The Future of European Banking - Facing Challenges, Finding Opportunities

Open Seminar | Hosted by the Hertie School of Governance and ESMT European School of Management and Technology

The European banking sector faces great hurdles in 2013, especially as the business practices of many financial institutions continue to be questioned in public discourse. In this Open Seminar, hosted by the Hertie School of Governance and ESMT European School of Management and Technology, panel members will debate the timely issue of banking regulation. What can and should be done to stabilize the financial sector? How do the actors at national, European and international levels play together? How should the relationship between government and markets be designed in the financial sector? Last but not least, what must individual banks, bankers and regulators do to regain public and market trust?


Martin Blessing is Chief Executive Officer of Commerzbank AG, a position he has held since 2009. He has extensive experience in banking and consulting. Before joining Commerzbank, he was CEO of Advance Bank AG.

Jan U. Hagen is a member of the ESMT faculty and head of the practice group financial services at ESMT CS. He has more than 15 years of management experience in the European financial services industry.

Thomas Mirow is a Senior Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance. He served as President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London from 2008 to 2012 and was appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board of HSH Nordbank in 2013.

Gerhard Schick is Member of the German Bundestag and the finance-policy spokesman for the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group. He is a member of the finance committee in the German Bundestag.

Moderation: Melinda Crane, Chief Political Correspondent, DW-TV

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1 March 2013

1 - 2.30 p.m.

Hertie School of Governance

Kathrin Ackermann
Associate Communications and Events
Phone: +49 (0)30 - 259 219 -118