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London reclaims place as global financial centre for the first time since 2013

20th Apr 18 6:47 am

Study finds

With less than a year to go until Brexit, the sixth annual Global Regulatory Outlook report has found that London is viewed as the global centre for finance for the first time since 2013. It is also the first time in five years that New York has not held the position, according to the report’s authors, Duff & Phelps, the premier valuation and corporate finance advisor with expertise in complex valuation, disputes and investigations, M&A, real estate, restructuring, and compliance and regulatory consulting.

Global Regulatory Outlook, which surveys senior professionals in financial institutions across the world, found that over half (53 per cent) currently see London as the preeminent global hub, ahead of New York on 42 per cent.  This marks an improvement in attitudes towards the status of London since last year, where only 36 per cent saw it as the world’s finance capital, compared to 50 per cent in favour of New York.

Julian Korek, Global Head of Regulatory and Compliance Consulting at Duff & Phelps, said: “It’s refreshing to see that attitudes towards London’s global status have improved in the past 12 months. In previous years, London has lagged behind New York.  For this to have been dramatically reversed with just a year to go until Brexit shows a growing confidence among financial services business leaders that London is still the number one place to do business.”

However, the research also revealed that London will need to work hard to remain at the top. Just 29 per cent of finance professionals surveyed think London will retain its pole position in the next few years, with 52 per cent predicting New York will regain the top spot by 2023.

Korek continued:

“There is still a lot of hard work ahead for the City if it wants to retain the top position in a post-Brexit climate. When it comes to shaping London’s future outside of the EU, decisions taken now will be crucial in laying the groundwork for years to come.”

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