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SWIFT announces eminent speaker line-up for Business Forum London on 30 April

SWIFT announces eminent speaker line-up for Business Forum London on 30 April

Business Forum,
15 April 2013

London, 15 April 2013 - SWIFT, the financial messaging provider for more than 10,000 financial institutions and corporates in 212 countries, today announced the line-up of industry leaders set to participate in the upcoming SWIFT Business Forum London on 30 April at The Brewery. The Business Forum is expected to bring together 700 plus practitioners from across the financial markets to debate all the hot topics facing our industry today.

In addition to Sir John Gieve, former Deputy Governor, Bank of England and Chair, VocaLink, who will deliver a keynote speech, the growing roster of experts that will address the Business Forum - which is free to attend for market participants - includes:

  • Mark Garnier, Member of Parliament
  • Helena Morrissey, Chief Executive, Newton Investment Management
  • Alain Pochet, Head of Corporate Trust Services and Clearing & Custody Services, BNP Paribas
  • Chris Salmon, Chief Cashier, Bank of England
  • John Trundle, CEO, Euroclear UKI
  • Nigel Aston, Managing Director, State Street Global Advisors
  • Ed Dymott, Head of UK Fund Partners, Fidelity
  • Staffan Ahlner, Managing Director, Global Collateral Management, Bank of New York
  • Justin Chapman, Global Head of Industry Management, Operations and Technology, Northern Trust
  • Anne Coghlan, Head of Group Treasury, Dyson Finance Limited
  • John Owen, CEO, International Banking, RBS
  • Ruth Wandhofer, Global Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy, Citi
  • Paul Swann, President and MD, ICE Clear Europe
  • Olivier Portenseigne, Chief Commercial Officer, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
  • Nick Blake, Head of UK, Vanguard
  • Ann Doherty, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Worldwide Securities Services
  • David Moffat, Group Executive, State Street/IFDS

High on the agenda at the SWIFT Business Forum London will be the topic of regulation - and the impact of the regulatory compliance burden, plus the development of regulatory fragmentation across markets, on market participants. Arun Aggarwal, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, SWIFT, says: "A swing to stringent re-regulation is a given and as the fog of regulatory uncertainty starts to clear it is imperative that, with restricted investment budgets for the foreseeable future, financial institutions think beyond short-term compliance. The stakes are high and the winners will create infrastructures that not only meet immediate compliance needs but have the flexibility to accommodate emerging requirements - and indeed can be leveraged for real competitive advantage. Hence the theme for this year's Forum of Thinking beyond compliance - turning challenges into opportunities"

Plenary sessions will examine the regulatory response to the financial crisis, how global business models can co-exist with fragmented regulation and London's role in the international financial markets. This year's programme will feature streams focused on the specific strategic and operational issues facing key market segments, exploring a range of topics including centralised clearing, PSPs and liquidity management, as well as developments in post-trade, collateral management, fund distribution and corporate banking. Additionally there is a strong line-up of exhibitors comprising both trade associations and commercial vendors. 

The SWIFT Business Forum in London on 30 April at The Brewery is free to attend for practitioners. Discover the event's agenda.

SWIFT is a member-owned cooperative that provides the communications platform, products and services to connect more than 10,000 financial institutions and corporations in 212 countries and territories. SWIFT enables its users to exchange automated, standardised financial information securely and reliably, thereby lowering costs, reducing operational risk and eliminating operational inefficiencies. SWIFT also brings the financial community together to work collaboratively to shape market practice, define standards and debate issues of mutual interest.

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