TradeTech Europe 2020

19 - 21 October, 2020

Palais des Congrès de Paris

Day Two - 21 October 2020

8:00 am - 8:40 am Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:40 am - 8:45 am Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Richard Balarkas, Chairman at SquareBook

Richard Balarkas



8:45 am - 9:05 am Buy Side Keynote – Top tips on how to build a data-centric organisation that enables you to enhance overall business intelligence and drive execution standards up and why you should start now

Natixis Investment Managers is the 15th biggest asset management globally by AUM, managing $1,008 billion. George manages the technology function for the group, which includes all areas of infrastructure, software engineering, production operations and technology innovation. One of his key areas of focus is on creating a new suite of software applications that can operate on any level of infrastructure, giving Natixis the ability to operate in a more agile way in response to changing market conditions.

  • Evaluating the cost of your data and how this fits into business budgets objectives
  • How can data help you be relevant and ahead of the curve?
  • How to best to monetise this data
  • How to structure your business to best cater for the increasing volumes and feeds of data
George Marootian, EVP, Head of Technology at Natixis Investment Managers

George Marootian

EVP, Head of Technology
Natixis Investment Managers

9:05 am - 9:45 am Fire Side Chat – To what extent do you need to leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to make a real impact in your front office and how can you best overcome the common pitfalls to get it right first time?

Outside of the technology sector, financial services is the biggest spender on AI services and this only looks to continue. Witness two of the biggest asset managers by AUM, two leading European brokers and the 4th largest exchange in Europe disclose how they are leveraging AI and ML to advance execution and algorithmic trading.

  • Where is robotic process automation (RPA) successfully being used and how does this compare to the needs/requirements of the front office?
  • To what extent is it beneficial and when does it start to be detrimental?
  • What is really working from a performance and execution standpoint?
  • How to overcome the bottlenecks of implementation such as cost and infrastructure limitations?
Yannig Loyer, Global Head of Trading, Securities Financing and Derivatives at AXA Investment Managers

Yannig Loyer

Global Head of Trading, Securities Financing and Derivatives
AXA Investment Managers

Tom Doris, Global Head, Data Scientist, Co – Head, Investment Analytics at Liquidnet

Tom Doris

Global Head, Data Scientist, Co – Head, Investment Analytics

Jean-Francois Perreton, Head, Algo Quant at Kepler Cheuvreux

Jean-Francois Perreton

Head, Algo Quant
Kepler Cheuvreux

Bill Kelly, CEO at CAIA Association

Bill Kelly

CAIA Association

9:45 am - 10:05 am Keynote Fireside Chat – How can you source unique liquidity at the best price when low market impact in key to drive enhanced performance?

10:05 am - 10:45 am All Star Panel – Executing new alpha generation strategies: how to prioritise new data initiatives whilst juggling urgent day-to-day trading operations to avoid getting left behind?

Discover how three of the biggest European asset managers by AUM and a leading global investment bank are looking at the whole investment process and evaluating opportunities to generate more alpha. Gain a thorough understanding of which parts of the investment cycle should be prioritised and how to do this in an agile and effective way.

  • What are the new markets to trade with and where are the future investment opportunities?
  • How can AI be used to source these newer opportunities?
  • What other alpha generating techniques and tools are available ie. generating alpha signals through analytical tools
  • Across the industry, where is it being leveraged in the investment process and what about the future applications ie. effective research, back office?                                                                                        
  • How can you find something new: building internal projects to research and test newer approaches
  • What help is out there for AI acceleration?
Daniel Leon, Former Global Head, Trading, Security Financing & Derivatives at AXA Investment Managers

Daniel Leon

Former Global Head, Trading, Security Financing & Derivatives
AXA Investment Managers

Fabien Oreve, Global Head, Trading at Candriam Investors Group

Fabien Oreve

Global Head, Trading
Candriam Investors Group

Andrea Nardon, PM, Head of Quant at Sarasin & Partners

Andrea Nardon

PM, Head of Quant
Sarasin & Partners

10:45 am - 11:20 am Morning Refreshment Break

10:45 am - 11:20 am Morning Masterclass

JP Morgan

11:20 am - 11:50 am SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER - Creating the winning team: Thomas Bjørn and the story of Europe's Ryder Cup success

The most successful Danish golfer to have played the game, having won fifteen tournaments worldwide on The European Tour. In 1997 he also became the first Dane to qualify for a European Ryder Cup team and he captained the winning European side at the 2018 Ryder Cup. Having experienced both the highs and lows of such a competitive sport, Thomas will share how he kept such drive and determination, sustained a winning team at peak performance and dealt with the pressure that accompanied such a role.
Thomas Bjørn, Captain at Europe’s Ryder Cup team

Thomas Bjørn

Europe’s Ryder Cup team


11:50 am - 12:30 pm 360 Degree All Star Panel – The fight towards better quality market data, reduced costs and improved availability – where are we now and how are current efforts making a difference?

