A joint advisory statement published in April by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre and the US Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, shows that cyber criminals and advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are targeting individuals and organisations with a range of ransomware and malware. It is expected that the frequency and severity of COVID-19 related cyber-attacks will increase over the coming weeks and months.

Against this background, City & Financial Global is pleased to announce this virtual roundtable series.  The programme has been designed to address the key issues that have been identified as being of most concern to your organisation during this period of increased cybercrime activity. You will receive practical advice on how to prevent COVID-19 related and other malicious cyber activity and how to deal with the incidents if they have already happened.

Over the past year, the payments industry has been evolving and expanding, with digital payment services and transaction volumes growing across the globe. The competitive landscape is being redefined by the entry of non-traditional providers, the evolution of new solutions provided by financial institutions and the development of strategic alliances that cross traditional sectoral boundaries. Over and beyond this transformation, there will also be major convergence around: products and solutions linked to payments; technology platforms and clearing capabilities that will be increasingly global in nature and reach; and of the operation of global securities and currency markets. In addition, we are likely to see integration of regulatory regimes that today are still often fragmented.

To discuss these issues and more, City & Financial is running its professional virtual roundtable series on Payment Systems Regulations and Innovation, next 3-5 June. This series comprises five webinars, which will cover all aspects of payments innovations, including the regulatory framework, in the context of the new challenges brought on by the current global crisis.

The international community is facing a period of unprecedented complexity in complying with different, often competing, sanctions regimes. While the US sanctions regime is constantly evolving, the UK Government has promised to introduce a new British sanctions regime. Meanwhile, the EU, without the UK driving its sanctions policies, is likely to develop a much softer stance. It is against this backdrop that City & Financial is running its professional virtual roundtable series on Sanctions Regulation and Compliance 2020. This series comprises eight webinars covering the many new challenges which the Trump administration and Brexit brings.

This City & Financial Global Virtual Roundtable Series covers the key issues lenders and other regulated firms need to be aware of to ensure they are meeting regulatory expectations to treat customers fairly. Given the urgency of the situation, much of the guidance has been rushed through, so it is more important than ever that you equip yourself with the facts to make the right decisions for your organisation.

Climate change is a known threat for businesses and companies. Beyond physical, transition and liability risks that they have already seen, businesses and companies are increasingly facing a huge amount of pressure from investors, legislators, regulators and the public. This timely series will guide companies through the maze of interconnected laws, regulations and initiatives that are redefining corporate reporting as a result of climate change.

Employers are facing a crisis of epic proportions in managing their workforce through a period of unprecedented turmoil. The Government guidance is at best ambiguous, at worst contradictory. On the one hand they are emphasising that people need to stay at home and respect the lockdown; on the other, they have said that anyone who can go to work, should. However, before an orderly return to the workplace can be contemplated, employers must be confident that they are meeting their duty of care to provide a safe and healthy workplace for their employees.

This City & Financial Global Virtual Roundtable Series covers the key issues employers, employment lawyers and HR professionals need to be aware of to meet their obligations to employees from a health and well-being perspective as well as a financial perspective. It will provide you with tangible, practical guidance on how to ensure best practice in employment and HR terms to minimise the risk of future claims from employees.

At this difficult time, the impact of the coronavirus outbreak is the overwhelming focus of everyone’s attention, including those working in the financial markets. Although, as the Bank of England and the FCA pointed out recently, this crisis is temporary and will come to end, it will nonetheless have a longstanding impact on the financial services industry, not least in the debate on ESG and stakeholder relations. City & Financial Global – in partnership with the City of London Corporation, TheCityUK and UK Finance – is organising this series of virtual roundtables to help financial institutions to understand the implications of both the coronavirus and the end of the transition period for their businesses.

The Chancellor recently announced £640 billion of gross capital investment for roads, railways, communications, schools, hospitals, housing and power networks across the UK by 2024-25. This includes the largest ever investment in English strategic roads, with over £27 billion between 2020 and 2025, as well as a £10.9 billion increase in housing investment to support the commitment to build at least one million new homes by the end of the Parliament. A detailed breakdown of the £640 billion commitment will be provided in the National Infrastructure Strategy.

The UK Sustainable Infrastructure Policy & Investment Online Summit (13-14 July) will provide a perfect opportunity for an in-depth analysis of the government infrastructure plans for the coming years and their implications for both the public and private sectors, as well as reviewing other relevant developments.

The UK Government published its Green Finance Strategy last July, setting out a detailed plan for greening finance, financing clean growth and seizing the opportunity to establish the UK as a global leader in green finance. An abundance of further developments in 2019 and 2020, including many new policies and taxonomies regarding ESG, countless commitments to net-zero and many game-changing AGM resolutions, set green finance in stone as one of the most important themes for financial institutions. The emergence of Covid-19 this year threatened to stunt the progress of ESG-related initiatives, however the recent publication of the EU’s Taxonomy on sustainable investing, the draft Joint Consultation paper on ESG investing and updates to the PRI suggest that ESG is still firmly on the agenda. Most commentators agree that this is not the time to disregard ESG, supported by clear evidence that companies with higher ESG ratings are outperforming their peer group during this crisis.

It is against this backdrop that City & Financial Global are running this series of virtual roundtables on ESG investing. They aim to provide a forum for a necessary and rigorous analysis of ESG investing and a discussion of whether and how ESG achieves Alpha returns, especially in the aforementioned context. This discussion will include an overview of omnipresent ESG themes, including the role of the investor as a steward of change in companies and the increasing contribution ESG makes to the energy transition and achieving net zero, and topics that have emerged as a result of the pandemic, including the weighting assigned to different ESG characteristics, the performance of ESG stocks under pressure and the possibilities of accelerating our focus on sustainability through rebuilding the economy with respect to it.

Further details about this event will be available soon.

To register your interest in attending this event, please email bookings@cityandfinancial.com.

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.

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.

The second edition of the EV Infrastructure Summit (7 – 8 October) 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.

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.

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.