Head of Fixed Income Derivatives
Samis a senior investment professional with in-depth experience in derivatives,risk management, structured transactions and alternative investments. Deep knowledge of fixed income and derivatives markets and several years of experience leading teams responsible for trading, researching strategies, and generating alpha. Highly proficient in hedging with rates, credit, equity and FX derivatives. Skilled in developing derivatives strategies and quantitative analysis involving futures, swaps, swaptions, CDS, equity options, and structured notes. Extensive technical skills and experience in creating trading and risk management platforms. Expertise in fixed income portfolio analytics,CDO and structured credit analytics, asset-liability management, portfolio optimization, and alternative investments research. Strong knowledge of insurance GAAP, SAP, RBC and RSAT. Deep relationships with investment banks,insurance companies, asset managers, law firms, hedge funds, and accounting firms.
Executive Director, Head of US Fixed Income Trading
Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Dwayne is Head of US Fixed Income Trading in Long Only Asset Management. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2009 and has 21 years of investment experience. Prior to joining the firm, Dwayne spent nine years with JPMorgan Asset Management as a senior portfolio manager. Most recently, he was head of Investment Grade Credit Strategy leading portfolio construction, sector allocation, trading and credit research. Previously, Dwayne served as portfolio manager with Criterion Investment Management specializing in the corporate bond sector. Dwayne received a B.A. in economics from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A from Northeastern University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts.
State Street Global Advisors
Brian Kinney is the Global Head of the Fixed Income Beta team at State Street Global Advisors. In his role, he oversees portfolio managers located in Boston, London, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. The Global Fixed Income Beta team manages all indexed bond strategies for SSgA which includes SPDR ETFs, institutional separate accounts, mutual funds and commingled strategies. In addition to his oversight responsibilities, Brian is a member of the Fixed Income Currency and Cash Senior Management Team. Brian joined SSgA in 2003 as a portfolio manager in the Bond Group. In his experience as a portfolio manager Brian has managed both active and passive strategies across multiple asset classes. He has also managed a Stable Value Team and a group of dedicated investment professionals who purchased bonds on behalf of the U.S. Treasury during the global financial crisis.
Head of Fixed Income and Currency
Wisdomtree Asset Management
Rick Harper serves as the Head of Fixed Income and Currency for WisdomTree Asset Management, where he oversees fixed income and currency products developed through our collaborations with the BNY Mellon Corporation and Western Asset Management. Rick has over 19 years investment experience in strategy and portfolio management positions at prominent investment firms. Prior to joining WisdomTree in 2007, Rick held senior level strategist roles with RBC Dain Rauscher, Bank One Capital Markets, ETF Advisors, and Nuveen Investments. At ETF Advisors, he was also the portfolio manager for some of the early fixed income exchange-traded funds. His research has been featured in leading periodicals including the Journal of Portfolio Management and the Journal of Indexes. He is a graduate of Emory University and earned his MBA at Indiana University.
Head of Fixed Income Trading
James Wallin is a Senior Vice President in AllianceBernstein’s Fixed Income group. Prior to joining AllianceBernstein, Wallin was at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Evergreen Asset Management Corp. as Senior Counsel and Yamaichi Capital Management Inc., where he served as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to working at Morgan Stanley, Wallin also worked in the legal department of The Dreyfus Corporation and with the law firm of Cole and Dietz. He also had been with Alliance Capital previously, from 1982 to 1986. He is a member of the New York Bar and a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.
Head of Credit Trading
James Switzer joined AllianceBernstein in 2011 as global Head of Credit Trading, overseeing both investment-grade and high-yield credit trading. Previously, he was a managing director at Société Générale, where he managed the Financial Institutions Credit Trading Desk, and at BNP Paribas, where he managed the Investment Grade Trading Desk from 2000 to 2002. Switzer also formerly served as a sector portfolio manager/trader at UBS Principal Finance (from 2002 to 2005) and at Sigma Capital (from 2005 to 2008). Earlier in his career, he worked at Paine Webber and Co.; Kidder, Peabody & Co.; and Alex. Brown & Sons. Switzer holds a BA in biology from Colgate University.
AQR Capital Management
Hicham Hajhamou is currently the head of Rates and FX trading at quantitative hedge fund AQR. Hicham has more than 17 years’ experience in financial markets. He started his career at Lehman brothers and held several senior trading position at other investment banks. He is a global macro and market structure specialist with experience in both OTC and e-trading, discretionary and systematic strategies. His interests are in factor investing, technology solutions for trading and global macro dynamics. Mr Hajhamou holds a master in mathematical finance from Columbia University and a master in financial markets and risk management from University of Paris Dauphine.
Director, US Public Fixed Income
Sun Life Investment Management
Zack Ellison is a Director in U.S. Public Fixed Income and a corporate credit trader at Sun Life Investment Management, whose teams manage over $100 billion in assets for the Sun Life Financial group of companies. Sun Life Investment Management designs and delivers investment solutions for liability-based institutional investors based on its long-standing experience in liability-driven investing and alternative, yield-driven asset classes. Prior to joining Sun Life Investment Management, Zack lived in New York and worked at Deutsche Bank as a sell-side trader focused on crossover credits, hybrid securities and preferred stock. He also worked at Scotia Capital as a corporate banker and leveraged loan analyst throughout the Global Credit Crisis.
Vice President, Market Structure
T. Rowe Price
Alex Sedgwick is a market structure analyst in Fixed Income Trading at T. Rowe Price. Mr. Sedgwick is responsible for performing custom research and analysis pertaining to market structure, liquidity, and trade cost/execution analysis across the various fixed income sectors. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Mr. Sedgwick has 14 years of investment experience, one of which has been at T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, he spent eight years at MarketAxess Corp. in New York, where he was most recently head of research.
