Speakers including German Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann and SIX boss Urs Rüegsegger discussed the financial industry's opportunities during the second Finance Forum in Vaduz. Examples from Liechtenstein and Switzerland showed how these have already been exploited.
More than 500 people attended the Finance Forum in the Vaduzer Saal. The forum considered trends such as regulation, cost pressure and digitalisation. Liechtenstein's Prime Minister Adrian Hasler confirmed the country's cooperation in international financial questions. German Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann offered a look at debates in the ECB Governing Council, while making clear his support of collective responsibility. Also speaking for more European courage was the former Luxembourg finance minister Luc Frieden. He said that as a member of the EEA, Liechtenstein was also part of the vision for a future based on clear structures.
The forum also saw leading financial players discuss strategies for the future. Among the speakers were Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein, CEO of the LGT Group; Urs Rüegsegger, CEO of the Swiss Stock Exchange SIX; and Mario Frick, president of the board at Bank Frick. Digital strategies attracted the most attention. Urs Roth-Cuony, chairman of the supervisory board at the Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority (FMA), referred to Liechtenstein's provision of a regulatory laboratory to help FinTech companies with non-bureaucratic regulatory questions.
The forum was sponsored by the Government of Liechtenstein and held by the Skunk AG events agency. Partners included the financial centre's central associations, while the University of Liechtenstein and the Swiss Finance Institute provided expertise.