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February 14–15, 2018

Join us for two stand-alone, interrelated lunch seminars with Italian banker and investor Roberto Nicastro.

Roberto Nicastro
is an Italian businessman and banker. He has served as chairman of Cassa del Trentino, the “A” rated Italian financial company, since 2015. He is also an angel investor in several fintech and various other startups. From 2015 to 2017, he served as chairman of the 4 ‘Good Banks’, entrusted  by the Bank of Italy to chair, restructure, and sell them. From 2010 to 2015, he served as group general manager of UniCredit Group, responsible for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Poland, Austria, Fineco, the group digital agenda, relationship with regulators, and the internal control system.  Previously, he headed CEE, retail banking, and planning. From 2000 to 2015, he was also deputy chairman of Bank Pekao (Poland), board member of HVB (Germany), Bank Austria, Unicredit Bank Russia, Koç Bank (Turkey), and chairman of Zagrebacka Banka (Croatia), Bulbank (Bulgaria), and Zivnostenska Banka (Czech Republic), among others. From 1991 to 1997, he was a senior manager at McKinsey & Co, with expertise in consumer goods, banking and supervision. From 1989 to 1991, he worked as a financial analyst at Salomon Brothers (London) in the M&A/capital markets department. From 1988 to 1989, Nicastro was a guest researcher at the Bocconi University’s Business Management School.

Wednesday, February 14, 12–1 p.m.

How Fintech is Transforming Retail Financial Services in Europe

Topics addressed will include:

  • The digital divide across the continent
  • The unbundling of retail financial services business models
  • Main effects on customers and incumbent players/banks
  • The monetization of data
  • Main examples in retail payments, savings, lending, IT, RegTech
  • The push from regulators in 2018: PSD2 (Payment Services Directives) and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

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Thursday, February 15, 12–1 p.m.
Banks' Reaction to Fintech: Strategies, Legacies, 'Coopetition'


Topics addressed will include:

  • The legacy issue (HR, brick and mortar, customers habits, IT puzzle, internal siloes)
  • Financial markets and short termism as hurdles to digital drive
  • Cost drive
  • Digital transformation
  • Partnering with fintech
  • “Open banking”
  • Fintech venture capital initiatives by banks
  • Size considerations in digital innovation
  • 'Winners and losers'

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All seminars take place from 12 to 1 p.m. in Harper Center, Room 104 (5807 S Woodlawn Ave)