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EU-Asia Financial Services Dialogue

Afore Consulting and ASIFMA are proud to co-host the 7th EU-Asia Financial Services Dialogue, taking place on 12 March 2021 for half a day (8 AM-12.35 PM CET). This year this Dialogue will take the form of a virtual event.

The Dialogue takes place annually around the EU-Asia-Pacific Forum on Financial Regulation organised by the European Commission and the APAC Regional Committee of IOSCO. It is an occasion to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the financial services sector around regulatory cooperation between the Europe and Asia. We look forward to welcoming you to this important regulatory and policy event bringing together European and Asian policy makers and industry representatives.

For this year’s event, we are delighted to have with us the following speakers:

  • H.E. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Finance, Thailand
  • Ashley Alder, Chair, IOSCO Board
  • Jean-Paul Servais, Vice-Chair, International Organisation of Securities Commissions, Chair of the Belgian Financial Markets Authority
  • Sean Berrigan, Director General, DG FISMA
  • Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair
  • Tokio Morita, Vice Minister for International Affairs, JFSA and Chair, IOSCO Asia Pacific Regional Committee
  • Shen Bing, Director-General of the Department of International Affairs, China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC)
  • Ong Chong Tee, Deputy Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

Join us for keynote speeches and panel discussions on:

  • COVID-19 recovery
  • Sustainable finance
  • Regulatory alignment and deference
  • Financial Technology

We look forward to welcoming you online on 12 March 2021.

7th EU-Asia Financial Services Dialogue programme

Please feel free to contact Jean Plattard, Senior Consultant at Afore Consulting on or Millie Hung, Head of Events at ASIFMA on if you have any questions regarding this event.

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12 Mar 2021


8:00 am - 12:35 pm


  • Almoro Rubin de Cervin
    Almoro Rubin de Cervin
    Head of Unit DG FISMA

    Almoro Rubin de Cervin is Head of Unit responsible for international affairs in at DG FISMA. In recent years, he has worked extensively on developing regulatory dialogues with key Asian jurisdictions, as well as with the United States. In previous postings in the European Commission, he has worked in the Directorate General for Competition and before on industrial policies, entrepreneurship and SME access to finance. Before joining the European Commission, he has also worked as a government official in Italy in the Industry and Foreign Affairs Ministry and at the OECD in Paris. He also has experience as a journalist and politician in Italy. Almoro Rubin de Cervin graduated in economics from the Bocconi University in Milan.

  • Arkhom Termpittayapaisith
    Arkhom Termpittayapaisith
    Minister of Finance

    Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, has joined NESDB since 1979 which is considered to be the key agency on planning and formulation of development strategies in Thailand. Throughout his years in NESDB, Arkhom has held series of directorship and taken a lead role in many infrastructure development projects
    and formulation of vital development strategies which proven to be crucial for the nation to achieve the sustainable development goals. As top executive of NESDB, Arkhom has long been following the philosophy of sufficiency economy by heart and using it as a foundation in development strategy in light of shaping the nation toward more balanced development.

    Arkhom also played vital roles as board of directors in many nation’s lead state-own-enterprises until August 2014 prior to the appointment as Deputy Minister of Transport. These included PTT Public Company Limited, Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited, and Thai Smile Airways Company Limited.
    His roles also extend toward the international community through his extensive involvement in neighboring countries development cooperation especially in cross-border infrastructure projects to connect all the Greater Mekong Subregional Economic Cooperation (GMS) countries which later lead to the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity. In his capacity of being Minister of Transport, he was able to change the future of transport infrastructure by completing almost all projects especially the mass transit system in Bangkok, the inter-city double track railways, the high speed rail, all airports, roads and highways, seaports, as well as the gave more focus on the issues of road safety. The most outstanding task was to lift the red flag in 2017 that was imposed by the ICAO in 2015.

    Personal Information:
    Born on 25 September 1956. 1978 received Bachelor degree in Economics from Thammasat University, Thailand; 1983 Master degree in Development Economics from Williams College, United States; 1979 joined NESDB as Industrial Planner; 2000 Senior Adviser in Policy and Plan, NESDB; 2004 Deputy Secretary-General, NESDB; 2010 Secretary General, NESDB.
    In July 2014, Arkhom was appointed as a member of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA). Later he resigned from NLA and was appointed as Deputy Minister of Transport from 30 August 2014 – 19 August 2015 and became Minister of Transport since 19 August 2015 – 16 July 2019.

