Brussels for Breakfast

Held on Thursday, June 13


  • Graham Bishop (

  • Fiona Wright (Brunswick)

  • Michael Sholem (Cadwalader)



What to make of the EP elections and their impact on the EU political landscape? What to make of the May 28-29 Summit? What to make of the political horse-trading over the Commission, Council and ECB Presidencies – and now, even, the Presidency of the Parliament (though EU leaders normally don’t interfere with that)? There is a huge amount going on in Brussels (and beyond) – and it is bound to affect the City regardless of the damage that Nigel’s Merry Men (and Women) can wreak when the European Parliament reconvenes.

But, there’s also regular stuff – like the FSB’s demand that German banks boost their capital, the Commission’s new climate fund, and the possibility of sanctions against Italy. Plus old chestnuts like the internationalisation of the euro, the future of CMU, the impact of Mifid 2, the decline of correspondent banking – and so on.

Our regular guide – no doubt, his heart swelling with pride at ALDE’s (slightly) better-than-expected performance in the euros – is Graham Bishop, of, who will highlight what he sees as the key developments. But he won’t get things his own way (I hope). Keeping him on the straight and narrow will be two old friends:

  • Fiona Wright, a partner at Brunswick, who has spent the last seven years in Brussels covering financial services for a range of buy-side and payments services clients. Before that, she spent eight years at HM Treasury, latterly on secondment to the European Commission. She has a PhD from the University of Florida, and began her career as an assistant professor of political science at Wisconsin.

  • Michael Sholem, special counsel in the financial services group at Cadwalader here in London, where he focuses on the supervision and regulation of banks, investment firms, asset managers and payment institutions.

And, of course, all of you who have thoughts to share… Whether or not you want to share these thoughts, you (and/or a colleague) are welcome to come along and enjoy the tea, coffee and buns that our friends at the CISI generously provide.

Just let us know in advance by emailing or by calling the Centre on 0207 621 1056.

Many thanks,

Andrew Hilton