We congratulate the winners of the 2007 EuroCatalyst awards. Read more HERE about the winners and the awards presentation on 4 October.
"EuroCatalyst is one of the few worthwhile conferences because the audience is senior and come from the leading players in each of the respective mortgage markets. The ideas and intellectual capital being shared goes far beyond recycled conference topics and touches at the heart of the most important issues driving the markets. It's also the only event that draws people who have stopped attending conferences altogether."
"I've been back at the office for a week and cannot stop talking about EuroCatalyst. My colleagues are beginning to think that I've joined a cult"
Fanny Borgstrom, Head of Group Funding, Nordea Treasury
Hold your course and don't ever turn EuroCatalyst into a capital markets event. Keep focusing on the entire value chain because that's what really matters the most. You guys are the only ones who really care about everyone getting some value out of this. Just don't lose the intimacy once everyone else figures out that this is really where things are said, ideas are launched and relationships are formed that just don't happen anywhere else."
"You really have to experience it to understand it. EuroCatalyst encourages a participatory and three-dimensional dialogue in a way that is much more thought-provoking than anything I've ever been to. They have created a setting in which people are forced to think about the issues long after their events are over."
Helena Day, Vice President, Morgan Stanley Mortgage Servicing
"I found the event as stimulating from the audience as I did onstage."
Karin Lissakers, Advisor to George Soros, The Soros Group
"It was a spectacular event. It was also fun, and I really enjoyed myself."
Alexander Pollock, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (and former president and chief executive officer, Federal Home Loan Bank)
"You really have your priorities in the right place and it shows in your program. Thanks for the ideas and the meetings, we'll always be back . . ."
Liam Coleman, Nationwide
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SMALL PRINT: All EuroCatalyst 2007 panellists appeared in a personal capacity. Any opinions offered by these individuals were their own and did not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the companies or organisations they work for.
The dialogue continues . . .
EuroCatalyst 2007 Madrid marks the final instalment of the five-year EuroCatalyst series on the globalisation of mortgage markets and European mortgage market developments. This important dialogue was launched in Madrid on September 23, 2002, with the following goals and vision:
True to its name, the event would serve as the catalyst to accelerate European mortgage market developments, third-party sector developments and cross-border lending. Over the past five years, our efforts to emphasise and prioritise the purpose of the event over profit, and our commitment to provide our own intellectual capital as content to encourage others to do the same, has brought together the best minds in the industry to challenge US dominance and offer alternative strengths, strategies and solutions that today place Europe at the center of what is now a global industry.
As newspaper headlines across the world cover chapters of the story we began telling in 2002, EuroCatalyst 2007 focussed on how we navigate the new world of housing finance in global capital markets.
EuroCatalyst is a pan-European strategic advisory and market-positioning company specialising in creating the content, context, community, and communications platform for firms operating in any sector across the mortgage value chain in Europe. Our services are designed to accelerate cross-border and new market entry with a particular focus on anticipating and driving market convergence.
While mortgage market funding is increasingly global, the primary market activities of national European mortgage markets remain entirely local. To reach the economies of scale promised by a larger Single Market as well as the transparency required to fully maximise the global funding base, the industry must evolve beyond borders and politics to maximise its full potential. EuroCatalyst harnesses the commercial possibilities of the markets.
True to its name, since 2000 EuroCatalyst has been a primary change agent - or "catalyst" - which has provided a unique platform of services and communication upon which companies engaged in any aspect of the provision of products or services to the mortgage lending or housing finance industry have begun to enter and create new European markets.
Elemental to our mission is streamlining the flow of information, methods of communication, and interaction of contacts at the highest decision-making levels, creating a community framework that has facilitated synergies and accelerated solutions benefiting everyone involved.
EuroCatalyst is a multifaceted, multidisciplinary organisation of experienced, knowledgeable, ideals-driven individuals who specialise in accelerating the potential of the pan-European marketplace. Most importantly we have the unique experience, knowledge and skills to facilitate our clients' and partners' global success.