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Feb
15
Thu
Online Seminar – A French-German Vision on Euro Area Reform @ FBF Online Platform
Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


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Market discipline and risk sharing should be viewed as complementary pillars of the euro area financial architecture, rather than as substitutes. Achieving this complementarity, however, is not easy. It calls for stabilisation and insurance mechanisms that are both effective and cannot give rise to permanent transfers. And it requires a reformed institutional framework.

Against this background, the seminar presented and discuss the recent Euro Area reform proposal formulated in a CEPR Policy Insight by a group of independent French and German economists with differing views and political sensitivities but a shared conviction that the current deadlock must be overcome.

The proposal asserts that a reform of the euro area is needed for three reasons: first, to reduce the continued vulnerability of the euro area to financial instability; second, to provide governments with incentives for reform; third – and perhaps most importantly – to remove a continuing source of division between euro area members and of resentment of European institutions, which has contributed to the rise of anti-euro populism and which could eventually threaten the European project itself.


 

Speakers

Jean Pisani-Ferry (EUI, Bruegel, Hertie School of Governance and Sciences Po)

Jean Pisani-Ferry is a professor of economics with Sciences Po Paris and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and he holds the Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa chair of the European University Institute in Florence. In the first half of 2017, Pisani-Ferry contributed to Emmanuel Macron’s presidential bid as the Director of programme and ideas of his campaign. Beforehand, he served from 2013 to end-2016 as Commissioner-General of France Stratégie. Previously, he was Founding Director of Bruegel, Executive President of the French PM’s Council of Economic Analysis, Senior Economic Adviser to the French Minister of Finance, Director of CEPII, and Economic Adviser with the European Commission. He taught at University Paris-Dauphine, École Polytechnique, École Centrale and the Free University of Brussels. His publications include numerous books and articles on economic policy and European policy issues. He has also been an active contributor to public debates with regular columns in the international media.

 

 

Henrik Enderlein (Hertie School of Governance and Jacques Delors Institute Berlin)

Henrik Enderlein is Director of the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin and Professor of Political Economy at the Hertie School of Governance. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the EUI’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. He previously worked as economist at the European Central Bank and was Junior Professorship in Economics at the Free University Berlin. Since 2013, he is a member of the independent German fiscal council. His awards include the Max Planck Society’s Otto-Hahn Medal for outstanding achievements by young scientists, a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Duke University’s Political Science Department in 2006-2007, and the Pierre Keller Visiting Professorship at Harvard Kennedy School in 2012-2013. His widely published research is focused on the political economy of economic policy-making, with a special focus on the Euro, the ECB, the EU-Budget, European integration, fiscal federalism, and sovereign defaults.

 

 

 

Jeromin Zettelmeyer (Peterson Institute for International Economics)

Jeromin Zettelmeyer is a Senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Previously, he served as director-general for economic policy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, where he was responsible for economic analysis and forecasting, the microeconomic policy framework, and a key policy initiative to boost private and public investment. He also represented Germany at the OECD Economic Policy Committee and served as a founding cochair of the OECD’s Global Forum on Productivity. Before joining the German government, he was director of research and deputy chief economist at the EBRD; nonresident fellow at PIIE; earlier, a staff member of the IMF. His current research and policy interests include Europe’s currency union, Greece’s debt problem, the social impact of macroeconomic adjustment and reform, and the causes and consequences of the global productivity slowdown.

 


 

This online seminar is organised in cooperation with the Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Chair in European Economic and Monetary Integration at the European University Institute.

 

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.

Apr
17
Tue
Online Seminar – Risk Reduction in the Banking Union: NPLs and Sovereign Debt Concentration @ FBF Online Platform
Apr 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


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‘Risk reduction’ is a key condition to complete the Banking Union. Risk-reduction is understood to refer to two main issues: the treatment of Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) and the concentration of sovereign exposure.

In this online seminar, Daniel Gros and Willem Pieter De Groen (CEPS) will first argue that the stock of NPLs is by now well-known and should no longer be considered a ‘risk’. The only question that remains is whether banks are willing to recognise the losses, today or later. Also, there is little evidence that banks with high NPL ratios lend less. Low capital ratios constitute a more important determinant of lending.

