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Event Date Tue Sep 27 BST - Wed Sep 28 BST (about 1 year ago)
In your timezone (EST): Mon Sep 26 7:00pm - Tue Sep 27 7:00pm
Location De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms
61-65 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5DA, UK
Region EMEA

The theme for this year's event is "Reimagining Europe's Capital Markets". The development of new technologies and ways of working continues to challenge the status quo in creating exciting new opportunities, changing how we provide value to our customers, generating efficiencies and reducing risks.

OPTIC 2022 will take place in London, with a two-day agenda packed with keynote addresses from regulatory authorities, thought-provoking panels and speeches from Europe's leading financial institutions, and ample networking opportunities for attendees.

The first day will focus on the right here, right now, where our expert guest speakers will discuss the key current opportunities and challenges in technology, operations, and post-trade. In addition, the first-day agenda will include discussions on the latest developments on key regulatory files, including DORA and CSDR.

The second day will focus on longer time-horizon technology trends and opportunities, considering how the capital markets ecosystem might develop in the next three to five years, driven by the digital and ESG agendas.

This event is attended by senior capital market professionals working in operations, post-trade, technology, regulation, and policy.

Who attends?
• Heads of post trade
• Investors
• COOs
• Market structure specialists
• Regulators
• Policymakers
• Clearing and settlement houses
• Law firms
• Consultancies
• Trading platforms and technology providers
• Financial associations
• AFME members
• Investment banks
• European supervisory authorities
• National competent authorities
• Clearing and settlement houses
• Exchanges
• Asset managers
• Technology providers
• Professional services
• Fintech start-ups

Why attend?
• The event provided an opportunity for delegates to meet over 300 senior level attendees
• Build contacts in over 5 hours dedicated to networking
• Hear up to 70 industry expert speakers
• 12 hours of content designed and driven by market participants
• Showcase solutions at the event exhibition space


2022 Speakers


Alex Ivančo
Director, Financial Markets III Department, Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic

Nick Jankel
Co-founder, Switch On and Co-founder, FutureMakers

Sir Jon Cunliffe
Deputy Governor for Financial Stability, Bank of England


A.J. Harper
Head of Sustainable Finance, ETFs and Asset Managers, Euroclear

Adriana Ennab
Director of Public Policy, Credit Suisse

Alan Cameron
Head of Advisory FIC Client Line, BNP Paribas

Alex Dockx
Executive Director, JP Morgan

Alexander Tollast
Counsel, Clifford Chance

Alina Laura Dragomir
Senior Policy Officer, ESMA

Andrei Ilchenko
Global Head of IT Financial Markets and Group Treasury, ING Group

Andrew Douglas
Managing Director, Government Relations for EMEA and Asia, DTCC

Andrew Pearson
Head of Trade Processing, Global Markets Technology, Nomura

Angus Fletcher
CEO, Fnality UK

Bill Stenning
Head of Public Affairs, UK , Société Générale

Borja de Pedro del Campo
Manager Public Policy, Digital Strategy and Competition, Santander

Christiane Hölz
Managing Director, DSW

Corinne Neale
Managing Director, Global Head of ESG Applications, BNY Mellon Data and Platform Solutions, BNY Mellon

Dan Watkins
Head of Global Market Infrastructure EMEA, BNY Mellon

Daniel Carpenter
Chief Executive Officer, Meritsoft (a Cognizant company)

Diego Ballon Ossio
Senior Associate, Clifford Chance

Elena María Mesonero
Head of Regional Coverage, Spain and LatAm, CACEIS Bank

Elisabeth Noble
Senior Policy Expert and MiCA Project Team Leader, European Banking Authority (EBA)

Elise Soucie
Associate Director, Technology and Operations, AFME

Etay Katz
Partner, Ashurst

Haroun Boucheta
Head of Public Affairs, BNP Paribas

Howard Rapley
Head of Product Management, Securities Services, Northern Trust

Ivan Gilmore
Head of Cash Equities, LCH Ltd and LCH SA

Ivan Nicora
Head of Investor Services, Managing Director, Euroclear

James Cunningham
Senior Advisor, Public Policy and Government Affairs, BNY Mellon

James Fox
Director, Enterprise Cloud Services, Protiviti

James Kemp
Managing Director of the Global FX Division, Technology and Operations and CC&A Divisions, AFME and GFMA

