Gain Insights Into the Fast Changing Business Environment in Europe

The European business landscape is changing rapidly, and heading in directions that were largely unimaginable just a short time ago. 

The Brexit vote has created vast confusion in Europe’s second largest economy and the world’s second largest financial center. It has also unsettled the EU’s leadership in Brussels, which is searching for a renewed vision for a Europe that is increasingly challenged both by external pressures and internal uncertainties. 

The countries of Central Europe, with their strong economic performances relative to their EU neighbors, are well positioned yet also caught in the middle of this turbulence. And recent political changes in the CEE countries themselves also raise questions about the economic models that those nations will pursue.

Join Bloomberg BNA and the Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL) for a frank, high-level discussion about the shifting business environment in Europe, post-Brexit. Senior business, finance and government leaders from Britain, the EU and Central Europe will share their perspectives on the new challenges—and opportunities—for companies operating in Europe. 

Topics will include:

  • Trade Policy in Post-Brexit Europe
  • Finance and Investment: New Rules, New Centers?
  • The Impact on Human Capital and Labor Mobility
  • The Outlook for Changes in Competitive Advantages

This invitation-only conference on Europe after Brexit will ask the hard questions, engage in compelling discussions, and provide unique networking opportunities for influential decision-makers in the business and financial communities. 

Registration is now closed.


Date & Time:        
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Networking reception to follow.

Bloomberg LP, London Headquarters
City Gate House
39-45 Finsbury Place
London EC2A 1PQ

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3:30 PM     Registration

4:00 PM     Welcome Remarks
Thomas Miller, Diplomatic and Global Business Lead, Bloomberg BNA
Jacek Levernes, CEO Finteco, President of ABSL

4:10 PM     Britain After the EU: A View from London

Philip Middleton, Deputy Chairman, OMFIF Advisory Board; Director, Riflehouse Capital Ltd.; Senior Advisor & Head of Central Banking, Ernst and Young

4:25 PM     Critical Issues in Trade, Labor Mobility and Cross-Border Regulations  
Andrew Hood, Senior Director, Barrister-at-Law, Dechert LLP
Ambassador Jacqueline Minor, Head of the EU Delegation to the UK

Moderator: Timothy Ross, Brexit Reporter, Bloomberg News

5:00 PM     European Economic Trends and the Investment Climate, Post-Brexit
Rupert Harrison, Chief Macro-Strategist, Blackrock
Andrew Benito, Senior European Economist, Goldman Sachs
Stephen Adams, Partner, Global Counsel

Moderator: Simon Kennedy, Reporter, Bloomberg News

5:35 PM     ABSL Report on Business Services in Europe
Wojciech Popławski, Managing Director, Accenture Operations, VP ABSL
Elias van Herwaarden, Director Global Location Strategies, Deloitte

5:45 PM     Competitive Strengths of the Top European Operational Hubs
Guy Grainger, EMEA Chief Executive, JLL
Matthew Dickason, Global Managing Director, Hays Talent Solutions
Adrian Karczewicz, Head of Divestments CEE, Skanska Commercial Development Europe
Marek Rosinski, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Moderator: Peter Moller, European SSC/BPO Advisory Lead, Deloitte

6:20 PM     Europe After Brexit: A View from Central Europe
Karel Kučera, CEO, CzechInvest
Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Minister of Economic Development and Finance
Claudiu Vrinceanu, Secretary of State, Romanian Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Relations with the Business Environment

Moderator: Emma Ross-Thomas, London Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News

6:55 PM     Closing Remarks
Thomas Miller, Diplomatic and Global Business Lead, Bloomberg BNA
Jacek Levernes, CEO Finteco, President of ABSL

7:00 PM     Networking Reception


  • Stephen Adams-Photo_177x177
    Stephen Adams, Partner, Global Counsel

    Stephen is a partner in Global Counsel and its lead consultant on European and multilateral issues, with a particular focus on financial services, trade and wider EU single market issues. He leads teams advising Global Counsel clients navigating EU and UK policymaking and politics, and anticipating and adapting to banking and insurance policy changes in Europe, Asia and Africa.

    Stephen has more than a decade of experience in European public policy and regulation, chiefly in the field of international economic policy, financial services policy and European integration. He has advised senior politicians and policymakers in roles in the European Parliament, European Commission and Whitehall on a range of business policy and trade issues, generally with a focus on cross-border issues. He has also been an Executive Director of Goldman Sachs International, based in London.

