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Banking and Capital Markets

Equities Leaders Conference

Hong Kong |
Speakers include:
Frederick Laydon

Frederick Laydon

Principal Global Investors

Frederic  Neumann

Frederic Neumann


Bryan  Messer

Bryan Messer

Messer Financial Software


Accessing Asian equities markets in a rapidly evolving environment

The FT Trading Room and The Banker were delighted to present this one day equities trading event in Hong Kong.  With so many changes happening in the Asian stock markets currently, this timely event examined the latest electronic trading opportunities and provided delegates with advice on how to efficiently access Asian and ASEAN markets.

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Frederick Laydon

Frederick Laydon

CFA, Chief Operations Officer - Asia
Principal Global Investors

Frederick Laydon is the COO - Asia, a Hong Kong based role providing direct oversight to a number of functional capacities of PGI in Asia (ex-Japan), as well as providing support to the Chief Executive - Asia, developing strategy and operational infrastructure. He was previously based in Beijing, China, as Director, International Investment Department, at our joint venture mutual fund operation, CCB-Principal. Prior to that, he was a bond/credit trader for Principal, based in London, after a role managing Pan-European multi-sector fixed income portfolios. Mr Laydon was previously based in Hong Kong where he helped develop, and then manage, Principal's MPF investment portfolios. Prior to working in Asia, he was based in Des Moines as a co-manager of fixed income portfolios for Principal's operations in Spain, as well as researching capital markets to determine nation-specific suitability for expanding Principal's pension operations. Before joining Principal in 1994, he was an analyst for private placement fixed income portfolios at Central Life Assurance. Mr Laydon has a Bachelor's degree in finance and business administration from Drake University and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation

Frederic  Neumann

Frederic Neumann

Asia Chief Economist

Frederic Neumann, PhD, is Managing Director and Co-Head of Asian Economic Research, based in Hong Kong. Before joining HSBC, Frederic was an adjunct professor at a number of US universities, including Johns Hopkins University, teaching graduate courses on Asian sovereign risk analysis, financial markets, monetary policy, and Southeast Asian political culture. He also served as a consultant to international organizations and governments, and as a research associate of the Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC. A former Fulbright scholar, Frederic holds a PhD in International Economics and Asian Studies. 

Bryan  Messer

Bryan Messer

Messer Financial Software

Bryan Messer launched Messer Financial Software in May 2013 after identifying a need for data management and reporting solutions for funds and asset managers in the region. Before this he spent two years as Chief Technology Officer for Azentus Capital Management  Ltd, joining the Azentus team with his former colleagues from the Principal Strategies desk at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong.  Prior to GS, Mr Messer spent seven years at Barclays Capital in London and New York working in the Commodities group, in technology, quantitative analytics and ultimately trading roles. Before Barclays he worked at Microsoft and Enron. He has over 18 years of experience in technology and finance and holds a Masters in Business Management from Strathclyde University and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Glasgow.

Rakesh Patel

Rakesh Patel

Managing Director, Co-Head of Equities, Asia-Pacific

Rakesh Patel is Managing Director, Co-Head of Equities at HSBC in Asia-Pacific, and is responsible for the equities business across cash equities, prime finance and equity derivatives.  Rakesh joined HSBC in Hong Kong in 2004 as Managing Director and Head of Equity Sales for Asia-Pacific, before taking responsibility in 2008 for all equity product distribution in the region. Prior to this, he worked for HSBC and Jardine Fleming in Tokyo, and Robert Fleming in London. Rakesh graduated in 1990 with a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.   

Bin  Zhang

Bin Zhang

Chief Representative
Hong Kong Office, Shanghai Stock Exchange

Bin Zhang is Managing Director of China Investment Information Services Ltd., a Hong Kong based company wholly owned by Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) and authorised to provide order routing services under the Shanghai-Hong Kong connect scheme. He is also Chief Representative of SSE Hong Kong Office as well as Director of China Exchanges Services Ltd, a joint venture of Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges. Mr Zhang obtained an EMBA at Beijing Tsing Hua University in 2010, an Msc. in Financial Market Regulation at the London School of Economics in 2000, a  BA in International Journalism at the Shanghai International Studies University in 1994 and won a British Government Chevening Scholarship in 1999. 

