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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.

     

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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.

 
 

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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.