Past Events 2018

Wednesday, 28 November, 18:00

EU's priorities in a disrupted world

Organisers: French Asset Management Association (AFG)

Location: Rue de la Science 14b, 1040 Brussels

With Brexit underway and in the context of geopolitical evolutions, the EU must set itself clear objectives to deliver on its growth and competitiveness agenda. How to accelerate the creation of a vibrant Capital Markets Union? How to promote the EU’s interests in the global economy? How to achieve better outcomes for EU consumers?

A panel of distinguished speakers will join us to answer these questions:

  • Mr Ugo Bassi, Director of Financial Markets, Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission

  • Mr Alain Lamassoure, Member of the European Parliament

  • Mr Steven Maijoor, Chairman of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

Registration is upon invitation. Please contact us for more information.

Wednesday, 28 November, 09:30 - 17:00

Financial Ecosystems: What is the Way Forward?

Organiser: EQT and Nasdaq

Location: Bibliothèque Solvay, Park Léopold, Rue Belliard 137, Brussels

Nasdaq and EQT are organising a joint conference on the theme of access to capital and financing in the Nordic region. This event will showcase the characteristics (including interactions of various stakeholders) and the impact of Nordic financial ecosystems on financing business, innovation and society at large. The policy actions that need to be taken to further develop capital markets and financing both in the Nordic region and in Europe as whole will also be debated.


Speakers include:

  • Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President, European Commission

  • Markus Ferber MEP, 1st Vice-Chair, ECON Committee, European Parliament

  • Mats Andersson, Vice Chairman, Global Challenges Foundation

  • Ugo Bassi, Director, Financial Markets, European Commission

  • Caspar Callerström, Partner & Chief Operating Officer, EQT

  • Natasha Cazenave, Managing Director, Policy and International Affairs, AMF

  • Paulina Dejmek-Hack, Economic Adviser, Cabinet of J-C. Juncker, European Commission

  • Kerstin Hermansson, Managing Director, Swedish Securities Dealers Association

  • Eva Kaili MEP, ECON Committee, European Parliament

  • Peter Kerstens, Adviser, DG FISMA, European Commission

  • Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, ECON Committee, European Parliament

  • Lauri Rosendahl, President, Nasdaq Nordic

The full agenda for the event can be found here. Please register here.

Tuesday, 27 November, 13:00 - 17:30

Governance and fighting fraud and financial crime in the Digital Era

Organisers: Accountancy Europe

Location: Avenue d'Auderghem, 22-28, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium

Rapid developments in financial information, technology and communication allow for instant movement of money anywhere in the world. Financial fraud creates risks for the integrity and reputation of the European financial sector and compromises investors’ trust. In order to strengthen confidence in the EU capital market, we need to work together to fight market failures and abuses against the financial system. Good corporate governance has a key role to play in preventing financial crime and improving risk management. Join our discussions to discover smart ways to fight financial fraud in the digital era!


Confirmed speakers:

  • Anthony Harbinson, Northern Ireland Department of Justice, Director of Safer Communities

  • Jens Poll, EGIAN, Chair

  • Rene Bruelhart, Vatican Financial Information Authority, President

  • Paolo Ciocca, CONSOB, Commissioner

  • Rachel Sexton, EY, Head of Financial Services – Forensics

  • Laure Brillaud, Transparency International, Policy Officer

  • Angela Foyle, BDO, Partner and Head of Financial Crime

  • Raluca Pruna, European Commission, DG JUST, Head of Unit

Programme and registration are available here. Contact us for more information.

Tuesday, 27 November, 08:00 - 10:00

Exploring gender issues in FinTech

Organiser: ICAEW Women in EU Finance Network & EY

Location:  Radisson RED, Rue d’Idalie 35, B-1050 Brussels


There is no shortage of talk on the disruptive potential of FinTech on the financial services industry and beyond. But what about the role FinTech can play in fostering gender parity? 


Come and join us for a lively breakfast in conversation with Felicia Stanescu (Head of Unit – Financial Services Policy and International Affairs, DG FISMA) and Ilona Gattung (Executive Director, EY Belgium), as we explore questions such as:


  • Are FinTech products and services gender neutral, or do they embed unconscious biases?

  • How to tackle the gender gap in FinTech?

  • Can FinTech promote female take-up of financial products and services?

  • Will FinTech help women entrepreneurs reach their full potential?



08.00    Registration – coffee, croissants and conversation

08.30    Welcome and reflections

09.00    Open discussion

09.30    Close – and more coffee


The breakfast is jointly organised by ICAEW and EY. The breakfast is jointly organised by ICAEW and EY. The Women in EU Finance Network is an ICAEW initiative bringing together women working in the EU financial services arena.