Steven Sun

Steven Sun

Head of HK/China Equity Research & Head of China Equity Strategy

Steven Sun is Managing Director, Head of Hong Kong/China Equity Research & Head of China Equity Strategy. He is a CFA charter holder and joined HSBC Securities (Asia) in March 2006. He is in charge of Hong Kong and mainland China equity strategy and HSBC Global Research's Shanghai office, and he is the key member of a No.2-ranked strategy team in the AsiaMoney 2014 Poll and a No. 5-ranked Best Regional Strategist. Mr Sun had previously worked at a political and economic advisory firm in Washington DC from 2003 to 2006 and set up the China practice.Mr Sun also has over five years experience in credit lending, property development and A-share securities market from a nation-wide financial institution in Beijing in the late 90s. He graduated with honors from the Stephen Ross Business School at the University of Michigan with an MBA in Finance (2001-2003).

Kalok Chan

Kalok Chan

CUHK Business School

Mr. Chan is the Dean of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School.

He joined CUHK Business School from his previous role as Chair Professor of Finance and Acting Dean of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Business School. Prior to that, he was Head of HKUST’s Finance Department from 2003 to 2013, the founding director of the HKUST-NYU Stern Joint Master in Global Finance program, and had established the Value Partners Centre for Investing. He was associate professor of finance at Arizona State University prior to joining the HKUST.

He obtained his B.S.Sc. in Economics from CUHK, and PhD in Finance from Ohio State University. As a leading scholar and a prominent researcher, he has had numerous publications in top ranked finance journals, and has been ranked as the top finance researcher in the Asia-Pacific region by the Pacific Basin Finance Journal, most recently in 2011. His research interests focus on dynamics of asset prices, derivatives, market micro-structure, and international financial markets.

He is active in contributing to the profession. He has been Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the HKIB Outstanding Financial Management Planner Awards since 2009. He was also the President of Asian Finance Association from 2008 to 2010, and has served as a member of a number of committees including the Risk Management Committee of Hong Kong Exchanges, HKSAR Advisory Committee of Human Resource Development (Financial Services), Hospital Authority Provident Fund Investment Committee, Hang Seng Index Advisory Committee and Hong Kong Housing Authority.

Veronique  Lafon-Vinais

Veronique Lafon-Vinais

Associate Professor of Business Education, Associate Director
Center for Asian Financial Markets, HKUST Business School

Ms. Lafon-Vinais is a seasoned market professional with over 20 years of banking and capital markets experience. She has worked in all the major financial markets, starting with European markets (Paris, London, Madrid), moving to North America (Chicago) and most recently Asia (Hong Kong). She has extensive experience in all the major debt markets including loan syndications and assets sales (par and distressed debt), money markets, debt capital markets (including derivatives structured products distribution) and structured, trade and project finance.

A seasoned loans and syndications specialist, she developed the secondary market for loans at First Chicago in London and was also involved in the development of the EMTN market at its inception.

She arranged and syndicated plain vanilla and structured transactions in Europe, the US and Asia for sovereign, public and corporate entities including the Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Ireland, Kingdom of Sweden, ICO, ARCO Chemicals, Sinopec, COSCO, Cathay Pacific, FECSA, Endesa, Motorola and numerous financial institutions.

She joined Credit Agricole in Paris in 1980 after graduating from HEC; she moved to First Chicago (now part of JP Morgan) in London in 1984 then to Chicago in 1990. In 1991 she joined Union Investissements, the M&A and corporate finance subsidiary of Credit Agricole in Paris to work on various M&A and corporate finance advisory projects. She moved to Hong Kong in 1994 joining First Chicago as Managing Director, Head of Financial Markets, Asia Pacific. She joined Standard Chartered Bank plc as Head of Treasury Origination in 2000 and retired from banking in 2001.

She is now dedicating herself full time to education and teaching as Associate Professor of Business Education, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where she teaches in the MBA/MSc programs as well as in the Undergraduate Programs, and professional training and consulting for the finance industry. She is the Associate Director of the tri-degree World Bachelor in Business Program, Associate Director of the Centre for Asian Financial Markets at HKUST and Project Director for the HKUST-NYU Stern MSc in Global Finance.

Romnesh  Lamba

Romnesh Lamba

Co-Head of Global Markets
Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd

Mr Lamba is the Co-Head of the Global Markets Division at HKEx Group which includes all trading, market data, strategy, product and business development, and issuer and client marketing activities across the Equity, Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities asset classes. Mr Lamba runs Global Markets alongside his co-head Garry Jones, the Chief Executive of the London Metal Exchange.

