TradeTech FX 2017

11 - 13 September, 2017

Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos, Barcelona

+44 (0) 20 7368 9836

 Pamela Gachara
Pamela Gachara Manager, Capital Markets The Investment Association (IA)


Buy Side Only Platform Evaluation Day

12:50 PM Buy Side Perspective: Establishing the right partner - What questions should you be asking to fully recognise the pros and cons of each initiative?

  • The platform paradigm - How can you establish which initiative you should be supporting and why?

  • When evaluating platforms, what are the key criteria you should be testing and looking out for? 

  • How can you establish what platform is best suited to fit into your current workflow and support your execution and back office processes?

  • What are the different liquidity processes and how can you enhance your existing processes to access more liquidity?

  • What different platform models can help you prosper in an ever-increasing electronic environment?

Day 1 - Tuesday 12th September 2017

3:10 PM Panel Discussion: Between a Global Code Of Conduct ‘rock’ and a MiFID II ‘hard place’ - How are traders approaching regulatory challenges to achieve best execution and a fully compliant trading desk?

  • How prepared is the industry for the new regulatory landscape? Are most firms aware of enhancements to best execution monitoring and how can you assess whether they are suitable and proportionate for your business model?

  • How are the Code Of Conduct Phase 2 recommendations being implemented, who monitors them and what are the ramifications if you do not follow them? 

  • What do firms feel is missing from Phase 2, or unclear – and does it need to be made more stringent? 

  • How is the global code going to look in 10 years time? Are we really changing the culture, and is it fit for purpose?

  • What must firms prioritise throughout 2017 to meet the January 2018 MiFID II deadline?

  • How can firms overcome operational and infrastructural challenges to remain profitable? Do you have a plan B to make a profitable business in the future?

4:40 PM 360° Perspective: Driving transparency - How can you prove to your end clients that your TCA methodology is best suited and delivering best execution

  • Fuelling your TCA – How can you ensure you have reliable independent data, and that there aren’t conflicts of interest?

  • TCA Innovation: What’s the difference between box ticking vs. real value? What new advances are being made in pre and post trade analysis and which providers are leading the way with genuinely useful offerings? 

  • What are the crucial insights pre-trade TCA can give your FX trading desk? How does real time TCA work? 

  • A mix of all three models to satisfy best execution obligations - should buy side firms have a combination of third party TCA, broker’s TCA and in house build to provide the most clarity and an impartial picture of the market?

Day 2 - Wednesday 13th September 2017

3:10 PM Informal Roundtables: Relax with a drink and discuss key issues with your peers in these informal topical discussion groups, including:

Last look standardization – Does the Global Code improve transparency and help regulate the usage of last look, or does it condone its abuse?

Hosted By: Caspar Marney, Director, Velador Associates Ltd 

Regulation, voluntary codes of conduct and market structure - how do we achieve a fair and transparent market with sufficient liquidity? 

Hosted By: David Woolcock, Chair of the Committee for Professionalism, ACI

Recent Advances in Currency Research from Academia: an investors perspective

Hosted By: Michael Melvin, Executive Director, Rady School of Management, UCSD, Former Managing Director, Blackrock

How can the current FX TCA methodologies be improved for the future to satisfy your best execution needs? 

Hosted By: Pamela Gachara, Manager, Capital Markets, The Investment Association (IA)