Finadium is planning our first event in Frankfurt, “The Business of Collateral Trading”, on 21 February. As more banks make their post-Brexit (presuming there is a post-Brexit) relocation plans known, Frankfurt continues to gather steam as a collateral and liquidity hub. Here’s how our event is shaping up.
After our May 2018 research report on the future of Frankfurt in collateral and liquidity, we felt that a specialized event there was warranted. Globally, our events are focused on sections of the market that bigger conferences can’t tackle effectively; we find this model works across beneficial owners in securities lending, our market events in New York, London and Zurich, and in the repo space. For collateral in Frankfurt, we are looking to help solidify the community and create a bigger identify for collateralized trading activity.
In setting out with this goal, we found strong industry support including from non-German institutions that also see growth in the Frankfurt area. We are pleased to welcome six sponsors to the upcoming event: BNY Mellon, CACEIS, Comyno, Deka, Eurex and IHS Markit. Each firm has a different reason for participating and unique parts of the market to serve, but all reported that Frankfurt is growing in significance on the European stage. We are running this event in partnership with Frankfurt Main Finance, the principal financial industry group in Frankfurt. Hubertus Väth, Managing Director of Frankfurt Main Finance, will kick off the conference with an overview of important regional developments. The event will be held at the headquarters of BVI, the German fund association. This broad-based participation has set us off on a good start.
The Bundesbank’s Jochen Metzger, Director General, Payments & Settlements Systems, will provide the keynote address on “Collateral Management, New Infrastructure, New Rules and Brexit”. Jochen is responsible for all the Bundesbank’s banking and clearing operations including the evolution and running of T2 and T2S. As a member of the Market Infrastructure Board (MIB) at the ECB, the G20 Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the Financial Stability Board, he is well placed to provide his perspectives on how upcoming market dynamics will impact collateral activity in Germany and beyond.
Our two panels are shaping up well with a few more seats still to fill. Our collateral trading panel will feature banks and service providers on market dynamics from pricing to products to new service providers. This is an opportunity for market participants to get under the hood of what is happening in collateral trading. Our second panel is focused on the buy-side, and will be moderated by Rudolf Siebel, Executive Board Member at BVI. We’ve formed the bases of these panels and continue to add speakers.
Registration for this event is open to the public. Finadium research subscribers receive free passes and we invite qualified asset managers, pensions and hedge funds to attend as our guests. Our partnership with Frankfurt Main Finance offers a discount code to their members.
For more information and to register, please visit the event website at https://finadium.com/conferences/frankfurt-collateral-trading-2019. We look forward to seeing you there.