11th June 2019

The 2nd annual Ukrainian Banking Day in London

London, Le Méridien Piccadilly


Former NBU Governor, Valeria Gontareva, will address the Day on the topic of “New challenges for the financial sector of Ukraine”

Anna Samarina, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of PrivatBank, confirms her participation

Official Partners



Kateryna Rozhkova

First Deputy Governor,
National Bank of Ukraine

Artem Shevalev

Alternate Board Director,

Ivan Svitek

General Manager,
Alfa-Bank Banking Group Council

Francis Malige

Managing Director, Financial Institutions,

Jason Pellmar

Regional Manager, Ukraine, Belarus & Moldova,
International Finance Corporation

Roman Shpek

Senior Adviser, Alfa-Bank Ukraine /
Chairman, Independent Association of Banks of Ukraine

Richard Luddington

Vice Chairman, Global Capital Markets,
Morgan Stanley

Anna Samarina

Deputy Chairman of the Management Board / CFO,

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Emerging Europe Editor,

Valeria Gontareva

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

Teimour Bagirov

Independent Member of the Supervisory Board,

Stuart Willey

White & Case

Julia Bereshchenko

Senior Advisor,
Wood & Co

Svitlana Rekrut

Deputy Managing Director,
Deposit Guarantee Fund

Taras Yeleyko

Director, Asset Sales Department,
Deposit Guarantee Fund

Tim Ash

Senior EM Sovereign Strategist,
BlueBay Asset Management

Giovanni Salvetti

Managing Director,

Alexander McWhorter

CEO & Country Officer,
Citi Ukraine

Ruslan Demchak

Deputy Head, Financial Policy & Banking Committee,
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Jan Willems

Head of Global Markets,

Yannis Kyriakopoulos

Country Manager, Chairman of the Supervisory Board,
Piraeus Bank

Olga Afanasyeva

Executive Director,

Ben Aris

bne IntelliNews


Information partners and supporting organisations
Media partners


Officially supported by the Embassy of Ukraine in the UK and the Independent Association of Banks of Ukraine


The Ukrainian banking system has undergone unprecedented changes in the last few years: the number of institutions has halved, a challenging reform process has made impressive progress and the clean-up, which included the nationalisation of the country’s largest lender, PrivatBank, has left the state with a major stake in the sector, which it is committed to decreasing through a series of part-privatisations and acquisitions of stakes by international partners.


Much effort is being made to restore confidence in the financial sector and to encourage banks to increase lending to the real economy. Many challenges and issues for debate remain, not least: Creditor rights protection, how to resolve NPLs, the adequacy of capitalisation requirements and further consolidation and M&A activity in the sector.


All of these crucial issues and many more will be discussed at the Ukrainian Banking Day in London this June.


The inaugural Ukrainian Banking Day in London took place in December 2017. The Day was officially supported by the Embassy of Ukraine in the UK and the Independent Association of Banks of Ukraine and was sponsored by White & Case, DLA Piper and Evris Law Firm. Over 120 senior bankers from across Europe and the US participated, including the Chairmen and Board Members of 15 leading Ukrainian banks.


  • 08:30   Registration and coffee

  • 09:30   Session 1: The Outlook For The Ukrainian Banking Sector: Views Of The Government, IFIs And The Banking Community

    • Key macroeconomic indicators and their significance for the banking sector
    • The changing structure and dynamics of the banking system in Ukraine
    • An appraisal of the result of the Presidential election and its implications for the further reform of the banking sector, the state-owned banks and accessing the international capital markets
    • Is consolidation of the Ukrainian banking sector complete?
    • Has creditor rights protection been improved through judicial reform?
    • Which draft laws on the financial sector are currently being prioritised by parliament before elections?
    • Does the law on financial restructuring enable lenders and borrowers to reach agreement?
    • Have all measures to make bank ownership transparent been successful?
  • 11:00   Morning refreshments

  • 11:30   Session 2: Case Studies From And Development Strategies Of The State-Owned Banks

    • How is the strategy for the state banks evolving and what is the goal for the state’s future presence in the sector?
    • Spotlight on Ukrgasbank and the current status of negotiations with the IFC about becoming a shareholder. The outlook for accessing the international capital markets with Green Bonds
    • Outlining Privatbank’s corporate development strategy and the timeline for attracting new investors.
    • Highlighting the strategy for the commercialisation and potential privatisation of Oschadbank           
    • What progress has been made in the Corporate Governance of the state-owned banks
    • How are the state-owned banks meeting the challenges of improving business processes, raising operational efficiency and credit risk standards
  • 13:00   Lunch

  • 14:15   Session 3: An Overview Of The Operating Environment From Key Market Participants

    • What are the main growth segments in the retail banking environment
    • Working with corporate clients to ensure that their requirements are being met. Is the scope for increased levels of lending?
    • Best practice, tools and methods for risk management and regulatory compliance
    • M&A activity and further consolidation. Can we expect further mergers involving smaller players following simplified capitalisation and reorganisation procedures?
    • Update on the merger of Alfa-Bank and Ukrsotsbank
    • To what extent is the growth in popularity of digital banking driving innovation and greater efficiency in the sector
  • 15:45   Afternoon refreshments

  • 16:15   Roundtable Debate On The Outlook For The Ukrainian Banking Sector Featuring Chairmen Of The Most Prominent Ukrainian Banks

    Topics to be debated include:

    • What are the current levels of M&A activity in the Ukrainian financial sector at present?
    • The outlook for the creation of an Asset Resolution company. To what extent has progress been made in working out the sector’s NPLs?
    • Are current capitalisation requirements adequate to ensure the stability of the banking system?
    • How to speed up and stimulate a recovery in lending. What can be done to restore confidence in order to boost lending?
    • How quickly should the state-owned banks be privatised? Should the state retain a shareholding in any of the banks?
    • Is progress being made on the unbundling of the banking market for new financial service providers?
  • 17:30   Evening reception