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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 Bank That Lived a Little: Barclays in the Age of the Very Free Market’ – dinner with Philip Augar

9 April 2017• Unlocking capital markets • Private Dinner • Philip Augar

This event’s focus will be Philip’s fascinating recent book ‘The Bank That Lived a Little: Barclays in the Age of the Very Free Market’. The book is a parable of global finance and markets over the past 40 years as viewed through the lens of the transformation of Barclays from the 1980s onwards from a UK […]

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HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter – Annual Review launch event

14 March 2019• Driving diversity • Launch event

HM Treasury in collaboration with New Financial present the launch event of the second Annual Review of the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter, hosted by the City of London Corporation. This is an opportunity to gain insight into the progress of Charter signatories, celebrate successes, discuss best practice around the principles of the Charter, […]

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The purpose of stock exchanges

27 February 2019• Unlocking capital markets • Private Dinner

A high-level dinner to discuss the working draft of our upcoming paper on ‘The purpose of stock exchanges’. The paper tries to reconcile the huge increases in liquidity and efficiency of equity markets over the past few decades with a structural decline in new issuance and the number of listed companies – and includes some […]

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Diversity & Culture breakfast

28 February 2019• Driving diversity • Private Breakfast

While culture and diversity have moved up the agenda of the financial services industry for similar reasons, most firms treat them as distinct issues with discrete initiatives and separate reporting lines. Our analysis finds diversity and culture are closely interconnected and that a more holistic approach to both would yield better – and faster – […]

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‘Adam Smith: what he thought and why it matters’ – breakfast with Jesse Norman MP

7 February 2019• Unlocking capital markets • Breakfast • Jesse Norman MP

This event’s focus will be Jesse Norman’s fascinating recent book on ‘Adam Smith: what he thought and why it matters’. In the context of debate over the ‘crisis of capitalism’, this will be one of the most interesting and challenging discussions that we host this year and we have invited a senior and wide-ranging audience […]

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‘Brexit & financial services: the Luxembourg perspective’ – breakfast with His Excellency Jean Olinger, Luxembourg’s Ambassador to the UK

22 January 2019• Brexit • Private Breakfast • His Excellency Jean Olinger, Luxembourg's Ambassador to the UK

Luxembourg may have a population smaller than Birmingham (with just 600,000) but it is at the heart of the EU and a key international financial centre for funds, private banking and insurance. It has been actively pitching to win business forced to relocate from the UK as a result of Brexit. Ambassador Olinger will lead […]

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‘The impact of capital markets on people’s everyday lives’ – breakfast with Jes Staley

15 January 2019• Unlocking capital markets • Private Breakfast • Jes Staley

Jes Staley, group chief executive at Barclays, will discuss the implications of our recent report on The Impact of Capital Markets on People’s Everyday Lives, as viewed through the lens of the economy of the North West of England (in case you missed it, you can download the report here).  Jes will talk about why politicians, […]

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New Financial event series with Wendy Garcia, Chief Diversity Officer, New York City Comptroller

26 November 2018• Driving diversity • Various • Wendy Garcia

We interviewed Wendy for our groundbreaking 2017 research, Diversity from an Investor’s Perspective, and are very excited to be hosting her for an event series with New Financial members. Wendy is fiercely passionate about the importance of diversity to everyday business, economic development and wider society, and has a broad view of the diversity agenda […]

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‘The politics of Brexit: the Polish perspective’ – breakfast with His Excellency Arkady Rzegocki, the Polish Ambassador to the UK

14 November 2018• Brexit • Private Breakfast • His Excellency Arkady Rzegocki, the Polish Ambassador to the UK

This breakfast event is part of our series on the European perspectives on Brexit that has included recent discussions with the Belgian, Swiss and Dutch Ambassadors, and senior policymakers from BaFin and the Bundesbank. In the next few months we’ll be hosting the Central Bank of Ireland, the Luxembourg Ambassador, and the French Treasury. Poland […]

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‘Brexit: the future of regulation & the future of the City’ – dinner with Nicky Morgan MP