He is also the Chief Executive of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and Hong Kong Futures Exchange Limited, as well as a member of the HKEx Management Committee and a Board Director of the London Metal Exchange and LME Clear.

Mr Lamba has 28 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining HKEx, he held senior positions at JP Morgan’s and Merrill Lynch’s Asian Investment Banking groups. He worked in the US for nine years before moving to Hong Kong in 1994. Mr Lamba holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Economics degrees from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Hughes

Jennifer Hughes

Asia Capital Markets Editor
Financial Times

Jennifer Hughes is the FT's Asia Capital Markets Editor and has been based in Hong Kong since 2012. Before taking on her current role, she covered banking and finance in the region and ran the Lex column in Asia, providing daily views on corporate developments and market trends. Jennifer previously reported for the Financial Times in London and New York, covering currencies, capital markets, credit, derivatives, financial regulation, accounting and bank finance. She also regularly contributes columns on Asian markets and finance trends. Jennifer has a BA in History from the University of Exeter, and an MSc in Business and Journalism from Columbia University.

John Sedgwick

John Sedgwick

Associate Editor
Ignites Asia

John Sedgwick is a reporter for Ignites Asia at the Financial Times. He is responsible for covering the asset management industry in Hong Kong and South Korea. Mr Sedgwick joined Ignites Asia in February 2012 and previously wrote for Eight Custom Media in Hong Kong, the Birmingham Post in the U.K. and Speedflex Media in Hong Kong. He received two highly commended awards in the “Journalist of the Year – Pensions Issues” and “Journalist of the Year – Investor Services and Technology” English categories at the State Street Institutional Press Awards in 2014.

Josh Noble

Josh Noble

Asia Regional Markets Correspondent
Financial Times

Josh Noble has been the Asia regional markets correspondent for the Financial Times since 2012 and is based in Hong Kong. Prior to this role, he was an editor on the Hong Kong news desk and regional editor of the beyondbrics blog on Mr Noble joined the FT in 2008 as a London-based video producer and became the FT’s emerging markets writer. Before that he was a producer at CNBC Europe. In 2010, Mr Noble won a Sabew award and a MinOnline award for his video coverage of the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Mr Noble has a degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Sheffield.

Shaun Roache

Shaun Roache

Resident Representative in Hong Kong

Mr. Roache is the IMF’s Resident Representative in Hong Kong SAR.Shaun has gained wide experience during his 10 years in the Fund,having worked on Brazil, China, G-20 multilateral surveillance, and global commodity markets.He also worked as part of the team managing the Fund’s investments.Before joining the IMF, he worked for 10 years in the private sector as a global financial market strategist, including for ING Barings and Citigroup. He holds an MSc and a PhD in economics from Birkbeck College, University of London and is a CFA charter holder.

Eric Wong

Eric Wong

Celera Group

Mr. Wong established TCG Capital in 2003 as a family office with a mandate to identify investments with superior risk adjusted returns that are uncorrelated to major asset classes. TCG Capital’s Celera Group division was formed in 2012 to consolidate the financial markets holdings under TCG Capital and its Vauban Group division engages in direct lending in the alternative finance space specifically in trade finance. Prior to TCG Capital, he was involved with his family’s chemicals and electronics interests in Greater China. He holds an M.S. in Biotechnology from the Kellogg Center for Biotechnology at Northwestern University, a B.A. in Molecular Biology from Pomona College and is FRM certified. He is also registered with the U.S. CFTC as the principal of a CTA/CPO and IB.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis Consulting

Mr. Lewis has 30 years experience in global securities, commodities and derivatives markets with direct management and leadership experience in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan, Singapore, Australia, India, UK, France and USA. He is an expert in global securities and futures & options markets and trading, clearing and technology requirements, and strong contacts with industry leaders, brokerage firms & FCMs, exchange executives and regulators. He has extensive trading and risk management experience gained from ‘head of trading’ roles at leading global investment banks as well as a proven track record in developing start-up businesses, enhancing profitability and growing each segment of a global equities operation (distribution & sales, ECM, trading and research). He is very knowledgeable of securities and futures regulations and proven track record of implementing the necessary controls to ensure compliance.

