Brussels for Breakfast

Held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 8.30-10.00am


  • Graham Bishop (independent consultant,

  • Denis MacShane (Avisa Partners)

  • Bob Penn (Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton)



The bookies don’t fancy it (and I am sure they are right), but come May 7 we might just be talking about a President Le Pen. What that would do our resident Remainer Graham Bishop (of the eponymous doesn’t bear thinking about.

Even if – as expected – we find Macron in the Élysée, there’s still plenty to talk about. The ECB is calling banks over to Frankfurt to discuss their post-Brexit options. ESMA seems worried about a race to the bottom between national regulators. Basel IV may have stalled, although TRIM seems to be moving ahead regardless. There could be progress in the Greek saga (although we aren’t holding our breaths), and – in case you missed it – Renzi is going to the polls to try to shore up his mandate with the PD. So, another marathon of a month to sprint through.

Joining Graham, we are pleased to welcome two other avid Euro-watchers:

  • Denis MacShane served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary and Minister in the FCO 1997-2005, then as Tony Blair's personal envoy to Europe. He works as a Senior Adviser for Avisa Partners in Brussels on Brexit issues, is a frequent commentator in the British and European press, and the author of Brexit: How Britain Will Leave Europe (first published January 2015).
  • Bob Penn is a partner with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, advising financial institutions on a wide range of national and international regulation. He is a member of the IIF Special Committee on Effective Regulation.

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.

Sincerely yours,

Andrew Hilton