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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 26 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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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 for assistance.

Tuesday 27 September

Welcome registration and refreshments
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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Keynote Address
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 Head of Investor Services and Financing, Clearstream
Valeria Zafar,
EMEA Director, Digital Asset
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Networking Coffee Break
Panel discussion: Secure cloud transformation: Managing the journey
Stream A - Technology and Innovation
  • How are banks adopting cloud computing?
  • What is the real risk of Cloud concentration?
  • Is multi-cloud an appropriate strategy to enhance a firm’s resilience?
  • Traditional Outsourcing versus Cloud Outsourcing?
  • Can international regulatory collaboration and existing global mechanisms help overcome common challenges?
Tola Gbadebo,
Interim Associate Director, CCA and TO, AFME
Elizabeth Gilbert,
Senior Associate, Bank of England
James Fox,
Director, Enterprise Cloud Services, Protiviti
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Panel discsussion: European Post Trade Regulation in 2022: Where next?
Stream B - Post Trade
  • What 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
Jesus Salvador Benito Naveira,
Head Domestic Custody and TR Operations, SIX
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Panel discussion: Data usage and sharing in financial services
Stream A - Technology and Innovation
  • What is the critical role of data in capital markets innovation?
  • How can we analyse and improve data transfer performance?
  • Will the development of an open finance framework complement the EU data act?
Elise Soucie,
Associate Director, Technology and Operations, AFME
Adriana Ennab,
Director of Public Policy, Credit Suisse
Borja de Pedro del Campo,
Manager Public Policy, Digital Strategy and Competition, Santander
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?
Peter Tomlinson,
Director, Post Trade and Prime Services, AFME
Alex Dockx,
Executive Director, JP Morgan
Alina Laura Dragomir,
Senior Policy Officer, ESMA
Daniel Carpenter,
Chief Executive Officer, Meritsoft (a Cognizant company)
Matt Johnson,
Director, Digital Platform Management and Industry Relations, DTCC
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Networking Lunch
Panel discussion: Implications of digital operational resilience (DORA)
Stream A - Technology and Innovation
  • What is the EU's DORA, and when will the implications occur?
  • How will DORA look to enhance digital resilience through the supervision of critical third parties?
  • Are there more requirements to enhance operational resilience within financial services?
Marcus Corry,
Associate Director, Technology and Operations, AFME
Orlando Fernandez Ruiz,
Senior Technical Specialist, Prudential Policy Directorate, Bank of England
Tomas Jakimavicius,
Director of European Government Affairs, Microsoft
Valérie Höß,
Head of Digital and AML Policy, Deutsche Bank AG
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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?
James Cunningham,
Senior Advisor, Public Policy and Government Affairs, BNY Mellon
Christiane Hölz,
Managing Director, DSW
Mariangela Fumagalli,
Head of Global Asset Servicing Product and Custody regulatory solutions, BNP Paribas
Pierre Marsal,
Attorney-at-Law, Simonet, Delas, Marsal
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Panel discussion: Best practice for delivering change and technology operations
Stream A - Technology and Innovation
Ian Waterworth,
Director, Technology and Operations, AFME
Andrew Pearson,
Head of Trade Processing, Global Markets Technology, Nomura
Nick Hobson,
Head of FX, Commodities, EM Rates and Treasure Services, HSBC
Sezgin Yalcin,
Head of Professional Service and Delivery, Murex Americas
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Panel discussion: The Securities Services business: opportunities and threats
Stream B - Post Trade
  • What are the key external factors are driving change?
  • How are business models adapting?
  • Should technology reduce costs or improve services?
Alan Cameron,
Head of Advisory FIC Client Line, BNP Paribas
Elena María Mesonero,
Head of Regional Coverage, Spain and LatAm
Ivan Nicora,
Head of Investor Services, Managing Director, Euroclear
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Networking Coffee Break
Keynote address: The Power of Data
Panel discussion: 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?
A.J. Harper,
Head of Sustainable Finance, ETFs and Asset Managers, Euroclear
Corinne Neale,
Managing Director, Global Head of ESG Applications, BNY Mellon Data and Platform Solutions, BNY Mellon
Lucile de La Jonquiere,
Director, Société Générale
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Closing remarks
Martyn Nott,
Managing Director, Global Head of Network Management, Bank of America and Chair, Post Trade Board, AFME
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Networking Drinks Reception

