ACT breakfast briefing: Brexit – the final countdown

08:00 - 10:15 01 March 2018
Cicero Group, 10 Old Bailey, London


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Only one year remains for Brexit negotiations and irrespective of the outcome of the discussions, the economic, regulatory and trade environment in which treasurers operate will change in 2019.

Given the period of uncertainty we are experiencing, it is even more important that treasury is pro-active, not only in providing support to those businesses having to adjust their strategic plans, but to ensure that the link between the business and its financial risk management remains strong and effective.


Price_MichelleChair: Michelle Price, Associate Policy & Technical Director, ACT. Michelle joined the ACT Policy & Technical team after 14 years in corporate treasury consulting at Deloitte. During this time she advised both large and small companies on a wide range of treasury areas including treasury restructuring, development of FX policies, management reporting and operational risk. Prior to joining Deloitte she worked in a number of large investment banks, including J.P. Morgan, SBC Warburg and Chase Manhattan. Michelle qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in Australia and is an associate member of the ACT.

Iain Anderson 18Iain Anderson, Executive Chairman, Cicero Group. Iain is an expert in public policy and complex corporate communications issues.

He has over 20 years’ experience, initially as a business journalist and then as a founding shareholder at Incisive Media.

He has also worked for a range of UK politicians. Iain was part of the founding team at Cicero Group and focuses on public policy and corporate communications strategy. Current clients include a number of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies across a range of industry sectors.

He regularly contributes to national and international print and broadcast media including Sky News and BBC. Iain is also contributing Political Editor at Square Mile magazine.

Iain is former Chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants and a past Chairman of the CIPR Public Affairs group.

He was ranked in the top quartile of the Total Politics Top 100 Lobbyists and appears in the PR Week Power Book. CityAM includes him in the list of “The City’s most influential financial PRs” voted by broadcast and national business editors, and he was included in the Square Mile’s Top 100 most powerful players in the City.

He loves spending time in Nice, France and is an opera nut.

Andrew Gray 18 Andrew Gray, Partner, PwC . Andrew is PwCs Global Head of Brexit for Financial Services, and leads an international team in supporting clients respond to the strategic challenges of Brexit. He has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector. He has worked with many of our largest international banks and supporting them respond to commercial and regulatory challenges. Previous client work has involved working with senior executives around Governance and Supervision, Legal Entity restructuring and Business Operating Model design. He has also worked with many clients on responding to complex regulatory issues including Basel and MiFID as well as investigating potential market manipulation and rogue trader issues.

Himanshu Kher 18Himanshu Kher, Group Treasurer, IG . Himanshu is Group Treasurer of IG with responsibility for managing the supply and demand of cash and capital within the group to create sustainable value. He has several years of M&A and derivatives trading experience, having worked with global investment banks in London and Hong Kong. He has also worked as an advisor to governments and banks on matters of risk and capital management at the depth of the financial crisis in management consulting roles at PwC and The Boston Consulting Group. He is based in London and has a keen interest in Indian classical music and photography outside of work.

John Rowland John Rowland, Executive Director, Cicero Group. John is a political consultant and analyst with a decade of experience working in London and Washington, D.C. He advises major clients in financial services, real estate and mining. He leads Cicero’s political risk analysis and is a regular speaker on political risk for the corporate sector with a particular expertise in complex and highly regulated markets.

He joined the multi-award winning consultancy Cicero Group in 2006, opened its US presence in 2011 and was appointed to the group board in 2014. He holds a BSc in Government from London School of Economics and an MSc in Public Policy from University College London.

Lionel Taylor Lionel Taylor, Managing Director, Trade Advisory Network. Lionel Taylor is recognised as a receivables finance, international trade and supply chain finance business leader and is at the forefront of the development of financial supply chain thinking. Lionel has spearheaded the development of supplier finance platforms and programs at both Citibank and The Royal Bank of Scotland and also initiated supply chain finance programs promoting trade between China and the West. More recently, he supported Lloyds Banking Group in the development and build out of its Global Trade and Supply Chain business. He advises a number of financial institutions and alternative financiers on the development of their trade and supply chain finance businesses and is frequently invited to comment and write for specialist international trade publications, as well as chairing and speaking at international events.

Nick BurgeNick Burge, Managing Director, Head of Global Corporates Structural & Regulatory Solutions, Lloyds Bank. Nick leads strategy and solutions across regulatory & structural change and balance sheet in the Global Corporates business at Lloyds Bank. Prior to that he ran the Strategic Liquidity team in the Financial Markets division, working with global corporate clients on overall liquidity needs and the impact of regulatory change. Nick has been with the Lloyds Bank for ten years, in a variety of roles, managing Derivative and FX sales teams, covering both corporate and institutional clients. He has over twenty five years experience in banking in both sales and trading roles previously at Nomura, III Global, and Bank of America. Nick is Chair of AFME’s CMU Steering Group, and a member of AFME’s Growth Committee. He has a PPE degree from Oxford University.


08.00 Registration and breakfast

08.40 Opening remarks
Michelle Price, Associate Policy & Technical Director, ACT

08.45 The political trajectory ahead
Iain Anderson, Executive Chairman, Cicero Group
John Rowland, Executive Director, Cicero Group

09.15 Corporates and Brexit: panel discussion and Q&A with the audience

Andrew Gray, Partner and Head of Brexit for Financial Services, PWC
Himanshu Kher, Group Treasurer, IG
Lionel Taylor, Managing Director, Trade Advisory Network
Rick Watson, Managing Director - Head of Capital Markets, AFME

facilitated by:
Michelle Price, Associate Policy & Technical Director, ACT

10.15 Close of event


Event venue:
Cicero Group
10 Old Bailey

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This event is free for members, students and individuals from non-financial corporate organisations. Those registering from banks, financial institutions and all other business service providers are subject to a delegate fee of £125+VAT.

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