As big banks de-risk by withdrawing from markets and geographies, they are creating fundamental threats for FinTechs and Payments businesses, impacting their ability to compete, innovate, and serve their end customers. Big banks have been executing de-risking strategies for decades, but that has escalated in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

In this webinar, Banking Circle and The Paypers bring together a panel of experts to discuss the threats facing FinTechs and Payments businesses as a result of the risk-averse strategies big banks are implementing around the world.

Hosted by Sarah Francis, Payments Advisor and Senior Consultant at Polymath Consulting, the panellists will share many great insights.
  • What are the causes and global impact of bank de-risking?
  • What is the impact of de-risking on FinTechs and Payments businesses?
  • How is de-risking undermining innovation?
  • Can collaboration help to increase financial inclusion amongst businesses and consumers globally?
  • What should FinTechs and Payments businesses do to continue serving their customers seamlessly and efficiently?
Mitch Trehan
UK Head of Compliance & MLRO, Banking Circle
Mitch Trehan is a regular speaker at industry events. Mitch, who started his career in the RAF before moving into financial services, has more than 18 years’ experience in Corporate Banking and in FinTech, having worked for companies including Citi, Barclays, JP Morgan, Ebury and Currency Solutions.

Mitch sits on the executive committee for the Association of Foreign Exchange & Payments Companies (AFEP) and is involved in a number of industry initiatives with the Emerging Payments Association, UK Finance, the Financial Conduct Authority, and HM Treasury.
Mark Hewlett
Director of Product & Infrastructure, GC Partners
Mark joined GC Partners in February 2021 after a short stint at Revolut. Prior to this, he held the position of Head of Banking Relationships at Ebury Partners where he led the partnerships and worked with Banks, Central Banks, Regulators, other PSPs and Payment Infrastructure players to build out capabilities in over 30 countries until Santander bought the majority stake in the business in 2020.
Jonathan Bell
Group CFO, PXP Financial
Jonathan has 20 years’ experience in the industry, and was previously CFO, UK and EMEA, at AON Benfield. At PXP Financial, Jonathan and his team look for ways to serve both customers and the business better through speed, quality and efficiency of service, and the range of products we offer.
Mike Southgate
Chief Operating Officer, Hamilton Court FX
Mike is part of the executive committee of AFEP where he works on the Banking Access, Financial Crime and Technology streams, as well as providing training and workshops to the UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority. He is currently the COO for Hamilton Court FX, an Authorised Payment Institution and MiFID investment firm, and is developing his own financial crime transaction monitoring system named ERMI, which seeks to use more considered crime typologies to generate monitoring alerts. He also developed Luci, a free to use fraud tool for firms in the payment industry.
Sarah Francis
Payments Advisor & Senior Consultant,Polymath Consulting [Moderator]
Sarah works as an advisor with a number of clients on a global basis. Experiencing roles as diverse as Compliance Director and MLRO, Fraud Product Manager, Group Fraud Prevention Officer, Market Development and Sales Director, Sarah has covered the scope of 'business promotion' and 'business development'.

Sarah has spent over 20 years working in the payments industry with FinTechs, e-money licensees, card issuers, acquirers, PSPs, schemes, operators, and mobile companies. She has developed a broad understanding of the flow of funds through Banks, FinTechs and the concerns that arise from regulators and entrepreneurs on how to create the right balance of risk, service, and commercial needs.
Mélisande Mual
Publisher and Managing Director, The Paypers
Mélisande Mual is the publisher and owner of The Paypers, the global leading source of news and intelligence for professionals in payments, fintech and digital commerce. Prior to The Paypers, Mélisande held several leadership positions in leading B2B Publisher (Wolters Kluwer) and Telecom (KPN) companies.
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