ISLA 27th Annual Securities Finance and Collateral Management Conference 2018


ISLA's 27th Annual Securities Finance and Collateral Management Conference has once again been a great success - with over 600 delegates registered, 50 sponsors and exhibitors as well as our fantastic speakers. Thank you for attending our event in Lisbon. We're looking forward to seeing you next year. 

Conference Agenda 2018:

With increasing constraints on capital, amongst other things, the market is continuing to evolve and reinvent itself. Moderated by Andrew Dyson (ISLA), and with distinguished panellists Ben Challice (J.P. Morgan), Alessandro Cozzani (Bank of America Merrill Lynch), Robert Goobie (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan) and Timothy Tomlin-Reeves (Citadel) - this panel will consider the drivers for change. It will explore the myriad of ways to do business in today’s world and how different firms along the securities finance value chain will be impacted. What will be the associated costs of regulations such as SFTR and CSDR mean for smaller players? Can technology deliver efficiencies and help optimize the business model?

On Tuesday 19th June, Habib Motani, Clifford Chance and Steve Raddon, BNY Mellon will be providing an update on the recent developments around legal and tax frameworks and the implications for the industry. Amongst other things, this detailed session will cover the background and progress on the ISLA Pledge documentation project, possible legal implications of Brexit on the Global Master Securities Lending Agreement (GMSLA), together with German and Swiss Tax changes.

As the post-crisis regulatory frameworks have gradually been setting into place, and financial institutions have been adjusting their business models accordingly, it is clear that the accelerating pace of technological change is fast becoming the most creative force, or arguably the most disruptive one.

‘Technology – The New Paradigm’ will explore this phenomenon from a number of interesting yet diverse viewpoints.

Moderated by Anthony Kirkby (Ernst&Young) and with panellists Alex Dockx (J.P. Morgan), Romain Dumas (Credit Suisse), Matthew Harrison (Trading Apps) and Guido Stroemer (HQLAx) - this panel will consider amongst other things, the factors most likely to drive greater demand for securities financing and the evolution of volumes. What are the implications of that on technology builds and solutions? What will technological innovation mean for securities lending operations? Disruptive technologies vis-à-vis securities lending practices and collateral management.

With trade talks finally underway, ISLA is delighted that James Knightley, Chief International Economist at ING Bank, will provide the Keynote Address on Wednesday and will subsequently moderate the panel on Brexit.

We will look at what sort of deal the UK is most likely to get from Europe and what the economic and financial market implications might be. Set against a backdrop of increasing economic isolation, the panel will also discuss opportunities for trade deals with other global economic blocks.

The Opening Keynote Speech at ISLA's 27th Annual Securities Finance and Collateral Management Conference in Lisbon will be given by Ms Gabriela Figueiredo Dias - the Chairperson of Comissão do Mercado de Valores Mobiliários (CMVM), the securities market supervisor in Portugal, since December 2016.

Ms Gabriela Figueiredo Dias has an extensive and intensive international experience with ESMA, IOSCO and OECD, namely on Financial Markets and Corporate Governance affairs, and was recently elected Vice-Chair of the OECD Corporate Governance Committee. She represents CMVM at various international and national fora.

Ms Figueiredo Dias will be representing CMVM's point of view on the current political and economic challenges and developments facing the industry.

Katya Adler will be the Closing Keynote of the Conference - she is the BBC’s Europe Editor and has reported from all over the world, covering elections, wars, and major cultural and political events.

With stories that are engaging, insightful and often entertaining, Katya takes a look at the world, Europe and the life of a foreign and war correspondent. She analyses the culture, politics and economics of a Europe faced with a unique set of challenges, and examines the key players and issues in the UK’s departure from the EU - which will be an important topic at this year's conference.


The broad aim of ISLA's 27th annual conference in Lisbon will be to provide a platform for the industry to debate both the current and future direction of our markets across many important themes. As we see the end of the post crisis regulatory agenda, Lisbon will provide a backdrop for fresh thinking.

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