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Welcome to Graham

Last week, I published a new report for the Federal Trust: Brexit: Ending the City’s Dominance of European Finance?

This week, the Federal Trust published a video of Trust Director Brendan Donnelly questionning me about the report. It has gone viral - at least for me! Please do e-mail me ( with your views on the subject!

In the meantime, my regular Brussels 4 Breakfast took place and the video is below:

170th Brussels 4 Breakfast


Why you should watch:

Business is migrating from London - though how much is hard to say. Equally, does it matter? We are not going to get a blanket ruling of equivalence, and London is being treated 'worse' than other financial centres like New York. Should that stop us fine-tuning our own regulations? Probably not, though there will be a cost. In the meantime, the EP is still considering the TCA - though, in the end, it is inconceivable that it will try to reopen it. Other issues include a backlash against PRIIPs legislation, a big push on sustainability and scepticism about CBDC.

 Moderator: Andrew Hilton (Director, CSFI) 


 Graham Bishop has run his own consultancy, specialising in European financial affairs, since leaving Citigroup, where he was the leading European bond analyst.

 Mark Simpson is a partner in the financial services and regulatory practice at Baker McKenzie in London.


My choice of the key topics for discussion (selected from

Brexit: London leads global rankings; City Total tax contribution; My new paper for Federal Trust; Movements of share trading, derivatives, carbon contract; Equivalence; Location issues; IRSG – priorities for G7

General: Anti-money laundering: ECON on EU blacklist; MEP Giegold – stop double standards, British `spiders web’; CEPS - Time to get serious; Data Governance Act: EBF response to Commission consultation; EP approves RRF - €672billion

Banking: McGuinness – new momentum; Targeted consultation on crisis management and deposit insurance; EBA technical standards on risk-takers

Capital Markets Union: More attacks on PRIIP proposals; ELTIF consultation shows them to be a flop so far…; Council adopts new rules on LIBOR cessation

ESG: Sustainable `corporate governance’: Insurance Europe, EFAMA, Better Finance, warning from Vox about short termism! Taxonomy impact on bank lending; IFRS and new Sustainability Standards Board; Accountancy Europe reports on `going concern’ and `fraud’: shutting stable doors…

Digital: ECB – penalty clause on CBCD; Vox: CBDC risk being a “gigantic flop”; BIS on digital and future of money; survey on CB’s actions; Commission asks ESAs for technical advice



Graham Bishop's analysis targets the interaction of the driving forces of politics and economics as they force the required changes in financial regulation – at the macro level - rather than covering the micro aspects of detailed implementation. These are precisely the topics where a well-informed financial professional should remain competent:  it can form part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Banking union and capital markets union are already underway, but obstacles remain and consumer protection is a necessary conditon for success.

The next big project – enhancing the international role of the euro – is only under discussion but the EU is seeking to neutralise any “weaponising” of the dollar

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies are a key priority for the new Commission – with a European Green Deal planned within its first 100 days. But “sustainable finance” goes beyond “green” and includes social considerations as well as the governance that brings it to the forefront of financial decision-making.

The Fin Tech Action Plan will help the financial industry make use of the rapid advances in technology such as blockchain and other IT applications and strengthen cyber resilience. The impact on payment systems will be at the cutting edge.


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