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2012

Here's a quick update on our confirmed events calendar for the Financial Services Club London in 2012, with full details for every meeting at the end of this blog entry.

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Tuesday, 10th January 2012
An update on EU financial services legislation and associated initiatives
Dr. David Doyle, EU Policy Advisor on Financial Markets 

Wednesday, 25th January 2012
Alternative and virtual currencies: the way of Bitcoin
Donald Norman, Co-founder, Bitcoin Consultancy 

Tuesday, 31st January 2012
Annual Debate: "Is SEPA happening and does it matter?"
A panel discussion with: Gilbert Lichter, CEO, EBA; Ruth Wandhofer, Head of Market Policy and Strategy, EMEA, Global Transaction Services, Citi; Simon Bailey, Director, Logica; and Johnny Brit, Chairman, Xenophobank.

Tuesday, 7th February 2012
Finovate Europe 2012
10% discount for Financial Services Club members  if you use our special partner discount code FSClubVIP10 on the registration page (register now).

Wednesday, 8th February 2012
Designing the bank of the future: How innovation with a human touch is redefining financial services
James Moed, Financial Service Design Lead, IDEO Europe

Wednesday, 29th February 2012
Launch of the Clearing & Settlement Working Group (CAS-WG)

Tuesday, 6th March 2012
The Future of Cash – is there one?
A debate between Adam Lawrence, Chief Executive of the Royal Mint and John Howells
CEO of the LINK Scheme in support of cash, versus David Birch, Director of Consult Hyperion and Francesco Burrelli of the Value Partnership against

Wednesday, 21st March 2012, Keynote Dinner
The Future of SWIFT
Lazaro Campos, Chief Executive, SWIFT

Thursday, 19th April 2012, Keynote Dinner
The future of investing and getting the right returns
Elizabeth Corley, Chief Executive, Allianz Global Investors

Wednesday, 25th April 2012
The changing relationship between banks and their corporate clients
Carole Berndt, Head of Global Treasury Services, EMEA, Bank of America

Wednesday, 16th May 2012
Government and banks: a relationship that has changed
Mark Hoban MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Wednesday, 23rd May 2012, Keynote Dinner
Creating a stable financial system
Andy Haldane, Executive Director, Financial Stability, Bank of England

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Full details for each meeting:

Tuesday, 10 January 2012
An update on EU financial services legislation and associated initiatives
Dr. David Doyle, EU Policy Advisor on Financial Markets

David spoke at the Club a year ago, and gave an in-depth analysis of the progress of MiFID and SEPA, as someone who is on the inside track with Brussels. In a return presentation, David will update us on the most pressing developments in Financial Markets regulation coming up in the near future, in particular the Capital Requirements Directive.

David is known across Europe as a leading expert on EU financial market regulation. A former diplomat with over 20 years of service on mainland Europe and now acts as an EU Policy Advisor between Brussels, London and Paris, specialising in EU Financial Services. He is a member of the Executive Board of the joint MEP-EU industry “The Kangaroo Group” at the European Parliament, the Board of Directors of the Genesis Initiative at Westminster, and sits on the Transatlantic Business Dialogue Taskforce on Capital Markets and the Corporation of London EU Regulatory Working Group.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Alternative and virtual currencies: the way of Bitcoin
Donald Norman, Co-founder, Bitcoin Consultancy

New payment schemes are trying to enable peer-to-peer money transfers, dis-intermediating the banks. Money is no longer seen as the sole representation of value. New alternative currencies are being created. Facebook credits are now used by more than 250 million people. New payments schemes are being proposed at the infrastructure level of the internet. Currency is open-sourced. How can we create new systems of wealth generation and abundance? What does the future hold for banks and other financial institutions in the wake of massive peer-to-peer exchange? How do we (re)define the role of banks in this fast moving eco-system of new value providers?

Donald Norman is the co-Founder of the Bitcoin Consultancy. The group works on software development for core Bitcoin code. Donald has appeared as an advocate of Bitcoin in Reuters, Newsweek, WSJ (SmartMoney), The Independent, CNBC and others.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2012
"Is SEPA happening and does it matter?"

