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 + VATRegular registration fees:• AFME member: £699 + VAT• Non member: £999 + VATMulti-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 timeMulti 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 PRESSNote: Promo codes are case sensitive
Clifford Chance are one of the world's pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across the globe. As a global law firm we are able to support clients at both a local and international level across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. Our global, cross-discipline teams advise on a full range of legal solutions. We have a global view, and through our sector approach, a detailed understanding of our clients’ business, its drivers and competitive landscapes. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, who include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We provide them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the Firm's global standards with in-depth local expertise.
With over 45 years of experience, DTCC is the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry. From 21 locations around the world, DTCC, through its subsidiaries, automates, centralizes and standardizes the processing of financial transactions, mitigating risk, increasing transparency and driving efficiency for thousands of broker/dealers, custodian banks and asset managers. Industry owned and governed, the firm simplifies the complexities of clearing, settlement, asset servicing, data management, data reporting and information services across asset classes, bringing increased security and soundness to financial markets. In 2021, DTCC’s subsidiaries processed securities transactions valued at nearly U.S. $2.4 quadrillion. Its depository provides custody and asset servicing for securities issues from 177 countries and territories valued at U.S. $87.1 trillion. DTCC’s Global Trade Repository service, through locally registered, licensed, or approved trade repositories, processes 16 billion messages annually. To learn more, please visit us at www.dtcc.com or connect with us on LinkedIn,
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Euroclear is one of the world’s largest providers of domestic and cross-border settlement and related services for bond, equity, ETF and mutual fund transactions.
Euroclear is a proven, resilient capital market infrastructure committed to delivering risk-mitigation, automation and efficiency at scale for its global client franchise.
The Euroclear group includes Euroclear Bank – which is rated AA by Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s – as well as Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear Finland, Euroclear France, Euroclear Nederland, Euroclear Sweden, Euroclear UK & International and the fund platform MFEX.
The Euroclear group settled the equivalent of EUR 992 trillion in securities transactions in 2021, representing 295 million domestic and cross-border transactions, and held EUR 37.6 trillion in assets for clients by end of 2021.
Protiviti (www.protiviti.com) is a global consulting firm that delivers deep expertise, objective insights, a tailored approach and unparalleled collaboration to help leaders confidently face the future. Protiviti and our independent and locally owned Member Firms provide clients with consulting and managed solutions in finance, technology, operations, data, analytics, governance, risk and internal audit through our network of more than 85 offices in over 25 countries.
Named to the 2021 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, Protiviti has served more than 60 percent of Fortune 1000 and 35 percent of Fortune Global 500 companies. The firm also works with smaller, growing companies, including those looking to go public, as well as with government agencies. Protiviti is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Half (NYSE: RHI). Founded in 1948, Robert Half is a member of the S&P 500 index.
SIX operates and develops infrastructure services for the Swiss and Spanish Stock Exchanges, for Post-Trade Services, Banking Services and Financial Information with the aim of raising efficiency, quality and innovative capacity across the entire value chain of the Swiss and Spanish financial centers. The company is owned by its users (120 banks). With a workforce of 3,685 employees and a presence in 20 countries, it generated operating income of CHF 1.5 billion and Group net profit of CHF 73.5 million in 2021.
AccessFintech enables shared data and workflow through collaboration to evolve the financial industry operating model. At its core is the AccessFintech Synergy Network, a modern and secure collaboration network which allows for resolution and decision-making in one place. It facilitates data collaboration at scale with more visibility into transaction data and access to benchmarking insights. Synergy’s workflow optimization speeds and simplify transactions through digital automation. It also offers broad technology distribution that provides industry-wide connectivity to new technologies, reducing the cost of ownership for all.
The company has a self-service ethos, where risk is mutualized, and there is better, more enlightened decision making across organizations and functions. AccessFintech’s Synergy Network is built with leading financial institutions with a critical mass of data, participants and solutions where more than a billion transactions are now being processed every month on the network.
