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Apr
27
Thu
FBF Annual Conference: “The Changing Geography of Finance and Regulation in Europe” @ Villa Schifanoia
Apr 27 all-day
FBF Annual Conference: "The Changing Geography of Finance and Regulation in Europe" @ Villa Schifanoia | Firenze | Toscana | Italy

The annual conference of the Florence School of Banking and Finance, organised at the European University Institute (EUI), brings together leading economists, lawyers, political scientists and policy makers to discuss the current economic situation in Europe.

Organisers:

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

Background:

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?

Sessions:

  • Session 1: The New World of FinTech
  • Session 2: Regulatory Arbitrage across Jurisdictions
  • Session 3: A Case Study: BREXIT

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Apr
28
Fri
EUI-Nomics 2017: Debating the Economic Conditions in the Euro Area and Beyond @ Villa Schifanoia
Apr 28 all-day
EUI-Nomics 2017: Debating the Economic Conditions in the Euro Area and Beyond @ Villa Schifanoia | Firenze | Toscana | Italy

The EUI-Nomics workshops provide a forum for discussion among academics and economists in public and private institutions about the current and expected future global economic conditions, with a special focus on the euro area and its member countries. For each country/area there will be short presentations by leading experts followed by general discussion. The workshops will be completed by a policy panel debating on key economic policy issues for the euro area.

The workshop is organised by Massimiliano Marcellino, Bocconi University and EUI.

The 2017 event will feature roundtables discussing the following topics:

  • France, Germany, Spain
  • The Italian Economic Perspectives
  • Global Conditions
  • Euro Area Macroeconomic Outlook: Alternative Views?
  • EU and the UK after Brexit

FULL PROGRAMME

Jun
7
Wed
Advances in the Computational Methods for Models with Occasionally Binding Constraints @ Cappella, Villa Schifanoia
Jun 7 all-day
Advances in the Computational Methods for Models with Occasionally Binding Constraints @ Cappella, Villa Schifanoia | Firenze | Toscana | Italy

Course Instructors: Fabio Canova (BI), Wouter den Haan (LSE), Junior Maih (Norges Bank)
Area: Statistical and Econometric Methods
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Deadline for registrations: 17 May 2017

This course will focus on the following topics:

  • Piecewise linear solution. Maximum Likelyhood and Bayesian estimation
  • Solution and simulation of regime-switching DSGE models; exogenous and endogenous switching; occasionally-binding constraints
  • Numerical integration: splines, fixed point and time iteration
  • Projection techniques for models with occasionally binding constraints

This course is targeted at financial stability officers, research department officers, Ph.D. students, and research department officers of private banks. Participants are expected to have a degree in Economics and to be proficient in mathematics, statistics and modelling.

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Jun
12
Mon
International Risk Management Conference 2017 @ Various locations, Florence, Italy
Jun 12 – Jun 14 all-day
International Risk Management Conference 2017 @ Various locations, Florence, Italy

The International Risk Management Conference – 10th Edition of the Annual Meeting of The Risk, Banking and Finance Society takes place in Florence on June 12-14, 2017.

This event brings together professionals and leading experts from various academic disciplines, among others: Davide Alfonsi (Intesa Sanpaolo), Edward I.Altman (NYU Stern), Menachem Brenner (NYU Stern), Michael Gordy (Principal Economist – Board of Governors of Federal Reserve System), Rossella Locatelli (University of Insubria), Anthony Saunders (NYU Stern) and David Yermack (NYU Stern).

In the framework of the conference, the Florence School of Banking and Finance is organizing a professional workshop entitled “Financial Markets and Institutions. This half-day workshop, taking place at the EUI premises in San Domenico di Fiesole on June 14th, will explore the increasingly intertwined nature of risk management and regulation.

 

The Call for Papers for the IRMC conference is now open.
To celebrate the 10th edition of the conference, RBF and Classis Capital SIM will offer a € 3000 cash prize for the Best Conference Paper. The winner will be selected by a World Review Committee and will be announced at the Gala dinner.

