FOW Derivatives World London: The Debates 2017

Grange City Hotel, London, UK

06 Dec 2017

We end the year with our annual Derivatives World London The Debates conference. The event brings together over 200 people from the London derivatives markets to discuss the events over the past year and look ahead to 2018. The conference opens with an Oxford Style debate and brings new formats and angles to the issues of the day.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Valerija Slavina
To discuss sponsor options email Hanna DeBank .




8:30 Registration opens and networking

9:30 Welcome address 
Luke Jeffs, 
Managing Editor, Global Investor Group

09:40 Debate: The UK should radically alter Mifid II after Brexit

Will Mitting,
Managing Director, Global Investor Group

For: Barney Reynolds, Partner, Shearman & Sterling 
Against: Sam Tyfield, Partner, Vedder Price

10:20 Coffee break

11:00 State of the market: reasons to be cheerful about 2018?

Mifid II is done, interest rate rises will return, capital charges will be relaxed and Brexit talks will gather pace towards a last minute optimal conclusion. Are the good times about to return in 2018? Another path could see a very different outcome but volatility is likely to be a dominant theme, as is a return to innovation at global exchanges and market participants.
- Just how tough was the 2017 for the market?
- What is the outlook for 2018?
- What new products will be launched during the year?
- Does an end to Mifid II implementation mean a return to innovation in the market?

Daniel Neeteson, Principal Strategy – New Products, Optiver 


Julian O'Leary, Managing Director of Development & Technology, GH Financials 
Matthew McFarland, Director of Business Development, CBOE 
Neil Treloar, Director Strategy and Business Development, Tradition 
Philip Simons, Global Head of Fixed Income Trading & Clearing Sales, Eurex
Bujar Bivolaku,
Head of Regulation and Market Structure Strategy, Simplitium

11:50 Ted talk: New market, new mindset?

Steve Grob, Director of Group Strategy, Fidessa

12:05 Replacing Libor: a realistic aim?

Following the Libor-rigging scandal and higher costs associated with the benchmark, the hunt is on for an alternative. A new benchmark has the backing of senior regulators and market officials across the globe but with the rate under-pinning trillions of dollars of trading activity, how realistic is a viable alternative?
- What alternatives to Libor are there?
- How might an alternative be brought in?
- What impact would fragmented alternatives have on the global market?
- Can there be an alternative to Libor?

Chris Barnes, SVP Europe, Clarus 

Alex McDonald, CEO, WMBA 
Lee Bartholomew, Head of Fixed Income & FX Product R&D, Eurex 
Tim Bowler,
President, ICE Benchmark Administration

12:50 Presentation: Brazil - Interest Rate Derivatives
Natalia Bertinat,
Associate Director, B3 – Brazilian Exchange and OTC


13:00 Lunch

13:45 Is this the end of the small trading firm?

Proprietary trading groups and smaller hedge funds have been the key liquidity providers on European derivatives markets since the first days of the locals on the floor of Liffe. But with volumes dropping, costs rising and Mifid II and capital requirements forcing consolidation, times are increasingly hard for smaller firms.
- What impact would consolidation of prop firms have on the market?
- Can smaller prop groups consolidate operations without compromising independence?
- How will capital charges impact proprietary trading and smaller trading firms?
- Can a return to volatility save the day?

Martin Frewer,
Global Commercial Director, ABN AMRO Clearing

Max Butti, Head of Business Development, LSEG 
Mark Slade, CEO, OSTC 
Grant Oliver, Director, Financial Market Engineering,  

14:30 Ted talk: AI, The Financial Singularity and the Future of Markets

Paul Netherwood, Partner, Beach Horizon

14:40 What will happen on January 3rd 2018?

Mifid II is finally set for implementation on January 3rd 2018 but there remains numerous outstanding issues and significant concern over some aspects of the reforms. This panel will look ahead to M-Day as well as taking a longer look into what Mifid II will change for derivatives markets.
- What outstanding issues remain in Mifid II implementation?
- Will there be a liquidity crunch as firms are shut off from market access?
- How will market structure change in 2018 and beyond?
- How might post-Brexit Britain amend Mifid II?

Moderator :
Julie Aelbrecht,
Editor. Global Investor Group

Conor Foley,
Global Head of Government Relations, Norton Rose Fulbright
Simon Puleston Jones, Head of Europe, FIA 
Olivier Laurent, Senior Product Manager – Regulatory Change Product Management, HSBC
Stephen Hanks, Manager,  FCA

15:35 Coffee break

16.00 Technology: consolidation, competition and changing approaches

Buy and build is the latest theme of technology development with firms enhancing and tailoring off-the-shelf software products. It is also the latest theme in the landscape for ISVs with firms consolidating and launching new versions and products. At the same time incumbent firms are seeking to expand their offerings into new markets.
- How are large technology firms working with smaller rivals?
- What is behind the latest wave of consolidation in the tech market?
- How is the move towards buy and build changing attitudes to technology outsourcing?
- How are tech firms expanding their existing offerings to take on more of the cycle?

