Invest Week is supported by:

Invest Europe is the association representing Europe’s private equity, venture capital and infrastructure sectors, as well as their investors. Our members take a long-term approach to investing in privately held companies, from start-ups to established firms. They deliver healthy returns for Europe’s pension funds and insurers, to the benefit of millions of European citizens.

Invest Europe aims to make a constructive contribution to policy affecting private capital investment. We are the guardian of the industry’s professional standards. Our research provides the most authoritative source of data on private equity and venture capital.

Website: www.investeurope.eu

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The European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) is the European Commission’s in-house think tank, established in November 2014 by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and operating directly under his authority1.Tasked with a mission to innovate and disrupt, the EPSC provides the President and the College of Commissioners with strategic, evidence-based analysis and forward-looking policy advice.

Among its responsibilities, the EPSC has a mandate to engage in foresight and anticipatory governance, spearheading the European Commission’s involvement in the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) – the EU inter-institutional collaboration that aims to build preparedness for upcoming challenges and opportunities. The EPSC also seeks to facilitate communication and outreach with decision-makers, think tanks and civil society at large.

Under the leadership of Ann Mettler (Head)2, Paweł Świeboda (Deputy Head) and Mihnea Motoc (Deputy Head) – and powered by its highly versatile and experienced team – the EPSC provides a unique space within the European Commission for conducting interdisciplinary research, collaborative projects and organising thought-provoking seminars and events.

In January 2018, the EPSC was listed in the top ten global 'best government-affiliated think tanks' by the authoritative Think Tanks & Civil Societies Programme (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania, in its prestigious ‘2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index’, which covers over 6,800 think tanks.

Website: www.ec.europa.eu/epsc/

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Accountancy Europe unites 50 professional organisations from 37 countries that represent close to 1 million professional accountants, auditors, and advisors. They make numbers work for people. Accountancy Europe translates their daily experience to inform the public policy debate in Europe and beyond.

Website: www.accountancyeurope.eu

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AFME is the voice of Europe's wholesale financial markets. We represent the leading global and European banks and other significant capital market players. We focus on a wide range of market, business and prudential issues and offer a pan-European perspective, bringing to bear deep policy and technical expertise and constructive influence with European and global policymakers.

 

We advocate stable, competitive, sustainable European financial markets that support economic growth and benefit society.

Website: www.afme.eu

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AIMA, the Alternative Investment Management Association, is the global representative of the alternative investment industry, with more than 1,800 corporate members in over 50 countries. AIMA’s fund manager members collectively manage more than $1.8 trillion in assets. AIMA draws upon the expertise and diversity of its membership to provide leadership in industry initiatives such as advocacy, policy and regulatory engagement, educational programmes and sound practice guides. AIMA proactively communicates with the media and the general public to increase awareness around the value of the industry. AIMA set up the Alternative Credit Council, or ACC, to help firms focused in the private credit and direct lending space. The ACC currently represents over 80 members that manage $300 billion of private credit assets globally.  AIMA is committed to developing skills and education standards and is a co-founder of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA) - first and only specialised educational standard for alternative investment specialists. AIMA is governed by its Council (Board of Directors). 

Website: www.aima.org

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AmCham EU speaks for American companies committed to Europe on trade, investment and competitiveness issues. It aims to ensure a growth-orientated business and investment climate in Europe. AmCham EU facilitates the resolution of transatlantic issues that impact business and plays a role in creating better understanding of EU and US positions on business matters. 

Website: www.amchameu.eu

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Better Finance, the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users, is their dedicated representative at the European level. It counts with over thirty national and international members who in turn comprise about 4.5 million individual members.

 

Better Finance acts as an independent financial expertise centre to the direct benefit of European financial services users (shareholders, individual investors, savers, pension fund participants, life insurance policy holders, borrowers, etc.) and other stakeholders of European financial services who are independent from the financial industry.

 

Better Finance aims to give individual investors, private shareholders and users of financial services a voice at the European level and fights for the building of an open, transparent and efficient real economy served by financial institutions that have the public interest in mind.