The conference welcomes all theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions relevant to the theme “Assessing 10 Years of Changes in the Financial Markets: How will the Future be impacted?”. 
Full papers must be submitted by March 15, 2017. The accepted papers will be presented in parallel sessions. Complete information regarding the Call for Papers can be found on the IRMC website.

 

Further information on the event can be found on the conference website: http://www.therisksociety.com/.
Jun
13
Tue
Practitioners’ Workshop on Financial Markets and Institutions @ EUI, Villa Schifanoia
Jun 13 @ 2:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Practitioners’ Workshop on Financial Markets and Institutions @ EUI, Villa Schifanoia | Firenze | Toscana | Italy

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This half-day workshop, held in the context of the International risk Management Conference co-organized by the New York University Stern Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions and the University of Florence, will explore the increasingly intertwined nature of risk management processes and regulation. The focus will be put on the practitioners perspective.
The workshop will thus come to grips with the interplay of regulation and risk management in a period where risk assessment methodologies are becoming increasingly complex and the regulatory and supervisory framework of the financial sector is getting more intrusive (e.g. increasing monitoring of business models of FIs; additional capital buffers: new powers for resolution authorities on early intervention and resolution planning).
Some of the key questions which the workshop is likely to address are the following:

  • Should financial stability be achieved through activist supervision or should legislators and regulators rely on the production of limited yet credible rules?
  • Do regulators have the administrative and resource capacity to actively supervise financial institutions’ conduct, including internal risk management processes and business models?
  • Knowing the excessive risk-taking that characterised the financial industry in the past and the un-encouraging effectiveness of self-regulation, does the alternative, light-weighted regulatory approach still has a future?
  • Last, but not least, how can risk managers deal with regulatory risk in the financial sector?

The workshop will bring together both bank and non-bank actors to illustrate, analyse and engage with those challenges.

Jul
5
Wed
‘To Fail or Not to Fail?’ Online seminar @ FBF Online Platform
Jul 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RECORDING OF THE PRESENTATION

This interactive online seminar discussed the circumstances under which a credit institution is deemed to be ‘failing or likely to fail’. But what does it take for an institution to be deemed failing or likely to fail? Who makes that assessment and how is it conducted? What are the possible courses of action for authorities? The seminar also recalled and further clarify that a resolution scheme is adopted by the Single Resolution Board (SRB) in relation to a credit institution when it assesses that three conditions for resolution are met cumulatively, namely:

  • The competent (supervisory) authority – i.e., the European Central Bank (ECB) for significant credit institutions or the National Competent Authority (NCA) for less significant ones – determines, after consulting the resolution authority, that the credit institution is ‘failing or likely to fail’,
  • Having regard to timing and other relevant circumstances, there is no reasonable prospect that its failure could be prevented within a reasonable timeframe by taking in respect ‘alternative private sector measures’ or any ‘supervisory action’, and
  • A resolution action is necessary in the ‘public interest’ (meaning that, if this condition is not met, the credit institution may not be resolved but must be wound up).
Lastly, the online seminar explored lessons learned from (and implications of) the first resolution scheme adopted very recently.

Speaker: Christos Gortsos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Christos Gortsos is Professor of Public Economic Law at the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Other positions include Visiting Professor at the European Institute of the University of Saarland; Research Partner in the program ‘Financial Market Regulation’ at the University of Zürich; and, from late 2017, Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute. He also has teaching assignments at the European Institute of the University of Zürich and at the European Law Academy in Trier and is a member of the Committee on International Monetary Law of the International Law Association. His main fields of teaching, writing and research are international, EU and public monetary and financial law, central banking law, financial regulation and institutional economics.

