Venue: Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS

The innovation and digitalisation of the industry as a whole is a critical strategic topic of focus for the association and all of its 600+ members globally. 

Providing a forum at which all of the industry’s participants can network and share insight and information on the most critical topics driving this evolution is key - from technology firms (small and large, nascent, growing and mature), data vendors, market infrastructure providers and law firms – to issuers, investors, banks and asset managers.

09:30   Registration
10:00   Welcome remarks
Bryan Pascoe, Chief Executive, ICMA
10:05   Distributed Ledger Technology in Debt Capital Markets, an issuer's perspective
Josselin Hebert, Senior Digital Innovation Officer, European Stability Mechanism (ESM)
10:15   Panel discussion: Revolutionising primary markets: Digitalisation of bond issuance developments and remaining challenges for market participants

*This panel will take place under the Chatham House rule

Moderator: Armin Peter, Global Head of DCM Syndicate & Head of Sustainable Banking EMEA, UBS

Stefan Filip, Associate Director, Senior Funding Officer, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Paul Landless, Partner, Clifford Chance
Alexander Liebethal, Vice President - Head of New Issues / Privatization, KfW
Philippe Noeltner, Senior Associate, Allen & Overy
Jennie White, Director, BlackRock
11:00   Break
11:30   Supporting Innovation: a Regulator’s Perspective
Helene Oger-Zaher, Manager, Regulatory sandbox and Innovation Pathways, Innovation Department, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
11:40   Revolutionising primary markets: Vendor Session

Moderator: Keith Mullin, Founder, KM Capital Markets

Thilo Derenbach, Head of Business Development and Commercialisation, Issuer Services & New Digital Markets, Clearstream | Presentation
Chris Jones, Head of Business Development (Europe), Covalent Capital 
Robert Koller, CEO and Founder, NowCM
Spencer Maclean, Co-Founder, BondAuction Technology | Presentation
Raja Palaniappan, CEO, Origin | Presentation
12:25   Fireside chat: Market infrastructure providers discussion on Digital Bonds

Moderator: Fabianna Del Canto, Co-Head of EMEA Capital Markets, MUFG Securities

Alexandre Kech, Head Digital Securities, SIX Digital Exchange
Jorgen Ouaknine, Group Head of Innovation and Digital Assets, Euroclear
12:45   Networking lunch 
13:45   Wholesale settlement in central bank money in the presence of technological innovation
Holger Neuhaus, Head Market Innovation & Integration Division, Directorate General Payments & Market Infrastructure, European Central Bank (ECB)
13:55   Panel discussion: Innovation in the secondary, repo & collateral markets

Moderator: Stephane Malrait, Head of Market Structure and Innovation, ING Bank

Christoph Hock, Head of Multi-Asset Trading, Union Investment
Camille McKelvey, Head of Post-Trade Business Development, MarketAxess
Peter Whitaker, Market Structure Strategist, Jane Street
14:40   Innovation in the secondary, repo & collateral markets: Vendor session

Moderator: Gabriel Callsen, Director, FinTech and Digitalisation, ICMA

Sabine Farhat, Head of Securities Finance, Product Management, Murex
Simon Maharaj, Managing Consultant, D2 Legal Technology | Presentation
Luigi Marino, Product Development - Electronic Trading, Valantic FSA | Presentation
Mike Norwood, Director, Head of Trading Solutions, EquiLend | Presentation
15:20   Fireside chat: Bridging the Gap - Asset and Token Identification across Digital Asset Ecosystems

Moderator: Gabriel Callsen, Director, FinTech and Digitalisation, ICMA

Stephan Dreyer, Managing Director, Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA)
Rowan Varrall, Associate Director, Digital Token Identifier Foundation (DTIF)
15:35   Break
16:05   Panel discussion: Global perspectives on the digitalisation agenda
Moderator: Scott Farrell, Strategic Counsel, King & Wood Mallesons

Rehan Ahmed, General Manager and Chief Product Officer, Marketnode
Abena Amoah, Managing Director, Ghana Stock Exchange
Waqar Chaudry, Executive Director – Innovation and Digital Assets Product, Standard Chartered Bank
Akinchan Jain, Manager, Head of Asset & Liability Operations, World Bank Treasury
16:50   The role of GenAI in Financial Services
Emily Prince, Group Head of Analytics, LSEG
17:00   Networking reception
18:00   Event close


Lead Sponsors & Exhibitors

Allen & Overy is a global law firm helping the world’s leading businesses to grow, innovate and thrive, working at the heart of the world’s banking and financial markets. With over 450 lawyers worldwide, we have one of the largest and most international teams of capital markets lawyers of any global law firm. A&O are known globally for industry-leading ‘first-of-a-kind’ transactions and have been instrumental in nearly all of the major developments in the modern financial markets, starting with the first ever eurobond issue in the 1960s and, more recently, acting at the forefront of fintech and digital assets issuance.
Established in 1992, the Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) is the membership organisation of national numbering agencies (NNAs), which are operated by depositories, exchanges, government agencies, nationally central data vendors and other financial infrastructure organisations. The number of NNAs now surpasses 120 jurisdictions globally. ANNA serves as the registration authority for the ISIN and FISN standards, under appointment by ISO. Under ANNA's stewardship, the role of the ISIN in enabling global financial communications has been established worldwide. anna-web.org

The Digital Token Identifier Foundation (DTIF) is a non-profit division of Etrading Software (ETS), a financial technology firm with a mission of solving market-wide problems by building market infrastructures for the new digital economy. DTIF’s mission is to provide the golden source reference data for the unique identification of digital tokens based on ISO’s new standard for digital assets, ISO 24165. The DTI Foundation has already issued ISO identification codes for over a thousand of the most commonly traded digital assets, with more codes being added each day. All commonly traded digital assets can been assigned ISO-standard DTI codes. dtif.org
The BondAuction platform has been designed to resolve issues encountered by users of the Primary Debt Capital Markets. Our experienced founders have developed a solution that brings benefits to all.  An auction allows Investors best bids to be rewarded with full allotments. Issuers have a clear view of market appetite and can make informed decisions when pricing deals. Underwriters benefit from a faster and safer deal execution.

