Brussels Exchange Forum 2014

Financing the REAL Economy

The event on the 24th of April is only for the conference partners.
Upon invitation only.


8.00 Registration & Welcome coffee
8.30 Opening of the Forum by Koen Geens,
Minister of Finance and Bert Kruismans
9.00 Opening Bell Ceremony


9.15 Keynote 1 [E]
Prof. Dr. Koen Schoors (presentation): “Company financing and the sustainability of our social security system”
09.40 Panel:
“How important is it for Belgium to facilitate investment of savings into the real economy?” [E]
moderator: Frederik Delaplace (Tijd/Echo)
with: Yvan De Cock (BNP Paribas Fortis), Alexander De Croo (Minister of Pensions), Bart De Smet (Ageas), Dirk Gyselinck (Belfius), Philip Neyt (BVPI)
10.25 Coffee break
10.45 AM1 [E]
Prof. Dr. Sophie Manigart (presentation):

“Institutional Framework and SME Access to Finance”
AM2 [E]
María Teresa Fábregas Head of Unit “Securities Markets”, European Commission

“Impact of changes introduced by MiFID II on company financing in Belgium”
Followed by Jean-Paul Servais (presentation), Chairman, FSMA, who will give his view on the Belgian impact.
AM3 [E]
Prof. Dr. Hans Degryse (presentation):
“High Frequency Trading: to be nurtured or banned?”
11.05 Panel:
“Do we need to adapt the Belgian framework in order to boost SME financing?” [NL/FR]
moderator: Marc Lambrechts (Tijd/Echo)
with: André-Xavier Cooreman (Sofinim), Nicolas de Crombrugghe (NautaDutilh), Jean-Pierre Di Bartolomeo (SOWALFIN)
“The latest on upcoming EU regulation and does this fit with the needs of the Belgian Economy?” [E]
moderator: Matthieu Duplat (White & Case)
with: Christel Daems (KBC), Robin Jezek (Euronext)
“Do new market trends impact the cost of capital and is regulation required?” [E]
moderator: Stijn Demeester (Tijd/Echo)
with: Erik De Clippel (KBC Securities), Johannah Ladd (EPTA)
12.00 Conclusions of Breakout sessions
12.30 Lunch
13.45 PM1 [E]
Prof. Dr. Catherine D’Hondt (presentation):
“Small-caps attractiveness for retail investors: Evidence from the 1999-2012 period”
PM2 [E]
Caroline Veris (presentation) and Bart Dewael, Partners, Deloitte:

“Impact of European regulation on SME financing”
PM3 [E]
Mats Isaksson (presentation), Head of Corporate Affairs, OECD:

“How listing adds value to the real economy”
14.05 Panel:
“What can be done to improve visibility of SME’s to investors?” [NL/FR]
moderator: Marc Lambrechts (Tijd/Echo)
with: Anneleen Desmyter (QRF), Paul Huybrechts (VFB), Alain Schockert (Degroof)
“How to assess the impact of current EU legislation on SME financing in Belgium” [NL/FR]
moderator: Benoît Feron (Laga)
with: Johan Beckers (BNP Paribas Fortis), Christine Darville (Association Belge Societés Cotées), Bart Eekhaut (ING Belgium), Thomas van Rompuy (Febelfin)
“Can the stock exchange make a difference?” [E]
moderator: Stijn Demeester (Tijd/Echo)
with: Erik De Clippel (KBC Securities), Eric Forest (EnterNext), Philip Ghekiere (Kinepolis Group), Wim Goossens (BNP Paribas Fortis), Pierre Lebeau (Petercam), Patrick Moermans (Degroof), Peter Vermeiren (Belfius)
15.00  Conclusions of Breakout sessions
15.30 Afternoon break
15.45 Keynote 2 [E]
Philippe De Backer, Member of the European Parliament: “European action plan to promote SME access to financing”
16.10 Political debate on the Belgian initiatives to facilitate SME’s access to financing [NL/FR]
moderator: Frederik Delaplace (Tijd/Echo)
with: Hendrik Bogaert (CD&V), Céline Frémault (CDH), Ahmed Laaouej (PS), Philippe Lamberts (Ecolo), Pieter Vandenbroucke (SPA), Danielle Vanwesenbeeck (Open VLD), Ben Weyts (N-VA), David Weytsman (MR)
17.20 Baron Luc Bertrand, CEO, Ackermans & van Haaren: Overall conclusion and recommendations followed by reception