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FIX Trading Community announces keynote speaker for London EMEA Trading Conference

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FIX Trading Community, a non-profit, industry-driven standards body for global financial trading, has announced Verena Ross, Executive Director of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) as the Keynote Speaker for the EMEA Trading Conference on 14 March 2019.

Ross is known for her proven track record in helping shape regulatory policy in the European financial markets.
Regarded as the biggest one-day trading event in the region, with over a thousand delegates attending, the EMEA Trading Conference brings together key personnel in the industry, like Ross, to discuss important issues that are impacting market participants. This year’s conference, for the first time, is also being held in association with a number of Trade Associations, including The Association for Financial Markets in Europe, AFME, International Capital Market Association, ICMA, the European Debt Market Association, EDMA, and the German Investment Funds Association, BVI. This new partnering initiative will also ensure the best content on the day for all the attending industry participants and only serves to strengthen the debate.
The popular structure will remain, with morning plenary sessions followed by breakout streams on equities, fixed income and technology. A main plenary on, ‘Brexit – What Next for the Industry’ will take place, as well as sessions on the Equity Liquidity Landscape, Unbundling, New Market Eco Structure, Trading with Transparency and Finding Alpha in Fixed Income. The aim of the event is to encourage debate, share ideas and provide educational insight into the top initiatives underway within the FIX organisation, as well as explore key challenges and opportunities within the trading community.
Matthew Coupe, Co-Chair EMEA Regional Committee & EMEA Regulatory Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community, Director, Barclays Investment Bank, says: “We’re thrilled that the FIX Trading Community has been able to secure a keynote speaker of such high calibre in Verena Ross, who will no doubt be able to share important insight on some of the year’s most pressing topics of concern for the industry. We know she will draw in delegates in to hear more from ESMA’s perspective on the challenges and opportunities in the year ahead and beyond.”
Rebecca Healey, Co-Chair of the EMEA Regional Committee, FIX Trading Community and Head of EMEA Market Structure & Strategy, Liquidnet, says: “Having such an important Keynote Speaker will, without doubt, enable delegates to engage with ESMA and hopefully better navigate the complex regulatory structure. Together with the initiative to partner with Trade Associations and bringing them into the heart of the conference, FIX Trading Community’s FIX EMEA conference stands to be a ‘must-go’ to event.”
Since its launch in 1998, the FIX Trading Community has been at the forefront of change in the industry. Important milestones have been reached at previous EMEA Trading Conferences – the formation of MiFID II working groups, discussion of best practices surrounding IPO automation, the greater adoption of FIX in the post-trade space, the ongoing evolution of fixed income trading, the need to extend FIX to meet cybersecurity requirements, and the big question of data and how to harness it for the benefit of the industry as a whole. There are always action points for members and this year’s event will be no different.

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