Brussels for Breakfast

Held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

With support from the British Bankers' Association


  • Graham Bishop (independent consultant,

  • David Reed (partner and head of financial services, Kreab)



Attention is focused almost obsessively on the European Council meeting on February 18 – at which (it is hoped) David Cameron will produce a rabbit out of a hat, in the form of a new, much improved formula for Britain’s relationship with our European friends.

Our next B4B meeting will probably be too early to dissect the Cameron package. But that just gives more time to focus on the flow of single market legislation that affects the City, as well as the thrust of competition policy, CMU, Banking Union, the latest Parliamentary stocktake of existing financial regulation, relations between the Commission and the CFTC, the impact of the new Network & Information Security Directive, progress (or lack thereof) on a European Deposit Insurance Scheme – and so on. And on…

As usual/always, our guide through the Brussels jungle is our indomitable, pith-helmeted explorer, Graham Bishop – whose is (I really believe) the best source of detailed information on EU financial services regulation that there is. Adding his thoughts this month is an old friend from Brussels – David Reed, who is a partner and head of financial services with Kreab. Kreab opened an office in Brussels in 1992, and is now one of the biggest players in the EU PR space.