Helen Thompson, Cambridge University

Helen Thompson Helen Thompson is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University. She has a fortnightly wide-ranging column—These Times—at the New Statesman and was a regular contributor to the podcast Talking Politics. Her last book was Oil and the Western Economic Crisis. She has written for, among other publications, The New York Times, London Review of Books, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, UnHerd, and Prospect on Brexit, the European Union, the economics of the pandemic, energy and climate politics, and the geopolitics of China’s rise. She was included in Prospect’s ‘The world’s top 50 thinkers 2021.’

Let’s hear from the regulators

In an increasingly fast-changing environment, supervisory authorities contribute to a welcome sense of order. Mhairi Jackson from the FCA and Marco Zwick from the CSSF will talk about the expectations of the institutions they represent in the current challenging environment, and especially about their role in ensuring continuous investor protection. Looking forward, they will share their priorities for 2023, discuss about new opportunities such as the revised ELTIF and the forthcoming LTAF, and exchange on the challenges and benefits of evolving new technologies.


UK and Europe: quo vadis?


CEO panel


End of the second belle époque

A discussion about investment and product strategy in the face of war, pandemic, food and energy insecurity, inflation, changed monetary policy, and great uncertainty


Keynote address: living in hard times in the 21st century

Helen Thompson, Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge University, has researched the political economy of energy as a contributor to the history of democratic, economic and geopolitical disruptions in the twenty-first century. Helen will present her insights and show why energy politics means the twenty-first century is turning out to be at least as challenging as the twentieth.

  • Helen Thompson

    Helen Thompson Professor of Political Economy, Department of Politics and International Studies Cambridge University


Deep-dive 1: Brexit – how are managers adapting?

A 30-minute panel discussion will revolve around managing and distributing funds in Europe, tackling regulatory requirements and other routes in a Post-Brexit world.

The panel will touch upon the following topics:

  • How can sales teams continue to operate from the UK?
  • What are the impacts of the new EU pre-marketing rules on UK managers?
  • Can management teams continue to rely on delegation rules?
  • Collaborating with third parties or setting-up on-shore: what are my structuring options?
  • Distribution in the UK: what happens during and after the transition period?

Christian Hertz will lead the conversation joined by leading industry experts focusing on emerging strategies and the future of fund distribution.


Deep-dive 2: action this day! The imperative of practical sustainable finance

Nancy Saich, the European Investment Bank’s Chief climate change expert and one of the Rapporteurs of the platform for sustainable finance, developing the EU taxonomy, explains how the taxonomy is evolving to enable financial institutions to finance the transition to a sustainable economy, and leads a panel discussion on how institutions are doing it today.


Deep-dive 3: democratisation of private assets - what opportunities await the market?

The path to the democratisation of private assets is trying to bring together different types of asset managers, willing to access new sources of financing. The current geopolitical situation is driving new trends – and this session will explore the new private asset products that will meet those demands and how to successfully market these products to investors.