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At the heart of New Financial is a managed programme of private dinners, briefings and workshops. We provide a private forum for senior individuals with different perspectives from across the industry – investors, issuers, banks, and government – to work together to address common challenges.

‘The Swiss perspective on Brexit’ – dinner with His Excellency Alexandre Fasel, the Swiss Ambassador to the UK

9 May 2018• Brexit • Private Dinner • His Excellency Alexandre Fasel, the Swiss Ambassador to the UK

Few countries are as closely bound the to the EU without being part of it as Switzerland. The relationship between Switzerland and the EU is governed by more than 20 main bilateral agreements and around 100 minor ones. At this dinner, Ambassador Fasel will discuss the Swiss perspective on Brexit; what the UK can learn […]

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‘The Belgian perspective on Brexit’ – breakfast with His Excellency Rudolf Huygelen, the Belgian Ambassador to the UK

18 April 2018• Brexit • Breakfast

With a number of firms such as Euroclear, Lloyd’s of London & Moneygram announcing plans to move parts of the business to Belgium, the role of Brussels as a potential destination for UK businesses will be a topic high on the agenda at breakfast with Ambassador Huygelen. He will also address the main Belgian and EU27 […]

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The first year of pay gap reporting – breakfast with Sam Smethers, Fawcett Society

17 April 2018• Driving diversity • Diversity breakfast • Sam Smethers

By April 2018, companies in the UK with 250 or more employees had to publish certain information regarding the pay gap between male and female employees. For many firms, the reporting process has been challenging, and the results have sometimes been confusing (particularly given the occasional misunderstanding in the media of what the gender pay gap […]

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Saving capitalism from the capitalists: how to reform crony capitalism – dinner with Sir Paul Marshall, Marshall Wace

11 April 2018• The role of markets • Private dinner • Sir Paul Marshall

One of the many reasons for the ‘crisis in capitalism’ and the breakdown in trust between business, society and politicians is that in many aspects ‘capitalism’ had been distorted by special interests, regulatory capture, and anti-competitive and anti-social behaviour. In order for free market capitalism to flourish, it is vital that it goes back to […]

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Regulating culture – breakfast with Jonathan Davidson, FCA

28 March 2018• Rebuilding trust • Breakfast • Jonathan Davidson, FCA

Last week, the FCA published a discussion paper called ‘Transforming Culture in Financial Services’ and hosted a conference on this theme. The FCA has also launched a mission statement on its approach to supervision. This breakfast is an opportunity to gain insight from Jonathan on the FCA’s approach to culture, better understand how the FCA […]

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The purpose of asset management – dinner with Jim Hawley & Jon Lukomnik

21 March 2018• Making markets work better • Private dinner • Jim Hawley & Jon Lukomnik

This dinner is the third in our series of events on ‘The Purpose of Finance’ that we are hosting with the support of Pensions Insurance Corporation that will explore the purpose of finance and the purpose of different sectors of the industry, from asset management to stock exchanges, and investment banks to regulators. The overall project is run by […]

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How (not) to talk about banking and finance – PR & comms breakfast

27 February 2018• Rebuilding trust • PR & comms breakfast

If you think that the lack of trust in the banking and finance industry among regulators, policymakers and the wider public will blow over anytime soon then you haven’t been paying attention. Recent evidence – from Jeremy Corbyn’s warning that he’s a threat to the ‘gamblers and speculators’ in the City, to the Brexit debate […]

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Setting targets to improve diversity in asset management – breakfast with Jackie Turpin, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

20 February 2018• Driving diversity • Diversity breakfast • Jackie Turpin

Our recent research report on ‘Diversity from an Investor’s Perspective’ showed how some of the most progressive pensions funds and asset owners are putting pressure on their asset managers to improve diversity. At this breakfast Jackie Turpin, head of finance at the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, will discuss what the Trust has been doing in […]

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Brexit, financial stability & the future of EU supervision – dinner with Andreas Dombret, Bundesbank

7 February 2018• Brexit • Private dinner • Dr Andreas Dombret

Dr Andreas Dombret is an executive board member of the Deutsche Bundesbank with responsibility for banking and financial supervision. At this dinner he will discuss the German perspective on Brexit with a particular focus on financial stability, the future of supervision and regulation in the EU27, and the prospects for post-Brexit collaboration between the UK and EU27.  […]

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The purpose of asset management – dinner with Jim Hawley & Jon Lukomnik

5 December 2017• The role of markets • Private dinner • Jim Hawley & Jon Lukomnik

This dinner is the second in our series of events on ‘The Purpose of Finance’ that we are hosting with the support of Pensions Insurance Corporation that will explore the purpose of finance and the purpose of different sectors of the industry, from asset management to stock exchanges, and investment banks to regulators. The overall project is run […]

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The Purpose of Finance – dinner with David Pitt-Watson & Hari Mann

14 November 2017 • Private dinner • David Pitt-Watson & Hari Mann

What is the purpose of finance? And what would the financial services industry look like if it were designed around this underlying purpose? This dinner is the first in a rolling series of events hosted by New Financial and supported by Pensions Insurance Corporation that will explore the purpose of finance and the purpose of different […]

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The Reputation Game: PR & comms breakfast with David Waller and Rupert Younger

