Fifth visit of FMF delegation to South Korea and Hong Kong

In January 2019, a German delegation, headed by Dr. Lutz Raettig, President of Frankfurt Main Finance, traveled to South Korea and Hong Kong.


In Seoul, the delegation attended the FinTech & Blockchain Forum at Sogang University at which Korean and German companies were presenting their business models. Moreover, the group met with Suk Heun Yoon, President of the Korean Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) to discuss Britain’s exit from the European Unit as well as the potential implications for European financial markets and the Financial Centre Frankfurt. Furthermore, the World Alliance of International Financial Centres (WAIFC) was discussed with representatives of the city council – a global strategic alliance of which both the Korean financial centre Busan and FMF are founding members.


On the second day, the delegation took the KTX high-speed train to Busan  – the second largest Korean city and partner of FMF. After meeting with the Busan Economic Promotion Agency (BEPA) and a warm welcome by Chairman Dr. Ki Sik Park, the delegation went to the United Nations Memorial Cemetery –  a burial ground honoring United Nations Command soldiers who fell in the Korean War (1950-1953).

Thereafter, the delegation was welcomed at the Busan city hall by Jae-soo Yoo, Deputy Mayor. Mr. Yoo and Dr. Raettig emphasized the close collaboration between the two financial centres following the signing of the cooperation agreement in 2013, which will be further strengthened by the joint WAIFC membership. Back in Seoul, the delegation met with Korean politicians, companies as well as with Prof. Sooyong Park, Head of the Global FinTech Research Institute.

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, the delegation participated at the Asian Financial Forum (AFF) – titled Creating a Sustainable and Inclusive Future and held under the auspiece of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).

Asian Financial Forum 2019

The stall of the International Financial Centre Frankfurt, jointly organised by FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH, Hessen Trade & Invest and Frankfurt Main Finance, attracted many visitors who were interested in Brexit related topics as well as Frankfurt’s thriving FinTech scene.

In her opening address, Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, highlighted the success of FinTech in Hong Kong. Moreover, she emphasized how important the Greater Bay Area initiative, implemented by the Guangdong province, Macao and Hong Kong, are to the government of Hong Kong.

While the members of the delegation with a background in the banking sector listened to interesting presentations, the Frankfurt-based FinTech company AsiaFundManagers presented itself to a number of potential investors at the so-called Deal Flow Matchmaking Session of the AFF. At the final meeting with Dr. Raettig on the last day of the trip, the two participating managing directors of AsiaFundManagers voiced their satisfaction with the results of the talks.


Fourth FMF delegation visit to South Korea and Hong Kong

Under the leadership of Dr. Lutz Raettig, President of Frankfurt Main Finance, a German FinTech delegation, traveled to South Korea and Hong Kong from January 11 to 16, 2018, as in previous years.
In Seoul, a meeting with Heungsik Choe, the President of the Korean financial regulator FSS was on the agenda. Topics of the discussion were the latest developments in FinTech, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies.
At the FinTech & Blockchain Forum at Sogang University in Seoul, Korean and German companies were presenting their business models. From the German side, the Frankfurt company blockchain HELIX and Firamis as well as the Stuttgart FinTech FINVAX were pitching. Dr. Jochen Papenbrock, Founder and CEO of Firamis, explained his innovative approach of using artificial intelligence in the financial industry.
At the next morning, the delegation travelled with the KTX high-speed train to Busan. Busan and Frankfurt Main Finance are linked by various cooperation agreements and work closely together. The delegation was officially welcomed by Ki-young Kim, Vice-Mayor of Economic Affairs at the Busan City Hall. Afterwards, the Busan-Frankfurt-FinTech Roundtable took place on the 52nd floor of the landmark BIFC building, which is a strong symbol for the dynamic development of the second-largest Korean city.
Back in Seoul, the delegation met with Korean politicians, companies as well as with Prof. Sooyong Park, the head of the Global FinTech Research Institute.
In Hong Kong, the delegation participated in the Asian Financial Forum (AFF). By means of a joint booth between FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH, Hessen Trade & Invest and Frankfurt Main Finance, Frankfurt presented itself as an attractive international financial center to the Asian financial community – not only in the Brexit context.
In her opening address at the AFF, Carrie Lam, the new head of the Hong Kong government, made clear the importance of Fintech and Blockchain for Hong Kong. Blockchain technology is expected to support Hong Kong’s contribution to the Chinese One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative.
Later at the same day, Oliver Naegele, founder and CEO of Frankfurt-based Blockchain presented at the Fintech O2O International Fintech Pitch Evening in Cyberport, Hong Kong’s state-owned tech center for FinTechs and other tech companies. In his pitch, he had the opportunity to convince the audience of his unique digital identity solution running on a Blockchain. A lot of applause and many positive comments in the aftermath showed that he was quite successful in doing so.
The second day of the Asian Financial Forum was almost completely dedicated to the startups. In addition to numerous pitches, international experts discussed the FinTech ecosystems in China, Hong Kong and Asia in various so-called “Innotalks”.
Further discussions were held with the Hong Kong FinTech Association and the newly established Hong Kong Blockchain Center (HKBCC). Frankfurt Main Finance intends to work closely together with both organizations in the future.

