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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.

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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Event Endorsers
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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?

  • 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 [email protected] for assistance.

Tuesday 27 September

Welcome registration and refreshments
Opening Remarks
Rick Watson,
Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets, Membership and Events, AFME
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In Conversation with Christopher Woolard CBE, Partner, Ernst & Young
Thalia Chryssikou,
Chair of the Board of Directors, AFME and Head of Global Sales Strats and Structuring, Goldman Sachs
Christopher Woolard,
Partner, EY
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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?
Philip Saunders,
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Dan Watkins,
Head of Global Market Infrastructure EMEA, BNY Mellon
Samuel Riley,
CEO, Clearstream Holding AG
Valeria Zafar,
Director of Sales, EMEA, Digital Asset
Vikesh Patel,
Head of Capital Markets Strategy, SWIFT
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Networking Coffee Break
Panel discussion: Secure Cloud Transformation: Managing the Journey
Stream A - Technology and Innovation
  • What do you believe are the common challenges in Cloud adoption in Europe?
  • How can Cloud concentration risk be mitigated?
  • Is multi-cloud an appropriate strategy to enhance a firm’s resilience?
  • How can international regulatory collaboration and existing global mechanisms help overcome common challenges?
Tola Gbadebo,
Interim Associate Director, CCA and TO, AFME
James Fox,
Director, Enterprise Cloud Services, Protiviti
Jorge Álvarez Fernández,
Global Head of Public Cloud Architecture, Banco Santander
Lizzie Gilbert,
Manager, Bank of England
Nathan Attrell,
Industry Principal, Financial Services, Snowflake
Witte Wijsmuller,
Policy Officer, European Commission
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Panel discussion: European Post Trade Regulation in 2022: Where Next?
Stream B - Post Trade
  • What is next for CSDR settlement discipline? Do the CSDR Refit proposals tackle other key issues?
  • What are the priority Post Trade issues for delivering Capital Markets Union?
  • How do we ensure that regulation is a facilitator of innovation and not a blocker?
Marcello Topa,
Director, EMEA Market Policy and Strategy, Citi, Securities Servic