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2018 Program

February 7-9, 2018 // The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel // Dana Point, CA

* Program subject to change

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

12:00 PM—1:30 PM

Women In Derivatives Luncheon (pre-registration required)

Washington Update – Impact on Asset Managers and Beyond

Third annual Women in Derivatives lunch at the FIA SIFMA Asset Management Derivatives Forum, February 7, 2018 at 12:00pm at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, CA. Separate registration is required here.

1:00 PM—3:30 PM

SIFMA AMG Steering Committee Meeting (AMG Members Only)

2:30 PM

Registration & Exhibits Open

3:45 PM

Opening Remarks

Tim Cameron, Managing Director, SIFMA
Walt Lukken, President & Chief Executive Officer, FIA

4:00 PM

Keynote Address

4:30 PM

Refitting Derivatives Market Regulation

As regulators in the U.S. and Europe seek to streamline, refit and KISS derivatives regulations, what standards are in need of change? What changes will make the biggest impact on improving markets without disrupting the G-20 commitments? What requirements are in need of modernization? What other issues, such as technological innovations, are likely to result in further evolution? Buy-side and sell-side experts will share their views of the developing landscape.

Laura Martin, Managing Director & Associate General Counsel, SIFMA AMG

Stephen Berger, Managing Director, Government & Regulatory Policy, Citadel
John Dabbs, Global Head of Prime Derivatives Services, Credit Suisse Securities
Joanne Medero, Managing Director & U.S. Head, Global Public Policy Group, Blackrock
Mariam Rafi, Managing Director, Americas Head of OTC Clearing, Citigroup Global Markets
Ken Raisler, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

5:30 PM—6:30 PM


Dana Lawn

Thursday, February 8, 2018

8:00 AM

Registration & Exhibits Open

8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM

Solving the Cross-Border Regulatory Puzzle: How do firms navigate the differences in various jurisdictions globally?

The goals of regulators around the globe are the same – protect investors, foster well-functioning markets and reduce systemic risks while minimizing friction on a cross-border basis through global harmonization of derivatives regulations. Despite these efforts, a single transaction may be subject to different requirements in different jurisdictions, including variances for trade execution on electronic platforms, margin and collateral, reporting, documentation, clearing, portfolio reconciliation, and trade aggregation requirements. In addition to Dodd-Frank, MiFID II and EMIR, Brexit is coming. This panel will discuss the cross-border regulatory impacts and how firms manage these cross-border issues. 

Deborah North, Partner, Allen & Overy

Stephane Caidi, Director, Legal Affairs, PSP Investments
Gary DeWaal, Special Counsel, Katten
Victor Meyer, Senior Legal Counsel, Invesco
Gregory Todd, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AMConcurrent Session

What is Changing in the FCM/Buy-Side Relationship?

How has the relationship between FCMs and buy side clients evolved, and where is it headed? How has clearing, execution and brokerage services as well as market connectivity changed? Are FCMs meeting the needs of the asset management community and addressing demands for further operational efficiency? Is the prime services structure the most effective for meeting client needs? Buy-side speakers will set out their changing requirements alongside FCMs representatives.

Allison Lurton, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, FIA

Lisa Cavallari, Director, Fixed Income Derivatives and Commodities, Russell Investments
Mark Cox, Managing Director, Global Head Collateral and Clearing, U.S. Investment Operations, BlackRock
Michael Cugini, Director, Client Services and Utility Management, Credit Suisse
Sam Priyadarshi, Head of Portfolio Risk & Derivatives, Fixed Income Group, Vanguard
Cassandra Tok, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

10:15 AMConcurrent Session

Collateral and Margin Requirements

Market participants will discuss how the uncleared margin requirements, implementation of MiFID II related collateral requirements, and capital rules have impacted derivatives markets and particularly collateral management. Panelists will touch on issues such as collateral eligibility, share class hedging, and planning for initial margin. The panel will also discuss what’s required for a holistic collateral approach and collateral optimization. 

Fabien Carruzzo, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

John Bellissimo, Director, Wells Fargo Securities
Ila Eckhoff, Managing Director, Blackrock
Katie Oliverio, Vice President, AB
Matthew Scharpf, Vice President, Fixed Income Derivatives and Clearing, Americas, Eurex

11:15 AM

Networking Break

11:30 AMConcurrent Session

Evolution of Clearing—FX, Repo, Bitcoin, Oh My!

With the advance of new capital and margin requirements, and other regulatory and market developments impacting clearing decisions, asset managers may be looking to clear additional products that have not been mandated to clear, such as FX, and repo. With increasing market interest in cryptocurrencies, and bitcoin futures now available for clearing, this panel will discuss both the market and regulatory evolution, and how it’s impacting expansion of clearing across different asset classes. 

