2017 ECMI AC: Towards variable union in Europe's capital markets

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Auditorium Chancellerie – BNP Paribas Fortis, Rue de la Chancellerie 1, 1000 Brussels – BE

For six years running, ECMI has brought together an excellent line-up of leading academics, policy-makers and industry representatives to share their expertise on capital markets at its Annual Conference, attracting participants from across Europe and beyond. This year's event aims to take stock of the progress made so far in building a genuine European capital market, to identify the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and most importantly to assess whether more ambition is required. To this end, all stakeholders need to perform a new round of ‘reality’ checks in many areas, including the long-term savings and investment channel, implementation of regulatory reforms, institutional redesign/supervisory architecture, and fintech.

Full Programme  

09:00 – 09:10  Welcome remarks by Fabrice Demarigny, Global Head of Financial Advisory Services, Mazars and Chairman of ECMI

09:10 – 09:30  Opening speech by Claudia Buch, Deputy President, Deutsche Bundesbank

09:30 – 11:00  Session 1. Short vs long-term investment: What will capital markets deliver? 

At present, capital markets have attained varying stages of development throughout Europe, and there remains a marked mismatch between supply and demand on a cross-border basis. The degree of (in)direct participation of retail investors and also the size/structure of the non-bank financial sector vary significantly across member states. The strengthening of long-term savings and investment channels through well-functioning, deeper and highly integrated capital markets remains a priority. Many factors ­– the central banks’ stace on tapering, changing economic/financial conditions, evolving demographics, regulation as well as technological developments – will impact asset allocation in the coming years. What themes are likely to dominate the investment space? Does the current supply of products meet the needs of retail investors? Are institutional investors equipped for major market/regulatory/technological shifts? Does the regulatory framework provide adequate incentives for long-term, sustainable investment?

Keynote address by Ulrich Bindseil, Director General of Market Operations, European Central Bank

Panel debate

Moderated by: Karel Lannoo, CEO, CEPS and General Manager, ECMI 

11:00 – 11:30  Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00  Session 2. Reforming the derivatives markets: Is the puzzle complete?

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU seems to have injected an extra boost into the on-going reform process. Among others, the current proposals include provisions to extend the temporary exemptions from central clearing obligations for some end-clients and a more centralised supervisory mechanism within ESMA. Moreover, the existing prudential, operational, oversight and risk-management rules are being complemented with a recovery and resolution framework for central counterparties (CCPs). Is the continuity of the critical functions of CCPs guaranteed without an unlimited backstop? Are resolution colleges well placed to resolve CCPs? What role can ESMA play in CCP supervision and recovery and resolution in a post-Brexit environment? Are the Commission proposals sufficient to make the derivatives markets Brexit-proof? Is there a need for transitional arrangements? And are additional reforms required to make the European derivatives markets more efficient without harming financial stability?

Keynote address by Haoxiang Zhu, Associate Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management and Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research 

Panel debate

  • Fabrizio Planta, Head of the Markets Department, European Securities and Markets Authority
  • Daniel Maguire, Chief Executive Officer,  LCH Group
  • Eric Litvack, Chairman, ISDA and Managing Director, Head of Regulatory Strategy, Société Générale Global Banking and Investor Solutions

Moderated by: Franklin Allen, Professor of Finance and Economics, Imperial College Business School and Director, Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch

14:00 – 15:00  Session 3.  2017 ECMI Best Paper: Presentation and Award Ceremony  

Presentation by Guillaume Vuillemey, Assistant Professor of Finance, HEC Paris

"The Failure of a Clearinghouse: Empirical Evidence" (with Vincent Bignon, Banque de France)                                                    

Remarks by 

  • Andrei Kirilenko, Director, Centre for Global Finance and Technology, Imperial College Business School
  • Florencio López de Silanes, Professor of Finance, SKEMA Business School

15:00 – 16:30  Session 4. DLT and its applications: Revolution or evolution?

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) is still at an early stage, but more solutions will come to the market in the next 5 years and be subject to ‘business’ proof-of-concept testing. In particular, the financial services industry needs to address long-standing operational inefficiencies and find ways to enable further simplification, standardisation and transparency. Most benefits are expected in the areas of trade and post-trade. Nonetheless, there remain many questions related to the robustness, accessibility, interoperability, governance and the risk-management framework. In which segments is DLT most likely to bring about major benefits and gain the necessary scale? How can be the potential risks introduced by DLT be mitigated? Will DLT lead to further disintermediation in the financial sector? How does DLT interact with the existing EU regulatory framework for securities markets (MiFID 2)?

Keynote address by Angela Walch, Associate Professor of Law, St. Mary’s University and Research Fellow, Centre for Blockchain Technologies, University College London

Panel debate

  • Jan Bart de Boer, Member of the Board, Chief Commercial Officer, ABN AMRO Clearing
  • Tom Casteleyn, Head of Product Management for Custody, Cash and FX, BNY Mellon
  • Simon Toms, Partner, Corporate, Head of Fintech Group, Allen & Overy

Moderated by: David Ostojitsch, Director of Technology and Operations, AFME

16:30 – 16:50  Closing speech by Ugo Bassi, Director of Financial Markets, DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission

16:50 – 17:00  Final remarks by Karel Lannoo, CEO, CEPS and General Manager, ECMI 


A DINNER DEBATE on the Review of the mandate, governance and operations of the ESAs (22 November 2017) with the participation of Merel van Vroonhoven (AFM) and Jean-Paul Servais (FSMA), Carmine di Noia (Consob), moderated by Fabrice Demarigny (ECMI).


Please do not hesitate to contact Cosmina Amariei by email at: cosmina.amariei@ceps.eu or by phone on +32 222 93 955.