Emma  Quinn

Emma Quinn

Global Co-Head of Equity Trading

Ms Quinn was appointed Global Co-Head of Equity Trading in October 2014. Previously, she was Head of Asia Pacific Trading from 2011. Before that she was Head of Asia Pacific Fixed Income and Australia Equities Trading from 2010, and Head of Trading for Australia and New Zealand from 2009. She joined the firm in 2001 as a senior trader. Prior to joining AB she worked as an equity trader at AMP Henderson Global Investors. She holds a BBus in finance and law from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is Co-chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Committee and a Director of FIX Trading Community.


Kent  Rossiter

Kent Rossiter

Head of Regional Asia-Pacific Trading
Allianz Global Investors


Mr Rossiter is Head of Asia Pacific Equity & Fixed Income Trading and a director with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 1999. He is responsible for advising global portfolio managers and analysts on equity and bond executions, as well as providing market information relevant to their holdings. He has over 22 years of investment-industry experience. He was previously the deputy general manager at Nikko Securities and before that the head of the Japan desk at Sun Hung Kai Investment Services. He has a B.A. in business and economics from Western Washington University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Hull, UK. He holds the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission Type 1, Type 2, Type 4, Type 5 and Type 9 licenses.

David  Rogers

David Rogers

Program & Electronic Trading
Asia-Pacific, Fidelity Management and Research Limited

David Rogers, Program and Electronic Trading, Fidelity Management & Research (Hong Kong) Limited

Mr Rogers has had a 16-year career in Portfolio and Electronic Trading. After an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Automotive Design in the UK, he started as a PT Sales Trader at Goldman Sachs in London before enjoying roles at UBS and Deutsche Bank.
He has been in Asia since 2007, including two years in Tokyo where he ran UBS’s Portfolio Trading business, after which he took on a regional remit for the product out of Hong Kong. During this time, as well as his time running Asia Portfolio Sales and Trading for Deutsche Bank, he played a key part in the development of algorithmic strategies as growth in the use of Electronic Trading in Asia accelerated.
In 2012 he left the sell side and joined FMR’s new trading desk in Hong Kong, where he took responsibility for the building out of their Electronic Trading infrastructure, as well as the day-to-day execution of program trading, rebalance and transition flow.

Colin  Seng

Colin Seng

Senior Portfolio Manager
Nippon Life Global Investors Singapore

Mr Seng joined Nippon Life Global Investors Singapore Limited in October 2007 as Head of Investments and is Senior Portfolio Manager from March 2014. He has over 20 years of experience in Asian equities investments and also has experience in asset allocation. He is a Market Specialist for North Asia and co-manages sector focus strategies. He was previously Regional Fund Manager at NTUC Income Insurance and has also worked at ING Investment Management, United Oversea Bank, Hewlett Packard Singapore and Arthur Andersen. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours, Second Upper) from Nanyang Technological University.

Heide  Heiden-Blunt

Heide Heiden-Blunt

Managing Director, Head of Asia-Pacific
The Alternative Investment Management Association Limited (AIMA)

Ms. Blunt has two decades of experience specialising in the Asia-Pacific region, with both buy and sell-side institutions at a senior level. She joined the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) in May 2013 to head their Hong Kong Chapter as Managing Director. In 2014 she assumed responsibility for AIMA’s Asia-Pacific activities and its offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Australia. As the global hedge fund association, AIMA has over 1,500 corporate members worldwide and AIMA’s manager members oversee a combined $1.5 trillion in assets. Prior to AIMA, she was Chief Financial Officer for Tybourne Capital Management (HK) Ltd, where she was jointly responsible for building and overseeing all areas of Business Management. Prior to Tybourne, she worked at Elements Advisors Ltd as their Chief Operating Officer. She also has an extensive client service background gained from Credit Suisse, where she spent eleven years in the Asian Equities proprietary and facilitation trading businesses, based in both London and Hong Kong.

She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from Oxford University.

Zennon Kapron

Zennon Kapron

Managing Director

Mr Kapron is a co-founder and Director of Kapronasia, a Shanghai-based provider of financial technology research and advisory services. He has been involved in the financial technology industry for over 15 years and before Kapronasia, was the Asia Financial Industry Sales and Marketing Manager for Intel based out of Shanghai, China and, prior to Intel, was the CIO for Citigroup Portugal. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Syracuse University and an MBA from INSEAD. He is also the author of ‘Chomping at the Bitcoin: The History and Future of Bitcoin in China’ published by Penguin.  

