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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:

Mar
8
Wed
Macroprudential Policy: Promise and Challenges @ Conference Room, Villa La Fonte
Mar 8 – Mar 10 all-day
Macroprudential Policy: Promise and Challenges @ Conference Room, Villa La Fonte | Fiesole | Toscana | Italy

Course Instructor: Enrique G. Mendoza (University of Pennsylvania)
Area: Financial Stability and Regulation
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Deadline for registrations: 14 February 2017

This course will focus on the following topics:

  • A primer on financial markets modeling in open economy models and fundamentals of macro models of financial crises
  • Stylized facts of credit booms and Sudden Stops
  • Collateral constraints and the case for Macroprudential policy
  • Quantifying the effectiveness of optimal v. simple financial policy rules in Sudden Stop models
  • Time-inconsistency in the conduct of macropudential policy
  • The interaction between monetary and financial policies (Tinbergen’s rule and the need for coordination)

This course is targeted at financial stability and research departments of Central Banks, Ph.D. students, research departments of private banks, and EU Officials (e.g. ECB, SSM, SRB). Participants are expected to have a degree in Economics and to be proficient in mathematics, statistics and macro-modeling.

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Mar
21
Tue
Measuring and Managing Systemic Risk @ Cappella, Villa Schifanoia
Mar 21 – Mar 23 all-day
Measuring and Managing Systemic Risk @ Cappella, Villa Schifanoia | Firenze | Toscana | Italy

Course Instructor: Gianni De Nicolò (International Monetary Fund and FBF)
Area: Risk Management
Level: Intermediate
Deadline for registrations: 7 March 2017

This course will focus on the following topics:

  • Value at Risk (VAR) and market based measures of systemic risk
  • Measures of systemic importance (COVAR, Network analysis)
  • Identification of Systemically Important Financial Institutions (SIFIs)
  • Contagion and network externalities

This course is targeted at financial stability and research department of Central Banks, Ph.D. students, private sector economists, EU officials. Participants are expected to hold a BA (or equivalent) in Economics and to have a basic understanding of statistics and econometrics.

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Apr
19
Wed
Empirical Methods to Evaluate Financial Regulation @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Apr 19 – Apr 20 all-day
Empirical Methods to Evaluate Financial Regulation @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia | Firenze | Toscana | Italy

Course Instructor: Steven Ongena (University of Zurich)
Area: Financial Stability and Regulation
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Deadline for registrations: 29 March 2017

This course will focus on the following topics:

  • Current research methodologies used in empirical banking, with a special emphasis on inter-temporal and cross-sectional methods (e.g. matching)
  • Techniques: Heteroskedastic Modelling, Duration Analysis and Applications, Matching, Difference-in-Difference, Event Studies and Applications, Elements of an Identification Strategy

This course is targeted at Financial stability and research department of Central Banks, Ph.D. students in Economics, Banking or Econometrics, and economists in the private sector. Participants are expected to have a degree in Economics and to be proficient in mathematics, statistics and modelling (an intermediate level in micro and macroeconomics, as well as in applied econometrics, is required to follow this course).

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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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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
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?

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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.

Oct
4
Wed
Online Seminar – Resolution Planning in Practice @ FBF Online Platform
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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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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