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Apr
28
Thu
Filling the Gaps in Governance: The Case of Europe @ Sala Europa
Apr 28 all-day

The European University Institute (EUI), the Brevan Howard Centre at Imperial College together with BAFFI CAREFIN at Bocconi University are organising jointly a conference entitled “Filling the Gaps in Governance: The Case of Europe” to be held at the EUI in Florence on Thursday, April 28, 2016

The conference will bring together leading economists, lawyers, political scientists and policy makers to discuss the current economic situation in Europe with particular emphasis on the issue of filling the gaps or incompleteness in the agreements governing economic cooperation in Europe.  These agreements, implicit and explicit, range from matters such as the agreements about domestic debt/GDP levels, the “no bailout clause”, the new banking union, the use of a common currency, the agreement to include identical Collective Action Clauses in all Euro area sovereign bonds and so on.

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

 

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25 April 2013

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26 April 2012

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Apr
29
Fri
Eui-nomics 2016: Debating the Economic Conditions in the Euro Area and Beyond @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

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.

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Jun
16
Thu
Financial Deregulation: A Historical Perspective @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Jun 16 @ 2:00 pm – Jun 17 @ 1:30 pm

This conference will address the liberalisation of the financial sector that occurred towards the end of the 20th Century, with a particular focus on the 1980s. It will cover different countries and consider the emergence and persistence of a new regulatory paradigm until – or even after – the recent financial crisis.

In most rich countries, various measures have been passed in order to liberalise and “modernise” the financial markets. Each country had its own agenda, but each of them has experienced, to a various extent, a change in regulatory regime. Interest rates paid on deposits have been liberalised, competition has been favoured, traditional barriers between insurance, banking, and
financial market activities, have been removed, as well as exchange controls. Access to domestic markets by foreign financial institutions has been facilitated through reciprocal agreements or through an open door approach attracting foreign investors.
Financial deregulation – or liberalisation – has not yet been thoroughly examined by historians, though, because of the difficulty to access archival material for recent periods. However, such material is becoming increasingly accessible and allows historians to take a new look at the matter, particularly concerning the 1980s.

As major reforms of the financial sector, such as Basel III, are being widely debated today, it is important to take a broader and longer-term view, in order to understand if we are still living under the same regulatory regime as before, or if a truly new paradigm has emerged. We will address the relevance of the notion of “deregulation”, the links between the changes under consideration and globalisation, and the respective influence of market forces and politics in this process. These questions call for an interdisciplinary approach that not only looks at historical and economic aspects, but also addresses legal, conceptual, and political issues.

Organiser: Youssef Cassis

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Jun
28
Tue
EUI Forum on Brexit @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana
Jun 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
EUI Forum on Brexit @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

The European University Institute Forum on Brexit with short contributions from Brigid Laffan, Gary Marks and Liesbet Hooghe.

Brigid Laffan is Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) at the EUI.

Gary Marks is a research professor in Multilevel Governance at the VU University Amsterdam and Burton Craige Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gary Marks is currently a Visiting Scholar at the RSCAS.

Liesbet Hooghe is the W. R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a research professorship in multilevel governance at the VU University Amsterdam. Liesbet Hooghe is currently a Visiting Scholar at the RSCAS.

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Jul
14
Thu
Executive Seminar on Banking Resolution @ Florence
Jul 14 – Jul 15 all-day
Executive Seminar on Banking Resolution @ Florence | Florence | Tuscany | Italy

On the 14-15 of July, the Florence School of Banking & Finance will hold an executive seminar on banking resolution. The aim of this Chatham House seminar will be to discuss, in the presence of senior decision-makers from the European Central Bank, the European Commission, the Single Supervisory Mechanism, the European Banking Authority and the Single Resolution Board the implications for regulators and financial institutions alike of the newly established banking resolution regime. Distinguished academics and senior practitioners from financial institutions have also confirmed their participation. 

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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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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/.
Nov
27
Mon
Central Banking in Europe Today: Over-Mighty or Under-Powered? @ Villa La Fonte, EUI
Nov 27 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

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Agenda

16:30 | Introduction by Vincenzo Grassi, EUI Secretary General and Brigid Laffan, RSCAS EUI

16:50 | Introduction by Andrea Simoncini, UNIFI and Fondazione CR Firenze

17:00 | Lecture by Patrick Honohan “Central Banking in Europe today: Over-mighty or Under-powered”

17:45 | Q&A, moderated by Giorgia Giovannetti, UNIFI and EUI

18:30 | Reception for all participants

 


Abstract

The ECB and other European Central Banks have never looked so powerful. They have driven interest rates below zero and purchased trillions of euros of government and other bonds. They have become more active in bank supervision – a function now also centralised for the euro zone in the ECB. Moreover, a much broader toolkit than used in past decades is being energetically employed. Having tested the limits of their mandates, the ECB and other European Central Banks are now unlikely to return to the light touch policy of the 1990s. However, some puzzles remain:

  • Why is inflation in the euro area – the main statutory objective of the ECB – still below target?
  • Why were these tools not employed earlier in the crisis?
  • Is there more that could be done now, such as “helicopter money”; and if so, should it be used?

