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This CEO Who Shifted to London Sees Brexit Upside in Consulting

  • Haley says Willis Towers Watson can prosper in time of change
  • Business typically benefits from regulatory changes, CEO says
A reflection of Tower Bridge sits in a window as pedestrians walk through the More London office space in London.
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John Haley, who merged his U.S. consulting firm with an insurance broker this year to form London-based Willis Towers Watson Plc, said the company is well-equipped to deal with disruption from U.K. voters’ decision to leave the European Union.

“In the short term, there could be some real potential for upside on helping companies with some ‘what-if’ planning,” through the consulting arm that advises corporate clients, Haley, who is chief executive officer of the combined firm, said in a conference call Wednesday with investors. “Typically, our business benefits from regulatory changes, political risk or economic uncertainty.”