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About the event

Operations, Post-Trade, Technology & Innovation Conference 2022 (OPTIC) is a new conference bringing together practitioners and technologists to discuss how European capital markets, and the operational framework that underpins them, are evolving.

The theme for this year's event is "Reimagining Europe's Capital Markets". The development of new technologies and ways of working continues to challenge the status quo in creating exciting new opportunities, changing how we provide value to our customers, generating efficiencies and reducing risks.

OPTIC 2022 will take place in London, with a two-day agenda packed with keynote addresses from regulatory authorities, thought-provoking panels and speeches from Europe's leading financial institutions, and ample networking opportunities for attendees.

The first day will focus on the right here, right now, where our expert guest speakers will discuss the key current opportunities and challenges in technology, operations, and post-trade. In addition, the first-day agenda will include discussions on the latest developments on key regulatory files, including DORA and CSDR.

The second day will focus on longer time-horizon technology trends and opportunities, considering how the capital markets ecosystem might develop in the next three to five years, driven by the digital and ESG agendas.

This event is attended by senior capital market professionals working in operations, post-trade, technology, regulation, and policy.

Early-bird registration fees (valid until Friday 12 August):
• AFME member: £499 + VAT
• Non member: £799 + VAT

Regular registration fees:
• AFME member: £699 + VAT
• Non member: £999 + VAT

Multi-booking discount:
• 10% off when booking 3 or more delegates at the same time
• 20% off when booking 5 or more delegates at the same time

Multi booking discounts can be applied at check out for group booking.

Complimentary subject to verification:
• Investor: promo code INVESTOR
• Regulator: promo code REGULATOR
• Press: promo code PRESS

Note: Promo codes are case sensitive

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Lead Partners
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Event Endorsers
Media Partners

Who attends?

  • Heads of post trade
  • Investors
  • COOs
  • Market structure specialists
  • Regulators
  • Policymakers
  • Clearing and settlement houses
  • Law firms
  • Consultancies
  • Trading platforms and technology providers
  • Financial associations
  • AFME members
  • Investment banks
  • European supervisory authorities
  • National competent authorities
  • Clearing and settlement houses
  • Exchanges
  • Asset managers
  • Technology providers
  • Professional services
  • Fintech start-ups

Why attend?

  • The event provided an opportunity for delegates to meet over 300 senior level attendees
  • Build contacts in over 5 hours dedicated to networking
  • Hear up to 70 industry expert speakers
  • 12 hours of content designed and driven by market participants
  • Showcase solutions at the event exhibition space

Registration enquiries

For registration enquiries, please contact Events on events@afme.eu for assistance.

Tuesday 27 September

08:30
Welcome registration and refreshments
09:00
Opening remarks
James Kemp,
Managing Director of the Global FX Division, Technology and Operations and CC&A Divisions, AFME and GFMA
Rick Watson,
Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets, Membership and Events, AFME
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09:15
Keynote Address
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09:45
Panel discussion: Capital Markets Innovation: the Current State of Play
  • What are the current opportunities for technology innovation?
  • What are banks’ key priorities in 2022?
  • Are we entering a new regulatory cycle, with increased focus on fostering innovation?
Moderator:
Dan Watkins,
Head of Global Market Infrastructure EMEA, BNY Mellon
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10:30
Networking Coffee Break
11:00
Panel discussion: What’s next for cloud adoption in capital markets?
Stream A - Technology and Innovation
  • How are banks adopting cloud computing?
  • Are banks increasingly relying on cloud providers for critical applications?
  • What are the proposals looking to regulate cloud providers? How can they be successful?
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Panel discsussion: CSDR: The story so far
Stream B - Post Trade
  • Has the introduction of penalties been successful?
  • What next for Mandatory Buy-ins?
  • Are we focusing too much on settlement discipline? Do the CSDR Review proposals tackle other key issues?
Speaker:
Jesus Salvador Benito Naveira,
Head Domestic Custody and TR Operations, SIX
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11:45
Panel discussion: How can improved data transfers support the digital transformation of capital markets?
Stream A - Technology and Innovation
  • Why is data critical to capital markets?
  • Where can data transfers can be improved? What benefits and challenges?
  • What are the regulatory initiatives underway? Are they sufficient?
Speaker:
Jan Ceyssens,
Head of Digital Finance Unit (B4), European Commission
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Panel discussion: Solving the Settlement Efficiency Challenge
Stream B - Post Trade
  • How far away are we from success?
  • What role can technology play in improving market settlement efficiency?
  • Can the problem be tackled by industry alone or is regulatory intervention required?
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12:30
Networking Lunch
13:30
Panel discussion: What are the implications for DORA on digital resilience?
Stream A - Technology and Innovation
  • What is DORA and where on we on the legislative timeline?
  • How will DORA look to enhance digital resilience through the supervision of critical third parties?
  • Is more still required to enhance operational resilience within financial services?
Speaker:
Tomas Jakimavicius,
Director of European Government Affairs, Microsoft
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Panel discussion: Using Technology to Connect Issuers and Investors
Stream B - Post Trade
  • Where is further action need to deliver on CMU Action 12?
  • Do we need a third Shareholders Rights Directive (or regulation)?
  • What can the industry tackle without regulatory/legislative change?
  • What impact will new technology have on corporate actions processing?
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14:15
Panel discussion: Best practice for delivering change and technology operations
Stream A - Technology and Innovation
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Panel discussion: TBC
Stream B - Post Trade
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15:00
Networking Coffee Break
15:30
Keynote address: The Power of Data
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16:00
Presentation and Fireside Chat: The ESG agenda and implications for technology adoption and post-trade processes
  • What role do Capital Markets play in the transition towards a green economy?
  • How important is technology to delivering accurate and timely ESG-related data?
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17:00
Closing remarks
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17:15
Networking Drinks Reception

