Joint Spring Conference 2016 of E-Finance Lab and IBM


The E-Finance Lab and IBM cordially invite you to the annual Spring Conference. The event will be held on February 16th, 2016, at Campus Westend of Goethe University Frankfurt and is organized by Prof. Dr. König and his team (layer 1). Participants have the chance to discuss the topic of "Identifiers and Identification Management in the Financial World and Beyond - Requests, Solutions, and Applications” with speakers from science and practice. In this context, we are proud to announce Gerard Hartsink, Chair of the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF), and Prof. John Leslie King, University of Michigan, USA as our keynote speakers.

After the financial crisis financial institutions and regulatory authorities - together with service providers - search for identification concepts and an appropriate identification management of market participants and financial instruments. We sincerely invite participants to take part of the discussions on the state-of-the-art of identifiers and systems as well as on solutions and application experiences. Reflecting the four views of financial industry, regulation, service providers and academia, the conference comprises a series of 20-minutes presentations of international specialists.

As always, the participation is free of charge.

Conference Details

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 16th, 2016; 14:00 - 19:30 (registration from 13:30), subsequent Get Together
Venue: Goethe University Frankfurt, Campus Westend, Casino
Address: Nina-Rubenstein-Weg 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany (see directions to the conference venue)

(former address: Grüneburgplatz 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main)

For inquiries, please contact our organizing team.


Please use the following link to register for the conference:



Agenda Item



Registration and Coffee



Vice President Prof. Dr. Manfred Schubert-Zsilavecz, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main



Joint Introduction to the Conference’s topic

Wolfgang König, Chair of Business Administration, Goethe University Frankfurt, Chair of E-Finance Lab


Markus Koerner, Member of the Management Board IBM Germany, Stuttgart

[slides]     [video]


Keynote: Legal Entity Identification in the Finance World (LEI): A Standard of a Distributed Identification System

Joseph Tracy (Ph. D., Vice President Federal Reserve Bank New York, and Chair (des.) of the Regulatory Oversight Committee (ROC) of the Financial Stability Board (FSB))

[slides]     [video]


Organization of the Global Legal Entity Identifier System (GLEIS)

Gerard Hartsink, Chair, Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation, Basel

[slides]     [video]


The View of a Multinational Bank

Dr. Lutz Raettig, Chair of the Supervisory Board of Morgan Stanley Bank AG, and Honorary Member of the Council of the City of Frankfurt



Big Data Analytics and the Relation to the LEI and other Identification Systems                      

Dr. Rana Ghosh-Roy, Partner for Business Analytics, IBM, London

[slides]     [video]


Presentation of the IBM Faculty Award to Prof. Dr. Bernd Skiera

Markus Koerner, IBM

Ulrich Wolf, IBM Managing Director, Frankfurt

Dr. Martin Maehler, Manager University Relations, IBM, Böblingen



Coffee Break


A World-Wide Standard to Identify Consumer Goods – and more

Ercan Kilic, Team Head of Mobile Commerce and Financial Services, GS1, Köln

[slides]     [video]


Modelling and Identification of Financial Products – the ACTUS (Algorithmic Contract Types Unified Standards) Approach

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Breymann, Head of Research, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, CH

[slides]     [video]


From „Real" to „Language" to Data": Identification is the new Frontier, and more Things we Got Used to will Change

Francis Gross, Senior Advisor, General Statistics, European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main

[slides]     [video]


Coffee Break


The Role of Identity in Social Acceptance of Big Data Analytics

Prof. John King, Ph. D., Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US

[slides]     [video]


Identifier Matching in Responsible Investment – a Machine Learning Approach

Dr. Damian Borth, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Kaiserslautern

[slides]     [video]


Preliminary Research Results on the LEI Adoption

 Dr. Moritz Weber, E-Finance Lab, Goethe University, Frankfurt

[slides]     [video]


Concluding Remarks

Ulrich Wolf, IBM Managing Director, Frankfurt

Wolfgang König, Chair of Business Administration, Goethe University Frankfurt, Chair of E-Finance Lab



Get Together

Drinks and Hot Buffet