FX Invest Europe
Featuring asset managers, corporates, hedge funds, regulators plus many more, FX Invest Europe is the leading investor forum to hear from the most influential players in the FX community as they share their individual market views and experience to help navigate the forex market in the year ahead.
SWISS FEDERAL PENSION FUND PUBLICA
André Siegrist joined PUBLICA Asset Management team in 2012 as fixed income portfolio manager. Together with his colleagues, he is responsible for the internally managed foreign rates mandates. He deals with all foreign exchange related questions and is involved in new investment initiatives. He has over 10 years of investment-related experience managing portfolios and developing investment strategies. Before joining PUBLICA, André was a portfolio manager responsible for minimum volatility strategies for OLZ & Partners Asset and Liability Management AG. He holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Bern and is a is a CFA® charterholder.
METZLER CAPITAL MARKETS
Harwig Wild is Deputy Director at Metzler Capital Markets, where he's been working since 2001. At Metzler, he helped establish the Currency Management team in 2013. Today, Metzler is a leading provider of currency management solutions in Germany. Prior to joining Metzler, Mr Wild held managing positions at Dresdner Bank since 1983. He headed their treasury departments in different locations in Asia, Eastern Europe and Paris. Later on he implemented the trading team for short-term fixed income instruments in Frankfurt. Thereafter he was instrumental to setting up Dresdner's "Emerging Markets" team. Prior to his time at Dresdner Bank, Mr Wild has been with Westdeutsche Landesbank's capital markets units in Düsseldorf and Luxembourg since 1975.
Portfolio Manager - Multi Asset Strategies
Philipp Brugger serves as a Portfolio Manager and member of the Multi Asset Strategies (MAS) team.
In his role, Philipp is responsible for the design and management of custom multi-asset models and strategies as well as delivering multi asset investment insights into the local market.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2017, Philipp was Co-Head of Multi Asset Allocation at Deutsche Asset Management, leading a team of portfolio managers and being responsible for the management of asset allocation solutions and strategies.
Philipp graduated from Dublin City University and European School of Business and is a CFA charterholder.
Meredith Beechey Österholm
Deputy Director of Monetary Policy
Meredith Beechey Österholm is deputy director of monetary policy at Sveriges Riksbank. Meredith has worked at the intersection of financial markets and monetary policy for central banks in Sweden, the United States and Australia. She represented Scandinavia in the international team that brought the FX Global Code of Conduct to fruition.
Head of Emerging Market Debt
Liam is our Head of Emerging Markets Debt, overseeing a global team of EMD portfolio managers and holding ultimate responsibility for the commercial growth of the EMD business and delivering strong investment performance across our wide range of products. He is also portfolio manager for the emerging markets local currency bond portfolios.
Liam joined Aviva Investors as a senior portfolio manager before assuming his current role. He has previously worked for Overlay Asset Management, ABN Amro Asset Management and Fortis Investments as a senior currency manager for a broad range of absolute return, hedge fund and currency overlay mandates. He has gained considerable expertise in foreign exchange since joining the investment industry, beginning his career with an equity market focus at James Capel Investment Management.
Joined investment industry: 1993
Joined Aviva Investors: 2013
Senior Fixed Income Portfolio Manager
Allianz Global Investors
Brian Tomlinson is a Global Fixed Income Portfolio Manager with Allianz Global Investors which he joined in 2013. He is in charge of managing global bonds & currencies within the AGI Global Fixed Income team.
He has more than 27 years of industry experience and was previously a global bond fund manager and currency specialist for 7 years at PIMCO. Brian has managed the following strategies: Global, Currency, European Aggregate, Liability Driven Investments, and USD short duration).
Director of Markets
BANQUE DE FRANCE
Imène Rahmouni-Rousseau is the Director for Markets at Banque de France, the French central bank. She oversees foreign exchange reserve management, FX operations and the provision of investment services to foreign central banks and international organisations. She manages five divisions and a total of 100 persons, mainly based in Paris, and for a small part in New York. Imène sits on the Global FX Committee and is an alternate of the BIS Markets Committee.
Imène was previously lead of the vulnerabilities team of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) Secretariat, at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel (Switzerland). Prior to that, she worked as an economist at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and was also head of the financial stability division in Banque de France during the financial crisis. She holds a Master’s degree in economics and finance from Ecole Centrale de Paris (1997) and from Sciences-Po (1998).
Chief Investment Officer
AXA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
Alessandro is AXA IM's CIO in Italy. With over 20 years of global market experience, Alessandro's strong background in the field of interest rates, central banks and European financial regulations helps to further strengthen AXA IM's global investment strategy and asset allocation.
