"The Impact of Brexit on U.S. Business"

A Convening of  UK, U.S. and EU Business and Political Leaders 


September 20-21, 2017

National Press Club

Washington D.C.

RESCHEDULED DUE TO UK GENERAL ELECTION ON JUNE 8th

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP UK Secretary of State for International Trade

The UK Dept of International Trade develops and promotes UK trade and investment policy, including negotiating free trade agreements, market access deals and plurilateral trade deals with EU and non-EU countries.  Fox was appointed Secretary of Trade on July 13, 2017.  

Read recent remarks by Dr. Fox at the Superreturn International Private Equity Conference here.

The Rt Hon Nigel Adams, UK Member of Parliament, House of Commons

Nigel Adams is a member of the British Conservative Party, first elected as MP for Selby and Ainsty in May 2010.  In 2014-2015, he served on the Number 10 Policy Board with responsibility for Economic Affairs. Adams is Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Biomass Group and the All-Party Group for Music.  He was in favor of Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.

The Rt Hon Emma McClarkin, UK Member of European Parliament

Emma McClarkin is a British Conservative Party politician and Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands region. She was first elected in 2009, re-elected in 2014 and is the European Conservatives spokesperson for International Trade.

Lord Martin Callanan, UK Member of Parliament, House of Lords, and Former UK Member of European Parliament

Lord Callanan is a British Conservative Party politician. He was Member of the European Parliament for North East England and Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group from 1999 to 2014.  As Chairman, he also held a seat in the political leadership of the European Parliament, the Conference of Presidents.  Lord Callanan was made a life peer in the House of Lords in 2014.   

The Rt Hon Chris Heaton-Harris, UK Member of Parliament, House of Commons and Former UK Member of European Parliament

Chris Heaton-Harris is a member of the British Conservative Party, first elected as MP in 2010.  He is Assistant Government Whip to the Cabinet Office, responsible for pushing government business through the House, Friday business in the Commons and Private Members’ business. He was Member of European Parliament for the East Midlands from 1999 to 2009.

Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman, Liberty House Group

Sanjeev Gupta is an international businessman and entrepreneur, heading a global enterprise with activities spanning steel production, engineering, power generation, banking, and commodities trading. As Executive Chairman of Liberty House he leads a fast-growing $7 billion global industrial group, headquartered in London. He founded Liberty House in 1992, while still an undergraduate.   He holds an MA in Economics and Management from the University of Cambridge. 

Elsa Lignos, Managing Director and Head of FX Strategy, RBC Capital Markets UK

Elsa Lignos is a Managing Director and Head of FX Strategy, based in London. Previously, she was Head of North American G10 FX Strategy for RBC Capital Markets in New York. She speaks English, Spanish, Greek and French. Elsa has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (Physics & Computer Science), a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the LSE and an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University.

Peter Guarraia, Partner, Bain & Company

Peter Guarraia is a senior leader in Bain's global Performance Improvement practice, where he leads the global Supply Chain practice as well as the Manufacturing and Sustained Cost Transformation practices in North America. He also leads Bain's Chemicals practice in North America. He is co-author of Bain Brief "Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Brexit?"  He has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in public policy from Stanford University.

Brian Bieron, Executive Director, Global Public Policy, eBay

Brian Bieron is Executive Director of Global Public Policy at eBay and leads the eBay Public Policy Lab.  He has spent over 20 years in the fields of international trade, Internet and international policy, testified before congressional committees, served on WTO working group panels, and addressed numerous trade, development and shipping industry conferences.  Prior to establishing eBay’s Public Policy Lab in 2013, Bieron led eBay’s U.S. lobbying team for eight years.  He also spent three-and-a-half years as a Director at the bipartisan lobbying firm Clark & Weinstock, and 12 years as a congressional staff person.

Professor Chris Brummer, JD, PHD, Director, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University

Chris Brummer is a professor of law and director of Georgetown's Institute of International Economic Law.  He lectures widely on finance and global governance, as well as on public and private international law, market microstructure and international trade. His most recent book is Minilateralism: How Trade Alliances, Soft Law and Financial Engineering are Redefining Economic Statecraft (2014). He has taught at several leading universities including the universities of Basel, Heidelberg, and the London School of Economics. Before becoming a professor he practiced law in the New York and London offices of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. 

Andrew Porter, Partner and Co-Head, London Public Affairs Team, Brunswick

Andrew co-leads Brunswick's London Public Affairs team. Previously Political Editor of the Daily Telegraph, Andrew brings an unparalleled understanding of the etymology of Brexit and its likely evolution. He maintains an extensive network of contacts in Westminster, Whitehall and the wider Conservative Party. He advises a range of UK and international companies on financial communications and public affairs.

Joris Pollet, Director for Europe and IMEA Government Relations, Procter & Gamble Co.

Joris Pollet is Director for Europe, India, Middle-East and Asia for the Procter & Gamble Company. He has worked at P&G for over 14 years with a focus on issues of tax and international trade relations. Joris started his career at Price Waterhouse Tax & Legal Consultants. He led the development of a practice advising international clients on indirect taxes and international trade in Europe.  

 

Bruce Hoffman, Head of Global Competition Practice, Hunton & Williams

As head of the global competition practice at Hunton & Williams, Bruce Hoffman focuses on antitrust and unfair competition, including merger reviews, government investigations, and private and government antitrust litigation. Bruce also represents a broad range of clients in general commercial litigation. Before joining the firm, Bruce served at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC, as Deputy Director and previously Associate Director of Regional Litigation of the Bureau of Competition.

