FinTech for Breakfast

Held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

With support from Dentons


  • Izabella Kaminska (FT Alphaville)

  • Gavin Littlejohn (FDATA & OBIE)

  • Richard Wazacz (Octopus Investments)



It’s events season for FinTech at the moment (even more so than usual): the government’s International FinTech Conference, Innovate Finance’s Global Summit, Leeds’s Digital Festival and Bristol FinTech later in the month, and then the Open Banking Summit at the start of May. 

So, plenty of policy to process – Chris Woolard had some interesting views (and tipped Edinburgh-Glasgow as one of the next FinTech hubs to watch), Philip Hammond promised that the UK would continue to attract the best talent, and Mark Carney gave a similar (perhaps slightly softer) view on FinTech to the one he voiced at Davos.

So, is the UK still the best place in the world for FinTech? Some (notably Taavet Hinrikus of Transferwise) didn’t sound convinced. Joining us to discuss the latest issues is, of course, our regular guide, the FT’s Izabella Kaminska. Alongside her, we are delighted to welcome: 

  • Gavin Littlejohn, entrepreneur, convenor of the Fintech Stakeholder Group of the UK’s Open Banking Implementation Entity, and director of the Financial Data and Technology Association.
  • Richard Wazacz, founder and CEO of Octopus Labs, a former strategy and corporate development at the Pru and operations director for Lloyds Bank’s Private Banking business.

If you (or a friend/colleague) would like to join us, please let us know by calling 0207 621 1056 or emailing As usual, thanks to Dentons’s hospitality, there will be tea, coffee and buns.

Sincerely yours,

Andrew Hilton