The LBMA/LPPM Precious Metals Conference 2017

The Conference by the industry for the industry

15 - 17 October 2017

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Sunday, 15th October

15:30 Informal Networking Reception, Hotel Arts

17:30 Welcome Reception, Hotel Arts

Sponsored by TOCOM

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Day One – Monday, 16th October

09:00 - 10:30 Opening Session


Paul Fisher, LBMA Chairman

Tim Pearce, LPPM Chairman and General Manager, Johnson Matthey

Introductory Remarks

Ruth Crowell, LBMA Chief Executive

Keynote Speech: International Macro-Economic Perspective

Megan Greene, MD & Chief Economist, MAM

Keynote Speech: Precious Metals Flows, From the Spanish Galleons to Today

Pedro Schwartz, Catedrático “Rafael del Pino” en la Universidad Camilo José Cela and Visiting Professor, University of Buckingham

10:30 - 11:30 Coffee Break sponsored by ICE

11:30 – 12:30 Session 2: Monetary Policy in an Era of Political Uncertainty

Moderator – Paul Fisher, LBMA Chairman


Megan Greene, MD & Chief Economist, MAM

Jagjit Chadha, Director, National Institute of Economic and Social Research

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch sponsored by LME

14:00 – 15:00 Session 3: Risk, Rates and Reflation: the Investment Case for Precious Metals

Moderator – Simon Penn, Strategist, UBS


Jeremy Gatto, Investment Manager, Unigestion

Erik Norland, Executive Director and Senior Economist, CME Group

Frank Holmes, CEO & CIO, US Global Investors Inc


15:00 – 16:00 Coffee Break sponsored by ICE

16:00 – 16:30 Session 4: Regulation Update

LBMA Update

Sakhila Mirza, LBMA Executive Director

16:30 – 17:30 Session 5: PGMs

Moderator – Rupen Raithatha, Research Manager, Johnson Matthey

European Powertrain Developments

Al Bedwell, Director Global Powertrain, LMC Automotive Ltd

China Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Update

Ju Wang, Deputy Secretary General of International Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (IHFCA)

The Bright Future of the Palladium Market

Denis Sharypin, Head of Commodity Market Research, Norilsk Nickel

17:30 Close of Day One

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18:30 Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Sponsored by Metalor

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Day Two – Tuesday, 17th October

09:00 - 9:30 Keynote Address: Quant Investing: From Gold to Cryptocurrencies

Frank Holmes, CEO & CIO, US Global Investors Inc

09:30 - 10:30 Session 6: Threats, Damn Threats and the Lack of a Level Playing Field

Moderator – Neil Harby, Chief Technical Officer, LBMA

GDL Update

Neil Harby, Chief Technical Officer, LBMA


Grant Angwin, President, Asahi

Richard Hayes, CEO, Gold Corporation Perth Mint

Michael Mesaric, CEO, Valcambi

Marwan Shakarchi, Chairman, MKS (Switzerland) SA

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break sponsored by ICE

11:00 – 12:30 Session 7: Around the World in 90 Minutes

Moderator – James Steel, Chief Precious Metals Analyst, HSBC

Counterfeit Gold Coins

Roland Zils, Expert on Minting Coins, Deutsche Bundesbank

Promises, Chances, Hurdles and Roadblocks: The Current State of the Physical Investment Market in Europe

Wolfgang Wrzesniok-Rossbach, CEO, Degussa

Blockchain and Digital currencies

Charlie Morris, Chief Investment Officer, Newscape Capital Ltd

Gold in India: an industry at a crossroad

Arjun Raychaudhuri, Managing Director & CEO, MMTC-PAMP India Private Ltd

China , a Partner in Transition

Jeremy East, Chief Executive, Eastwind Capital

12:30 - 13:30 Session 8: Delegate Feedback & Closing Session

Moderator – Ruth Crowell, Chief Executive, LBMA

Wrap Up/Conference Review

John Reade, Chief Market Strategist, World Gold Council

Dr David Jollie, Market Analysis Manager, Anglo American Platinum

Conference Closing Remarks

Ruth Crowell, Chief Executive, LBMA

Prizes Presentation: Best Speaker and Feedback Session Participant

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch sponsored by PAXOS

15:00 - 16:00 Interactive Regulatory Forum

Moderator – Sakhila Mirza, LBMA Executive Director


NSFR – Practical Analysis

David Gornall, DG Metal Consultants LLP

Update on MiFID II

Declan McKeever, Executive Director & Assistant General Counsel, JP Morgan

LBMA Gold & Silver Prices - Update from ICE Benchmark Administration

Matthew Glenville, COO, IBA

Update from the OECD on Responsible Sourcing and Bullion Bank Reporting

Hannah Koep-Andrieu, Policy Adviser, Extractives/Sector Projects, OECD

Dealing with Financial Crime – Practical Tips to Consider

Simon Jackson, Compliance Officer, JP Morgan

Legal Challenges facing the Precious Metals markets

Sarah Taylor, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willian

Please note that this Forum will be conducted under Chatham House Rules and that the event is closed to the Press.

16:00 Close of Conference