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OPTIC is returning for its second year! 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 2023 will take place in Brussels, 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.

As many initiatives move into their ‘delivery’ phase, the need for collaboration has emerged as a key trend. Join us to hear practical, real-world examples of how organisations from the public and private sector are collaborating innovatively, and working together to solve common challenges.

Another key theme across the conference will be the role of data in delivering change, including how data can be leveraged by banks, regulators and infrastructures to drive strategy, and how new technologies are changing the way in which we store and share data.

Join us on the second day for ‘Digital Assets Day’, as we take a deep-dive on the rapidly evolving digital assets landscape. We focus on the underlying technologies of DLT and tokenisation, and consider to what extent they will be leveraged to transform traditional markets.

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

Registration fees:
• AFME member: €899 + VAT
• Non member: €1249 + 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 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


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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.

Tuesday 17 October

Welcome registration and refreshments
Opening remarks
Panel discussion: The View from the Top
A panel of senior C-suite level executives assess the current capital markets landscape in Europe
  • What major technology initiatives are in flight? What is driving these? (Client demand, revenue generation, cost efficiencies?)
  • Is it easy to be innovative in Europe? Does the current regulatory framework enable Europe-based firms to be competitive on a global basis?
  • How can technology be leveraged to deliver policy goals, and what are the key opportunities and threats in the coming months and years?
James Kemp,
Managing Director, Global FX, Technology and Operations and Policy Divisions, GFMA and AFME
Clare Francis,
Senior Advisor, Chair and Non-Exec, Provenance Blockchain Foundation
Philippe Laurensy,
Head of Group Strategy, Product Management, and Innovation, Euroclear group
Rima Varsy,
Head of Investment Technology Europe, Vanguard
Stephen Martin,
Head of Security Compliance, Amazon Web Services
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SPOTLIGHT session: Real world use cases of how technology has been deployed in capital markets organisations
Pierre Kovacs,
SVP Capital Markets Technology, Endava
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Being Ready for the Digital Age
Keynote Address
Verena Ross,
Chair, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
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Networking Break
Panel discussion: Securing your business in the Digital Age
Stream A
  • The rise of ransomware and what firms can do to mitigate their cyber risks
  • Is digital op res changing your business model
  • How industry can support regulators in shaping a global safety net/response?
Marcus Corry,
Associate Director, Technology & Operations, AFME
Dr Melanie Garson,
Cyber Policy Lead, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
Evangelos Ouzounis,
Head of Policy Development and Implementation Unit, European Network Information Security Agency (ENISA)
Greg Ros,
Technical Advisor, FSB Working Group on Cyber Incident Reporting, Bank of England
Matthew Field,
Executive Director - Head of Cyber and Tech Policy & Partnerships, EMEA, J.P. Morgan
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Panel discussion: Building a competitive landscape for European Market Infrastructures
Stream B
  • Can more be done to engender true competition across market infrastructures and deliver cost efficiencies?
  • Are current trends in CCP models enhancing or restricting competitiveness?
  • Who are the likely winners and losers from digital transformation?
Camille Papillard,
Head of FI&C Client Line for EMEA, BNP Paribas
Karel Lannoo,
Chief Executive Officer, Centre for European Policy Studies
Pierre Davoust,
Head of Central Securities Depositories, Euronext
Randy Priem,
Coordinator of the Markets and Post-trading Unit, professor of finance, FSMA, UBI Business School and Antwerp Management School
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Panel discussion: Resilience and Risk Management in 2023 and Beyond
Stream A
  • How will due diligence processes evolve in years to come? Can new technologies be leveraged to reduce risks, or do they create new ones?
  • How have banks and infrastructures altered business models to absorb external shocks and adapt to a changing operational environment?