Gros and De Groen will then claim that the concentration of sovereign exposures (on the domestic sovereign) should be looked at in the context of the overall balance sheet of the banks. They will show that banks with different business models in the three major euro area countries (DE, FR and IT) seem to follow very different incentives. On the one hand the countries with more dominant investment banks show less concentration because they rely more on market financing, which would become more expensive if the asset side of their balances shows excessive concentration. On the other hand countries with more retail oriented banks, the yield differential on peripheral government bonds, might be less of an issue at first sight, but becomes more important in the medium to long term when they have to issue bonds to fulfill the MREL requirements.


 

Speakers

Daniel Gros (Director, CEPS – Centre for European Policy Studies)

Daniel Gros is the Director of the think tank Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), which he joined first in 1986-1988 and then again in 1990. He has worked International Monetary Fund from 1983 to 1986, and served as economic advisor to the Directorate General II of the European Commission from 1988–1990, co-authoring the study targeted to design the Euro, the European Parliament from 1998-2005, as well as several government members, including the Prime minister and the Finance minister of France. He has also taught at the College of Europe in Natolin and numerous other universities throughout Europe. His current research primarily focuses on EU economic policy, specifically on the impact of the euro on capital and labour markets, as well as on the international role of the euro, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. He also monitors the transition towards market economies and the process of enlargement of the European Union towards the east.

 

 

Willem Pieter De Groen (Research Fellow and Head of Financial Markets and Institutions Unit, CEPS – Centre for European Policy Studies)

Willem Pieter De Groen is a Research Fellow at the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), heading the Financial Markets and Institutions Unit, and is an associate researcher at the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF) of HEC Montréal, contributing to research on financial systems. He has authored and co-authored studies and coordinated projects on EU and Near East financial institutions regulation, diversity in bank ownership and business models, retail financial services and financial instruments. Moreover, he also works on small and medium-sized enterprises obstacles to growth and access to finance as well as collaborative economy and taxation.

 

 


 

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.

May
2
Wed
Online Seminar – The Road to a European Monetary Fund @ FBF Online Platform
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


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Abstract

The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) was established during the euro crisis to fill a gap in the institutional set-up of the monetary union: that of a lender of last resort for sovereigns. Several other reforms were also undertaken in that period, both at the national and at the supranational level. As a result, the euro area is now much stronger than before the crisis, both economically and institutionally. But a number of weaknesses to make EMU more robust still need to be fixed. In the debate about deepening the monetary union, a wider role for the ESM is one of the ideas under discussion.

In this online seminar, Rolf Strauch (ESM) will argue that developing a European Monetary Fund (EMF) is not a goal in itself, but could help to make the euro area economy more resilient. Various new functions are under discussion. Strauch will explain that there is a widespread consensus that these functions would be economically useful, and will stress that it is important not to miss this unique political opportunity to further integrate the monetary union.

Marcello Messori (School of European Political Economy, LUISS) will then provide his views and comments on the argument. As always the session will end with an interactive Question and Answers session.


 

Speakers

Rolf Strauch (Chief Economist and Member of the Management Board, European Stability Mechanism)

Rolf Strauch is the Management Board Member in charge of Economics, Policy Strategy, and Banking at the European Stability Mechanism and EFSF, which he joined in 2010. He is responsible for economic and financial analysis and policies, strategic orientation, and the country monitoring work that the ESM and EFSF undertake. He represents the ESM and EFSF in European fora, negotiates with Member States, and handles relations with credit rating agencies. Prior to this, he worked at the European Central Bank from 2000–2010 in the Directorate General Economics on fiscal, monetary, and structural policies. He also served previously as an economist at the Deutsche Bundesbank and as a researcher at both the University of Mannheim and the University of Bonn. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Bonn and is a fellow at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) in Bonn.

