European Festive Social: London

December 4, 2023 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Norton Rose Fulbright 3 More London Place

Festive Social with guest speaker, David Chmiel, Global Torchlight

We invite you to join us for the final event of the year, our Festive Social. Bringing together colleagues, friends and peers from across the industry to close out 2023 and look ahead to a new year. 

We are delighted that David Chmiel will join us as our guest speaker. 

“The World According to David: Geopolitics and Business in 2024”

Our tumultuous geopolitical environment shows no signs of calming in 2024. David Chmiel is a highly regarded and impactful commentator and advisor on international politics and security who views world events from the perspective of how they impact business. 

In this engaging presentation, David will delve into the three C’s: Confusion, Competition, and Conflicts, exploring their potential to stir Chaos – or perhaps not.

Amidst pivotal elections in the UK and US, among other nations, he'll examine the potential economic disruptions that could cause confusion. He'll also analyse the trade and decoupling issues in competitive landscapes that warrant close observation for businesses. Finally, David will assess how ongoing conflicts may impact the global scenario.

Join us as David shares insights into the significant geopolitical risks anticipated in the upcoming year, and answers your questions.

The event continues with a drinks reception, providing further networking opportunities to exchange insights and ideas with fellow attendees.

About our Speaker:


Managing Director, Global Torchlight

David is managing director of Global Torchlight, a geopolitical risk analysis and consulting firm. He advises companies in a broad range of industries on the effects of world events on their business strategies and operations. He has a particular interest in issues related to the "weaponisation of capital" – the use of trade and investment for broader national security and foreign policy purposes.

David previously spent a decade as a corporate finance lawyer in the London and Chicago offices of a leading global law firm where his practice primarily focused on advising Fortune 500 companies on their cross-border acquisitions, divestitures and reorganisations.

David contributes to media in Canada, the UK, and the US on geopolitical developments and speaks frequently on these topics at conferences and seminars. He holds an MA in Intelligence and International Security from the War Studies Department of King’s College London, an LL.B (Hons) degree from University College London and a BA in Economics and History from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.



  • 1800: Registration
  • 1830: Welcome - Mike Roth, SFNet Europe President
  • 1845: "The World According to David: Geopolitics & Business in 2024" - David Chmiel, moderated by Alex Dunn, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • 1915: Drinks & Canapé Reception
  • 2030: event close

Please note the programme is subject to change.

    Registration: includes entry to the programme and networking reception. Open to members and non-members.

    • SFNet members - no charge
    • NextGen (under 40) - no charge
    • Guest of a member £29
    • Non-member £49

    Event Details:
    Monday 4 December, 1800-2030 GMT


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    Contact Information

    Contact: Helen Jacobi

    Phone Number: 447812995049



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