UK Minister of Trade Policy Visits Atlanta


Holland & Knight's Atlanta office hosted George Hollingbery, the United Kingdom's Minister of State for Trade Policy, for an Aug. 2 business roundtable with FinTech executives to discuss the upcoming P20 Conference in Atlanta. Holland & Knight is a global sponsor and founder of the P20 Conference, which held its inaugural event in London last year.

The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss how to unify laws and policies between the U.S. and U.K. in regard to payments and then spread such payments around the world – the goal of the P20.

P20 Board Member and Atlanta Executive Partner Allen Maines, Partner Roth Kehoe and Senior Counsel Robert Green participated in the discussion.

Regarding Brexit, Hollingbery said that the U.K. should be able to negotiate a free trade agreement with the U.S. even if the U.K. works out an amicable deal to leave the European Union.

Regulators and cabinet members from the U.K., along with members of Congress and the executive branch, will meet with leaders of 20 of the most important payments companies in the world at the Atlanta conference on Oct. 9-10. The conference is limited to no more than 200 political and business leaders. Senior executives from Worldpay, NCR Corp., Fleetcor and PPRO Group attended the luncheon roundtable.

Board members and sponsors of the P20 Conference include FIS, First Data, Worldpay, NCR, Elavon, InComm, Fiserv, TSYS, JPMorgan Chase, Cielo, Ingenico, the Canadian government, China's UnionPay, American Express, Mastercard and Discover.

Aside from the luncheon roundtable, Hollingbery also met with C-level executives from UPS and Coca-Cola while on his visit to Atlanta.  


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