 

Marcello Messori (Professor of Economics, LUISS Guido Carli University)

Marcello Messori is Professor of Economics at the Department of Political Science, LUISS University and Director of the LUISS School of European Political Economy. He also chairs the Scientific Committee of Centro Europa Ricerche (CER) in Rome. Previously he taught in the Department of Economics at University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ and has been involved in several institutional activities, among others as Chairman of the government-established Society for the Development of the Italian Market of Pension Funds (MeFoP), and the president of the Italian Association of Asset Management (Assogestioni). He published widely in economic theory and applied economics and is a regular contributor to leading Italian newspapers, including “Corriere della sera” and previously “la Repubblica” and “Il Sole 24 Ore”.

 


 

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.

May
22
Tue
Online Seminar – Bank Lending in The Age of Digital Disruption @ FBF Online Platform
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm



Digital technologies are disrupting the world of banking and finance. Their advent visibly results in new opportunities. However, digital banking may also bring along new threats. Against the background of a long series of financial and technological innovations, this online seminar will focus on the economics of banking services in the new digital age. Professor Jean Dermine (INSEAD) will concentrate on banks’ two main functions – the provision of liquidity and the provision of loans – and will ask whether these services could be displaced by peer-to-peer and marketplace lending.

Dermine will in particular assess one segment of digital disruption, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. The case of Lending Club, the emblematic leader of the US P2P sector will help to anchor the discussion on real-life issues and to anticipate likely developments in the globalized industry. In his talk he will also engage with contemporary regulatory issues.

Giacomo Calzolari (University of Bologna and Center for Economic Policy Research) will then provide his views and comments on the argument.

As always the session will end with an interactive Question and Answers session.

 

References:
The content of the seminar is based on two publications by Professor Dermine:


Speakers

Jean Dermine (Professor of Banking and Finance, INSEAD)

Jean Dermine is Professor of Banking and Finance at INSEAD and director of the its ‘Strategic Management in Banking’ and ‘Risk Management in Banking’ senior executive programs. He is also the founder of the INSEAD Centre for International Financial Services. He has been a Visiting Professor in several universities, including the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Lausanne and CESAG in Dakar, and has been a visiting fellow at New York University, Göteborg University and the Stockholm Schools of Economics. As a consultant or director of training programmes, he has worked with European institutions, national central banks, consulting firms and private banks. His  research deals with topics including long-term value creation and risk control, FinTech, asset & liability management, bank valuation, credit risk and loan-loss provisioning.

 

Giacomo Calzolari (Professor of Economics, University of Bologna)

Giacomo Calzolari is Professor of Economics at the University of Bologna and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. He has been conferred the Young Economist Award of the European Economic Association and the 2014-Best paper award by the Association of Competition Economics. He has published in top international journals such as American Economic Review, Rand Journal of Economics, International Economic Review and Journal of Economic Theory. He is co-editor of journals including the ‘International Journal of Industrial Organization’ and ‘Labour: Review of labour economics and industrial relations’. He is member of steering committee of the European Association of Industrial Economics and the Association of Competition Economics.

  
 

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.

Jun
22
Fri
Online seminar – SBBS: from Theory to Practice @ FBF Online Platform
Jun 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 

This online seminar focuses on the recent Commission proposal for a bespoke regulatory framework for sovereign-bond backed securities (SBBS). A novel concept, SBBS have the potential to contribute to a more resilient Banking Union and a more efficient Capital Markets Union by helping banks and other financial institutions better diversify their sovereign bond portfolios and by expanding the toolkit for private sector risk-sharing, especially across borders. But they face several regulatory hindrances, which result—in a way—from their own being so novel. The recent Commission proposal aims to eliminate such hindrances, thus giving SBBS a chance.

Commission officials will present the broad contours of the draft legislation, and will discuss the trade-offs faced when drafting it and the rationale underpinning the various choices made. The presentations will be followed by an interactive Questions and Answers session.