Alessandro joined AXA IM from Citigroup in London, were he was Head of International Interest Rates Strategy. Prior to this, he was Chief Strategist for Europe at BNP Paribas. He also has five years of experience in G10-rates prop trading.
In addition, Alessandro has a PhD in Economics and Mathematics from Vienna University and is the author of various articles on liquid fixed income, forex, monetary policy, market micro-structure and European financial regulations.
Head of FX Trading (EMEA)
DEUTSCHE ASSET MANAGEMENT
After his Master's Degree in Business Administration (University of Applied Sciences, Bonn) and Stock Trader Licence (Deutsche Boerse AG, Frankfurt) Christian Schoeppe joined Deutsche Bank AG Sales & Trading in 2000. In 2004 Christian changed to DB's Asset Management division ‘DWS'. Prior to his current role he served as an International Equities & Foreign Exchange (FX) Trader, and Head Trader FX at Deutsche Asset Management. He has been instrumental in the creation of the fiduciary FX trading desk, and the development of the passive FX platform.
Member of the European Central Bank FX Contact Group
Member of the BVI FX Working Group
Head of the Policy Assessment Section - Monetary Policy Strategy Division
EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK
Mr. Tobias Linzert is Head of the Policy Assessment Section within the Monetary Policy Strategy Division at the European Central Bank. He joined the ECB in 2005 in the Directorate Monetary Policy and has previously been Counsellor to the ECB's Executive Board.
Prior to joining the ECB, he has worked as research and teaching assistant at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.
He holds a Master's Degree in Economics of Humboldt University Berlin and a PhD in Economics of Goethe University Frankfurt. He has published several articles on monetary policy issues in refereed academic journals.
Senior Portfolio Manager - Emerging Bonds and Currency
Natixis Asset Management
Clothilde Malaussène began her career in 1989 at Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking, as a trader on forward currencies. In 1996, she joined Société Générale Asset Management (now Amundi) as a currency strategist and money market portfolio manager. In 2004, she joined the global fixed income team as a currency portfolio manager where she has successfully managed absolute return funds (multi-strategies and currencies) and global bond funds.
In September 2010, Clothilde joined Natixis Asset Management as Currency and Global Emerging markets debt portfolio manager.
Clothilde Malaussène is post-graduated from ESC Montpellier, a French business school.
Special Adviser for Asia
City of London Corporation
Sherry leads City of London's policy and trade & investment strategy for Asia. She works closely with HM Government and regulators and stakeholders in Financial and Professional services to create sustainable links with Asia including Greater China, India and Singapore. She engages with policy leads in foreign jurisdictions to promote and enhance London's position as a global financial capital.
Previously, as Minister-Counsellor and Director at the British Embassy in Beijing, Sherry was responsible for promoting trade and investment between the UK and China through her team based in cities throughout mainland China, Hong Kong and London. Her particular focus is on Financial and Business Services and the Technology sectors, as key industries of cross border growth. She played a leading role in the regular UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogues, and Prime Ministerial Summits, and the once in a decade President Xi's visit to the UK, and helps develop policy objectives as well as inward and outward investment opportunities between the UK and Asia.
Head of Foreign Exchange and Gold
Schweizerische National Bank
Benjamin is Head of Foreign Exchange and Gold at the Swiss National Bank in Zurich. He is responsible for all FX activities of the SNB, in particular the implementation of monetary policy as well as reserve management induced activities. Benjamin joined the SNB in February 2017.
His previous role was at UBS Investment Bank in the FICC division. He worked as an FX options trader in Singapore, Zurich and most recently London, where he was Head of FX Exotic Options Trading for EMEA. Benjamin has over 16 years of experience in the FX market across all time zones.
Benjamin holds a Master's Degree in Finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and an MBA from INSEAD.
Laurent Kssis, a 15-year veteran in the ETF and Delta one industry known for his expertise and work with ETF issuers and investment banks. His experience includes HVB (Indexchange) where he spearheaded the ETF and Delta one desk, Société Generale (Lyxor) where he created one of the biggest ETF market making franchise advising institutional clients and State Street Bank where he build the FX/Treasury department in Munich. Laurent joined Global Advisors' XBT Provider AB subsidiary as CEO and Head of ETP & Product Development in January 2017.
He served as Non-Executive Chairman for Coinsilium group (NEX:COIN) in 2016, a private equity fund specialising solely in investing in early stage blockchain startups. Coinsilium became the first ever listed company funding blockchain technologies after raising £2.7m for its London IPO. He built up the ETF market making franchises for Labranche Structured Products in 2008 (the biggest US floor specialist and ETF on the NYSE Exchange) & Bluefin Europe in 2012, both highly rated ETF Fixed Income trading OTC venues. He is leading the digital asset management business of XBT Provider AB with the world first bitcoin Exchange Trading tracker and ether ETP listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange with $750m in asset under management. He holds a Master's degree in Corporate Governance and Non Executive Directorship and a degree in Mathematics from the City University London.