Global Head of Trading
Michael is viewed as an industry pioneer and oversees a global trading team responsible for the execution of long and short trades in over seventy-five markets and in a variety of instruments including CDS, hard currency and local currency debt, IRS, futures, Michael is viewed as an industry pioneer and oversees fixed income trading at Eaton Vance Corp. Michael is often called upon to provide input and expertise on Dodd-Frank rulemaking to regulators through meetings with the SEC & CFTC Commissioners. options, commodities, equities, repo and warrants.
Director of Global Fixed Income Trading
Gregory C. Heller, CFA, is an investment officer and director of Global Fixed Income Trading at MFS Investment Management® (MFS®). He is based in Boston. He is a member of the MFS Global Fixed Income Management Team and serves on the firm's Investment Management Committee.
Greg joined MFS in 2002 as a municipal fixed income trader. He was named an associate director of fixed income trading in 2006 and assumed his current responsibilities in 2007. He began his career in the financial services industry in 1991 at Eaton Vance, where he held several investment and trading positions over an 11 year period.
Greg earned a bachelor's degree from George Washington University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Head of Fixed Income Trading
Nordea Investment Management
Brett has direct responsibility for five traders domiciled in Copenhagen. In Brett’s team, they are responsible for trading credit bonds, rates, CDS’s, IRD’s, repos, deposits and they manage money market portfolios, where they service several of Nordea’s portfolio managers scattered across the Nordic region. The overall goal of Brett’s team is to bring (and document) the best returns to their clients who have entrusted Nordea IM with their funds. Brett’s experience includes over two decades of European managerial sell-side experience - primarily in the interest rate derivative and bond space. Recently, Brett has been heavily involved with committees bringing various market participants together (Project Neptune, ICMA’s response on MiFID II to ESMA, and numerous pre-trade and trading platforms.)
Vice President, Head of Trading
Loomis Sayles & Co.
Chip Bankes is a vice president and head of trading at Loomis, Sayles & Company, where he is responsible for the management of the firm’s overall trading capabilities. Chip has 27 years of investment industry experience and joined Loomis Sayles in 2012 from US Trust, Bank of America, where he was most recently the head of fixed income and trading. Prior to US Trust, Chip was a managing director at R.W. Pressprich & Co., focusing on capital structure sales. Previously, he held senior positions on both the equity and fixed income trading desks at Putnam Investment Management, Jennison Associates and Fidelity Investments. Chip earned a BA in economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MS in finance from Northeastern University.
Head of Global Sovereign & Emerging Markets Research
John Espinosa is a Managing Director and the Head of Global Sovereign & Emerging Markets Research. Mr. Espinosa is responsible for managing the organization’s global sovereign, rates/fx, and emerging market corporate fixed income analysts. He is also responsible for covering sovereigns and local markets in CIS, Africa, Middle East, and parts of the G10 universe. Along with his current responsibilities, Mr. Espinosa previously managed the organization’s Municipal Finance Research team. He has also served as the lead Emerging Markets analyst for Asian fixed income markets, and covered corporate debt in the EMEA region.
Mr. Espinosa joined the TIAA organization in 2004 as a quantitative analyst and associate portfolio manager for the CREF Bond Total Return group, where he managed the Supranational, Agency and Sovereign sectors. He has 13 years of industry experience including a position in the equity operations area of Nomura Securities International.
Mr. Espinosa has been selected for The Asset Magazine’s “Most Astute Asian G3 Bond Investors” list for seven consecutive years, ranked number one in the US in 2011. Mr. Espinosa holds a B.B.A in Economics and International Business from Manhattan College and an M.A. in Economics from Fordham University.
Managing Director, Fixed Income Trading Technology
Wellington Management Company
Erik is the manager of the Fixed Income Trading Applications Team. Erik and his team ensure products, specifically the Global Trading System Fixed Income, are developed and enhanced in line with trading objectives and industry best practices. Erik provides functional leadership, driving product design while ensuring that WMC products are compelling and demonstrate value to the traders. His proprietary applications are used to trade in the US, London, and Asia.
Vice President and Director
TD Asset Management
As a Head of Fixed Income Trading, Irina oversees a team of 4 traders responsible for trading Canadian government and corporate bonds, US treasuries, US high yield, global sovereign debt, CDS, money market, repo and forwards (AUM of $159B as at December 31, 2014). Prior to managing the Fixed Income Trading Team, Irina was responsible for trading equities and exchange-traded derivatives. Before joining the Trading Team, as a member of the Risk Management Team, Irina was involved in trade oversight across all asset classes traded by our organization. Her previous experience with other asset classes enables her to opine on differences and similarities in market structure, operational platforms, trade data and analytics.
Head of Trading
Capital Advisors Group
Anthony Cucinotta is responsible for trade execution and strategy implementation at Capital Advisors Group, while also providing market information and investment strategy ideas to the Portfolio Management and Research departments. Anthony joined Capital Advisors Group in 2000 and serves on the Company's Credit and Investment Committees. Anthony holds a BA degree in marketing with a minor in economics from Syracuse University and is a member of the Boston Securities Traders Association.
Managing Director, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager
JP Morgan Asset Management
Jarred A. Sherman, managing director, is a portfolio manager for the Absolute Return and Opportunistic Fixed Income Team at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Prior to taking on this role, Jarred was a lead portfolio manager responsible for the strategy development and management of the enhanced cash and short duration portfolios within the U.S Fixed Income Group. An employee since 1999, Jarred has also served as an investment analyst within the Short Term Fixed Income Product Group. Jarred holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Brown Brothers Harriman
Marc’s global team spans three locations, with people in US, London and Tokyo to provide real asset managers with commentary, analysis and trade ideas in fixed income, equities and FX. Marc actively advises clients on key challenges with in fixed income, including low negative interest rates, the latter of which is unprecedented, and more volatile exchange rates, which makes hedging more expensive.
