The Banker Events

All the virtual and in-person events coming up across The Banker, gathering leading minds in politics, finance and business with senior TB & FT journalists to discuss the big issues of our time. Upcoming events include: 

Crypto and digital assets summit

26-27th April - London (In person and digital passes available)

The global cryptocurrency market's continued shake up of the financial system has prompted the beginnings of global regulatory change and a monetary revolution that no one can afford to ignore. Regulatory overhaul, the development of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the rise of cybercrime, stablecoins, innovation in cross-border retail and wholesale payments infrastructure, and the ‘institutionalisation’ of crypto investing, are just some of the critical challenges that are forcing financial institutions to change the way they operate, and force a change in the perception of fiat currencies and crypto assets. 

The risks facing global businesses and financial institutions are vast, but so too are the opportunities. How will the growth of CBDCs refine the multiple use cases of crypto assets and stablecoins? Across multiple emerging markets and regions, how do priorities and use cases differ? What efficiency benefits will open-source, scalable blockchain technology bring to businesses? How much risk appetite do global asset managers and sell-side traders have for crypto assets, and is this likely to change with the advent of CBDCs? What does the future look like for de-centralised finance and smart contracts? And are we at risk of crypto assets becoming ‘too big to fail’?

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Banking on sustainability and measuring ESG performance: providing for yourself and your clients

24th March - Digital event

As banks battle complex sustainability issues and the pressure to prioritise sustainable activity mounts, questions remain around both the validity and the evenness of disclosure around ESG performances. Regulators continue to create and debate the most effective way to analyse, quantify and present ESG credibility, to which large scale banking institutions are frequently expected to respond. Financial institutions now need ways to better collect, analyse and distribute quality data on ESG data points not only from a financial perspective, but also across other operations aspects from energy consumption to diverse workforces. 

With the threat of greenwashing very much present, how can incumbent banks better support their private sector clients in a way that protects both their reputation and their commitment to making positive change? How far are banks able to support clients at risk of enhanced ESG-related shareholder activism, what can they do to demonstrate their ESG credentials to fend off such efforts? Has the ESG agenda moved to be more private sector driven rather than public? What are the next steps for the sector?

Hosted by The Banker in partnership with S&P, this one-hour webinar will bring together leading ESG professionals from the banking ecosystem seeking to ensure that they are able to function in a sustainable way and also prove their sustainability for both themselves and their clients. Chaired by Marie Kemplay, Investment Banking and Capital Markets Editor of The Banker, our panel of expert speakers will look to cover the greatest challenges brought on by greater ESG implementation. 

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