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The Financial Services Club climbs Everest and opens in New York!

I am delighted to announce the Q4 season of
events at the Financial Services Club in London.  We also have exciting news about expansion of
the Financial Services Club from our current base of five cities – London, Edinburgh,
Dublin, Vienna and Warsaw – to a few more, including New York, New York (so
good they named it twice!).

We will announce details of our New York opening in the not too distant future but, for now, here's our London season of events which includes an inspirational opening from the world's first double leg amputee to conquer Mount Everest (btw, he's also open for other UK/EU engagements if anyone's interested)!

25th September 2013

The world at your feet … and then you lose them

Mark Inglis, Mountaineer and Amazing Individual

2nd October 2013

The Unexpected Consequences of Regulations on
Payments

A discussion to be chaired by Neil Burton, Director
of Strategy, Earthport with Dominic Thorncroft, Chair of the UK Money Transfer
Association and Fiona Brownsell, advocate for Challenger Banks

21st October 2013 (dinner)

“The City and Society: A Mutually Beneficial
Relationship?”

Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of London

6th November 2013

“Are banks delivering for their corporate customers’
needs?”

Colin Tyler, Chief Executive, the Association of
Corporate Treasurers (ACT)

20th November 2013

“The latest card fraud trends”

Peter Bayley, Senior Vice President, Fraud
Management, Visa Europe

5th December 2013 (dinner)

Where are we now?

Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO, SWIFT

11th December 2013

What does a Bear Market really look like?

25th September 2013

The
world at your feet … and then you lose them

Mark
Inglis

Imagine, you are 23 years old, trapped in an ice cave for
fourteen days by a sub-zero blizzard on the summit of New Zealand’s highest
peak.

You are starving and freezing to death, only to wake up in hospital
to find that you have lost both of your legs.

They have been amputated just below the knees due to
frostbite.

What do you do next? Climb Mount Everest, of course.

That is exactly what Mark Inglis did.

An inspirational person and leader, Mark is the only double
amputee to have stood on the roof of the world, the summit of Mount Everest.

That is not his only achievement as Mark has carved out
careers as a scientist, a world recognised winemaker, business innovator, a Paralympic
athlete, trekking guide, philanthropist and a leading International Motivator.

It is this combination of achievement in the face of seemingly
overwhelming odds, his business acumen and his ability to interpret this to a
wide range of people, that results in Mark having regular opportunity to share
his experience and philosophy with world leaders and to inspire ordinary people
to achieve extraordinary things.

As a kickoff to our 2013-14 season of London Financial
Services Club Meetings, we are delighted to host Mark and hear his
inspirational story.

This meeting is held in partnership with our chosen charity,
MAG, the Mines Advisory Group.

 2nd October 2013

“The
Impact of Regulations Upon Incumbents”

A
discussion chaired by Neil Burton, Director of Strategy, Earthport with Dominic
Thorncroft, Chair of the UK Money Transfer Association and Fiona Brownsell,
advocate for Challenger Banks

Regulations often have unintended consequences.

For example, since the headline fines of Standard Chartered
and HSBC for money laundering last year, money service providers are finding
banks are moving them off their payments network.

In another area, the Vickers Report is meant to create a new
wave of challenger banks.

Is this what was desired and how are these things developing
in the future? To find out Neil Burton, Director of Strategy at Earthport, is
assembling a leading group of policy shapers to debate the point including:  Dominic Thorncroft, Chair of
UKMTA, the trade association for the payments processors being challenged to
find bank partners these days; and  Fiona
Brownsell, who was project director on the inception stage of Metro Bank and is
as a strong lobbyist around the barriers to entry faced by new entrants into
banking, having given evidence to the Treasury Select Committee and many other
policymakers.

21st October 2013 (dinner)

“The
City and Society: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship?”

Roger
Gifford, Lord Mayor of London

Roger Gifford is the 685th Lord Mayor of London for 2012-13,
and has served as the global ambassador for UK-based financial and business services
since 9th November 2012.

Previously, he has been head of Skandinaviska Enskilda
Banken (SEB) in the United Kingdom since 2000 and is also a patron of the
financial and enterprise education charity MyBnk.