 

Commentator: Seraina Grünewald (University of Zurich)

Seraina Grünewald is assistant Professor for Financial Market Law at the Institute of Law of the University of Zurich. Previous positions include research appointments at the Institute for Financial Services of the University of Liechtenstein, the Program on International Financial Systems of the Harvard Law School, Yale Law School and Columbia Law School, as well as intern positions in the Financial Law Division of the European Central Bank and at the IMF. In 2012 she was awarded the Issekutz Prize of the Institute of Law of the University of Zurich for outstanding achievements in economic law and previously the prize for the best bar exam of the term by the Cantonal High Court of Bern.

   
Sep
7
Thu
Early Warning Systems @ House of Finance, Goethe University
Sep 7 – Sep 8 all-day
Early Warning Systems @ House of Finance, Goethe University | Frankfurt am Main | Hessen | Germany

Course Instructors: Gianni De Nicolò (FBF and IMF), Fabio Canova (FBF and BI Norwegian Business School), Manfred Kremer (ECB)
Area: Financial Stability and Regulation
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

This course will focus on the following topics:

  • Introduction to tail risk measures; VaR and CoVaR
  • Expected Systemic shortfall (SES) and other risk measures
  • Logit and Receiving operation characteristic (ROC) models
  • Networks, connectedness, and risk interdependences

This course is targeted at Financial stability and research department of Central Banks, Ph.D. students, Research department of private banks, and EU officials. Participants are expected to have a degree in Economics and to be proficient in mathematics, statistics and macro-modelling.

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Sep
21
Thu
Online Seminar – Ending Too-Big-to-Fail: a Transatlantic Perspective @ FBF Online Platform
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION BY WILSON ERVIN

DOWNLOAD THE COMMENTARY NOTES BY PATRICK HONOHAN

This seminar discusses the key challenges underlying the 'too big to fail problem' and the development of modern resolution techniques in the wake of the Great Financial Crisis. In particular, focusing on the development of 'bail-in' as a new and more general schematic to address this challenge, and compare it to alternative techniques.

The second half of the presentation analyses the different approaches taken in various countries, focusing on the USA and the EU. While there are many similarities, where have they diverged and why?

Watch the recording of the presentation:

 

Speaker

Wilson Ervin (Vice Chairman, Group Executive Office, Credit Suisse Group AG – New York)

Wilson Ervin is a Vice Chairman at Credit Suisse in the group executive office. He works on a variety of strategic projects, especially policy reforms related to bank capital and ending “too-big-to-fail”. He also chairs the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation, the Impact Investment Advisory Council, and the Partner Asset Facility. Prior to his current role, Mr. Ervin was the Chief Risk Officer of Credit Suisse, a member of the Executive Board, and chair of the Capital Allocation and Risk Management Committee. From 1990 to 1998, Mr. Ervin worked at Credit Suisse Financial Products, where he headed new product development. Before 1990, he held various roles in capital markets (both fixed income & equity), Australia investment banking, and the Mergers & Acquisitions group. Mr. Ervin recently received the Risk Magazine “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his efforts to end “too big to fail”. He currently serves on the board of Worldwide Orphans (WWO), City Harvest, and the Corporate Partnerships Committee of the Environmental Defense Fund. Mr Ervin received his A.B., summa cum laude, in economics from Princeton University. In early 2012 he wrote the seminal article on Bail-in published in the Economist and has been active on the topic since then.

 

Commentator

Patrick Honohan (Honorary Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin; Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics)

Patrick Honohan was Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland and a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank from September 2009 to November 2015. He is an honorary professor of economics at Trinity College Dublin and a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC. Previously he spent twelve years on the staff of the World Bank where he was a Senior Advisor on financial sector issues. During the 1990s he was a Research Professor at Ireland’s Economic and Social Research Institute. In the 1980s he was Economic Advisor to the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Garret FitzGerald. He also spent earlier spells at the Central Bank of Ireland and at the International Monetary Fund. A graduate of University College Dublin, he received his PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1978. He has taught economics at the London School of Economics, at University College Dublin and as a visitor to the University of California San Diego and the Australian National University as well as at Trinity College Dublin. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2002.

