NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wholesale Markets Brokers' Association, Americas (WMBAA), today announced its Preliminary Agenda for its Second Annual Swap Execution Facility Conference, referred to as "SEFCON II":
2011 SEFCON II – Preliminary Agenda
8:30 – 8:45 am
Chris Giancarlo, Conference Chair
8:45 – 9:40 am
What is a "SEF" and What is it Good for?
Moderated by: Michael McKenzie – US Markets Editor, Financial Times
Emil Assentato - Chairman & CEO, Tradition (North America) Inc.
Chris Ferreri - Managing Director, ICAP Plc
Michael Gooch - Chairman & CEO, GFI Group Inc.
George Harrington - Global Head, Fixed Income Trading, Bloomberg Inc.
Shawn Bernardo - Senior Managing Director, Tullett Prebon Plc.
Richard M. McVey - Chairman & CEO, MarketAxess
Stephen Merkel - Executive Vice President, BGC Partners Inc.
Lee Olesky - CEO and Co-founder, Tradeweb
9:40 – 10:20 am
Hon. Gary Gensler - Chairman, U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Introduced by Shawn Bernardo - WMBAA Chairman
10:20 – 10:40 am
10:40 – 11:20 am
Clarifying Dodd-Frank: An Interview of Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ5) and Congressman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY14) on HR 2586, the SEF Clarification Act.
Interviewer: Pimm Fox, Bloomberg Radio and TV host of "Taking Stock with Pimm Fox."
11:20 – 12:10 pm
Moderated by: Walter Lukken - CEO, New York Portfolio Clearing and former CFTC Chairman
Jeremy Barnum - Head of NA Credit Trading, JP Morgan
Jeff Hogan - Managing Director, BGC Partners
Daniel Marcus - Strategy Director, Tradition
Duncan Wales - Group General Counsel, ICAP
12:10 – 1:00 pm
Maintaining Swaps Liquidity
Moderated by: Kevin McPartland - Tabb Group
Grant Biggar - President, Creditex / Intercontinental Exchange
Julian Harding - Executive Director, Tradition
James Hill – Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Jess Sharp – Executive Director, US Chamber of Commerce
William Thum – Principal, The Vanguard Group
Mark Vonderheide – Managing Partner, Geneva Energy Markets
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Hon. K. Michael Conaway (R-Tex 11) - Chairman, House Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
2:00 – 2:50 pm
SEF Technology: Swaps Trading & Reporting
Moderated by: Hon. Scott O'Malia – Commissioner, U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission
Ron Levi – Chief Operating Officer, GFI Group
Dr. John Bates – Senior Vice President, Progress Software
Jeff Gooch – Chief Executive Officer, MarkitSERV
Gil Mandelzis – Chief Executive Officer, Traiana
Sonali Das Theisen – Director, Barclays Capital
Tomas Zikas - Managing Director, New Business Development, Currenex Inc.
2:50 – 3:40 pm
SEF Nuts and Bolts: Registration, Ownership, Governance and Operations
Moderated by: Alex McDonald, Chief Executive, WMBA Europe
Michael Bopp - Partner, Gibson Dunn
Jamie Cawley – Chief Executive Officer, Javelin Capital Markets
Athanassios Diplas, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
Chris Iacovella – Staff Member, House Financial Services Committee
William McCoy - Managing Director and Counsel, Morgan Stanley
Ross Pazzol - Partner, KattenMuchinRosenman
Bob Pickel – Executive Director and CEO, International Swaps and Derivatives Association
3:40 – 4:00 pm
4:00 – 4:30 pm
Panel Discussion: "The View from Capitol Hill: How we got here and where we're going."
Moderated by: Micah Green, Partner, Patton Boggs
Jeff Siegel, Senior Counsel, Senate Banking Committee
4:30 – 5:00 pm
The Brave New World of SEFS: A View from the Whiteboard
Featuring: Paddy Hirsch, Senior Editor, Marketplace and Chris Ferreri, ICAP, Vice Chairman WMBAA
5:00 – 5:15 pm
Shawn Bernardo, Tullett Prebon, WMBAA Chairman
5:30 – 7:00 pm
SEFCON II will focus on the role and operation of Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The conference will provide global financial institutions with a comprehensive overview of this new regulatory category for U.S. swap market intermediaries. As with SEFCON I, this year's conference is designed to bring together swaps professionals from leading brokers and other intermediaries, institutional dealers, buy-side traders and corporate end-users along with regulators, legislators, lawyers, accountants and economists to discuss and consider the role and operation of SEFs in the new US regulatory landscape.
SEFCON II will be held in New York City on October 3, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 42nd Street, New York, NY, and will build on the work of SEFCON I held in Washington, D.C. in October 2010. The full conference program includes general sessions from 8:30 am-5:00 pm, an industry luncheon at 1:00 pm, the exhibits throughout, and the closing reception at 5:00 pm.
SEFCON remains the only conference series singularly focused on the regulatory classification of SEFs under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Additional information is available online at: www.flaggmgmt.com/SEFCON
Information on sponsoring and exhibiting can be obtained at www.flaggmgmt.com/SEFCON or by phoning Flagg Management Inc at: 212-286-0333.
Wholesale Markets Brokers' Association, Americas
The Wholesale Markets Brokers' Association, Americas (WMBAA) is an independent industry body representing the largest inter-dealer brokers (IDBs) operating in the North American wholesale markets across a broad range of financial products. The five founding members of the group are: BGC Partners; GFI Group; ICAP; Tradition; and Tullett Prebon. The association seeks to promote the quality and standards of the industry and the critical role played by wholesale brokers in the efficient functioning of financial markets, working with key public policymakers on regulation and oversight of over-the-counter (OTC) markets and their participants. For more information, please go to www.wmbaa.org.