An interview with the Head of Legal at a FinTech superstar

Originally from Lancashire, 31-year-old Ahmed Badr moved to London in 2003 to study medicine. But after deciding that medicine wasn’t right for him, he left university to take a year out before returning to study business. Now, seven years later, he’s a qualified solicitor and the Head of Legal at the booming FinTech company GoCardless.

In this frank interview, he reveals how he made those all-important career decisions…

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What does Brexit mean for the Japanese banking sector?

As Brexit and the City start to shape up, sectors across financial services are signalling how they’re likely to react in the coming months as planning for Brexit becomes a reality. To get the lowdown on what’s happening in the Japanese banking sector we spoke to our man on the inside, Jon Pettigrew MBA, Senior Consultant at Maxus Consultants and adviser to the Japanese business community since 2009.

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Top private equity jobs

As the initial shock of the Brexit vote fades with summer, certain City sectors are showing promising resilience. One such area is private equity, where the post-Brexit weak pound can lead to opportunities as British assets become cheaper to foreign buyers.

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FinTech jobs steal the show

The Bank of England (BoE) announced in July that there is “no clear evidence” (yet) of a sharp economic slowdown after last month’s vote to leave the European Union. The BoE reported that whilst business uncertainty had risen markedly most firms did not plan to cut hiring or investment.

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Post-EU referendum: what happens now?

So the votes are in and the result is Leave. And in the words of former Prime Minister Harold Wilson: “A week is a very long time in politics.”

Much the same can be said for the City, of course, which immediately felt the brunt of the nation’s decision as the pound market plummeted to a 30-year low, and an incredible $2 trillion was wiped off global markets. And yet the FTSE closed on a 2016 high last week – Brexit and the City, then, might not be quite as bad as feared. Or might it?

Here’s what we know…

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