DEBATE ON London, Financial Services and Brexit and Trade, with Anglo-French relations at the heart of it.
Sir Mark Boleat was the political leader of the City of London Corporation for five years until May 2017. He is currently Chairman of Link, which runs the country's ATM network, and the Housing and Finance Institute, a Senior Partner at Albionrock and Senior Associate Fellow at the Centre for European Reform. He has previously been chief executive of a number of trade associations, including the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Association of British Insurers, Chairman of the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities and the Jersey Development Company, Deputy Chairman of TheCityUK and the International Regulatory Strategy Group, and a member of a number of commercial, charity and public sector boards. His publications include "Brexit and financial services, the story so far".
Sir Mark Boleat will speak on Brexit and London's role as a financial centre for Europe.
EDUCATION AND EARLY CAREER
Anne Marie Verstraeten holds a degree in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp. She graduated with a master’s degree in International Economics from the University of Louvain. Anne Marie Verstraeten started her banking career in Belgium and subsequently took up business development and management positions in Private, Commercial and Corporate & Investment Banking in New York,
London and Singapore in various entities and affiliated companies of the Belgian Generale Bank and Belgian/Dutch Fortis Bank Groups. Before joining BNP Paribas in 2009 she was Global Head of Energy of Fortis bank,out of London and Rotterdam. This position entailed overseeing the bank’s worldwide Energy Structured Finance business and relationship management for the utilities, oil and gas sectors.
CAREER AT BNP PARIBAS
Anne Marie Verstraeten has been appointed UK Country Head for the BNP Paribas Group effective October 2016. Previously, she had been CEO and Country Head of BNP Paribas The Netherlands from July 2014 till September 2016, leading the Dutch BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Bank and overseeing the other six BNP Paribas group activities in The Netherlands. From August 2010 to June 2014 she was CEO and Country Head of BNP Paribas Canada, overseeing the bank’s offices in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary. She was a member of the BNP Paribas North America Management Team.
OUTSIDE BNP PARIBAS
She belongs to the Guild of International Bankers in London and is a Freeman of the City of London. In 2006 she was awarded a knighthood in the Leopold II Order of the Kingdom of Belgium for services to the financial industry. She is married and has two daughters.