Philip  Cheng

Philip Cheng

Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Mr. Cheng was the Chief Investment Officer at MetLife Taiwan, a wholly owned subsidiary of MetLife Inc., New York, the largest Life Insurance Company in the US, with approximately US$800 Billion in total assets under management (AUM). Beginning in 1996, and during his 11 years as Chief Investment Officer, he was managing a diversified portfolio with total assets under management of approximately US$2 Billion.  He provided the leadership in setting up of investment policies and strategies to enhance portfolio yield; implementation of asset allocation strategies to increase return on equity; the oversight and the implementation of risk management tools to achieve optimal return on capital. Prior to joining MetLife, beginning in 1974, he was with JPMorgan-Chase for 21 years in international banking and investments.  He was Vice-Presidents in areas of corporate lending, trade finance, institutional investment banking and property lending in New York and major Asian cities. He has taught at the Graduate School of City University of New York (Management Science) and Peking University (Portfolio Management). In the last few years, he has been an active conference speaker in Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore on global financial topics: Portfolio risk analysis, Diversification and global investments; Credit risk management; Fixed income investments and markets, among others. Since 2007, he has also been appointed Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong. In April 2012, he published an investment book “8 Winning Maxims on Stock Investments: Surviving Investment Crocodiles” and was an instant number one Best Seller in Hong Kong. Then in July 2013, targeting the international markets, he published “Taming the Money Sharks” with Wiley.

Nick  Ronalds

Nick Ronalds

Managing Director – Head of Equities
Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA)

Mr. Ronalds is Managing Director of ASIFMA’s Equities Division and works closely with ASIFMA’s Equities Committee to address all ASIFMA initiatives involving equities markets and products in Asia.

He joined ASIFMA from consultancy RhoFinancial where he worked with clients seeking to develop their presence in Asia’s exchange-traded derivatives markets. One project at RhoFinancial was to create the Asian affiliate for the Futures Industry Association, FIA Asia, and to lead it to become the leading voice for the exchange-traded derivatives industry in the Asian region.

Prior to RhoFinancial he held roles in the industry such as Managing Director of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s (CME) Asia office and Senior Vice President, Global Markets for exchange-traded derivatives at ABN AMRO Securities. In his role heading CME’s Asia office he negotiated with Japan’s Ministry of Finance for approval of GLOBEX, the first-ever offshore electronic trading system permitted in Japan. He began his career in the product development division of the CME and subsequently as Chicago Operations Manager of the CME Clearing House. He is a CFA Charter holder and has written articles for publications ranging from International Financing Review and Futures Magazine to Nihon Shoken Shimbun and Caixin. He co-authored the Chapter on Chinese futures markets for The Intelligent Commodity Investor (Risk Books, 2007). Fluent in French and German and conversational in Japanese, he has a Masters degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Roop Chand  Betala

Roop Chand Betala

Volvie Capital Management

Roop Betala joined Volvie Capital in 1995. Mr. Betala focuses on capital raising, acquisition /strategy and JV partnerships for large infrastructure projects. He has over 25 years of experience in Indian capital markets, including knowledge of foreign listing and compliance, capital raising and products.Mr. Betala is interested in ETFs and their importance in the market place, relating to product development. He has a personal interest in the FIT segment “Financial, Infrastructure and Technology” and has authored a book on the depository system in India called “Business as Usual” He has also co-authored the comprehensive textbook Option: Pricing, Hedging and Trading. Mr. Betala obtained his MFM from Madras University and PEVC from Harvard Business School and London Business School. 



Agenda - 23rd Jun

  • 8:15am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    John Sedgwick, Associate Editor, Ignites Asia – A Financial Times Service

  • 9:10am
    Regulatory keynote presentation

    Shaun Roache, Resident Representative in Hong Kong, IMF

  • 9:40am
    Liquidity and market structure panel discussion
    • Evaluating connectivity in Asia: Is it adequate to foster optimal liquidity?
    • Is there enough liquidity? If not, why not?
    • What can venues in Asia do to develop their infrastructure in order to provide clients with liquidity?
    • What about market structure – is this a problem for Asia and liquidity?
    • What regulatory efforts in Asian markets would generate liquidity payoffs?
    • How about competition? Is there enough competition in Asia to foster innovative market structure supportive of liquidity?

