CEJE and the British Chamber of Commerce discuss the effects of Brexit for Japanese and British Companies in Europe

September 29, 2017



The Japan-Spain Business Circle, together with the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain, and with the collaboration of Cuatrecasas, held a round table on September 27 to discuss “Brexit and Japanese and British companies in Europe”.



The event, which was attended by more than 50 professionals from a variety of businesses and institutions, dealt with the possible consequences of the United Kingdom’s break from the European Union for Japanese and British companies in Europe, and for the relations between them.



Jorge Lasheras, Chairman of the Japan-Spain Business Circle and Christopher Dottie, Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the attendees and gave the opening remarks at the round table. Both of them highlighted the importance of remaining informed about the situation and of facing the future of Brexit in an agile, efficient, and active manner.

Fernando Minguez, a partner of Cuatrecasas, acted as the moderator of the round table. Participating in the round table were Bill Murray, head of the E&P Policy Department of the British Embassy in Spain; Takuya Kodama, MD of The Bank ok Tokyo-Mitsubishi Spain-Portugal; David Cuesta, Spain-France Country Manager of NTT Europe; Alejandro Belinchón, Country Manager of Tokyo Marine Kiln Insurance; Óscar García, Large Account Director for the Northeast Region of  Interserve; Enrique Martínez, Executive Manager and Director of CBRE; and Xavier Saumoi, Barcelona Director of Gleeds (TBC).


The participants were asked whether the effects of Brexit on business activity are already noticeable, as well as to comment on the objectives of negotiation and about plans for relocation of activities from the United Kingdom to other areas of Europe, among other related issues.



The round table was attended, among others, by Mr. Naohito Watanabe, Consul General of Japan in Barcelona, Takahiro Yamada, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Spain, and Javier Mirallas, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Brazil in Catalonia. 

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