CISI, chief financial certification body, opens permanent offices at the UPF Barcelona School of Management

The leading entity dedicated to certifying knowledge, integrity and ethics in the financial sector, CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment), with its headquarters in London, has established a permanent office in Barcelona, from where it aims to promote its activity in Spain. Specifically, CISI has chosen UPF Barcelona School of Management –management school of the Pompeu Fabra University - to locate its office in Barcelona which joins the financial centres of Dublin, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, Dubai, Mumbai and Colombo. Alongside the opening of its permanent office in Barcelona, CISI has created the National Advisory Council chaired by Albert Ricart (chair) and Francisco Álvarez Molina (deputy chair) with the dean of UPF Barcelona School of Management, Daniel Serra de la Figuera also involved.

CISI has already certified CaixaBank, Bantierra, Laboral Kutxa, Lloyds España employees and students on the Master Programs in Financial Markets and Banking and Finance at UPF Barcelona School of Management. In fact, 43 of the top 50 banks in the world use the CISI as an institution to accredit their staff, the organization says.

Coinciding with the new office in Barcelona, CISI organized a debate last week in the Catalan capital on the integrity of financial services in Spain, an event held annually by the institute and that has left London for the first time.

UPF Barcelona School of Management has already been working with CISI for years. Last year, more than 5.000 directors and personal banking managers at CaixaBank obtained the Certificate in Wealth Management from CISI through the Financial Advice program offered by the School of Management of Pompeu Fabra. The agreement between CaixaBank, UPF Barcelona School of Management’s and CISI was expected to consolidate the position of the international certification agency in the Spanish financial market, ahead of the Banking Union regulations.