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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and welcome coffee

9:00 – 9:40 a.m.

Welcome remarks

  • Jürgen  Marstatt, Head of SWIFT Germany

9:40 – 10:00 a.m.

Status, Trend & Vision for SWIFT

  • Stephan Müller, Chair NMG SWIFT Germany and CIO, Commerzbank

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

SWIFT update

  • Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO, SWIFT  

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Update on SWIFT Compliance Solutions

There are not many hotter topics than Financial Crime Compliance within the financial industry today. Promoting further financial market stability, and introducing new controls, regulators and indeed media have focused heavily on this domain. In early 2014, SWIFT announced that it was extending its Financial Crime Compliance offering beyond its existing Sanctions tools to a KYC Registry and Compliance Data Analytics tools as well as looking at other possible services to help customers mitigate cost, improve efficiency and enable better compliance. In this session we will tell you all about what’s already available, what’s in the pipeline and how our compliance services can help your institution reduce cost and risk in the regulatory compliance process.

  • Luc Meurant, Head of Banking Markets and Compliance Services, SWIFT

11:15– 11:45 a.m.

Coffee break and networking

11:45 – 12:30 p.m.

SWIFT Germany - Annual General Meeting (on invitation only)


Speed briefings on SWIFT products and services

The KYC Registry – free to use in 2015
SWIFT has developed The KYC Registry to help correspondent banks simplify the complex web of processes that come with managing KYC requirements. It creates one secure place to get high-quality, qualified Know Your Customer (KYC) information on correspondent banks and share your information with selected counterparties in turn. Learn how The KYC Registry can support your compliance and correspondent activities. And, find out how you can use The KYC Registry for free in 2015.

  • Julien Laurent, KYC/AML specialist, SWIFT

Making ISO 20022 work
ISO 20022 is being implemented in multiple jurisdictions around the globe and has reached a 'tipping point' in its maturity cycle. It is both a new standard as well as an enabler for overcoming business challenges in both the payments and securities market sectors. How can your institution integrate this new enabling technology in your own plans for improving automation and lowering cost and risk in operational processes?

  • Victor Abbelooss, Senior Manager, SWIFT

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch and networking

2:00 – 3:00  p.m.

Panel discussion: RMB clearing in Frankfurt: benefits and opportunities

Frankfurt became the first financial centre in Europe to win the right to clear and settle payments in yuan when the Bundesbank and the People’s Bank of China signed a memorandum of understanding on 28 March 2014. Only months later, on 17 November, RMB clearing in Frankfurt went live, with a number of major banks clearing RMB through the Frankfurt hub as of day one. The hub makes it easier for German lenders and their clients to access the RMB and cut costs by making euros directly convertible with the Chinese currency without having to be changed into U.S. dollars first. The objective is also for Frankfurt as a financial marketplace to draw payment and investment volumes to Germany. According to a recent survey Deutsche Bank and DerTreasurer, one in three German companies pays and receives yuan in its business dealings and an additional 17 percent plan to adopt the Chinese currency in the near future. In this session, our panellists will discuss which business opportunities they see in this local clearing model and what steps they believe are required to convert these opportunities into real financial benefits.

  • Sven Jürgensen, Head of FX Sales, HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG
  • Bernd Meist, Managing Director, Bank of China Frankfurt Branch
  • Oliver Voss, Director Product & Technology Management FI Payments and Clearing, Deutsche Bank AG
  • Sabine Simoens, Payment Systems Policy, Deutsche Bundesbank (moderator)

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Coffee break and networking

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Panel discussion: The future of payments

The Euro Retail Payments Board (ERPB), a multi-stakeholder group chaired by the European Central Bank (ECB) has decided to step up work on the topics of instant payments in euro and is currently evaluating an instant payment market solution for Europe. Instant payments with immediate availability of funds, said the ERPB, are the industry’s next frontier. The aim is to take advantage of integration already achieved with SEPA and avoid the development of a fragmented market in Europe. In this session we will be looking at the status of real-time payments globally, explain what SWIFT is developing for the Australian National Payments Platform (NPP) and look at what the drivers to implement real-time payments. What are the different options for a real-time payments environment and what are the pros and cons of the different models? And what are the pros and cons of an instant payment solution for Europe?

  • Klaus J. Müller, Head of CTS+FI Product Management Cash Services, Commerzbank AG 
  • Carlo Palmers, Market Infrastructure Market Manager, SWIFT
  • Michael Salmony, Executive Adviser to the Board of Directors, EQUENS SE
  • Axel Weiß, Head of Payments and Current Account Strategy, DSGV
  • Paula Roels, Director Market Management, Deutsche Bank (moderator)

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing remarks

  • Christian Kothe, Head of Central and Eastern Europe, SWIFT

5:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Networking drinks