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Welcome to New Financial

New Financial is a forum and think tank that believes Europe needs bigger and better capital markets


New Financial is a think tank and forum launched in 2014 that makes the positive case for the vital role that capital markets play in driving economic growth and prosperity. We believe Europe needs bigger and better capital markets – and that this presents a huge opportunity for the industry and its customers to embrace change and rethink how capital markets work.

New Financial has three main aims:

To make the positive case for bigger capital markets as a force for economic good.
We believe capital markets can play a vital role in driving prosperity across Europe – and that Europe needs capital markets more than ever.
To make the case for better capital markets.
We believe that by embracing change the industry can make capital markets work better for customers and restore trust with policymakers and the wider public.
To cut across vested sector interests and encourage more collaboration.
We believe the best way to achieve real change is for different market participants to work together to address common challenges.

We work with market participants from different sectors across the industry – investors, issuers, banks, and policymakers – to help change the quality and direction of the debate on the future of capital markets through a managed programme of research and private events (roughly 30 a year) around four main themes: unlocking capital markets, the impact of Brexit, rebuilding trust. getting pay right, and driving diversity.

New Financial is a social enterprise that reinvests at least half of any profits that it makes in its core purpose of promoting bigger and better capital markets.

What does New Financial do?

At the heart of New Financial is a managed programme of around 30 private dinners, briefings and workshops a year at its premises in Green Park, at which senior executives from market users and participants can engage with each other in a discreet and neutral environment.

We are not a lobby group, and we do not exist to defend the status quo or to defend the interests of any particular constituency within the capital markets. Instead, we see ourselves as a constructively critical friend to the industry.

And we’re not about debating the minutiae of regulation: instead we want to get ahead of the reform debate and help encourage tangible changes in culture, behaviour, and best practice.

New Financial is backed by D Group, a global business development network that helps its members address challenges and opportunities in their businesses around the world.

Meet the team at New Financial

William Wright, Founder and managing Director

William Wright
Founder and managing Director

The founder and managing director of New Financial is William Wright, the former Editor and a member of the founding team at Financial News, a specialist publication for the capital markets that is now part of the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones.

William was editor of Financial News between 2003 and 2011, and on his watch Financial News established itself as one of the most widely-read and respected publications for the investment banking and asset management industries. He played an active role in the sale of Financial News to the Wall Street journal in 2007. Before joining Financial News at its launch in 1996 he worked for the internal consulting group at a large UK bank.  He was educated at Oxford, London, and INSEAD.

Yasmine Chinwala, Partner

Yasmine Chinwala

Yasmine Chinwala, a partner at New Financial, oversees our work on diversity and sustainable business practices. Yasmine joined New Financial from an independent brokerage firm in London. Before that she worked at Financial News in New York and London, where she managed all of the publication’s features and special reports, including the successful ‘FN100 Women in finance’ series of reports and events. Yasmine studied at the London School of Economics.

Charissa Risley, Head of business development

Charissa Risley
Head of business development

Charissa Risley joined New Financial as head of business development in April 2016. Charissa worked as  director in European equity sales at Citi for more than a decade, with responsibility for covering Scottish accounts as well as big clients such as BlackRock, Henderson and Standard Life. Before that she worked in equity sales at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. She studied PPE at Oxford and has a masters in international relations from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Laurence Bax, Research and data

Laurence Bax
Research and data

Laurence Bax joined New Financial at its launch in March 2014 as a researcher and now oversees all of our data and analytics. He has completed internships at Artemis Fund Managers, Edison Investment Research and Thomas Miller Investment, and is currently a Level II Candidate in the CFA Program. He studied history at Royal Holloway at the University of London, and accounting and finance at the London School of Economics.

Panos Asimakopoulos, Research analyst

Panos Asimakopoulos
Research analyst

Panagiotis Asimakopoulos (Panos) joined New Financial in September 2016 as a researcher and specialises in capital markets and Brexit. Before joining New Financial he worked in DG FISMA at the European Commission and at NATO. He studied economics at Athens University and has a masters in finance and economics from the University of London and a masters in public administration from the London School of Economics.

David Charters, Chairman

David Charters

David Charters is chairman of New Financial and one of its founding backers. He has been a banker, independent corporate finance adviser and principal investor for more than 30 years, having joined SG Warburg in 1985 and Deutsche Bank in 1995. He was one of the founders of Partner Capital and holds a wide range of non-executive and charitable trustee roles. Before joining Warburg he worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. David has published six books on life in the City of London, including the acclaimed No Tears and a series of (semi) fictional books about a banker called Dave Hart. He studied modern languages at Cambridge.



New Financial received seed financing from a senior banker and its founders in 2014 to fund its launch. We are funded by institutional members who share our commitment to bigger and better capital markets.

Membership is by invitation only and provides full access to the events and publications programme at New Financial. For more information on becoming a member, contact us by email or call +44 (0)203 743 8266.

Who should join New Financial?

• You believe healthy and well-functioning capital markets play a critical role in driving prosperity and helping to solve longer term economic challenges.

• You want to play an active role in refocusing capital markets that work better for the benefit of all end users and market participants.

• You value regular engagement and frank discussion with the most senior individuals from different sectors of the capital markets, in a safe and private environment.

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