Association for Financial Markets in Europe

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The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) was formed in late 2009 by the merger of two financial lobby groups.


According to PR Week, the AFME has 'looked to build a heavyweight lobbying presence to argue on a national and EU level against onerous regulation of the financial industry.

In March 2011 the AFME warned lawmakers in Brussels that proposals to regulate over-the-counter derivatives could have ‘a serious negative impact on competition’. [1]


  • Simon Lewis - former communications director at Number 10 Downing Street and Prime Minister Gordon Brown's official spokesman (June 2009-May 2010)
  • Andrew Gowers - now director of External Relations at AFME - is a former Financial Times editor and communications chief for Lehman Brothers and BP. Originally was appointed as a strategic comms consultant for three months from November 2011 while the AFME searched for a full-time replacement for comms director Rob McIvor, [2] who left to become director of comms at business lobby group London First.
  • Michael Lever - Before joining AFME in April 2011, he was a partner with Brunswick Group LLP, advising a number of banks and insurance companies on a wide range of financial and corporate reputational issues. Prior to that, he spent over five years as a managing director of Credit Suisse. [3]

Former staff


Lobbying and PR agencies

Publications, Contact, Resources and Notes



Address: St. Michael's House, 1 George Yard, London EC3V 9DH



  1. 1.0 1.1 Alec Mattinson, Lobbying body Association for Financial Markets in Europe on hunt for PR agency,, 02 March 2011, acc 24 November 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 Danny Rogers Association for Financial Markets in Europe appoints Andrew Gowers, PR Week, 24 November 2011, acc 24 November 2011
  3. Senior Management Team, AFME website, accessed 25 May 2012
  4. Gráinne Gilmore, Business big shot: Jonathan Taylor, The Times, 17 November 2009