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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

8:00 – 8:30

Registration and welcome coffee

8:30 – 8:40

Welcome remarks and opening


  • Cristina Rigo, Head of SWIFT Switzerland, SWIFT

8:40 – 9:10

CEO update


  • Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO, SWIFT

9:10 – 9:30

Innovation in the payments markets (introduction)


A wave of money is flowing into financial technology and disruptive fintech companies are trying to eat into banks’ business, with many of them moving up the value chain from low value person-to-person transactions to offer an alternative model to traditional correspondent banking. However, banks are fighting back. They are investigating how disruptive technologies can support their businesses and are working together in unprecedented ways to improve the experience and reduce costs for the end customers. The shift towards real time payments is also global phenomenon, changing the shape of payments systems around the world.  This introductory presentation, and the panel discussion that follows it, will look at the challenges to the established payments service models and ask if the industry really is on the verge of a major step change – or if banks can effectively defend their territory. We will also take stock of progress in real-time payments, look at the different payment system models under development, and examine what lessons can be learned from elsewhere that might apply to Switzerland.      


  • Thierry Chilosi, Head of Markets & Initiatives, EMEA, SWIFT
9:30 – 10:00

Panel discussion: Innovation in the payments markets


  • Beat Bannwart, Head of Product and Market Development Transaction Banking, UBS AG

  • Nicole Walker, Head Product Management Payments Solution, PostFinance

  • Martin Schlageter, Head of Treasury Operations, Roche

  • Jürg Weber, CEO, SIX Payment Services


  • Thierry Chilosi, Head of Markets & Initiatives, EMEA, SWIFT

10:00 – 10:30

Evolution or Revolution in the Securities Industry?


Last year saw the launch of T2S, which, once fully operational, will see CSDs across 21 countries and a number of major banks use a single European system for securities settlement. With further regulation due for implementation over the coming years and the ongoing deployment of T2S, (I)CSDs, CCPs, agents and custodians continue to re-define their service offering anticipating the future needs of the market. In this session we will look at what is happening in the European securities arena and how the current wave of change is likely to reshape the landscape in the years to come. What new market models are being developed? What’s the role of technology in these changes?  What will be the face of the service providers? How far will they need to evolve to survive or expand? And how is SWIFT adapting its service offering to cater for the evolving needs of its customers?


  • Isabelle Olivier, Securities Initiatives & Payment MIs, EMEA, SWIFT

10:30 – 10:50

Coffee Break and networking

10:50 – 11:15

Standards Update


The use of ISO 20022 continues to grow around the world, particularly amongst Market Infrastructures (MIs). In this session we will discuss SWIFT’s ISO 20022 harmonization initiative, which aims to bring consistency to these implementations: the progress made to date, the important next steps, what it means for bank participants, and how to get involved. On the MT front, we will provide a brief review of SR 2016 and introduce our new open platform for making the next maintenance cycle more accessible and streamlined.


  • Andrew Muir, Head of Standards Operations, SWIFT

11:15 – 11:45

SWIFT in Compliance


As the challenge of complying with new regulations continues to grow, banks are having to invest more and more in their financial crime compliance processes and infrastructure, all whilst coping with rising cost pressures. This session will give you an update on SWIFT’s community-based solutions to maximise the effectiveness and reduce the cost of financial crime compliance – including Sanctions Screening, Sanctions Testing, The KYC Registry, Compliance Analytics and the new planned developments.


  • Luc Meurant, Head of Financial Crime Compliance, SWIFT

11:45 – 12:15

Blockchain: from hype to real-world application


Beyond media headlines, what are the actual benefits and challenges of distributed ledger technologies, what is SWIFT’s position towards Blockchain technology and what are the applications that might influence the future of the financial industry?


  • Damien Vanderveken, Messaging, SWIFT
12:15 – 12:30

Closing remarks and outlook for 2016


  • Cristina Rigo, Head of SWIFT Switzerland, SWIFT
12:30 – 13:30

Lunch and networking