AXA Investment Mangement
David is responsible for AXA-IM’s US and UK economic research and forecasting. As part of this role David formulates central bank rate policy calls for these regions and works with bond and equity strategists to construct market views and asset allocation assessments. David regularly liaises with AXA-IM clients across North America, Europe and the UK. This exposure equips him with rich feedback on client views and concerns, which in turn helps feed his global views and understanding of what drives international investment markets. As AXA-IM’s principle economist for research distribution across North America and the UK, David will be providing the buy side economic view on key opportunities that will arise over the next 12 months that your trading desk can take advantage of.
Russell Implementation Services Inc
B.S., Finance, Seattle University, 2006; Licensed Registered Representative, FINRA Series 7, 24, 55 and 63
Brandon Rasmussen is a Senior Fixed Income trader for Russell Investments. Brandon is responsible for the direction and oversight of global fixed income trading activity. The current product suite includes short term investments, exposure management, transition management, execution services, commission recapture, ETFs, emulation, interim portfolio management and portfolio solutions.
Prior to his role, Brandon worked as a trader responsible for executing trades for foreign and domestic fixed income securities for the Russell funds and third party client accounts. He facilitates the day-to-day trading and strategy of fixed income activity. His duties encompass planning trade strategy, pre-trade cost analysis, execution and post-trade review. Brandon joined Russell Investments in 2005.
Russell Implementation Services Inc. is an SEC registered investment adviser and FINRA member broker dealer.
President of Capital Markets and Head of Trading
CG Capital Markets
Mr. Castelluccio has over 40 years of Wall Street experience. His Wall Street career began in the OTC market place but that was short lived when he was introduced to the fixed income markets and he never looked back. He is currently President of Capital Markets and Head of Trading at CG Capital Markets in NYC. CG Capital Markets also has offices in Boca Raton Fla. and Red Bank N.J. Mr. Castelluccio specializes in creating and trading bonds linked to the yield curve, various indices , equities, currencies and commodities. He focuses on investor solutions, portfolio allocations and markets strategies. Prior to joining CG Capital Markets, Mr. Castelluccio was Managing Director and co-head of the fixed income group at PrinceRidge LLCPrior to joining PrinceRidge LLC Mr. Castelluccio was Senior Vice President of Fixed Income Sales and Trading at Inter-Capital Securities with trading responsibility for middle market institutional accounts. Before joining Inter-Capital, Mr. Castelluccio spent the majority of his career at Prudential Securities, most recently as Senior Vice President of corporate bond trading where he managed the corporate bond trading desk for the firm’s retail and institutional accounts. Mr. Castelluccio is a former president (1984-1985) of the Corporate Bond Traders Club of New York. He recently published “ The Investor’s Survival Guide” a basic training for all investors. He is a graduate of the College of Staten Island in NYC and is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Senior Fixed Income Portfolio Manager
Conning Asset Management
Todd Finkelstein, CFA is a 30-year veteran of the fixed income investment management business. His skills and experience stretch across multiple disciplines including portfolio management, trading, development of products, policies and supporting infrastructure, marketing and and client relationship management. He has been quoted widely in the financial press including The Wall Street Journal, Pension & Investments, Bloomberg and others.
Presently consulting on areas related to fixed income investment management, Mr. Finkelstein managed $5 billion dollars of insurance and pension mandates in his previous role with Conning in Hartford, CT. Prior to this he was a portfolio manager within Merrill Lynch Investment Managers’ total-return team in Boston where he had responsibility for $2.6 billion of high grade, performance sensitive, institutional assets including mutual, variable annuity, and pension funds. Mr. Finkelstein has also managed fixed income at Boston Advisors and Bank of America across the spectrum of sectors, quality, and maturities represented in the markets.
Mr. Finkelstein earned a B.A. with honors from California State University in Northridge and received his MBA from Boston University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the CFA Institute, The Boston Security Analysts Society, and was a Governor of the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts. Mr. Finkelstein has also been on the investment committee of the Boston YWCA.
Managing Director, Head Taxable Fixed Income
Brown Brothers Harriman
Mr. Hofer is head of Taxable Fixed Income and co-portfolio manager of BBH's Core Fixed Income, Credit Value, Limited Duration, Intermediate and Crossover strategies. Mr. Hofer spent his first 10 years at BBH as both a generalist banker and then a financial institutions specialist. He joined Investment Management in 1998 as Head of Insurance Asset Management, and from 2003-2006 was Investment Management's Chief Operating Officer and Head of Risk Management. From 2008-2014 he also served as Chairman of Learning Ally, a not-for-profit provider and advocate of accessible learning materials. Mr. Hofer earned a B.A. in East Asian studies from Yale, and an M.I.A. (Master of International Affairs) from Columbia University.
Apache Capital Management
Philippe oversees the portfolio management strategy across multiple asset classes, covering both Apache’s New York and Hong Kong Offices. Under Philippes remit, he has direct responsibility for research, data and analytics, where he has mastered how to best aggregate and analyse both internal and external data to predict trends and find new opportunities. Philippe will be sharing this innovative approach during his panel during day 2 of TradeTech FX.
CEO and Director
Txiall Global Advisors
Paul has worked in the financial industry since 1994, specializing in quantitative finance for multi‐asset strategies, including currency. Throughout his career he has held positions on both the buy and sell sides of the industry, cultivating unique experiences, expertise and insights as a quantitative strategist, portfolio manager, trader and sales person in global equities, global fixed income, derivatives and global foreign exchange. Paul spent the first half of his career on the buy‐side holding prominent positions at Baring Asset Management, Santander Global Advisors, Putnam Investments, Fleet/Columbia Management and at his own fund Prometheus Quantitative Strategies. On the sell‐side Paul has spent the later part of his career specializing in strategies and quantitative alpha generation, utilizing electronic and algorithmic trading techniques, at Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and TD Securities. Paul is established as one of the industry’s leading authorities on the subject of market microstructure in global foreign exchange and transaction cost analysis (TCA), having published a myriad of widely read papers on these subjects as well as being the named inventor of two important patented solutions for FX TCA. Paul holds Master degrees in Mathematical Economics and Business Administration from Boston University and a Bachelors degree in Music Composition from Boston University and the New England Conservatory of Music.