 

Speakers

Peter Grasmann (Head of Unit, Economic Analysis of Financial Markets and Financial Stability – DG FISMA, European Commission)

Peter Grasmann studied economics, law and statistics at Munich University and University of California at Berkeley. He holds a PhD in economics. Previously he worked as lecturer at Munich University and CALTECH and later in financial services as analyst and consultant. He joined the European Commission in 1991. He first worked on financial integration and capital movements, later on economic analysis and forecasting for the EU economy and subsequently as Head of unit on the economic relationship with candidate and potential candidate countries. After a year of secondment to the International Civilian Office in Kosovo (UN1244) he returned to Brussels to lead a team on economic analysis of financial markets and financial stability.

  

Davide Lombardo (Senior Economist, EU/Euro Area Financial Sector Unit – DG FISMA, European Commission)

Davide Lombardo is a senior economist with the EU/Euro Area Financial Sector Unit of the Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union at the European Commission. Currently he is in particular co-leading a work stream on the regulatory treatment of so-called Sovereign Bond-Backed Securities (SBBS). He joined the European Commission in 2016, after working for 15 years at the International Monetary Fund, including on several IMF Programs. He holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from Stanford (2001), with specialization in finance and international economics.

   

  


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.

Sep
19
Wed
Online seminar – The SSM approach to tackling NPLs: progress made and challenges ahead @ FBF Online Platform
Sep 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Tackling NPLs has been one of the SSM priorities since its set up. NPLs weigh on banks’ balance sheets, impact on their profitability and divert resources from more proactive use. To this end the SSM has developed a comprehensive strategy to tackle NPLs which requires complementary actions from other EU stakeholders. The seminar will present the supervisory actions taken, outline the results achieved so far, and discuss the challenges ahead.
 

Speakers

Ignazio Angeloni Member of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank

Ignazio Angeloni, born in Milan, holds a degree from Bocconi and a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been Director of Monetary and Financial Research at the Bank of Italy; Deputy Director General of Research at the European Central Bank; Director for International Financial Relations at the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Italy and Director General for Financial Stability at the ECB. He has coordinated the ECB’s preparatory work for the Single Supervisory Mechanism. Currently he is a member of the Supervisory Board of the ECB. Since February 2017 he is also a non-voting member of the Single Resolution Board. A former Fellow of Bruegel, he has taught at various universities and is the author of books and articles in leading international economic journals.

 

Sharon Finn Advisor on Credit Risk & NPLs, SSM

Sharon Finn is an experienced Credit Risk Advisor and Project Management coordinator working within DGMS2 of the European Central Bank. Since joining the ECB, her work program has covered a broad range of Credit Risk topics across a number of countries including policy development and implementation relating to credit risk frameworks , credit underwriting standards, risk identification, NPLs, provisioning, collateral valuation, forbearance, strategic plans and reporting. She is responsible for advisory aspects relating to Credit risk for DGMS2 and is a member of the project management team of the ECB NPL Taskforce and has responsibility for coordinating a specific workstream of the taskforce focused on bank specific activities. Prior to joining the ECB, she worked in the Central bank of Ireland in the area of credit risk and macro prudential projects including the CBI Macro prudential lending guidelines. Prior to joining the public sector, Sharon worked for many years in Commercial banking roles in the Irish banking sector. This involved working both in new lending activities across a wide range of industry sectors, in Risk departments and also on the front line as a Credit Portfolio Manager of a distressed Commercial Portfolio focused on the restructuring of non-performing loans/provisioning assessments.

Anne Fröhling Head of Section, SSM

Anne Fröhling joined ECB Banking Supervision in 2014. As Head of Section she coordinates a Joint Supervisory Team and is thus closely involved in day-to-day supervision. In addition, since 2015 she is coordinating the Taskforce on Non-Performing Loans at the European Central Bank which developed the ECB NPL Guideline and Addendum. In former positions, Anne worked as project manager for Oliver Wyman and as Stress Test coordinator for the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).

