Marsh's 2015 Transportation Seminar
On 28 January, Marsh’s Transportation Practice (UK & Ireland) held a seminar in London that focused on public investment, strategy, and the future of investment in transportation. There were more than 40 attendees representing the aviation, logistics, automotive, bus, and rail industries – a strong indicator of the interest in the growth prospects for the sector. Introduced by Mark Weil (CEO, Marsh UK & Ireland) and Morwenna Howell (Managing Director and Transportation Practice Leader, Marsh UK & Ireland), the seminar focused on three main themes:
1. Public investment, strategy, and considerations on the future of the transportation sector
Stephen Hammond MP, and former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport (from September 2012 to July 2014), gave an insightful keynote speech discussing government commitment to key infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, road investment, pending airport decisions, and High Speed 2, which will boost economic growth in the UK.
2. The current financial landscape and key considerations from an analyst’s perspective
Joe Thomas, Analyst at HSBC, provided insight into the key financial metrics that determine his recommendations, his view on future challenges, and an overall outlook for the sector, with detailed insight to the rail and bus sectors.
3. How to utilise key financial metrics to shape a company’s balance-sheet protection and approach to risk
John Davies, Managing Director at Marsh, outlined how “big data” and analytics can be used by Marsh across the transportation sector to optimise risk financing, specifically focusing on the need to understand and manage “tail risk".
The presentations were followed by a networking lunch to enable clients to discuss the latest risk management trends and issues in the industry.