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Annual Conference

The Changing Geography of Finance and Regulation in Europe

The European University Institute (EUI), the Brevan Howard Centre at Imperial College and BAFFI CAREFIN at Bocconi University are jointly organising a conference entitled “The Changing Geography of Finance and Regulation in Europe” hosted at the EUI in Florence on Thursday, the 27th of April 2017.


The financial world is undergoing a profound technological change. The advent of innovative technologies is unsettling the industry’s modus operandi which will soon enough disrupt the current practices of both supervisors and central banks. Big data, block-chain and the proliferation of distributed ledgers are only a few illustrations of a wider financial technology industry build-up – known as FinTech – which will revolutionise the global financial infrastructure.
As a result of this, the geography of finance is evolving at a rapid pace. In this new context of digital transformation and innovation, how should regulation respond? Is regulatory arbitrage and the reliance on more decentralised regulatory regimes a possible solution or is the top-down central model resilient enough to sustain these changes? Can regulators turn these new challenges into opportunities?


Franklin Allen, Brevan Howard Centre Imperial College
Elena Carletti, BAFFI CAREFIN Bocconi University and European University Institute
Joanna Gray, Birmingham University
Mitu Gulati, Duke University


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