Markus Benzing

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Markus advises clients from the financial sector onall aspects of financial regulatory issues. His clients mainly comprise banks,trading venues, asset managers and other regulated entities. In addition,Markus regularly advises FinTechs and corporates from other sectors on a rangeof regulatory issues relevant to their business. He also helps clients (inparticular listed companies) with regard to capital markets compliance issues (such as market abuse rules of MAR) and represents clients in administrativeproceedings before a number of supervisory authorities, including the ECB (within the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM)) and BaFin, as well as innational and EU courts.

Markus has read law at the Universities of Heidelbergand Cambridge. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg and an LL.M.in environmental, planning and regulatory law from Nottingham Law School.

Elena Carletti

Professor of Finance, Bocconi University

Elena Carletti is Professor of Finance at Bocconi University, a member of Board of Directors of Unicredit SpA, where she is the Chairwoman of the Internal Controls and Risk Committee and a member of the Related Parties Committee, and a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).

Ms Carletti is also the founder Director of the Florence School of Banking and Finance at the European University Institute, where she now serves as scientific advisor. Furthermore, she is research professor at the Bundesbank, a member of the Expert Panel on banking supervision for the European Parliament, a member of the Scientific Committee “Paolo Baffi Lecture” at the Bank of Italy, a member of Bruegel Scientific Committee, Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Fellow of the Finance Theory Group, CESifo, IGIER, and Wharton Financial Institutions Center. In addition, she is currently vice-President of the European FInance Association, of which she will be President in 2022, and director of the Unit “Banking, Finance and Regulation” at the Baffi Carefin Centre of Bocconi University.  
Before joining Bocconi University in 2013, Ms Carletti was Professor of Economics at the European University Institute from 2008 to 2013, holding a joint chair in the Economics Department and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. Prior to that, she was Associate Professor at Goethe University in Frankfurt and Assistant Professor at the University of Mannheim.  

Among other duties, Ms Carletti has been consultant for the OECD for matters of competition policy in the banking sector, and for the Word Bank. In addition, she has been a member of the review panel of the Irish Central Bank and of Riksbank, of the executive committee of the Financial Intermediation Research Society as well as of the Board of Directors of the Fondazione della Cassa di Risparmio di La Spezia.  

Ms Carletti holds a Laurea from Bocconi University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics. She has published extensively in the most prestigious international journals on topics concerning Financial Intermediation, Financial Crises and Regulation, Competition Policy, Corporate Governance and Sovereign Debt.

Frank Elderson

Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank

Frank Elderson  oversees the ECB’s Legal Services and is Vice-Chair of the ECB’s Supervisory Board.

Mr Elderson previously served as Executive Director of De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). At DNB he held several senior positions before joining its Governing Board in 2011.

Frank Elderson is Chair of the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System. He co-chairs the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Risks of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

Mr Elderson studied various courses at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. He graduated in Dutch law at the University of Amsterdam in 1994 and obtained an LL.M. Degree at Columbia Law School, New York, in 1995.

Stefan Ermisch

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hamburg Commercial Bank AG

Stefan Ermisch, born on 18 January 1966 in Bonn, had been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since 1 December 2012 of the former HSH Nordbank AG, Deputy CEO since 1 June 2015 and from June to September 2015 also served as interim Chief Risk Officer (CRO). On 10 June 2016 he became CEO of the former HSH Nordbank AG.

Stefan Ermisch can look back on more than 18 years of experience in management board positions at private commercial banks and in the public sector, both inside and outside of Germany. At Bayern LB he was a member of the Management Board since 2008 for three years. He held the CFO and Chief Operating Officer (COO) positions as well as acting as Deputy Chairman of the Management Board and was, on temporary basis, interim Chairman.

In the yeas prior to this he was a member of the Management Board of HypoVereinsbank AG (2007) as COO and a member of the Executive Committee of the UniCredit Group (2006), as well as acting as CFO on the Management Board of Bank Austria Creditanstalt (2003). Earlier in his career he was at HVB Group as Head of M&A and Corporate Development (2002) and as Head of Group Investor Relations (1998). Ermisch's career began as an analyst at Trinkaus & Burkhardt and at WestLB Research.

Following his training as a bank clerk at Merck Finck Privatbankiers in Frankfurt (1988), Stefan Ermisch studied business administration in Cologne, completing his degree in 1993. He is married and has two children.

