Brussels: the next two years

To be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017


  • Malcolm Levitt

  • Graham Bishop (

  • David Reed (Kreab)

  • Kat Derschewsky (Instinctif Partners)



Just before Christmas, the CSFI published Getting Brussels Right: “Best Practice” for City firms in a post-referendum EU. Originally intended as an update of Malcolm Levitt’s 2010 report into the shortcomings of the City’s approach to Brussels, it changed focus after the Referendum. It now emphasises what the UK financial sector has to do to minimize the damage during the difficult period between now and when we actually leave the EU (presumably, two years after the Article 50 button has been pressed).

Once again, we are grateful to Malcolm for his influence in shaping the report (though he was not the principal author). Malcolm has been a doyen among Euro-watchers through his days at the European Commission, EY, Barclays, the City of London, RegulEyes, and now Kreab. With almost 40 years’ experience of Brussels, dating back to the days of Leon Brittan and Lord Cockfield, his views have weight.

He is, of course, not alone in arguing that British firms need to up their game in the crucial period between now and ‘Brexit’. To help debate the issues, we, therefore, welcome:

  • Graham Bishop, eponymous proprietor of, professorial research fellow at the Global Policy Institute, sometime advisor to the European Parliament and Commission and permanent Europhile.
  • David Reed, partner and head of the financial services practice at Kreab in Brussels. Prior to joining Kreab, David was a seconded national expert on financial services to the Commission.
  • Kat Derschewsky, who handles public policy for Instinctif Partners in London. She follows the European institutions closely and looks at Brexit through a distinctly Anglo-German lens.

If you (or a colleague) would like to add your own views – or just listen to what is bound to be a thought-provoking discussion – please let us know by emailing or by calling the office on 020 7621 1056. As usual, wine, soft drinks and sandwiches will be provided.