Our platform focuses on the Execution piece of the new issue process, integrating with leading pre and post trade solutions and existing front and back-office infrastructure to provide a seamless user experience.
Clifford Chance is one of the world's pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across the globe. As a global law firm we are able to support clients at both a local and international level across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. Our global, cross-discipline teams advise on a full range of legal solutions. We have a global view, and through our sector approach, a detailed understanding of our clients’ business, its drivers and competitive landscapes. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, who include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations.
D2LT is a global award-winning legal change consulting firm, operating at the intersection of FinTech and LegalTech.  We provide trusted advice to financial firms on process optimisation and the use of technology to unlock business value through legal change.  We have been privileged to guide ICMA (as well as ISDA and ISLA) on the development of the GMRA clause taxonomy and library, CDM and the digitisation of master agreements.  D2LT have also been at the forefront of advising our clients on the automation of the close-out netting process and legal opinion management.
Euroclear group is the financial industry’s trusted provider of post trade services. Guided by its purpose, Euroclear innovates to bring safety, efficiency and connections to financial markets for sustainable economic growth. Euroclear provides settlement and custody of domestic and cross-border securities for bonds, equities and derivatives, and investment funds. As a proven, resilient capital market infrastructure, Euroclear is committed to delivering risk-mitigation, automation and efficiency at scale for its global client franchise. The Euroclear group comprises Euroclear Bank, the International CSD, as well as Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear Finland, Euroclear France, Euroclear Nederland, Euroclear Sweden, Euroclear UK & International and MFEXbyEuroclear.
EquiLend is a global financial technology firm offering Trading, Post-Trade, Data & Analytics, RegTech and Platform Solutions for the securities finance industry. EquiLend has offices in North America, EMEA and Asia-Pacific and is regulated in jurisdictions around the globe. The company is Great Place to Work Certified™ in the U.S., UK, Ireland and India and was named Best Post-Trade Service Provider Globally, Best Market Data Provider Globally and awarded for its Diversity & Inclusion in the Securities Finance Times Industry Excellence Awards 2023.
For more than 35 years, Murex has provided enterprise-wide, cross-asset financial technology solutions to capital markets players. Its cross-function platform, MX.3, supports trading, treasury, risk and post-trade operations, enabling clients to better meet regulatory requirements, manage enterprise-wide risk, and control IT costs. With more than 60,000 daily users in more than 65 countries, Murex has clients across the financial services industry, from banking and asset management to energy and commodities. Murex is an independent company with over 2,700 employees across 19 locations. Murex is committed to providing cutting-edge technology, superior customer service and unique product innovation. MX.3 is specifically designed and engineered to meet the multifaceted challenges of a transforming financial industry.  
Founded in 2015, Origin is the largest primary debt issuance platform in the international debt markets. Our platform connects over 100 frequent borrowers and 20 major investment banks, and is used by over nearly 700 professionals working across 70 cities worldwide. Origin’s software automates and digitizes the entire bond issuance lifecycle, from pricing and origination, documentation, all the way through to listing and settlement, and supports a full range of fixed income products including bonds, MTNs, structured notes, and money market instruments such as CDs and CPs. Origin is backed by a number of strategic investors including Deutsche Borse Group and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
SIX Digital Exchange AG (SDX) is the first fully regulated financial market infrastructure (FMI) for the issuance, trading, settlement, and custody of digital assets. SDX is licensed by Switzerland’s financial market regulator, FINMA, to operate as a stock exchange (via SDX Trading AG) and central security depository (CSD) on distributed ledger technology (DLT). As part of the SIX Group, SDX is subject to the Group’s high quality and security standards covered under Swiss law.
For over twenty years, we have provided cross-asset electronic trading and workflow automation solutions across Fixed Income, FX and Equities. Our clients are leveraging our robust underlying composable building blocks and fully customizable workflows to address their core business needs.

We help our clients extract more insight through our data-centric platform architecture, offering the latest web user interfaces based on HTML5 technology. This is further complimented by our low-code development tools, enabling customization of our trading platforms in addition to clients’ existing trading infrastructure.

Working in true partnership with our clients, our goal is to help them address their key business problems while reducing their total cost of ownership through our complete SaaS and Managed Services offerings.


Bond Radar is the premier intelligence and data service provider for the Global Primary Debt Issuance Markets, including Syndicated Bonds, Syndicated Loans and Leveraged Finance.

Backed by professionals with many years of experience and extensive contacts globally, Bond Radar offer real-time updates throughout the new issue deal execution, pipelines ahead launch, insightful post-pricing deal reviews and comprehensive market summaries, as well as historical priced deals data.

Services available via Bloomberg BRRD<go>, website and API feed.
ICMA Education & Training has been setting the standard of training excellence in the capital markets for almost five decades. Our portfolio of courses reflects the major areas of activity of the association in primary, secondary and repo & collateral markets, alongside horizontal themes of sustainable finance and digitalisation. Education & training is an integral part of ICMA’s commitment to setting high professional standards in the industry and our courses are backed by our market knowledge and extensive international experience.
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