FX Markets Europe

Benchmark with more than 250 senior FX leaders from Europe's leading banks, buy-side firms, regulators and service providers.

With the experience of 20+ editions, FX Markets Europe will be returning this December

More than 250 senior FX markets professionals from across the EMEA region will be coming together online to exchange ideas, network, be inspired, and learn from thought-leaders on the latest innovations in technology, where the FX markets are, and most importantly where they are heading.

Key themes for the 2021 discussion:

  • FXGC review

  • Macro volatility

  • Technology and innovation

  • Wholesale crypto trading markets

  • Emerging market currencies: the need for a re-appraisal

  • Prime brokerage and the buy-side

  • FX Clearing

  • 5-year outlook for the FX market


Rohan Churm

Head of foreign exchange division

Bank of England

Rohan Churm is the Head of Foreign Exchange Division at the Bank of England.  The division is responsible for leading the Bank’s foreign currency operations, and using its presence, expertise and influence in financial markets to inform and shape the Bank’s policy decisions and priorities.  Those foreign currency operations include managing the UK’s official foreign currency reserves on behalf of the UK Government, managing the Bank of England’s smaller pool of foreign currency reserves, and carrying out foreign currency transactions for customers including government departments.  

Rohan was heavily involved in the 3-year review of the FX Global Code, including Chairing the GFXC Disclosures Working Group.   Rohan is a member of the Foreign Exchange Joint Standing Committee (FXJSC).

Rohan has been in role since 2017, having joined the Bank of England in 2001.  He was previously head of Stress Testing Strategy Division from 2014-17 and was responsible for the delivery of stress tests and development of the stress testing framework.  He has written various articles on policy and financial market issues, including Stress Testing and the impact of Unconventional Monetary Policy.  He obtained a BA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MSc in Economics and Finance from Warwick Business School.  His outside interests include Chess, Cricket, and Football.

Philippe Waechter

Chief economist

Ostrum Asset Management

Philippe Waechter is Chief Economist at Ostrum Asset Management and head of the Economic Research Unit. He was previously head of economic research at Banque Populaire Asset Management, a predecessor company to Natixis.

He began his investment career as an economist at BRED Banque Populaire. He currently lectures at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan.
Mr. Waechter was an associate professor at the Université d'Evry in 2003, is co-author of Subprimes, the Global Bankruptcy (May 2008), and is frequently quoted in the financial media.

He holds a graduate degree in economics and in econometrics from Université Paris I.

James Binny

Head of investments for SSGA Europe Limited and global head of currency

State Street Global Advisors

James is Head of Investments for SSGA Europe Limited and Global Head of Currency. He joined the company in January 2016 as Head of Currency for EMEA. Since January 2019 he has expanded his role to include Head of Investments for Ireland, providing leadership and governance to SSGA investment management activity in Ireland and other EU jurisdictions. As Global Head of Currency he continues to provide strategic leadership to the Currency team from a business, investment and research perspective and is ultimately responsible for all currency strategies.

James has worked in the industry since 1990, predominantly in the management of global fixed income and currency, with a focus on the development and implementation of investment and risk processes. He has worked on or led teams at investment firms including Brevan Howard, Gartmore and County NatWest Investment Management. He advised investment managers and asset owners regarding the development of investment and risk management processes while at ABN AMRO and Lloyds Banks. He also created and implemented a manager of managers product at ABN AMRO and while at Lloyds Bank he was trustee of both a DB and DC pension plan.

James graduated with a first in Engineering Science from Oxford University.

Laura Simionescu

Head of financial risk

British American Tobacco

Laura joined British American Tobacco in 2015. After covering various roles in Group’s Treasury, in Romania and United Kingdom, she is now heading up the Financial Risk & Dealing Room team, part of Group Corporate Treasury, located in Romania. She is responsible for defining the risk management strategy  (fx and interest rates), as well as for managing short term liquidity and dealing execution.

Before joining BAT, she worked for 4 years for Raiffeisen’s Romanian building society bank (Sparkasse) as Head of Risk Management and Organisation. Prior to this, she worked for 7 years in GE Capital in the Romanian mortgage business in credit risk area.

