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2018 ECMI Annual Conference


Boulevard du Régent 7 - 1000 Brussels

Participation is free of charge for CEPS, ECMI, ECRI corporate/institutional members, EU/national officials, full-time academics, NGOs, press and students. Registration fee for non-members (200€ incl. VAT).


2018 ECMI Annual Conference

Sustaining Growth through Innovation in Capital Markets


In the past 7 years, the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) has brought together an excellent line-up of leading academics, policy-makers and industry representatives to share their expertise at its annual flaghship event, attracting participants from across Europe and beyond.

Well-functioning, deeper and highly integrated European capital markets are expected to play a greater role in providing alternative corporate funding and better investment opportunities. To this end, the Capital Markets Union (CMU) project should aim beyond the actions set for end-2019, towards a revamped strategy for EU-27. This year’s annual conference will contribute to the public debate about the capacity of capital markets to enable long-term value creation in the real economy, namely supporting innovative companies and sustainable economic growth.

The detailed programme is available here.

Session 1: Financing innovation through capital markets

Europe’s innovative firms are still facing tremendous bottlenecks in financing their growth. Traditional bank channels are not sufficiently accessible or simply not suitable for this type of companies. Alternative funding sources (IPOs, direct listings, private equity, venture capital and crowdfunding) are unevenly available across Europe. Companies have very different experiences in raising capital on public or private markets, sometimes taking advantage of better opportunities on other continents. How to make these markets more efficient?

Session 2: Building the framework for sustainable investments

Sustainable finance has a great potential to bring investors into sync with the long-term needs of the real economy. It can also provide powerful incentives for corporates to transform their operations and processes more swiftly and effectively. The incorporation of material Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors across their supply and investment chains would in turn enable compelling value propositions. Financial regulation should work alongside sectoral policies. How can sustainable finance be mainstreamed?

Session 3: Developing capital markets across Europe

In Europe, capital markets reached varying stages of development. In the CEE region, these are relatively small and lack sufficient liquidity and depth. Companies and households continue to rely heavily on the banking sector. Recent reports find that around €250bn in private capital could be unlocked if necessary reforms were pursued. Most governments and market participants have already issued national strategies, and also intensified regional cooperation efforts. Moreover, the CMU project has received strong political support. But is it delivering on its promises?

2018 ECMI Best Paper: Presentation & Award Ceremony 

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Karel Lannoo

Chief Executive Officer

Speakers list
John Berrigan

Deputy Director General, DG FISMA, European Commission

Robert Ophèle

Chairman, Autorité des Marchés Financiers

Paul Tang

MEP, ECON Committee

Alexander Ljungqvist

Stefan Persson Family Chair of Entrepreneurial Finance, Stockholm School of Economics

Jan G. Loeys

Senior Advisor, Long-Term investment Strategy, J.P.Morgan

Ana María Martínez-Pina

Vice-President, CNMV and Chair of the Corporate Reporting Standing Committee, ESMA

Daiga Auzina-Melalksne

Head of Baltic Exchanges, Nasdaq

Gareth McCartney

Head of EMEA ECM Cash and Global Head of Syndicate, UBS

Vicky Sins

Global Director, Energy & Commodities, ABN AMRO Clearing

Wilfrid Xoual

Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investors Service

Danuta Hübner

MEP, ECON Committee

Ian Firla

Chief Operations Officer, OSTC

Zoltán Bakay

Senior Analyst, Erste Group

Stefano Corvo

Managing Director, GPI Group

Dimitris Zafeiris

Head of Risks & Financial Stability Department, EIOPA

Erick Decker

CIO Southern Europe & International and New Markets, AXA Group

Antonio J. Zoido

Executive Chairman, BME Group

Paulo Garcia

CFO, Unilever Europe

Rosanne Vanpée

Assistant Professor of International Finance, KU Leuven

Katharina Bergant

PhD Student, Trinity College Dublin

Nordine Abidi

Economist, European Central Bank