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BABC 27th Annual Economic Lunch 2017 (#AELunch2017)

  • 25 Jan 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • City Club of San Francisco, Stock Exchange Tower

The British-American Business Council and Squire Patton Boggs cordially invite you to the 27th Annual BABC Annual Economic Lunch.

Once again, our panel of experts will engage in an interactive discussion and  share their projections on how local and global economic patterns will affect your business in 2017. We'll be looking at economic forecasts from around the world and their likely impact on the US economy as a whole.  We will also dig deep into the probable outcomes of the currently booming conditions here in the US and the Bay Area, including predictions on the real estate markets, stock, equity and bond market forecasts, and the environment surrounding IPOs and M&A exits.

Bringing it all back to our own back-yard, we will do our best to identify the Bay Area business opportunities and risks that 2017 will bring.

  • How will then newly-sworn-in President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress impact our prospects? 
  • Will massive infrastructure spending send the economy and the markets to new highs?   
  • Will Brexit start to have a measurable impact? 

You will no doubt have many other questions!

This year we are pleased to bring back Sean Randolph of the Bay Area Economic Institute and Richard Waters, West Coast Editor for the Financial Times.  Ivan Oscar Asensio, SVP of HSBC, will join our panel for the first time, with our final panellist to be announced.

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    Sean RandolphPresident, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Sean Randolph is President & CEO of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a public-private partnership of business, labor, government and higher education that works to foster a competitive economy in California and the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and Silicon Valley.

Dr. Randolph previously served as President & CEO of the Bay Area Economic Forum, which merged with the Bay Area Council in January 2008, and as director of international trade for the State of California, where he developed trade strategy and directed international business programs to stimulate exports and introduce California companies to overseas markets. Before service with the state, he was Managing Director of the RSR Pacific Group, an international business consulting firm specializing in Asia and Latin America, and before that served as International Director General of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, a 15-nation international organization of leading U.S., Asian and Latin American corporations.

His professional career includes extensive experience in the U.S. Government, including the U.S. Congress staff, and the White House staff. From 1981-85 he served in the U.S. State Department, as officer for Asia on the Policy Planning Staff, as Special Adviser for Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and as Deputy/Ambassador-at Large for Pacific Basin affairs. From 1985-88 he served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs, managing nuclear non-proliferation, energy research, and global oil and gas issues.

Dr. Randolph holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts and Harvard Universities), a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, and studied at the London School of Economics.

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    Ivan Oscar Asensio, Senior Vice President | FX Risk Advisory, HSBC Global Markets


Ivan Oscar Asensio overseas a unit within HSBC's Global Markets business in the Americas dedicated to working with corporate and institutional investors on solving problems related to currency risk. The approach involves applying quantitative techniques to identify and quantify the impact of gyrating exchange rates on key performance metrics such as margins, earnings volatility, EPS growth, global portfolio returns, and alpha generation. Once the risks and opportunities are understood, a bespoke solution is tailored to the specific objectives, hedge policy, liquidity needs, and constraints of the institution or fund. Dr. Asensio received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also holds an M.S. in Statistics from UCLA and dual-undergraduate degrees in Finance and Mathematics from USC.

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Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times
Richard Waters is the West Coast Editor for the Financial Times. His beat covers the technology industry. Before moving to the West Coast, Mr Waters was based in the FT's New York office for nine years. His roles there included Wall Street reporter, New York bureau chief, and the FT's first information industries editor, overseeing global coverage of technology, telecommunications and media. He previously worked at the FT in London where he held a number of positions, including editor of international capital markets, securities industry correspondent and accountancy and taxation correspondent.

Before working for the FT, Mr Waters worked as a reporter and editor for several financial magazines. He also worked for two years at Lloyd's Bank International and lived in Chile, also working as a teacher. In 2004, he was awarded Corporate Finance Reporter of the Year for his coverage of Google's IPO. He was shortlisted for the Business & Finance Reporter of the Year award at the British Press Awards in 2003 and won the award in 1992 as part of a team covering the BCCI scandal. In 1988, he was named Accountancy Journalist of the Year. He appears regularly on the BBC, CNBC, MSNBC, CNNfn and NPR.

Mr Waters received his Bachelor's degree from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University.

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