23 October 2018• Brexit • Private Dinner • Nicky Morgan

As the UK enters the final stages of the Brexit negotiations, we are delighted to welcome Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough and chair of the Treasury Select Committee, to share her perspectives on ‘Brexit: the future of regulation & the future of the City’. As a prominent ‘Brexit rebel’ and former Treasury minister, Nicky has a […]

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‘Brexit: the view from Brussels’ – breakfast with Kay Swinburne MEP

16 October 2018• Brexit • Private Breakfast • Kay Swinburne MEP

This is the latest in our series of Brexit events focusing on the perspective of the rest of the EU. With the clock ticking on the final stages of the Brexit negotiations with the EU, we are delighted to welcome back Kay Swinburne MEP to discuss  ‘Brexit: the view from Brussels’. The discussion will focus […]

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‘How efficient is the European finance industry?’ – dinner with Dr Guillaume Bazot

10 October 2018• The Purpose of Finance • Private Dinner • Guillaume Bazot

This dinner will discuss a challenging new paper by Dr Guillaume Bazot, a French academic at the University of Paris VIII, on ‘How efficient is the European financial industry?’. The paper is part of The Purpose Finance initiative on which New Financial is collaborating with David Pitt-Watson, fellow in finance at Cambridge University, and Pension Insurance […]

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Diversity from a Regulator’s Perspective – breakfast with Julia Hoggett

9 October 2018• Driving diversity • Private Breakfast • Julia Hoggett

At this breakfast with Julia Hoggett, director of market oversight at the Financial Conduct Authority, we will discuss why and how diversity is being incorporated into regulatory discussions. Julia joined the FCA from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she was managing director, responsible for a range of debt capital markets products including European Commercial […]

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Breakfast launch of Diversity in Portfolio Management research, in collaboration with the Diversity Project

24 September 2018• Driving diversity • Private breakfast

Our latest research looks at the asset management sector, and specifically portfolio managers, to better understand the barriers to progression for women and people of diverse backgrounds and offer a menu of ideas from asset management companies to tackle those barriers, in order to encourage a shift in thinking from lowest common denominator to best-in-class […]

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‘How (not) to talk about banking and finance’ – breakfast with (Lord) George Bridges

20 September 2018• Making a better case for capital markets • Private Breakfast • George Bridges

This breakfast event will focus on how not to talk about ‘responsible business’, a recurring theme in our work. Every firm likes to talk about being ‘responsible’, but what do firms in banking and finance really mean when they talk about ‘responsible business’? Do they focus too much on their green credentials and their charity […]

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Diversity of thought – breakfast with Simon Fillery

17 July 2018• Driving diversity • Breakfast • Sam Fillery

At our latest event in New Financial’s breakfast series we will be trying to broaden our understanding of cognitive diversity, including Q&A with Simon Fillery, head of inclusion at the Bank of England, as our guest speaker. The Bank has undertaken an internal project to work out what diversity of thought means to the Bank, […]

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Men as allies – diversity breakfast

5 July 2018• Driving diversity • Diversity breakfast

With an ever-increasing focus on the diversity agenda, what are financial services firms doing to bring their incumbent population (which for most will be predominantly white men) along with them on the road to improving diversity? How can firms work on communicating with their staff so they don’t feel alienated and de-prioritised? This breakfast will […]

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Brexit, the future of regulation in Europe & the future of the City – dinner with Sir Howard Davies, chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland

3 July • Brexit • Private Dinner • Sir Howard Davies

Sir Howard Davies’ is uniquely positioned to address some of the most critical questions about Brexit, the future of regulation in Europe, and the future of the City of London.  During the event, members will discuss the short and longer-term impact on the City of London as a financial centre and the best ‘deal’ that […]

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Q&A with Dr Sam Friedman, associate professor in sociology at the London School of Economics

23 May 2018• Driving diversity • Diversity breakfast • Dr Sam Friedman

This breakfast event will focus on discussing the benefits and challenges of collecting and analysing social mobility indicators. We are very pleased to have Dr Sam Friedman, associate professor in sociology at the London School of Economics, as our guest speaker. Sam’s research contributed to the UK Government’s consultation to develop a set of measures […]

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‘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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