On 8 March 2018, IBDE will be launching its Annual Conference to coincide with the 8th Anniversary of the IBDE. The conference will be held following the meeting of the Advisory Board giving participants an opportunity to meet our members of our Executive Board and the Advisory Board.

IBDE’s Annual Conference provides an excellent platform to discuss challenges and opportunities to international business and trade post-Brexit.The forum will aim to explore globalisation, trade, Brexit, technology & innovation, cybersecurity, diversity, fintech, regulation, trust, fairness, populism, GlobalBritain, geopolitics, growth and more.

Date: 8 March 2018

Time: 13:00 - 18:00

Venue: DLA Piper, 3 Noble Street, City of London

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EU27 Ambassadors Breakfast

Mansion House, London

On 5 December 2017, IBDE and the City of London Corporation hosted the EU Ambassadors Breakfast. The meeting was held in line with the City of London Corporation’s EU engagement strategy and as a follow-up of IBDE’s 18 meetings debating the implications of Brexit for the UK, EU and the wider markets. Hosted by Alderman Charles Bowman, Lord Mayor of the City of London, and moderated by Nick Collier, Chairman of Diplomatic Engagement of IBDE, the meeting brought together senior representatives from the EU27 Embassies, City of London and IBDE Board and Advisory Board.

Attendees explored the recent report produced by the International Regulatory Strategy Group (IRSG), ‘A new basis for access to UK/EU financial services post Brexit’, which provides a blueprint for how the EU and UK can continue trading after Brexit. The UK is looking to secure an agreement for mutual market access starting from a position of regulatory alignment with the EU, and this unique situation should be the foundation of a historic trade deal. It is an ambitious plan that allows for access via remaining open by regulatory coherence and encourages strong trade links that will benefit the entire European continent.

The purpose of meetings such as these is to facilitate the post-referendum policy dialogue and identify how IBDE and the City of London Corporation can continue to play a constructive role in support of the UK Government, City and our EU diplomatic and business partners.

Download Meeting Summary here


In Search of a Role: Rethinking British Foreign Policy

Sir Simon Fraser GCMG

On 7 November 2017, our member of the Advisory Board, Sir Simon Fraser, delivered a speech at Chatham House entitled, "In Search of a Role: Rethinking British Foreign Policy".


Sir Simon Fraser is Managing Partner of Flint Global. He was Head of the FCO and UK Diplomatic Service from 2010-2015.


11th International Banking and Finance Forum

On 22 March 2017, IBDE hosted the 11th International Banking and Finance Forum. The event brought together some 150 delegates exploring Brexit and the implications for the financial services sector; opportunities in FinTech, Innovation, Culture, Compliance, Regulation; Green Finance, Social investment, the role of financial services in spurring economic growth and Corporate and SME financing. Speakers including senior executives from Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Cass Business School, ING, J.P. Morgan Securities, Shearman & Sterling, City A.M. SEB, UBS among others.





On 21 February 2017, IBDE hosted its first Policymaker Roundtable as part of our Policymaker Discussion Group. This programme is designed to complement IBDE’s Ambassadorial Discussion Groups, and Chairman’s Business Briefings Held under the Chatham House Rule, the Policymaker series brings together senior representatives of IBDE members and leading policymakers to discuss topical themes related to our policy objectives.

IBDE’s First Policymaker Roundtable was kindly hosted by IBDE’s Chairman of Policy, Alan Houmann, at the Citigroup offices in Canary Wharf. The event brought together senior representatives from London Embassies and High Commissions, Investment & Trade Associations, Banking and Investment corporates, alongside members of the IBDE Board and Advisory Board, to explore the significant global developments and their impact and implications for the UK, EU and the wider global markets.





On 5 December 2016, IBDE hosted its first Chairman’s Business Briefing. The meeting was held in line with IBDE’s post-referendum policy strategy. The Chairman's Business Briefings are designed to complement IBDE’s Ambassadorial Discussion Groups. Held under the Chatham House rule, these briefings will bring together most senior diplomats and C-level corporate executives to discuss Brexit and its implications for the UK, EU and the wider global markets. The meeting featured in the City A.M. Leader's Column

Download the Briefing Summary here

Speakers included, among others:

Rudi Guraziu

Executive Chairman


Sir Thomas Harris KBE CMG

IBDE Board Director

Vice Chairman, Standard Chartered (2014-2014)

Sir Simon Fraser GCMG

IBDE Advisory Board Member

Managing Partner, Flint Global

Edward Braham

IBDE Advisory Board Member

Chairman & Senior Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

IBDE's EU Ambassadorial Luncheon discussing Brexit

On 21 September 2016 IBDE hosted its first informal EU Ambassadorial Luncheon as part of IBDE’s Ambassadorial Discussion Group. The meeting was held in line with IBDE’s EU engagement strategy and as a follow-up of IBDE’s eight seminars on debating the consequences of Brexit, which IBDE has hosted since June 2015.

Held under the Chatham House Rule, the meeting brought together senior representatives from the EU Embassies, European Commission, FCO, Department for International Trade, and the City of London, alongside members of the IBDE Board and Advisory Board, to explore the future UK-EU Relationship following the UK’s vote to leave the EU. The meeting featured on the front page of the City A.M.




Part of the International Festival for Business 2016




IN CONVERSATION SERIES - Part of the Brexit Debate

Rudi Guraziu, Executive Chairman of IBDE

In Conversation with:

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

Lord President of the Council & Leader of the House of Commons,Biography available here

Mark Boleat

Chairman of Policy, City of London (Member of IBDE Advisory Board) Biography available here

Lord Jay of Ewelme GCMG

European Union Committee, House of Lords, Biography available here

John Mills

Chairman, JML, Deputy Chairman, Vote Leave, Biography available here



On Wednesday, 25 November 2015, IBDE hosted a highly successful event: INVEST UK – Presented by IFB2016. The event was held at FTI Consulting, 200 Aldersgate in the heart of London’s financial district. Representatives from over 30 countries attended the forum including; Belgium, Canada; Columbia; Denmark; France, Japan; Nigeria; Philippines; Poland; Romania; Singapore; Spain; Switzerland; Thailand; United Arab Emirates; Vietnam and many more. Delegates had the chance to hear first-hand from the IFB2016 Chairman about the opportunities at IFB2016 as well as investment opportunities in the UK. Speakers' presentations available here.


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Sir Winfried Bischoff

Chairman, J.P. Morgan Securities plc; Member of IBDE Advisory Board

Sir Roger Carr

Chairman, BAE Systems plc; Member of IBDE Advisory Board

Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP

Secretary of State for Defence, UK Government

John McFarlane



Sir Michael Rake

Chairman, BT Group

Member of IBDE Advisory Board



IBDE is a proud official partner of the International Festival for Business 2016. IFB2016 is officially supported and funded by the UK Government. The IFB2016 was held in Liverpool from 13 June to 1st July 2016. It hosted over 26.000 delegates from over 100 countries. High profile attendees included  the most Senior Government Ministers and Her Majesty the Queen. To find out more got to


Global Economic Forum

Liverpool, 16-18 June 2014

On 16-18 June 2014, IBDE organised a highly successful Global Economic Forum 2014 in Liverpool as part of the Official Programme of the IFB 2014. The conference attendees listened from over 30 distinguished decision-makers from the world of politics and business from across the world. View event photos here


5th International Banking and Finance Forum

Liverpool, 2 July 2014

On 2 July 2014, IBDE organised a highly successful International Banking and Finance Forum in Liverpool as part of the Official Programme of the IFB2014.