The explosion of market data across all assets has posed both opportunities and challenges for traders, especially regarding its quality. Benefit from a full market perspective from the largest European asset manager, two leading technology providers, the association for European securities exchanges and the leading European regulator on what the current industry efforts are to drive standardisation and how to identify trading opportunities with speed and precision.
  • Market data pricing: something needs to change so what are the exchanges doing?
  • The future of consolidated tape: how has this evolved and how will regulators address issues around block monitoring and it being accurately printed on the tape? 
  • How to best access this data and negotiate it: real time data feeds, access to IOIs and certification updates
  • Future data availability outside of the traditional providers: how are brokers kicking back?
  • How have limitations on access and cost impacted behaviour in the marketplace?
  • Updates on data availability in the public domain
  • Overcoming inconsistencies in how this data is reported and what are vendors doing to better address this challenge?                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Ali Yazbek, Deputy Director, Asset Data Management at Amundi Asset Management

Ali Yazbek

Deputy Director, Asset Data Management
Amundi Asset Management

George Marootian, EVP, Head of Technology at Natixis Investment Managers

George Marootian

EVP, Head of Technology
Natixis Investment Managers

Steven Williams, General Manager at Fixnetix Ltd

Steven Williams

General Manager
Fixnetix Ltd

Ian Mawdsley, Head, Buy Side Trading EMEA & APAC at Refinitiv

Ian Mawdsley

Head, Buy Side Trading EMEA & APAC


12:30 pm - 1:10 pm Oxford Style Debate – Speed bumps on European exchanges are beneficial to the market as they add liquidity and give market makers more protection and opportunities to take on more risk - TRUE or FALSE?

Hear from both sides of the argument, including the European venue Eurex who are currently trialling speed bumps in the derivatives markets, alongside the US trading firm MANA Partners, arguing against the French regulator on how they are detrimental to the market.

  • How have speed bumps at some European exchanges impacted the market? Harmful or beneficial?
  • What are the parameters for evaluating the effectiveness of these mechanisms?
  • How do these speed bumps stand up against MiFID II regarding pre-trade transparency, fair and orderly trading, access, best execution, and access to market data?
  • How do speedbumps add more liquidity to markets?

1:10 pm - 2:20 pm Lunch and Networking Break

1:10 pm - 2:20 pm Lunch Masterclass 1

1:10 pm - 2:20 pm Lunch Masterclass 2


Track A: New Disruptive Technologies in Trading / Stream chair: Richard Balarkas, Chairman, SquareBook

2:20 pm - 2:55 pm Panel Discussion - Post trade analysis: how can you change attitudes to make post-trade data more easily accessible and ensure key explanatory insights are being extruded from trades?
  • How can you work better with your broker to ensure the information is accessible, clean and accurate?
  • Where are the current technology developments and innovations that will provide better post-trade analysis?
  • How can you explain what happened with all the information post trade?
Joe Collery, Head, Trading at Comgest AM

Joe Collery

Head, Trading
Comgest AM

Mads Ingwar, CEO and Co-Founder at Ksavir Technologies

Mads Ingwar

CEO and Co-Founder
Ksavir Technologies

Track A: New Disruptive Technologies in Trading / Stream chair: Richard Balarkas, Chairman, SquareBook

2:55 pm - 3:30 pm Oxford Style Debate – Blockchain will impact global stock trading more than it has already affected currencies – For and Against
  • How does the current institutional uptake of blockchain technology for example, with cryptocurrencies, reflect the future potential in trading applications
  • What are the practical examples of how blockchain can be used to store and transmit data around the globe and then applied in trading?
  • Legal and regulatory opportunities and challenges
  • Evaluating the challenges and opportunities to fully monetise the technology
  • What are the risks and opportunities in scaling and maintaining security standards?
  • Ownership structures and strategic flexibility
Hayley McDowell, Editor at The Trade

