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Brexit for FinTech - Growing not Going


This event is free to attend

With only a few months to go until Brexit, many questions on how it might affect businesses are still not answered. Will companies lose access to the European market? How can FinTechs and others in the digital space maintain their growth rate despite such uncertainties? How might Brexit influence key success factors? 

Linklaters, JoinMainLand and distinguished speaker Tom Glocer will examine what Brexit could mean for your business, discuss the current state of play and provide you with valuable insights on how to prepare for successful (last minute) Brexit planning. 

Speakers (see profiles below) 

  • Tom Glocer - former CEO of Thomson Reuters 

  • Peter Bevan - Partner, Linklaters, London 

  • Dr Ulrich Wolff - Partner, Linklaters, Germany 

  • JoinMainLand 

Format (more detail below) 

  • The scope of Brexit 

  • How to deal with political uncertainty as a CEO 

  • Workshop – legal content – how to get access to both markets 

  • Growing not going 


18:30 Registration and refreshments 

19:00 Panel discussion, followed by Q&A 

20:30 Networking with drinks and canapés 

Speaker profiles 

Tom Glocer Tom is the former CEO of Thomson Reuters. He is currently a director of Merck & Co., Inc., Morgan Stanley, Publicis Groupe, K2 Intelligence, a trustee of the Cleveland Clinic, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of numerous advisory boards including, the Atlantic Council, the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University and the Columbia University Global Center (Europe). Tom is also the founder and managing partner of Angelic Ventures, LP, a family office focusing on early stage investments in financial technology, media, “big data” and healthcare. 

Peter Bevan, Partner, Linklaters, London Peter is Linklaters’ global head of Financial Regulation Group, one of the firm’s global Investment Managers sector leaders and a leading voice on Brexit. Peter’s wide experience of financial regulation means he is regularly called upon to contribute to industry bodies and regulators. He is an important contributor to work completed by the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) and a serving on expert panels for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and its predecessor organisations. 

Ulrich Wolff, Partner, Linklaters, Germany Ulrich heads the Brexit initiative from Linklaters’ German office and is key advisor for investment banks, financial institutions and corporate clients on issues associated with the impact of Brexit. He is highly experienced in German and international M&A, corporate finance and banking. He is the firm’s main contact regarding Canada and Canadian clients. Besides being qualified as a German Rechtsanwalt Ulrich holds an LL.B. from Université de Montréal and an LL.M. from McGill University. Ulrich practiced out of our London offices from 1995 to 2001. JoinMainLand JoinMainLand is an association of entrepreneurs, investors and enthusiasts promoting the European start-up ecosystem. The association with members based in London and the Rhine-Main Area was founded in 2017 to establish a touch point for UK start-ups and the post-Brexit EU ecosystem. It builds bridges and helps British start-ups and scale-ups seize the opportunity of having to redefine their activities on the Continent. To grow rather than go. 


The scope of Brexit 

Peter Bevan will debate with Uli Wolff, where we stand and what Brexit could mean from a legal and political perspective. Pitfalls and chances will be discussed and might differ depending on which side of the channel you stand. 

How to deal with political uncertainty as a CEO 

Tom Glocer will discuss and provide his insights in how companies might address political uncertainties such as Brexit and how growth can be sought despite such circumstances. 

Workshop – legal content – how to get access to both markets 

Brexit might force companies to grow quickly in order to be able to access both the UK and EEA market. Linklaters will provide valuable insights and technical details on how such growth could be facilitated and what needs to be covered for a successful Brexit planning. 

Growing not going 

JoinMainLand will share some of the ups and downs of the continental Europe start-up scene and offer practical details on how to connect with continental StartUp ecosystems

Earlier Event: November 19
LendIt Fintech Europe - London
Later Event: January 29
Paris FinTech Forum 2019