  • Hannah Cassidy
    Hannah Cassidy
    Partner, Hong Kong, Herbert Smith Freehills

    Hannah is a contentious regulatory partner who also advises financial services clients on regulatory policy and compliance. She heads the award-winning Financial Services Regulatory practice in Hong Kong.

    Hannah helps international and regional financial institutions with contentious regulatory cases and cross-border investigations involving, for example, systems and controls breaches, anti-money laundering failures and insider dealing. Hannah also regularly advises clients on regulatory developments, including in relation to licensing, senior management accountability and fintech. She is leading the firm’s thought leadership efforts in the Asia-Pacific region on benchmark reforms, including the litigation and regulatory risks arising from IBOR discontinuation.

  • Jean-Paul Servais
    Jean-Paul Servais
    Vice Chair of the IOSCO Board, Chairman of Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA)

    Internationally, he holds mandates as Vice-Chairman of the IOSCO Board, as well as Chairman of the IFRS Foundation Monitoring Board, the IOSCO European Regional Committee and the Audit Committee of IOSCO.

    He is also a board member of several international supervisory bodies for the financial sector: ESMA, ESRB, etc. He also chairs the Euribor and Eonia Benchmarks colleges and is member of the Euronext College of Supervision.

    He teaches at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, University of Brussels), where he is part-time professor in the LL.M in International Business Law and in the specialized Master in Tax Law. He is author or co-author of more than 300 contributions, in particular in areas of relevance to the European and international system of financial supervision, to the FSMA’s activities and to the academic and scientific activities undertaken at the ULB.

    He obtained a Master of Law (Master en droit) from the ULB and a Master of Economics in Business Management (Master in de economie, bedrijfskunde) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

  • Nickolas Reinhardt
    Nickolas Reinhardt
    Co-founder and Director, Afore Consulting

    Nickolas Reinhardt co-founded Afore Consulting in 2007. Over a career of 20 years, he has come to be regarded as one of the most influential financial services consultants in Brussels. Previously, he ran the global regulatory practice at a public affairs company. He has extensive experience in all areas of financial services and competition policy. He trained and worked as a merchant banker in Hamburg.

    Nickolas has an MA in History and Politics from the Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel and has also studied and lectured at the University of Limerick and Queens University, Belfast. He speaks German, English and French.

  • Sean Berrigan
    Sean Berrigan
    Director General, DG FISMA, European Commission

    Sean Berrigan is currently the Deputy Director General in DG FISMA (Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union) of the European Commission. DG FISMA is responsible for EU-level legislation for the financial sector; in this context, he represents the EU Commission on the Economic and Financial Committee, the Financial Services Committee and the Single Resolution Board.

    Sean Berrigan has been a Commission official since the mid-1980s and has spent much of this time working on financial-sector issues – first in DG ECFIN, where he contributed to financial-sector aspects of the assistance programmes for other Member States, and now in DG FISMA. Earlier on, he also worked on monetary policy and exchange-rate analysis in the context of preparations for the introduction of the euro in 1999. In the mid-1990s, he worked for several years with the International Monetary Fund.

  • Steven Maijoor
    Steven Maijoor
    Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

    Steven Maijoor is the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) since taking up office 1 April 2011. He is the first chair of the authority and is currently serving his second five-year term. He is responsible for representing the Authority as well as chairing ESMA’s Board of Supervisors and the Management Board. The role of the Board of Supervisors is to give strategic guidance to ESMA and make all main regulatory and supervisory decisions. The Management Board’s purpose is to ensure that the Authority carries out its mission and performs its tasks.

    Prior to taking up this role, Steven was Managing Director at the AFM, the Dutch financial markets regulator, where he was responsible for capital market supervision, including financial reporting and auditing, prospectuses, public offerings, and the supervision of the integrity of financial markets. During his term, the scope of activities of the AFM vastly expanded and he was responsible for building and implementing supervision in the capital market area. In his regulatory role at the AFM, Steven has held a number of international positions, including the Chairmanship of IFIAR (International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators).

    Before joining the regulatory world, Steven was the Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University and had pursued a long career in academia which included a variety of positions at Maastricht University and the University of Southern California.

    He holds a PhD in Business Economics from Maastricht University, was a research student at the London School of Economics, and has a master in Business Economics from the University of Groningen.


Nickolas Reinhardt


Other Organizers

Jean Plattard

Senior Consultant

Millie Hung

Head of Events at ASIFMA