Financing Growth Without Borders

Strengthening and Integrating the EU Capital Markets

Zagreb, Croatia
th-16th June 2020

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We regret to inform you that we have decided to postpone our Markets4Europe event: Financing Growth Without Borders (originally taking place between 15 – 16 June in Zagreb, Croatia), due to the health concerns arising from COVID-19.

We believe it is in the best interest of all participants to postpone the event. We are doing our best to find a new suitable date in Q3 2020 with the same event format. We will make sure you are notified as soon as that one is confirmed. 

On behalf of the organisers I would like to thank you for your support. Please understand that these are difficult and unpredictable circumstances.

Under the aegis of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency (Hrvatska agencija za nadzor financijskih usluga, HANFA) and the Markets4Europe campaign are organising a conference in Zagreb, Croatia to promote the key reforms needed for a more efficient, integrated and deeper EU Capital Markets Union, with a special focus on innovation and strengthening local and regional market capacity alongside the pan-European level.

This issue is one of the essential objectives of the Croatian Presidency, and the conference will provide an opportunity to take stock of ongoing work on capital markets and outline priorities for the second half of 2020 as the EC’s upcoming action plan starts coming into focus.

The Markets4Europe campaign is a public-private sector initiative centred around six recommendations published in autumn 2019 by former public officials and CEOs.


15 June 2020: Reception and Gala Dinner

18:30 – 19:30  Registration and networking reception
19:30 – 22:30  Gala dinner

  • Zoran Bohaček, Chief Advisor, Croatian Banking Association
  • Wim Mijs, Chief Executive, European Banking Federation
  • Ante Žigman, President of the Board, HANFA

16 June 2020: Conference

08:30 – 09:00  Registration and welcome coffee
09:00 – 09:15  Welcome Speech and Introduction

  • Ante Žigman, President of the Board, HANFA

09:15 – 09:30  Banking Sector and the Markets4Europe Campaign

  • Giovanni Sabatini, General Manager, Italian Banking Association (ABI)

09:30 – 09:45  Opening Remarks and Overview of the Markets4Europe Recommendations

  • Martina Dalić, Member of the Leadership of the Markets4Europe Campaign and Callidus Certus d.o.o., Zagreb

09:45 – 10:45   Panel: Building Capital Markets Anew: The Challenges

After 30 years of transition, where do the Central and Eastern European countries stand in terms of the development of their capital markets? What are the lessons learned from the past government and private sector initiatives to develop the supply and demand for capital in the region? How should the CMU serve the enterprises and investors in all corners of Europe? How to prevent a two-tiered market? Which obstacles are unique to the region?


  • Zdenko Adrović, Managing Director, Croatian Banking Association
  • Hannes A. Takacs, Associate Director, Head of ECM and CMI Development Local Currency and Capital Markets Development, EBRD
  • Mladen Vedriš, Member of Supervisory Board, Banka Kovanica
  • Patrick Young, Chairman, Revolution Market Capital


  • Burçak Inel Martenczuk, Director of Financing Growth, EBF & Markets4Europe Campaign

10:45 – 11:15   Coffee Break

11:15 – 11:25  Presentation: What are the Trends for Company Structure and Financing?

  • Velimir Šonje, Managing Director and Founder, Arhivanalitika

11:25 – 12:15   Panel: How Can Capital Markets Serve Companies Better?

What do CEE companies expect from public and private capital markets specifically? Do companies benefit from going public? How can we improve their access to markets? How can we build companies’ knowledge of markets?


  • Hrvoje Čosić, Director, Aircash
  • Ivana Gažić, CEO, Zagreb Stock Exchange
  • Emil Tedeschi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic
  • Nataša Mikuš Žigman, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Craft


  • Iva Soić, Chief Advisor, HANFA

12:15 – 13:00   Panel: What does it take to Create Regional Capital Markets?

What does a regional market offer to companies and investors in the EU? What are the practices that have proven successful in developing regions in the EU? Which paths are most promising for CEE countries? Which of the Markets4Europe recommendations are particularly relevant for encouraging cross-border listings and cross-border investors? Can these regions also serve non-EU companies and investors?


  • Aleš Ipavec, President of the Management Board, Ljubljana Stock Exchange
  • Vedrana Jelusic Kasic, Partner, Financial Advisory, Deloitte
  • Christoph Schoefboeck, CEO, Erste Bank Croatia


  • Jurica Jednačak, Deputy President, HANFA

13:00 – 14:00   Lunch

14:00 – 14:15   Keynote: A view from the Council: Croatian Presidency

  • Zdravko Marić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Croatia

14:15 – 15:00   Panel: How Can Capital Markets Serve Domestic and Cross-border Investors Better?

How can we grow the investor base in CEE countries? How can we improve cross-border investor access to the CEE markets? How can we build investor trust and develop an equity and bond culture in the EU and the CEE? What should be the right trade-off between complexity, choice, competitiveness? What do market players in smaller markets need from EU regulation?


  • Danijel Nevidal, Executive director, InterCapital


  • Tomislav Ridzak, Member of the Board, HANFA

15:30 – 16:00  Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00   Panel: FinTech – Opportunities and Challenges
Emerging technologies and regulation: How to strike the right balance between encouragement and risk management? How to support innovation without creating undue administrative burdens and distorting competition? What is the EU vision for the future of financial services?


  • Pauline Guerin, Senior Adviser for Capital Markets, EBF
  • Chiara Orlandini, Director General, ItaliaFintech
  • Božidar Pavlović, Head of Technology, Oradian
  • Filip Saravanja, Senior Analyst and FinTech Coordinator, HANFA


  • Anamarija Staničić, Director, HANFA

17:00 – 17:15 Concluding Keynote Speech

  • Boris Vujčić, Governor, Croatian National Bank

17:15 – 17:30 Concluding remarks

  • Wim Mijs, Chief Executive, European Banking Federation

17:30               Conference End

The Conference is sponsored by

With the support of

Croatian Banking Association

The Markets4Europe campaign is sponsored by