A panel discussion with:

  • Gilbert Lichter, CEO, EBA
  • Ruth Wandhofer, Head of Market Policy and Strategy, EMEA, Global Transaction Services, Citi
  • Simon Bailey, Director, Logica
  • Johnny Brit, former Chairman, Xenophobank

Started in 2002, in response to the Lisbon Agenda and Regulations on fees for cross-border cash withdrawals, the Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA) has been in the planning for a long time. In fact, it has been discussed for so long by so many that, for a lot of people, it’s become as dull as dishwater. This view may be wrong though as, after seven years of gestation, SEPA Direct Debits (SDDs) were finally born in November 2009 and the Payment Services Directive (PSD), which legally supports SDDs, was transposed and implemented in most European countries. So all is good is it not? Or maybe it is not as discovered in the annual European Payments survey of the Financial Services Club. What is the truth? Is SEPA here? Even if it is, does it actually matter? To find out the truth, the Financial Services Club has gathered some of Europe’s most preeminent commentators and activists in the SEPA discussion to provide insight and understanding.

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Tuesday, 7th February 2012
Finovate Europe 2012
10% discount for Financial Services Club members

On 7th February 2012, over 30 innovative fintech companies will take the stage at FinovateEurope to demo their latest financial and banking technology innovations.  You can get 10% off the registration price if you use our special partner discount code FSClubVIP10 on the registration page.  Register now and, if interested, here are the companies who will be demoing at FinovateEurope 2012. 

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Wednesday, 8th February 2012
James Moed, Financial Service Design Lead, IDEO Europe
Designing the bank of the future: How innovation with a human touch is redefining financial services

IDEO study human behaviours and help banks design products to meet their needs. It’s a totally different way of looking at product design that starts from the human perspective, rather than the technology. The result is that bank product designers find out how customers use electricity metres as budgeting devices and see spare change as a savings tool rather than as round-up purchasing.

Designing such services with banks as diverse as Bank of America to PNC to State Farm, James Moed will take us through some of the real cutting edge designs for the bank of the future.

James leads design teams to develop new products, services, and business models. He works with clients to develop insights and solutions that are both actionable for their organisations and compelling for their customers. By focusing on people, not just categories, James helps clients reframe their approach to the market.

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Wednesday, 29th February 2012
Launch of the Clearing & Settlement Working Group (CAS-WG)

The aim of the CAS-WG is to debate and discuss all aspects of clearing and settlement infrastructures, and the first agenda will have four panels discussing:

  • Volker/Vickers/MiFID II and impacts on post-trade operations and IT, particularly with regard to OTC Derivatives and Clearing
  • T2S – problems of change and implementation for settlement
  • Giovannini Group Recommendations, Innovation & Technology – what progress has been made?
  • Standards in Post-trade operations

Panellists from organisations including Euroclear, LCH.Clearnet, EuroCCP and EMCF will be attending.  

The CAS-WG will hold its first meeting at BT’s offices in Newgate Street, and is organised in association with the Realization Group.

If you would like to attend, then let us know.

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Tuesday, 6th March 2012
The Future of Cash – is there one?
A debate between Adam Lawrence, Chief Executive of the Royal Mint and John Howells, CEO of the LINK Network in favour, versus David Birch, Director, Consult Hyperion and Francesco Burrelli, Principal with Value Partners against

For years, we’ve tried to replace cash with cards. Now we’re tryihng to replace cash with phones. Can cash ever actually be replaced? After all, cash in circulation is increasing year on year and cash is still the only truly trusted, real-time value exchange that exists in any economy. So what is the future of cash … or rather, for some, is there a future for cash? In this stimulating debate, the anti-cash movement meets the cash fundamentalists in an evening where some sparks are sure to fly.

Adam Lawrence

Adam Lawrence was appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Mint on 1 January 2011.  He is an experienced Executive. He began his professional career as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. Since 1995, he held a number of senior positions with Catalent Pharmaceuticals for businesses located across Asia Pacific, Europe and the US. He was Vice President Finance for the Sterile Technologies division before leaving in 2008 to join the Royal Mint as Director of Finance.  Adam was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in May 2010 and holds an MBA from Monash Mt Eliza Business School.

John Howells

John Howells became CEO of the LINK network in June 2011. He was previously a Director of Ernst & Young’s Financial Services business and Head of Benefits and Pensions Consulting at Capgemini where he specialised in the design and implementation of strategic change for major public and private sector organisations.

David Birch

David Birch is a Director of Consult Hyperion, the IT management consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions, where he provides specialist consultancy support to clients around the world. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics.  Described by The Independent newspaper as a "grade-A geek", by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation as "one of the most user-friendly of the UK's uber-techies" and by Financial World as "mad", Dave is a member of the editorial board of the E-Finance & Payments Law and Policy Journal and of the advisory board for European Business Review, a columnist for SPEED and UK correspondent to the Journal of Internet Banking and Commerce.

