This forum will provide an in-depth analysis of the key issues facing M&A today, and will include keynote addresses from Colin Raftery, Senior Director, Mergers at the Competition & Markets Authority, and Simon Lindsay, Director General of the Takeover Panel.

The second edition of the EV Infrastructure Summit (25-26 March) will focus on the opportunities and challenges involved in establishing a UK-wide charging infrastructure as part of the transition to zero emission vehicles. Hear insightful presentations from, and informed debate between senior experts and government representatives on the key topics involved in the roll-out of the required infrastructure. The programme will also look at the wider implications for the interconnected transportation, infrastructure and energy industries.

On 11th March, the UK government will publish the National Infrastructure Strategy alongside the Budget.  Government ministers have described this strategy as being ‘the biggest infrastructure revolution in living memory’. £100 billion will be spent on transforming the nation’s infrastructure, a significant chunk of which will be spent on improving transport links in the north of England and the midlands region. In addition to transport, the energy sector is likely to be a major recipient, as the government focuses on the investment that will be required to meet its 2050 net zero targets.

This conference, which is being held in Birmingham shortly after the publication of the National Infrastructure Strategy, will analyse the implications of the strategy in depth for both the public and private sectors. We are delighted that the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, the Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP, has kindly agreed to give a keynote address, as has Nick Smallwood, Chief Executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

According to the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), complying with the Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”) is more than adhering to a set of prescriptive requirements. Our conference keynote, Julia Hoggett, Director of Market Oversight at the FCA has described it as a “state of mind”. Join us on 28th April in London to hear more regarding the FCA’s current and future priorities including the control of inside information following the Abdel-Malek case.

Celebrating its 10th year, City Week is the premier gathering of the international financial services community. It brings together industry leaders and policy makers from around the globe to consider together the future of global financial markets and London, in particular. It consists of two days of cutting-edge conferences, workshops, social events and networking opportunities, with other satellite events being held later during the week.

Join us at the Payment Systems Regulation and Innovation Summit, taking place on June 4th in Central London, and hear first-hand from regulators, banks, payment providers and FinTech companies on their strategies and on the opportunities available for all players within the payment ecosystem.

With keynote addresses from, amongst others, the WTO, the Summit will focus on offering practical ways for banks and corporations to concentrate on harnessing the benefits of digitisation for a more effective and transparent use of technology and data and a more streamlined approach to traditional business models.

The publication of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Guidance on Cryptoassets in July highlighted the complexities of regulating such a dynamic and diverse area of finance. A combination of market immaturity, volatility and opacity raises concerns about market integrity, manipulation and consumer protection. Indeed, the FCA has controversially proposed to ban the sale to retail clients of investment products that reference cryptoassets.

This event will build on the success of City & Financial’s previous Summit on the Regulation of Cryptocurrencies, but will focus on the regulation of cryptoassets in more general terms as it applies to all forms of digital tokens.