It’s often said that it’s not what you know, but who you know, and in the finance industry, just like many others, networking is a key aspect of career success. One of the best ways to develop your industry contacts is to attend conferences. Below you’ll find a list of six of the best in the financial services sector. 

Annual European Financial Services Conference.

The Annual European Financial Services Conference brings together more than 400 delegates to discuss the most important issues affecting European and global financial markets. The 2015 edition featured discussions across a host of topics, with a particular focus on Europe’s Banking Union. The event is hosted and organised in collaboration with some of the world’s most prominent financial organisations, including Barclays PLC, KPMG LLP and the London Stock Exchange Group. 

AICP Financial Planning and Analysis Conference.

Knowledgeable experts within the finance industry share their thoughts on the present and future trends. Amongst the topics covered at this year’s AICP Financial Planning and Analysis Conference, hosted in Las Vegas, was the importance of adopting modern approaches to budgeting and how to link strategy and planning to enterprise risk management. For individuals looking to enter the world of corporate finance, the conference offers a fascinating opportunity to learn from the industry’s best. 


Occurring on three separate occasions throughout the year, once in Europe and twice in the US, Finovate takes an innovative look at financial services and how digital technologies can drive the industry forward. Last year saw more than 4,000 attendees in total, making the event an ideal networking opportunity for anyone interested in how the industry is likely to change in the coming years. There is also a chance to try many of the technologies that could ultimately play a key role in the sector. 


Focusing on the connection between money and the media, FinCon is an annual conference that looks to spread a positive message about finance. Individuals based on the financial advice and investing sectors make up the majority of attendees, but subjects across the entire spectrum of corporate and consumer finance are covered. In addition, the event hosts its own Pro Networking session where Pro Pass holders can meet companies and brands to establish relationships that could prove beneficial now and in the future. 

Institute of Financial Planning Conference.

Bringing together the leading figures in financial planning, the IFP Conference is a “must attend” event for anyone looking to grow their connections within the industry. There are several keynote and optional sessions across the three-day event where inspirational speakers provide the latest financial insights. If further networking opportunities are what you’re after, the Gala Awards Evening provides the perfect opportunity to meet fellow professionals and discuss the conference so far.  

FT Investment Management Summit Europe.

Held in Mayfair, London, the Investment Management Summit Europe, organised by the Financial Times, explores how wider political and economic factors are impacting on investments across the globe. Attracting senior finance and investment professionals, the event gives attendees the chance to hear stimulating presentations and engage in lively industry debates.  It may only be in its second year, but this unique event already represents one of the best networking opportunities for finance professionals.