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.


Chair: Michelle Price, Associate Policy & Technical Director, ACT

Price_MichelleMichelle 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, Executive Chairman, Cicero Group

Iain Anderson 18Iain 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, Partner, PwC

Andrew Gray 18 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, Group Treasurer, IG

Himanshu Kher 18 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.

Rick Watson, Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets, AFME

Rick Watson 18 Rick Watson is Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets at AFME, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe. In this role he leads staff whose member committees include all the main fixed income and equities-related cash products across Europe, AFME’s growth-related initiatives, as well as AFME’s investor and corporate relationships.
Previously, Mr. Watson was Managing Director, Structured Finance, for FGIC UK Limited. Prior to joining FGIC, Rick held positions as head of securitisation origination at HSBC Bank plc and Bear Stearns in London, and before then worked at UBS Limited, Morgan Stanley and Freddie Mac. Mr Watson received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. In September 2013 he was appointed to the EIOPA Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group and in January 2006, he co-edited the Euromoney Books’ publication "Asset Securitisation and Synthetic Structures: Innovation in the European Credit Markets”. In 2017, he was appointed to the board of the East End Community Foundation.


08.00 Registration and networking breakfast
08.30 Chair’s opening remarks
08.35 The political trajectory ahead
09.00 Corporates and Brexit - an overview
09.30 Panel discussion and Q&A with the audience
10.15 Close of event


Event venue:
Cicero Group
10 Old Bailey

Important: Please bring photo ID with you on the day of the event.


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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