 

Among European end-user and civil society organisations, Better Finance contributes most to the financial advisory groups of the EU Authorities.

Website: www.betterfinance.eu

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The City of London Corporation plays a key role in sustaining London’s leading position in international business and finance. It established the City Office in Brussels in 2004 with the aim of strengthening relations between the City of London, EU policymakers and officials, and key figures elsewhere in Europe. It focuses on cross-sectoral issues in which pan-EU policymaking could affect the competitiveness of international financial services and therefore Europe’s economic prosperity.

Website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

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CSR Europe is the leading European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility. Through its network of 48 corporate members and 42 National CSR organisations, it gathers over 10,000 companies, and acts as a platform for those businesses looking to enhance sustainable growth and positively contribute to society. In its mission to bring the sustainability agenda forward, CSR Europe goes beyond European borders and cooperates with CSR organisations in other regions across the world.

Website: www.csreurope.org

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EQT invests in good companies across the world with a mission to help them develop into great and sustainable companies. EQT has three overall investment strategies - Private Capital (including VenturesMid MarketEquity) Real Assets (including Infrastructure and Real Estate) and Credit  – guided by a responsible ownership approach and an industrial growth strategy.

Website: www.eqt.se

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EUROCHAMBRES is a Brussels-based Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry. It represents over 20 million businesses in Europe through 45 members and a network of 1700 regional and local Chambers. More than 98% of these businesses are Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). EUROCHAMBRES is the sole European body that serves the general interests of European business – due to the multi-sectoral membership of chambers – and the only one so close to business, as a result of the Chambers’ regional focus.

Website: www.eurochambres.eu

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was founded in 1991 to create a new post-Cold War era in central and eastern Europe, furthering progress towards ‘market-oriented economies and the promotion of private and entrepreneurial initiative’. We now work in 38 economies across three continents. The EBRD is owned by 66 countries, as well as the European Union and the European Investment Bank.  We provide project financing for banks, industries and businesses. We also offer advisory services and work on policy reform.

Website: www.ebrd.com

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The European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) conducts in-depth research aimed at informing the debate and policy-making process on a broad range of issues relevant to capital markets. Through its various activities, ECMI facilitates the interaction among market participants, policymakers and academics. These exchanges are fuelled by the various outputs ECMI produces, such as regular commentaries, policy briefs, working papers, statistics, task forces, conferences, workshops and seminars. In addition, ECMI undertakes studies commissioned by the EU institutions and other organisations, and publishes contributions from high-profile external researchers. ECMI is managed and staffed by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels.

Website: www.eurocapitalmarkets.org

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EFAMA is the representative association for the European investment management industry. EFAMA represents through its 28 member associations and 62 corporate members EUR 21 trillion in assets under management of which EUR 12.6 trillion managed by 56,000 investment funds at end 2015. Just over 30,000 of these funds were UCITS (Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities) funds, with the remaining 25,900 funds composed of AIFs (Alternative Investment Funds).

Website: www.efama.org

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The European Investment Bank is the European Union's bank and the world’s biggest multilateral lender. The only bank owned by and representing the interests of the EU Member States, the EIB works closely with EU institutions to implement EU policy. EIB finance and expertise backs sustainable investment projects in small and medium-sized enterprises, innovation, infrastructure, and climate and environment. Though 90% of EIB business is in Europe, it is a major lender around the globe.

For six decades the EIB has financed Europe’s economic growth with investments in almost all major companies and projects, from start-ups like Skype to massive schemes like the Øresund Bridge linking Sweden and Denmark. The EIB Group includes the European Investment Fund, a specialist financer of SMEs in which the EIB is majority shareholder.

From its Luxembourg headquarters, the EIB responds to changes in Europe’s economy and in the businesses it finances with new products and directions. Since 2015 the EIB Group has been instrumental in implementing the Investment Plan for Europe. This includes the European Fund for Strategic Investments, under which the EIB enters into deals with a higher risk profile than it did in the past. Last year the EIB signed 436 operations in the EU alone, providing EUR 67 billion of finance.

