Brussels for Breakfast

Held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

With support from Grant Thornton.


  • Graham Bishop (independent consultant,

  • Mark Foster (Kreab)

  • Patrik Karlsson (ICMA)



I assume Mrs May will have pressed the button before we meet for our April B4B (though, personally, I think we should wait as long as possible). That will push ‘Brexit’ up the agenda – and we know what our regular guide to Brussels, the ineffable Graham Bishop, thinks of that. But there are big issues that are worth discussing. To pick three at random:

  • the European Parliament’s proposal for extraterritorial oversight of London-based Euro-clearing post-Brexit;
  • the increasing talk of a multispeed/variable geometry Europe; and
  • Dublin’s cries of outrage that other EU financial centres are undercutting it as it tries to steal post-Brexit business away from London.

Of course, it is not just Brexit (even if almost everything is coloured by it these days). There’s Andreas Dombret’s support for proportionate (i.e. lighter) regulation of smaller banks; there’s the EPG’s update on mobile payments; there’s new details on the CSD Regulation; there’s the Parliament’s push for greater shareholder say on director remuneration…

A lot to get through. We are, therefore, delighted to have two of the best to keep Graham in line, and to add their own inside knowledge of the Brussels labyrinth:

  • Mark Foster is a partner with Kreab in Brussels, specialising in regulatory issues. Before joining Kreab, he worked with UKRep and also in the European Parliament.
  • Patrik Karlsson is a director at ICMA in London, specialising in market practice and regulatory policy. Given ICMA’s response to the mid-term review of CMU, his participation is particularly timely.

Lots going on and lots to talk/argue about. If you (or a colleague) would like to join us, please let us know by emailing or calling 0207 621 1056. Thanks to Grant Thornton’s hospitality, there will be plenty of tea, coffee and buns.