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2016 Evidence Session 4 - City

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Finance and the City of London

Date: Tuesday 6 December 2016
Location: The Army and Navy (Rag) Club, 36 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JN


Professor Simeon Djankov’s group will examine whether the UK’s financial system is set up to promote growth, the impact of Brexit on the city, and the policies needed to ensure stable and safe credit supply. 


David Miles  |  Angus Canvin  |  Lindsey Naylor  |  Adam Jackson


David Miles (Imperial College) -  Professor of Financial Economics at Imperial College Business School. He is a former member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England. His current research focuses on policy issues connected with financial stability, the housing market and the setting of monetary policy.

Peter Smith (Blockchain) - Co-Founder and CEO on Blockchain. Blockchain is the world's most popular bitcoin wallet. Under his leadership the company has become the market leader in digital currency and distributed ledger technology

Jenny Tooth (UK Business Angels Association) -   CEO of the UKBAA, the trade body for angel and early stage investing, representing over 15,000 investors around the UK. Jenny has over 20 years’ experience of facilitating SMEs access to investment, both in the UK and internationally. She ran her own consultancy on access to finance for SMEs, including spending nine years based in Brussels, working closely with the EC.

Angus Canvin (The Investment Association) -  Senior Advisor for Regulatory Affairs at the IA,  the second-largest national “buy-side” trade association in the world (and the largest in the EU). He is responsible for the regulatory changes impacting its Members primarily concerning financial stability, prudential regulation (including remuneration) and derivatives (includingCCPs).

Lindsey Naylor (Oliver Wyman) - Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Global Corporate & Institutional Banking practice. She has worked across broad range of assignments for Corporate & Institutional banks in the US and EMEA. Ms Naylor now focuses heavily on complex regulatory response programmes for, US and European Investment Banks

Adam Jackson (Grant Thornton LLP) - head of public affairs at Grant Thornton. Mr Jackson works with colleagues and clients to provide them with insight and intelligence on politics and the development of the business and regulatory environment set by government. Prior to joining hte company, he spent 20 years working in senior positions in the UK government including the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels, the Department for Transport, the Department for Business and as a media adviser to cabinet ministers.

David Morrey(Grant Thronton LLP) -  Partner in financial services regulatory risk management practice, helping clients dealing with the challenges of current regulation or emerging requirements. He has specialist expertise in a wide range of conduct matters, both wholesale market issues within the securities and investment management sectors, and retail issues within the wealth management, advisory and lending sectors. 

Huw Evans (Association of British Insurers) - Director General of the Association of British Insurers. He was previously Deputy Director General and Policy Director, having joined the ABI as Operations Director in 2008. Most recently Huw has been at the heart of the industry's preparations for the Government's pension reforms and led the ABI's work on the negotiations with the Government on the future of flood insurance.

Charlie Bean (London School of Economics) - former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and currently Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. The Treasury Select Committee has approved the appointment of Sir Charles to join the OBR’s Budget Responsibility Committee. He will formally join the OBR at the beginning of 2017.

Please note that the views expressed by the evidence givers do not necessarily reflect those of the LSE Growth Commissioners.