4th Annual Emerging European Investment Products

EEL Events' 4th Emerging European Investment Product Forum took place in the superb 5* InterContinental Hotel, 23 May 2013. Attracting over 70 attendees from 13 countries, this year's event provided unique opportunities for industry key players to share their expertise and experiences in the region with each during feature presentations, dynamic panel discussions and extensive networking sessions.

We would like to give great thanks to all our sponsors, speakers, delegates and partners. Most especially, GOLD Sponsor - Banca IMI, Intesa San Paolo; SILVER Sponsor - ETF Securities; ASSOCIATE Sponsor and Workshop Leader - Future Value Consultants; and EXHIBITOR - S&P Dow Jones Indices.

The forum was opened by excellent Chairman Mr Eric Greschner (Your Financial Coaches, USA) who provided a detailed overview of hot topics to be covered throughout the day and prevalent market challenges.

First feature speaker and workshop leader, Mr Tim Mortimer (Future Value Consultants, UK) then took to the stage offering a feature Structured Product drill down workshop. With analysis of the current market and drawing from specific case studies, the audience gained a unique insight to the value of industry research. Attendees then retired for the first extended networking coffee break of the day, allowing all participants to refuel and taste a selection of freshly prepared delicacies.

After a chance for participants to make introductions and establish connections, the second session of the day commenced, dedicated to in-depth analysis and discussion of emerging market trends and regulation. Feature speakers included: Mr Jan Scibor-Kaminski (StructuredRetailProducts.com, UK) who emphasised the vital role that regulation has in directing market developments. A thought shared by most of the audience, as displayed in the show of hands deciding key factors that impact and direct markets. Mr Krzysztof Haładyj (Wierzbowski Eversheds, Poland) then gave a brief insight into future regulation, highlighting key developments within the Polish market. Mr Hartmut Knüppel (Deutscher Derivate Verband (DDV), Germany) swiftly followed, describing the role of Associations and benefits of being a member, providing a specialist case study of the German market. The session closed with a diverse panel of experts who each shared their own experiences and expectations. Panel Chair, Mr Robert Raszczyk (BZ WBK Brokerage, Poland) expertly guided and stimulated discussion, physically dividing regulatory and market representative panellists and strongly inviting each side to disagree with each other. Participants included: Mr Armin Kammel (VÖIG, Austria), Ms Carine Delfrayssi (AFG (French Asset Management Association), France), Mr Jacek Wieclawski (Rabobank International, UK), Mr Peter van Kleef (Lakeview Systems GmbH, Germany) and Mr Jan Barta, CSOB, Czech Republic). Conversation was focused on if the EU is now suffering from a tsunami of regulation? The general consensus drawn was that regulation is not improving market transparency, but simply “subsidising the paper industry”. Further education is the vital component needed, and to utilise one’s experiences.

Lunch ensued, facilitating a further opportunity to meet new clients and develop partnerships. Our GOLD Sponsor - Banca IMI, Intesa San Paolo, then took to the stage, with Mr Salvatore Crescenzi and Mr Giovanni Carlucci (Banca IMI, Italy) provding an interactive talk on the R&D approach to investment products. This energetic presentation was very well received by the audience who were certainly not bored by this dynamic yet informative talk, which concluded with great applause.

SILVER Sponsor – ETF Securities, represented by Mr Bernhard Wenger followed, explaining factors affecting the commodity industry and which products he specifically would invest in. 

The last presentation of the session was given by Mr Mateusz Walczak (NWAI Dom Maklerski, Poland) who provided the audience with information regarding other investment opportunities, most especially within the developing Polish corporate bond market.

Before commencing with the final session of the day, attendees had another extended opportunity to network and swap business cards over refreshments. Although it was apparent still more time was wanted by all to discuss the day’s topics and network further. 

Mr Jarosław Przybył (Warsaw Stock Exchange, Poland) opened the final session of the day, warmly received by all attendees who were keen to learn about how their new platform will innovate and benefit the market. Mr Peter van Kleef (Lakeview Capital Market Services GmbH, Germany) then provided the final “high-frequency” talk of the day, receiving great applause from the audience who were grateful for the opportunity to quiz him further in the subsequent panel of which he was a member of. This panel of distinguished individuals chaired by Mr Jan Scibor-Kaminski (StructuredRetailProducts.com, UK), also included: Mr Alberto Mancuso (Banca IMI, Italy), Mr Bernhard Wenger (ETF Securities, UK), Mr Rupertus Rothenhäuser (Börse Stuttgart Holding GmbH, Germany), Mr Vadim Pogosyan (Alfa Capital, Russia), and Mr Peter Simon (OTP Asset Management, Hungary). Despite representing so many countries, consensus was still not achieved as to how one can structure a profitable product and ensure it sells in the current low interest rate market. Despite this lack of consensus, continuous friendly exchanges and laughs were shared by all. Providing the perfect enthusiastic atmosphere for the day’s concluding cocktail reception, where attendees had the final chance to speak further with one another in a relaxed environment, whilst enjoying a glass of wine or two... 

EEL Events thanks all who sponsored, partnered, and attended our successful EEIP 2013 and we look forward to welcoming you back to one of our future events. If you would like to be involved as a sponsor, speaker, panellist or delegate please contact us directly production@eelevents.co.uk

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