Events October 2020

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Annual bwf and ICMA Capital Markets Conference

The Annual Federal Association of Securities Trading Firms (bwf) and International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Capital Markets Conference will take place on 23 September 2020 as a virtual panel discussing MiFID II/R: the “Quick-Fix“ and beyond.

This year’s bwf and ICMA joint annual event will feature an expert panel of speakers who will discuss the likely impacts of the MIFID II “quick fix” as part of the EU’s coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the extent to which this will play a key role in promoting the recapitalisation of European companies as they emerge from the crisis. Under discussion will be the distribution of bonds with make-whole clauses to retail investors, changes to costs and charges disclosures, and the suspension of best execution reporting. The panel will then look ahead to the MiFID II/R review and the possible areas where either fine-tuning or a wholesale rethink could prove helpful, including the hot topics of research unbundling and  post-trade transparency.

Speakers include:

  • Frank Engels, CIO (UIP), Union Investment Privatfonds; Board Member, ICMA
  • Andy Hill, Senior Director, Market Practice and Regulatory Policy, ICMA
  • Dr. Annette Kliffmüller-Frank, Managing Director, ICF BANK AG
  • Dr. Jörg Kukies, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance Germany
  • Tilman Lueder, Head, Securities Markets Unit, DG FISMA, Securities Markets, European Commission
  • Michael Sterzenbach, Secretary General, Bundesverband der Wertpapierfirmen

This ICMA event is free of charge and open to all bwf and ICMA members as well as interested financial market participants. Registration in advance is essential (Please note: registrations will close on Tuesday, 22 September at 17.00 CEST).


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SGC – Virtual Roundtable: Experiences of German FDI in China

The Sino-German Center of Finance and Economics (SGC) invites you to its fifth virtual roundtable in 2020 that will continue the topic of the last webinar about the EU-China Comprehensive Investment Agreement. This time, the Panel Discussion will focus on the experiences of German FDI in China with company’s representatives.


22. September 2020, 11am – 12pm (CEST) via Zoom.


Dirk Lubig, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank China, Beijing

Christian Martin, CFO, Zeiss Greater China, Shanghai

Stefan Messer, CEO, Messer Group, Bad Soden

Henry Tillman, China Investment Research, London


Prof. Horst Löchel, Co – Chairman Sino-German Center

Prof. Rüdiger von Rosen, Co – Chairman Sino-German Center


Register at: Website of Sino-German Center of Finance & Economics

The Sino-German Center of Finance and Economics (SGC) is a registered association since 2015.
It emerged from the RMB initiative of the Government of Hessen to position the financial center of Frankfurt as RMB offshore hub. The opening ceremony took place in September 2015 at the German embassy in Beijing jointly conducted by the Deutsche Bundesbank and the People’s Bank of China.


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Moody’s ESG Summit

Understand the climate challenges to embed better risk analysis

Following last year’s success, Moody’s ESG Summit is coming back in digital format. What to expect?

  • Climate Risk Insight: Examine regional trends that will shape recovery
  • HD Broadcast: Watch broadcast quality sessions live or on demand
  • Live Participation: Discover market sentiment and get your questions answered

Some of the topics in focus:

  • What are the key climate challenges facing policy makers, regulators and the market participants?
  • The $80 trillion question – integrating credit rating and climate scenarios
  • The new risk dynamics: embedding scenarios into risk analysis

Live broadcast starts 24 September 09.15 EST.

Find more information on Moody’s ESG Summit here.



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High-Level Virtual Conference by the Union of Arab Banks

The Union of Arab Banks (UAB), the World Union of Arab Bankers (WUAB), the Arab Federation of Exchanges (AFE) and Frankfurt Main Finance (FMF) invite you to a virtual conference on “Central Banks Support to Financial Capital Markets in the Coronavirus Pandemic” on 1 September 2020 from 3 pm (CEST)  and 2 September 2020 from 11 am (CEST).

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FMF Virtual Food for Thought with José Manuel González-Páramo – Digital Innovation & Data in the Financial Sector

José Manuel González-Páramo, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of European DataWarehouse and former member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank and former Executive Board Director, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A., spoke about “Digital Innovation and Data in the Financial Sector” at the “Food for Thought” online event of Frankfurt Main Finance on 8 July 2020. In addition, Dr. Christian Thun, CEO European DataWarehouse, gave a brief insight into the monitoring of the impact of COVID-19.

