UBS expert will be keynote speaker at Journal breakfast event

Bill O'Neill believes the implications of Scottish independence for the North East could be 'dramatic'

Bill O'Neill of UBS
Bill O'Neill of UBS

An expert on the UK economy, with over 30 years experience in investment management and research, is to share his insights on the Scottish referendum at a breakfast event being organised by The Journal.

Bill O’Neill, who heads the UK investment office of UBS Wealth Management, will be the keynote speaker at the discussion, to be held at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on August 19.

Throughout his career, O’Neill has held a wide range of investment strategy and asset allocation roles at the likes of Barclays and JPMorgan.

Before moving to UBS, he was chief investment officer, EMEA, at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth and Investment Management.

In his current role, O’Neill - who holds a degree in pure economics, as well as masters degrees in both quantitative economics and political economy - provides UK-specific research content to the UBS Global Chief Investment Office. He is also responsible for the UBS House View for client advisers and clients.

At the Scottish independence breakfast, supported by UBS, O’Neill will be joined by a host of high profile panellists.

He said: “This is an important discussion because it’s a major referendum that has focussed the markets. Looking at the issue of Scottish independence, I don’t think the context will ever be the same again. Regardless of what people feel, there is always the risk of surprise. If there is a yes vote, there would be dramatic implications.”

He added that, even if the no vote prevails, it would still be significant for the North East, as moves towards more devolution would be likely.

“David Cameron himself has said that a no vote does mean a vote for no change,” he said.

Tickets cost £25 plus VAT each, with a table of 10 costing £200 plus VAT. For more information or to buy tickets contact Rebecca Luckley on or 0191 201 6092


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