Asset Management Derivatives Forum

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

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Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association


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Attracting more than 400 executives, the annual Asset Management Derivatives Forum brings together market participants from all sides of a trade to examine the latest developments in global derivatives trading and clearing, operations and regulation. The Forum presents a unique opportunity to connect investors with market expertise in over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives, attracting attendees from the joint membership of FIA and SIFMA AMG.

Our program, subject to change, offers a comprehensive review of the most critical derivatives issues.

2020 Program


11:30am - 1:00pm

Women in Derivatives: Washington Outlook Luncheon

Men and women are welcome to attend. Separate RSVP is required.

Please RSVP here by January 10th.

Please note that there is limited seating, and we will close the event to new registrants once we reach capacity.

01:00pm - 03:00pm

SIFMA AMG Steering Committee Meeting

03:45pm - 04:00pm

Opening Remarks


Tim Cameron, Managing Director & Head of AMG, SIFMA

Walt Lukken, President & Chief Executive Officer, FIA

04:00pm - 04:30pm

Keynote Address

04:30pm - 05:30pm

Panel Discussion: 20/20 Vision

This panel will bring together senior leaders from both buy-side and sell-side to look at the current state of the derivatives markets and discuss: what has changed in the past decade since the financial crisis, how regulation has impacted the markets, and how the current economic and sociopolitical environment is shaping the derivatives industry.

The panel will give its views on the strategic issues of the industry today and predict how the derivatives markets may look in the next decade and beyond.


Jason Silverstein, Managing Director, Asset Management Group & General Counsel, SIFMA


Lisa Cavallari, Director of Fixed Income Derivatives and Commodities, Russell Investments

05:30pm - 07:00pm

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Bank of America


08:00am - 02:30pm

Registration Desk Hours

08:00am - 08:30am

Networking Breakfast

08:30am - 09:00am

Keynote Address


Dan Gallagher, Deputy Chair of the Securities Department, WilmerHale

Dalia Blass, Director, Division of Investment Management, SEC

09:00am - 10:00am

Panel Discussion: Clearing

Recently certain sell-side and buy-side industry participants issued recommendations for CCP resilience, recovery, and resolution.

This panel will discuss the details concerning the implementation recommendations, as well as explore the views of other market participants, including CCPs.


Jackie Mesa, Chief Operating Officer, FIA


Erik Mueller, Chief Executive Officer, Eurex Clearing

Mariam Rafi, Managing Director, North American Head of OTC Clearing and FXPB, Citi

William Thum, Principal, Vanguard

10:00am - 10:15am

Networking Break

Sponsored by Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and Ropes and Gray LLP

10:15am - 11:15am

Panel Discussion: Margin- Try Telling Your Client It's Not Optimized

September 2020 was a milestone date for the Group of Twenty (G20), as initial margin would have been required for all covered entities above a certain set of thresholds. But, as the final phases of the implementation schedule have approached, the unique structures of asset managers and their clients brought to light key issues with the margin requirements that would have a significant strain on compliance.

This panel will discuss how those structural differences have caused asset managers to rethink the scope of the margin rules, how they burden potential compliance, and ultimately, how the rules may lead to shifting business models.


Darcy Bradbury, Managing Director, D.E. Shaw Group


Fabien Carruzzo, Head of Derivatives and Structured Products Group, Kramer Levin

Diana Shapiro, North America Head of Collateral Services, Citi

Chris Walsh, CEO, Acadiasoft Inc.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Panel Discussion: LIBOR Transition

A practical look at what is taking place at both buy-side and sell-side firms to ensure a smooth transition from LIBOR to the new risk-free rates. This panel will cover the due diligence done on derivatives and exchange listed products, touch on issues from documentation to trade booking to pricing, and share thoughts on potential risks.

The 2019 definition changes, preparation for the clearing big bang, and communications with clients will also be discussed.