Website: www.eib.org

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We are a specialist provider of risk finance to benefit small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) across Europe. We are part of the EIB Group. Our shareholders are the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union, represented by the European Commission, and a wide range of public and private banks and financial institutions.

We carry out our activities using either our own resources or those provided by the European Investment Bank, the European Commission, by EU Member States or other third parties.

By developing and offering targeted financial products to our intermediaries, such as banks, guarantee and leasing companies, micro-credit providers and private equity funds, we enhance SMEs access to finance.

Website: www.eif.org

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EuropeanIssuers is a pan-European organisation strategically positioned to represent the interests of publicly quoted companies from all sectors to the EU institutions. Dedicated to serving our members from 14 countries from across Europe, we aim to ensure that EU policy creates an environment in which companies of all sizes—from emerging growth companies to the large blue-chip companies—can easily raise capital through the public markets and deliver growth over the longer-term. Our members include both national associations and companies, covering markets worth €7.6 trillion market capitalisation with approximately 8,000 companies.

Website: www.europeanissuers.eu

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EPRA, the European Public Real Estate Association, is the voice of the publicly traded European real estate sector. Founded in 1999, EPRA is a not-for-profit association registered in Belgium. With more than 240 members, covering the whole spectrum of the listed real estate industry (companies, investors and their suppliers), EPRA represents over EUR 430 billion of real estate assets* and 86% of the market capitalisation of the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Europe Index.

EPRA’s mission is to promote, develop and represent the European public real estate sector. We achieve this through the provision of better information to investors and stakeholders, active involvement in the public and political debate, improvement of the general operating environment, promotion of best practices and the cohesion and strengthening of the industry.

Website: www.epra.com

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The European SME Week is a pan-European campaign that aims to promote entrepreneurship in Europe. It helps existing entrepreneurs find information on available support and tries to encourage more people to set up their own businesses. Coordinated by the European Commission, this campaign consists of events throughout the whole year. Main objectives of the SME Week is to inform entrepreneurs about support available at EU, national, regional, and local level to encourage more people to become entrepreneurs. The main event of the European SME Week is organised every autumn together with the SME Assembly and the European Enterprise Promotion Awards Ceremony. For the most recent updates, please visit the Promoting Enterprise News Portal.

Website: www.ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/support/sme-week

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Eurosif is the leading pan-European sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) membership organisation whose mission is to promote sustainability through European financial markets. Eurosif works as a partnership of Europe-based national Sustainable Investment Fora (SIFs) with the direct support of their network which spans over 400 Europe-based organisations drawn from the sustainable investment industry value chain. These organisations include institutional investors, asset managers, financial services, index providers and ESG research and analysis firms totalling over €8 trillion in total assets. Eurosif is also a founding member of the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, the alliance of the largest SIFs around the world. 

 

Every two years, Eurosif publishes its landmark SRI study which gives an overview of the latest trends in sustainable investment across the different member states. For the 2016 edition, please click here.  

Website: www.eurosif.org

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EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY is represented worldwide, 231,000 people in member firms in more than 150 countries share a commitment to building a better working world, united by shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality, integrity and professional skepticism. 

Website: www.ey.com

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The European Federation of Financial Advisers and Financial Intermediaries (FECIF) was chartered in 1999 for the defence and promotion of the role of financial advisers and intermediaries in Europe. FECIF is an independent and non-profit-making organisation exclusively at the service of its financial adviser and intermediary members, from the 28 European Union member states, plus Switzerland. The European financial adviser and intermediary community is made up of c.500,000 private professionals. FECIF is based in Brussels, at the heart of Europe.

Website: www.fecif.eu

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The Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE) represents 35 exchanges in equities, bonds, derivatives and commodities through 19 Full Members from 28 countries, as well as 1 Affiliate Member and 1 Observer Member. FESE is a keen defender of the Internal Market and many of its members have become multi-jurisdictional exchanges, providing market access across multiple investor communities. FESE represents public Regulated Markets. Regulated Markets provide both institutional and retail investors with transparent and neutral price-formation. Securities admitted to trading on our markets have to comply with stringent initial and ongoing disclosure requirements and accounting and auditing standards imposed by EU laws.

