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13th Annual TradingTech Summit: The Crossroads of Technology and Capital Markets

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The TradingTech Summit London, the industry’s leading event on capital markets trading technology, returns for the 13th time on leap year day, 29th February, at the Hilton Canary Wharf in London.

This highly anticipated gathering will bring together innovators, investors, and thought leaders to examine current trends, challenges, and opportunities in the rapidly evolving trading technology sector. With a packed schedule of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and networking opportunities, the TradingTech Summit London is set to be a compelling and insightful event for anyone interested in the advancements of trading technology.

The conference will open through a Fireside Chat with Natan Tiefenbrun, President, North American and European Equities at Cboe Global Markets. Natan will be talking about the evolution of the trading landscape, including the regulatory trends and technology drivers influencing change and shaping the future. He will also discuss how execution venues are responding to the low-volume environment being experienced in Europe and the opportunities and challenges of the consolidated tape for the industry.

Following Natan’s chat, there will be an industry leaders panel reviewing regulatory, market structure and technology changes across the trading landscape, featuring senior executives from UBS, ING, HSBC, LSEG and Quilter. Topics under discussion will include: how the industry is responding to regulatory and market structure challenges; what firms can do to optimise their spend and usage of market data; how to get the best ROI on technology investments; best practices around meeting ESG obligations; and the use of generative AI on the trading desk.

A short keynote will take delegates up to morning break, where they will be able to meet and network with speakers and sponsors, and explore the various solutions on display in the exhibition area.

The next panel, ‘Best practice approaches for modernising the trading technology stack’, moderated by A-Team’s Andrew Delaney, will feature spokespeople from Citi, Man Group, UBS and FINOS. In what is expected to be a wide-ranging discussion, panelists will explore the crucial choices that firms face between buying, building, or combining both for trading technology solutions, and strategies for decommissioning legacy systems and running legacy alongside new tech.

Following a short demo of FINOS Vuu, which deals with the complex task of viewporting, throttling and transmitting data, Gary Harmson of Google deliver a keynote speech on managing the cost of cloud. This will be followed by the final panel session of the morning, where Reena Raichura of Finergise will moderate a discussion on interoperability, low code and no code trading platforms and tools. Panellists from Redburn Atlantic, Ninety One and Velox will explore the drivers and business benefits of adopting low code trading tools and platforms – as well as the risks and challenges – and the key success factors for building agile and interoperable trading platforms.

After lunch, the afternoon sessions will commence with a panel on disruptive innovation in market data. “If I am a generator of market data, how can I understand the value/potential of my business if I don’t understand the value of the market data?” asks panel moderator and Industry Advisor Michelle Ansell. “This is more and more pertinent as data is the foundation of many businesses these days.” Panellists from Fidelity International, Investec Bank, BCC Group and Fenics Market Data will discuss how firms can keep their market data costs in check and how the industry might need to move to new market data licensing models. Industry collaboration will also be on the agenda. “The potential benefits from collaboration are undeniable,” says Jonathan Syrén, Head of New Product Development at Fenics Market Data, who will be on the panel. “A shift towards a more open ecosystem could drive significant change, democratising access, fostering innovation, and creating a more resilient and informed market. Data vendors that embrace collaboration stand to thrive in this new landscape. The future is not about guarding data jealously; it is about harnessing its collective power to shape a more transparent and efficient market for all.”

The next panel session, ‘The promise and potential of big data AI and Machine Learning in trading research and analytics’, will look at how firms are using alternative data sources, AI and machine learning techniques for data insights, and how firms can successfully integrate AI and ML tools into trading workflows. “The use of data throughout the trading lifecycle continues to grow, driven by better technology, as well as more advanced analytics techniques. Integrating high quality historical market data is therefore critical for market participants, whether for backtesting, execution analysis, or alpha generation,” says Dr Elliot Banks, Chief Product Officer at BMLL, who will be on the panel alongside senior executives from AWS, Bank of America and BNY Mellon.

The evolution of communications surveillance will be the focus of the next panel session, where representatives from Glencore, Northern Trust, 1GLOBAL and Ignite G2M will explore the latest regulatory requirements around communications surveillance and look at some best practices for investing in appropriate technology to ensure compliance, engender trust and maintain the integrity of operations.

The final panel session of the day will focus on the upcoming transition to T+1 settlement in the US, with a particular emphasis on overcoming the operational and technology challenges of the accelerated timelines. “It’s important that firms don’t just look at T+1 as a purely back office issue,” says Peter Tomlinson, Director & Head of Post Trade at AFME, who will be leading the discussion. “The implications for front office also need to be considered – there could be impacts to existing models for treasury, FX, securities financing, and trading desks.” Panellists from BNY Mellon | Pershing, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and DTCC will also discuss how automation and innovative technologies can help improve post trade processes and workflows, the expected benefits for firms of moving to T+1, and what the future might look like.

The Summit will conclude with the TradingTech Insight Europe Award Winners Ceremony Networking and Drinks Reception, where the leading companies in the trading technology sector will be presented with awards across a range of categories.

This event is not to be missed! Book your place here.

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