Tom Wipf, Vice Chairman of Institutional Securities, Morgan Stanley, and Chair, Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC)


Guillame Helie, Chief Operating Officer, LIBOR Transition, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs

Justin Keane, Financial Markets, Principal, PwC

Deborah North, Partner, Allen & Overy

Baskar Ramachandran, Americas Head of Business Risk, LCH

James Wallin, Senior Vice President, AllianceBernstein

12:15pm - 01:30pm

Lunch with Keynote


Dawn Stump, Commissioner, CFTC

01:45pm - 02:45pm

Panel Discussion: Planet Regulations- US,EU, UK, APAC Regulatory Issues

Industry participants are grappling with how to manage the uncertainty caused by political decisions and potential regulatory actions that could fragment markets, including access to cross border CCPs, trading venues, and market participants. This panel will examine the issues raising concern globally and what the path forward looks like.


Alison Lurton, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, FIA


Ruth Arnould, Managing Director & Associate General Counsel, Bank of America

Matt Kulkin, Partner, Co-Chair of Financial Services Group, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Jaime Madell, Managing Director, Head of Derivatives Legal, Guggenheim Partners

Brian Quintenz, Commissioner, CFTC

01:45pm - 02:45pm

Operational Roundtable: Using Technology for Real

This roundtable will discuss how technology is impacting business processes front to back. The session will cover the current state of the industry and highlight a few real world case studies of innovating current processes with technologies to improve efficiency and automation.

With the industry speaking about transformation, but seemingly implementing incremental change, how can we move from evolution to revolution to truly transform business processes to no-touch, purely exception-based processes?


Lou Rosato, Director, BlackRock


Scott Andersen, Director, Listed Derivatives Product Development, Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking

Erik Barry, Director, Head of Client Platform, Prime Derivative Services, Credit Suisse

Armando Hernandez, Director, New Business Development, CloudMargin

Laurence Jones, Director of Post-Trade Strategy, Traiana

David Kirby, Executive Director- Relationship Management- Americas, Head of Global Account Management, DTCC

Gabino Roche, CEO & Founder, Saphyre

Darren Thomas, Managing Director of Managed Services, IHS Markit

02:30pm - 05:30pm



Polar Plunge

FIA and SIFMA Asset Management Group encourage attendees of the 2020 Asset Management Derivatives Forum to take a "polar plunge" into the Pacific to raise funds for CannedWater4Kids and support efforts to ensure children’s access to safe, clean water worldwide

Take the plunge by donating $100 when completing your conference registration. FIA and SIFMA AMG will match the total funds raised through the Polar Plunge.

05:30pm - 7:00pm



08:00am - 12:15pm

Registration Desk Hours

08:30am - 09:00am

Networking Breakfast

09:00am - 10:00am

Panel Discussion: Execution

The electronification of the fixed income markets has accelerated in recent years, disrupting the relationships among clients, brokers, liquidity providers, and trading venues.

Market observers and participants are adjusting to the impact on liquidity and market structure and assessing whether increased visibility in trading activity will drive the development of new products and services. This panel will consider the changing landscape resulting from the shift to electronic trading.


Jason Radzik, Managing Director, Head of Derivatives Execution and Clearing - Americas, BNP Paribas


Stephen Berger, Managing Director, Government and Regulatory Policy, Citadel LLC

10:00am - 11:00am

Regulatory Roundtable

This roundtable will feature an opportunity for market participants to have direct access to the regulators whose policies shape the current state of the derivatives industry. Market participants will be able to ask them questions directly in a structured discussion moderated by SIFMA AMG and FIA.


Jason Silverstein, Managing Director, Asset Management Group & General Counsel, SIFMA

11:00am - 11:15am


11:15am - 12:15pm

Operational Roundtable: The Role of Derivatives in Supporting ESG Concerns

ESG, and sustainability more specifically, has become a major topic for the financial industry, as it responds to both investor pressure to provide instruments reflecting environmental concerns and regulatory drives to improve reporting of the financial risk of climate change.

This roundtable will provide participants with an opportunity to share their views on the challenges and opportunities for buy-side, sell-side, and market infrastructure, as they support the emergence of new derivatives instruments and risk management tools to support changing approaches to environmental, social, and governance issues.


George Harrington, Managing Director, MSCI Inc.


Rachna Mathur, Head Equity and Index Derivatives Sales Americas, Eurex


Conference Concludes

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