Jean-Paul Sursock, Director, is an investment strategist within BlackRock's Fixed Income Portfolio Management Group focusing on iShares fixed income ETFs. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2013 he was responsible for structuring fixed income derivative based solutions to institutional investors at Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, and Barclays. Mr. Sursock began his career as a research analyst at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He earned a BA degree in Statistics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in Operations Research with a concentration in Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Senior ETF Sales Trader
Phil has been a trader at Jane Street for over 6 years. He recently joined the ETF execution team from Jane Street’s proprietary fixed income desk where he was a senior fixed income trader. Phil played an instrumental role in building out Jane Street’s corporate bond trading desk and is an expert in electronic bond trading and the market structure related to it. He is Jane Street’s primary point of contact for venues and electronic trading for the corporate bond market. Prior to Jane Street Phil spent over 5 years as a trader and heading capital management at BlueMountain Capital. He also spent several years at both Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas as a credit and rates middle office manager.
Joe Rosen is an electronic trading industry veteran with 25 years experience as an exchange executive, adviser, Chief Information Officer & Quant, author, lecturer, as well as developer and marketer of electronic trading systems. Prior to incorporating RKA Inc. in 2006, he was Managing Director, Trading Technology/Head of Technology Marketing at the New York Stock Exchange, where he developed, coordinated and executed Exchange-wide initiatives - targeted at major sources of order flow and connectivity - to promote NYSE’s trading/technology products. Previously, he was a partner for ten years at financial technology consultancy Enterprise Technology Corp., where he served as a ‘C-Level’ strategic planning/technology consultant, built/deployed bespoke trading systems for a broad cross-section of international financial institutions, including global money managers, securities firms and market centers, and was also responsible for business development.
Head of SSGA
SPDR Fixed Income Group (FIG)
Bill joined SPDR' ETF Institutional Sales and Capital Markets Team in 2014. Focused on fixed income ETFs, he is responsible for increasing connectivity with SSGA’s broker-dealer partners in the fixed income space and for direct institutional sales coverage to credit funds.
Bill has over 12 years of ETF trading experience and nearly 20 years of market experience. Prior to SSGA, Bill managed the institutional ETF trading desk at Societe Generale. He has also worked for Newedge managing the ETF sales and trading desk with a focus on commodity arbitrage and Morgan Stanley where he had a 14 year tenure which including working on the CME and CBOE and head trader on the institutional ETF desk.
Bill has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Bill has Series 7, 63, 55 and 24.
Co-founder and Head of Strategy Development
Gaurav Chakravorty is a co-founder and 'head of strategy development' at qplum, a money manager with completely data science-driven strategies. qplum is also the first successful money manager to provide all their strategies via API to other asset managers. In addition to the aforementioned activities, qplum acts as a roboadvisor in futures and ETFs.
Prior to this, Gaurav has been one of the early pioneers in machine learning based high frequency trading. He built the most profitable algo trading group at Tower Research from 2005-2010 and was the youngest partner in the firm.
After 45 years in the financial services industry, Michael now runs his own firm dedicated to helping you frame your e-trading strategy in fixed income securities. Whether you are a sell side firm seeking more efficiency or a buy side firm seeking more liquidity, we will help you devise your solution before you spend precious IT dollars. With his long familiarity of the players and vendors in the business, Michael is well placed to advise on technological solutions, acquisitions and fund raising opportunities.
Head of Market Structure Research
Kevin McPartland is the head of the Greenwich Associates Market Structure and Technology practice. He has 15 years of capital markets industry experience with deep regulatory and technology expertise in fixed income, FX, and equity markets. Kevin has presented at a wide range of industry conferences and is quoted regularly in the financial media including The Economist, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Financial Times, and numerous other industry publications. He has also provided live and taped commentary for CNBC, National Public Radio, Bloomberg TV and Reuters TV.
Andrew McCollum is a Partner and Managing Director at Greenwich Associates, the global research-based consultancy. In this capacity, Andrew is responsible for managing relationships with leading asset managers, investment consultants and other service providers in the United States and Canada.
With over 20 years of consulting to the asset management industry, Andrew has experience advising clients on a variety of distribution, marketing and product issues. He has recently led advisory engagements on global growth assessments, entering the institutional market, brand equity analyses, product positioning and messaging, thought leadership program design and execution, and private equity fundraising.
He has also authored studies on opportunities and threats in the Outsourced CIO market, trends in the ETF marketplace and developments in the defined contribution market. In addition, Andrew oversees the Firm's work with institutional investors in North America and the subscription-based information service, Greenwich ACCESS™ for Asset Managers. He frequently delivers keynote presentations at industry conferences and is quoted in mainstream and industry publications.
Partner, Global Head of Research and Consulting
A veteran of the fixed income markets with 25 years of experience, Anthony Perrotta joined TABB Group in June 2014 from Cornerstone Resources, a fixed-income consultancy that he founded. As head of fixed income research at TABB, he is responsible for directing the firm’s Research Alliance Fixed Income practice, which serves institutional investors from all of the fixed-income disciplines. The practice focuses on areas such as market structure, regulatory reform, trading, technology, business models, compliance, central clearing, market data and operational issues impacting government bond, corporate bond, OTC swaps and other derivative, municipal, short-term securities, and mortgage-backed securities markets in the US, Europe and Asia.
Mayra Rodríguez Valladares is Managing Principal of MRV Associates. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, The Wharton School, and The Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. She was also a Raoul Wallenberg Fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a highly motivated business professional, who has twenty five years of financial regulatory and capital, foreign exchange, and energy markets experience at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, JP Morgan, BTAlex.Brown, and as a financial consultant and trainer. She has published over 80 articles in publications such as American Banker, Bloomberg’s Financial Regulatory Brief, The New York Times, Russian Petroleum, and World Oil.
