Brussels for Breakfast

Held on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

With support from Grant Thornton.


  • Graham Bishop (independent consultant,

  • Mike Vercnocke (City of London)



Britain hasn’t left the table (quite) yet, but already the diners are arguing over how to split the bill. France, Germany and Italy are all officially behind Barnier’s estimate of €60bn – although whether the French and German positions will weather their respective elections is another matter.

Away from the grandstanding, there is an awful lot of business-as-usual going on in Brussels – NPLs and CCPs to worry about, all manner of technical guidance, and Target2 balances that make the Brexit bill look like small change. There is also the growing furore over the Deutsche Börse / LSE ‘merger’, which has become embroiled in the broader debate over Brexit.

Thankfully, to help us sort wheat from chaff we have our favourite winnower, Graham Bishop – lover of all things Brussels and purveyor of fine euro-trifles to the cognoscenti.

Joining Graham, we are delighted to welcome back an old friend – Mike Vercnocke, head of the City’s outpost in Brussels, where he has been a fixture for many years. Prior to joining the City in 2007, he was a director at Houston Consulting, and before that deputy to the Secretary-general of the EBF. Keeping Graham in line isn’t easy, but Mike has our confidence.

If you (or a colleague) would like to join us, would you please let us know as soon as possible by emailing or by calling the Centre on 0207 621 1056. As usual (thanks to the generosity of our friends at Grant Thornton), there will be coffee, tea and plenty of buns.