  • Matthew Dickason-Photo_177x177
    Matthew Dickason, Global Managing Director, Hays Talent Solutions

    Matthew is the Global Managing Director for Hays Talent Solutions, having joined Hays in 2005. Previous roles held at Hays include Business Director in the UK and Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific. He is now responsible for leading the global business of Hays Talent Solutions and investing to ensure clients retain a competitive advantage in talent acquisition from the delivery of Hays MSP, RPO, technology and modular service solutions. For more information about Hays Talent Solutions, visit our website.

    Prior to joining Hays, Matthew worked within Engineering, Research, Operations and Commercial areas at Johnson Matthey and Corning Inc. He has formal qualifications in Organisational Psychology and Industrial Engineering.

  • Rupert Harrison2-Photo_177x177
    Rupert Harrison, Chief Macro-Strategist, Blackrock

    Rupert Harrison is a Portfolio Manager and Chief Macro Strategist in the Multi-Asset Strategies group at BlackRock.

    From 2010-2015 he was Chief of Staff to UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, and Chair of the UK’s Council of Economic Advisors. From 2006-2010 he was Chief Economic Advisor to the then Leader of the Opposition David Cameron and Shadow Chancellor George Osborne.

    Prior to that Mr Harrison was a Senior Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, an independent economic research institute. His academic research focused on the economics of new technologies, productivity growth and the macroeconomic impact of structural reforms, and has been published in leading journals including the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, and the Review of Economics and Statistics.

    He has a PhD in Economics from University College London.

  • Adrain Karczewicz-Photo_177x177
    Adrian Karczewicz, Head of Divestments CEE at Skanska Commercial Development Europe

    As Head of Divestments for Skanska CDE, Adrian Karczewicz is responsible for sourcing buyers and conducting the deal process in four CEE markets: Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.

    In 2015, Skanska CDE concluded final sales agreements for 11 office buildings, achieving a total transaction volume of nearly EUR 500m for the year. As a result, the company’s sales activity accounted for over 20% of the total transaction volume in the office sectors of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania, maintaining Skanska CDE’s leading position in the CEE office market. Adrian conducted the company’s first office portfolio transaction in the region – a sale of four buildings located in two Polish regional cities.
    This was 2015's biggest office divestment realized in CEE and the company's biggest ever transaction in the region.

    In 2014 Adrian was responsible for sourcing buyers for seven office buildings in Central and Eastern Europe and executing the transaction process.

    Adrian started his professional career in 1997 as an analyst at Gerald Eve International, going on to work for Knight Frank in Warsaw, and GE Capital Golub Real Estate. Prior to joining Skanska in 2013, he worked for Echo Investment as the director responsible for the company’s asset divestments.

  • Karel Kucera-Photo_177x177
    Karel Kučera, CEO, CzechInvest

     Karel Kučera is CEO of CzechInvest – Czech Investment and Business Development Agency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade – since October 2014.  His major focus in the position is to build up and effectively use the potential of the agency’s network of foreign offices and to enhance their focus on direct communication with investors. Another key point is to increase CzechInvest’s activities in foreign markets and improve the management and coordination of these activities. Prior to joining CzechInvest he worked for several multinational companies such as Deutsche Post or the consulting firms Accenture and M.C. Triton. He is a graduate of the University of Economics, Faculty of International Relations, and of the Faculty of Law at Charles University in Prague.


  • Philip-Middleton_177x177
    Philip Middleton, Deputy Chairman, OMFIF Advisory Board; Director, Riflehouse Capital Ltd.; Senior Advisor & Head of Central Banking, Ernst and Young

    Philip Middleton is Senior Advisor and Head of Central Banking at Ernst and Young, where he specialises in services to governments and other public institutions across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.

    Middleton has been involved in the consulting industry for almost 30 years. He has been at Ernst and Young for over ten years, and prior to this was with KPMG Consulting.

    He holds an undergraduate degree in History and Modern Languages from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD. He is Deputy Chairman of the OMFIF Advisory Board.


  • Jacqueline Minor-Photo_177x177
    Jacqueline Minor, Head of the EU Delegation to the UK

    A lawyer by training, Jacqueline Minor began her career in the European Institutions at the Court of Justice in 1984. She moved to the European Commission three years later to work on the recognition of diplomas and later enjoyed a second spell at the Court working as referendaire to the British judges Gordon Slynn and David Edward.

    Returning to the Commission in 1992, she spent 16 years in the Directorate-General responsible for the Internal Market, heading, successively, the units responsible for the regulated professions, policy co-ordination and resources.

