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


New Financial is a think tank launched in 2014 that believes capital markets can and should be a force for economic and social good. 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. 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 around four main themes: making a better case for capital markets, the impact of Brexit, rebuilding trust, 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 aim to provide our members with practical and relevant insights into the challenges facing their business and the wider industry.

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.

Juliette Pearse joined New Financial in August 2019 as senior editor of research and reports after 25 years in financial journalism specialising in asset management and capital markets. Juliette previously worked at Financial News – part of Dow Jones Group and Barron’s Group – as the founding editor of fnlondon.com, features and surveys editor, and most recently as head of special reports for Financial News and Private Equity News – managing the publications’ editorial projects, awards, power lists, European and Middle East Women in Finance reports and associated events. Her career as a journalist began at the Surrey Advertiser before joining the launch team of Professional Pensions magazine in London.

Panos Asimakopoulos, Senior research analyst - capital markets and Brexit

Panos Asimakopoulos
Senior research analyst - capital markets and Brexit

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.

Jenny Barrow, Senior diversity & inclusion adviser

Jenny Barrow
Senior diversity & inclusion adviser

Jenny Barrow joined New Financial in July 2018 as senior diversity & inclusion adviser and has been working in the field of diversity & inclusion for over 10 years. Previously, Jenny was head of corporate responsibility for the Financial Conduct Authority where she developed and implemented the regulator’s diversity & inclusion strategy. Jenny also spearheaded the diversity & inclusion function at the global law firm Baker & McKenzie. Jenny was educated at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and is a member of St. George’s House Society of Leadership Fellows.

Eivind Friis Hamre, Research analyst

Eivind Friis Hamre
Research analyst

Eivind Friis Hamre joined New Financial in January 2018 as a researcher. He studied international relations at the University of Edinburgh and has a masters in political economy of Europe from the London School of Economics.

Edwina Dowling, Head of marketing & business development

Edwina Dowling
Head of marketing & business development

Edwina Dowling joined New Financial in April 2018 as head of marketing and business development. Her previous roles include strategic, commercial, marketing and events responsibility across a broad range of industries for both the public and private sectors. She has successfully delivered projects for clients such as JLT, Legal & General, UBS, Aon, Sky, BAFTA and F1 in Australia, the Middle East and the UK.

Justyna Szeller, Events manager

Justyna Szeller
Events manager

Justyna Szeller joined New Financial as events manager in January 2018. Prior to this she worked in events and marketing within the financial services and creative industries. Justyna graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and has a masters in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.

Maja Bijelic, Executive assistant

Maja Bijelic
Executive assistant

Maja Bijelic joined New Financial in April 2017 as events and admin co-ordinator. Before joining New Financial she worked at the Office of HRH Crown Prince Alexander II of Yugoslavia, in independent schools, and in publishing. Maja studied international business at International Management University in Belgrade, and has a MBA in strategic management from the Lincoln University, Oakland – California.

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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