Ashurst is a leading international law firm with world class capability and a prestigious global client base. The firm's in-depth understanding of its clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service sets it apart as a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law, and we are known for providing the incisive advice clients need.
We have a market leading multi-disciplinary FinTech team that represents the world's leading financial institutions, technology companies, start-ups and disruptors. We are trusted with our clients’ most ambitious, transformational and innovative projects; specialising in particular in the design, build and delivery of new digital product platforms, digital assets transactions and infrastructure and digital money.
BNP Paribas Securities Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the BNP Paribas Group, is a leading global custodian and securities services provider. Backed by the strength of the BNP Paribas Group, we provide multi-asset post-trade and asset servicing solutions for buy and sell-side market participants, corporates and issuers. With a global reach covering 90+ markets, our network is one of the most extensive in the industry, enabling clients to maximise their investment opportunities worldwide. For more information, please visit https://securities.cib.bnpparibas or follow us on https://www.linkedin.com/company/bnpparibassecuritiesservices/
As an international central securities depository (ICSD), headquartered in Luxembourg, Clearstream, which is part of Deutsche Börse Group, provides the post-trade infrastructure for the Eurobond market and services for securities from 58 domestic markets worldwide. With 16 trillion Euros in assets under custody, Clearstream is one of the world’s largest settlement and custody firms for domestic and international securities including investment funds.
As part of our European custody solution, the Investor-CSD model benefits from direct connectivity to T2S which allows Clearstream to offer settlement instruction directly into the domestic markets and with T2S deadlines. Best-in-class asset servicing capabilities, such as digitised proxy-voting and tax services support our customers in increasing operational efficiency along the custody chain.
Digital Asset is a software and services provider that helps enterprises build economic value through interconnected networks. The company designs and delivers technology that reshapes legacy systems and workflows into efficient, secure, and interconnected applications. Daml, our technology, works across traditional boundaries, creating interconnected networks where information and value flow freely. Daml is a platform for building multi-party applications. It extracts and simplifies business processes to make data accessible and optimizes workflows using smart contracts. Leading organizations from financial services to insurance and healthcare partner with Digital Asset to create new multi-party solutions that transform disparate silos into synchronized networks. To learn more about Digital Asset, please visit www.digitalasset.com Click here to follow up on Twitter and Linkedin..
Fnality International is building a network of peer-to-peer wholesale payment systems, underpinned by DLT. Fnality Payment Systems will make financial markets faster, cheaper, and safer by enabling near-instant atomic settlement in a digital cash asset backed 1-to-1 by central bank money.
Fnality’s relationships with major financial institutions and key regulators including central banks stretch back years, as does our technical expertise in the design of DLT-based financial market infrastructure. This leaves us perfectly placed to unlock not only the potential of the emerging tokenised asset ecosystem, but the future of financial market infrastructures as a whole.
Fnality UK is the first organisation to apply for the Bank of England’s new Omnibus Account – the account which enables the creation of a Fnality Payment System in the UK – and is liaising with the Bank of England to meet all the requirements necessary to bring the UK FnPS live in 2022.
LCH, an LSEG business, builds strong relationships with partners across global markets to deliver best-in-class risk management. With our accumulated experience, resilience and expertise, we are uniquely positioned to help participants increase capital and operational efficiency while adhering to an expanding and complex set of cross-border regulations. LCH EquityClear provides connectivity through open access to a wide choice of trading venues for pan-European clearing of cash equities, cash equities equivalents and equity derivative products at LCH Ltd, our UK-registered clearing service, and at LCH SA, our service registered in France. With access to the largest pool of liquidity in cleared European equities, breadth of coverage, proven high-volume trade processing capability, award-winning platform technology and an uncompromising commitment to service delivery, LCH EquityClear is the trusted choice of the world’s leading equities market participants.
Meritsoft, a Cognizant Company, is the leading fintech innovator in capital markets post-trade process automation. With deep expertise and proven technology we help financial institutions digitize and manage their post-trade processing and compliance requirements across trade expenses, billings and cash flows, payment and settlement of taxes and claims, research payments and commission sharing agreements, and CSDR and fails management process automation.
