Womble Bond Dickinson Co-Chair and UK Managing Partner Jonathan Blair was amongst the speakers at this year's Milken Institute London Summit.

The Milken Institute, which is a non-profit economic think tank based in California, organised the 2017 Summit on Tuesday 5 December at the Park Plaza in Westminster. The event brought together 900 European leaders in business, government, diplomacy, technology, media and philanthropy to discuss the challenges of a post-Brexit Europe as well as identify the opportunities that can be seized.

Jonathan Blair, alongside four other speakers, took to the stage to lead the discussion on 'US Overview: Big Markets, Big Politics'. The conversation focused on the country's politics more than a year since the election of Donald Trump; the economic prospects for the US in the coming year; and the likely impact of the corporate tax reform and the major deregulatory push by the Trump administration. The discussion was moderated by Philippa Thomas, Senior Presenter and Correspondent at BBC World News.

Jonathan Blair commented: "I am delighted to have taken part in this year's Milken Institute London Summit. Speakers on the panel all came from very different backgrounds and so it was really interesting to get such a diverse range of thoughts, ideas and opinions. It was also encouraging to hear so much positivity around the prospects for further collaboration between the UK and US. As a large, transatlantic law firm with 16 offices in the US, we understand the domestic and international issues affecting US businesses as well as the many opportunities that lie ahead."

Other panelists included:

  • Ross DeVol, Walton Fellow, Walton Family Foundation
  • Tony Fratto, Founder and Partner, Hamilton Place Strategies; Former Deputy Press Secretary, The White House
  • Steve Krouskos, Global Vice Chair, Transaction Advisory Services, EY
  • William Lee, Chief Economist, Milken Institute

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