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   Hybrid conference    

9th Annual QED Conference on

Cross-border regulation of

financial services

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   Venue: SPA30 studio, Rue de Spa 30, Brussels 1000  

Sponsored by

   Date: 17 May 2022   


13.30 - 14.00      Registration & Virtual networking

Panel 1

14.00 – 14.05      Introductory remarks by moderator

14.05 – 14.40      Introductory remarks by speakers

14.40 – 15.30      Panel Discussion and Q&A

15.30 – 15.45      Virtual and in-person networking

Panel 2

15:45 -16:20      Introductory remarks by speakers

16.20 – 17.10      Panel Discussion and Q&A

Discussion points

Panel 1 -The global perspective

• How can a regulatory community be constructed that inspires trust?

• What steps are necessary to ensure that the globalization of financial services goes handin-

hand with financial stability?

• How can equivalence be interpreted the same way by everyone, and can it be a catalyst to

build enduring relationships between the EU and third countries?

• What steps are necessary to strengthen the EU’s role as a global player, and what roles can

CMU and the Banking Union play in this?

• What has changed with the Biden administration regarding EU-US relations in general and

financial services in particular?

• What are the potential impacts of the sanctions against Russia on the global and European

financial systems?

Panel 2 – The new EU-UK relationship

• What are the main effects of Brexit so far on London’s role as a global and European

financial centre?

• To what extent and in which areas will the UK diverge from the EU?

• What can we expect from the UK’s Wholesale Market Review (WMR)?

• What are the prospects for mutual recognition in the area of sustainable finance?

• Will we see the end to Euro clearing in London in 2025?

• How is Brexit – and in particular London’s position outside the single market – affecting the

EU’s financial industry? What role may CMU play?

• What is the future for a functioning framework for UK-EU regulatory cooperation?


Panel 1

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Alexandra Jour-Schröder

Deputy Director General, DG FISMA, European Commission

Alexandra Jour-Schroeder is Deputy Director General of the European Commission´s Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union since March 2021. In her function, Alexandra Jour-Schroeder supervises and monitors the policies of the Directorate General.


Alexandra Jour-Schroeder is a graduate in law. Following initial assignments in the German federal government, she started working for the European Commission in 1996, holding several positions in competition, enterprise and industry policies as well as justice. From 1998 to 2007, she was Member of Cabinet for the Commissioners responsible for regional policy and justice and home affairs and for the Vice-President for enterprise and industry. Since 2017, she has been the Director for Criminal Justice in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, working inter alia on the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor´s Office and Anti-Money Laundering policies. From 2018 to 2021, she was also overseeing consumer policies as Acting Deputy Director General in DG Justice and Consumers.

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Matthew Swinehart

Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Financial Markets, US Department of the Treasury

Matt Swinehart is the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Financial Markets (IFM) and Director of the Office of IFM at the U.S. Treasury.  The office leads Treasury’s international engagement on financial regulation and stability, including in the G7, G20, and the Financial Stability Board, and through bilateral and regional dialogues.  Matt previously was Treasury’s Lead Financial Services Negotiator for trade agreements and Senior Counsel for International Trade and Financial Regulatory Policy.  Before Treasury, he was an international arbitration, litigation, and regulatory associate at Covington & Burling in DC, a financial institutions and litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, and a law clerk to the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Before practicing law, Matt was an environmental engineer.  He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.A. in Environmental Engineering from Rice University, and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. 


Michael Pedroni

Chief Global Affairs Officer & Head of ICI Global

Michael Pedroni is the Investment Company Institute’s Head of ICI Global and Chief Global Affairs Officer. Michael is responsible for ICI’s international regulatory and policy work to support regulated investment funds and their investors around the world.


