Registrations are coming in fast for the May 2-3 Finadium Investors in Securities Lending (FISL) Conference in New York and the agenda has taken some innovative turns. This won’t be your typical securities finance event.
We’ve doubled down on our strategy of mixing up the topics and content as best we can from year to year. In 2019, this includes a new set of breakout tracks focusing on the needs of beginner, intermediate and advanced buy-side participants in the market, featuring both buy-side and sell-side session leaders. The beginner tracks will focus on program management and oversight. The intermediate tracks will step in with discussions on integrating securities lending data into the investment process and a focus on counterparty credit risk. For advanced participants, roll up your sleeves for conversations on what else can you do with your agent lender and integrating securities lending into the collateral optimization process. Since Finadium has worked as consultants on most of these topics over the last year, we expect the breakout session leaders to bring great content to the audience.
Attendees will find that the regulatory update panel this year is now a regulatory and bank funding update, featuring speakers from Goldman Sachs, State Street and Morgan Stanley. While regulation is central to securities finance, it’s also a topic that needs a creative approach to engage conference attendees. We look forward to hearing how regulation is impacting how banks think about their funding and liquidity profiles, their interest in central counterparties (CCPs), and what the means for securities finance. Mixed into this is the January 2020 introduction of Single Counterparty Credit Rules in the US, which could wind up reordering the behavior of large market participants.
Audience participants have asked for more information on what’s happening outside the US and we are delivering. This year our panel before the day one lunch is on European and APAC securities finance markets, featuring market experts with years of experience in those regions. If you have questions on dividend arbitrage, script issuance or whether China will ever open up, this panel is for you.
We are excited to announce that this year, Finadium has partnered with Women in Securities Finance to host a networking event with keynote speaker on May 2nd prior to the FISL conference kick-off. The event will be open to all conference attendees as well as non-conference attendees who are members of Women in Securities Finance. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity for professional development and expanding your network. Some of our pre-conference presenters, including Hazeltree and Finadium, will also invite Women in Securities Finance members to attend their sessions.
For the first time, FISL is offering a hedge fund portfolio finance manager breakfast alongside our clients of agent lenders breakfast. This is an opportunity for hedge fund portfolio finance managers to network among themselves without service providers.
All attendees should pay particular attention to the panel on technology, operations and market structure on day two. 2019 will be a big year for securities finance in these areas, and we are pleased to report that our speakers include among the most knowledgeable industry participants in this area, including some names that are rarely heard from or haven’t been heard from in a good while.
One thing that won’t change is that this event is for beneficial owners, hedge fund portfolio finance managers, a few qualified consultants and conference sponsors. We are again not selling tickets to the general public in order to promote an environment that is buy-side friendly for networking and education.
For more information on the event, the agenda and to register, please visit the event website at https://finadium.com/conferences/fisl-nyc-2019/