Chris has over 13 years experience in fixed income electronic business development and has pioneered several innovative market initiatives like the GSessions trading platform and corporate bond IOIs. Prior to founding ViableMkts, Chris has previously worked for MarketAxess, Barclays and Goldman Sachs.
Matt Dabrowski is a political risk consultant and pollster, and was Citigroup's political analyst in New York. He has a track record of helping institutional investors navigate market-moving political developments. His recent coverage includes the rise of Donald Trump, the changing face of European populism, and the new public opinion environment facing the Federal Reserve. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and the University of Connecticut.
Executive Director, Wall Street
Ron is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur, with 25 years of experience in the financial services and technology sectors. He currently serves as Chairman of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, an advocacy group with a mission to guide and promote comprehensive adoption of digital currency technology across financial markets. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Digital Currency Labs, a financial technology and strategic advisory firm focused on bridging the gap between the emerging world of digital currencies and Wall Street. As a digital currency specialist, Ron will be hosting an interactive workshop where he will be showcasing the future of digital currencies in FX markets, and how you can incorporate this new phenomenon into your portfolio. This session is limited to a maximum of 20 participants so ensure you sign up now to ensure you do not miss out.
CEO and Chief Economist
Jeffrey Young is a Managing Director and co-founder of DeepMacro LLC, a technology company that provides early, independent assessment of economic conditions across the developed and emerging world. Prior to founding DeepMacro this year, he worked at Caxton Associates, and he has also been Director of Research at Woodbine Capital, Chief Economist and FX Portfolio Manager at Platinum Grove Asset Management, Global Head of FX Research and Strategy at Citigroup, and Economist for Japan at Salomon Brothers and its successors, based in Tokyo (for 12 years). Experience in both systematic and discretionary economic and FX and FI analysis, and long-standing focus on the Asia region.
Brad Bailey is Research Director for Celent, a financial technology research and advisory firm where he is based in New York. He is an expert in emerging technology, market structure and fixed income trading. He has twenty years of Wall Street strategy, technology and trading experience. He also held sales trader roles in listed and OTC fixed income products. A noted thought leader, he is frequently quoted in the industry and general press, including: WSJ, Financial Times, Bloomberg Business Week, Forbes, as well as the BBC and Bloomberg TV.
Prior to Celent, he looked at strategic opportunities for KCG Holdings. He also served as director on the boards of a trading infrastructure firm, a European exchange, and a credit technology firm. Prior to KCG, he worked in other roles where he consulted on electronic trading and market structure; and, as a trader, where he developed equity strategies that leveraged the interaction between credit spreads and stocks. He has a BS and MS in engineering.
David B. Weiss is a senior analyst with Aite Group, with more than five years’ experience covering multi-asset market structure, global derivatives, electronic trading, global financial regulation, and capital markets intellectual property, all with a subtle undercurrent of trading technology.
Mr. Weiss brings to Aite Group over 10 years of global institutional capital markets experience in listed and OTC derivatives, cash equities, securities lending, electronic trading, and trading technology working side-by-side with brokers, sales traders, and traders as a project manager, product manager, analyst, and IT manager. His most recent focus has been research on market structure, derivatives, trade work flow and electronification, financial regulation, clearing, and monetizing innovation via intellectual property, and he has advised trading technology companies on derivatives, price discovery, aggregation, messaging, and infrastructure as well as related M&A activity. He has been quoted extensively in the media, written articles for various trade publications, spoken at and moderated industry events, and serves on trade working groups.
Prior to joining Aite Group, Mr. Weiss was an independent analyst, director of global derivatives technology at Cantor Fitzgerald, and a technical architect at Nextera Interactive, focusing on equity research management systems.
Mr. Weiss holds a B.A. from Brandeis University.
Paul Hamill is the Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities for Citadel Securities. Mr. Hamill is responsible for the client facing fixed income market-making businesses, including interest rate swaps, government and corporate bonds and credit default swaps.
Paul was previously a Managing Director and Global Head of FX, Rates and Credit Execution services at UBS, with responsibility for global futures execution, FXPB, and building the fixed income agency business which included the PIN (Price Improvement Network) corporate bond and CDS trading platform, and the Neo platform for SEF traded swaps.
Paul has over 15 years of experience in financial services and has worked in London, Zurich, New York and Chicago, with experience across e-commerce, trading and sales. Paul holds an M.A. Political Science from University of Glasgow and an MSc Finance from University of London.
Billy Hult is President of Tradeweb. Hult is a key figure in online markets, and has a proven record of innovation and business leadership. In his roles at Tradeweb, he has been responsible for originating and growing many of Tradeweb's global markets, including its highly successful TBA-Mortgage platform. In 2007, he was instrumental in working with the dealers and Thomson Reuters to create a historic partnership to grow online trading. In 2008, Hult took responsibility for Tradeweb's inter-dealer business, following the acquisition of Hilliard Farber (now known as Dealerweb Inc.), a boutique brokerage. He was also named one of Institutional Investor News' Rising Stars for his pioneering work in the online markets. In February 2009, Hult was responsible for launching Tradeweb's first inter-dealer electronic trading platform. Prior to joining Tradeweb, Hult held a variety of trading positions at Société Générale. Hult serves on the board of Tradeweb and is a graduate of Denison University. He also serves on the board of directors for Boys Hope Girls Hope New York.
Chief Executive Officer, CEO
Stu is co-founder and CEO of Algomi. He was previously the Global Head of Matched Principal Trading at UBS, where he launched UBS PIN–FI – the first internaliser model in Fixed Income at a global investment bank, covering bonds and CDS. Prior to this, he held various senior roles in Fixed Income both at UBS and Merrill Lynch. Stu sits on the board of Baymarkets, the OTC trading system vendor. He served as a board member of Tradeweb. Stu was named as one of the 40 most influential individuals in Fintech 2014 by the Wall Street Journal eFinancial News.
