Clifford Chance were delighted to welcome Huw van Steenis. Huw's recent review of the future of the financial system for the Bank of England showed that he is one of the leading thinkers in the world on where the financial system goes next – from technology and data regulation to climate change and cyber attacks. Clifford Chance partner Simon Gleeson was in conversation with Huw, discussing topics such as the future of money and payments, whether the current bank business model is sustainable, how finance might be raised in the future, and how the interaction between the internet giants and the financial system might play out.
Clifford Chance in partnership with The Fabian International Policy Group were delighted to host a special panel debate on the future of progressive politics since the election. Expert speakers Steve Bloomfield, Deputy Director of Prospect Magazine and winner of the 2019 Orwell Prize for Journalism; Lewis Goodall, Policy Editor of BBC Newsnight; Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Head of the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House; and Georgina Wright, leading Brexit expert at the Institute for Government, assessed the implications of recent political developments and analysed what is in store for 2020 from a UK and global perspective. The debate also explored how liberal institutions and progressive forces must respond.
Clifford Chance were delighted to welcome Nouriel Roubini, Professor at the Stern Business School in New York, a leading economist and co-founder of Rosa & Roubini Associates, to look at the rise of populism internationally and specifically across Europe. Joined in the discussion by Brunello Rosa of Rosa & Roubini Associates, together with Jeroen Ouwehand, Jessica Gladstone and Michel Petite from Clifford Chance, they discussed whether the process of European integration is likely to be impacted over the coming years, and the significance that would have in Europe and more broadly.
At our Ethics and Leadership Panel event, organised jointly with the Canary Wharf Multifaith Chaplaincy, we considered the influence of artificial intelligence on leadership and culture and answered questions such as: “Is AI dehumanising the workplace? Should AI replace the workforce? Will AI stamp out or encourage diversity? If so, how can leaders use it to good effect?”
Clifford Chance welcomed Sir Dermot Turing, the acclaimed author of Prof, a biography of his famous uncle Alan Turing OBE FRS. Dermot discussed his latest book 'X, Y and Z – the real story of how Enigma was broken' and told how French, British and Polish secret services came together to unravel the most important secret of World War 2 – and what became of the people involved.
Clifford Chance was delighted to host the Rt Hon Sir John Key, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, in partnership with the NZ-UK Link Foundation via a live video link from Auckland. Sir John discussed his observations on Brexit and other events that are challenging global systems. This was then followed by an expert panel discussion, chaired by journalist Mary Fenwick and including Sam Lowe, Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for European Reform; Janet Whittaker, international Trade partner at Clifford Chance; and Eric Tracey, Chairman of the NZ-UK Link Foundation.
Clifford Chance partner Simon Gleeson, whose new book 'The Legal Concept of Money' has been published by Oxford University Press, discussed some key questions such as: does money need a Government, what do we mean by money, can Cryptocurrencies become money, and why does it matter? Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor of the FT chaired the discussion was. He was joined by Professor Rosa Lastra of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London and Professor David Fox, Chair of Common Law at the University of Edinburgh who have recently co-written the book 'Cryptocurrencies in Public and Private Law'.
Clifford Chance welcomed Alex Edmans, professor of finance at London Business School and managing editor of the Review of Finance, for our Ethics Series talk entitled 'How not to succumb to confirmation bias – an examination of evidence and its usefulness' which was based on Professor Edman's TED talk 'What to trust in a "post-truth" world'.
We were delighted to welcome Dr Pippa Malmgren, megatrends analyst, co-founder of H Robotics and former White House presidential adviser, as part of our Pioneering Women Series – a celebration of the centenary of women’s suffrage produced in collaboration with our London Women’s Network. Pippa discussed her new book ‘The Leadership Lab: Understanding Leadership in the 21st Century’, a must-read for anyone who wants to make a difference and build an empathetic, stable and strong leadership path.
The latest session in our Ethics Series explored the relationship between AI and Ethics. Our panellists considered a range of challenges including how algorithms can be made accountable, if it is safe to kill off money, how to create a global regulatory regime, and whether the tensions between transparency and privacy can be successfully navigated.
To celebrate the centenary of women's suffrage, Clifford Chance in partnership with The Fabian International Policy Group were delighted to introduce Baroness Amos, the former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator on Thursday 19 July. Baroness Amos served in her role at the UN between 2010-2015. She was also the first black woman to serve in the British cabinet, as International Development Secretary and later as Leader of the House of Lords.
Clifford Chance launched the first session in its new Ethics Series. It comprised of a panel event organised jointly with the Canary Wharf Multifaith Chaplaincy exploring how people's values inspire the way they do business – what happens when values are in conflict with business or organisations, and how our values influence business.