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EuropeanIssuers Capital Markets Webinar Series Programme

29 September 2020 - ESG: How to Improve the Value of the ESG Disclosure?

03 November 2020 - SRDII

17 November 2020 - Digitalisation of EU Capital Markets

09 December 2020 - Sustainable Finance

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EU corporates are considered international leaders on ESG reporting and sustainability transparency and disclose significant amount of environmental and social information. However, some stakeholders complain about the lack of non-financial data, their quality and how difficult it is to access these data. There are also many questions about how investors incorporate non-financial data within their valuation models and investment decisions. The European Union has taken sustainability concerns into account in its financial policies since 2013 and launched in 2018 its Sustainable Finance Action Plan. This sustainable finance focused webinar discussed what can be done to appease increasing pressure on EU corporates for more reporting requirements on their non-financial performance while avoiding undermining the level playing field vis-à-vis global competitors.

 Moderator: Lé Quang Tran Van, Co-Chair of Corporate Reporting Working Group, EuropeanIssuers

Speakers:

  • Charlotte Gardes, Deputy Head of Unit Sustainable Finance & Climate Risk (Asset Management & Banking), French Treasury
  • Joël Dibeton, ESG Lead, Head of Analysts - Listing, Euronext
  • Fulvio Rossi, Head of Sustainability, Terna 
  • Daniele Vitale, Head of Governance UK & Europe, Georgeson 

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This webinar session is partnered by Euronext.

 

 

European economic recovery post-covid in many ways depends on reviewing its capital markets. Europe has to discover ways to make public equity and debt financing more attractive for SMEs and, generally, reduce the entry barriers for accessing capital markets. The solutions to today’s challenges faced by listed companies pass by technology and digitalisation of capital markets. 
 
This webinar showcased the practical technology tools that can be used to help issuers to:
  • list their securities cheaper, faster, and more efficiently in any market,
  • fulfil their regulatory obligations stemming from the EU capital markets legislation (including the Prospectus regulation, Transparency Directive, Non-financial reporting regulation, MiFID II relevant issues) and those that are foreseen by the Capital Markets Union.
It discussed what digitalisation of capital markets implies for issuers, what they need to do to adapt, how they fit into the ecosystem and what policy-makers have been doing to drive digitalisation forward.
 

 Moderator: Robert Koller, Executive Chairman of the Board, european primary placement facility (eppf) S.A. & Member of EuropeanIssuers

Speakers:

  • Peter Kerstens, Adviser for Technological Innovation and Cybersecurity, Horizontal Policies, DG FISMA.B, European Commission
  • Friedrich Luithlen, Global Head of Debt Capital Markets, DZ Bank
  • Adam Shaw, Founder & Executive Chairman of  the Board, ScribeStar
  • Hervé Labbé, Co-founder & CEO, NowCP 

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This webinar session is partnered by ScribeStar.

 

Significant progress has been achieved through the Shareholder’s Rights Directive II (SRD II) and its implementing regulation when it comes to exercising shareholder rights and processing corporate actions cross-border. However, there are still two outstanding issues. First, a thorough assessment of the impact of SRD II rules on corporate actions processes is pending and there is need for further harmonization in this area. Second is the harmonisation of shareholder definition. The second problem was put forward also during the Capital Markets Union High-Level Forum (CMU HLF), and it arises due to the reliance of the SRD II on the Member States’ definition of the ‘shareholder’. This webinar discussed whether the ‘shareholder’ definition leads to significant difficulties for intermediaries and issuers in the process of identification, as well as for shareholders to exercise their rights, especially in a cross-border context, and will explore possible solutions in reaching an EU harmonised definition considering that in most Member States the notion is already based on the end-investor concept.

Speakers:

  • Katalin Koós-Hutás, Policy Officer, DG JUST, European Commission
  • Michael Collier, Director, Deutsche Bank
  • Dr Markus Kaum, Attorney, Mariacher Rechtsanwälte
  • Juan Manuel Vazquez Garcia Reynoso, Senior Legal Advisor, Emisores Españoles

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This webinar session is partnered by Nasdaq.

As ESG reporting requirements are under review, listed companies are continually facing heightened demands for corporate transparency from various stakeholders. Prompted by unprecedented levels of regulations, are the ESG reporting standards satisfactory for regulators and users (investors, other stakeholders)? What can EU standardisation of non-financial information deliver? This ESG-focused webinar discovered how investors, companies, stock exchanges and policy makers can work together to improve the value of ESG disclosure.

Moderator: Elisabeth Gambert, Director for CSR & International Affairs at AFEP & Co-Chair of EuropeanIssuers Corporate Reporting Working Group

Speakers:

  • Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, EPP, Member of ECON Committee
  • Tomas Thyblad, Vice President, Head of ESG Solutions, European Markets, Nasdaq
  • Dr Christine Negrini, CSR Senior Manager, RWE AG 
  • Bertrand Janus, Investor Relations - CSR Reporting Manager, Total

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This webinar session is partnered by Nasdaq.