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Tuesday 19 April 2016

08:45 - 09:30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 - 09:40

Welcome remarks


  • Jürgen Marstatt, Head of SWIFT Germany

09:40 - 10:20

Status, trend & vision for SWIFT


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

10:00 - 10:20

SWIFT update


  • Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO SWIFT

10:20 - 11:00

Panel discussion: SWIFT 2020 – The roles of the community and of SWIFT


  • Stephen Lomas, Managing Director, Head of Market Policy Global Transaction Banking, Deutsche Bank and SWIFT Board Member
  • Stephan Müller, Chair NMG SWIFT Germany and CIO, Commerzbank

  • Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO SWIFT

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break and networking

11:30 - 12:00

Expert discussion: Global Transaction Banking – what does the future hold?


In recent years, an increasing number of fintech companies have entered the payment market, frequently pitching for the low-value person-to-person payments segment, but increasingly going up the value chain and offering alternative payments models to traditional correspondent banking. How are banks responding to this and what is the recently launched global payments innovation initiative from SWIFT. To date, 45 banks, including Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, have signed up for the initiative. Designed for the corporate treasurer, the new service will enable banks worldwide to join forces and dramatically improve the customer experience in cross-border payments. Increased speed, transparency and predictability of cross-border transactions will become the core values of the new service.


  • Christian Westerhaus, Managing Director, Institutional Cash, Global Transaction Banking, Deutsche Bank

  • Reinhard Furthmayr, Head of Product Management Cash Services, Transaction Services and Financial Institutions, Commerzbank

12:00 - 13:00

SWIFT Germany - Annual General Meeting (on invitation only)




Speed briefings on SWIFT products and services


Speed briefings offer you the opportunity to hear, through short 15 minute presentations, about some of the many products and services within the SWIFT portfolio. These sessions will give you a taste of what’s available so that you can follow up in more depth with SWIFT experts during or after the Business Forum.


  • Intraday Liquidity Reporting (Marianna Janssen, Commercial Manager Intraday Liquidity EMEA, SWIFT)
  • RMA Analysis (Sven Refflinghaus, Head of Business Intelligence and SWIFTRef EMEA, SWIFT)
  • SWIFTRef Data Manager, entity plus (Steven Palstermans, Commercial Manager SWIFTRef EMEA, SWIFT)
  • Standards release impact assessment (Andrew Muir, Head of Standards Operations, SWIFT)

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch and networking

14:00 - 15:00

Panel discussion: Future of payments – the advent of real-time


The shift towards real time payments is a global phenomenon, changing the shape of payments systems around the world.  This session will take stock of progress, analyse the different payment system models under development, examine the pros and cons of each, and look at what lessons can be learned from elsewhere that might apply to the German payments market.


  • Josef Gilger, Head of Competence Center Payments & SWIFT, HypoVereinsbank – Member of UniCredit Group

  • Dirk Schrade, Bundesbank

  • Thomas Egner, Director Business Development, Commerzbank AG

  • Hans Rainer van den Berg, CEO, van den Berg AG und 1.  Vorsitzender der Arbeitsgruppe SEPA, Instant Payments und Crypto Currencies des Bitkom e.V.

  • Thomas Ramadan, Payments MIs EMEA, SWIFT (moderator)

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee break and networking


15:30 - 16:00

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
16:00 - 17:00

Fintech and innovation – vision or reality?


A wave of money is flowing into financial technology and disruptive fintech companies are trying to eat into banks’ business. What does digitalisation mean for the industry going forwards? What is the ongoing impact of digital and mobile on customer experience? What role will new technologies such as blockchain and distributed ledger play in the financial industry? What’s behind the hype and what innovations might apply to the real world? What are the critical success factors in this rapidly changing landscape and will the German financial market be a protagonist or an observer as the industry undergoes this wave of disruptive change?



  • Professor Dr. Andreas Hackethal, Professor for Personal Finance, Goethe Universität Frankfurt
  • Hubertus Väth, Geschäftsführer, Frankfurt Main Finance
  • Thomas Elm, Head of Derivatives Market Models, Deutsche Börse AG


17:00 - 17:15

Closing remarks


  • Christian Kothe, Head of Central and Eastern Europe, SWIFT
17:15 - 18:00 Networking drinks