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Welcome to Frankfurt!

For the first time in its long history, the AGM & Conference of ICSA (International Council of Securities Associations), which is the assembly of trade associations and SROs comprised by securities firms operating in domestic and cross-border markets around the globe, will be held in Germany.

The high-profile, three-day event, which will take place 19 - 21 May 2024, will be organised by the Bundesverband der Wertpapierfirmen (bwf), one of ICSA's member associations. The conference venue will be Frankfurt am Main, which is Germany's most prominent financial center, one of the country's most vibrant and international cities, and, last but not least, the location of bwf's office.

At bwf we are already very much looking forward to welcoming not only all our friends and colleagues from ICSA coming all the way from East and West Asia, Latin America, North America, and Europe but also our valued guests from the European and German financial community, other trade associations and stake holders, representatives of regulatory authorities, as well as political decision makers on a local, national and European level.

Kind regards from the board and the event team at bwf!

Annette Kliffmüller-Frank
Annette Kliffmüller-Frank


Jörg Franke
Jörg Franke

Honorary Chair

Michael H.Sterzenbach
Michael H. Sterzenbach

Secretary General

Hans Mewes
Hans Mewes

Legal Advisor

Stockholm 8th February 2024

Dear ICSA members, colleagues, and friends,

It has been an honour to Chair the International Council of Securities Associations (ICSA) over this past year. I have come to appreciate more than ever the value of our strong partnerships across the globe in our mutual commitment to the growth and stability of the international capital markets on which the world economy depends.

I now have the pleasure of welcoming you to the 2024 Annual General Meeting in Frankfurt, a city that combines its rich culture and traditions with world leadership in modern finance.

I would like to give special thanks to our host Bundesverband der Wertpapierfirmen (bwf) for its care, thoroughness, and hard work in organising the outstanding program. While a relatively small association, this core ICSA member has proved once again that size is no impediment to achievement!

It is a busy and important time for our industry, with geo-political change at the forefront. Over a few short but full days, the wide-ranging and thought-provoking AGM agenda – led by distinguished speakers - has been designed to inform and also shape future ICSA activity.

In addition to being a valuable forum for substantive discussion, one of the AGM’s strengths over the years has been the networking opportunities it provides. The exciting social program and evening dinners will allow us to continue that tradition.

I look forward to participating in productive discussions and hearing your diverse perspectives!

Warm regards,

Urban Funered
Chair of the International Council of Securities Associations
CEO of the Swedish Securities Markets Association


ICSA 37th AGM & Conference 2024 in Frankfurt - Preliminary Program

* Please note that "Whitmonday" is a puplic holiday in Germany.
Sunday, 19 May 2024 ("Whitsunday") Full day pre conference tour ("Bergkirchweih" folk/beer festival and "Juliusspital" winery), welcome reception and dinner
Monday, 20 May 2024 ("Whitmonday") * ICSA 37th AGM in the morning, local activity in the afternoon, gala dinner in the evening
Tuesday, 21 May 2024 Full day ICSA international pro bono conference 2024, farewell dinner in the evening
  - regular updates to follow -

Pre conference tour & welcome reception with dinner

Sunday 19 May, 09:15 - 21:45 (estimated), ICSA Members and invited guests only

It is a long established and very agreeable tradition that ICSA members coming from all over the world gather together on the day before the AGM for a trip which not only gives plenty of opportunities for talks and networking but also often reflects typical aspects of the host country. Following popular demand by ICSA members, we have decided to take you to one of the most beautiful and oldest folk/beer festivals in Germany, the Erlangen "Bergkirchweih". However, to give ICSA delegates an even more comprehensive impression of Germany's tourist and culinary diversity, we will complement our day trip with a visit to "Juliusspital" in Würzburg, one of the most renowned wine estates of the Franconia region.

* Please note that a shuttle service from Frankfurt to Würzburg - about a one hour drive - can be organized for delegates who will be arriving on Sunday during the day and cannot participate in the full pre conference tour.
09:00-11:30 Bus transfer from the conference hotel to Erlangen "Bergkirchweih" folk/beer festival
12:00-12:10 Greeting by Dr. Florian Janik, Lord Mayor of Erlangen
15:15-16:30 Bus transfer from Erlangen to "Juliusspital" vineyard, Würzburg
16:30-18:00 Guided tour through the cellars of the "Julisspital" estate with exquisite wine tasting
18:00-20:30 Welcome reception and dinner in the historic "Würzburger Stein" room *
20:30-21:45 Bus transfer back to the hotel

Erlangen "Bergkirchweih" - one of the most beautiful and oldest folk/beer festivals

“Der Berg ruft!” ("The mountain is calling!") is the motto every year at Whitsun at the "Bergkirchweih" folk/beer festival in Erlangen, in Franconia, northern Bavaria. The Octoberfest in Munich may be larger and more famous, but Erlangen's Bergkirchweih is undeniably older – by more than half a century (dating back to 1755) – and it has a very different, much cozier, atmosphere.

