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About the event

OPTIC, now in its third year, is returning to the UK for 2024! AFME’s annual Operations, Post-Trade, Technology & Innovation conference brings together the industry’s leading voices, to discuss the role of technology in developing capital markets in Europe, with particular focus on the world of operations and post trade.

OPTIC 2024 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. 

Delegates will hear from practitioners, technologists, and policymakers on the most important innovations happening here and now, and what the future landscape might look like. Our expert speakers will discuss the opportunities and challenges that are unique to Europe, and contemplate whether the capital markets ecosystem, and its underpinning regulatory framework, is well-positioned to support innovation.

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 26 July):
• AFME member: £619+ VAT
• Non member: £919 + VAT

Regular Registration fees:
• AFME member: £819 + VAT
• Non member: £1119 + 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:
• Regulator: promo code REGULATOR
• Press: promo code PRESS for in person attendance or VIRTUALPRESS to receive a live stream link (this link is only available to press)

Note: Promo codes are case sensitive


To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cheryl Chickowski at [email protected] or on +44 (0)7824 874 391.

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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?

  • Hear keynote speeches from global industry, technology and regulatory leaders
  • 70+ leading speakers representing global banks, service providers, policymakers and regulators
  • Network with a European audience of over 350 senior registrants
  • Over ten hours of dedicated networking in the exhibition space
  • Exclusive content delivered over three half days of high-level debate and discussion. Content designed and driven by market participants

Registration enquiries

For registration enquiries, please contact Events on [email protected] for assistance.

Wednesday 2 October

08:00
Welcome registration and refreshments
09:00
Opening remarks
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09:15
Opening keynote
Speaker:
Laura van Geest,
Chair, Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets
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09:45
Panel discussion: Capital Markets Policy Priorities for New UK and EU Administrations
  • Following the expected UK and EU Parliamentary elections and the formation of a new European Commission, what should policymakers be focusing on in the next five years?
  • How can the regulatory and legislative framework be improved to support innovation, growth and international competitiveness?
  • Should T+1 be a priority or are there more important things?
Speakers:
Marcel Haag,
Director of Horizontal Policies, European Commission
Okan Pekin,
Global Head of Securities Services, Citi
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10:30
Networking break
11:00
Panel discussion: Remaining Barriers to Integration of Post Trade Services
Stream A
  • To what extent have the Giovannini and EPTF barriers been eradicated?
  • Have new barriers to integration been identified?
  • What should the next Commission focus on to deliver meaningful progress towards CMU objectives?
Speakers:
Anna Kulik,
Secretary General, ECSDA
Camille Papillard,
Head of Financial Intermediaries Client Line, EMEA, Securities Services, BNP Paribas
James Cunningham,
Senior Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs, BNY Mellon
Javier Ruiz del Pozo,
Director Secondary Markets Department, CNMV
Nick Titmus,
Vice President - Product Management, Broadridge
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Panel discussion: Ready for DORA?
Stream B
  • DORA will become the law of the land in the EU starting in January 2025?
  • What are some of the challenges?
  • How should supervisors apply DORA?
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11:45
Panel discussion: European Equities Clearing Landscape
Stream A
  • Against the backdrop of changing CCP models, and the regulatory uncertainty surrounding current interoperability arrangements, what does the future landscape look like for clearing of cash equities in Europe?
  • What new opportunities and challenges are anticipated?
Speakers:
Cate Grant,
Global Head of Client & Market Solutions, Goldman Sachs
Laura Bayley,
Head of Clearing Services, SIX
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Panel discussion: Mining the New Gold – Data Access, Governance and Resilience
Stream B
  • With the advent of GenAI, data has become an even more important asset for banks than before…How can banks ensure access to different kinds of relevant data?
  • How can they manage the data-governance challenge?
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12:30
Networking lunch
Lunch & Learn - Topic TBC
13:30
Policy briefing: CSDR in Review
Stream A
  • A review of ESMA’s 2024 consultations on the effectiveness of the cash penalties regime, the methodology for measuring settlement fails and potential future measures to reduce fails.
  • What are the key developments that market participants should be aware of?
Speaker:
Marcello Topa,
Market Policy and Strategy Director, Citibank
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Policy briefing: Preparing for the EU AI Act
Stream B
  • How are firms managing preparations and are there are areas of ambiguity that need to be addressed?
  • What should the priorities be for financial regulators to help the industry implement?
Speakers:
Kai Zenner,
Head of Office and Digital Policy Adviser, European Parliament
Miguel Alvarez,
Public Policy Senior Analyst, Banco Santander
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14:00
Panel Discussion: US T+1 – what have we learned?
Stream A
  • How have securities lending and FX markets adapted to support the change?
  • What has been the impact on matching and settlement rates?
  • How have firms managed the misalignment challenge, and has this changed views on the timing of a potential European move to T+1?
Speakers:
Sachin Mohindra,
Executive Director, Client & Market Solutions, Goldman Sachs
Silvia Sancin,
Senior Custody Solutions Manager, Securities Services, BNP Paribas
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Panel discussion: GenAI – risk and governance
Stream B
  • GenAI has been the technology attracting attention, including in capital markets. However, how can banks actually apply it?
  • What are the use cases that are most realistic in the short/med term?
  • How does it fit in the governance systems, risk appetite and management?
  • What is needed from the regulatory side to enable adoption?
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14:45
Networking coffee break
15:15
Topic TBC
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15:35
Panel discussion: Optimising Operations in an Era of Change
  • How do changes in technology and regulation, and the and need for agility and efficiency affect the optimal organisation of the Operations function?
  • How should firms react to policymaker efforts to localise and on-shore operations, functions and datasets?
  • How are firms managing regulatory headwinds and cost pressures?
  • Should operations teams be integrated ‘vertically’ by business or ‘horizontally’ by function?
  • What does the advent of GenAI mean for the skills and organisation of the Operations function?
Speaker:
James Maxfield,
Chief Product Officer, Duco
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16:20
Panel discussion: Using Technology to Deliver T+1
  • How can new technologies like AI help overcome inefficiencies and fails in post-trade?
  • How can the technology be leveraged collaboratively to help solve the settlement efficiency challenge?
  • Do we have the right data?
Speakers:
Daniel Carpenter,
CEO, Meritsoft a Cognizant company
Gary O'Brien,
Head of Bank and Broker Segment Strategy, BNP Paribas
Matt Johnson,
Director, ITP Product Management and Industry Relations, DTCC
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17:00
Closing remarks
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17:15
Drinks reception

