Clifford Chance senior partner Stuart Popham is the law firm representative on Prime Minister David Cameron’s India delegation, representing the UK legal and financial professional services community as head of new trade body TheCityUK.
Popham will accompany Cameron, chancellor George Osborne and a delegation including more than 50 UK chief executives and 40 other representatives from various sectors on the mission that aims to strengthen ties and broker deals between the UK and India.
The delegation is expected to land in India today (27 July) and will visit Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi.
Popham, who was also the sole legal industry representative on previous Labour prime minister Gordon Brown’s 2008 visit to India and China (18 January 2008), is joining the mission in his capacity as Clifford Chance senior partner and as chair of TheCityUK.
TheCityUK is a newly formed and politically neutral body established to promote the financial and professional services sectors in overseas markets, according to the body’s website.
It partly exists to support the sectors in “regulation and market access negotiations” by “providing a voice […] and working to improve access to overseas markets for UK firms”, its website states.
TheCityUK’s board of directors includes a large number of directors and representatives of various banks, insurers and other financial institutions. Linklaters senior partner David Cheyne is on the body’s advisory council.