 

 

Giuseppe Siani Deputy Director General of Microprudential Supervision IV, SSM

Giuseppe Siani is Deputy Director General of Microprudential Supervision IV. In this role, he covers a wide range of topics related to horizontal and specialised supervision. Before joining the European Central Bank, he has held various roles of increasing responsibilities both as supervisor and policymaker, including the Head of the supervisory tem of the then Italian largest cross-border banking group and Head of International Regulation at the Bank of Italy. Over the years he had also worked at the European Commission and had been a member of several Financial Stability Board (FSB) and Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) working groups. He had also chaired the BCBS Working Group on Contingent Capital (2010-2012), the joint BCBS-CPSS-IOSCO Working Group on CCPs (2012-2014), the BCBS Risk Measurement Group (2012-2016) and the BCBS Working Group on Capital (2013-2017). After graduating in economics and finance, Giuseppe began his career in the reinsurance sector where he has worked on both finite-risk and natural events related products. He lives in Frankfurt am Main with his wife and two daughters.

 

 


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
Tue
Online seminar – Sustainable Finance: Rationale and Building Blocks @ FBF Online Platform
Oct 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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By adopting the Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, governments from around the world chose a more sustainable path for our planet and our economy. The UN 2030 Agenda has at its core 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the next 15 years, these goals will guide us in preparing for a future that ensures stability, a healthy planet, fair, inclusive and resilient societies and prosperous economies. The Paris Agreement, signed in December 2015 by 195 countries, is the first-ever universal, global climate deal to adapt and build resilience to climate change and to limit global warming to well below 2°C. Sustainability and the transition to a low-carbon, more resource-efficient and circular economy are key in ensuring long-term competitiveness of the EU economy. The financial system has a key role to play here. The financial system is being reformed to address the lessons of the financial crisis, and in this context it can be part of the solution towards a greener and more sustainable economy. Reorienting private capital to more sustainable investments requires a comprehensive shift in how the financial system works. This is necessary if the EU is to develop more sustainable economic growth, ensure the stability of the financial system, and foster more transparency and long-termism in the economy. Such thinking is also at the core of the EU’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) project. The seminar will first present the recent Sustainable Finance Action Plan and will then focus on the key building blocks to define what sustainable economic activities are.


 

Speakers

Ugo Bassi (Director of Financial Markets in the European Commission’s DG FISMA)

Ugo Bassi is Director of Financial Markets in the European Commission’s DG FISMA (Financial services). Among other high priority files, he manages the Capital Markets Union (CMU), a key priority and catalyst for further financial integration in Europe. In that framework, he is responsible for the Sustainable Finance workstream and hence for the implementation of the Action Plan adopted on 8 March 2018. In addition, he deals with specific financial markets legislation including MiFID/R (Directive and Regulation on Financial Instruments); EMIR (Regulation on Derivatives); CCPs (recovery and resolution); MAD/R (Market Abuse Directive and Regulation); Asset Management including AIFMD, UCITS and EUVECA. From 2012 Ugo Bassi has worked as Director, in charge of coordination of legal matters and economic analysis within DG FISMA. He also managed specific topics such as the Accounting Directive and related issues, Company Reporting, Audit and Credit rating agencies. Moreover, he has worked to eliminate barriers to capital flows as well as enforcement of all financial services legislation. Between 2006 and 2012, he has held various management positions and was involved in negotiations on some key files in response to the financial crisis, prior to which he worked in public procurement, including the successful adoption of the Defence Procurement Directive. A lawyer by profession, Ugo Bassi worked as “referendaire” in the Court of Justice before joining the European Commission and he has worked in private sector law firms before taking up service within the European Institutions.

 

Juri Mara (Financial Economist Officer, European Commission, DG FISMA)

Juri Mara (Italy, 1980) holds a master’s degree in engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy, 2004), a master’s degree in Insurance and Risk Management from the MIB School of Management (Italy, 2005) and is Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) chart-holder since 2013. He joined the European Commission DG FISMA in 2015 and has worked on important policy files like the Call for Evidence and more recently Sustainable Finance. Before this appointment he has worked for 10 years in the financial sector in France and Belgium including public and private banks, insurance company and credit rating agency.

