How the FIX Trading Community EMEA Trading Conference will help shape the future of trading

By Tim Healy | 27 February 2017

On the 2 March 2017 the FIX Trading Community is once again holding its annual one-day EMEA Trading Conference at Old Billingsgate in London. The event is now in its 9th year and is considered by many as the largest one-day trading event in Europe, full of lively debates, interesting keynote speeches and excellent networking opportunities.

The event will be broken into business, technical and educational streams, with high quality speakers debating hot topics facing the trading community today. As you can expect, regulation will be a high priority as firms get ready to take on the challenge of MiFID II. The first panel of the day will look at MiFID II from a global perspective, as organisations that trade across borders will be impacted to some extent by the regulations of the jurisdictions of the market where they trade and/or by the jurisdictions where their clients are based. Dr Kay Swinburne, MEP for Wales, will join the panel of experts who will look at the impact of MiFID II on MiFID Authorised Firms trading abroad, how non-EU firms trading in EU will be affected, and what practical approaches firms can take.

After lunch, FIX will revisit MiFID II to talk about what the organisation is doing to help implement the new regulations. In 2015, the FIX Trading Community launched numerous new subcommittees and working groups looking at the practical changes that FIX will need to do in order to support MiFID. Since then, each working group has been meeting regularly, initially to go through the detail of each RTS and then to document guidelines, workflows and proposed changes to the FIX Protocol. This session will provide everyone with an update on the issues and challenges that FIX is addressing in regards to transparency, reference data, best execution, microstructure and order data & record keeping.

While regulation is clearly an important topic that will be debated at length, the EMEA conference will also look at other areas impacting the industry, including the shifts taking place in the OTC derivatives landscape, making research pay, new innovations in post-trade technology, the security of the financial markets, the build vs buy debate, and the future of fixed income and derivatives. The event will finish off with a keynote speech from Sean Fitzpatrick, who is widely regarded as one of the finest rugby players to ever come from New Zealand. And of course, we then have the ever-popular networking drinks to look forward to.

The FIX Trading Community EMEA Trading Conference is shaping up to be one of the best yet.  If you haven’t already registered, we hope you’ll consider coming along to take part of the conversations helping to shape the future of trading.