3rd Ukrainian Banking Day in London

Hogan Lovells International LLP

9th May 2024

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3rd Ukrainian Banking Day in London

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Speakers

Artem Shevalev

Artem Shevalev

Member of the Board,
EBRD

Yannis Kyriakopoulos

Yannis Kyriakopoulos

Country Manager, Chairman of the Supervisory Board,
Piraeus Bank

Petr Baron

Petr Baron

Chief Executive Officer,
tbi bank

Aleksandra Vukosavljevic

Aleksandra Vukosavljevic

Director, Head of Financial Institutions, Western Balkans & Eastern Europe,
EBRD

Sergii Naumov

Sergii Naumov

Chairman of the Management Board,
Oschadbank

Valeria Gontareva

Valeria Gontareva

Senior Policy Fellow, Institute of Global Affairs,
London School of Economics & Political Science

Sevki Acuner

Sevki Acuner

Chairman of the Supervisory Board,
Sense Bank

Dominic O’Neill

Dominic O’Neill

EMEA Editor,
Euromoney

Timothy Ash

Timothy Ash

Senior EM Sovereign Strategist,
BlueBay Asset Management

Alexander McWhorter

Alexander McWhorter

Chief Executive Officer,
Citi Ukraine

Olena Malynska

Olena Malynska

Independent Member of Supervisory Board,
Ukrposhta

Alex Pivovarsky

Alex Pivovarsky

Director, Capital & Financial Markets Development,
EBRD

Introduction

The Ukrainian Banking Day in London is firmly established as a unique meeting place for the Ukrainian and international financial services communities.

The Day, which is officially supported by the Embassy of Ukraine in the UK and the Independent Association of Banks of Ukraine, provides a timely platform to discuss such key issues as the outlook for the state-owned banks and the state’s presence in the sector, how to resolve NPLs, the impact of digital banking and fintech, the role of the banks in the recovery and reconstruction effort, achieving operational excellence and profitability during the war and further consolidation and M&A activity in the sector.

Each year the Ukrainian Banking Day attracts over 150 senior bankers from across Europe and the US, including the Chairs and Board Members of the top 20 Ukrainian banks and prominent speakers have included:

  • Francis Malige, Managing Director, Financial Institutions, EBRD
  • Kateryna Rozhkova, First Deputy Governor, National Bank of Ukraine
  • Valeria Gontareva, Senior Policy Fellow, Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics & Political Science
  • Gerhard Boesch, Chairman of the Management Board, PrivatBank
  • Giovanni Salvetti, Managing Director, Rothschild & Co
  • Sevki Acuner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Sense Bank
  • Alexander McWhorter, Chief Executive Officer, Citi Ukraine

Programme

  • 08:30   Registration

  • 09:30   Session 1: An Overview Of The Ukrainian Banking Sector – Views Of The Government, IFIs And The Banking Community

    • Highlighting key priority measures of the National Bank of Ukraine to ensure macroeconomic stability and growth and to continue and complete banking reform
    • Key macroeconomic indicators and their significance for the banking sector. Focus on interest rates, exchange rate flexibility and inflation targeting
    • How far and how soon is the government looking to lower its presence in the banking sector?
    • The involvement of the International Financial Institutions in the evolution of the sector. Progress report
    • Is consolidation of the Ukrainian banking landscape complete?
    • EU candidacy as an institutional anchor to guide regulatory alignment
    • Strengthening Ukraine’s banking sector as an essential part of the post-war reconstruction and development effort
    • Designing a centralised mechanism for resolving non-performing loans

  • 11:00   Morning refreshments

  • 11:30   Session 2: Case Studies Of Operational Excellence And Profitability From Key Market Participants

    • How technological and operational advances have raised levels of productivity and efficiency and lowered operating costs
    • How Covid and then war sped up banks’ digitalisation and understanding of client risk
    • Raising levels of customer service as customers’ requirements and habits evolve and identifying new innovative products to gain market share
    • What are the main growth segments in the retail banking environment?
    • Charting the growth of digital banking and cashless transactions
    • What are the forecasts for corporate and household lending for the year to come?
    • Has the government’s Affordable Mortgage programme sparked growth in mortgage lending?

  • 13:00   Lunch

  • 14:00   Session 3: Case Studies And Progress Report On The Development Strategies Of The State-owned Banks

    • Is the government remaining on track to lower the state’s share of the banking system and can the privatisation of state-owned banks be started before the end of the war?
    • What are the most credible mechanisms for transferring the state-owned banks to private ownership? Privatisation, IPOs, Trade sales
    • What is the timeline for the NBU’s audit of state-owned banks’ updated strategies and financial performance?
    • Progress in corporate governance, strategic vision and preparations to attract private investment
    • Update on the IFC and Ukrgasbank’s cooperation on the way to privatisation.
    • Outlining the work between the EBRD and Oschadbank to commercialise the bank and prepare it to attract a robust investor
    • Ukrposhta’s move into financial services. Bringing banking to underserved rural communities vs further increasing the state’s presence in the sector
    • What practical steps can be implemented to strengthen the role and status of independent supervisory boards at the state-owned banks?

  • 15:30   Afternoon refreshments

  • Session 4: Panel Discussion – The Key Role Banks Have To Play In The Rebuild, Resilience And Growth Of The Ukrainian Economy

    • Cybersecurity and the lessons that other nations’ banking systems and sectors can learn
    • How to keep banks and the financial system functioning when the national electricity infrastructure is down. The impact of the Power Banking initiative
    • Case studies of fast-paced cloud migration by the Ukrainian banking sector
    • The role of preferential lending support programmes to stimulate growth and the recovery of the private sector
    • Domestic banks’ participation in insurance mechanisms to support the export of goods via the sea corridor

  • 17:30   Evening reception

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