Seventh Bruges European Business Conference (#7BEBC) - Capital Markets Union

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College of Europe Bruges campus, Dijver 11, Bruges, Belgium

Organised by the College of Europe with the participation of Dr. Diego Valiante, ECMI Head of Research

The development of a Capital Markets Union (CMU) has progressed significantly since the publication of the European Commission Green Paper (February 2015). The public consultation that followed and the definition of a firm time-table in October 2015 have set well-defined targets for this ambitious project that will complement the Banking Union. It is now appropriate to take stock of what has been achieved so far and what is in the pipeline for the next 12-18 months. Given the crucial importance of this development for businesses’ access to finance in Europe, the two topics deserve strategic attention.

The College of Europe (Bruges) and Deloitte will organise a one-day conference on 18 March 2016 to bring together stakeholders (policy makers, regulators, financial institutions including the EIB, entrepreneurs, advisers and consumers) to discuss the development of capital markets and the financing of SMEs. The financing needs of SMEs deserve special attention because SMEs account for the overwhelming majority of enterprises in the European economy, and are the main source of innovation, job creation and economic growth.


  • Lord Jonathan Hill (EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union)
  • Jonathan Taylor (Vice-President, European Investment Bank)  


  • Luigi Amati (CEO and Co-Founder, META)
  • Andrea Beltramello (Policy Officer CMU Unit, DG FISMA, EU Commission)
  • Niall Bohan (Head of Unit CMU, DG FISMA, EU Commission)
  • Jean-Pierre Casey (Head of Investment Solutions, UK and Luxembourg, PMB, Edmond de Rothschild)
  • Christian de Boissieu (College of Europe) 
  • Richard Doherty (Global Lead Client Partner for EU Institutions, Deloitte)
  • Floris Hovingh (Director, Advisory Corporate Finance, Deloitte)
  • Helmut Kraemer-Eis (Head of Research and Market Analysis, European Investment Fund)
  • Ernesto Lanzillo (Partner, Deloitte, Italian Family Business Leader
  • Johannes Lindner (Head of the Division, EU institutions and fora, ECB)
  • Olivier Magnin (Head of Debt and Capital Advisory, Deloitte France)
  • Jörg Monar (Rector, College of Europe)
  • Phedon Nicolaides (Director Economics Department, College of Europe)
  • Sachin Patel (Global Co-Head of Capital Markets, Funding Circle)
  • Verena Ross (Executive Director, ESMA) 
  • Marta Testi (Head of Corporate Advisors, London Stock Exchange Group)
  • Diego Valiante (Head of Financial Markets and Institutions Unit, CEPS and Head of Research, ECMI)
  • Nicolas Veron (Senior Fellow, Bruegel)
  • Gert Wehinger (Senior Economist, OECD)
  • Korstiaan Zandvliet (CEO and Co-Founder, Symbid)

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