Our solutions incorporate powerful analytics and MI capabilities, helping financial institutions to control costs, maintain liquidity and meet their compliance obligations. Modular, scalable, and with a range of deployment options, including on-premise, cloud and BPaaS, our solutions drive back-office efficiencies that are transforming operations for the digital era.
Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
For more than 30 years, Murex has provided enterprise-wide, cross-asset financial technology solutions to capital markets players. Its cross-function platform, MX.3, supports trading, treasury, risk and post-trade operations, enabling clients to better meet regulatory requirements, manage enterprise-wide risk, and control IT costs. With more than 57,000 daily users in more than 60 countries, Murex has clients across the financial services industry, from banking and asset management to energy and commodities. Murex is an independent company with over 2,500 employees across 19 locations. Murex is committed to providing cutting-edge technology, superior customer service and unique product innovation. MX.3 is specifically designed and engineered to meet the multifaceted challenges of a transforming financial industry. To find out more, visit www.murex.com
The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) is the global representative of the alternative investment industry, with around 2,100 corporate members in over 60 countries. AIMA’s fund manager members collectively manage more than US$2.5 trillion in hedge fund and private credit 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. The ACC currently represents over 200 members that manage US$450 billion of private credit assets. AIMA is committed to developing skills and education standards and is a co-founder of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA) - first and only specialised educational standard for alternative investment specialists. AIMA is governed by its Council (Board of Directors).
ASSOCIAZIONE INTERMEDIARI MERCATI FINANZIARI -ASSOSIM represents the interests of the intermediaries active on the Italian financial markets, namely, Italian investment firms, investment banks and subsidiaries of foreign investment services providers. ASSOSIM carries out advocacy and advisory activities, training and organization of conferences and seminars. Its members account for nearly the entire amount of the transactions carried out on the Italian stock markets as from Italy, and more than 80% when considering cross border transactions. Since 2007, the membership has been extended to law firms, consulting and IT solutions development companies, and to those entities providing services to financial intermediaries.
Celent is the leading independent research and advisory firm focused on technology for financial institutions globally. For over 20 years we have supported senior executives at financial entities globally make confident decisions around their technology strategies to execute at scale.
ECSDA, the European Central Securities Depositories Association, represents 39 national and international central securities depositories (CSDs) across 35 European countries. The association provides a forum for European CSDs to exchange views and take forward projects of mutual interest. It aims to promote a constructive dialogue between the CSD community, market participants, European public authorities and all other stakeholders looking to achieve an optimal regulatory framework for clearing and settlement. CSDs are financial market infrastructures which act as the first point of entry for newly issued securities and subsequently ensure the settlement and safekeeping of these securities. They thus play a vital role in supporting safe and efficient securities transactions, whether domestic cross-border.
FinTech Marketing brings together a community of over thousand specialist marketers from the financial services and technology industry across the globe. It provides its members with a unique platform to build and grow a network of marketing professionals, share insights and best practices, to train and learn and develop marketing careers through the mentoring programme in the niche sector that is FinTech. For more information visit us at www.fintechb2bmarketing.com
Innovate Finance is the independent industry body that represents and advances the global FinTech community in the UK. Our mission is to accelerate the UK’s leading role in the financial services sector by directly supporting the next generation of technology-led innovators. Innovate Finance’s membership ranges from seed stage startups and global financial institutions to investors, professional services firms, and global FinTech hubs.
The International Securities Lending Association (ISLA) is a leading non-profit industry association, representing the common interests of securities lending and financing market participants across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Its geographically diverse membership of over 180 firms includes institutional investors, asset managers, custodial banks, prime brokers and service providers.
Working closely with the industry, as well as national, regional, and global regulators and policy makers, ISLA advocates for, amongst other things, the importance of securities lending to the broader financial services industry. It supports both the Global Master Securities Lending Agreements (GMSLA) legal framework, including the Title Transfer and Securities Interest over Collateral variants, as well as the periodical enforceability and security enforcement across global jurisdictions.
