Sesame is to hold its first national conference in December focusing on the impact of the retail distribution review, the rise of wrap and other regulatory matters.
The event, called Sesame Symposium, will include speeches from Aifa chairman John Gummer, former Which? chief policy adviser Mick McAteer, Standard Life chief executive Trevor Matthews and FSA director of small firms Stephen Bland.
Topics of debate will include the impact of the RDR and the outlook for small adviser firms, the rise of wrap and fund platforms and the threat to independence, discussion around chartered status and whether commission is really a bad way of buying products.
Sesame expects around 400 people to attend the event that will take place at the Park Plaza, Riverbank Hotel in London.
Sesame chief executive Patrick Gale says: The conference will offer advisers an exclusive opportunity to hear first hand the views of some of our industrys leading opinion formers, and take part in a series of lively and challenging debates.
At a time of fluctuating markets and deepening regulation, advisers continually face the challenge of delivering value to their clients and profit for their firm. We are designing the event to enable advisers to gather as much expert insight as possible, in order to help inform their decisions in 2008 and beyond.