11:30 – 13:00

Capitalising on EU Financial Markets Regulation

This year will see new leaders taking over at the EU's chief institutions, to be followed no doubt by re- assessments of initiatives that have ranged from MiFID II to the stalled Capital Markets Union (CMU), along with other investor protection measures. Have these, although well-intentioned, led to an over-regulation of EU financial markets?

What simplifications might incoming EU decision-makers be urged to consider, and how amid growing political uncertainties on both sides of the Atlantic should risk-reduction be shaped that does not discourage equity and long-term investment? Is the proliferation of European regulatory agencies leading to a more coherent EU-wide regime, or making it more complex?

Moderator: Theo Timmermans, Secretary General, European Financial Services Round Table

José María Roldán, Chairman and CEO, Spanish Banking Association
Christian Staub, Managing Director for Continental Europe, Fidelity International
John Berrigan, Deputy Director General, DG FISMA, European Commission
Alexandra Hachmeister, Chief Regulatory Officer, Deutsche Boerse


13:00 – 13:20

Networking Aperitif

13:20 – 14:45

Lunch Session: Growth, Resilience, Productivity: What Should a Strategic EU Vision Look Like?

The EU's strategy for making its financial markets globally competitive consists of tactical measures like REFIT, the Banking Union and eventually CMU. But assailed by the uncertainties of Brexit and the Trump Administration, there are doubts over whether they can deliver world-beating results by 2025 and beyond. As well as a more closely integrated EU financial marketplace, what needs to be done to attract more international investment in Europe's equity markets? If a more visionary approach is needed, what should it consist of?

Moderator: Stefano Micossi, Director General, Assonime

Jean Pierre Mustier, CEO, UniCredit



Tuesday 29 January, 2019
09.00 to 17.00




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