Westminster Business Forum

Priorities for growing UK FinTech - investment, partnerships and regulation

Morning, Thursday, 10th May 2018

Central London


This timely seminar focuses on priorities for supporting the continued development of UK FinTech, assessing how the policy and regulatory environment can most effectively encourage growth - following the introduction of PSD2 and Open Banking.

Sessions will discuss the future for the FCA’s innovation strategy - looking at how the regulatory framework might best support the sector’s growth, following concerns around the availability of appropriate guidance and potential barriers to entry for some new market entrants.   

Discussion is also expected on international priorities as the sector prepares for the impact of Brexit - assessing next steps for developing further FinTech bridges with international partners - as well as what more could be done to support the scaling up of UK FinTech businesses, following proposals in the Patient Capital Review to increase the supply of capital to growing, innovative firms.   

Further sessions will consider the FCA’s post-implementation review of the rules for crowdfunding, which includes proposals for higher standards of disclosure, stricter rules on wind-down plans for P2P firms and measures aimed to minimise risk - and follows the announcement of draft legislation which will clarify that businesses borrowing through a P2P platform will not need to be regulated as a deposit taker.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with a range of representatives from the financial services sector - such as banks, investment and savings platforms, payment service providers, crowdfunding businesses and insurers - as well as technology and regulatory experts, consumer bodies and national and trade media.

Guest of Honour

Rohini Kumar

Deputy Director, Financial Services Organisation, Department for International Trade

Guest of Honour

Rohini Kumar

Deputy Director, Financial Services Organisation, Department for International Trade


Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Chair, EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

Adam Afriyie MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Technology


Martin Cook

General Counsel, Funding Circle UK

Diana Paredes

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Suade

Kevin Chong

Co-Head, Emerging Companies, Investec

Peter Chapman

Senior Associate and Co-Lead, International FinTech Group, Clifford Chance

Ioana Surpateanu

Director, Government Affairs

Katrin Herrling

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Funding Xchange

Alex Letts

Founder, U Account

Helene Panzarino

Teaching Fellow, University College London