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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
1
Fri
Online Seminar! After Brexit: what next for the EMU, UK and the EU? @ Online
Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Seminar! After Brexit: what next for the EMU, UK and the EU? @ Online

Europe has grown out of its crises when reason and solidarity have prevailed, but it has also been devastated by its crises when fear and nationalism have taken the lead. Brexit, in the aftermath of the euro crisis, brings this dichotomy back to the foreground. Since 2010 there have been important advances in the development of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and flexible forms of participation have allowed other EU countries, reluctant to join the euro, to share the basic principles that define the EU and have a common presence in the interdependent global world.

Brexit raises 3 crucial questions:

  1. Should the EMU be accelerated to become a centre of gravity within the EU, or slowed down to avoid a centrifugal diaspora? If accelerated, how?
  2. Should an ‘exit’ country be allowed free entry to the single market and other EU public goods without accepting freedom of movement?
  3. Should the EU remain as it is, or increase its capacity to offer common public services (Banking Union, border security, research funding, environment, etc.), or limit its scope of activity to the EU single and integrated market?

Panelists:

Joaquín Almunia (Former vice-president of the European Commission)
Ramon Marimon (European University Institute and UPF – Barcelona GSE; ADEMU)
Gorgio Monti (European University Institute; ADEMU)
Morten Ravn (University College London; ADEMU)

Moderator:
Annika Zorn (European University Institute, Florence School of Banking & Finance)

The event is jointly organised by the Florence School of Banking & Finance, Pierre Werner Chair and ADEMU Project.

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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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Jan
18
Wed
‘Lost in TLAC’ Online seminar @ FBF Online Platform
Jan 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
'Lost in TLAC' Online seminar @ FBF Online Platform

A key policy consequence drawn from the great financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 has been to compel private sector loss participation in case of a bank’s failure. Not only would such a bail-in of investors in banks spare tax payers but also re-instill market discipline by undoing implicit government guarantees. A crucial precondition for this strategy is that banks exhibit sufficient loss bearing capacity. Regulators both globally and in Europe thus prescribe minimum standards for the amount and quality of loss bearing capital to be held by banks. This online seminar looks at the crucial features of the requirements of the Financial Stability Board’s Total Loss-Absorbing Capacity (TLAC) requirements with a particular view to the Minimum Requirement for own Funds and Eligible Liabilities (MREL) prescriptions in the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) and highlights some important implementation issues.

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Speaker: Tobias Tröger (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

Tobias Tröger holds since 2011 the Chair of Private Law, Trade and Business Law, Jurisprudence at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main. His research interests include contract law and contract theory, corporate law (particularly, comparative corporate governance and corporate finance), banking law and the economic analysis of law. He holds a Ph.D.-degree from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, where he received the qualification of post-doctoral lecturer, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Throughout his academic career, he received various scholarships and awards, among others the Award of the Reinhold and Maria Teufel- Foundation for his Ph.D.-Thesis, and the Irving Oberman Memorial Award from Harvard Law School, John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Business. Professor Tröger is Program Director Corporate Finance at the Research Center Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe (SAFE) in Frankfurt and Chairman of the Board of the European Banking Institute (EBI). He is an advisor to the European Parliament on matters regarding the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). During recent years he taught as a visitor at various universities, inter alia at Stanford Law School and The University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Technical disclaimer

The online seminar will take place on the Adobe Connect platform. 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. In preparation for the event, please access the following link to test your computer and network for compatibility (please note that the “Adobe Connect Add-in” is optional): http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

If you wish to attend the online seminar through a smartphone or tablet, we strongly suggest installing the free Adobe Connect App, available on the following platforms:

Mar
1
Wed
‘The Future of CoCos’ Online seminar @ FBF Online Platform
Mar 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
'The Future of CoCos' Online seminar @ FBF Online Platform

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Contingent Convertible bonds – also known as CoCo bonds – have attracted growing attention over the past years, both from regulators and industry practitioners. CoCos can be seen as a creation of the last financial crisis. They are a hybrid security that takes the form of a debt instrument upon issuance that may be turned into equity or written down altogether when a pre-determined trigger is activated.

In theory, CoCos thus constitute an ideal risk-absorbing instrument. It provides more agility and flexibility to banks in distress while at the same time – through its preventive effects – improving the resilience of the banking system. But under which exact design conditions can they support ‘going concern’ restructuring and market discipline in practice? Moreover, given the current volatile and unpredictable demand for CoCos in the market, is there a risk that CoCos might contribute instead to financial instability? Looking ahead, will the CoCo market reach maturity any time soon?

These are a few of the questions that will be addressed in this interactive online seminar on the future of CoCos with the lead presenter Enrico Perotti (University of Amsterdam) and the commentator Simon Gleeson (Clifford Chance).

Speaker: Enrico Perotti (University of Amsterdam)

Enrico Perotti (PhD in Finance at MIT, 1990) is Professor of International Finance at the University of Amsterdam. His broad research output has appeared in the top journals in economics, finance and law. He has been a frequent guest to the IMF, Federal Reserve Board and ECB Visiting Scholar programs. Since 2009 he acted as senior advisor on banking and financial regulation to the European Commission, Federal Reserve Board, ECB, DNB and the Bank of England. He visited the Bank of England in 2011-12 as Houblon-Normal Fellow and the ECB in 2015 as Wim Duisenberg Fellow.

Commentator: Simon Gleeson (Clifford Chance, London)

Simon Gleeson is Partner at Clifford Chance, specializing banking and financial markets law and regulation, clearing, settlement and derivatives. He is described by all of the major legal directories as one of the world’s leading experts in financial services and banking regulation, capital markets and derivatives. He is the lead legal advisor to the main UK banking and financial services industry bodies regarding Brexit. In addition to his private practice, he chairs the Institute for International Finance’s cross-border resolution committee, has been called to give evidence to UK and EU parliamentary committees, has advised the World Economic Forum on its 2009 Report on The New Global Financial Architecture, and was involved in the establishment of the UK’s Banking Standards Board.

Technical disclaimer

The online seminar will take place on the Adobe Connect platform. 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. In preparation for the event, please access the following link to test your computer and network for compatibility (please note that the “Adobe Connect Add-in” is optional): http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

If you wish to attend the online seminar through a smartphone or tablet, we strongly suggest installing the free Adobe Connect App, available on the following platforms:

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/.
Jul
5
Wed
‘To Fail or Not to Fail?’ Online seminar @ FBF Online Platform
Jul 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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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
21
Thu
Online Seminar – Ending Too-Big-to-Fail: a Transatlantic Perspective @ FBF Online Platform
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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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?

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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.