The Allen & Overy Podcast

Perspectives on the future of banking: In conversation with Sir Douglas Flint, chairman of abrdn

December 16, 2021

In the second episode of our podcast series featuring topical conversations with leading figures in the world of banking, Sir Douglas Flint, chairman of global investment company and asset manager abrdn, talks to Richard Cranfield, senior adviser and former chairman of A&O’s global corporate practice, about the developments shaping the future of the industry. Sir Douglas discusses the competitive challenge posed by a raft of new digital market entrants, the state of banking regulation, and the preparedness of banks for the transition to net zero. 

In a wide-ranging conversation, Sir Douglas reflects on his career and the experiences that have shaped it, particularly his time as chairman of HSBC, and what personally motivates him in his current role at abrdn. He shares his thoughts on the evolving responsibilities and accountabilities of boards and their directors, the need for boards to define their purpose clearly, and how that can help to identify the skills needed by directors. 

This episode was recorded in October 2021.

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