Rob Smith,
CEO, Applied Financial Technology

Chris Bartz, CEO, Elinvar
Ollie Cadman,
Head of Business Operations, Vela
Paul Clark,
Head of Institutional Strategy and Product Management, Broadridge 
Brendan Bradley
, Co-Founder, Seismic Foundry

16:45: Capital, liquidity and collateral

Pressure on capital is resulting in liquidity squeezes in a number of markets as traditional liquidity providers pull away from certain services. And with FX forwards coming into the margined environment in 2018 that pressure is only likely to grow. This panel will look at how capital rules are impacting liquidity and what can be done to ease the pressure.
- How are fund managers changing their treasury functions?
- What impact will margin on FX forwards have?
- How will capital rules impact non-banks in the market?
- Is a relaxation of the Basel III capital rules likely and what impact might that have?


David Field, Managing Director, The Field Effect

Mark Higgins, Managing Director, EMEA Product Management, BNY Mellon Markets 
William Garner, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
Thomas Hansen,
Managing Director, Credit Suisse
Robert de Roeck,
Head of Multi-Asset Structuring, Standard Life Investments

17.30 Networking drinks reception




Confirmed Speakers


Chris Barnes, Head of Europe, Clarus
Chris Bartz,
CEO, Elinvar
Lee Bartholomew, 
Head of Fixed Income & FX Product R&D, Eurex
Natalia Bertinat,
Associate Director, B3 – Brazilian Exchange and OTC
Bujar Bivolaku,
Head of Regulation and Market Structure Strategy, Simplitium
Tim Bowler, President,
ICE Benchmark Administration
Brendan Bradley,
Co-Founder, Seismic Foundry
Max Butti, Head of Business Development, LSEG
Ollie Cadman,
Head of Business Operations, Vela
Paul Clark,
Head of Institutional Strategy and Product Management, Broadridge
Robert de Roeck,
Head of Multi-Asset Structuring, Standard Life Investments 
David Field, 
Managing Director, The Field Effect
Conor Foley, Global Head of Government Relations, Norton Rose Fulbright
Martin Frewer,
Global Commercial Director, ABN AMRO Clearing
William Garner, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
Steve Grob, Director of Group Strategy, Fidessa
Stephen Hanks, Manager, FCA
Thomas Hansen,
Managing Director, Credit Suisse
Mark Higgins, Managing Director, EMEA Product Management, BNY Mellon Markets 
Luke Jeffs, 
Managing Editor, Global Investor Group
Olivier Laurent,
Senior Product Manager – Regulatory Change Product Management, HSBC
Alex McDonald, CEO, WMBA
Matthew McFarland, Director of Business Development, CBOE
William Mitting, Managing Director, Global Investor Group
Daniel Neeteson,
Principal Strategy - New Products, Optiver
Paul Netherwood, Partner, Beach Horizon
Julian O'Leary, Managing Director of Development & Technology, G.H. Financials
Grant Oliver, 
Director, Financial Market Engineering
Simon Puleston-Jones, Head of Europe, FIA
Barney Reynolds, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Philip Simons, Global Head of Fixed Income Trading & Clearing Sales, Eurex
Mark Slade, CEO, OSTC
Rob Smith, CEO, Applied Financial Technology

Neil Treloar, Director Strategy and Business Development Tradition
Sam Tyfield, Partner, Vedder Price

Gold Sponsors




B3 is one of the world’s largest financial market infrastructure providers by market value. The services it offers range from exchange trading, clearing,depository, trade repositoryand other post-trade services to registration of over-the-counter (OTC) transactions and of vehicle and real estate loans. We are committed to Brazil, ourclients, and constant development of the financial and capital markets.


Eurex Exchange is one of the world’s leading derivatives exchanges, serving a growing global distribution network. It offers more than 2,000 products covering all major
as well as alternative asset classes. Our marketplace – based on innovative IT infrastructure – is gateway to the most heavily traded euro-denominated equity index and
fixed-income derivatives. As part of Eurex Group,  we provide access to a global liquidity network with daily trading volumes of around 7 million contracts.
Eurex Exchange uses Eurex Clearing, one of the leading central counterparties globally.




Fidessa's platform provides unrivalled execution capabilities, sophisticated algos and powerful execution analytics to ensure that users can meet the varied and complex liquidity and execution requirements of their own clients. Fidessa's unique distributed architecture means that orders can be delivered to the OMS, via terminal order entry, EMS, proprietary products or black boxes, and best routed to the exchange to achieve optimum execution outcomes regardless of the client's location. With powerful 'follow the sun' global order management capabilities any order can be put through the same workflow technology, regardless of where it originated, and benefit from the same range of advanced execution tools. Fully integrated risk functionality manages client limits globally and multiple allocation workflows are handled simply and efficiently. Powerful order analytics bring greater precision to the control and measurement of derivatives algos, helping meet the increasing demands for transparency of execution.