Jan Ceyssens
Head of Digital Finance Unit (B4), European Commission

Janine Hirt
CEO, Innovate Finance

Jannah Patchay
Policy Lead and Originating Member, Digital Pound Foundation

Jennifer Robertson
Head of Unit, European Commission

Jesús Lozano Belio
Senior Manager Digital Regulation, BBVA

Jesus Salvador Benito Naveira
Head Domestic Custody and TR Operations, SIX

John Ho Hee Jung
Global Head, Financial Markets, Legal, Standard Chartered Bank

John Siena
Associate General Counsel; Co-Head Regulatory Strategy; Chair, European Focus Committee

Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), Association of Global Custodians (AGC)

Jorge Álvarez Fernández
Global Head of Public Cloud Architecture, Banco Santander

Jürgen Schaaf
Advisor to the Senior Management of Market Infrastructure and Payments, European Central Bank (ECB)

Kai Zenner
Head of Office, Digital Policy Adviser (MEP Axel Voss), European Parliament

Keith Bear
Fellow, Centre for Alternative Finance, University of Cambridge

Laura Bayley
Head Clearing Services, SIX

Lee Braine
Managing Director, Advanced Technologies, Barclays

Lizzie Gilbert
Manager, Bank of England

Marcello Topa
Director, EMEA Market Policy and Strategy, Citi, Securities Services

María José Gómez Yubero
Head of Resolution, Benchmarks and Financial Stability, Spanish National Securities Market Commission (CNMV)

Co-chair, FSB Cross-border Crisis Management Group for FMIs

Mariangela Fumagalli
Head of Global Asset Servicing Product and Custody regulatory solutions, BNP Paribas

Mark Williamson
MD, Global Head of FX Partnerships and Propositions, HSBC

Martyn Nott
Managing Director, Global Head of Network Management, Bank of America and

Chair, Post Trade Board, AFME

Matt Johnson
Director, Digital Platform Management and Industry Relations, DTCC

Montserrat Farina
Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs Corporate and Investment Bank, JPMorgan

Nathan Attrell
Industry Principle, Financial Services, Snowflake

Nick Hobson
Head of FX, Commodities, EM Rates and Treasure Services, HSBC

Nick Philpott
Chief Operating Officer, Zodia Markets

Orlando Fernandez Ruiz
Senior Technical Specialist, Prudential Policy Directorate, Bank of England

Pablo Portugal
Managing Director, Advocacy, AFME

Pardeep Cassells
Head of Securities and Claims, AccessFintech

Peter Richardson
Managing Director, Business Process Improvement, Protiviti

Peter Tomlinson
Director, Post Trade and Prime Services, AFME

Philip Saunders
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Pierre Marsal
Attorney-at-Law, Simonet, Delas, Marsal

Rick Watson
Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets, Membership and Events, AFME

Sabih Behzad
Global Head of Digital Assets and Currencies Transformation, Deutsche Bank AG

Sachin Mohindra
Executive Director, Market Solutions, Goldman Sachs

Samuel Riley
CEO, Clearstream Holding AG

Sarah Gadd
Managing Director, Credit Suisse AG

Sarah Guerra
Head of Division: Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, Bank of England

Sezgin Yalcin
Head of Professional Service and Delivery, Murex Americas

Solene Khy
Head of Product Management, Commodity, Equity, FX and Cryptocurrency derivatives, Murex

Sonia Paston-Bedingfeld
Executive Director – Post Trade & Custody Strategy, Network Management, UBS

Suzanne Hubble
Chief Operating Officer, Komainu

Thalia Chryssikou
Chair of the Board of Directors, AFME and

Head of Global Sales Strats and Structuring, Goldman Sachs

Tomas Jakimavicius
Director of European Government Affairs, Microsoft

Valeria Zafar
Director of Sales, EMEA, Digital Asset

Valérie Höß
Head of Digital and AML Policy, Deutsche Bank AG

Vikesh Patel
Head of Capital Markets Strategy, SWIFT

Sponsors & Partners

2022 Partners

• Clifford Chance
• Euroclear
• Protiviti
• Six
• Snowflake

• Access Fintech
• Ashurst
• BNP Paribas
• Clearstream
• Digital Asset
• Fnality
• Meritsoft
• Microsoft
• Murex
• Swift