Hilton Antwerp Old Town
Groenplaats 32
2000 Antwerp – Belgium

Special Fee for event participants – visit the registration website to learn more

For the Hilton special rate, the fee is pre-selected in the booking form at the link provided as “PMV”




Wednesday 12 June 2019

14h00 – 17h00 – GNGI Meeting (by invitation only – meeting in English, no interpretation provided)

17h00 – 19h00 – AECM-REGAR Task Force on additionality (by invitation only – meeting in English, no interpretation provided)

19h00 – Welcome Cocktail

Thursday 13 June 2019

Interpretation will be provided in DE-EN-ES-FR-IT all day long

9h00 – 10h45 – Meeting of the Board of Directors (reserved to the members of the Board)

11h00 -13h00 – Private session of the General Assembly (reserved to AECM members)

13h00 – 14h00 – Lunch

14h00 – 18h00 – Public Session of the General Assembly (open to all registered participants)

20h00 – Gala Dinner


Friday 14 June 2019

Interpretation will be provided in DE-EN-ES-FR-IT all day long

09h00 -16h30  – AECM Annual Seminar: New Technologies

Saturday 15 June 2019

Tours will be held in English

10h00 -15h30  – Antwerp Tour: Diamonds and beer


Seminar program & Speakers’ presentations

Thursday, 13 June 2019 – Public Session of the General Assembly 

Interpretation: DE, EN, ES, FR, IT



  • Bernhard Sagmeister, Chairman of AECM
  • Michel Casselman, General Manager, PMV/z-Waarborgen nv

Key note address

  • Othmar Karas, Member of the European Parliament – video message


“Taking stock of SME policy of the outgoing EU Commission and looking at the challenges ahead ”

  • Kristin Schreiber, Director, COSME Program, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission

Presentation of the activities of AECM 2018 – 2019

  • Bernhard Sagmeister, Chairman of AECM



Networking break



Business transfers: results of a study from Germany

  • Holger Wassermann, Professor for Controlling and Accounting, FOM University of Applied Science, Berlin
  • Sascha Frohwerk, Professor for IT-Management, FOM University of Applied Science, Berlin



Panel on policy drivers of guarantee institutions: Best possible support of SMEs’ access to finance

  • Moderator: Guy Selbherr, Chairman of the AECM working group state aid
  • Pedro Pisonero Pérez, Chairman of the AECM working group digitisation
  • Barbara Cattrysse, Senior Legal Counsel, European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Astrid Bartels, Deputy Head of Unit, COSME Financial Instruments, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission  and Michel Cottet, rapporteur of the AECM working group financial instruments and structural funds
  • Michael Pielke, Head of Unit, Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Slovenia; Financial instruments, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development DG AGRI), European Commission – and László Tóth, Chairman of the AECM working group agriculture
  • Helmut Kraemer-Eis, Head of Research & Market Analysis, Chief Economist, European Investment Fund (EIF) and  Peter Sleeckx, Chairman of the AECM working group statistics and impact
  • Enrico Gaia, Chairman of the AECM working group law and regulation



Concluding remarks and closing of the meeting

  • Bernhard Sagmeister, Chairman of AECM



Gala Dinner


Seminar “The impact of digitization on guarantee business – opportunities and challenges”

Friday, 14 June 2019

Interpretation: DE, EN, ES, FR, IT

 8h30 – 9h00 Arrival / registration

 Opening statements:

  • Bernhard Sagmeister, Chairman of AECM
  • Filip Lacquet, Group Manager Corporate Finance, PMV/z-Waarborgen nv

 Key note addresses        

  • Helen Kopman, Deputy Head of Unit, Digital Innovation and Blockchain, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT), European Commission.