Gifford was elected Alderman for the City of London ward of
Cordwainer in 2004 and is a member of the City of London Corporation Policy and
Resources Committee.

He served as Sheriff of the City of London from 2008 to 2009.

In October 2012, he was elected Lord Mayor of London and
took office on 9 November.

When he took office, Roger said that it was “30 years since
I joined SEB and 35 years since I first started working in the City.

During this time, London's Square Mile has become a truly
global centre.

However, the focus of my year in office will be to underline
that service is, and must be, at the heart of the financial services industry
of the UK.

In other words that the City must serve society – and be seen
to do so.” To find out if Roger has achieved this, we will be keen to hear his
views at this Quarterly Dinner.

6th November 2013

“Are
banks delivering for their corporate customers’ needs?”

Colin
Tyler, Chief Executive, the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT)

There is always friction between banks and their customers,
purely because it involves money and money enables and restricts us from doing the
things we want to do.

Most of us believe however that large corporations can keep
banks at their service because of the size of their bank account balances.

Is this true, and how effectively overall are the banks
servicing the needs of businesses? Colin Tyler will provide us with a keen
insight.

Colin Tyler has been Chief Executive with the Association of
Corporate Treasurers since September 2011.

Before this, he worked with Rentokil Initial in 1997 as
Director of Treasury, Tax and Risk Management, then Business Services Director,
and from 2007, he was Divisional Finance Director, City Link Limited.

Prior to this Colin's career included various treasury roles
at both Guinness and Amersham International.

He has a first class degree in Medical Biochemistry, and is
a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Colin is a member of the ACT and an MCT prize winner.

20th November 2013

“The
latest card fraud trends”

Peter
Bayley, Senior Vice President, Fraud Management, Visa Europe

Peter Bayley is Senior Vice President, Fraud Management, within
the Risk, Compliance and Corporate services division at Visa Europe, with
responsibility for minimising fraud loss for all stakeholders engaged in Visa
payments whilst maximising payment utility and ubiquity.

The main focus of Peter’s team is on the management of external
fraud-related risk and incorporates fraud prevention, actively working with
member banks across Europe to assess, manage and mitigate risk, definition and delivery
of economic risk services and solutions, analytics and management information
including peer reporting risk product management, product risk assessment and
public sector engagement.

Going forward, the Visa Europe Fraud Management focus will
be to continue to refine and enhance the fraud management approach to allow
appropriate risk to be taken by stakeholders to further improve payment capabilities.

Peter re-joined Visa Europe in August 2011, having
previously worked in Visa between 2000 and 2008 also within Fraud Management.

Between his two roles at Visa Europe, Peter headed up Fraud Management
for Santander in the UK.

In his various roles Peter has worked within a branch
network (10 years at HSBC), headed up Fraud Operations as an issuer (four years
at HSBC), headed up Acquirer Credit and Fraud Risk (four years at HSBC) and
headed up a UK bank’s Fraud area (three years at Santander UK).

 5th December 2013

Where
are we now?

Gottfried
Leibbrandt, CEO, SWIFT

With SIBOS travelling the world outside Europe for several years,
Londoners who have not been to the show lately may be losing touch with SWIFT’s
direction.

To rectify this we are delighted to be hosting Gottfried Leibbrandt,
CEO of SWIFT, to discuss where the infrastructure, network and standards are
now.

What are the future directions and vision for SWIFT and its
partners? How will the service deliver for the banking community and ensure
fitness for the future? Gottfried Leibbrandt succeeded Lázaro Campos as CEO of SWIFT
in July 2012.

Gottfried joined SWIFT from Mckinsey in 2005, to focus on
the development of the SWIFT2010 strategy.

Upon completion of the strategy, he was appointed as Head of
Standards and then in 2007, was promoted to Head of Marketing.

More recently, Gottfried was a key architect behind the
creation of the SWIFT2015 strategy, which is being implemented and remains a
priority focus for the co-operative.

11th December 2013

What
does a Bear Market really look like?

The Financial Services Club’s Annual Christmas Party will be
a joint meeting with the Chartered Institute of Bankers, where we will
officially adopt the Financial Services Club’s Bear.

You better be there!

 

 

About Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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