Please register here or by emailing – and do share with any colleagues you think might be interested!

Monday, 26 November, 10:00 - 18:00

2018 Sustainable Responsible Investment (SRI) Study Launch

Organiser: Eurosif

Location: Hilton Brussels Grand Place, Carrefour De L'Europe 3, 1000 Bruxelles

On 26th November Eurosif will launch its 2018 Sustainable Responsible Investment (SRI) Study, the landmark publication for sustainable and responsible investing. The biennial study highlights the scale of SRI practices and trends in Europe, reports on the evolution of the sustainable finance industry and gives a sense of direction on what is coming next.


Eurosif welcomes you to a day of debate with experts and influencers, who will offer a clear view of the repercussions of the many changes that have characterised these past two years. We will explore the potential future growth of SRI as a pillar of sustainable finance.


  • Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission

  • Sven Gentner, Head of Unit – Asset Management, European Commission

  • Lieve Wierinck MEP, Shadow Rapporteur on Taxonomy, Disclosures & Low- carbon/Positive-carbon Impact Benchmark Proposals

  • Georgia Efremova, EU Social Impact Investing Initiatives, European Commission

  • Piet Klop, Senior Advisor Responsible Investment, PGGM

  • Julie Fardoux, Head of External Relations SRI, Amundi

  • Wim Van Hyfte, Ph.D - Global Head of Responsible Investments and Research, Candriam

  • Karl H Richter, Head of Research and Knowledge, UNDP SDG Impact Finance (UNSIF)

  • Pierre-RenéLemas, CEO, FranceActive

  • Flavia Micilotta, Executive Director, Eurosif

  • Marco Gerevini, Managing Director at Fondazione Housing Sociale, Cariplo


  • Tony Hay, Publisher and Co-Founder, Responsible Investor

To register and for the full agenda, please contact us.

Wednesday, 21 November, 08:00 - 09:45

Strategic Investments for the Future of the Grid and the Grid of the Future

Organiser: Long-term Investment Intergroup of the European Parliament

Location: Room ASP A3H-1, European Parliament, Brussels

Distribution networks are at the heart of the financial and strategic industrial issues which must be tackled on a European scale. They are the physical location of energy transition and innovations must emerge to meet the challenges posed by a revamp of the electricity system. This breakfast debate will gather key actors in the energy industry, institutions, academics and public investors to reflect on the best way to approach investment in the energy distribution sector in the context of the energy transition.


  • Adina-Ioana Vălean, MEP, Vice-President of the Long-term Investment Intergroup & Chair of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

  • Hughes Belin, Journalist, Energy Specialist

  • Pierre Menet, Financial Expert, European Affairs Department, Caisse des Depots Group

  • Pierre-Jean Coulon, President of the Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN), European Economic and Social Committee

  • Christian Egenhofer, Energy Climate House Director, Centre for European Policy Studies

  • Michel Derdevet, General Secretary, French electricity distributor Enedis

Register here to attend.

Monday, 19 November, 12:30 - 14:15

Delivering SDGs - Pioneering Sustainability Awareness Bonds

Organiser: European Investment Bank (EIB)

Location: EIB Brussels Office, Rond-Point Robert Schuman 6, 3rd Floor, 1040 Brussels

At this EIB Lunch Dialogue, the discussion will focus on how to meet the United Nation’s 17 ground-breaking goals to achieve a more sustainable future for everyone. We will have a closer look at which actions have to be taken to raise the estimated USD6 trillion in new investment needed to meet these goals by 2030. For the EIB, Sustainable Awareness Bonds are key to achieving these goals.


Keynote speakers:

  • Eila Kreivi, Director – Capital Markets, Finance Directorate European Investment Bank (EIB)

  • Claudio Bacigalupi, Head of Water Sector, Directorate General International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

  • Marianna Uotinen, Financial Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union


  • Karel Lannoo, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for European Policy Studies

Please register prior to 15 November 2018 to access the venue. Due to limited capacity of the conference room, the EIB reserves the right not to accept registration above capacity.

Monday - Tuesday, 12 - 13 November

AFME's 13th Annual European Government Bond Conference

Organiser: afme

Location: Sofitel Europe, Brussels, Belgium

Join up to 150 European DMOs, investors and primary dealers as they discuss the key factors and latest issues influencing the European Government Bond markets.


Keynote speaker: ECB’s Deputy Director General, Market Operations, Cornelia Holthausen will provide a keynote address on the efforts to reform Euribor. Cornelia Holthausen is responsible for issues related to the operational framework of the Eurosystem, including counterparty and collateral frameworks and liquidity management.


