Global Summit on International Financial Centres

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Financial Times Live, the global conferences and events arm of the Financial Times newspaper, gathers pre-eminent public and private sector decision-makers, visionaries and strategists from the world’s most important economies and industries for a wide range of interactive, agenda-setting programmes that combine the power of on-site discussion and networking with the flexibility of live-streamed broadcasting.Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times, the world’s leading business newspaper, the summits, conferences and strategic forums organised by Financial Times Live provide audiences attending either in person or remotely with the opportunity to listen to and interact with speakers of the highest calibre in lively and stimulating debates that cover the key issues of our time.All conference programmes are devised by expert content developers in collaboration with the FT editorial team to ensure the same high quality of debate and analysis -- along with the integrity and accuracy -- that the newspaper is renowned for. Speakers and delegates are drawn from the most senior levels of industry, commerce and government. Highly experienced logistical teams ensure a seamless conference experience for attendees at carefully chosen venues enhanced by cutting-edge technology and design concepts. Many events will be streamed live to meet the demands of a fast-growing online audience.
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Lead sponsor 
Luxembourg for Finance, the agency for the development of the financial sector, is a public-private partnership between the Luxembourg Government and the Luxembourg Financial Industry Federation (PROFIL), under the Presidency of the Minister of Finance, Luc Frieden.

The objective of the partnership is to contribute to the sustainable development of Luxembourg as an international financial centre by means of a structured international communications policy and by nurturing new business sectors. The principal mission of the agency is to create a strong brand image for the financial centre, communicating the advantages of its products and services to a wide public and highlighting the numerous opportunities available to investors and clients, whether institutional or private, from around the world.

Luxembourg for Finance organises seminars in international financial centres and takes part in selected world class trade fairs and congresses. It is the first port of call for foreign journalists and is responsible for looking after official foreign delegations visiting Luxembourg.

In cooperation with the various professional associations, Luxembourg for Finance publishes brochures and other documentation on products and services available and their relevant legal and regulatory framework.

The agency also works to raise awareness of the broad range of career opportunities available in the financial centre.

Combining the innovative spirit of the financial industry and the far sightedness of the country's political leaders, LFF is committed to the development of an integrated and sustainable European financial market place.

Lead sponsor 

Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) is a financial and business centre established by the government of Qatar in 2005 to attract international financial services and multinational corporations to grow and develop the market for financial services in the region.

QFC consists of a commercial arm, the QFC Authority and an independent financial regulator, the QFC Regulatory Authority. It also has an independent judiciary which comprises a civil and commercial court and a regulatory tribunal. QFC includes as well the Qatar Finance and Business Academy which helps professionals and organisations to improve their skills and knowledge.

A principal aim of QFC is to help all QFC licensed firms generate new, and sustainable, revenue streams and provides access to local and regional investment opportunities. Business can be transacted inside or outside Qatar, in local or foreign currency. Uniquely, this allows businesses to operate both locally and internationally. Furthermore, QFC allows 100% ownership by foreign companies, and all profits can be remitted outside of Qatar.

The QFC Authority is responsible for the organisation’s commercial strategy and for developing relationships with the global financial community and other key institutions inside and outside Qatar. QFC Authority’s strategy focuses on creating a global business hub for three core markets – Asset Management, Reinsurance and Captive Insurance.

The QFC Regulatory Authority is an independent statutory body and authorises and supervises businesses that conduct financial services activities in, or from, the QFC. It has powers to authorise, supervise and, where necessary, discipline regulated firms and individuals.
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Location partner 
The City UK 
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With a consolidated asset size of over USD 87 billion, strong and extensive national distribution network comprising over 950 branches and around 16,000 employees, Akbank is one of the most valuable companies in Turkey in terms of its market capitalisation. Akbank is also “the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Turkey” according to the “Brand Finance - Banking 500, 2012“ report. 

In addition to its core banking activities, Akbank offers a wide range of corporate, SME, consumer and private banking services as well as foreign trade financing. The bank conducts overseas operations through its subsidiaries in Germany (Akbank AG) and Dubai (Akbank Dubai Limited) along with a branch in Malta.

Akbank’s robust capital, low leverage, high level of liquidity and effective risk management policy constitute its pillars of strength and support the Bank’s profitable growth. Akbank’s local subsidiaries are Ak Securities, Ak Asset Management and Ak Lease.

Since its inception, Akbank continously reviews and upgrades its operations and business processes to ensure the sustainability of its stakeholder’s welfare. Implementing its corporate social responsibility activities to create sustainable value, Akbank significantly contributes to the further progress of the society through the diverse projects such as culture&arts, education, entrepreneurship and environment which it undertakes and supports.
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Scottish Development International (SDI) is the international economic development agency of the Scottish Government.

We are able to provide advice and practical support for companies looking to invest in Scotland. Since 2001 we have significantly increased the level of inward investment into Scotland.

Scotland is one of Europe’s leading financial centres and is internationally recognised as one of the most important UK financial centres outside London and the South East.

Additionally, Edinburgh is ranked as the fourth largest financial centre in Europe in terms of equity assets. In the 2011 Global Financial Centres Index, Edinburgh is ranked above other locations such as Amsterdam, Dublin, Brussels and Madrid. 
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