    Moderator: John Sedgwick, Associate Editor, Ignites Asia

    Frederick Laydon, CFA, Chief Operations Officer - Asia, Principal Global Investors  
    Nick Ronalds, Managing Director – Head of Equities, Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA)
    Kent Rossiter, Head of Regional Asia-Pacific Trading, Allianz Global Investors
    Emma Quinn, Global Co-Head of Equity Trading, AllianceBernstein

  • 10:30am
    Networking break
  • 11:00am
    Panel discussion: Latest update on the Shanghai–Hong Kong Stock Connect as a step forward for accessing China’s stock market
    • How fast will this new cross-border investment channel accelerate RMB internationalisation?
    • Exploring new investment opportunities for institutional companies  worldwide
    • What do banks need to offer to be well positioned for Stock Connect?
    • What does the Shanghai–Hong Kong Stock Connect mean for Singapore?

    Moderator:Jennifer Hughes, Asia Financial Correspondent, Financial Times

    Philip Cheng, Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
    Romnesh Lamba, Co-Head of Global Markets, Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd
    Steven Sun, Head of HK/China Equity Research & Head of China Equity Strategy, HSBC
    Bin Zhang, Chief Representative, Hong Kong Office, Shanghai Stock Exchange

  • 11:50am
    Trading technology panel discussion
    • What’s the potential for New York and London technology providers in Asia?
    • What do technology providers need to do to ensure their tools meet international and regional regulatory demands?
    • Evaluating what technology providers need to deliver in order to become partner of choice
      • Effort by vendors to enter new markets
      • Easy implementation
      • Local support infrastructure
      • Focus on costs
    • Cost-effective innovative and scalable technology upgrades to gain an edge in the competitive landscape
    • Efficiently automating workflows across the front office to minimise costs, risk and complexity

    Moderator: John Sedgwick, Associate Editor, Ignites Asia

    Zennon Kapron, Managing Director, Kapronasia
    Heide Heiden-Blunt, Managing Director, Head of Asia-Pacific, The Alternative Investment Management Association Limited (AIMA)
    Bryan Messer, Founder, Messer Financial Software

  • 12:40pm
  • 2:00pm
    Successfully overcoming challenges for accessing ASEAN markets panel discussion
    • What are the prospects of a regional market?
    • Which steps need to be taken to promote ASEAN as one asset class?
    • What can be done to make ASEAN markets easier for people to access as these are very individual markets?
    • Exploring why Indonesian stocks which have been among the best performers for the past 5 years, with a total return of 26.6%
    • Examining why shares in the Philippines which have been appealing due to a structurally advanced economy, with a service sector that is responsible for more than half of the economy
    • Analysing Thailand’s returns – South EastAsia’s second largest economy – for investors

    ModeratorJosh Noble, Asia Markets Correspondent, Financial Times

    Fred Neumann, Asia Chief Economist, HSBC
    Nick Ronalds, Managing Director – Head of Equities, Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA)

    Colin Seng, Senior Portfolio Manager, Nippon Life Global Investors Singapore

  • 2:50pm
    What next for equities in Asia?
    • Evaluating what Senior Traders need to do in order to keep abreast about the fast evolving market structure changes
      • Exploring the biggest future challenges
      • What do buy side and sell side traders need to look out for
    • How can exchanges in the region modernise their trading and clearing arms for electronic trading?
    • What will the buy side need from the sell side in the execution space going forward?
    • Assessing how the mix of business between electronic and traditional high touch avenues will change
    • Analysing to which degree regulatory reform will affect operational efficiency goals

    Moderator: Josh Noble, Asia Markets Correspondent, Financial Times

    Kalok Chan, Dean, CUHK Business School
    Peter Lewis, Founder, Peter Lewis Consulting (China)
    Veronique Lafon-Vinais, Associate Professor of Business Education, Associate Director, Center for Asian Financial Markets, HKUST Business School
    Rakesh Patel, Managing Director, Co-Head of Equities, Asia-Pacific, HSBC
    David Rogers, Program & Electronic Trading, Asia-Pacific, Fidelity Management and Research Limited
    Eric Wong, Director, Celera Group

  • 3:10pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:50pm
    Chair’s closing remarks

    Josh Noble, Asia Markets Correspondent, Financial Times


  • 4:00pm
    Networking drinks reception

Why Attend?