Hayley McDowell

The Trade

Frank Steffen, Managing Director & Co-Founder at CapTec Partners

Frank Steffen

Managing Director & Co-Founder
CapTec Partners

Virginie O'Shea, Senior Analyst at Capital Markets Fintech Research Specialist

Virginie O'Shea

Senior Analyst
Capital Markets Fintech Research Specialist

Track B: Implementing New Automation Capabilities To Achieve A Smarter Workflow / Stream chair: Julia Streets, CEO, Streets Consulting

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm Panel - What are the most advanced applications of the algo wheel and the best strategies to effectively grade and categorise trades for improved automated trading?
  • What are the future applications and potential of algo wheels?
  • What are the successful ML techniques to best identify where and when to trade?
  • To what extent do humans still need to intervene and will the routing decision ever be fully automated for all trade types? If not why?
  • How do algo wheels work from a cost perspective?
  • How do algo wheels work from an information leakage perspective and how sophisticated are they now?
  • How accurate are algo wheels at evaluating broker performance?
  • What alternative methods are there that may be more accurate?
Raymond Wasef, Trade Execution Analyst at Investec Asset Management

Raymond Wasef

Trade Execution Analyst
Investec Asset Management

Charles Glah, CEO at Divergence Capital

Charles Glah

Divergence Capital

Dr Darko Matovski, CEO at causaLens

Dr Darko Matovski


Track B: Implementing New Automation Capabilities To Achieve A Smarter Workflow / Stream chair: Julia Streets, CEO, Streets Consulting

2:55 pm - 3:30 pm Case Study – How have recent developments in real-time venue analytics and reinforcement learning algos enhanced exploration and exploitation in advanced investment decision making?

Matthew Dixon, Assistant Professor of Applied Math and Fintech at Illinois Institute of Technology

Matthew Dixon

Assistant Professor of Applied Math and Fintech
Illinois Institute of Technology

Track C: New Markets & Investment Opportunities / Stream chair: Carrie Osman, CEO, Cruxy & Co.

2:20 pm - 3:10 pm Panel - Emerging markets: what are the current trading opportunities and how can you access these markets quickly and efficiently?

Capitalising On Smart Data Management Techniques To Gain An Information Edge

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm Fire Side Chat - Best execution monitoring: how can you best automate trade surveillance and second line monitoring to make better connections between processes and tangible business results on a long term basis?
  • How to best enhance trading procedures and fine-tune it on a regular/real-time basis
  • How to overcome the biggest challenges around trading and compliance information flow?
  • What are the outliers to look for on a regular basis?
  • How many are normal and how are these thresholds built and characterised?
Katja Kallionalusta, Senior Compliance Officer at Nordea Asset Management

Katja Kallionalusta

Senior Compliance Officer
Nordea Asset Management

3:30 pm - 3:35 pm Transition to Stream B room


3:35 pm - 4:10 pm FINTECH INCUBATOR – Finding the disruptors of the future: who are the fintechs driving change and how are they shaking up financial markets?

Our buy side judging panel, along with our audience will hear 4 fintech pitches where they will address the following topics. The audience will get the chance to listen and choose which company they believe will have the biggest impact in the market. Real time voting will be used to find the winner.

  • How to innovate in a time where it appears it’s limited
  • Where is the proof of concept?
  • How can these newer technologies be carefully monitored by compliance?
  • How can fintech better help buyers when it comes to level of investment vs value add for the business vs speed to market?
  • How are start-ups handling the growing pressure in IT security?               


Maria Scetta, CEO and Founder, DeltaBlock    

Chandini Jain, CEO, Auquan

Mark Badyra, Founder & CEO, Appital    


 * Chilled beers to be served

Julia Streets, CEO at Streets Consulting

Julia Streets

Streets Consulting

Carrie Osman, CEO at Cruxy & Co

Carrie Osman

Cruxy & Co

Richard Balarkas, Chairman at SquareBook

Richard Balarkas


Maria Scetta, CEO & Founder at DeltaBlock

Maria Scetta

CEO & Founder

Mark Badyra, CEO & Founder at Appital

Mark Badyra

CEO & Founder

Chandini Jain, CEO at Auquan

Chandini Jain


4:10 pm - 4:30 pm CANDID CONVERSATIONS – Industry insights on the true potential for change: What are the current trading and technology disruptors that are and aren’t making a difference and which ones should you invest in to drive your business forward?

Do not miss our final, yet most forward-looking discussion where our expert panel provide practical experience and insight on the technologies that are really making an impact in the trading and investment industry versus those that are just a passing fad. Gain a thorough understanding of the technologies to watch out for and invest in to drive your business forward.