    Promoted to the position of director in 2003, she was responsible for the knowledge economy (including intellectual and industrial property regulation) and for horizontal policy development, participating for example on the Commission's Single Market Review in 2007.

    On 1st April 2008, Jacqueline Minor became the Director for Consumer Policy (at DG-SANCO). 

    Jacqueline Minor took up her post as Head of the Commission’s Representation in the UK on 16th February 2013.

    From 1st August 2014 she is also a Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Brighton.

  • Peter Moller-Photo_177x177
    Peter Moller, European SSC/BPO Advisory Lead, Deloitte

    Peter leads the European Shared Services and Business Process Outsourcing Advisory Team within Deloitte. Since 1990 he has helped some 75 organisations with shared services, Global Business Services, outsourcing and offshoring initiatives and leads a European Team that has worked with over 500 organisations in this space.

    He has been quoted on shared services and outsourcing in a number of Management Journals including The Financial Times, The Times, Accountancy Magazine, CFO Europe, Director magazine, the EIU’s Business Europe and the Sunday Times. He has also featured on CNN Europe, BBC Radio 4 and Japan’s leading business radio station. In 2011 Peter was voted into Globalization Today’s first annual ‘Powerhouse 25’ - the most influential 25 professionals driving the outsourcing industry, and in 2012 he received the IQPC’s Shared Services and Outsourcing Network  People’s Choice Award for his Personal Contribution to the European Industry.

    Peter chairs a tri-annual Discussion Group for Shared Services leaders which includes over 50 leading multinationals and the Annual European Deloitte SSC/BPO conference which this year was attended by 1,000 people. He also leads a GBS Leaders Discussion Forum that meets twice a year and includes the GBS leaders from companies such as BP, Shell, Vodafone, Rio Tinto, Siemens and GSK.

  • Marek Rosiński-Photo_177x177
    Marek Rosinski, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

    Marek Rosinski is the head of the IT, IP and Life Sciences practice group at the Firm’s Warsaw office. He is also a member of the EMEA IP Practice Group Steering Committee. Marek has an extensive knowledge of the IT and outsourcing industry. He has over 20 years of experience in working with foreign investors and has been involved in the largest investments and BPO/ SSC projects in Poland. Chambers Europe ranked Marek as Eminent Practitioner in IP and TMT. His representative engagements include advising the Polish government on the EUR 8 billion public aid program for stimulating innovation in years 2014 to 2020.

  • Emma Ross-Thomas-Photo_177x177
    Emma Ross-Thomas, London Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News

    Emma Ross-Thomas is bureau chief for Bloomberg News in London, where she's been since 2014. Previously she was bureau chief in Madrid, where she also reported on economics and politics. Before joining Bloomberg, she was a foreign correspondent with Reuters, most recently in Istanbul.

  • Claudiu Vrinceanu-Photo_177x177
    Claudiu Vrînceanu, Secretary of State, Romanian Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Relations with the Business Environment

    Claudiu Vrînceanu was named secretary of state for SMEs, tourism and business environment at The Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Relations with the Business Environment in December 2015. He has recently been appointed in charge for the foreign investments field. Before being secretary of state, he had 10 years of experience as media manager. Claudiu Vrînceanu has studied Economics and Political Science- in 2007 he graduated The Faculty of International Business and Economics from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE)  and in 2011 The Faculty of Political Science (field of studies: Sociology) at the National School of Political Sciences and Public Administration (SNSPA). He graduated the EMBA program at Maastricht School of Management.

  • Andrew Benito-Photo_177x177
    Andrew Benito, Senior European Economist, Goldman Sachs

    Andrew is Executive Director in the Global Investment Research division, covering the Euro area and the UK. Andrew is a frequent contributor to the European Economics Analyst, European Views and UK Economics Analyst. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2011, after 12 years at the Bank of England, where most recently he was a senior adviser to the Monetary Policy Committee. Andrew has also been seconded to the IMF (2006-08) and Bank of Spain (2002-03). Andrew has a Ph.D. in Economics from Warwick University, where he also taught economics and econometrics. Andrew has published widely in leading academic and policy publications, mostly covering issues of household and corporate behaviour.

  • Guy Grainger-Photo_177x177
    Guy Grainger, EMEA Chief Executive, JLL

    Guy Grainger is Chief Executive of the EMEA business at JLL, with over 8,000 employees. JLL provide property expertise on all aspects of commercial and residential property. Guy joined JLL in 2008. Before being appointed as UK CEO in January 2013, Guy built his reputation over 25 years in Retail, advising on the effects of online spending growth on portfolio optimisation.