  • Learn how to thrive in a post-crisis period of regulatory scrutiny in a region where growth looks very promising
  • Assess how your trading desk can take advantage of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme which will also benefit foreign investors, Chinese corporations, and the economy in China
  • Discover the most current essential cost-effective trading technology which will help you to trade faster, smarter and cheaper
  • Build a bank of ideas for successfully finding liquidity to secure best execution for your clients
  • Hear the very latest market updates from leading equities trading professionals to efficiently overcome the future’s biggest challenges

Who Attends

'Equities Leaders Conference' has been produced to meet the needs of banking and finance professionals from investment banks, asset managers and hedge funds.  Complimentary places are available to the following:

  • Heads of Trading
  • Heads of Equity Trading
  • Senior Traders, Traders
  • Equity Traders, Portfolio Directors
  • Sales Traders
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Managing Directors
  • Presidents
  • Vice Presidents
  • Heads of Business Development

Please click here to register for complimentary places

This event will also be of interest to Technology Providers and Stock Exchanges, who can attend at the rate of $1000+VAT.  If you wish to attend please contact



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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

The FT Trading Room is all about one thing: market structures. It’s a dry-sounding phrase but it encompasses one of the most dynamic and important parts of the financial world that is likely to affect banks, brokers, exchanges, clearing houses, settlement systems, asset managers and - let’s not forget - the ordinary investing public for years to come.   

Whether you are interested in high-frequency trading, trading technology, the “flash crash”, the Mifid review in Europe, equities fragmentation in Asia, OTC derivatives, clearing, T2S, the Dodd-Frank act and the European Commission’s equivalent reforms, it’s all here on FT Trading Room, a new section of offering a single source of intelligence for the global community at the heart of all these developments from New York to Mumbai, London to São Paolo.  

It is supported by the FT’s unmatched global network of correspondents and is edited in London.

The Banker provides economic and financial intelligence for the world's financial sector and has built a reputation for objective and incisive reporting. It leads the debate on all the issues surrounding the global banking industry, providing in-depth news and analysis, exclusive interviews with senior industry figures and definitive regional bank listings, including the internationally acclaimed Top 1000 World Banks.

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HSBC Global Markets offer sophisticated 24-hour coverage across our main trading and sales platforms in London, New York and Hong Kong. Our global teams deliver a wide range of solution-driven products for our Corporate and Institutional clients. We offer our clients access to Equities, Fixed Income including Credit and Rates, Foreign Exchange, Commodities and Prime Services, in addition to Research, across both developed and emerging markets.

As a global investor, you’ll benefit from HSBC’s local knowledge in over 70 countries, balanced by our understanding of global economics. Use HSBC’s Global Markets expertise to invest in:

  • Rates - Gain access to global liquidity and streamline transactions. To help you access global liquidity and transact seamlessly, the HSBC Global Rates group provides debt issuance, financing, innovative risk management and investment solutions through a broad selection of vanilla and structured products.
  • Credit - Maximise opportunities with the HSBC Global Credit group to unlock liquidity globally. Leverage our significant global emerging markets presence and our extensive suite of credit services, which include traditional and secondary trading products such as bonds, loans, securitised products, credit derivatives and credit financing solutions.
  • Foreign Exchange – Benefit from the expertise of a leading global market maker.  Our host of sound solutions provides liquidity from the purely transactional to the highly customised.  The HSBC Global FX group provides risk management and tailored solutions such as Transactional FX, Algorithmic Execution, FX indices, FX Overlay and FX Prime Services that allow clients to select and create individual propositions to suit their needs.

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Launched by financial professionals in 2001, Eurekahedge’s proven track record spans over a decade - setting us apart as the world’s largest independent data provider and alternative research firm specialising in hedge fund databases covering North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Headquartered in Singapore with offices in New York and Cebu, the global expertise of our research team constantly adapts to industry changes and needs, allowing Eurekahedge to develop and offer a wide array of products and services coveted by accredited investor groups, financial institutions and media sources. In addition to market-leading hedge fund databases and analysis, Eurekahedge’s other business functions include hedge fund publications, due diligence services, investor services, and an analytical platform service.


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