A book of essays on financial reform in Europe
AFME held the launch of its book, 'Investing in Change', at the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons on 1st February. Politicians and regulators, senior figures from the European financial sector and leading financial journalists gathered in the college library to hear Paul Tucker, Deputy Governor of Financial Stability at the Bank of England welcome the book.
AFME CEO Simon Lewis welcomed everyone to the launch, while AFME Chairman Gael de Boissard explained the book's rationale - to explore financial reform through the eys of a group of authorative, independent commentators, arguing that only "rigorous self-examination" and by engaging with its critics, can the financial services industry regain public trust. You can view Paul Tucker's speech here.
Meanwhile, Eddy Wymeersch, Chairman of the Public Interest Oversight Board, and Holger Krahmer, a member of the European Parliament, gave the introductory remarks at the Brussels launch of 'Investing in Change,' which was held at the L'Atelier European resturant on 7th February.
Simon Lewis, AFME CEO, also took to the floor to explain how the launch of the book in Brussels was of particular significance, given that this is the city where the rule-book for wholesale financial services is being rewritten. Lewis noted that last year AFME opened an office in the city in recognition of the increasing importance of the EU in regulating every aspect of the financial markets. As Lewis highlighted, the present time marks simply the beginning of a transformation process that is set to continue for a number of years yet.