  • Alessandro Tappi, Chief Investment Officer at the European Investment Fund (EIF)
  • Leo van de Loock, Transition Manager Industry 4.0 at Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen



 Impulse statement: Insights in the FinTech evolution

  • Jurgen Ingels, IT-entrepreneur and specialist in FinTechs



Networking break



Panel 1: How digitization and especially FinTechs change the financial world (pros and cons): Specific challenges for SMEs

  • Moderator and introductory speaker: Lucia Cusmano, Acting Head of Division SME and Entrepreneurship, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities and Executive Secretary for the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE), OECD, Paris
  • Burçak Inel, Head of Financing Growth, European Banking Federation (EBF)
  • Benjamin Ledwon, Head of Brussels Office, BITKOM e.V., German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media
  • Luc Hendrickx, Enterprise Policy Director, SMEunited
  • Marco Vanzetti, Entrepreneur promoted by ISMEA, Vanzetti Holstein, Italy



 Panel 2: How will big data and artificial intelligence change the business of guarantee institutions: Management, infrastructure and partnership with FinTechs

  • Moderator and introductory speaker: Matthew Gamser, CEO, The SME Finance Forum
  • Ana García Robles, Secretary General of the Big Data Value Association (BDVA)
  • Lex van Teeffelen, Professor of Finance and Firm Acquisition, Research Center Innovation and Business, HU Business School, Utrecht / The Netherlands
  • Nico Peters, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Compeon, the leading product and supplier-independent full-service provider in Germany for SMEs’ access to finance
  • Wim De Waele, CEO, B-Hive, a European collaborative innovation fintech platform that brings together major banks, insurers and market infrastructure players



Group photo


Networking lunch



Panel 3: How will digitisation change and impact on the processes of guarantee institutions

  • Moderator and introductory speaker: Marie-Claude TaillandierThomas, Development Manager at The International and European Affairs Department, Bpifrance, France
  • Beatriz Freitas, President of the Board of Directors of SPGM, Portugal  “Industry 4.0 – support for digitization”
  • Daniel Goupillat, President of the National Federation of the SOCAMA, France “Guarantee procedure via an app”
  • Antonio Couceiro, President of CESGAR, Spain “Digitisation and technological platform for guarantees”
  • Jēkabs Krieviņš, Member of the Board of Directors of Altum, Latvia “The digital journey of Altum” 
  • Seán Farrell, Head of Product Development, SBCI Ireland “Creating a Digital Platform to serve a Digitising economy”
  • Bernhard Krautschneider, Deputy CIO aws, Austria “Digital all the way”

Closing Remarks

  • Bernhard Sagmeister, Chairman of AECM

AECM annual event 2020 presentation


End of Seminar  




Fees and registration


AECM Seminar Fee – Member

EUR 325,00

AECM Seminar Fee – Non- Member

EUR 375,00


**Registration for the annual event is closed from the 6th of June onwards: if you wish to register after this date please get in contact with us by writing to Eleonora Censorii at the AECM Secretariat :


 Leisure program

Fashion walk Antwerp
Tour for accompanying partners
Friday 14 June 2019
14.00 – 16.00 

Antwerp is the Belgium capital of fashion,  the city where it all started for the famous internationally known Antwerp six .  
Discover all about the 
Antwerp six with Tanguy Ottomer, fashion expert who will guide you through the most exclusive shops and surprise you with a visit behind the scene of Essentiel.








ATypical Gala dinner
Thursday 13 June 2019

Enjoy one of Antwerp’s landmark locations in great company. Ando no, we won’t tell you more, you’ll just have to come and see what we have in store for you.

Attention: dress code casual and comfortable shoes are recommended!

EUR 125,00 per participant





A-typical Antwerp Tour
Saturday 16 June 2019
10.00 – 14.30  (short option)
10.00 – 15.30  (full option)


Discover two Antwerp specialties: diamond cutting and beer making! In the morning we will visit DIVA, Antwerp’s diamond museum, where an expert diamond cutter will give us a demonstration live. 

Lunch will be held at the Felix Pakhuis with an all Belgian menu and local beers, just to prepare you for the following visit to the Beer Museum.

The tour can be booked for the whole day or there is a short option that ends with the lunch at 14.30.

EUR 100,00 (Short version)
EUR 125,00 (Full version)




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