Alexander Glos

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Alexander is a financial services partner in our global transactions group and a co-head of the firm's financial institutions group as well as its fintech initiative. He has a wide range of regulatory expertise and specializes in financial services and markets regulation, including banking, investment services, payment services and asset management.

In this context he works on M&A and portfolio transactions, as well as restructurings and reorganisations. He has strong expertise in fintech and EU banking matters, particularly the single supervisory mechanism and the single resolution mechanism.

Alexander writes and presents regularly on financial services regulatory issues and is publisher of a handbook for banking supervision law.

Katharina Hefter

Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Dr. Katharina Hefter focuses on working with financial institutions and companies from other industries in Europe on compliance and regulatory topics and leads the Boston Consulting Group's compliance team in Germany and Austria.

Katharina has significant expertise in supporting compliance remediation and transformation programs, driving the design and implementation of compliance management systems to effectively address Financial Crime, ABC, conduct risk etc.. In addition, Katharina is passionate about developing a sustainable compliance and integrity culture.
Katharina studied Business Administration, holds a PhD in International Management and regularly publishes on Compliance strategy, trends and implications of new laws and regulation.

Thorsten Höche

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

Attorney-at-Law, trained as a banker and lawyer and has been General Counsel and Managing Director of the Association of German Banks since 2005.

On joining the association in 1995, his responsibilities covered issues concerning the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing, competition law and various questions relating to civil banking law. Between 2002 and 2008 he chaired the Anti-Fraud and Anti-Money-Laundering Committee and between 2010 and 2014 the Legal Committee of the European Banking Federation in Brussels.

Thorsten is co-editor of the standard German commentary on banking law “Bankrecht und Bankpraxis”, chairman of the advisory committee of Germany's leading bank law journal “Wertpapier-Mitteilungen” and publishes himself on various subjects of banking law. He is also a regular speaker on legal issues in and around banking.

Simone Kämpfer

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Simone is a partner in our white-collar defence and global investigations group. She is also head of our white-collar defence group in Germany, being an expert on advising and defending clients – both companies and individuals – in all areas of white-collar crime and criminal tax law.

She has significant expertise handling (among others) fraud, breach of trust, bribery/corruption, insider trading and tax evasion-related matters.

Simone is recognised as a leading individual in white-collar criminal law by major directories. She regularly lectures and publishes on criminal law and criminal procedural law.

Olena Loboiko

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

Olena is a policy officer at the European Commission, currently working in the Financial Crime unit of DG FISMA, with extensive experience and expertise in European regulatory and policy framework in the financial sector. Over the last 3 years, Olena has been involved in all Commission’s initiatives the area of anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism relating to the financial sector, including the recent legislative proposals. Previously, Olena has worked in the Banking unit of DG FISMA, in the area of prudential regulation for banks.

Before joining the European Commission in 2017, Olena has worked at De Nederlandsche Bank (Dutch Central Bank) in the area of prudential supervisory policy for over 5 years. Olena received her LLM in European Union law (cum laude) from Erasmus University of Rotterdam in 2011, and is an MBA candidate in the Cass Business School, City University of London.

Mairead McGuinness

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

The Commissioner’s vision for the portfolio is focused on ensuring the financial sector’s strength and stability, so that it can deliver for people, society and the environment.  

Before joining the Commission in October 2020, Ms McGuinness was First Vice-President of the European Parliament from 2017. She served as an MEP from Ireland for 16 years, and was a Vice-President of the Parliament since 2014.  

As Vice-President, she oversaw relations with national Parliaments, led the Parliament’s dialogue with religious and philosophical organisations, and had responsibility for the Parliament’s communication policy.  

During her time in the Parliament, Ms McGuinness sat on a range of committees, covering agriculture, environment, public health, budgets, petitions and constitutional affairs. Her legislative work included leading for the EPP Group on the European Climate Law, the revision of medical devices legislation, and CAP reform post-2013. As an Irish MEP representing the border region, she was outspoken on Brexit and the consequences for the EU and Ireland.   In 2006-2007, Ms McGuinness chaired the Parliament’s investigation into the collapse of the Equitable Life assurance company which identified issues around weak financial regulation.  

Prior to becoming an MEP, she was an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and commentator.