Interest in ESG funds has surged in recent years due to climate change, evolving societal values and changing expectations about the responsibilities of business, all of which have encouraged investors to align portfolios with their values. The ESG & Sustainability Virtual Summit (14-15 September) will provide an in-depth analysis of the opportunities and challenges at this critical point in the development of ESG investing.

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.

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 keynote, Julia Hoggett, Director of Market Oversight at the FCA has described it as a “state of mind”. Join us on 12th October online to hear more regarding the FCA’s current and future priorities including the control of inside information following the Abdel-Malek case.

City & Financial Global is delighted to announce its Regulation of Asset Management Virtual Summit, taking place on 14th October 2020. The catalyst for this event is the FCA’s recently published Discussion Paper on the new prudential regime for investment managers which proposes a radically new regulatory environment for the asset management industry. The aim is to bring it into line with the new European regime contained in the Investment Firms Regulation and Investment Firms Directive due to be implemented next year.

Featuring a keynote address by Nick Miller, Head of Asset Management, Financial Conduct Authority, the virtual summit represents the definitive online meeting place for all asset managers affected by these wide-ranging reforms.

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.