This lecture will explain how the crisis has gradually drawn the ECB into policy areas and instruments for which its mandate is less explicit, though no less real. The Frankfurt-based Bank has, in the past ten years, changed more than most central banks. Like other major central banks, it has had to innovate in response to developments in globalization, in commodity price fluctuations and in unusually large fiscal deviations. But in doing so the ECB has been faced with unique challenges of political legitimacy as well as of economic analysis in the multi-country currency union.

 


Speaker

Patrick Honohan
Honorary Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin; Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland

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.

 
Mar
15
Thu
The banks and the market – Lecture by Sabine Lautenschläger @ Palazzo Incontri
Mar 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:10 pm


Abstract

In her speech, Sabine Lautenschläger argues that, in a well-functioning banking sector, banks must be able to fail. It is key, however, that they can do so in an orderly manner without destabilizing the entire banking system. Against that backdrop, Ms Lautenschläger discusses the role of the supervisor within the European framework for bank resolution. She also sheds light on the importance of the upcoming European stress test for supervisors’ assessments of banks’ resilience.

The event will be in Italian and English, simultaneously translated.

 

Agenda

16:35 | Opening remarks by Giuseppe Morbidelli (President, Fondazione CESIFIN Alberto Predieri)

16:40 | Presentation of the FBF and the speaker by Elena Carletti (Scientific Director, Florence School of Banking and Finance)

16:45 | Lecture by Sabine Lautenschläger (Member of the Executive Board and Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the ECB): ‘The banks and the market’

17:30 | Questions and answers with the public, moderated by Emilio Barucci (Full professor of Financial Mathematics, Polytechnic University of Milan)

18:00 | Closing remarks by Vincenzo Grassi (Secretary General, European University Institute) and Giuseppe Rogantini-Picco (Member of the Board, Fondazione CR Firenze)

18:10 | Cocktail for all participants

 

Speaker

Sabine Lautenschläger

Member of the Executive Board & Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank

Sabine Lautenschläger, born in 1964, studied law in Bonn. After passing the second state examination in law, she joined the Bundesaufsichtsamt für das Kreditwesen (BAKred – Federal Banking Supervisory Office), which later became the Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin – Federal Financial Supervisory Authority). In the course of her career at BAKred/BaFin, she held several management positions before being appointed BaFin’s Chief Executive Director of Banking Supervision in 2008. Later, in 2011, she additionally was Member of the Management Board and Board of Supervisors of the European Banking Authority (EBA) in London. In 2011 Sabine Lautenschläger moved to the Deutsche Bundesbank, serving as Vice-President until January 2014 when she was appointed to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank. As Member of the Executive Board she is also Member of the Governing Council which is responsible for the Monetary Policy in the Euro Area. Since her appointment as Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) in February 2014, she has also been in charge of ECB Banking Supervision. She represents ECB Banking Supervision in the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and in the Financial Stability Board Plenary.

 

EVENT CO-ORGANISED WITH

Fondazione CESIFIN Alberto Predieri

Fondazione CR Firenze

Apr
26
Thu
FBF Annual Conference: ‘Institutions and the Crisis’ @ Villa Schifanoia
Apr 26 all-day
FBF Annual Conference: 'Institutions and the Crisis' @ 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 critically analyse, review and debate the most salient elements and gaps of Europe’s post-crisis institutional architecture.

Organisers:

Franklin Allen | Brevan Howard Centre Imperial College
Elena Carletti | BAFFI CAREFIN Bocconi University and European University Institute
Mitu Gulati | Duke University

Background:

The crisis has turned Europe’s economic and financial governance into a patchwork of bodies, instruments and rules that are hard to disentangle. Against this background, the purpose of this conference is to critically analyse, review and debate the most salient elements and gaps of Europe’s post-crisis institutional architecture.

More specifically, the conference aims:
  • to draw analytical and practical lessons from the crisis management solutions provided by European Union institutions
  • to interrogate how courts discussed, challenged and legitimized the EU’s key crisis-led decisions
  • to look ahead and boldly ask and discuss what should be the Economic and Monetary Union’s optimal institutional set-up – also in light of a renewed and conceivably more dynamic French-German cooperation moment.

Sessions:

  • Session 1: A Look Back: Evaluating European Institutions’ Crisis Management
  • Session 2: Disentangling The Crisis And The Courts
  • Session 3: The Way Forward: The Eurozone’s Institutional Prospects

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