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First Virtual Food for Thought Event with Bryan Stirewalt

To what extent does the Covid19 crisis influence the development of new technologies? What impact does the home office have on the work of a regulatory authority? These and other questions were the focus of our first Virtual Food for Thought webinar this morning with Bryan Stirewalt, CEO of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). The Virtual Food for Thought event series is the digital version of the established Financial Centre Breakfast series.

This morning Andreas Glänzel, Managing Director of Frankfurt Main Finance, welcomed the participants of the first Virtual Food for Thought webinar. He himself was connected live from the FMF office in Frankfurt. Speaker Bryan Stirewalt was connected live from his office in Dubai. His speech titled „Today’s disruptions, tomorrows opportunities. How disruption will shape the future of finance“ focused on the the development of new technologies and their implementation in the context of the Covid19 crisis but also on the question how does a regulatory authority works from home?

Upcoming Virtual Food for Thought with Philip R. Lane, Member of the ECB’s Executive Board

No sooner has the first Virtual Food for Thought webinar been successfully completed than the next webinar is already being planned. We are pleased to welcome Philip R. Lane, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, as our speaker at the upcoming Virtual Food for Thought webinar on 24 June 2020! In his speech he will talk about the monetary policy of the ECB. We will distribute a free registration link via our social media channels within the next days – stay tuned!

About DFSA

The DFSA is the independent regulator of financial services conducted in or from the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), a purpose-built financial free zone in dubai, uae.

The DFSA’s regulatory mandate includes asset management, banking and credit services, securities, collective investment funds, custody and trust services, commodities futures trading, Islamic finance, insurance, an international equities exchange, and an international commodities derivatives exchange. In addition to regulating financial and ancillary services, the DFSA is responsible for supervising and enforcing anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) requirements applicable in the DIFC.

Refinitiv Webinar

Compliance and Sustainability – Value creating third-party risk programmes

Webinar description: “Following a survey of 1,800 global third-party risk professionals, we are hosting a two-part webinar series to review the findings – focusing on the relationship between compliance and sustainability, and the impact on third-party risk programmes.

In the first webinar we explored the reasons to review third-party risk programmes, and in the upcoming webinar on Tuesday 26th May we will discuss practical aspects of how to turn third-party risk programmes into centres of value creation.

  • What are the expectations of investors in terms of the supply chain and third party risk networks?
  • How can we efficiently incorporate ESG concerns into third-party risk programmes?
  • How can we introduce automation in workflows and research given the growing complexity of supply chain networks?”


Date:   26th May

Time:  14:00 BST| 15:00 CEST

Please register – –  if you would like to attend this webinar. If you are interested but you’re unavailable, register and Refinitiv will send you the webinar recording.


China Policy Update by Dentons and China Europe International Exchange

In terms of level playing field engagement in international cooperation, governments are seeking different measures. The German Foreign Trade and Payments Act—to be put in place this summer—is one of these policies. Who is affected by the decision? What does it mean in detail? Learn more in the China Policy Update provided by Dentons and China Europe International Exchange (CEINEX).

China Policy Update

28 May 2020

10.30-11.30 CEST (16.30-17.30 CST)

Register here.


What will the post-COVID era look like in Africa? What are the challenges and opportunities?

Our partner Casablanca Finance City will host a webinar on the challenges and opportunities that the post-Corona era provides for Africa:

Lockdown may progressively be lifting in Africa but its impact will live on. Casablanca Finance City is bringing together international experts and representatives from companies operating in Africa, to discuss the outlook and prospects of post-COVID Africa.

The panel will cover field experiences from different industries and the impacts on their respective businesses:

  • How will the private sector be impacted in Africa?
  • How is the financial services community supporting companies operating on the continent?
  • How can the digitalization boost be leveraged to support economic recovery? What are the risks?
  • What are the social impacts between employers and employees?


Understanding the landscape in a post Covid era: Outlook and prospects in Africa

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

12:00 pm Casablanca Time (UTC)

Moderator: Peter Walts, COO, ELA Alliance

Register here.