Lucy Thomas, Head of Brexit Advice, Edelman UK

Prior to Edelman, Lucy was Deputy Director and co-founder of Britain Stronger In Europe, the campaign to remain in the EU. As one of the campaign's chief strategists and main spokespeople she worked closely with Government ministers and senior political advisers. Before setting up Stronger In, Lucy was Campaign Director of the pro-European business group Business for New Europe, working closely with businesses in a variety of sectors including Financial Services. Lucy is an EU policy expert and former BBC journalist, covering the EU institutions and politics in the BBC Brussels bureau for four years.

Brian Bieron, Executive Director, Global Public Policy, eBay

Brian Bieron is Executive Director of Global Public Policy at eBay and leads the eBay Public Policy Lab.  He has spent over 20 years in the fields of international trade, Internet and international policy, testified before congressional committees, served on WTO working group panels, and addressed numerous trade, development and shipping industry conferences.  Prior to establishing eBay’s Public Policy Lab in 2013, Bieron led eBay’s U.S. lobbying team for eight years.  He also spent three-and-a-half years as a Director at the bipartisan lobbying firm Clark & Weinstock, and 12 years as a congressional staff person.

Thomas Kwasniok, Partner Bain & Company

Thomas Kwasniok is a partner in Bain & Company's London office. He is a member of the firm's Industrial Goods & Services practice with deep expertise in the Chemicals sector. He is also an expert in Bain's Supply Chain Management practice.  He is co-author of Bain Brief "Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Brexit?"  He has gathered practical experience on a global level in cross-functional performance improvement and restructuring, including complexity management and optimization of R&D, procurement, manufacturing and supply chain management.

Warren Marine, Partner, Head of Country Practice USA, KPMG Germany

Warren Marine has worked for KPMG in various countries for the past 28 years. He has extensive experience with transactions and deals, particularly support for IPOs and rights issues and the placement of corporate bonds, both in Europe and the USA. He specializes in the automotive and technology sectors.   

Christopher Padilla, Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM Corporation

Chris Padilla leads the global government affairs function, representing IBM before governments worldwide. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Padilla served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he worked to develop U.S. trade policy, promoted foreign direct investment in the U.S. and supported U.S. exports. Mr. Padilla also served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration and as an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative.  

Rob Mulligan, Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs, U.S. Council for International Business

At USCIB, Rob oversees international trade, investment, economic and regulatory matters affecting American companies engaged in global business. He also coordinates USCIB policy and advocacy work with the U.S. and foreign governments and other international groups. Previously, Mulligan served as senior vice president, International for TechAmerica, and assistant vice president for international external affairs for The Chubb Corporation, a global commercial specialty insurer. 

Jacqueline Mesa, Senior Vice President, Global Policy, Futures Industry Association

Jacqueline Mesa helps develop, implement and manage FIA's global regulatory and policy agenda.  FIA is the leading global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets, with offices in London, Singapore and Washington, D.C. Mesa works with FIA policy teams in the U.S., Europe and Asia to implement consistent global policy positions for members worldwide and works with regulators and policy-makers on cross-border policies that impact members.  Prior to joining FIA, Mesa served at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, including as Director of International Affairs from 2006-2013.

John F. Forni, Managing Director, Corporate Tax, Grant Thornton, Washington D.C.

John Forni is a Managing Director in Grant Thornton's Corporate Tax group. John is a C-suite tax executive experienced in all aspects of running a complex multinational tax organization including tax operations, reporting, compliance, controversy, internal controls, tax planning, restructuring, transfer pricing, and tax technology implementation. Previously, John held executive tax leadership positions for AIG, Inc./Chartis, Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., UBS Warburg LLC and Bear Sterns & co., Inc.  John also has experience with legal entity restructuring, capital flows, capital preservation, reinsurance and tax planning.  

Stephen Simchak, Director, International Affairs, American Insurance Association

Steve Simchak oversees AIA's engagement on international trade negotiations and global regulatory issues. Mr. Simchak is an industry advisor to the United States Trade Representative and the United States Commerce Department on international insurance trade policy, and to the State Department on issues related to the postal-based insurance. Prior to joining AIA, Mr. Simchak was the Program Director of the Coalition of Services Industries. He also worked on the staffs of Congressman J. Randy Forbes and Congressman Bill Shuster.  

Peter O'Keefe, Partner, Forbes Tate Partners

Peter O'Keefe has spent the past twenty-five years navigating between business and government at the highest levels. As a former member of the Clinton Administration White House Staff, Mr. O’Keefe has applied that knowledge and experience to assist companies in developing strategies that either solve complex problems or increase public sector sales. His clients include publicly traded and privately held businesses in the financial services, infrastructure and technology sectors. He currently serves as the National Treasurer for the Democratic Governors Association.

Peter Matheson, Managing Director of International Policy, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

Peter Matheson leads SIFMA’s efforts to promote trade and investment opportunities for the financial services sector as well as helping ensure international voices and policy experiences are brought to positively influence US policymaking. Prior to joining SIFMA, Peter was Financial and Economic Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington D.C. seconded from Her Majesty’s Treasury in London.  Prior to moving to the U.S., Peter spent 12 years at HM Treasury working in a variety of roles. He was head of the Treasury’s Economic Strategy team through the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers and ensuing financial crisis, coordinating the Treasury’s response across different policy teams.