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Invitation to 157th B4B

Graham Bishop invites you to suggest additional topics for this event


As a Friend of, you can ask for one of our few seats at the actual event 

(Andrew Hilton's formal invitation is below)


Brussels for Breakfast (157): A round-table discussion on EU affair. With Graham Bishop (, Pablo Portugal (AFME)

To be held on Thursday, 5th December, 2019, 8.30-10.00am

(With support from the CISI.)

A week before what could be the most important General Election in a lifetime may not be the optimal time to go rooting in the European undergrowth again – but, no matter what happens on December 12, developments in Brussels will continue to have an enormous impact on the City.

As usual, our guide is Graham Bishop, of – who hasn’t yet (quite) given up hope that the last three years have been a nightmare from which he might soon wake up. His agenda for this month includes:

-       Valdis Dombrovskis’ keynote speech, which sets the Commission’s FS priorities;

-       The EBA’s stress tests;

-       Olaf Scholz’s apparent volte-face on Banking Union;

-       The Commission’s “fitness check” of supervisory reporting requirements;

-       The FSB’s Paris plenary;

-       ISDA’s plea for temporary equivalence and recognition of UK CCPs;

-       Benoit Cœure’s brand new BIS Innovation Hub; and

-       Speculation over who (if anyone) BoJo will nominate to fill the UK’s Commissioner slot (Me! Me!)

In other words, there is a lot going on – and a lot to play for.

Our guest from the Brussels cauldron this month is Pablo Portugal – whose day-job as an MD at the Association for Financial Markets in Europe, where he focuses on capital markets, banking and European/International regulation. He is also a board member of the European Capital Markets Institute, which operates as an independent think-tank with the Centre for European Policy Studies, also in Brussels. We are delighted that he has agreed to come over to provide a truly European perspective.

If you (or a colleague) would like to join us, and perhaps your own thoughts, please let us know by emailing or by calling the Centre on 0207 621 1056. As usual (thanks to the hospitality of our friends at the CISI), there will be tea, coffee, and buns.

Many thanks,

Andrew Hilton



PS: Two requests: first, we would like to start on time at 8.30. Second, have some sort of photo ID to show to security at the front desk.

*Should you feel so moved, Graham invites you to join his “Friends of Graham Bishop”, and to sign up for his Brussels Finance Watch.