 

At the end of 2016, FESE members had 8,982 companies listed on their markets, of which 6% are foreign companies contributing towards the European integration and providing broad and liquid access to Europe’s capital markets. Many of our members also organise specialised markets that allow small and medium sized companies across Europe to access the capital markets; 1,291 companies were listed in these specialised markets/segments in equity, increasing choice for investors and issuers. Through their RM and MTF operations, FESE members are keen to support the European Commission’s objective of creating a Capital Markets Union.

Website: www.fese.eu

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FIA European Principal Traders Association (EPTA) is comprised of 29 principal trading firms (PTFs) which deal on own account in a wide range of financial instruments traded on trading venues across Europe. PTFs play a key role in the modern financial ecosystem, bridging gaps in supply and demand between market participants and facilitating price discovery, especially at times when markets are volatile. FIA EPTA members engage in manual, automated and hybrid methods of trading. Collectively, FIA EPTA members are an important source of liquidity for trading venues and end-investors, allowing those who use the capital markets (whether to invest or to manage their business risks), to buy or sell financial instruments efficiently and at low cost. FIA EPTA’s mission is to support transparent, robust and safe markets with a level playing field for all market participants. We strongly believe access to markets should be open to all and non-discriminatory in order to minimise barriers to entry and increase competition and efficiency.

Website: www.epta.fia.org

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The Global Infrastructure Investor Association (GIIA) works in partnership with governments and regulators around the world to achieve the shared ambition of economic growth through increased investment in infrastructure.  We aim to do this by building understanding of the positive role played by private investors in long-term infrastructure investment and working with governments, regulators and other policy-makers in developing and maintaining stable policy and regulatory environments in order to facilitate infrastructure investment. Our investor members manage more than $400 billion in infrastructure assets across six continents and our associate members include many of the leading professional service firms that support the sector.

Website: giia.net

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GRI is an international independent organization that has pioneered corporate sustainability reporting since 1997. GRI helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others. With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most trusted and widely used standards on sustainability reporting, enabling organizations and their stakeholders to make better decisions based on information that matters. Currently, 50 countries and regions reference GRI in their policies. GRI is built upon a unique multi-stakeholder principle, which ensures the participation and expertise of diverse stakeholders in the development of its standards. GRI’s mission is to empower decision-makers everywhere, through its standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world. About GRI GRI is an international independent organization that has pioneered corporate sustainability reporting since 1997. GRI helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others.

Website: www.globalreporting.org

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The Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU is living the concept of a Multiple Regions House together with its partner regions from France, Italy and Poland. It is attached to the Ministry for European and Federal Affairs and a unit of the Minister President under the authority of the Minister for European and Federal Affairs Lucia Puttrich and the Secretary of State mark Weinmeister. 

 

The representation of the interests of the Hessian State by expanding and maintaining the relations to the European institutions is one of the main concerns of the Representation. It is a platform for the exchange with decision-makers and also a bridge between Hessian institutions and organisations with European policy-makers. A various range of events, conferences and debates as well as an open house for visitors makes Europe more accessible.

Website: www.staatskanzlei.hessen.de

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INREV, the European Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles, was launched in May 2003 to act for investors and other participants in the growing non-listed real estate vehicles sector. The non-profit association is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. INREV aims to create a forum for the sector and increase the transparency and accessibility of non-listed vehicles, to promote professionalism and clarify best practice and to share and spread knowledge. INREV currently has 395 members drawn from leading institutional investors, fund managers, banks and advisors across Europe and elsewhere.

Website: www.inrev.org

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Insurance Europe is the European insurance and reinsurance federation. Through its 35 member bodies, the national insurance associations, Insurance Europe represents all types of insurance and reinsurance undertakings, eg pan-European companies, monoliners, mutuals and SMEs.