FinTech delegation travels to South Korea and Hong Kong

As in recent years, in January a FinTech delegation will be traveling under the leadership of Dr. Raettig to Hong Kong for the Asian Financial Forum (AFF). The Asia Financial Forum is the most important meeting of the Asian financial sector and will be held for the eleventh time on January 15 and 16, 2018. AFF’s topics include financial innovation and technology, AI and robotics, green finance, insurance technology, Fintech, Blockchain and banking innovations.

Frankfurt Main Finance will present itself with a joint stand with FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH and Hessen Trade & Invest to the Asian financial community as an attractive international financial center – not only in the Brexit context.

For years Frankfurt Main Finance has maintained close ties with the FinTech community in Hong Kong, among others with HKTDC, Invest.HK, the FATHK and Cyberport and Metta as leading FinTech Hubs in Hong Kong.

The FinTech delegation will travel to South Korea already on January 11, 2018, where it will present itself at FinTech events in Seoul and Busan. Frankfurt Main Finance is closely linked to both South Korean financial centers through a number of agreements, among others in the areas of FinTech and Blockchain. For several years there has been a regular exchange at the level of the financial centers as well as the supervisory authorities. South Korea is an important partner for Frankfurt and also a regular destination for delegation trips of the state of Hesse.

About the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong

For the eleventh time, on January 15 and 16, 2018, top-class international representatives of the financial and business world will meet at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong. During the two days they will discuss developments and trends in the dynamic markets of Asia and over and above that. The event, organized by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), has this time the motto: steer growth and pave the way for innovations, both in Asia and around the world. In 2017, the Forum had over 2,900 participants, including more than 100 internationally renowned speakers. There was also a great interest in the Deal Flow Matchmaking Sessions, where more than 490 projects were discussed with investors in over 600 conversations. Overall, the organizer has already arranged 3,800 meetings with more than 1,800 companies since the start of these sessions.

Among the contributors in 2018 are Jacob J. Lew, US Secretary of the Treasury until 2017, David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance of Luxembourg, Hu Huaibang, Chairman of China Development Bank Corporation, and Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank. From Germany comes Dr. Andreas Dombret, board member of the Deutsche Bundesbank. Speaker at the Keynote-Luncheon on January 16 is this year the expert for AI and Robotics, Professor Daniela Rus, Director of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Professor for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the MIT.

The AFF visitors are also offered to have pre-arranged meetings for participants with common interests, the InnoVenture Salon for Startups, who want to present their business ideas to international investors, a free financial and service advisory zone and sessions with project owners, presenting their projects to potential investors.

