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CEPS-ECMI webinar on Equity financing for SMEs – how to make it a reality

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Governments, central banks and international institutions have been mobilisingresources in an effort to mitigate the economic consequences of the coronavirusfor small and medium enterprises (SMEs). But the current rescue programmes arelargely debt-based, suggesting a rapid rise in debt levels at the firm level,not coordinated at the European level, and differing greatly in volume acrossEU member states. To overcome these inefficiencies, academics have recentlyproposed a European Pandemic Equity Fund (EPEF) to provide equity-likeinvestments in SMEs, in exchange for a proportionate participation in thecompanies’ earnings. To what extent can the EPEF address SME financing problems? How will such an initiative channel funds to SMEs? How does the EPEF relate to the EU SME IPO fund that President von der Leyen proposed, or other crisis related funds (e.g. Solvency Support Instrument)? How will these initiatives coexist? Will such a fund be complementary to existing national programmes, or rather a substitution for some of them? What is the current regulatory framework for SMEs and how should the eligibility criteria for funding SMEs be defined? How might the current EU legal framework on competition and State aid interact with any(EU/national) initiative on SMEs financing?

Elena Carletti, Professor of Finance, Bocconi University; founder and Scientific Director, Florence School of Banking and Finance, European University Institute
Barry McGrath, Manager, Innovation and Alternative Finance, European Investment Fund
Jesús Gonzalez Nieto, Director of MAB (Mercado Alternativo Bursátil – Alternative Stock Market), Bolsas y Mercados Españoles
Morana Mavricek, Policy Officer, DG FISMA, European Commission
Moderator: Apostolos Thomadakis, Researcher, CEPS-ECMI


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Contact person: Beatriz Pozo ( , +32 222 93 987)


July 9th, 2020 11:00 AM   through   12:00 PM
CEPS (online),
Place du Congrès 1,
1000 Brussels,
Phone: +32 2 2293911
Event Info
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Responsible Mr. Apostolos Thomadakis
Secretary Ms. Beatriz Pozo

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