Making the most out of this year’s Sibos in Toronto should be made easier with the help of bobsguide. As a media partner, we will be exhibiting at the conference in a dedicated booth while featuring news, blogs, analysis and feature-length articles discussing the key happenings at this year’s event.

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Sibos 2011

Sibos is one of the largest annual financial services conferences in the industry’s global events calendar. Organised by SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, the conference brings together many leading figures from across the industry to network, do business and discuss key developments and trends.

Now in its 33rd year, Sibos continues to attract increasing numbers of attendees and exhibitors. Last year’s conference in Amsterdam proved to be the most popular in its history, with more than 9,000 visitors, 170 sessions and 175 speakers over the five days.

Much of the discussion at last year’s Sibos was based around three central themes - regulation, rebuilding trust and recovery - These areas were all key topics for discussion as the banking industry looked to recover following the global financial crash.

Speakers and panellists included a cross-section of key figures from the financial services sector. The Royal Bank of Scotland’s CEO Stephen Hester was one of the speakers in the debate surrounding the future of banking. Martin Blessing, CEO of Commerzbank and Tim Cowell, CEO and chairman of the management committee at Euroclear, both gave their views on the health of the banking industry in intimate, one-on-one discussions. Elsewhere, representatives from a range of banks and technology vendors as well as leading economists such as Charles Goodhart from the London School of Economics featured.

A breakdown of the Sibos audience shows the diversity in background of those on the stands and on the stages is reflected in the backgrounds of the delegates. By institution, commercial banks were most heavily represented with a third of visitors. Elsewhere software suppliers and technology consultants accounted for almost a quarter of the audience. When analysed by market, statistics revealed that payments professionals accounted for a third of the Sibos audience. Securities, Cash management, Trade Services and Fx/MM and Derivative markets were all represented in the audience breakdown. Figures showing the geographical make -up of the audience revealed that three-quarters were from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A further 13 percent were from the Americas while 12 percent had travelled from Asia to be in attendance.

In 2011, Sibos is heading to Toronto and is expected to be the most popular event yet. Taking place in September at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the main themes build on the topics of consolidation that dominated proceedings in 2010. This year’s key concerns are regulation - revisited, technology, changing landscape/new expectations and global and local perspectives. The recently announced programme of talks at the event again reflects the diversity of the SWIFT audience. Sessions at this year’s event will focus on SEPA, liquidity risk, opportunities in emerging markets and the challenges created by the adoption of new technologies such as mobile payments, e-invoicing and cloud computing. The range of discussion and debate at the event again serves to highlights the importance of Sibos for the financial services sector as well as pointing to how the banking landscape of the future could look. Sibos 2011 should show just how far the financial services sector has travelled on its journey of recovery since the global crash and the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Highlights from this year’s sessions include the following:

The new risk: Are post-trade market infrastructures fit for purpose post-crisis?

Buy-side operations: As their global operating models evolve, what do investment managers need from their service providers

SEPA - Will the market finally move?

e-invoicing - a fast evolving landscape

Liquidity Risk - Have we learned lessons from the last crisis?

Mobile payments - is it too late for the banks?

World-class corporate banking: Collaborate to better compete or just compete?

bobsguide, the leading global resource for financial technology professionals and official Sibos media partner, will be showcasing its new-look site at a dedicated booth at this year’s conference. A Sibos index page on bobsguide will showcase all the latest news from Toronto as well as featuring articles and thought leadership pieces examining industry trends discussed in the sessions. For the first time a bobsguide Sibos magazine will be published containing advice for delegates on who to speak to and which talks to attend. The magazine, which will be available in both digital and print, will include analysis of key topics by our in-house editorial team and external specialists and a comprehensive exhibitor list.

In addition a daily bobsguide newsletter will be distributed providing comprehensive coverage of product launches, company announcements and news stories from the conference floor. A daily bobsguide blog featuring interviews with exhibitors and content from the talks and sessions will be published on the site. It should help ensure that attendees get the most out of their visit to Sibos.