Michael has extensive public and private sector experience in international engagement and financial policy, having served at the U.S. Treasury, White House, Federal Reserve and International Monetary Fund.  Most recently, he was executive vice president and managing director for global markets and research at the Managed Funds Association, where he led international activities and raised the association’s profile in Europe, while also directing the development of global research. Prior to that, as a member of the Treasury Department’s Senior Executive Service, he served under four U.S. Treasury Secretaries, beginning in 2008 as the first Director of the re-established Markets Room as the financial crisis was unfolding. Michael was subsequently appointed as the U.S. financial attaché to the European Union and head of Treasury’s office in Europe for three years beginning in 2013.  In 2016, he began a White House detail, acting as senior director for global economics and finance under the Obama Administration, and rejoined Treasury in late 2016 as senior executive director for international economic analysis.  Pedroni started his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and later worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund and at ICAP, an inter-dealer-broker.


Michael is a graduate of Yale University and received a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. In addition, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and is conversational in German, Italian, and basic French. Michael also is an adjunct professor in the department of economics at George Washington University, where he teaches a course on managing international economic crises.


Thomas Pohl

Head Governmental Affairs, UBS & Secretary to the Board, Swiss Finance Council

Thomas is UBS's Head of Governmental Affairs, based in Zurich. Together with his team across three continents, Thomas ensures that UBS is aware of emerging regulatory policy priorities and manages the firm’s engagements with policymakers, industry associations and other political stakeholders globally.

Thomas joined UBS in 2006 as Advisor for International Regulatory Developments and assumed his current role in 2020.

A graduate in Economics and International Relations from the University of Hamburg/Germany, Thomas started his career in the Economics department of Dresdner Bank Lateinamerika AG, working in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Buenos Aires and Miami.

Thomas serves as Secretary to the Board of Swiss Finance Council as well as on the Board of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce.

Panel 2

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 Paulina Dejmek Hack

Director, General Affairs, DG FISMA, European Commission

Paulina Dejmek Hack is Director for General Affairs at the European Commission’s DG FISMA. Paulina has worked on financial services matters in the European Commission in different positions since she joined in 2004, including in the private office of then Commissioner Michel Barnier, subsequently Vice-President of the European Commission , between 2010 and 2014 and as Financial Adviser in the private office of the then European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, between 2014 and 2019. In 2019/20, Paulina was Director of the Commission’s Task Force for relations with the United Kingdom and was directly involved in the negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom.


Sarah Pritchard 

Executive Director of Wholesale Supervision, Policy and Competition, FCA

Sarah is responsible for the delivery of the FCA’s statutory market integrity objective in the combined Supervision, Policy and Competition (SPC) division and co-leads the SPC division with Sheldon Mills. 

Sarah was previously the Director at the National Economic Crime Centre (NECC), a multi-agency partnership housed in the National Crime Agency (of which the FCA is part) – which was created in late 2018 to deliver an improved response to economic crime.

Before her role in the NECC, Sarah was General Counsel/Legal Director for the National Crime Agency and led the NCA’s transformational people programme.

Her career has involved stints in investigative, operational and legal roles in a range of government departments and in the private sector. Within the private sector she has led global financial crime compliance and reputational risk teams at HSBC and qualified as a commercial litigator with Dechert LLP.

Biography is coming soon.

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Julien Jardelot 

Head of Europe, Government Relations & Regulatory Strategy, LSEG

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Nick Collier 

Managing Director, Brussels Office, City of London Corporation

Nick Collier joined the City of London Corporation as its new Managing Director of the Brussels office in March 2019. He was previously Global Head of Government Relations at Refinitiv (Thomson Reuters) and before that worked at a range of organisations in the financial services sector, including Morgan Stanley and the Bank of England and, until recently, served as Chair of TheCityUK’s Public Affairs Group as well as Deputy Chair of the International Regulatory Strategy Group.

Nick is chair of diplomatic engagement at the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange.

He holds a MSC in Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics and a BA from Oxford.

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Corinna Schempp 

Head of EU Policy & Regulation, FIA

Biography is coming soon.


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Rebecca Christie 

non-resident fellow, Bruegel

Rebecca Christie is a non-resident fellow at Bruegel, the Brussels-based economic policy think tank. She writes and speaks publicly about EU politics, financial regulation, tax and climate finance issues. Previously, she was the lead author on "Safeguarding the Euro in Times of Crisis", the official history of the European Stability Mechanism, and worked for more than 20 years as an economics and politics correspondent for Bloomberg News, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

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