BearingPoint, Capco & Deloitte EURO FINANCE partner

29 October 2015

From November 16-20 the EURO FINANCE WEEK takes place in Frankfurt. During the week hundreds of finance experts from across the globe will visit the German financial hub to attend among others conferences, seminars, receptions, and a company marketplace. Three consulting firms – BearingPoint, Capco and Deloitte – act as key partners and contributors of the event.

Now in its 18th year, EURO FINANCE WEEK has developed into one of Europe’s largest meeting points for the banking, insurance and finance industry. The five day event, held between November 16-20 2015 in Frankfurt am Main (Messe Frankfurt Congress Center), boasts over 40 specialised conferences which address topics as retail banking, risk management, islamic banking, FinTech, investment management and technology. A variety of receptions and award ceremonies complement the week’s programme, with the European Banking Congress at Frankfurt's Alte Oper closing the event on Friday. EURO FINANCE WEEK in addition hosts a marketplace, a platform which offers financial institutions and service providers the opportunity to present themselves and network with participants at the conferences.

Frankfurt Euro Finance Week

EURO FINANCE WEEK can build on an impressive number of partners and sponsors. Five players can call themselves institutional sponsors of the event*, and 40+ partners stand at the heart of the week by providing financial backing, expertise and a contribution to the programme. Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank (both premium status) and DZ Bank (diamond status) are the most privileged partners, followed four firms that enjoy a platinum status: BearingPointCapco, Helaba and Volkswagen Financial Services. The EURO FINANCE WEEK further counts five gold partners and 30+ other partners, including Deloitte.

As part of its partner role, BearingPoint will participate in six of the specialist conferences, including ‘Target Image Compliance/Governance 2020’ on Tuesday the 17th of November, ‘Omni channel - Strategy and experience report’ on Wednesday and ‘Blockchain – The future of finance’ on the following day. Consultants involved are Maciej Piechocki, Oliver Engelbrecht, Christian Bruck, Markus Franke, Maik Frey and Robert Bosch, all partners in BearingPoint’s Financial Services practice.

Maciej Piechocki, Oliver Engelbrecht, Christian Bruck, Markus Franke, Maik Frey and Robert Bosch

Bernd Richter, Partner at Capco, acts as a panel member in a conference centred around FinTech and its impact on the payments domain, while fellow partners Ronny Cosijns and Hans-Martin Kraus act as experts in the ‘Target2-Securities’ and ‘Payments’ conferences respectively. Ralph Weckler, a principal at the Belgium-origin consultancy, joins the ‘Compliance Forum: Non-Financial Risk’ event.

Bernd Richter - Ronny Cosijns - Hans Kraus - Ralph Weckler - Capco

Deloitte brings forward two financial experts, Michael Peters (a Corporate Finance partner) and Hans-Jürgen Walter (Financial Services Industry Lead) – with Peters joining Weckler in the ‘Compliance Forum: Non-Financial Risk’ and Walter co-facilitating the ‘Banking Supervision, Resolution and Risk Management in Europe’ conference.

* European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), FAROS Consulting, Frankfurter Institut für Risikomanagement und Regulierung (IRM), Hessische Landesregierung and International Bankers Forum (IBF).


Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”