Wednesday 28 September

08:30
Registration
09:00
Opening remarks
James Kemp,
Managing Director of the Global FX Division, Technology and Operations and CC&A Divisions, AFME and GFMA
Rick Watson,
Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets, Membership and Events, AFME
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09:15
Keynote address
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09:45
Panel discussion: Digital Assets: The Biggest Opportunity of the Decade?
  • How far away are we from widespread institutional adoption of digital assets?
  • What are the current regulatory barriers to adoption
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10:30
Networking Coffee Break
11:00
Presentation on Digital Assets
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11:15
Panel discussion: Legal Status of Digital Assets
  • How do jurisdictional approaches differ?
  • What challenges does this pose for the chain of custody?
Speaker:
Suzanne Hubble,
Chief Operating Officer, Komainu
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12:00
Panel discussion: CBDCs & Stablecoins
  • Wholesale vs Retail vs Multi CBDCs
  • The future of Stablecoins
  • Challenges to global adoption
Speaker:
Keith Bear,
Fellow, Centre for Alternative Finance, University of Cambridge
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12:45
Networking Lunch
13:45
Panel discussion: What opportunities and challenges with regards to Digital Assets for EU capital markets?
Stream A - Technology and Innovation
  • What are the industry’s priorities?
  • What’s legislations are being proposed in the EU (e.g., Pilot Regime, Markets in Crypto-Assets)?
  • How can the industry and regulators work together to enable the safe use of digital assets?
Speakers:
Elisabeth Noble,
Senior Policy Lead, European Banking Authority (EBA)
Sabih Behzad,
Global Head of Digital Assets and Currencies Transformation, Deutsche Bank AG
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Panel discussion: T+1 Settlement
Stream B - Post Trade
  • Should Europe follow the US in adopting T+1?
  • What are the key opportunities and challenges?
  • Is this an inevitable step towards T+0?
Speakers:
Sachin Mohindra,
Executive Director, Market Solutions, Goldman Sachs
Sonia Paston-Bedingfeld,
Executive Director – Post Trade & Custody Strategy, Network Management, UBS
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14:30
Panel discussion: The regulation and governance of Artificial Intelligence
Stream A - Technology and Innovation
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Panel discussion: The Future of Central Clearing
Stream B - Post Trade
  • What impact will new technology, such as DLT, have on current clearing models?
  • Interoperability for cash equities: Is 3 the magic number?
  • Is there any sign of clearing balances shifting towards the EU?
  • How can the EU improve the attractiveness of its clearing markets?
Speaker:
Jose Manuel Ortiz Repiso Jimenez,
Head Clearing & Repo Operations, SIX
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15:15
Networking Coffee Break
15:35
Presentation: What does the workplace of the future look like?
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15:55
Fireside chat: The Workplace of the Future
  • How have firms managed the transition to hybrid working?
  • Can Financial Services compete with Big Tech to attract the best new talent?
Speaker:
Nick Jankel,
Co-founder, Switch On and Xo-founder, FutureMakers
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16:30
Closing Remarks
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Keynote Speaker

Nick Jankel

Co-founder, Switch On and Xo-founder, FutureMakers

Other Speakers

Dan Watkins

Head of Global Market Infrastructure EMEA, BNY Mellon

Elisabeth Noble

Senior Policy Lead, European Banking Authority (EBA)

James Kemp

Managing Director of the Global FX Division, Technology and Operations and CC&A Divisions, AFME and GFMA

Jan Ceyssens

Head of Digital Finance Unit (B4), European Commission

Jesus Salvador Benito Naveira

Head Domestic Custody and TR Operations, SIX

Keith Bear

Fellow, Centre for Alternative Finance, University of Cambridge

Rick Watson

Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets, Membership and Events, AFME

Sachin Mohindra

Executive Director, Market Solutions, Goldman Sachs

Sonia Paston-Bedingfeld

Executive Director – Post Trade & Custody Strategy, Network Management, UBS

Tomas Jakimavicius

Director of European Government Affairs, Microsoft