Michael D’Arcy TD, Minister for Financial Services, formally announced the initial speaker line-up and themes for the 4th European Financial Forum.

The event, to be opened by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, will take place in Dublin Castle on 13th of February 2019 and will build on the success of previous years.

Speaking at the opening of the French asset management firm TOBAM’s new offices in Dun Laoghaire, Minister D’Arcy noted,

“The European Financial Forum is one of the great successes of the IFS2020 Strategy and has gone from strength to strength since it was launched in 2016. It has become a flagship event on the financial services calendar for the industry and public sector to debate the complex challenges and opportunities facing all financial service stakeholders.”

In addition to a forward-looking debate on the macro-economic outlook for Europe, the US and Asia, the Forum will include a debate on Sustainable Finance, the continued impact of FinTech and Digitalisation, Market Infrastructure and the future of Asset Management.

Minister D’Arcy noted,

“Much of the success of the European Financial Forum is due to the quality of the speakers and we expect this open debate to continue in 2019, a year where the full impact of Brexit on the financial services landscape will begin to be felt.

The Forum is the perfect platform for Ireland to showcase its capability as a location of choice for specialist financial services in a rapidly changing and competitive global industry.”

Initial headline speakers include: President of the Atlanta Federal Reserve, Raphael Bostic, CEO designate of State Street, Ronald O’Hanley, Vice Chair of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Anne Finucane, plus Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, Governor Philip Lane of the Central Bank of Ireland, and Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe TD.

Details of more speakers as well as venue and logistical information are available at https://live.ft.com/Events/European-Financial-Forum2, promotional video available at http://www.ifsireland.com/European-Financial-Forum


Aidan Murphy [Press Officer, Department of Finance] – 085 886 6667

Press Office pressoffice@finance.gov.ie – 01 676 0336