Thursday 3 October

08:15
Registration and refreshments
Breakfast briefing
09:00
Opening remarks
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09:15
Keynote address
Speaker:
Francesca Hopwood Road,
London Centre Head, BIS Innovation Hub
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09:45
Panel discussion: Roadmap to Scaling DLT Based Capital Markets
  • How has experimentation with DLT progressed in the last 12 months? What is the likely time horizon for adoption at scale?
  • Which asset classes or use cases are the most compelling?
  • How to balance innovation and interoperability, and can DLT-based systems achieve the same levels of safety, control and resilience?
  • Looking to the future, if tokenisation is successful, what could a future market structure look like?
Speakers:
Benjamin Duve,
Senior Lead Market Infrastructure Expert, European Central Bank
Christoph Hock,
Head Tokenisation & Digital Assets, Union Investment
Keith Bear,
Fellow, Centre for Alternative Finance, University of Cambridge
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10:30
Networking coffee break
11:00
Panel discussion: Atomic Settlement: a Game Changing Benefit of DLT?
Stream A
  • Instantaneous settlement is often cited as a key feature of securities tokenisation. This panel will explore the potential benefits and challenges of this approach, and discuss recent experimentation with potential solutions.
  • What are the possible upstream impacts in a world of atomic settlement?
  • Are there other regulatory or market considerations which need to be considered?
  • What have we learned from experiments with DLT-based DvP settlement so far?
Speakers:
David Durouchoux,
Deputy CEO, Societe Generale - FORGE
Paolo Bramini,
Payment Systems Directorate, Banca D'Italia
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Panel discussion: The Impact of Ramsomware
Stream B
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11:45
Panel discussion: EU and UK Digital Asset Taxonomy – Which is more globally oriented?
Stream A
  • The EU and UK are moving to to finalise their respective regulatory frameworks for digital assets…
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of each framework?
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Panel discussion: The FMI of the Future
Stream B
  • What are the main challenges and opportunities facing market infrastructures?
  • How are FMI business models evolving? Is there sufficient competition in the FMI space?
  • Which new technologies are most promising – what could a target-state ecosystem look like?
  • How does the role of an FMI change in a potential decentralised environment?
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12:30
Networking lunch
Lunch & Learn - topic TBC
13:30
Workshop: How can DLT transform corporate actions?
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Presentation: Quantum – what you should do now?
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Workshop: TBC
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14:15
Quickfire presentations: Anatomy of a Digital Bond Issuance
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15:00
Fireside chat
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15:30
Closing remarks
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15:40
Networking drinks

Keynote Speakers

Francesca Hopwood Road

London Centre Head, BIS Innovation Hub

Laura van Geest

Chair, Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets

Other Speakers

Anna Kulik

Secretary General, ECSDA

Camille Papillard

Head of Financial Intermediaries Client Line, EMEA, Securities Services, BNP Paribas

Cate Grant

Global Head of Client & Market Solutions, Goldman Sachs

Daniel Carpenter

CEO, Meritsoft a Cognizant company

Gary O'Brien

Head of Bank and Broker Segment Strategy, BNP Paribas

Javier Ruiz del Pozo

Director Secondary Markets Department, CNMV

Kai Zenner

Head of Office and Digital Policy Adviser, European Parliament

Keith Bear

Fellow, Centre for Alternative Finance, University of Cambridge

Laura Bayley

Head of Clearing Services, SIX

Marcel Haag

Director of Horizontal Policies, European Commission

Matt Johnson

Director, ITP Product Management and Industry Relations, DTCC

Paolo Bramini

Payment Systems Directorate, Banca D'Italia

Sachin Mohindra

Executive Director, Client & Market Solutions, Goldman Sachs

Silvia Sancin

Senior Custody Solutions Manager, Securities Services, BNP Paribas