Chief Investment Officer
Newscape Capital Group
Charlie Morris is Chief Investment Officer at Newscape. He is the Lead Manager of the Newscape Diversified Growth Fund which invests across asset classes. He developed an interest in blockchain technology, and in 2013, he founded Crypto Composite; an analytics platform for digital assets. This project aims to provide institutional investors with an in depth look inside blockchains so they can measure network activity. This increase in transparency, will lead to greater confidence in digital assets among the investment community.
Prior to Newscape, Charlie spent 17 years at HSBC Global Asset Management as the Head of Absolute Return managing a multi-asset fund range with assets in excess of $3 billion. He is a familiar face in the financial media and writes frequently as the editor of Atlas Pulse and the Fleet Street Letter, Britain's oldest financial newsletter. Prior to fund management, Charlie was an officer in the Grenadier Guards, British Army.
Head of Research
James Butterfill is an active commentator on digital assets and currently serves as editor for digitalassets.blog, a blog aimed at valuation, analysis and valuation of digital assets. James has over 15 years of experience in fund management, investment banking, economics and asset allocation gained most recently as Head of Research at ETF Securities.
Previously James acted as a multi-asset fund manager and investment strategist at Coutts & Co. Prior to Coutts, James worked at HSBC Private Bank & ING Barings. He is a regular media commentator, and frequently appears on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, BBC and other broadcast outlets.
Director of Education - Chairman
ACI - C-View
Mr Chappell has been involved in the currency markets since 1976. Originally at Hambros Bank, in 1978 he joined Chemical Bank and became Chief FX Trader and subsequently Foreign Exchange Manager in Frankfurt.
In 1985 he joined Bank of America London and was appointed Head of Foreign Exchange Trading for Europe,. In 1994 he was appointed Global Manager for Foreign Exchange with responsibility for 23 FX Trading operations with more the 400 FX operatives worldwide.
In 1996 he established C-View Limited, a Currency Investment Manager. C-View Limited also provides FX advisory services to FX market participants and regulators in a number of jurisdictions.
Mr Chappell is a member of the ACI-FX International FX committee. He is also a member of ACI -UK Executive Committee. In October 2017 he was appointed ACI Director of Education in which role he overseas ACI's Educational and training programs notably in the area of Code Adherence.
Kris Dickinson has over 20 years experience in the FX market. He has covered Institutional clients throughout this time, leading sales businesses for the Royal Bank of Canada and Westpac Institutional Bank, serving investment managers, hedge funds and central banks. Having spent 2017 studying full time, on the Sloan programme at the London Business School, he is now unencumbered by bank ties.
Founder & CIO
Thanos is Founder & CIO of ABP Invest which he founded in 2015, after 20 years in asset management, to provide strategic outlook and research on markets, geopolitics, economics and FX. His career with Credit Suisse Asset Management and Investec Asset Management spanned across fixed income, emerging markets, currency management and multi-asset. Thanos was PM for GFI and total return portfolios before heading up Currency Management and where he was presented with the "Currency Manager of the Year" award twice, in 2004 and 2010. He later became a Strategist, bridging the investment and business development teams to help raise the firm's profile and AUM globally. He began his career working as an Economist for the UK Government Economic Service. Thanos was also the Co-Founder and CIO of Equant-Analytics, a FinTech and advisory business as well as a Founding Partner and strategic advisor to EMFC Loans Syndication, a financial boutique assisting companies seeking to raise bank debt. Thanos has been awarded the CFA Charterholder designation and is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He holds an MSc Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London. Born in Athens, he has been living in London for over 30 years.
SmartMoney is a start-up focused on bridging the divide between Crypto and FX. Its mission is to build a unified system that is truly fair to both of the counterparties in a trade and not biased to one side or the other.
Member of the ACI Committee For Professional Conduct (CFP), responsible for the model code and adherence to the Global Code amongst other things and the FX Committee since 2014, in addition, Chair of the Crypto Working Group subcommittee under the CFP.
Technology background with senior roles developing eFX systems since 2003. Involved in all areas from Leadership, Entrepreneur, Sales, Systems Design, Development and Implementation of leading systems at Velocity then re-branded as Velsys, later at 360T and Integral.
Senior Portfolio Manager
Credit Suisse Asset Management
Head of International FX Business Development
Marc Millington-Buck joined the Moscow Exchange as Head of International FX Sales in July 2013 and is part of the Moscow Exchange's International Sales Team based out of London & Zürich.