Laura is a CFA charterholder since 2018.

Christoph Hock

Head of multi-asset trading

Union Investment

Christoph Hock is Head of Multi-Asset Trading at Union Investment. He joined Union in April 2014 and, with his team, is responsible for all trading activities associated with portfolio management of cash equities, fixed income, fund and ETF business, FX, listed and OTC derivatives, and securities lending.

Christoph graduated with a Diplom-Bankbetriebswirt, and has more than 20 years of international investment banking, trading and management experience, having worked for companies on the sell- and buy-side, most recently as Head of Execution Sales at Barclays Bank and at Alpha Trading.

Prior to this, Christoph was founder, partner and co-CEO/Head of Portfolio Management and Trading at Tungsten Capital Management, a hedge fund company (2005-2010). He was Head of Proprietary Equity Derivatives Desk at J.P. Morgan in London and Frankfurt from 1998-2004. Christoph began his career at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in Cash Equity Trading.

Marcus Butt

Managing director prime services

NatWest Markets

Prior to taking responsibility for FX Prime Services, Marcus was responsible for sales across Prime Brokerage, Futures & OTC Clearing and for the OTC Clearing product in EMEA.

Before joining RBS, Marcus spend 17 years at UBS where he held a number of roles in Prime Services, Securities Lending and FX

Guy Verberne

Chief economist

PGGM Investments

Guy Verberne is responsible for all macro-economic analysis within PGGM Investment Management - the second largest Dutch pension fund service provider, with currently €290bn under management. Before joining PGGM in 2013, Guy has worked as a senior policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Finance, as a senior fixed income portfolio manager in institutional investment management and as chief economist and head of strategy in the banking industry.

Dave Reid

Managing director and global head of FXPB


Dave Reid joined Deutsche Bank in December 2017 and is responsible for FX Prime Broking globally. 

Prior to this, Dave was at Citi for 12 years where he was responsible for Prime Brokerage in EMEA and Asia.  Before this he held roles in Prime Brokerage and eFX at AIG Financial Products, Atriax and ANZ Investment Bank, and derivatives sales and trading roles in various locations globally for Swiss Bank Corporation. 

Richard De Roos

Group head of foreign exchange

Standard Bank

Richard joined the Standard Bank Foreign Exchange dealing team in Cape Town, South Africa in 1985 before being transferred to Botswana as Head of Global Markets in 1992, a greenfield operation and the banks first office on the African continent outside of the common monetary area.

He returned to South Africa in 1995, worked in various capacities in Foreign Exchange sales before being appointed as Head of Foreign Exchange Sales in 2000 and then Head of Foreign Exchange in 2006.

Richard assumed responsibility for liquid Foreign Exchange in Standard Bank’s international offices in 2010, and in 2014 he was tasked with the responsibility for Foreign Exchange in Standard Bank’s rest of Africa businesses.

In 2017 he was appointed as Group Head of Foreign Exchange responsible for all aspects of foreign exchange Across the Standard Bank Group

Vincent Reinhart

Chief economist

Dreyfus and Mellon

Vincent is the firm's Chief Economist and Macro Strategist. In this role, he is responsible for developing views on the global economy and making relative value recommendations across global bond markets, currencies and sectors.

Previously, Vincent served as the Chief US Economist and a managing director at Morgan Stanley. For the prior four years, he was a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Vincent also worked in several roles at the Federal Reserve over 24 years, including Director of the Division of Monetary Affairs and Secretary and Economist of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). His responsibilities at the Federal Reserve included directing research and analysis of monetary policy strategies and the conduct of policy through open market operations, discount window lending and reserve requirements. Prior to these roles, he was the principal liaison with the domestic desk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and was responsible for preparing a document outlining policy alternatives for each FOMC meeting. He was Deputy Director in the Division of International Finance and Associate Economist of the FOMC and spent five years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in both the domestic and international research departments.

His academic publications primarily concern the conduct of policy and issues related to the monetary transmission mechanism as well as an analysis of alternative auction techniques and Treasury debt management. After an undergraduate training at Fordham University, he received graduate degrees in economics at Columbia University.


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