InvestOps USA 2019

March 05 - 07, 2019

Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Palm Harbor, FL

(+44) 207.368.9576

InvesOps Day 2- 03/07/19

7:45 am - 8:45 am Pension Fund Think Tank Breakfast How can the Pension Funds better collaborate to drive mutually beneficial initiatives forward?

 Open to a maximum of 15 Heads of Investment Operations from the top 20 US Pension Funds
Led By: April Wilcox, Director, Investment Operations, CalSTRS

7:45 am - 8:55 am Registration and Brunch

8:55 am - 9:00 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks

9:00 am - 9:40 am In Conversation With The Buy Side: What strategic approaches can you adopt to best balance regulatory compliance, business growth and technological innovation projects to build a winning investment operations division?

Sonia Maloney - COO, Norrep Capital Management
Ø  How can you review enterprise processes for cross-border compliance with minimal disruption to your current operations?
Ø  What steps should you take now to identify which innovative technology solutions you should be investing in now to meet your regulatory mandates?
Ø  How can you establish which legacy systems need to be replaced to thrive in the modern-day investment operations landscape and how can this be done to minimize disruption to your day-to-day workflow?
Ø  Promoting business growth – how technological innovation and regulatory compliance from investment operations can position you in front of the competition
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Sonia Maloney

COO
Norrep Capital Management

9:40 am - 10:00 am Macro Keynote: Assessing the key drivers that will shape global investing in 2019- How you can best prepare for how these macro trends will transform your front-back workflow?

Ø  Rising rates, trade wars and ‘America First’- How is this impacting product selection and portfolio construction and what are the knock-on effects for investment operations?
Ø  The elements of uncertainty that impact investors strategies- How much more risk conscious should you become?
Ø  Diversification and risk reduction- what are the drivers for a successful portfolio over the next 12 months and how will this impact investment decision making?
Ø  Operating under the influence of Trump- How might changes in trade with overseas market impact the way we operate and what impact might we see on globalization?
Ø  Political chaos leading to financial calm? What will happen to Dodd-Frank under Trump's executive order and are we likely to see a solid plan for deregulation being executed?

10:00 am - 10:30 am Special Guest Speaker: The power of non verbal communication in leadership– An Ex-FBI Agent's guide to speed-reading people

Joe Navarro - Former Special Agent within the FBI'S Behavioural Analysis Programme, FBI
 Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. Find out how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

Joe Navarro

Former Special Agent within the FBI'S Behavioural Analysis Programme
FBI

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Refreshment break

11:00 am - 11:40 am All Star Panel: The future of investment operations- What technological innovations and FinTech trends are set to radically disrupt the way you do your jobs in the near future?

Elise Bourret - Vice President, Global Investment Services, Manulife Asset Management Jay Boyd - Global Application Services Technology Officer, Invesco Jeffrey Leschen - Director of Operations, Bramshill Investments
Ø  The convergence of technology and operations- Leveraging FinTech across multiple functions to create a flexible model for longevity
Ø  Which types of technological innovation are going to transform investment operations and the way you work over the next 10 years?
Ø  What can the buy side do to encourage industry innovation and embrace FinTech solutions?
Ø  How and why should you take advantage of the innovative, lower cost and highly scalable solutions offered by newer and more entrepreneurial suppliers?
Ø How can you balance the benefits of emerging technologies with the advanced nature of well established vendors?
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Elise Bourret

Vice President, Global Investment Services
Manulife Asset Management

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Jay Boyd

Global Application Services Technology Officer
Invesco

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Jeffrey Leschen

Director of Operations
Bramshill Investments

11:40 am - 12:00 pm Blockchain Keynote: The future is now- How can you execute, clear and settle trades on current public Blockchain infrastructure and what does the future hold for this technology?

Ron Quaranta - CEO, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance
Ø  Blockchain 101- How does this technology work, how can you use it and what potential does it have to affect the current capital markets ecosystem?
Ø  Reducing reliance on the clearing system- What does blockchain offer and how have trades already been settled outside the traditional clearing and settlement structure in a legal manner?
Ø  Assessing future potential- How is this technology being implemented in capital markets now and what are the timelines to upgrade and scale the technology in a live environment?
Ø  As well as the successful use cases, what are the deficiencies of DLT technology when commercially applied and how can they be overcome?
Ø  Bringing blockchain to the mass market- What are the current deficiencies around scalability and how can they be overcome?
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Ron Quaranta

CEO
Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm FinTech Shark Tank: Get a sneak peek into the most innovative FinTech offerings in investment operations to see how they can help you solve some of your biggest pain points

 Join our InvestOps sharks during this exciting ‘Shark Tank style session, where you will hear from four new and innovative start-up FINTECH firms as they present their offerings in a bid to win first place. Listen up as the ’sharks’ review the technologies’ benefits to your business, predict their future success and deliver their verdicts. The ultimate decision is in your hands though, as the audience get to vote for their favourite. Will you find the next big thing?