Head of Fixed Income
As Head of Fixed Income for Liquidnet, Constantinos Antionades is responsible for the day-to-day running and expansion of the fixed income business. Mr. Antionades is the Founder and CEO of Vega-Chi. Previously, he worked in fixed income at Goldman Sachs for 11 years and previously as a buy side portfolio manager
Liz Duggan is managing director, Global Evaluated Pricing Business Development for Interactive Data’s Pricing and Reference Data business. She has more than 20 years of experience in market data services, working with investment companies, investment advisors, broker/dealers and other financial institutions. Liz oversees key initiatives related to enhancing and expanding the Company’s evaluated pricing services, broadening overall market coverage and providing increased transparency to evaluation services. Liz joined Interactive Data in 1999 and has held several roles within the Company —most recently serving as Managing Director of Global Evaluated Pricing Operations. Prior to joining the Company, Liz served as a senior vice president of Thomson Financial Securities Management.
Managing Director, Global Head of Buy Side
Herb is Managing Director, Global Head of Buy Side Product Strategy and Marketing at Ipreo. He is responsible for the firm's Buy Side Initiative to extend Ipreo's Capital Markets solutions to the institutional investor community. Ipreo provides an integrated set of tools and services to optimize buy-side participation in the new issue process. Herb has 22 years of financial technology experience. Prior to joining Ipreo, he spent over seven years at Bloomberg where he was a Global Product Manager focused on Buy Side Trading Solutions. Herb has also held technology leadership positions at several sell-side investment banks.
Head of Branch Sales
Stephen McLaren is Head of Branch Sales, responsible for managing the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast client sales teams. Mr. McLaren joined MarketAxess in 1998 as a Sales Representative focused on the Northeast and has served in various sales roles throughout the years. Prior to joining MarketAxess, Mr. McLaren worked for Federal Filings, Inc., a Washington D.C. based start-up which was later acquired by Dow Jones & Co., where he sold the firm’s real-time news and information services to hedge funds, risk arb specialists, investment managers and broker dealers, and opened the firm’s first regional sales office located in Boston. Earlier in Mr. McLaren’s career he worked in sales for another start up in the Washington, D.C. area, Telemet America, Inc., which pioneered the delivery of real-time quotes, news and information to institutional investors via satellite and hand held devices. Mr. McLaren graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Business and a Concentration in Finance.
Open Trading Product manager
Richard Schiffman is the Open Trading Product Manager. In this role, Mr. Schiffman is responsible for managing the development and implementation of the Open Trading, the firm’s all-to-all credit trading network. He joined MarketAxess from BlackRock Financial Management where he was a Managing Director and CEO of BlackRock Capital Markets from August 2010 to August 2013, leading the Aladdin Trading Network (ATN) Open Trading initiative. Previously Mr. Schiffman was with MarketAxess for ten years, having joined the firm, at its inception in April 2000. Over that period he held several key roles including Head of New Business Development, Head of Information Services, Investment Grade Trading Product Manager and Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining MarketAxess, Richard was Vice President and Manager of Fixed Income Research Technology at J.P. Morgan, where he was employed in a variety of positions from March 1992 to April 2000.
Richard holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University and an MBA in Finance and Information Systems from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Head of Research
David Krein joined MarketAxess as Head of Research at MarketAxess in August 2014.
Mr. Krein is responsible for spearheading the firm’s market research and analysis for the institutional credit markets. MarketAxess Research leverages the firm’s extensive real-time and historical fixed-income trade data, as well as market data from FINRA TRACE and Trax®, to develop market insights that help inform trading and execution strategy.
Mr. Krein joined MarketAxess from NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes where he was Head of Research. In this capacity, he led the research and development of index methodologies across asset classes, which were used as benchmarks for active and passive investment funds globally. Prior to this, he held a senior position in product development and analytics at S&P Dow Jones Indices. He also founded DTB Capital to develop trading and investment products for derivatives exchanges and the OTC marketplace within equity, commodity and multi-asset class portfolios. Before establishing DTB Capital, Mr. Krein spent more than 10 years in various trading, structuring and technology positions at leading investment banks, including UBS and Merrill Lynch.
Mr. Krein has been an active member of the professional investment management and wealth management communities. He has spoken at key industry conferences, and has authored several articles for specialized publications including The Journal of Indexes, The Journal of Wealth Management and the Investment Management Consultant Association’s The Monitor. He is also a member of the Review Board for The Journal of Indexes.
Mr. Krein earned an MBA with Honors from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with Distinction from Cornell University.
CME Global Head of Interest Rate Products
Agha Mirza serves as CME Group’s Managing Director and Global Head of Interest Rate Products. He is responsible for the management and growth of CME Group’s Interest Rate products, working closely with product development and sales to execute the overall business strategy.
Before joining the company in 2013, Mirza served as Managing Director and head of the Canadian Rates business at Citigroup, where he spent 17 years as an interest rates trader and trading manager.
He holds both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from MIT.
Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Sales
Mr. Winter joined BGC Partners - Powered by FENICS in Q1 of 2015 to build and lead it's Global Sales team. He is responsible for bringing the market's need for transparent pricing and seamless execution to BGC Partner's global, multi-channel pools of liquidity as accessed via FENICS, the engine which powers that liquidity.
Prior to joining BGCP, he was most recently the Global Head of Hedge Fund Sales and Client Development at the CME Group where he oversaw their successful entry into the cleared interest rate swap market for the Buyside. He also spearheaded internationalization at the exchange, significantly growing their client-facing presence in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. During his tenure at the CME, the exchange significantly grew it's percentage of electronically executed contracts as he focused on technology and the evolving demand for robust connectivity across platforms and technologically savvy market participants.
During his 25-year career in Finance, Mr. Winter has also held management and front office positions at Merrill Lynch, D. E. Shaw & Co., and KBC Financial Products.