  • Forecasts for European fixed income markets in 2019

  • The future and sustainability of sovereign bond issuance

  • Impact of MiFID II on EGB markets

  • FinTech and the future of trading

  • Why the FRTB matters for EU capital markets

  • Economic factors and trends shaping European fixed income markets

Receive 10% discount when using promocode “IW” when registering. For more details about the conference and to register please visit,

Wednesday, 7 November, 14:30 - 17:30

What long-term investments for the Europe of tomorrow?

Organisers: Long-term Investment Intergroup of the European Parliament

Location: European Parliament - Room JAN 4Q1

This conference will take stock on the achievements regarding the creation of a conducive environment for long-term investments in Europe, from the Green Paper on the Long-term Financing of the European Economy by former Commissioner Barnier (2013) up to the Capital Markets Union and the Action Plan on sustainable finance published earlier this year. It will also feature the launch of the report “Betting on the long term - Rebuilding investment for the Europe of tomorrow” by the Task Force on Long-term Investment from Paris Financial Center.


  • Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs


  • Dominique Riquet, MEP, Chairman of the Long-term Investment Intergroup

  • Kerstin Jorna, Deputy Director-General, DG ECFIN, European Commission

  • Gérard de La Martinière, Rapporteur, French Task Force on Long-term Investment, Paris Financial Center

  • Jung Lichtenberger, Deputy Head of Unit Capital Markets Union, DG FISMA, European Commission

  • Benoit de La Chapelle Bizot, Deputy Director of the French Banking Federation

  • Nicolas Jeanmart, Head of General and Personal Insurance, Insurance Europe

  • Flavia Micilotta, Executive Director, Eurosif

  • Sébastien Raspiller, Head of Financing of the Economy, French Treasury

  • Lieve Wierinck, MEP


  • Laurent Zylberberg, Chair of the European Long Term Investors Association (ELTI)

Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 08:00 - 10:00

Executive Breakfast on FDI and inclusive growth: accelerating Europe's competitiveness and attractiveness

Organisers: EY

Location:  Stanhope Hotel, Rue du Commerce 9, B-1000 Brussels

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is part of Europe’s economic lifeblood. The 2018 EY’s Europe Attractiveness Survey found that, in 2017, foreign investors made more than 6,500 decisions to invest in the 50 countries of greater Europe. The report comes at a critical time for the future of Europe. It shows that there is everything to play for. But the winners — corporate and geographical — will be those who learn and understand the new rules and apply them to best effect.


However, economic indicators only tell one side of the story. It is crucial to also understand the impact of foreign investment on societies and communities. It could be inferred that FDI only accomplishes its purpose when it fosters sustainable, long-term and inclusive growth that benefits everyone in our societies, not just a few.


EY is delighted to invite you to join to a thought-provoking discussion, as part of Invest Week, which will take place in the heart of Brussels and gather representatives from the EU institutions, C-Suite executives and academia.

Keynote speakers:

  • Marc Lhermitte, EY, Partner

Panel discussion moderated by Elizabeth Krahulecz, EY, EMEIA Public Policy, Head of Brussels Office

  • Susan Danger, AmCham EU, CEO

  • Lúcio Vinhas De Souza, European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), Economics Team Leader

  • Jacob Lund Nielsen, Teneo cabinet DN, CEO (confirmed)

  • Katya Smirnyagina, Invest Europe, Vice-Chair & Capricorn Venture Partners, Partner

Please confirm your participation before November 2 by registering here. Please note: participation is limited, and the organizers will send registration confirmation on first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions please contact us: +32 2 207 1460 or email.

Monday, 5 November, 09:00 - 16:15

The Single Market as a Driver of Investment in Europe

Organiser: European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission

Location: Room De Gasperi, Charlemagne Building, 170 Rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium

Held in the lead up to two new European Commission Communications on the Single Market and Investment – and in the midst of the ongoing negotiations on the EU’s future budgetary framework – the conference will be a key opportunity to join the debate on Europe's future competitiveness.


In particular, the event will examine how to future-proof the Single Market and explore new policy guidelines to boost investment across the EU in the upcoming years. It will also examine Europe’s performance on achieving the Common Market and on removing barriers to investment, highlighting what more can be done at both EU and national levels to tackle remaining bottlenecks.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for Budget & Human Resources, European Commission

  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness

  • Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade

  • Michael Collins, CEO, Invest Europe

  • Stefan Oschmann, Chief Executive Officer of Merck Group

  • Shaolin Yang, Managing Director, World Bank


For more information and to register, please visit the website.

