ISLA's 9th Annual Post Trade Conference 2018

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Keynote Speaker Announced!

ISLA's 9th Annual Post Trade Conference

With just a week to go to our Annual Post Trade Conference at Aviva's offices in London, we are delighted to confirm that this year's opening address will be given by Pooma Kimis, Managing Director, OMFIF.

Pooma's session will be entitled 'Policy, Regulation and Investment Strategies Prescribing Global Macro Perspectives' and will consider amongst other things how central banks recent unconventional monetary policy has led global markets into unknown territory. She will also touch upon how growing populism has fuelled both political and economic change. This opening session will provide an ideal backdrop for the overall day.


Settlement Efficiencies - The Debate

In 2017, ISLA published a survey to its membership, soliciting feedback on the practical shortcomings in the current settlement ecosystem.  This provided some fascinating insights that will form the basis of a cross market debate on the friction within the settlement system. In an open forum, representatives from the lending and borrowing communities will debate where the ‘the grit in the system’ is and how the market should address these critical issues. Set against the backdrop of CSDR and our theme of settlement efficiencies, this will be a fascinating alternative way of getting to the key issues affecting our markets.


One of the most relevant subjects highlighted at this year's ISLA Post Trade Conference will be CSDR. It will bring both fines for failed settlements and a mandatory buy-in framework for our markets. This will mark one of the biggest changes ever seen in our markets in terms of settlement disciplines, the impacts of which will form the backdrop to this years practitioners panel. In particular they will debate what elements of the current settlement processes need to be reengineered and where current bottlenecks may be alleviated either through changes in procedures or by the adoption of best practise guidelines.

Other Agenda Highlights

The 2018 conference, themed Road to Efficiencies, will be centred around post trade processes and disciplines, the implications of CSDR amongst other significant developments the product faces, as well as the impact and the role of the operations functions on overall settlement performance. With the final technical standards for SFTR in Europe yet to be published, and Brexit looming, how will current infrastructure around securities finance settlement need to adapt to avoid the potential impacts of the mandatory buy-in regime. Against this backdrop, the agenda will be an interesting mix of new and familiar panel discussions and debates, keynote presentations as well as industry updates; a unique platform to inform and challenge this year’s delegate!

Andy Dyson, ISLA CEO, will also reflect upon another busy period (2017/18) for the Association. During his address, he will bring together many of the threads that ISLA has been working on for its member firms. The regulatory shadow cast by SFTR will figure heavily in his remarks, however he will also highlight the work that the Association has been doing around CSDR, the development of a Master Agreement to support pledge collateral, German tax initiatives as well as best practice and market guidance. Immediately following the presentation, Andy will chair, for the first time, a panel discussion with representatives from other key industry associations to explore common issues and potential collaborative initiatives for the future.