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 and TheCityUK – 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.

Building on the highly successful first City Week COVID-19 Webinar Series in May, which was attended by more than four hundred c-suite representatives from the financial services industry, City Week is delighted to announce that it will be running a second series of highly topical webinars. 

This second series comprises six cutting-edge webinars which bring together leaders from the financial services industry with other experts for an authoritative and informed discussion on the critical issues that need to be addressed as we enter the second phase of the crisis.

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.

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 Global is running its professional webinar series on Sanctions Regulation and Compliance 2020. This series comprises eight webinars covering the many new challenges which the Trump administration and Brexit brings.

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.

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.

City & Financial Global is running its professional webinar series on Operational Resilience, built on the success of 6 preceding annual conferences and summits.

This series comprises five webinars, which will cover operational resilience practicalities in the context of the new challenges faced in the current crisis.

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.