  • How can multi-national organisations address geopolitical risk? What lessons can be learned from recent crises?
Marcus Corry,
Associate Director, Technology & Operations, AFME
Amy Lee,
Senior Manager, International Engagement Team, Sector Resilience Division, Prudential Regulation Authority, Bank of England
Brett McGowan,
Associate Director, Technology Risk & Resilience, Protiviti
Mattias Levin,
Deputy Head of Unit, DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission
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Panel discussion: Automating the Post Trade Lifecycle
Stream B
Peter Tomlinson,
Director, Post Trade and Prime Services, AFME
John Worden,
Head of Custody & Post Trade Strategy, UBS
Karan Kapoor,
Global Head of Regulatory Consulting, Delta Capita
Remi Lagane,
Senior Post Trade Processing Expert, Murex
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Networking Lunch
Women of OPTIC lunch (guestlist only)
Panel discussion: The Data behind the Digital Economy – trends you need to know
Stream A
  • Drivers of Data Sovereignty – how are geopolitics and increased localisation shaping the bigger picture?
  • Global vs. Sovereign Clouds – what is the solution?
  • Will Open Finance come to pass and how do the EU and UK approaches compare?
  • What are the challenges to be considered when developing a robust data economy? (e.g. interoperability, data security, data privacy, competition, innovation)
Daniel Pujazón,
Director Corporate Public Policy, Banco Santander
Adriana Ennab,
Director of Public Policy, Credit Suisse
Davide Corda,
Senior Director Group Technology Data, Intesa Sanpaolo
Raphaël Lemahieu,
Policy Officer, European Commission
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Panel discussion: ESG: It’s all about the data
Stream B
  • What role do intermediaries play?
  • How is new technology being used?
  • What is the secret to ESG data management?
Marcus Corry,
Associate Director, Technology & Operations, AFME
Isabelle Delorme,
Head of Strategy and Product Expansion for Issuers, Fund Managers and Sustainable Finance, Euroclear Group
Karen Smith,
Managing Director, Data and Analytics, Protiviti
Matthew Mernagh,
Head of ESG data for Sustainability Data and Technology, Deutsche Bank
Michiel de Smet,
Sustainable Investment Expert, National Bank of Belgium
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Panel discussion: Quantum Computing
Stream A
  • A closer look at the potential of quantum computing to accelerate existing financial services that require high performance computer power.
  • What are the real world use case opportunities and threats this new technology delivers?
  • Where does it have a role to play and what does the future look like?
Mohit Sarvaiya,
International CIO, BNY Mellon
Dr Sonali Mohapatra,
Quantum Innovation Sector Lead, National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC)
Mohammed Gharbawi,
Fintech Hub, Bank of England
Philippa Spencer-Williams,
Senior Innovation Partner, Digital Catapult
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Panel discussion: The future of Asset Servicing
Stream B
  • How does the current regulatory and legislative framework (e.g. SRDII, withholding tax regimes) need to change to support more efficient asset servicing processes?
  • How is new technology being leveraged to make corporate actions more efficient? Including APIs, new messaging formats and digital platforms.
  • Is DLT and smart contracts the ultimate solution?
Marcello Topa,
Market Policy and Strategy Director, Citi Securities Services
Krasimira Rayanova,
Director, Head of Asset Servicing Product Development, Clearstream
Michael Collier,
Executive Director, International Head of Asset Services, Product Management, Securities Services, J.P. Morgan
Michael McPolin,
Managing Director, Market Advocacy & Business Change, Broadridge
Teresa Afonso,
Product Manager – Asset Servicing global product and Regulatory Solutions, BNP Paribas
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Networking Coffee Break
SPOTLIGHT session: Real world use cases of how technology has been deployed in capital markets organisations
Chris Stevens,
Chief Revenue Officer, Duco
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Keynote Address: Building a Safer and More Efficient Post Trade Ecosystem
Jennifer Robertson,
Head of Unit, European Commission
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Panel discussion: T+1 and the path to Settlement Efficiency
  • How can European markets build towards T+1 settlement whilst also reducing settlement fails?
  • What role does data play in achieving this?
Alan Cameron,
Head of Advisory FIC Client Line, BNP Paribas
Jesús Benito,
Head Domestic Custody & TR Operations, SIX
Lisa Danino Lewis,
Chief Growth Officer, CLS Group
Matt Johns