Ministers Donohoe and D’Arcy looking ahead to the European Financial Forum 2019

8th February, 2019

The  Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, together with the Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance, Michael D’Arcy TD, today announced the final agenda and line-up of speakers for the European Financial Forum, which will take place in Dublin Castle on Wednesday 13 February.

This will be the fourth year of the Forum, which has established itself as a key engagement event for the financial industry not just for Europe but on a global scale as it connects industry leaders from the main financial centres around the world. The theme of this years forum is ‘Policies and business models for a changing financial landscape’.

The Forum is a one-day event organised in partnership with the IDA and the Financial Times.  Speakers at EFF2019 will include the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD; Ministers Donohoe and D’Arcy, as well as a diverse range of speakers from the public, private and regulatory fields:

– Central Bank Governor, Philip Lane;

– Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland

– Head of EMEA and CEO of Morgan Stanley & Co. International, Clare Woodman;

– President of the Atlanta Federal Reserve, Raphael Bostic;

– Vice Chair of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Anne Finucane;

– CEO and President of State Street, Ronald O’Hanley.

– CEO of Citigroup, Mike Corbat.

Minister Donohoe stated that “the Forum is an opportunity to bring together both public and private sector leaders from around the world to lead debate and discussion around the challenges and issues facing the financial services industry and the wider global economy.”. The Minister added that: “EFF 2019 will focus on the changes that have taken place in the global financial system over the last decade, as well as the future direction of the industry, by examining key trends, opportunities and threats that demand attention from financial services leaders in 2019 and beyond”.

Minister D’Arcy stated that: “as a Government-sponsored event the EFF demonstrates Government’s commitment to the international financial services sector”. He added that: “the EFF is a stand-out event which provides a platform for top decision-makers and influencers, in the public, private and regulatory fields of financial services, to engage on the key issues affecting the industry”.

Both Ministers recognised that the EFF allows Ireland’s IFS sector to showcase its capability in providing specialist financial services, with senior executives explaining the importance of their Irish operations as part of their Global and regional corporate strategies.