The festive ground winds its way along numerous old cellars with picturesque sandstone entrances (which were used by breweries to store their beer before refrigerators were invented). Very different from the huge tents at the Octoberfest, folks sit outside on wooden benches under old trees, nicely decorated with lanterns. The Bergkirchweih attracts around one million visitors from around the globe every year (almost ten times the population of the city of Erlangen) and transforms the festive ground into a joyful place to get together with music, beer, dancing, fun and cheers.

We will be guests at the “Entlaskeller”, which is the oldest rock cellar in Erlangen, dating back to 1686! Today it is one of the most popular and sought-after places at the Bergkirchweih. Furthermore, as a special gesture of hospitality and appreciation, the Lord Mayor of Erlangen, Dr. Florian Janik, will personally welcome our ICSA delegation.

So come with us and enjoy the unrivalled atmosphere, tasty delights from the regional cuisine like roast ox on the spit, pretzels, sausages, cheese and first and foremost of course, the tasty beer, brewed exclusively for this occasion. And no worries, we will also have vegetarian and non-alcoholic options (including non-alcoholic beer). This year “the mountain is calling you personally!”, so do not miss the opportunity!

"Juliusspital" vineyard Würzburg - guided wine cellar tour & ICSA welcome reception with dinner

Franconia is not only famous for its beer culture but also for its very renowned wine region. This is why we thought that it would be a good idea to take a break half way back to Frankfurt and visit the centuries-old and internationally widely applauded “Juliusspital” vineyard in Würzburg. At Juliusspital, an exclusive guided cellar tour with fine wine tasting will be followed by the traditional ICSA welcome reception and dinner. A great chance to network with all your existing ICSA colleagues and also to make new friends.

The Juliusspital vineyards are spread across more than 100 km of the countryside of Franconia and with around 180 hectares, make up the second largest wine estate in Germany. Its vines are planted on the Franconian Triassic, a unique three-part rock formation made of red sandstone, shell limestone and keuper. Juliusspital owns and maintains some of the best locations in Franconia. So no wonder, it is the home to excellent, widely recognized wines. In fact its history as a vineyard dates back to 1576 - that's what you call experience in wine-growing!

However, Juliusspital is more than just an acclaimed wine estate, it is also part of a charitable foundation which also dates back to 1576. Till today, the social arm of the Juliusspital Foundation is devoted to this mission - in the hospital ("spital" is short for "hospital"), the senior citizens' foundation, hospice and palliative ward take care of those in need every day. The vineyard has been part of the foundation from the very beginning and its profits have always contributed to fulfilling its social responsibilities.

ICSA 37th Annual General Meeting

Monday 20 May, 09:00 - 14:00 (estimated), ICSA Members only

The AGM will take place at the conference hotel, the Steigenberger Icon Frankfurter Hof. Participation is restricted to representatives of ICSA members. AGM materials will be prepared by ICSA's secretariat and delivered to ICSA members in due time before the event.

09:00-09:30 Coffee, Meet & Greet - Hotel Frankfurter Hof
09:30-11:00 37th ICSA AGM - Hotel Frankfurter Hof, Ballroom
11:00-11:30 Group Picture & Coffee Break - Hotel Frankfurter Hof
11:30-13:00 37th ICSA AGM - Hotel Frankfurter Hof, Ballroom
13:00-14:00 Buffet Lunch - Hotel Frankfurter Hof

ICSA Conference 2024 - German National Library Frankfurt

Tuesday 21 May, 10:00 (Registration starts 09:30) till 14:30 - open to ICSA members and the interested public

This full day international pro bono conference will be open to ICSA members and to the interested public. The panels and presentations will touch on various market structural and regulatory topics of global importance. Participation is free of charge but a registration is required. Please note that because of the limited capacity of the venue, we will consider applications in the order in which they are received.

We are very honored that Ms. Paulina Dejmek Hack, Director for General Affairs at the European Commission's DG FISMA, the German Minister of Finance, Mr. Christian Lindner, and Chief Executive Director Securities Supervision/Asset-Management of BaFin, Dr. Thorsten Pötzsch, have confirmed to deliver a keynote speech for this high-ranking event. (Deviating from the previous announcement, the German Minister of Finance willhold his keynote in person and will be on site at the conference location.) We are also pleased that Ms. Stephanie Wüst, Deputy Mayor and Head of Economic Affairs, will deliver a greeting address from the City of Frankfurt am Main.

Steigenberger Icon Frankfurter Hof - ICSA 2024 Conference Hotel

A place of unrivalled elegance and history - the Steigenberger Icon Frankfurter Hof - stands in the heart of the vibrant city of Frankfurt. Since its opening in 1876, this magnificent five-star hotel has harmoniously interwoven historical tradition with modern luxury.

