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Talking Intelligent Trading with Andrew Delaney: Talking Intelligently at ITS on February 4

With just under a month to go, we’re putting the finishing touches to the agenda for our Intelligent Trading Summit in London on February 4. I’ve waxed lyrical about the topics we’ll be discussing on our series of panels (see agenda here for a recap). But I’m also excited about the presentations we’ve lined up thus far.

In a departure from the usual format, I’m thrilled to be hosting a ‘fireside chat’ with Kee-Meng Tan, head of electronic trading strategy at BNP Paribas as the kickoff discussion at the event. Kee-Meng and I hope to provide some context for the day’s activities, setting the scene for our industry as it enters what could be a tricky year both from an economic and a regulatory standpoint.

As you’re doubtless aware, Kee-Meng has many years’ direct experience in electronic trading, with stints at Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, ABN Amro, JP Morgan, CQS, Knight Capital, Equiduct and KCG Holdings under his belt. I’m looking forward to getting his perspective on the challenges our industry faces in 2016, and where opportunity lies to add intelligence to the trading landscape.

Following Kee-Meng, we’ll be hearing from Makoto Seta, Senior Associate, at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). In a hotly anticipated session, Makoto will provide insight into how the forthcoming MiFID II regulation will impact firms’ use of trading algorithms.

MiFID II introduces several measures that will affect algorithmic trading, among them a requirement for tagging and identifying algorithmic orders as well as time-stamping orders to assist in proving best execution where appropriate.

Later, we’ll be hearing from David Polen, global head of electronic execution at our platinum sponsor Fidessa. David will be addressing ‘The Convergence of the No-Touch and Low-Touch Trading Technology Stacks’, a topic that sits at the heart of intelligent trading

In another new feature, we’re introducing a Fintech Showcase as we wind down the afternoon. I’m delighted to have convinced my buddy Kevin Covington, formerly of BT Radianz and ITRS and who’s now mentoring a number of fascinating fintech suppliers, to MC the session, which will feature brief ‘power presentations’ from a handful of up-and-coming technology disruptors in our space.

The idea is to explore how the fintech phenomenon – which has largely focused on payments and retail finance – is starting to impact the professional marketplace. I’m looking forward to learning a lot.

Such is the appeal of this year’s agenda that registrations for ITS are pouring in. Attendance is free for qualifying financial institutions, and space ultimately is limited. So be sure not to miss out, and register here today.

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