 

Insurance Europe, which is based in Brussels, represents undertakings that account for around 95% of total European premium income. Insurance makes a major contribution to Europe’s economic growth and development. European insurers generate premium income of €1 200bn, directly employ over 985 000 people and invest nearly €9 900bn in the economy.

Website: www.insuranceeurope.eu

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Since 1985, ISDA has worked to make the global derivatives markets safer and more efficient. Today, ISDA has more than 875 member institutions from 68 countries. These members comprise a broad range of derivatives market participants, including corporations, investment managers, government and supranational entities, insurance companies, energy and commodities firms, and international and regional banks. In addition to market participants, members also include key components of the derivatives market infrastructure, such as exchanges, intermediaries, clearing houses and repositories, as well as law firms, accounting firms and other service providers. Information about ISDA and its activities is available on the Association’s website.

Website: www.isda.org

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London Stock Exchange Group is an international markets infrastructure business with major European operations in London, Paris and Milan and a substantial presence in North America. Our diversified global business focuses on capital formation, intellectual property and risk and balance sheet management. LSEG operates a broad range of international equity, ETF, bond and derivatives markets, including London Stock Exchange; the leading SME markets AIM and AIM Italia; Borsa Italiana; MTS (Europe's leading fixed income market); and Turquoise (a pan-European equities MTF).LSEG operates an open access model, offering choice and partnership to customers across all of its businesses. We strongly support the European Commission’s objectives for Capital Markets Union – to diversify funding sources, reduce the cost of SME risk capital, and address the fiscal bias against equity. We welcome the Commission’s support for the role that advisory ecosystems like the ELITE programme and promotions such as the 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe Publication have to play in delivering a greater entrepreneurial equity culture in Europe and supporting SMEs. Through FTSE Russell, the Group is a global leader in financial indexing, benchmarking and analytic services with approximately $15 trillion benchmarked to its indexes. In addition to majority ownership of LCH, a multi-asset global CCP operator, LSEG owns CC&G, the Italian clearing house; and Monte Titoli, a leading European custody and settlement business.

Website: www.lseg.com

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The Long Term Investment and Reindustrialisation Intergroup seeks to find ways of ensuring long-term investment within Europe's economy following the European Commission's Juncker Plan for Jobs, Growth and Competitiveness.

It brings together Members of the European Parliament with stakeholders as partners.

Website: www.longterminvestment.eu

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Nasdaq provides the infrastructure, tools and strategic insights tailored for the capital-market opportunities of today and the expectations of tomorrow. 

Website: business.nasdaq.com

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PensionsEurope represents national associations of pension funds and similar institutions for workplace pensions. Some members operate purely individual pension schemes. PensionsEurope Members are large institutional investors representing the buy-side on the financial markets.

 

PensionsEurope has 24 member associations in 19 EU Member States and 3 other European countries with significant – in size and relevance – workplace pension systems. PensionsEurope member organisations cover different types of workplace pensions for over 110 million people. Through its Member Associations PensionsEurope represents more than  € 4 trillion of assets managed for future pension payments. In addition, many members of PensionsEurope also cover personal pensions, which are connected with an employment relation. 

 

PensionsEurope also has 25 Corporate and Supporter Members which are various service providers and stakeholders that work with IORPs.

 

The next PensionsEurope annual conference will take place in June 2018. Details will be available soon at  www.pensionseurope.eu

Website: www.pensionseurope.eu

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The SME Assembly is the most significant event for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe. Together with the network of SME Envoys, the assembly creates the governance structure of the Small Business Act. It focuses on how to make SME policy work on the ground, in order for Europe's SMEs to really thrive. The conference is the flagship event of European SME Week and takes place once a year in the country where the EU Presidency is currently held. The programme includes the European Enterprise Promotion Awards ceremony that rewards initiatives who promote entrepreneurship and small business at the national, regional and local level. For the most recent updates, please visit the Promoting Enterprise News Portal.

Website: www.ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/business-friendly-environment/small-business-act/sme-assembly

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