Through member working groups, industry guidance, consultations and first-class events, ISLA plays a pivotal role in the creation and promotion of market best practices and processes, thought leadership, standards for legal frameworks, and securities lending guides and related documents.
Asset Servicing Times is the go-to industry resource for free news, views and opinion on securities services and asset servicing. The fortnightly publication and accompanying website—the only free-to-read asset servicing resources around—keep you abreast of everything to do with custody, fund administration and fintech in easy-to-digest issues that inform, educate and explain, at no cost to you. The website also provides the latest information on asset servicing events around the world, and advertises the key jobs available in this industry as they become available.
Best Execution reviews the issues that impact the achievement of best execution in the global securities markets throughout the trading lifecycle (from pre-trade to trade execution to post-trade). Increasingly driven by regulation we report on the seismic shifts that are occurring in capital markets across asset classes, with a key focus on the cutting-edge technology solutions and services that are needed to meet these changes.
Securities Finance Monitor, a Finadium product, is an online and print publication dedicated to securities finance, collateral and derivatives. We identify important news and contribute original research and analysis on these markets. Articles and reports are from a practitioner’s point of view. Our content is directed towards an audience of banks, asset managers, asset owners, technology firms, regulators and other professionals with a demonstrated interest in our target markets. Securities Finance Monitor builds on the research and consulting work of Finadium, a consultancy in global capital markets with a focus on securities finance, collateral and derivatives. Finadium’s consulting work is driven by its independent research program and data collection across the repo and securities finance markets. Finadium's event division hosts major conferences in the US and Europe, as well as multiple smaller events during the year globally and online.
FinTech Belgium asbl/vzw is the independent federation of FinTechs in Belgium. Our non-profit organisation was created in 2015 by and for Belgian FinTech companies. It is the first and largest community of FinTechers in the country, gathering financial professionals, startup entrepreneurs and investors, who are interested in discovering and discussing disruptive business models and new technology for the financial services industry.
Our 3 main missions are to be a platform for dialogue with regulators and other parties, actively and tangibly promote the FinTech sector in Belgium and Belgian FinTechs abroad, and share the experience within and outside the community.
FinTech Futures is a premier digital publishing platform and the definitive source of news and analysis for the worldwide fintech community. We are the go-to, trusted resource for industry buyers, sellers, developers, integrators, regulators, and other specialists across the sector, big and small.
Our website attracts over 100,000 visitors per month with over 200,000 page views and our daily newsletter is delivered to over 35,000 key decision-makers in the financial services and technology sectors. The brand is active across the key B2B social media platforms, with over 50,000 followers on Twitter @FinTech_Futures and over 54,000 followers on LinkedIn.
FinTech Futures also publishes The Banking Technology magazine, a print and online publication founded in London in 1983. The magazine, published ten times a year, is a trusted brand for fintech professionals an enjoys a worldwide distribution.
FinTech Futures also holds industry events including the annual Banking Tech Awards and Banking Tech Awards USA, which recognises the top achievers and innovators within the banking technology community, and the annual PayTech Awards, which celebrates excellence and innovation in the payments industry.
The world’s leading source of exclusive, in-depth news & analysis on risk management, derivatives, and complex finance. Risk.net looks at topics in detail, assesses the implications, speaks with practitioners and regulators to produce detailed, analytical pieces. Our data tools help industry professionals look at derivatives market sizing, benchmarking data, and sales opportunities.
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The DESK provides buy-side traders with precise detail on the macro-drivers, events and plans that are shaping liquidity and price discovery in fixed income markets. Published quarterly, The DESK delivers facts from the frontline of trading, opinion on the potential of new initiatives and support for fixed income desks across investment firms. Talking about bonds starts at The DESK.
WatersTechnology is the financial services industry’s premier provider of technology and data-related information. We pride ourselves on staying abreast of the latest trends, breaking news, and making sure readers are informed about what’s coming down the pike. Our subscribers are able to make better business decisions thanks to the information we provide.
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