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Women on Wall Street Lunch: Improving the position of women within investment operations- Covering everything from communications, self-branding to career progression

Laurie D Battaglia - MS-OD, PCC, CEO & Workplace Strategist, Aligned at Work Deborah White - VP Asset Operations, Aegon
Ø  A boardroom discussion on professional skill development, building a personal brand, and getting ahead on the street
Ø  Enhance your career by learning from, and being inspired by, some of the most successful and influential women leaders
Ø  Open to a maximum of 15 delegates- Lunch to be served during this session
Ø  Led by: Deborah White, VP, Asset Operations, Aegon Asset Management, Laurie Battaglia, CEO, Workplace Strategist, Aligned at Work
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Laurie D Battaglia

MS-OD, PCC, CEO & Workplace Strategist
Aligned at Work

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Deborah White

VP Asset Operations
Aegon

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch and Networking Break

Track A Regulation- Assessing The Impact Of Global Regulation

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Interactive Interview: Navigating complexities across jurisdictions- How can you efficiently operate across global markets with multiple contrasting regulations?
Charles Dwyer - Former Director, Global Technology and Operations Independent
Ø  The impact of global data regulations - Understanding and complying to data restrictions in the US as a result of GDPR
Ø  Will Brexit require a change in business strategy to cater for new regulations?
Ø  How can you prepare for regulatory uncertainty across the board?
Ø  Global best execution dynamics- When working with counterparts across different geographies how do you ensure you are working with the best partners to prove best execution? 
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Charles Dwyer

Former Director, Global Technology and Operations
Independent

Track A Regulation- Assessing The Impact Of Global Regulation

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Oxford Style Debate: True or False – Will regulations slow down the ease at which businesses can implement emerging technologies or does it act as a catalyst for change?
Charles Dwyer - Former Director, Global Technology and Operations Independent
Ø  What impact will regulation have on the implementation of emerging technologies and how can you prepare for these implications?
Ø  How will automation, AI and ML help to manage regulatory changes?
Ø  In areas where Blockchain is beginning to be regulated, has it made a difference to how you can utilize the technology?
Ø  How can regulators and technological innovation move forward in conjunction to promote growth and innovation?
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Charles Dwyer

Former Director, Global Technology and Operations
Independent

Track B Alternatives and New Products- Leveraging New Opportunities in Alternatives

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Case Study Revolution: Managing risky business- How can you get the best possible insights on drivers of risk to ensure you have the right systems in place to respond quickly?
Ø  How can you best devise a comprehensive view of your risk management strategy to secure operations
Ø  How can you ensure you are keeping up with the newest waves of technology to enhance operations without risking compliance?
Ø  What are the best ways in which to monitor risk across your business, allowing you to understand where the most vulnerable points are?
Ø  How can you gain the best possible understanding of the real drivers of risk to ensure you have the right systems in place to respond quickly?
Ø  What are the best ways to work with your enterprise risk office?

Track B Alternatives and New Products- Leveraging New Opportunities in Alternatives

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Fireside Chat: Preparing for new product launches: How can you best manage your operational risk across a broader variety of non-traditional assets?
Estuko Fuseya Jennings - Gobal Head of Operational Risk, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Ø To what extent has a change in regulation led to growth in alternative assets?
Ø  Do increasing product pools require a change in operating model?
Ø How can you consider strategic fit of new product launches including marginal costs and ongoing operational and compliance issues?
Ø Is it likely that we will see growth in the level of customization of alternatives as customer demands alter?

Estuko Fuseya Jennings

Gobal Head of Operational Risk
Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Track C AUM Roundtables- Buy Side Only Working Groups

2:00 pm - 3:20 pm AUM Working Groups: Join roundtables with your buy side peers based on AUM to address common challenges and opportunities
Vince Pasqualicchio - COO - Investments, American Family Insurance Russell Snow - Director Operations, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Ø  What are the specific pain points for managing your middle and back office technology and how are these different depending on AUM?

Ø  Roundtable 1: $100 Bn+ AUM
Ø  Hosted by:
Ø  Roundtable 2: $50 – $100 Bn AUM
Ø  Hosted by:
Ø  Roundtable 3: Less than $50 Bn AUM
Ø  Hosted by:  Vincent Pasqualicchio, COO, Investment Operations, American Family Insurance
Ø  Roundtable 4: Pension Funds
Ø  Hosted by: Russell Snow, Head of Investment Operations, State of Wisconsin Investment Board 
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Vince Pasqualicchio

COO - Investments
American Family Insurance

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Russell Snow

Director Operations
State of Wisconsin Investment Board

3:20 pm - 3:40 pm Crystal Ball Panel: Investment Operations in 2029- Predicting what the future holds for investment operations and the industry as a whole

Ø  How are big data, machine learning and AI reshaping investment management?
Ø Defining disruption- How will the buy side have to evolve their thinking from traditional operational approaches and overcomes the challenges in machine learning to reap the rewards it offers?
Ø  How and why to take advantage of the innovative, lower cost and highly scalable solutions offered by newer and more entrepreneurial suppliers
Ø The view in 2029- How will the investment operations landscape differ 10 years from now and how will your job functions change? 

3:40 pm - 3:45 pm Chairperson's Closing Remarks

3:45 pm - 3:45 pm Conference Close