We are excited to welcome roughly 150 attendees to the Finadium Investors in Securities Lending (FISL) conference tomorrow, this year in Paris. Here’s what’s in store for this buy-side oriented event.
We’ll launch with a discussion on current industry dynamics. This kick-off panel sets the stage for the day and will cover broad ground, but the core discussion will be how clients, banks and service providers are working together in an era of intense regulatory and political change. These are heady questions that deserve their time to sort out. We look forward to hearing from BNPP, Amundi, IHS Markit and Citi.
The second panel is a discussion on regulations and liquidity. We have left aside the traditional regulatory update in favor of a more dynamic discussion about how regulations are functionally impacting bank and liquidity decision-making. We will hear from Natixis, CACEIS, BNPP, Eurex and ISLA on where liquidity stands today and how it will develop in the coming months.
We then turn to a special presentation from Marco van der Ree, Chief Development Officer of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). GRI is a leading international organization establishing standards for ESG reporting. As the entire financial services industry turns towards ESG, Marco will present how the underlying machinery is working to make ESG data and standards a reality.
After lunch, we’ll hold two time slots of workshop sessions. Workshops at our events have become an important way for industry professionals to upgrade their understanding of securities finance activity in a small group format. Most of the sessions are set up in in conference rooms where participants can face each other for conversation. There are one to three session leaders, all experts in their fields, and opportunities for informal discussion on key industry topics. This year, FISL Europe features workshop sessions on uncleared margin rules, delegated reporting in SFTR, the pledge model, ESG for securities lending programs, and best practices in benchmarking. Bring your questions, ideas and best practices of your own.
After the workshops and a coffee break, we’ll return for two more panel sessions. The panel on Total Return Futures will be a deep dive on these exchange-traded products that can replicate a securities finance transaction. Could cleared futures products be the future of securities lending? Find out from Euronext, Eurex, Credit Agricole CIB and Natixis, with an experienced Delta One desk head as moderator.
We’ll close the content of the day with a technology panel that may surprise you. No longer are vendors purporting to do everything themselves, but rather a new kind of collaboration is sweeping the industry including the largest players. SFTR may have started the trend but it it is now taking on a life of its own. We’ll hear opinions from Pirum, MarketAxess, Bloomberg and Broadridge on what’s happening now and what happens next.
The day will end with a reception downstairs from the venue, an opportunity for further networking and discussion.
Excited is a big word to use for a conference, but on this occasion it is warranted. We are encouraged by the number and diversity of buy-side and industry registrations we have received. There will be many new faces and firms for a securities lending conference. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.
Looking to register? It’s not too late. Please visit https://finadium.com/conferences/fisl-europe-2019/ for details.
Did you know: Finadium curates every panel at our events. As a research and consulting firm, we are closely in tune with the securities financing, collateral and derivatives markets, and look to see that panel content is targeted and sharp for conference attendees.