LONDON (Reuters) – From the pinnacle of the City of London’s largest skyscraper, Stuart Lipton is wagering a $1.2 billion bet that the British capital remains a master of the international financial universe no matter what happens with Brexit.
The 76-year-old property developer is not alone. Bankrolled by a host of global investors, including France’s Axa , his big-ticket gamble in London’s financial district is – so far – on the money.
Warnings - Referendum - London - Throne - European
The cataclysmic warnings during the 2016 referendum that London would lose its financial throne if it voted to leave the European Union (EU) have, so far, been proven wrong. London is still the world’s banker, only bigger by some measures.
“London is extraordinarily resilient and its future as a finance centre is secure because what we have here is unique,” Lipton told Reuters on the 61st floor of 22 Bishopsgate, set to become western Europe’s second tallest skyscraper when it opens next year.
Year - June - London - Border - Estate
In the year to June, London has attracted more cross border commercial real estate investment than any other city. It has overtaken New York as destination for fintech investment and it has increased its dominance of the world’s $6.6 trillion daily foreign exchange market.
Since the vote to leave the EU, Britain has leapfrogged the United States to become the largest centre for trading interest rate swaps, despite calls by ex-French President Francois Hollande to end London’s dominance in clearing euro-denominated derivatives.
London - Influence - Finance - Centre - Riddles
That London has expanded its influence as an international finance centre is one of the biggest riddles of the United Kingdom’s tortuous three year Brexit crisis.
The city’s standing ensures the United Kingdom keeps one of its last big chips at the top table of world politics just as it splits from the EU.
Companies - London - Finance - Bloc
It also means EU companies will still come to London to raise finance outside the bloc after...
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