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Bloomberg Event


Leading Forex 2018

13th November | Bloomberg London



Challenges, opportunities and tomorrow’s vision for leaders

In the fast-moving world of Forex trading, leadership must be equipped and ready to embrace every challenge and opportunity, to ensure they develop the required key success factors. We will explore the core issues facing management, from the future of the Forex markets to the implications of technological innovation on international trade patterns.

In this afternoon program, Bloomberg will convene speakers from all corners of the Forex industry; ranging from CEOs to traders and investors, affiliates, fin-tech companies and Forex brokers. With their combined expertise and experience, our in-depth discussions will provide both today's actionable insight in the Forex market, and tomorrow's vision for leaders.




2:00 PM​

2:30 PM​
Welcome Remarks, Kristine Aquino (Bloomberg LP)

2:40 PM​
The Importance of Decision Making

One-on-one with Cliff Baty, Manchester United CFO

Moderator: David Hellier (Bloomberg LP) 

3:00 PM
Panel - Leading the Charge

Leadership is consumed with how to build great teams, while adopting the right technology to ensure success for the long-term. This discussion will focus on challenges and opportunities in the forex market, and specifically how technology is innovating the way we trade, while reducing costs and opening the doors to progress and new risks at the same time. What can be gained by the new possibilities, and what risks should leadership be most concerned about.

Panelists: Marc Burki (Swissquote), Tom Higgins (Gold-i), Brendan Callan (FXCM), Christian Frahm (CFH Clearing)

Moderator: Justina Lee (Bloomberg LP)

3:30 PM
Panel - Forex Forward
What are the best strategies for brokers and banks to be able to scale their online trading with further EU regulated forex trading policies in place, and Brexit on the horizon? This panel will assess the limitations of moving forex onto electronic platforms, employing technologies like algorithmic trading, and how best to build an improved risk management strategy.

Panelists: Muamar Behnam (Swissquote), Alan F. Schwarz (FXSpotStream), Rachel Przybylski (Saxo Capital Markets UK)

Moderator: Charlotte Ryan (Bloomberg News)

4:00 PM​
Closing Remarks, Bloomberg Host

5:00 PM​
Networking & Drinks at the Networking Blitz Opening Party for Finance Magnates London Summit at Old Billingsgate


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Marc Bürki

Marc Bürki, CEO of Swissquote Bank Ltd., was born in 1961. He graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) with a degree in electrical engineering in 1987. Until 1990 he worked as a telecommunications specialist with the European Space Agency (ESA) in Nordweijk (Netherlands), and was subsequently a co-founder and managing partner with Marvel Communications Ltd. He is a founding member of Swissquote, where he has held various positions on the Board of Directors and in the Executive Management team. In 2002, Marc Bürki was appointed CEO of Swissquote Group Holding Ltd. and Swissquote Bank Ltd., the offices he holds today.


Cliff Baty​

Cliff Baty, aged 48, is the Company's Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed in March 2016. He is responsible for managing all aspects of financial reporting and financial control of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Baty served as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Sportech plc, a leading pool betting operator and technology supplier, from 2013 to 2016. Prior to Sportech, he worked at Ladbrokes plc from 2006 to 2013 in a number of senior finance roles including Finance Director of its eGaming and International businesses, as well as Ladbrokes businesses in Spain, Italy and South Africa. Before that he was Group Financial Controller of Hilton Group plc from 2004 to 2006. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, where he worked for 10 years. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Oriel College, Oxford University in 1992.


Tom Higgins

Tom Higgins is founder and CEO of Gold-i. His experience in financial technology spans over 25 years, having spent most of his career working in the City, London. His career history includes: Management Consultant at PA Consulting Group, Chief Technology Officer at The IPE, Head of IT Business Strategy at NYSE Euronext, COO Europe & Asia at Reuters and Chief Technology Officer at online broker, ODL Securities. He holds an MBA from Cass Business School in London.


Alan F. Schwarz

Alan Schwarz is the Co-founder and CEO of FXSpotStream. Founded in 2011, FXSpotStream provides a multibank FX price aggregation service to clients for the purpose of executing FX spot, forward, swaps, NDF/NDS and precious metals spot and swaps trades. FXSpotStream's liquidity providers include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BNP Paribas, Citi, Commerzbank AG, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered, State Street and UBS. FXSpotStream clients can access bank liquidity via an API or GUI from hosted locations in New York, London and Tokyo.


Muamar Behnam

Head of Sales HQ, Director, and Member of Senior Management at Swissquote Bank. Muamar Behnam has 10 years experience in online trading & the financial services industry with Swissquote Bank. After participating in the launch of Swissquote Bank in 2000, and accompanying it’s initial development during 2 years from a marketing/communication perspective, Muamar returned to Swissquote Bank in 2011 to take care of the eFX Institutional business. In 2013, he become Director of the White Label and Institutional eFX Department and since April 2017 is managing a strong team of 30 experienced Sales that cover all the products and services provided by the bank. 


Brendan Callan

Mr. Callan has been the Chief Executive Officer of FXCM Group since May 2017 and from 2010 to May 2017 he served as the Chief Executive Officer of our European Operations. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Callan was the Managing Director of Sales for FXCM. He joined the firm in 2001 and became the Managing Director of RefcoFX in 2003 after spending two years in various sales positions. After graduating from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Finance/MIS in 2001, Mr. Callan completed an MBA at the London Business School in 2015, and was named to the “40 under 40 list of Rising Stars in Trading and Technology” in 2014 by Financial News. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst. 


David Hellier

David has been at Bloomberg LP for more than two years as a Senior UK Business Reporter, where he has written stories about takeovers, gender pay, corporate governance and sports business.

Prior to this David worked for nine years at City A.M where he was news editor, deputy editor and editor. David has been a financial reporter at the Independent, Express, Evening Standard and Birmingham Post.

He has also organised Business of the Year evenings for City A.M. and the Evening Standard.


Kristine Aquino

Kristine Aquino leads Bloomberg Markets Live in Europe, a team comprised of journalists and strategists that provide real-time analysis and commentary on various asset classes worldwide. She appears regularly on Bloomberg TV and Radio, and offers insights on trends and themes in bond, currency and equity markets. Kristine joined Bloomberg's London bureau in 2014, where she has contributed to coverage of key events including the Brexit referendum, the Greek debt crisis, and the launch of the European Central Bank's quantitative easing program. Prior to that, she was in Bloomberg Singapore, where she wrote about central bank and economic policy in Asia-Pacific developed and emerging markets.

Christian Frahm

Founder & CEO of CFH Group, Chairman of the Board
Christian founded the CFH Group in 2008 with the aim of investing and creating companies that empower financial institutions to compete and win in their e-Markets. Today the group includes four companies, with clients in over 82 countries and more than 100 employees in 5 different locations. 
More than 200 Billion USD is transacted through CFH’s technology on a monthly basis across datacenters in London, New York and Tokyo. 

Justina Lee

Justina Lee is a reporter covering European equities for Bloomberg News from London, where she's written about the impact of MiFID on small-caps and equity research. Before that, she was in Taipei and later her hometown Hong Kong for almost five years reporting on greater China markets. She graduated from New York University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science.

Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan is a journalist at Bloomberg News who has covered politics, equities and bond and currency markets. She now works on the bonds/fx team at Bloomberg with a particular focus on the pound and European currencies.

Rachel Przybylski

Regulatory Specialist and Company Secretary to the Board for Saxo Capital Markets UK Limited. A market regulation and market structure change specialist. Responsible for communicating the commercial impact of regulation across all asset classes, assisting management and internal teams to position the business in light of the future regulatory landscape.





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