Francesco Burrelli

Francesco has over 15 years experience in consulting and banking with a focus on cards, payments and transaction banking with a specialisation in strategy, M&A, innovation, new product development and performance improvement. His experience spans from small regional banks in continental Europe to major international institutions including payment schemes and processors on global basis.  Before joining Value Partners in London, Francesco was a Director with the Payments Team of Deloitte LLP, Head of Cards and Payments at A.T.Kearney FIG UK and before that he led the European Cards and Retail Payments practice at Capco.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Keynote Dinner: The future of SWIFT
Lázaro Campos, Chief Executive, SWIFT

SWIFT has survived the financial crisis, albeit with a contraction in volumes of messages that challenged the network and infrastructure to rethink its approach, organisation and strategy. Now, SWIFT is gearing up for its next phase of growth but how will it achieve such growth and who are its challengers? In this keynote, CEO Lázaro Campos will take us through his vision of SWIFT for the next decade. Lázaro succeeded Lenny Schrank as CEO of SWIFT in April 2007 having joined SWIFT in 1987. He has served in many roles through his tenure with the organisation, including Head of Marketing where he led the SWIFT strategy initiative in the 2000s and, prior to his appointment as CEO, was Head of the Banking Industry Division.

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Thursday, 19 April 2012
Keynote Dinner
The future of investing and getting the right returns
Elizabeth Corley, Chief Executive, Allianz Global Investors

Elizabeth Corley is Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Global Investors. She joined the company in April 2005 and in October 2005. Prior to joining Allianz, Elizabeth spent eleven years working at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. She became Managing Director and Head of the EMEA Asia Pacific Mutual Fund Business as well as Member of various Boards including MLIM UK Ltd. and Merrill Lynch International Investment Funds. Before this, Elizabeth was a partner with Coopers & Lybrand and prior to that worked for the Life & Pensions industry.

Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (UK), the Chartered Institute of Marketing and also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies. She was named Personality of the Year in 2006 by Funds Europe and Most Influential Woman in Asset Management in 2009 by Financial News. From March 2006 until the end of June 2007, she was Chairwoman of FEAM (Forum of European Asset Managers); in September 2010 she was appointed Chairwoman for a second term. Elizabeth is also a board member of TheCityUK Ltd and a member of the City of London International Regulatory Strategy Group. Starting in April 2011 she serves as non executive director on the Financial Reporting Council, the UK’s independent regulator responsible for promoting high quality corporate governance and reporting to foster investment. Elizabeth is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is also an acclaimed writer and has had four thriller novels published.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012
The changing relationship between banks and their corporate clients
Carole Berndt, Head of Global Treasury Services, EMEA, Bank of America

Bank of America is known as an innovator in their domestic markets but what does this mean for the international corporate client? Carole Berndt will tell all in this key session for transaction banking professionals.

Carole Berndt is the head of global treasury services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), for which regions she is in charge of the end-to-end product, business, technology and operations and client sales management strategy for treasury business. Previously, Berndt led the client delivery team for Citigroup in New York, with global responsibility for end-to-end delivery of implementation, service and client technology for its global treasury products portfolio.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Government and banks: a relationship that has changed
Mark Hoban MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Mark Hoban was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury in May 2010.  Mark was appointed the Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury in December 2005. Between November 2003 and December 2005 he was Shadow Minister for Schools. Prior to November 2003, he was an Opposition Whip. Between 2001 and 2003 Mark was a member of the Select Committee on Science and Technology.

Mark was born in 1964. He married his wife, Fiona, in 1994 and they live in Locks Heath. Mark was born and brought up in the North East of England, where he attended a comprehensive school in Durham. He has an economics degree from the London School of Economics. After graduating he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and went on to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers between 1985 and 2001. Mark has been the MP for Fareham since June 2001.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Keynote Dinner
Creating a stable financial system
Andy Haldane, Executive Director, Financial Stability, Bank of England

Andy Haldane is Executive Director for Financial Stability. Andy has responsibility for developing Bank policy on financial stability issues and the management of the Financial Stability Area. He is a member of the newly established Interim Financial Policy Committee as well as several senior management committees of the Bank. He is also a member of the Basel Committee.

Andy joined the Bank in 1989. In previous roles he has headed the Bank’s work on risk assessment, market infrastructure and on international finance. Prior to that he worked on various issues regarding monetary policy strategy, inflation targeting and central bank independence.

Andy has written extensively on domestic and international monetary and financial stability, authoring around 100 articles and three books. He is the co-founder of a charity 'Pro Bono Economics', which aims to broker economists into projects in the charitable sector.

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