8th Annual Banking Conference held on 23 September 2021

The 8th Annual Conference on the Banking Union was held by the ILF in cooperation with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on 23 September 2021. We are happy that this time, unlike the 7th Annual Conference which was purely online, we had the possibility of holding a hybrid conference. We saw a total of 210 participants with 43 of them attending the in-person event on Campus Westend while the remaining participants could follow the conference virtually.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Cahn, Executive Director of the ILF and Dr. Alexander Glos, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, gave the opening remarks followed by speeches of prominent speakers.

The speeches of the conference speakers can be found at:



Part I

The financial system after the pandemic


Andreas Cahn, Executive Director, Institute for Law and Finance

Alexander Glos, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

1st speech

The case for Banking Union in the post-pandemic world

Mairead McGuinness, Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union, European Commission


2nd speech

How to make profitable banking in view of the current market challenges

Stefan Ermisch, CEO of Hamburg Commercial Bank


3rd speech

Integrating the climate and environment challenge in the missions of central banks and supervisors

Frank Elderson, Executive Board Member and Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board, European Central Bank


1st panel discussion

Markus Benzing, Frank Elderson, Stefan Ermisch

Moderator: Elena Carletti, Professor of Finance, Bocconi University


Part II

New developments in AML supervision


4th speech

AML/CFT 4.0: Time for a change

Thorsten Höche
, Managing Director and General Counsel, Association of German Banks (Bundesverband deutscher Banken)


5th speech

Criminal and regulatory enforcement of money laundering legislation in Europe - today and in future under the AMLA

Simone Kämpfer
, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


6th speech

AMLA: a new centre of the Union AML/CFTsupervisory system

Olena Loboiko, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union, European Commission


2nd panel discussion

Thorsten Höche, Simone Kämpfer, Olena Loboiko

Moderator: Katharina Hefter, Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group