Wednesday 28 September

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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Keynote address
Sir Jon Cunliffe,
Deputy Governor for Financial Stability, Bank of England
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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
Angus Fletcher,
CEO, Fnality UK
Etay Katz,
Partner, Ashurst
Montserrat Farina,
Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs Corporate and Investment Bank, JPMorgan
Nick Philpott,
Chief Operating Officer, Zodia Markets
Solene Khy,
Head of Product Management, Commodity, Equity, FX and Cryptocurrency derivatives, Murex
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Networking Coffee Break
Panel discussion: CBDCs and Stablecoins
  • Wholesale vs Retail vs Multi CBDCs
  • The future of Stablecoins
  • Challenges to global adoption
Lee Braine,
Managing Director, Advanced Technologies, Barclays
Jannah Patchay,
Policy Lead and Originating Lead, Digital Pound Foundation
Jürgen Schaaf,
Advisor, Market Infrastructure and Payments, European Central Bank (ECB)
Keith Bear,
Fellow, Centre for Alternative Finance, University of Cambridge
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Panel discussion: Legal Status of Digital Assets
  • How do jurisdictional approaches differ?
  • What challenges does this pose for the chain of custody?
Suzanne Hubble,
Chief Operating Officer, Komainu
Diego Ballon Ossio,
Senior Associate, Clifford Chance
John Ho Hee Jung,
Global Head, Financial Markets, Legal, Standard Chartered Bank
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Keynote: Digital Assets
Alex Ivančo,
Director, Financial Markets III Department, Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic
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Networking Lunch
Panel discussion: Digital Assets: Opportunities and challenges for EU capital markets
Stream A - Technology and Innovation
  • What are the top distributed ledger technology (DLT) priorities for Europe's capital markets?
  • How can the industry and regulators work together to use digital assets safely?
  • What are the relevant proposed EU regulations to watch in the digital assets space?
Elise Soucie,
Associate Director, Technology and Operations, AFME
Alexander Tollast,
Counsel, Clifford Chance
Elisabeth Noble,
Senior Policy Expert and MiCA Project Team Leader, European Banking Authority (EBA)
Mark Williamson,
MD, Global Head of FX Partnerships and Propositions, HSBC
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?
Sonia Paston-Bedingfeld,
Executive Director – Post Trade & Custody Strategy, Network Management, UBS
Andrew Douglas,
Managing Director, Government Relations for EMEA and Asia, DTCC
Pardeep Cassells,
Head of Securities and Claims, AccessFintech
Sachin Mohindra,
Executive Director, Market Solutions, Goldman Sachs
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Panel discussion: The regulation and governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Stream A - Technology and Innovation
  • How will the EU regulatory proposals fit within the global context of AI?
  • How to operationalise ethics in data and AI?
  • What are the opportunities for financial institutions?
Tola Gbadebo,
Interim Associate Director, CCA and TO, AFME
Andrei Ilchenko,
Global Head of IT Financial Markets and Group Treasury, ING Group
Jesús Lozano Belio,
Senior Manager Digital Regulation, BBVA
Kai Zenner,
Head of Office, Digital Policy Adviser (MEP Axel Voss), European Parliament
Sarah Gadd,
Managing Director, Credit Suisse AG
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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?
Pablo Portugal,
Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, AFME
Haroun Boucheta,
Head of Public Affairs, BNP Paribas
Ivan Gilmore,
Head of Cash Equities, LCH Ltd and SA
Laura Bayley,
Head Clearing Services, SIX
María José Gómez Yubero,
Head of Resolution, Benchmarks and Financial Stability, Spanish National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) Co-chair, FSB Cross-border Crisis Management Group for FMIs
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Networking Coffee Break
Presentation: The Workplace of the Future
Nick Jankel,
Co-founder, Switch On and Xo-founder, FutureMakers