2018 ECMI AC: 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 

October 2018


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


Karel Lannoo
CEO, CEPS and General Manager, ECMI
Fabrice Demarigny
Global Head of Financial Advisory Services, Mazars and Chairman, ECMI
Franklin Allen
Professor of Finance and Economics, Imperial College Business School
Andrei Kirilenko
Director of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology, Imperial College London
Florencio Lopez de Silanes
Professor of Finance, SKEMA Business School

2018 ECMI AC: Sustaining Growth through Innovation in Capital Markets

October 2018
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).

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