WMBAA Announces Preliminary Agenda for its Second Annual Swap Execution Facility Conference in New York October 3

"SEFCON II" highlights CFTC Chairman Gensler as keynote speaker

Sep 28, 2011, 08:00 ET from WMBAA

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

Welcoming Remarks,

Chris Giancarlo, Conference Chair

8:45 – 9:40 am

Panel Discussion:

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

Keynote Address:

Hon. Gary Gensler - Chairman, U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Introduced by Shawn Bernardo - WMBAA Chairman

10:20 – 10:40 am

Refreshment Break

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

Panel Discussion:

Regulatory Harmonization

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

Panel Discussion:

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

Panel Discussion:

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

Panel Discussion:

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

Refreshment Break

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

Concluding Remarks

Shawn Bernardo, Tullett Prebon, WMBAA Chairman

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

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.