Published: 12.01.2023 Updated: 13.01.2023

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On 8 February 2023 from 9.00 to 16.00, the Latvian Capital Market Forum 2023 "Growth Loves Those Who Dare" organised by Latvijas Banka will take place. The forum aims to promote expert discussions and institutional cooperation in order to develop Latvia's capital market and maximise its potential.

Verena Ross, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority, and Mārtiņš Kazāks, Governor of Latvijas Banka, will open the forum. The on-site forum will bring together around 150 participants, while more than 20 sector experts and opinion leaders will participate in four panel discussions to look at the opportunities of private investors and businesses offered by the Latvian and Baltic capital markets, as well as the characteristics and development opportunities of these markets on a European scale.

On-site: event space "Fantadroms", Gustava Zemgala gatve 74A, Riga


Registration and welcome coffee from 8.30

9.00 Forum opening   

Opening address

Mārtiņš Kazāks, Governor, Latvijas Banka  

Krišjānis Kariņš, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia

Arvils Ašeradens, Minister of Finance

Keynote speech

Verena Ross, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority "Challenges and Opportunities of the European Capital Markets" (in English)


Part I  Opportunities of Private Investors in the European Union  


Panel discussion: Investment in the European Union – Capital Markets Union from Intention to Action (in English) 


  • Verena Ross, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority  
  • Santa Purgaile, Deputy Governor, Latvijas Banka 
  • Jella Benner-Heinacher, President of European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users
  • Petr Koblic, President of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges

Moderator: Ivars Bergmanis, Investment banker specialising in Baltic capital markets

10.55 Coffee break  


Sari Lounasmeri, CEO, Finnish Foundation for Share Promotion

Presentation "Why are Finns successful investors? Development of investment culture in Finland" (in English)

Panel discussion: Behaviour of Private Investors in the Baltic Capital Markets (in English) 


  • Kristaps Mors, private investor
  • Kristīne Doroško, private investor and EU Climate Pact Ambassador
  • Kristi Saare, founder of the Female Investors Club (Estonia)
  • Sari Lounasmeri, CEO, Finnish Foundation for Share Promotion 

Moderator: Kaspars Peisenieks, Executive Manager, Investoru Klubs   

12.30 Lunch break 


Part II Capital Market Opportunities for Companies  


"The J. Molner Company" case study, Jason Grenfell-Gardner, founder (in English)  


Panel discussion: Capital Market – More Than a Source of Funding? 


  • Marta Andersone, CFO, AS "GIVEN Jewellery''  
  • Inta Liepa, Member of the Board, AS "CleanR Grupa"
  • Artūrs Dombrovskis, CEO, AS "Hestio"  
  • Krišjānis Krūmiņš, Member of the Board, Rīgas Ūdens Ltd. 

Moderator: Māris Vainovskis, Senior Partner, ZAB "Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns"  

14.30 Coffee break 


Uldis Rutkaste, Head of the Monetary Policy Department, Latvijas Banka

Presentation "How to Finance the Development of a Company during the Period of the High Interest Rates?"  


Panel discussion: Role of the Capital Market in the Funding of Sustainable Economy  


  • Andris Dlohi, Member of the Board, SIA "CLT Profi" 
  • Elīna Salava, Head of Sustainability, AS Attīstības finanšu institūcija Altum   
  • Jānis Endziņš, Chairman of the Board, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Lauris Mencis, "Swedbank" AS Chairman of the Board

 Moderator: Daiga Auziņa-Melalksne, Chair of the Board, AS Nasdaq Riga  


Concluding remarks

Santa Purgaile, Deputy Governor, Latvijas Banka     

16:00–18:00 Informal discussions, networking