    Guy sits on the Policy Committee of British Property Federation, and is an established commentator on the Global Real Estate sector. Amateur triathlete in spare time, now helping improve built environment to make our workplaces and cities happier.

  • Andrew Hood-Photo_177x177
    Andrew Hood, Senior Director, Barrister-at-Law, Dechert LLP

    Andrew Hood is a Senior Director and a qualified barrister with extensive international and EU law expertise. Mr. Hood joined Dechert directly from his role as the Legal Advisor to the UK Prime Minister and as Head of International and EU Law at the Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Hood has a proven track record in leading large and diverse teams to deliver complex and politically sensitive projects and international negotiations.

    Mr. Hood previously led a Government-wide review of the EU and its impact on the UK, providing an insight into the effect of every significant EU law across key sectors of the UK economy. He was also a Senior Policy Negotiator at the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels where he developed extensive experience in multilateral negotiations covering internal market regulations, economic regulatory reform and sanctions matters.  Mr. Hood also spent six years as a legal adviser in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office where, amongst other things, he was the lead Government lawyer negotiating trade agreements on behalf of the UK (Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements).

  • Simon Kennedy-Photo_177x177
    Simon Kennedy, Reporter, Bloomberg News

    Simon Kennedy oversees Brexit coverage for Bloomberg from London. He previously served as interim London bureau chief and from 2010 to 2016 as chief international economics correspondent. Since joining Bloomberg in 2001, he has also covered economic policy in Washington and Paris as well as reported from more than two dozen countries.

  • Jacek Levernes-Photo_177x177
    Jacek Levernes, CEO Finteco, President ABSL

    Jacek Levernes has over 20 years’ experience managing business organizations in Poland and across Europe and the globe, where he has been responsible for overseeing large - scale operations, significant investments, post-merger integration and restructuring. He plays a key role in both regional and global transformation of Shared Services, as well as business development at Hewlett - Packard, one of the world’s leading technology and service companies. He was named Investor of the Year 2010 for creating the most jobs in Poland, and has won numerous awards by SSON in Europe and other organizations.

  • Tom Miller-Photo_177x177
    Thomas Miller, Diplomatic and Global Business Lead, Bloomberg BNA

    Thomas Miller is the Diplomatic and Global Business Lead at the Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs (BBNA) where he oversees client relations with the international diplomatic community and produces the Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summits. He joined BBNA after four years with Bloomberg Government, where he was responsible for launching the new BGOV service to diplomatic officials in the political, economic, defense and communications sections at the foreign embassies in Washington DC. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Tom was a founding Board Member of Business for Diplomatic Action (BDA), a non-profit organization founded by major American corporations after the 9/11 attacks to work with the U.S. Department of State on public diplomacy programs around the world. Before BDA, he was Managing Director with the Roper Organization, one of the world’s leading market and public opinion research firms, where he managed all of the company’s global marketing, branding, consumer trend and public opinion/public affairs insight services. Tom began his career at Hudson Research Europe, a Paris-based political, economic and social risk forecasting firm serving major multinational corporations, banks and governments. He is an honors graduate of Yale University (B.A.) and the London School of Economics (M.Sc.).

  • Mateusz Morawiecki-Photo_177x177
    Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Minister of Economic Development and Finance

    In 1998, he served as the Deputy Director of the Accession Negotiations Department in the Committee for European Integration. He was a member of the group which negotiated the conditions of Polish accession to the European Union, among others with respect to finance.

    Then he worked for Bank Zachodni WBK Group (former Bank Zachodni). From May 2007, he was the President of the Management Board of this institution.

    Mateusz Morawiecki graduated from the Faculty of History at the University of Wrocław, Business Administration studies at the Wrocław University of Technology and from the Central Connecticut State University. He holds an MBA title earned at the Wrocław University of Economy. He is also a graduate of the University of Hamburg, University of Basel and the Kellogg School of Management at the Northwestern University in Evanston, the United States.

    He is a co-author of a companion concerning the EU law and economic integration economics.

  • Wojciech Poplawski-Photo_177x177
    Wojciech Popławski, Managing Director, Accenture Operations, VP ABSL

    Wojciech Popławski is a Managing Director at Accenture, one of major international corporations operating in the fields of consulting, implementation of new technologies and outsourcing. Wojciech has significant experience in managing global transformation programs for the biggest international companies in the world. He was involved in processes of mergers and integrations and was managing large, multicultural teams in India, China and the region of Europe, Middle East and Africa supporting largest Accenture clients and building his expertise in operation and integration of enterprises in different economies. Currently he is a member of Management Team for one of the largest global BPO programs, responsible for complex services delivered out of three continents. He regularly acts as an expert commentating on the latest business and economic trends through various media portals.