 

Technical disclaimer

The online seminar will take place on the Adobe Connect platform. You can access the seminars from personal computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
You are strongly encouraged to read the technical requirements before registering for the online seminar.
To ensure an optimal experience in terms of connection speed and video quality, we suggest to attend the seminar via a device connected to a stable network connection, avoiding if possible shared wi-fi or mobile connections.

Oct
4
Wed
Online Seminar – Resolution Planning in Practice @ FBF Online Platform
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES OF THE PRESENTATION  

Resolution planning is at the heart of Europe’s new banking resolution regime and is a central power of resolution authorities. Yet, how resolution plans are prepared, discussed and implemented remains poorly understood, both in policy-making and in academic circles.

Against this background, this online seminar will provide a strategic overview of the essential and constitutive steps of the resolution planning process and will offer a solid understanding of new fundamental notions which are too often taken for granted such as for example the ‘preferred resolution strategy’, ‘critical functions’, ‘resolution tools’ and the ‘resolvability assessment’.

More specifically, the seminar will address the following questions: what are the steps the Single Resolution Board (SRB) takes in developing resolution plans? How are the critical functions identified? What are the key elements of the resolvability assessment?

 

Speakers

Mauro Grande (Member of the Single Resolution Board)

Mauro Grande is a member of the Single Resolution Board (SRB) as Director of Strategy and Policy Coordination. He is in charge of resolution strategy and cooperation which cover a range of cross-cutting issues relating to the core resolution activities as well as the interplay with relevant stakeholders. In that capacity, he chairs the SRB Committee on Cooperation between the SRB and the NRAs. Previously, he was Adviser to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) from 2012 until 2015. After obtaining a degree in economics, Mr Grande started his professional career in finance and banking. From 1983 to 1990, he worked for the Banca d’Italia and was seconded to the European Commission and then to the European Monetary Institute. He has worked for the ECB in the area of prudential supervision and financial stability as Head of Division, Director and then Director General, participating in international (Financial Stability Board, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision) and EU (Financial Services Committee, European Banking Authority) bodies.

 

Sophie Steins Bisschop (Single Resolution Board, Directorate for Resolution Strategy, Processes and Methodology)

Sophie Steins Bisschop is working for SRB Directorate A, responsible for resolution strategy and methodology. She is co-responsible for designing SRB Methodologies on Critical Functions and the Public Interest Assessment. In parallel, she has supported resolution units in drafting resolution plans. Prior to joining SRB, Sophie worked at De Nederlandsche Bank, both in supervision and financial stability. Sophie holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Master’s degrees in Finance and Journalism.

 

 

 


Technical disclaimer

The online seminar will take place on the Adobe Connect platform. You can access the seminars from personal computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
You are strongly encouraged to read the technical requirements before registering for the online seminar.
To ensure an optimal experience in terms of connection speed and video quality, we suggest to attend the seminar via a device connected to a stable network connection, avoiding if possible shared wi-fi or mobile connections.

Oct
9
Mon
Bank Regulation and Systemic Risk @ Teatro, Badia Fiesolana
Oct 9 – Oct 11 all-day
Bank Regulation and Systemic Risk @ Teatro, Badia Fiesolana | Fiesole | Toscana | Italy

Course Instructor: Jean Charles Rochet (University of Zurich)
Area: Financial Stability and Regulation
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

This course will focus on the following topics:

  • The objectives of prudential regulations
  • Capital regulation for banks: static and dynamic models
  • Bank runs and the Lender of Last Resort
  • Systemic risk and contagion
  • Bank resolution and Total Loss Absorbing Capacity

This course is targeted at Financial stability and research department of Central Banks, Ph.D. students, Research departments of private banks, and EU officials. Participants are expected to be familiar with basic banking and finance models and to have some understanding of dynamic optimization and of basic simulation techniques.

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