24 October 2017• Setting an example • PR & comms breakfast • David Waller & Rupert Younger

David Waller and Rupert Younger will discuss their new book ‘The Reputation Game – the Art of Changing How People See You’. The discussion will focus specifically on how the main themes in their book apply to banking and finance, such as: what is reputation? Why does it matter? How is reputation different from PR, brand […]

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Creating a culture of challenge – breakfast with Alison Cottrell, Banking Standards Board

14 September 2017• Driving diversity • Diversity breakfast • Alisn Cottrell, Banking Standards Board

Diversity of thought and a willingness to challenge group think are essential aspects of diversity, particularly in financial services. This year, the Banking Standards Board published the findings of its annual assessment exercise conducted with 22 member firms and generating 28,000 responses.  One-third of those surveyed said that people in their organisation become defensive when their views […]

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Creating a culture of social impact investing – dinner with Elizabeth Corley, Allianz Global Investors

12 September 2017• Sustainable business • Private dinner • Elizabeth Corley, Allianz Global Investors

In December 2016 the UK government launched a review to investigate how to create a culture of social impact investing. Elizabeth Corley, vice chair of Allianz Global Investors, is chair of the advisory group that was asked to address the question: ‘How can the savings, pensions and investment industries, with the support of government, engage with […]

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What next for capital markets union? – breakfast with Niall Bohan, European Commission

20 July 2017• Unlocking capital markets • Policy breakfast • Niall Bohan, European Commission

At this breakfast Niall Bohan, head of unit – capital markets union at DG FISMA, will focus on the progress made by the capital markets union initiative since it was launched in 2014, what the priorities are for the next few years, and what direction CMU may take in light of Brexit. At the event we […]

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The benefits and challenges of neurodiversity – dinner with Ray Coyle, Auticon

28 June 2015• Driving diversity • Private dinner • Ray Coyle

At this dinner on neurodiversity, Ray Coyle, UK chief executive of Auticon will discuss the benefits and challenges of working with staff on the autism spectrum. Auticon specialises in placing IT and compliance consultants who are autistic. Ray will share his views on the benefits of neurodiversity, the common misconceptions about working with autistic colleagues, and offer […]

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The challenges facing financial markets and regulation – dinner with Sir Jon Cunliffe, Bank of England

24 May 2017• The role of markets • Private dinner • Sir Jon Cunliffe

At this dinner, Sir Jon Cunliffe, the deputy governor for financial stability at the Bank of England, will explore some of the main challenges facing the financial markets – from financial stability and concentration, to technology, Brexit and the social licence of banking and finance – and their implications for regulators and supervisors. He outlined […]

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Diversity breakfast: creating a culture of self-reporting – with Simon Fillery, Bank of England

25 April 2017• Driving diversity • Diversity breakfast • Simon Fillery, Bank of England

The Bank of England has been working hard to encourage staff to share information on diversity characteristics, including sexuality, disability, gender, ethnicity, carer status and religion. According to the Bank’s 2016 annual report, more than 80% of staff are comfortable about sharing their diversity data, LGBT disclosure has increased to 2.5% from 2%, disability disclosure […]

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Purposeful pensions: rethinking the UK pensions and investment industry – dinner with David Pitt-Watson, LBS

20 April 2017• The role of markets • Private dinner • David Pitt-Watson, London Business School

At this dinner, David will go back to basics and explore the underlying purpose of the pensions and investment industry, and identify what the industry in the UK might look like if it were redesigned around its customers’ interests and the fundamental aim of providing a reliable income from retirement to death. The discussion will […]

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In light of Brexit, what can the UK government do to make the framework for business and financial services as competitive as possible?

12 April 2017• Brexit • Policy breakfast

With Article 50 set to be triggered by the end of this month, this is the second in a series of two breakfasts for policy specialists at which we will discuss what measures the UK can take right now to ensure and improve the competitiveness of the business and financial services framework in the UK. […]

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Diversity & culture: the Financial Reportng Council report on corporate culture

30 March 2017• Driving diversity • Diversity breakfast • Anna Colban, FRC

Upcoming breakfast event to discuss the Financial Reporting Council’s research into corporate culture. We are very pleased to have Anna Colban, one of the authors of the FRC’s report, as our guest speaker. Last year, the FRC undertook an extensive consultation to better understand how companies address culture, to encourage debate and identify good practice […]

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Launch of ‘What have the capital markets ever done for us? And how could they do it better?’ – PR & comms

3 March 2017• Unlocking capital markets • PR & comms breakfast

‘But apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health – what have the Romans ever done for us?’ Monty Python – Life of Brian This event is part of a series of launch events for senior executives, policy and regulation specialists, and PR & comms, to […]

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Launch of ‘What have the capital markets ever done for us? And how can they do it better?’

28 February 2017• Unlocking capital markets • Policy breakfast

‘But apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health – what have the Romans ever done for us?’ Monty Python – Life of Brian This event is the first in a series of launch events for senior executives, policy and regulation specialists, and PR & […]

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The challenges of diversity data disclosure – diversity breakfast with the SRA

14 February 2017• Driving diversity • Diversity breakfast

With initiatives such as the HMT Women in Finance Charter and New Financial’s own diversity disclosure research there is ever-growing pressure on financial services companies to disclose more data on diversity. While there are many firms who see the benefits of being open and transparent, there are many common arguments made against disclosure, such as: ‘legal says […]

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