Head of BrokerTec Direct
Serge Marston is Head of BrokerTec Direct at EBS BrokerTec, ICAP’s electronic foreign exchange and fixed income business. Based in London, Serge is leading the development and growth of BrokerTec Direct, EBS BrokerTec’s new relationship-based, disclosed trading platform for the fixed income market.
Prior to joining EBS BrokerTec in November 2015, Serge was Global Head of e-Commerce for Fixed Income at Deutsche Bank, where he worked for 19 years in a number of senior positions. He also served on the board of Tradeweb.
Ted Bragg joins ICAP as an SVP reporting to the President of Americas Global Brokering. He will be tasked with expanding and developing fixed income initiatives to create liquidity sources for various credit and fixed income marketplaces. Mr. Bragg brings 29 years of financial markets experience to ICAP. Prior to joining ICAP Ted held numerous roles for BNY Mellon. Those include, Managing Director in the Markets Group, as head of e-commerce strategy. His responsibilities include strategic planning and product implementation for foreign exchange, fixed income and equities. In addition he was Co-head of fixed income trading for BNY Mellon Capital Markets and head of Fixed Income for Pershing Trading Services. Mr. Bragg has held senior management positions at eSpeed, as a Managing Director, responsible for relationship management and product development. Fidelity Capital Markets, as a Senior Vice President, and head of fixed income trading and electronic distribution. Mr. Bragg has also held senior roles as a U.S. Government bond trader, in the New York and London offices of Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. Mr. Bragg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers University. He holds NASD® Series 7, 24, 53, 55, 63 and 79 licenses.
Managing Director, Global Head FX, Rates & Credit Execution Services
UBS Investment Bank
Mike is a Managing Director and Global Head of FX, Rates & Credit Execution Services at UBS Investment Bank. Mike joined UBS in 2013 to oversee the fixed income execution services business that brings together IRS agency execution with the traditional listed derivatives business. Mike began his career in 1989 with an internship at Asea Brown Boveri Metals Ltd, a category 2 member of the London Metal Exchange, where he developed an early passion for exchange based trading. After completing formal training on the County NatWest capital markets graduate program, he moved to the floor of the London International Futures Exchange in 1992. Mike has spent the 23 years since in the listed and cross rates sales business; including roles at Aubrey G Lanston, Lehman Brothers, and as an equity partners at Cube Financial (subsequently acquired by Societe Generale). Prior to joining UBS, Mike served as European Head of Listed Derivative Sales at Deutsche Bank.
Mike holds a BA with Honors in Banking and Finance from City of London Polytechnic and has served as a Board Member of FIA Europe.
MTS Markets International
MARK MONAHAN was appointed CEO of MTS Markets International, part of London Stock Exchange Group, in May 2013. The following year MTS Markets International completed its acquisition of the public company Bonds.com. Prior to the London Stock Exchange, Monahan was CEO of Ballista Securities LLC (acquired by the Intercontinental Exchange in 2011). He also ran sales and service globally for the FX e-Broker EBS (acquired by ICAP in 2006) and then became CEO of ICAP Electronic Brokerage in Asia Pacific. Monahan has been a board member of several electronic brokerage firms as well as SIFMA Asia.
Head of Markets
As Head of Markets at MTS, Frank is responsible for growing the company’s interdealer and dealer-to-client electronic fixed income markets. Prior to joining MTS, Frank held the role of Managing Director and Co-Head of the International Credit Business at Jefferies International, where he was responsible for its fixed income trading, research and sales. Frank began his career as a trader at Salomon Brothers in New York and went on to spend nearly twenty years at Credit Suisse in London. At CS, Frank ran European Credit Sales, served on the Credit Operating Committee and was a trustee of the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation. Frank holds an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Vadim Konstantinovsky is a director at Barclays. Based in New York, he is responsible for bespoke quantitative research projects for fixed income investors, focusing on market liquidity, optimal risk allocation, benchmark replication, and other issues in bond portfolio management.
Mr. Konstantinovsky joined Barclays in 2008 from Lehman Brothers. Mr. Konstantinovsky graduated with an MBA degree in Finance from New York University’s Stern Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Head of Market Hub
Gherardo Lenti Capoduri is Head of Banca IMI’s Market Hub. He started his career in Financial Control, before moving into Trading at Citigroup. Here he gained extensive experience of both trading and quantitative research, and from 1999 became heavily involved in trading platforms and specializes in online trading, electronic trading platform, and institutional investors sales in both brokerage & execution. Gherardo is board member of ASSIOM FOREX and holds a degree in Business Administration and Management at Bocconi University in Milan.
President & CEO
Opendoor Trading LLC
Ms. Susan Estes is a chief executive with exceptional depth and understanding of the fixed income markets. She has over 30 years of experience trading U.S. Treasuries and related fixed-income products; the majority spent on starting, developing and managing domestic and international high-quality rates operations and related businesses for large financial institutions including Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank, as well as start-ups. Susan is a past member of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee (TBAC), a Federal Advisory Committee. The TBAC meets quarterly with Treasury to provide advice on funding requirements and separately with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors to address topical market issues. Previously served as a Member of the Board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), a leading financial industry trade group whose mission is to promote effective and efficient regulation, facilitate more open, competitive, and efficient global capital markets. Formerly Chaired the Government and Agency Division of the Bond Market Association, now SIFMA.
Charles River Development
Karl is responsible for product line strategy for the fixed income trading, OTC derivatives, and compliance offerings at Charles River. Karl has 15+ years of experience delivering software projects and products for domestic and international environments. Prior to joining Charles River, Karl managed strategic fixed income and evaluation services projects for IDC (Interactive Data Corporation). He holds a BS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Director, US Head of FI Sector Manager Trading
Deutsche Investment Management Americas
Head of US FI Sector Management Trading: New York Joined the Company in 2005 with 7 years of industry experience. Prior to joining, Alvin served as a Corporate Bond Sector Manager at Brown Brothers Harriman. Previously, he worked as a Fixed Income Research Associate at JPMorgan Chase, where he covered Financial Institutions and Industrials in Investment Grade and High Yield for short and long-term investment strategies
BS in Business and MBA in Finance from Fordham University; CFA Charterholder
Head of BondPoint Institutional
F.A. Romano leads KCG BondPoint’s institutional client business, ensuring that our Asset Manager, Hedge Fund and other buy-side clients have an optimized, tailored experience when trading on the KCG BondPoint venue.