Tuesday, 30 October, 14:00 - 17:30

CrowdTuesday: The future of (crypto) trading platforms

Organiser: European Crowdfunding Network

Location: Dentons NEXTOWER, Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 6, Frankfurt, 60313, Germany


The dramatic rise of cryptocurrencies and ICOs is turning the financial industry upside down. At the same time, we are still in uncharted waters, with very complex legal implications not yet fully settled. As this trend influences financing around the globe, we are delighted to bring together experienced practitioners and regulators to explore these issues.

The speakers will provide their insights on the challenges and opportunities for trading platforms of the future, taking into account developments regarding STOs (Security Token Offerings):


  • Hagen Weiß, BaFin - WA 51


  • Lavan Thasarathakuma, European Parliament


  • Dr. Ulli Spankowski, Börse Stuttgart

  • Daniel Horak, Conda

  • Tobias Seidl, STOKR

Presentation on UK and US aspects, procedure and positions of the respective NCA

  • Michael Huertas, Dentons

  • Stephen Senderowitz, Dentons


  • Oliver Gajda, European Crowdfunding Network

  • Robert Michels, Dentons Europe LLP

For more information, please visit our website. If you wish to attend, please email us. Due to capacity restrictions, we can only guarantee participation to a limited number of guests. Once you register, we will either confirm your participation, or let you know if the event has already reached capacity.

Thursday, 18 October, 08:15 - 18:15

ECN Crowdfunding Convention: Defining the future of European Crowdfunding Service Providers

Organiser: European Crowdfunding Network

Location: Renaissance Brussels Hotel, 19 Rue du Parnasse, 1050-Brussels, Belgium

The European Commission has proposed regulation “European Crowdfunding Service Providers (ECSP) for business” covering both, lending-based crowdfunding and investment-based crowdfunding. The proposal is designed to ensure transparency, customer protection and platform operations and if successful, will boost capital formation and investment opportunity across Europe. 


The 7th ECN Crowdfunding Convention will take a close look at the proposal. We will seek open discourse on the proposal and its possible adoption.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Ashley Fox, Member of the European Parliament

  • Armando Melone, DG GROW, European Commission

  • Jeff Lynn, Seedrs

  • Lauren Fradgley, European Investment Fund

  • Martin Cook, Funding Circle

  • Nikos Daskalakis, Finance Watch

  • Pascal Ouvrard, Lendix

  • Robin Wauters,


To register,  contact us. The Convention partners with FECIF’s conference, 17 October 2018.

Wednesday, 17 October, 11:30 - 21:00

3rd FECIF Conference

Organisers: FECIF

Location: Renaissance Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

The Annual Conference of the European Federation of Financial Advisers and Financial Intermediaries.



11:30     Welcome

12:30    Lunch

14:15     FECIF now & FECIF’s actions - David Charlet, Chairman, FECIF

14:45   Roundtable - MiFID II, IDD, PRIIPs: Revolution or evolution? 

Moderated by:  Paul Stanfield, Secretary General, FECIF

  • Vania Fanceschelli, ANASF

  • Diego Valiante, EC/DG FISMA

  • Adrien Paredes, AGEFI

  • Johannes Muschik, AFPA

15:45   FECIF’s White Book and Survey results - Jiri Sindelar, Deputy Chairman, FECIF

16:30   New finance for a new Europe with Markus Ferber (MEP/ECON);

17:00   Roundtable - Pensions in Europe: Is the PEPP a problem or a solution?

Moderated by:  Vincent Derudder, Honorary Chairman, FECIF

  • Daphne Foulkes, FEPI/Spectrum

  • Guillaume Prache, Better Finance

  • Simon Colboc, FEPI

  • Marta Gellova, EFPA

18:00   Points of View - Fintech & Crowdfunding

  • Tero Weckroth, ECN/Invesdor

  • Brice Pineau, CEO Harvest

18:30   Conclusion

19:00   Cocktail reception

Register here.

Wednesday, 17 October, 08:00 - 10:00

The female voice in financial communications

Organiser: ICAEW Women in EU Finance Network

Location: L42, 42 Rue de la Loi, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium

Are financial communications gender neutral? Is the press room a gender equal space? Are there particular  challenges facing  women working in financial communications? Join us for a lively breakfast discussion, in conversation with:

  • Letizia Lupini, Press Officer for Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission

  • Rebecca Christie, Writer and Journalist

  • Lynn Nicholson, Communications Director, Invest Europe




08:00  Registration - coffee, croissants and conversation

08:30  Welcome and reflections

09:00  Open discussion

09:30  Close - and more coffee


Women in EU Finance Network is an  ICAEW initiative to  strengthen the connections between women working in the broad financial services policy area in Brussels and  beyond.

To register for the event, please contact us.

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