By Aisling Finn on Wednesday 13 October 2021
The world of fintech is making its way onto the global financial stage.
London is set to host the UK’s first-ever Global Investment Summit (GIS), with members of the royal family, Boris Johnson and numerous other MPs set to speak at the event.
They’ll be joined by CEOs from some of the world’s biggest banks—including the likes of Jes Staley, CEO of Barclays, Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase, Amanda Blanc, Group CEO of Aviva, Alison Rose NatWest’s CEO and Larry Fink, founder, chairman and CEO of BlackRock—will touch down in London next Tuesday.
“Barclays fully supports the Global Investment Summit and the Government’s ambitious drive to boost investments, jobs and growth in the UK’s green industries; as one of the first banks to set a net-zero target by 2050, not only for our own operations but across our entire financing portfolio, we are accelerating that transition through the way we deploy our financing,” Barclay’s group CEO Jes Staley said.
Flying the flag for fintech will be Sebastian Siemiatkowski, the CEO and co-founder of buy now, pay later giant Klarna, who’ll be speaking at the summit—although details on his talk are yet to be disclosed.
More than 200 investors are expected to flock to the event, which is being held at the Science Museum on Tuesday 19 October 2021.
“The Global Investment Summit will be a fantastic opportunity to secure investment deals into the best of British green industry,” Liz Truss, International Trade Secretary and speaker at the summit added.
“We look forward to rolling out the green carpet for some of the world’s leading businesses, helping to drive investment into all corners of the country.”
Ministers are refusing to disclose the guestlist for the event—AltFi is yet to hear back from the Department for International Trade to confirm this—over terrorist attack fears.
Despite the security fears, the Financial Times has reported an expected attendee list.
The likes of Santander chief Ana Botín, CEO of Schroders Peter Harrison and Goldman Sachs’ CEO David Solomon are all said to be likely to attend.
Will other fintech names be in attendance? Hopefully, we’ll find out more in the coming days.