Previously, F.A. was the Business Manager for Bloomberg’s Fixed Income Credit Trading Products, including Corporates, Municipals, and Emerging Markets. He was at Bloomberg for 17 years and was intimately involved in the development and design of Bloomberg’s overall credit trading strategy. Additionally, F.A. spent eight years developing the Electronic Trading network for Bloomberg TOMS.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Lafayette College.
Global eCommerce Director
Dean Berry is CEO of Global eCommerce within ICAP’s Global Broking division, a role that he has held since 2013. A member of the Global Broking Executive Management Group, Dean is responsible for defining and implementing the commercial eCommerce and analytics strategy within the business. Prior to this Dean was COO of ICAP Asia Pacific. He has also held senior roles within the trading divisions of major Investment Banks including Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Société Générale and has worked in Singapore, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Frankfurt and London. Dean holds a First Class, Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics.
JP Morgan Private Bank
He is the global head of fixed income and absolute return funds This is including 40act and UCITS vehicles. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2011, he was working as a Portfolio Manager at Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild. He headed their Fixed Income and Absolute Return fund research as well as their broader multi-manager team, developing expertise in High Yield, Leveraged Loans and Emerging Markets debt David was a member of the investment committee at BPERE and had built tailored asset allocation solutions for high net worth clients. He started his career at J.P. Morgan where he worked on the Masterswap desk. David holds a master’s degree in Finance from Audencia Nantes Business School and has attended the MBA program of Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA
Head of Fixed Income
CastleOak Securities, L.P.
Tom Thees is Head of Fixed Income at CastleOak Securities. became CEO of Bonds.com, an electronic fixed income trading system,
Mr. Thees brings thirty years of industry expertise and experience in building both traditional and electronic fixed income businesses and operations, and is a recognized leader in global financial services. Prior to joining Bonds.com, he served most recently as Head of Investment Grade Credit and formerly as co-head of Fixed Income for Jefferies & Co., and previously served as Chief Operating Officer of MarketAxess Holdings, Inc. Mr. Thees spent 17 years in senior management positions of increasing responsibility at Morgan Stanley & Co., 5 years at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., and also Citibank NA, and A.G. Becker & Co. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Bond Market Association (now SIFMA), including as Chairman of its Investment Grade Committee. In addition to his board membership at HEART 9/11, he is a member of the Georgetown University Board of Regents, and just completed his tenure as the Interim CEO and Board Chairman for the Visiting Nurses Association Health Group in NJ. He graduated from Georgetown University with an AB degree in International Relations, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar.
Pete Eggleston is the co-founder of BestX, a software company providing independent TCA and execution analytics. He was previously at Morgan Stanley, joining in August 2010 to set up the Quantitative Solutions & Innovations (QSI) team within the Fixed Income Division, a client-facing quantitative group that sought to add value to client investment processes through the delivery of TCA and execution analytics, algorithmic products and bespoke projects. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he has held a number of roles within the financial sector, commencing his career at NatWest Markets in 1992, and subsequently ABN AMRO and RBS. Pete holds a BSc in Chemistry from London University, as well as an MSc in biodiversity conservation, also from London University.
Director Global Marketing and Thought Leadership
Ganesh Iyer, CAIA, is Global Product Marketing Director for Financial Markets Network at IPC Systems, a leading provider of specialized communications and managed network-as-a-service solutions for the capital markets. At IPC, Ganesh is responsible for spearheading global product marketing initiatives, building brand awareness and growing the business. He has been widely quoted in the press regarding various aspects of the financial markets and has been featured in a number of publications including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CIO Review magazine, Global Trading magazine, FX-MM, Best Execution magazine and Futures and Options World. He has also been a speaker and panelist at various industry events in the US, UK, France, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Japan. Ganesh holds an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and a BS in Engineering from the Delhi Institute of Technology in India. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.
Neptune Management Team, Managing Partner
Sassan Danesh is a Managing Partner at Etrading Software, a London-based technology services company with a mission to assist the capital markets community in the design and implementation of trading solutions within electronic markets. Prior to co-founding Etrading Software in 2004, Sassan worked at JP Morgan’s fixed income division, designing and implementing sales and trading technology solutions.
Sassan’s focus and mission is to facilitate change across the industry, by enabling collaboration amongst different stakeholders, primarily working with broker-dealers but also with execution venues, large asset managers and quant-based hedge funds.
More recently, Sassan has been involved in bringing greater transparency and efficiency into the fixed income OTC markets by facilitating collaboration between the broker-dealer community and execution venues to define industry best practices using the FIX Protocol for trading OTC bonds and derivatives.
Egan-Jones Ratings Co
Sean Egan is a founding partner and president of Egan-Jones Ratings Company (EJR), which was organized in 1992 for the purpose of providing timely, accurate credit ratings. Over the past decade, EJR provide risk managers with warnings on Ambac, Countrywide, Enron, Greece, Lehman, MBIA, New Century and many others well in advance of the majority of market participants. Fortune Magazine named Mr. Egan the number one person for warning about the 2007 credit crisis. Mr. Egan has appeared on most major media outlets and has testified numerous times in front of Congressional committees
Prior to founding Egan-Jones, Mr. Egan worked as a commercial banker for JP Morgan, as an investment banker for Oppenheimer, and as a management consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick. Mr. Egan graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received an MBA from Harvard University.
Former Lead International Hostage Negotiator, FBI and currently CEO
Black Swan Group