Even in its early years, the Frankfurter Hof quickly became a favourite place to stay for statesmen, artists, and celebrities. Since then, the hotel has taken a fascinating journey through time, always retaining its unique charm. Each of the 303 rooms and suites has been furnished with the utmost attention. Fine materials, exquisite furniture and amenities characterise the accommodation.

The Frankfurter Hof is also a renowned event venue for private celebrations as well as business conferences and meetings. Last but not least, the hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city of Frankfurt and most event locations for the ICSA AGM 2024 lie within a short walking distance from the hotel.

For hotel booking at the preferential ICSA 2024 AGM & conference rate, please use the link below, which will take you to the hotel's website. Please note that you can also make a hotel booking by phone or e-mail using the reservation code "ICSA2024"


E-Mail: reservierung@frankfurter-hof.steigenberger.de
Phone: +49 69 215 920

Onward travel & activities recommendations

56th ICMA Annual General Meeting and Conference 2024

22-24 May 2024, Brussels, SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre

ICSA delegates who wish to continue their journey to the ICMA Annual General Meeting and Conference 2024 which will be held in Brussels this year and will start in the evening of Wednesday, 22 May 2024, can easily do so without missing any part of the ICSA AGM & Conference.

For more details about the ICMA AGM, please visit the conference website or contact ICMA's Managing Director, Membership & Communications, Allan Malvar.

E-Mail: allan.malvar@icmagroup.org

Travel recommendation: from Frankfurt, you can reach Brussels very conveniently by "ICE" train. Frankfurt main station is just a short taxi ride away or one stop by public transport (Underground/U-Bahn 4, just in front of the hotel) from the ICSA conference hotel.

If you take a direct "ICE" train, it is a three-hours ride "city to city", which is quicker than by plane. You can easily buy tickets online via Deutsche Bahn booking Page (departure is preselected for Wednesday 22 May, you can add a return for a round trip and also change the departure date is needed). If you need any help regarding your travel arrangements, please contact Catherine Hughes at the ICSA 2024 hospitality desk and she will be pleased to assist you.

E-Mail: hospitality@icsa2024frankfurt.org
Phone: +49 30 89 609 145

Suggested direct train connections  for Wednesday 22 May 2024 are:

ICE train Frankfurt (HBF) Bruxelles Nord Bruxelles Midi
16 10:26 13:26 13:35
314 12:26 15:26 15:35
14 14:26 17:26 17:35

49th IOSCO Annual General Meeting

26 to 28 May 2024, Athens - (followed by the HCMC Public Conference on 29 May 2024)

For those who are interested in attending the 49th IOSCO AGM in Athens, all relevant information may be found on the IOSCO/HCMC conference website. If you would like to contact the conference organizers directly, please use the contact details below.

E-Mail: conference@iosco2024greece.com
Phone: +30 210 3377216

P.S.: To learn more about ICSA's involvement in the IOSCO AGM, please contact ICSA's Secretary General, Mr. Peter Eisenhardt.

E-Mail: peisenhardt@icsa.global

Travel information: the flight duration to Athens is about 2:40 hours from Frankfurt and 3:00 hours from Brussels (for those wishing to attend the ICMA AGM in Brussels beforehand). However, please note that Athens lies in a time zone +1 hour ahead of Frankfurt and Brussels. Transfer from the airport to Athens city takes about 45 minutes.

AFME/OMFIF's 4th Annual European Financial Integration Conference

28 May 2024, Frankfurt, Steigenberger Icon Frankfurter Hof

For those staying in Frankfurt after the ICSA AGM & Conference, this conference, organized jointly by ICSA member afme and OMFIF, will take place at the same hotel as the ICSA AGM and will offer a great chance to learn more about the key topics moving European financial markets.

For more information, please visit the conference website or send an e-mail to Stefano Mazzocchi, the leading organizer of the event at afme.

E-Mail: stefano.mazzocchi@afme.eu

Hospitality Desk

My name is Catherine Hughes and it is my pleasure to help to make your participation in the ICSA AGM & Conference 2024 in Frankfurt as agreeable as possible. Please regard me as your central point of contact at bwf for any questions regarding the organizational aspects and the course of the event. 

If you need any kind of assistance, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail or give me a call. I will be happy to answer your inquiry in a timely manner. However, please take into account possible time zone differences, in particular if you want to give me a call.

(Germany lies in the CET zone (Central European Time) which means GMT/UTC +1. However, please note that form 31 March till 27 October the CEST (Central European Summer Time) with GMT/UTC +2 applies.)

E-Mail: hospitality@icsa2024frankfurt.org
Phone: +49 30 89 606 145