  • Timothy-Ross_177x177
    Timothy Ross, Brexit Reporter, Bloomberg News

    Tim Ross is a Bloomberg News journalist reporting the UK government and Brexit from Westminster. He joined Bloomberg from The Sunday Telegraph in September and has previously worked for The Daily Telegraph, Press Association and London Evening Standard. Last year, he published his first book, Why the Tories Won, on the 2015 UK General Election. Tim lives in London with his wife and their two sons. 

  • Elias Van Herwaarden-Photo_177x177
    Elias van Herwaarden, Director Global Location Strategies, Deloitte

    Elias leads Global Location Strategies, Deloitte’s specialty location and sourcing consultancy practice. Over the last 25 years he advised 500 multinationals on site selection and led 90 Shared Services and Outsourcing projects. With field experience in 44 countries and 250 cities worldwide, he regularly speaks and publishes on off-shoring and foreign direct investment. An engineer by education, he lectures International Business Strategy at KU Leuven University and Brussels University College.


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The Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL) is the biggest organization representing the business service sector in Poland. ABSL Members are 180+ global investors, representing renowned international brands and logos including Accenture, Arla, Arvato, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, Carlsberg, Citi, Credit Suisse, Franklin Templeton, Geoban, Goldman Sachs, HP, IBM, Infosys, Luxoft, MAN, Mars, P&G, PMI, Shell, Siemens, Thomson Reuters, UBS. Partners of the Association are also leading Polish and international organizations and companies. ABSL mission is to constantly grow, expand and strengthen business service sector through cooperation with central and local authorities as well as collaboration with key partners and stakeholders of the sector. Visit our website>>

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Baker & McKenzie's Warsaw office is one of the largest and most recommended law firms in Poland. The Firm possesses extensive experience in providing multinational entities with integrated legal and business support on all aspects of the investment process in Poland, ranging from FDI/grants & incentives issues; through corporate & commercial, M&A, employment, real estate & construction, tax law, IP and IT law and outsourcing; to privacy & compliance matters. We have a deep understanding of the business services sector in Poland and its character. Baker & McKenzie has been a partner of ABSL since its outset, providing strategic, legal and state aid advice for the organization. Visit our website>>


The main objective of the Investment and Business Development Agency CzechInvest, is to advise and support existing and new entrepreneurs and foreign investors in the Czech Republic.

Business and Investment Development Agency CzechInvest, is an agency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Established in 1992, the agency contributes to attracting foreign investment and developing domestic companies through its services and development programmes. CzechInvest also promotes the Czech Republic abroad and acts as an intermediary between the EU and small and medium-sized enterprises in implementing structural funds in the Czech Republic. Visit our website>>

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Our passion lies in helping people develop their professional careers, whatever sector they are in; this principle is what makes Hays a world-leading expert in recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. We believe that the right job can transform a person’s life and the right person can transform an organisation. Over 9,420 Hays people make this happen every day, working out of our 248 offices in 33 countries; we share ideas, knowledge and experience across businesses and territories to deliver outstanding results for our clients. Visit our website>>

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In JLL with over 60,000 employees working across 280 offices in 80 countries we go beyond simply buying, selling, leasing and investing. JLL believes property is much more than just bricks and mortar or steel and glass. It forms the spaces and places where lives are lived, businesses are built and careers are made. Used correctly it can create a competitive advantage for businesses, communities and cities alike. Visit our website>>


Krakow – a city where tradition indistinguishably intertwines with modernity. 23 universities and colleges, nearly 180 thousand students and more than 100 research units and institutes, makes Kraków one of the most attractive economic centres of the CEE.

Sustainable policy of development has transformed Kraków into the biggest modern business services centres in Poland, the leader of Europe and the recognizable location on the international market. Here about 100 BSS companies employ nearly 55,000.

Krakow is a traditionally modern city. Care for historical heritage is accompanied by the development of modern technologies and creative inventiveness of living and working here people. Visit our website>>

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Skanska Commercial Development Europe (CDE) is part of one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups with almost 130-year history in the real estate sector. Skanska CDE is an investor and developer of futureproof office projects. The company’s operations are conducted by four local units in the key CEE markets: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania, in ten major cities. Thanks to its close relationships with business partners, the company enjoys the trust of tenants and investors, who are willing to continue to work together successfully, expanding their businesses in Skanska’s other office buildings in the region. Visit our website>>