Marc has more than 20 years' exchange-market experience. He has extensive knowledge of electronic trading in cash and derivatives products; including FX, money markets, fixed income, equities and commodities. He also has valuable experience in the trading operations and processes of electronic exchanges such as DMA, clearing and risk management.
Starting out his career in the Treasury department of an international bank, then subsequently its Treasury Sales and Financial Structuring teams, he has been active in selling FX and hybrid rate risk management products to large international Bank and Corporate clients from the outset. Marc has also been a trader of Futures & Options on LIFFE and LTOM and developed electronic derivatives trading and automated arbitrage systems. Marc worked with the exchange traded derivatives and electronic OTC venues, banks and prime brokers to on-board new and existing international clients for trading under risk managed, sponsored DMA.
EM bond and FX Investment
Thanasis Petronikolos is an EM bond & FX investment consultant. He has been investing in EM bonds and currencies for 24 years. Thanasis started his career as a fund manager at Rothschild Asset Management in 1994. More recently, he was Head of EM Debt at Baring Asset Management for six years. He holds an M.Sc. in Economics & Finance from the University of Warwick, an MBA from Imperial College, University of London and a Degree in Economics from the University of Athens
Eva Szalay is the editor of FX Week, the leading industry publication for global foreign exchange markets. She has been covering the currency trading industry since 2010, including as a FX reporter for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal. As editor of FX Week, Eva is responsible for the online and print content generated in three offices - London, New York and Hong Kong. As well as editorial, Eva has responsibility for content for the publication's global events. She also chairs and moderates panels across all geographies at both FX Week and FX Invest conferences.
Head of Bond Markets and International Operations Division
Markets don't stand still. We don't either.
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No one has contributed more to the growth of this market than CLS. We're proud to be the world's leading provider of FX settlement services. Our innovative thinking has transformed FX by reducing risk and, since our launch in 2002, we've created significant efficiencies and cost-savings for our clients. We've earned the trust of our members - over 60 of the world's most important financial institutions. With more than 24,000 third-party clients using our services we settle USD5 trillion of payment instructions on an average day.
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Founded in 1996, FlexTrade is the global leader in high performance execution management and order management systems for equities, foreign exchange, options, futures and fixed income. A pioneer in the field, FlexTrade is internationally recognised for introducing FlexTRADER, the world's first broker-neutral, execution management trading system, which allows clients to completely control and customise their proprietary algorithms while maintaining the confidentiality of their trading strategies. FlexTRADER's FX component for the buy side is called FlexFX, which offers advanced integrations with OMSs, as well as fully-integrated post-trade allocation solutions. Trusted by the world's largest asset managers, FlexFX enables traders to manage and efficiently execute large numbers of orders across multiple liquidity providers (more than 70 banks, ECNs and exchanges), optimally netting by value date and direction while observing account and broker restrictions.
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FXSpotStream is a bank owned consortium founded in 2011 and operates as a market utility. FXSpotStream provides multibank FX streaming, RFS and matching services supporting trading in FX Spot, Forwards, Swaps, NDFs/NDS and Precious Metals Spot and Swaps.
Banks connected to FXSpotStream serve as Liquidity Providers to clients. Clients can access a GUI or single API from co-location sites in New York, London and Tokyo and have the ability to communicate with all Liquidity Providing banks connected to FXSpotStream.
FXSpotStream has revolutionized the FX trading platform landscape by eliminating the cost of execution for price takers and allowing price makers the ability to pay a flat fee for all executed transactions. We are the only venue on the market today with this unique commercial model.
LCH endeavours to build strong relationships with partners across the global markets to deliver best-in-class risk management. With our accumulated experience 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. With rapid volume growth, product expansion, innovation and a commitment to service excellence, ForexClear is a market leader, currently offering clearing for 95% of all NDF trades. With over $1 trillion notional cleared and more than one trillion dollars of open interest, the hallmarks of the service include proven high-volume processing capability as well as an uncompromising commitment to service delivery, including 24-hour clearing across 12 emerging market currencies. As a result, it's no surprise that LCH is the natural choice of the world's leading market participants.
Moscow Exchange operates Russia's largest public trading markets for equity, bonds, derivatives, FX, and money market products as well as Russia's Central Securities Depository and the country's largest clearing service provider, National Clearing Centre. The company completed an IPO of its shares on 15 February, 2013. Moscow Exchange is one of the fastest-growing exchange groups globally. As of 9M2013, it ranked among the world's top-20 exchanges by market cap of companies traded and among the top-10 exchanges for bond trading (by value) and exchange traded derivatives by number of contracts traded. The on-exchange FX Market is one of the Russian financial market's key segments with impressive average daily turnover USD19,03 bln.