Webinar: The National Security & Investment Bill

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The National Security and Investment Bill, currently going through Parliament, will ensure that government has additional powers to scrutinise and intervene in business transactions, such as takeovers, to protect national security, while providing businesses and investors with the certainty and transparency they need to do business in the UK. These changes are likely to have a host of impacts across the sectors, for parties on both sides of the investments.

To discuss the Bill in-depth, understand how the private sector is preparing and to discuss its potential impacts, we are delighted to be joined by speakers from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Citi Group and Gowling WLG. 

Join us live to:

  • Learn more about what powers this bill gives to Government
  • Hear about how these changes may affect your organisation and the wider cross-sector environment
  • Understand how other private sector organisations are preparing for the implementation of this bill  
  • Niall Mackenzie CBE

    Director, Consumer & Competition Policy

    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    Niall Mackenzie is a career civil servant who has worked in many government departments and agencies covering a wide range of policy areas including sport, tourism, broadcasting, gambling, health, the environment, carbon trading and business energy efficiency.  He became BEIS’s Director of Consumer and Competition Policy in September 2020.  Immediately prior to that, Niall spent 6 years seeking to improve productivity in the foundation materials’ sectors, including steel and construction as well as chemicals and agricultural technology.  He led the Government’s negotiations on the future of British Steel which concluded in its sale to Jingye in March 2020.

  • Jan Skarbek

    Co-Head of UK Investment Banking


    • Jan Skarbek is Managing Director, UK Banking & Broking / Co-Head of UK Investment Banking. 
    • Jan has over 25 years of investment banking experience, having joined Schroders Investment Banking in 1993 which was acquired by Citi in 2000
    • During his time at Citi, Jan has been involved in coverage and execution of projects in a range of sectors and involving both M&A and equity transactions as well as private equity disposals and IPOs
    • Jan graduated from University College, Oxford with Double 1st Class degree, BA (Hons) in Chemistry

  • Bernardine Adkins

    Partner, Head of EU, Trade and Competition

    Gowling WLG

    Bernardine is utterly client-focused and brings technical cutting edge advice to every matter on which she works, with a  proven ability to keep sight of the 'bigger picture'. A graduate of the College of Europe, Bruges, Bernardine has a wealth of over 25 years' EU, trade and competition law experience, providing clients with strategic advice before the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority (formerly, the Office of Fair Trading and the Competition Commission). Bernardine has a strong reputation as an innovative competition litigator advising on some of the most high-profile and complex cases in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. She has particular expertise in relation to damages claims (defendant and claimant) and also the IP/competition interface. Having spent many years living and working in Brussels, she has a sound understanding of the European Union institutions and an enviable network of contacts within the Brussels Community. Consistently recognised as a 'leading individual' by legal directories, she is described in Chambers as a "heavyweight antitrust specialist". Bernardine is a member of the advisory board of the Competition Law Forum at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, American Chamber of Commerce Competition Policy committee, the Competition Law Association and the Law Society Competition Section. Bernardine is also widely published, being an authoress of 'Air Transport and EU Competition Law' (Sweet and Maxwell) and is the General Editor of Private Antitrust Litigation (Thomson Reuters). She has recently contributed to: Merger Control - Jurisdictional Comparisons (3rd edition), published by Sweet & Maxwell; and Merger Control 2018, published by Chambers & Partners.


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