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Hazelhoff Guest Lecture: A future without banks?

  • Wim Mijs
Thursday 11 February 2016
Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden

Wim Mijs | Hazelhoff Guest Lecture | ‘A future without banks?’

On 11 February 2016, the Hazelhoff Centre for Financial Law organizes its tenth Hazelhoff Guest Lecture. The lecture ‘A future without banks?’ will be given by Wim Mijs, Chief Executive of the European Banking Federation (EBF) and alumnus of Universiteit Leiden. 


Previous Hazelhoff Guest Lectures were given by, among others, Jan Kees de Jager, former Dutch Finance Minister, Rutger Schimmelpenninck and Ben Knüppe, liquidators in the bankruptcy of DSB Bank, Nout Wellink, former president of De Nederlandsche Bank (Dutch central bank), Rutsel Martha, former Justice Minister of the Dutch Antilles, and Don Scott De Amicis, former Vice President and General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

Wim Mijs

Wim Mijs was appointed Chief Executive of the European Banking Federation (EBF) in September 2014. Between 2007 and 2014 Wim served as CEO of the Dutch banking association NVB (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken). During this time he transformed the NVB into a modern industry association, positioning it as the key representative of the banking sector in the midst of the financial crisis. Wim studied law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, specialising in European and International law. After his studies he worked for one year at the International Court of Arbitration at the Peace Palace in The Hague. In 1993 he joined ABN AMRO in Amsterdam before moving to Brussels to head up the bank’s EU liaison office. Wim moved back to The Hague in 2002 where he became the Head of Government Affairs for ABN AMRO. Between 2011 and 2015 Wim served as Chairman of the International Banking Federation. From 2012 to 2014 he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the EBF. 

A future without banks?

In this Hazelhoff Guest Lecture, Wim Mijs will provide the audience with his reflections on the future social functions of banks. In 2015, the European Commission adopted an action plan in order to create a Capital Markets Union. This plan aims to expand the role of the financial markets, which leaves the impression that the Commission attempts to reduce the dominance of the banking sector. At the same time, the traditional banking business model has come under fire as a result of new financial regulation and increased pressure of digitalization of society. A future without banks, is it possible?

In this lecture, there will be ample opportunity to ask questions. The lecture will conclude with a reception, sponsored by SBR Leiden.

Hazelhoff Centre for Financial Law

The Hazelhoff Guest Lectures are organized by the Hazelhoff Centre for Financial Law. The Hazelhoff Centre for Financial Law provides academic education and performs research in the field of financial law.

Practical information

Date:              Thursday 11 February 2016
Time:             15.30-17.00h concludes with a reception
Location:     Lorentzzaal (A1.44) | Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw (Leiden Law School)

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