The annual FIBI Conference took place on 21st November in the College Green Hotel, attended by more than 150 business leaders. The opening keynote from FIBI Chair Fernando Vicario, provided an up-beat but cautionary view on IFS activities in Ireland. A lively panel discussion ensued with former FIBI Chairs, Fiona Gallagher, Wells Fargo, Derek Kehoe, BNP Paribas, and Jonathan Lowey, TD Securities. An address on lessons learnt in the banking resolution area given by Dominique Laboureix, Chair of the SRB. The tone was good progress being made but more work needed.
CBI Deputy Governor Vasileios Madouros, Francesco Ceccato, Barlays Europe and Ian Nelson, KPMG Ireland then debated whether more regulatory staff and higher resolution levies were appropriate. Florian Weidenholzer (ECB) delivered a speech on the banks role in a low carbon economy. The message was that climate and environmental risks need to be treated by the banks, and will be supervised by the regulators, in a comparable manner to other significant risk areas. He was later joined by Francesca Pellegrino, TD Securities, Sarah Moran, KPMG and Ross Keeling HSBC Commercial Banking. Finally, a fireside chat was held with Mary Buckley, IDA and Davinia Conlon, Citigroup.
We would like to thanks our sponsors KPMG and Matheson.