Eric Aldous, Managing Director, Head of Futures, RBC Capital Markets

Pete Borstelmann, Senior Director, Head of Corporate Development, ICE Clear Credit
Michael Davie, Global Head of Rates, LCH
Elisabeth Kirby, Managing Director, Head of Product & Market Strategy, Tradeweb
Suzanne Sprague, Managing Director, Credit Risk, Banking & Solutions, CME Group

11:30 AMConcurrent Session

Derivatives for Funds

Derivatives continue to be an important investment and risk management tool for funds (e.g., ’40 Act funds, UCITS, and hedge funds). This panel will discuss the current uses as well as the pain points that prevent funds from efficiently utilizing derivatives. 

Ruth Epstein, Partner, Stradley Ronon

Nevis Bregasi, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, MFS
Maria Chiodi, Managing Director & Counsel, Legal & Compliance, Credit Suisse Securities
Brendan Kalb, General Counsel, AQR
Peter Trojano, Senior Compliance Officer, BNY Mellon Asset Management North America
Wendy Yun, Managing Director & Associate General Counsel, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

12:30 PM

Keynote Lunch: CFTC Commissioner Rostin Behnam

Rostin Behnam, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

1:45 PM

Interest Rate Benchmarks: What will changes mean for derivatives users?

With new interest rate benchmarks emerging in response to calls from global regulators to identify alternatives to the long-standing Libor rate, this panel will consider the impact of these changes on existing products and the creation of new contracts based on new rates. The panel will review timelines and the impact on exchanges, clearinghouses and users.

Randy Snook, Executive Vice President, SIFMA

Bill DeLeon, Managing Director, Global Head of Portfolio Risk, PIMCO
Agha Mirza, Managing Director, Global Head of Interest Rate Products, CME Group
Subadra Rajappa, Head of US Rates Strategy, Societe Generale
Sachiyo Sakemi, Managing Director, Blackrock
Sayee Srinivasan, Senior Economic Advisor, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

6:00 PM—7:00 PM


Monarch Bay Courtyard and Sunset Terrace 

Friday, February 9, 2018

8:00 AM

Registration & Exhibits Open

8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:45 AM

Keynote Address: Bank of England

Sir Jon Cunliffe became Deputy Governor for Financial Stability on 1 November 2013. He is a member of the Bank’s Financial Policy and Monetary Policy Committees, the Bank’s Court of Directors and the Prudential Regulatory Committee.

He has specific responsibility within the Bank for financial stability, for the supervision and oversight of Financial Market Infrastructures, Resolution policy and implementation, and shared responsibility for the Bank’s International macroeconomic analysis, strategy and engagement. He is a member of the G20 Financial Stability Board Steering Committee, the Bank for International Settlements’ Board of Directors and the European Systemic Risk Board.

Sir Jon Cunliffe, Deputy Governor, Financial Stability, Bank of England

9:30 AM

Market Stability and Resolution Tools: Where are we now and where are we headed?

This panel will discuss the current status of tools available to CCPs and regulators during times of financial stress, including extraordinary CCP recovery and resolution tools, termination stays applicable to uncleared transactions and broad moratorium powers under consideration in Europe. How have regulators struck the balance between customer protections and market stability, and is more work required to improve? 

John Williams, Partner, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy

William Thum, Principal, Vanguard
Jeffrey Himstreet, Vice President, Derivatives Practice Group Leader, PGIM Fixed Income
Jonathan Jachym, Head of North America Regulatory Strategy and Government Relations, London Stock Exchange Group

10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM

Roundtable: ETD and Cleared Products

This roundtable will discuss the recommended best practices developed by the FIA, ISITC and SIFMA AMG joint industry working group on standard protocols for ETD and OTC cleared product workflows and standardized data fields to help streamline processing and enabling electronic messaging by FCMs, asset managers, custodians, other asset servicers, utilities and vendors.  

Greg Wood, Senior Vice President, Global Industry Operations & Technology, FIA

Erik Barry, Director, Credit Suisse
Amy Caruso, Director, Strategy & North America Business Development, DTCC-Euroclear GlobalCollateral
Ky Dong, Senior Complex Securities Specialist, Franklin Templeton Investments
John Montgomery, Project Manager, Derivative Operations, Vanguard
Lou Rosato, Director, Blackrock

11:45 AM

Lunch Break

12:00 PM

Roundtable: RegTech – Providing Solutions for Reporting

The growing requirement for reporting derivatives transactions and positions in a range of regulations, including MiFID II in Europe, has placed new demands on FCMs and their clients. This roundtable will debate some of the technology solutions emerging to address these requirements.

Lis Hadingham, Managing Director, Americas, CloudMargin
Crystal Pennington, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, NeoRM
Gregg Rapaport, Managing Director, DTCC
Travis Schwab, Chief Executive Officer, Eventus Systems
Darren Thomas, Managing Director, IHS Markit

1:00 PM

Conference Concludes