On 27 January 2016, the Financial Times in partnership with IDA Ireland presented the inaugural European Financial Forum, bringing together over 600 international and Irish industry leaders, policy makers, regulators and experts to explore the disruptive forces that are shaping the financial sector into the future and discuss where opportunities lie. Catch-up on selected keynote addresses and panel sessions from the forum below.
These are crucial times for financial institutions. A volatile economic environment, disruptive innovations, new entrants to the market place and a changing regulatory landscape are all transforming traditional business models and creating a new playing field in the industry.
As fintech innovations, peer-to-peer lending and big data open the door to new entrants and stimulate greater competition, disruptors are creating alternative modes of finance and shaking up the sector. At the same time, incumbent players are rethinking their business models to remain relevant to a new generation of clients while satisfying the requirements of regulators, shareholders and investors.
How are banks and other traditional players navigating this transformed landscape? Are they ready to embrace change and adapt? What are key challenges and opportunities that the new digital age brings? What are the possible macroeconomic and regulatory scenarios and how are they likely to impact financial services in Europe?