     

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
25
Thu
Online seminar – Banking on Bail-in @ FBF Online Platform
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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We are now 10 years after the seminal Lehman event, which was followed rapidly by other failures, bailouts and ‘shotgun’ marriages of the Great Financial Crisis. With hindsight, have we built effective solutions to the issues of bank failures and systemic risk? The discussion will explore what’s in place today – both on a conceptual policy level, and whether those solutions pass a credibility test for effectiveness now. Finally, it will explore the remaining issues – the ‘to do’ list – and ask what are the key policy risks, and how we can address them. The online seminar will look at cross-border issues – both international and intra EU – and will spend some time on the relationship between bail-in and the Banking Union.


 

Speakers

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.

 

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.

 

Stefano Cappiello (Deputy Director, Florence School of Banking and Finance)

Stefano Cappiello has been working in various national and international institutions as policy maker, regulator, and supervisor: from 2015 to 2018 he was Head of Unit at the Single Resolution Board, responsible for resolution plans and crisis management of Greek, Cypriot and two Global Systemically Important Banks, and member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) Cross-border Crisis Management Group. Previously he worked for four years at the European Banking Authority (EBA) as Head of Unit for the recovery and resolution areas and from 2008 to 2011 at the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finances as senior adviser for financial regulatory policies. From 1999 to 2008 he has been at the Bank of Italy, first as senior researcher at the Law and Economics Research Unit and then as senior officer at the Supervisory Regulation and Policies Department, covering acquisitions of qualified holdings and control in banks, banking corporate governance, own funds. His academic activity and publications focus on economic analysis of corporate, banking and financial law, and he is qualified as associate professor of “Diritto dell’Economia”, and of “Diritto Commerciale” in Italy; Master of Laws at the University of Chicago; PhD at the University of Viterbo; Global Fellow at the NYU Law School.

 

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.

Jan
17
Thu
Online seminar – Debt Sustainability Analysis in Normal and Crisis Times @ FBF Online Platform
Jan 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Accurately assessing the sustainability of debt trajectories is crucial to map sovereign vulnerabilities, to ensure financial stability and to reduce decision-makers’ uncertainty. This is valid in normal times – as part of fiscal surveillance exercises that can lead to possible early warning signals – but becomes even more relevant in crisis times – as part of the assessment that precedes the provision of financial support (such as via the Outright Monetary Transactions programme for example). Debt Sustainability Analysis (DSA) is thus subject to the classic mix of rules and discretion.

In this online seminar, held in cooperation with CEPS, Cinzia Alcidi (Senior Research Fellow and Head of Economic Policy Unit) and Daniel Gros (Director) will guide us through what constitutes state-of-the-art DSA. For this, they will elaborate on the approaches of both the International Monetary Fund and of the European Commission which they find to be complementary rather than alternative in nature. Alcidi and Gros’ presentation will include a deep-dive into two recent illustrative cases: Greece and Italy and will provide recommendations on the way forward.

Seminar organised in cooperation with the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS)


 

Speakers

Cinzia Alcidi, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Economic Policy Unit at CEPS

Cinzia Alcidi is Head of the Economic Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels and LUISS- School of European Political Economy- research fellow. Prior to joining CEPS, she worked at International Labour Office in Geneva and she taught International Economics at University of Perugia (Italy). Her research activity includes international economics, macroeconomics, central banking and EU governance. Since 2015 she is the coordinator of CEPS Academy Activities. She has experience in coordinating research projects and networks. She has published extensively on the economics and governance of the Euro area crisis and participates regularly in international conferences. She holds a Ph.D. degree in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (Switzerland).

 

Daniel Gros, Director, CEPS

Daniel Gros is the Director of the think tank Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), which he joined first in 1986-1988 and then again in 1990. He has worked International Monetary Fund from 1983 to 1986, and served as economic advisor to the Directorate General II of the European Commission from 1988–1990, co-authoring the study targeted to design the Euro, the European Parliament from 1998-2005, as well as several government members, including the Prime minister and the Finance minister of France. He has also taught at the College of Europe in Natolin and numerous other universities throughout Europe. His current research primarily focuses on EU economic policy, specifically on the impact of the euro on capital and labour markets, as well as on the international role of the euro, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. He also monitors the transition towards market economies and the process of enlargement of the European Union towards the east.

 
 

References


 

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.