FX Markets Europe 2023 event agenda

FX Markets Europe - 2023 Agenda


Fireside chat: FX global code of conduct -- the current state of play

09:10 - 09:30

Stephane Malrait

Global head of market structure and innovation for financial markets

Stéphane Malrait is Managing Director, Global Head of Market Structure and Innovation for Financial Markets, at ING Bank. Stephane is responsible for following the market structure and industry challenges impacting the financial market industry. He is leading innovation activities internal to ING and also external partnerships and developments with Fintech companies. He actively contributes to industry working groups to represent ING Bank.

Stéphane joined ING in 2015 to lead the bank e-commerce initiatives across all financial market products and to develop on the financial market group’s cross-asset eCommerce strategy. Before joining ING, Stephane spent eight years at Société Générale, where he was Global Head of FIC eCommerce, creating an eCommerce business covering credit, rates, money market, emerging market, and FX. Prior to this, Stéphane worked at JPMorgan Chase for ten years, serving in different roles in Global FX E-Commerce Business Management and cross-asset eCommerce technology and was based in London and New York.

Stephane has a strong background in financial markets and understands the need for continued technological development to drive positive change in trading and market structure workflows. He is leading ING's Financial Market Innovation strategy and also working on the implementation of financial regulations that will impact the client trading activities and transform how the trading floor operates.

Stephane is also a board member for several Fintech market initiatives and trading associations. Since 2005 he has been active with the ACI Financial Market Association - an international non-profit organisation that represents the interests of market professionals in foreign exchange and money markets. Here, he has chaired the ACI FX Committee, representing the views of professionals in the FX sector. He is also an active member of the ECB FX contact group working on the BIS Global FX code of conduct working groups.


Opening panel: The last six months / the next six months

09:30 - 10:00

Amidst a backdrop of geopolitical crisis and volatility, the FX market has continued to evolve by embracing analytics and efficiency boosting technology as well as a fostering a continued interest in digital currencies. As the market evolves at an accelerated pace, what are market leaders anticipating over the next six months?

  • Audience votes on which predictions are most likely to happen
David Page

Head of macroeconomic research

AXA Investment Managers

David Page is head of macroeconomic research at AXA Investment Managers. He manages a global team of 10 economists and strategists, is a regular guest on Bloomberg TV and other global media. Page joined AXA Investment Managers in July 2014 as a senior economist to provide economics coverage on US and UK economies. He has written extensively on the US economy, covering elections, fundamental monetary policy debates and issues of fiscal stimulus. Before joining AXA Investment Managers, Page worked for four years at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking as a senior economist, primarily covering the UK economy. During this time, he was twice voted the top forecaster in the region in 2011 and 2012 (and came third in 2013). Prior to this, Page worked for 10 years at Investec Bank as a global economist, primarily covering the UK and European economies. Before this, he spent five years in the Government Economic Service, initially working for the energy regulator before joining the UK Debt Management Office – an executive agency of HM Treasury – at its inception in 1998, considering issues of primary issuance for the UK gilt market. Page holds a masters of science degree in economics from the University of Warwick, UK and a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of York.


Viraj Patel

Senior strategist and partner

Vanda research

Viraj is a Senior Strategist and joined Vanda in 2020 from Arkera where he was Head of Macro & Geopolitics Research. Prior to this, Viraj worked as an FX Strategist at ING and had roles at Barclays Wealth and the Bank of England. Viraj graduated in Economics from the University of Cambridge and is a CFA charterholder.

Arnob Biswas

FX macro strategist

SMBC Global Securities

Francesco Pesole

FX strategist


Nikita Fadeev


Fasanara Capital


Presentations: Platforms, products, protocols

10:00 - 10:30

  • Three FX trading venues discuss the changing face of multilateral trading
  • Which products will electronify next?
  • Will e-trading for forwards and swaps take off in 2023?Where and how will participants choose to interact?


Networking coffee break and knowledge cafe

15:30 - 16:00

Grab a coffee and join one of our interactive and informal knowledge cafes. Located in front of the coffee station, these sessions are completely confidential and led by industry experts. 

  • Overcoming capital and margin challenges
  • Emerging markets


Current state of play: electronification

12:00 - 12:30

  • Navigating the complex landscape of FX trade execution: adoption of electronic execution: leveraging algos for maximum efficiency
  • Smart decision making – the voice trading point of view, what makes sense from an electronic trading point of view, where to differentiate within electronic trading and where do different protocols work?
Allan Guild


Hilltop Walk Consulting

Asif Razaq

Global head of FX algo execution

BNP Paribas

Asif Razaq is an experienced foreign exchange algo trader with over 15 years of experience developing electronic trading platforms. He has a masters of science degree in artificial intelligence (AI) and joined BNP Paribas from Citi, where he worked on various initiatives including e-FX pricing engines and algorithmic trading. Utilising his experience in AI, Razaq developed and launched Cortex iX, a cutting-edge FX algorithmic execution platform that has been highly acclaimed by clients and industry experts globally.


Public vs private

11:00 - 11:30

  • Market participants are increasingly sensitive to market impact, and increasingly wary of big, public order books
  • Is bilateral trading the answer? Can buy and sell-side firms replace multi-dealer venues with a collection of two-way liquidity streams?
  • Pros, cons and the prospects for these kind of venues


How FX dealing desks are implementing tech to drive performance

11:30 - 12:00

  • The emerging trends in the Transactional FX space and how organisations are implementing technology to meet these needs
  • Identifying the challenges
  • Key considerations for the Transactional FX space when it comes to post-trade, compliance and reporting
    Bhupen Velani

    Global head, transactional FX trading

    Bank of America

    Myriam Sifaoui

    Global emerging chief operating officer - director

    Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking - SGCIB




    Generating alpha – leveraging strategies in trading and systemic investment to generate alpha in the current landscape

    12:30 - 13:00

    • The attraction to high volatility foreign exchange markets
    • Leveraging foreign exchange positions by using forward contracts
    • Approaches to generating alpha



    Networking lunch
    Re-connect and meet new contacts as we return to in person!

    12:20 - 13:20


    Optimized clearing: evolution and innovation

    14:00 - 14:40

    • How has clearing evolved over the past year?
    • Focus on NDF and FX option clearing volumes
    • The impact of UMR deadlines
    • The evolving role and relationship with counterparties
    • Overcoming challenges on liquidity for FX swaps and forwards
    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


    Tackling FX settlement challenges: the rise of risk

    14:40 - 15:20

    • Managing FX settlement risk - counterparty risk
    • SA-CCR and margin rules: implications and impact
    • New tools and technology - platforms to ease settlement rate


    Have your say: liquidity – deconstructing currencies to keep brokerages viable

    15:20 - 15:30


    Networking coffee break

    10:30 - 11:00

    Knowledge cafes

    Join one of practitioner led, confidential table top discussions including:

    • Emerging markets
    • Electronic spots



    AI, innovation and Forex

    16:00 - 16:30

    FX trading efficiencies are being driven by technology. How is AI and ML helping to streamline the trade lifecycle, generate alpha and mitigate risk?


    Closing keynote: the future of crypto trading and digital assets

    16:30 - 17:00

    As they crypto market rests in limbo, how are industry experts envisioning the future of crypto trading and digital assets? 

    Itay Tuchman

    Former global head of foreign exchange, Citi

    Independent FX markets expert