Brussels for Breakfast (136)

Held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017


  • Graham Bishop

  • Hans Hack (FTI Consulting)



There is just so much going on in Brussels – and here in London. Try as one might, one cannot get away from ‘Brexit’ – with everyone from Jean-Claude Piris to Sabine Lautenschläger adding their two cents-worth. But there’s more (there always is): there’s the EBA’s stress test methodology; there’s the FSB’s G-SIB list (and its identification of globally-systemic insurers); there’s Steven Maijoor’s list of ESMA’s priorities; there’s the new securitisation rule for CMU…Oh, and (as usual) there’s the GDPR, the ePrivacy Regulation, Open Banking, Merkel’s woes, the agenda for next year’s Bulgarian Presidency, the Irish Crisis – und so weiter.

Fortunately, there is always Graham Bishopnon pareil master of EU minutiae, whose enthusiasm for the European project is a constant source of wonder (to me, at least). As always, I am in awe of his ability to sort the wheat from the chaff – and then go on sorting through the chaff for further goodies. I am also delighted that, this month, Graham’s supporter will be another all-world expert on EU issues – Hans Hack, senior managing director at FTI Consulting in Brussels, and formerly financial attaché to the Dutch PermRep.

Graham and Hans are a formidable combination – covering the legislation that continues to come down the Brussels pike, the dynamics of the ‘Brexit’ negotiations and the shifting political scenery in the EU institutions. If you (or a colleague) would like to join us – and perhaps share your own thoughts – please let us know by emailing or by calling the Centre on 020 7 621 1056. As usual, there will be coffee, tea and buns to ease the pain.

Sincerely yours,

Andrew Hilton