Silver Sponsors


Broadridge, a global fintech leader with over $8 billion in market capitalisation, provides communications, technology, data and analytics. We help drive business transformation for our clients with solutions for enriching client engagement, navigating risk, optimising efficiency and generating revenue growth.

Simplify and improve your derivatives trade processing with a single, integrated platform that works across asset classes and in more than 70 markets worldwide. Our award-winning, real-time solution supports every step, from execution, clearing and settlement, to risk and collateral management.



Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (Cboe: CBOE | NASDAQ: CBOE) is one of the world’s largest exchange holding companies, offering cutting-edge trading and investment solutions to investors around the world. The company is committed to relentless innovation, connecting global markets with world-class technology, and providing seamless solutions that enhance the customer experience.

Cboe offers trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded products (ETPs), global foreign exchange (FX) and multi-asset volatility products based on the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX Index), the world’s barometer for equity market volatility.

Cboe’s trading venues include the largest options exchange in the U.S. and the largest stock exchange by value traded in Europe. In addition, the company is the second-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S. and a leading market globally for ETP trading.
The company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Kansas City, New York, London, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong and Quito, Ecuador. For more information, visit




Euromoney TRADEDATA’s product focus is global exchange traded derivative listings and their contextual symbology for both trading and transaction reporting, i.e. trade data.  We continue to develop data solutions to meet ever more exacting demands on the industry and for MiFID II and EMIR RTS 2.0 and our offering provides essential taxonomy and extended tagging of our global product database, all within our powerful community data model.





London Stock Exchange Group is a global market infrastructure business focusing on capital formation, intellectual property and risk and balance sheet management. LSEG operates an open access model, offering choice and partnership to customers across all of its businesses which include London Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana, FTSE Russell Indexes, MillenniumIT and LCH.

The Italian Derivatives Markets (IDEM), launched in 1994, is among the top European derivatives exchanges. Based on one of the most liquid equity markets in Europe, around 190,000 contracts with a value equivalent to €5.2bn are traded daily. IDEM is a hybrid market in which members are allowed to enter orders and submit IOIs, while Market Makers play a constructive role in improving market liquidity and the efficiency of the price discovery process through their intense quoting activity. More than 20 market making firms are active on the IDEM market, displaying bids and offers on a continuous basis or responding to requests for quotes.
Thanks to CC&G, our CCP, members of the IDEM market can benefit from a full range of CCP value-added services: • Cross-margining • Integrated guarantees • Full-STP

London Stock Exchange Derivatives Market (LSEDM) offer Member firms new and innovative products, alongside our leading international marketplace for Russian Depositary Receipts derivatives. LSEDM also operates a linked order book model with Oslo Børs for Norwegian products, and trading of futures and options on FTSE100 Index and UK single stock derivatives. Members can also gain exposure to Turkey by trading futures and options on the BIST30.
All LSEDM products are cleared at LCH Ltd.
Further information on London Stock Exchange Group can be found at





By listening and responding to the market, Simplitium (formerly known as Boat Services) transforms complex challenges into flexible, scalable and secure solutions.

The company was established in 2007 in response to the implementation of MiFID, offering MTFs, SIs and investment firms an easy and cost-efficient way to comply with transparency obligations. Simplitium is now launching a new range of innovative transparency services for MiFID II, ensuring the continued existence of specialised transparency services.

TRADEcho, which is delivered by Simplitium in partnership with the London Stock Exchange, helps investment firms meet their pre and post-trade obligation under MiFID II. 

FacilitEx delivers a unique and comprehensive transparency solution specifically designed to help OTF’s and MTF’s meet their transparency obligations under MIFID II. Through a highly optimised and customisable infrastructure, FacilitEx supports a range of different marketplaces, accommodating high volumes and diverse trading protocols.


 Vela is the premier market access technology provider, delivering low-latency access to over 200 venues, coupled with a unique set of trading tools, data, and analytics, flexibly delivered with exceptional global support. Vela acquired OptionsCity Software and Object Trading in 2017. Now as one organization, Vela provides a comprehensive, end-to-end solution for multi-asset electronic trading with global market coverage, enabling smarter access to global liquidity.
Vela has eight offices in the US, Europe, and Asia supporting traders, market makers, financial institutions and other market participants worldwide.
Visit us at Follow us on Twitter @vela_tt.


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The Alternative Investment Management Association is the global representative of the alternative investment industry, with more than 1,800 corporate members in over 50 countries. AIMA’s fund manager members collectively manage more than $1.8 trillion in assets. AIMA draws upon the expertise and diversity of its membership to provide leadership in industry initiatives such as advocacy, policy and regulatory engagement, educational programmes and sound practice guides. AIMA proactively communicates with the media and the general public to increase awareness around the value of the industry. AIMA set up the Alternative Credit Council, or ACC, to help firms focused in the private credit and direct lending space. AIMA is governed by its Council (Board of Directors). For further information, please visit AIMA’s website,



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