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Contact: Dr. Jochen Biedermann

Delegation to Japan & Korea

On behalf of Frankfurt Main Finance, Jochen Biedermann took part in a delegation visit of the state of Hessen to Tokyo and Seoul, led by Tarek Al-Wazir, Minister for Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development. The high ranking Hessian delegation met political leaders, various ministries, financial service providers and FinTech companies in both countries, Japan and South Korea.

Not only Japanese and Korean banks, but also government officials of both countries were keen to learn more about the German view on “Brexit” and about the advantages of Frankfurt as a potential headquarter for the European operations of Japanese and Korean financial service providers.

Furthermore, an initial contact was established to “FinTech Japan”, the Japanese FinTech association. There is a strong mutual interest in jointly organizing FinTech matchmaking events in course of 2017. With South Korea, already a close partner to Frankfurt in FinTech and beyond, next cooperation steps were discussed, in particular in the area of Blockchain. The FinTech community in South Korea is looking forward to the visit of a German FinTech delegation mid of January 2017, which is organized by Frankfurt Main Finance.

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Economics Minister Al-Wazir Travels with Delegation to China

The Hessian Economics Minister Tarek Al-Wazir departed Saturday for a weeklong trade mission to the People’s Republic of China. A few months after Frankfurt being named the first Renminbi first trade centre in the Eurozone, finance and economics meetings are at the centre of the trip. “The foundation has been laid, so that Frankfurt can establish itself as a central RMB trading platform in the euro area. The talks with the Chinese central bank, amongst others, will be concerned with fine tuning so that operations can get off the ground as quickly as possible. This will greatly benefit the financial centre of Frankfurt and also many SMEs in Hesse, whose business with Chinese partners will be significantly simplified, “said Al-Wazir upon his departure in Frankfurt.

“The conditions for even closer integration between Hessian and Chinese companies are good,” said Al-Wazir. China is the most important economic partner in the Asian market. The combined overall trading volume is currently over 9 billion Euros. At the same time, China is among the most active foreign investors in Hessen. “More and more Chinese technology companies, who want to invest in high-tech segment, are looking for a location in Europe. Hessen offers especially optimum conditions with its wide range of qualified professionals, high economic power and Frankfurt Airport as an international hub.” There is a great demand in China in sectors like environmental industries, energy efficiency, new materials and information and communication technologies. The Hessian economy compliments this demand with a high degree of expertise in these fields.

The delegation will stop in the capital Beijing, the financial centre of Shanghai and the Hessian partner-province of Hunan.

In Beijing, the conversations with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (3/11) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (4/11) will focus on the expansion of trade and investment.

In Shanghai (6/11) investment conditions in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone will be a focus of discussions with the local Trade Commission and Investment Authority. On the same day, the 3rd Hessen-Shanghai Business Forum will take place.

In addition to the capital Beijing and the economic hub Shanghai, the Hesse’s partner province Hunan (since 1985) is the third destination (5/11.). Economically speaking, Hunan is among the 10 strongest provinces in the PRC and since June this year is connected to Frankfurt with a direct flight. Hunan is one of the provinces with ambitious goals for improving their environmental quality and plans for resource-saving, environment-friendly development path. There project and company visits will be at the centre.

Overall, the delegation includes nearly 70 people. Their journey will last until 07/11.

South Korean Delegation Visits Financial Centre Frankfurt

In October 2015, leading Korean FinTechs, including Finotek, Yello Finance Group and Data Stream Corp. visited the Financial Centre Frankfurt under the leadership of Congressman Kim Jung-Hoon. The delegation made forward looking cooperation agreements while in Frankfurt. In addition, meetings were held with KfW IPEX Bank and other Frankfurt institutions. A FinTech workshop organized by Frankfurt Main Finance brought together representatives from FinTech companies, universities and politics from both Busan and Frankfurt. Both Financial Centres see great potential for future exchange in the area of FinTech.

“We have created a trusting partnership with Korea. From derivatives trade to maritime financing to FinTech, these are all themes in which we closely cooperate. We have been especially successful in bringing together financial institutions, universities and young FinTechs from both sides.” explained Dr. Jochen Biedermann of Frankfurt Main Finance at the end of the visit.