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FinTech for Breakfast (29)

Held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

With support from Dentons


  • Rob Churcher (PwC)

  • Sam Everington (Staling Bank)

  • Jemima Kelly (FT Alphaville)

  • Romi Savova (Pension Bee)



We are hoping to find a more permanent anchor for our regular F4B meetings soon (Izabella Kaminska is now the proud mother of a bouncing baby girl, and Kadhim Shubber is now in DC). But, in the meantime, we are delighted that Rob Churcher – who leads PwC’s push into high growth investments, particularly in the FinTech sector – has agreed to crack the whip this month.

He will have a lot to talk about. Angus Young will fill you in on his thoughts about what we should be focusing on nearer the time. But, in the meantime, he is highlighting:

  • the near-collapse of tech stocks, particularly in the US (and the sharp drop in Bitcoin);
  • the imminent arrival of GDPR, and its impact on Open Banking;
  • feedback from FinTech Week and the Innovate Finance Global Summit; and
  • the success (or otherwise) of robo advisers in targeting better-heeled clients.

Fortunately, Rob has help. We are delighted to have two other panellists to add their own views and fill in any gaps:

  • Sam Everington is lead engineer and head of APIs at Starling Bank, responsible for delivering the platform for their marketplace.
  • Jemima Kelly has just moved from Reuters (where she was the FX & FinTech correspondent) to FT Alphaville (where, I guess, she will follow in the footsteps of Izabella and Kadhim).
  • Romina Savova is the founder and CEO of Pension Bee, which she set up after she left Credit Benchmark in 2015.

As always, this is a caring and sharing experience. If you want to add your own views to the mix, so much the better; if you just want to listen, that’s fine too. Whatever, if you (or a friend/colleague) would like to join us, please let us know by calling 0207 621 1056 or emailing Thanks to Dentons’s hospitality, there will be lots of tea, coffee and buns.

Sincerely yours,

Andrew Hilton