Signature Event

FT - Paul Hastings "Tomorrow's Global Business" Series: Innovation and Growth in Challenging Markets

Wednesday, February 24 6:00 PM BST to 7:45 PM BST

Up Close with the Leaders of Virgin Group and Schroders

Achieving and securing growth, value and sustainability in today’s volatile markets has become the major corporate challenge. Business leaders and investors in every sector must constantly evaluate and assess their position against increasingly fierce competitors. Today, these include a growing array of digital disruptors, fuelled by the latest technology. Their success showcases the ease in which marketplaces can be exploited by simple yet transformative business models.

In the second of a series of high-level, invitation-only events under the umbrella theme "Tomorrow’s Global Business," Paul Hastings and the Financial Times will present an on-stage conversation with Josh Bayliss, CEO of Virgin Group, and Peter Harrison, Head of Investment at Schroders, to discuss how investing in and supporting innovation can transform business models and create new paths to growth within challenging markets.

Josh BaylissCEOVirgin Group

Peter HarrisonHead of InvestmentSchroders

Mr. Bayliss is shaping strategy for one of the world's most iconic brands, across holdings in transportation, telecommunications, lifestyle, healthcare and financial services. Mr. Harrison is driving long-term investment strategy for one of Europe's largest asset managers with almost £300 billion under management. Together they will share their insights on the role of innovation and disruption in growth, the most effective business models for the new economy, and the extent to which market valuations of disruptors and incumbents reflect these considerations.  


  • Share in the dialogue between two of today’s high-profile business leaders, who are differentiating their companies through radical innovation.

  • Assess how financing, regulatory and legal challenges will affect the ownership and control of your business.

  • Gain practical insights into what your company can do to ensure it remains nimble and relevant in volatile times, while surrounded by growing numbers of national, regional, and international disruptors.


6:00 PM GMT


6:30 PM GMT

Opening Remarks

  • Ronan O'Sullivan, Chair, Paul Hastings London Office

  • Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

6:40 PM GMT

Keynote Dialogue

7:40 PM GMT

Closing Remarks

7:45 PM GMT

Cocktail Reception


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