Haim Bodek is a Managing Principal of Decimus Capital Markets, LLC, a tactical consulting and strategic advisory firm focused on high frequency trading and U.S. equities market structure. Mr. Bodek was formerly a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Trading Machines LLC, an independent high frequency options trading firm. Prior to his tenure at Trading Machines, Mr. Bodek was a Managing Director and Joint Global Head of Electronic Volatility Trading at UBS. He is an electronic trading executive and algorithmic trading strategist with over 15 years of experience in the automated trading space. Mr. Bodek's career, experiences, and advocacy for regulatory reform of securities markets are described extensively in Dark Pools by Scott Patterson, a freelance writer and staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Bodek is also the author of two books on market structure, The Problem of HFT and The Market Structure Crisis, as well as the subject of the documentary film The Wall Street Code directed by Marije Meerman.
Mr. Bodek is known as a whistleblower who brought attention to several questionable practices of high-frequency traders and trading venues. He is generally credited with unleashing the so-called "order type controversy," which focuses on abusive practices relating to complex nontransparent order types. Mr. Bodek's contributions have influenced the ongoing public policy debate and the rapidly changing landscape for regulatory, enforcement, and litigation issues, and he has actively assisted the SEC in several investigations that resulted in substantial monetary fines and significant changes in practices of certain trading venues, including admissions of inaccurate disclosure.
Henri Arslanian is the Head of Corporate Development and Strategic Partnerships at APrivacy, an award winning data security FinTech firm, where he leads the corporate development efforts of the firm. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hong Kong University where he teaches graduate courses on Entrepreneurship in Finance as well as the first FinTech course in Asia. He previously spent many years with UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong and started his career as a financial markets and funds lawyer. Henri is a regular speaker on the topic of FinTech and currently sits on a number of other finance, academic, civil society and FinTech related boards and advisory boards.
A member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle, Henri is fluent in English, French, Armenian, Spanish and conversational in Mandarin Chinese and has been awarded many academic and industry awards over the years, including the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence and was named one of the global "20 Rising Stars under 40" by the Armenian Bar Association. He holds a Masters in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University; a joint Global Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School and Hong Kong University; a Masters in Transnational Law from the University of Sherbrooke; and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal (Dean's List of Excellence).
Murat Atamer is the Asia Pacific Head of Electronic Trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Bank of America, he was the Asia Pacific Head of Electronic Trading Product for Credit Suisse. Previously, Murat headed the Quantitative Trading Strategy Team for Credit Suisse in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Murat was pursuing a PhD in Finance from the University of North Carolina, focusing on asset pricing and market microstructure.
Dave Chapman serves as COO and co-founder of ANX. Dave is a seasoned professional who specialized in the analysis of trading environments and the implementation of associated systems. Dave has over 12 years of experience in banking technology and compliance. Formerly, Dave has worked in Australia, UK and Asia in Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse, Barclays Capital, ABN AMRO and HSBC.
ANX is a FinTech company that provides full front to back suite of blockchain solutions that are unique to the market. ANX was awarded the prestigious “Hong Kong’s Most Valuable Companies Award” in recognition of its innovative business in 2015.
Brandon DeCoster is the Vice President of Product Management for FIX Flyer LLC, and is a specialist in production operations and the FIX Protocol. Brandon studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a BS in Information Technology in 2005, and worked for years as a software engineer at IBM. He entered the financials in 2007 as an engineer for Pipeline Financial Group, supporting their dark matching engine and algorithmic equities trading, and is an avid student of game theory, a topic on which he lectures widely.
Claude Dionysius has been with Banque de Luxembourg since the very beginning of his career in banking.
In 1996 he joined the bank’s trading floor where he is heading the equity and derivatives execution desk. The desk centralizes the order flow from the banks retail customers, its private banking and professional banking divisions as well as its asset management arm BLI (Banque de Luxembourg Investments).
Mr. Dionysius is a graduate from the European Bank Academy. He occasionally serves as a guest lecturer for the IFBL (Institut de Formation Bancaire in Luxembourg) for ICMA and the University of Nancy (F).
Michael is the Head of Sales and Business Development for Asia with Symphony Communication Services and is based in Hong Kong. Michael also serves with FIX Trading Community (Co-Chair, APAC Education and Marketing Subcommittee and Asia Chair, Global Membership Services) and has volunteered with the group since 2009.
Before Symphony, Michael spun off and worked as the Asia Regional Director for REDI Technologies, and prior to that, with Goldman Sachs as Executive Director in its New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong offices, focusing on execution sales, product development, and marketing for its electronic trading division. Michael holds a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin's Red McCombs School of Business
Alistair Duff is a consultant at R3CEV, a financial innovation firm that leads the Distributed Ledger Group (DLG), a consortium partnership with 42 of the world's leading banks, to design and deliver advanced distributed ledger technologies to global financial markets.
R3 collaborates with their partner banks on research, experimentation, design and engineering to bring the ultimate users of this technology into the design and production process from the outset.
Prior to R3, Alistair ran a number of e-trading sales businesses at Barclays. These roles included Head of eFICC Distribution APAC, Global Head of BARX Futures, Head of eFX APAC and Head of eFI APAC.
Alistair has 17 years’ experience in financial technology and over 20 years’ experience across all major assets classes including equities. He has worked in London, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong and now resides in Singapore.
Based in HK, Mr. Philippe El-Asmar is Founding Partner and CBDO at Amareos; he is also Founder and Principal at PEA Global Consulting, a boutique consultancy firm specializing in the Financial Services & FinTech segment and a Lecturer at HKUST and HKU on Finance and FinTech.
Prior to FinTech and Consultancy, Mr. El-Asmar had 17 years' experience in global Financial Services. He has worked in the major financial centers (Paris, Tokyo, NY, HK…), across all asset classes and products.
Mr. El-Asmar served as Global Head of Equities Distribution and Head of Distribution of Asia Pacific at Barclays in Hong Kong managing a team of 800 sales professionals globally and as Global Head of Investor Solutions at Barclays in New York.
At Barclays, he was a member of the Equities Executive Committee, Asia Pacific Executive Committee, Global Markets Management Committee and Senior Leadership Committee group.
Mr. El-Asmar pioneered of the Exchange Traded Notes Industry by creating the iPath ETN in 2006.
Prior to joining Barclays Mr. El-Asmar was the Head of Structured Investments Sales and Head of Structuring at Société Générale in NY and Head of Equity Structuring at Société Générale Tokyo.
Mr. El-Asmar is multilingual and graduated from ESSEC in France.
John Fildes is Chief Executive Officer of Chi-X Australia, joining the organisation in April 2013. He brings extensive experience in stockbroking, investing, market development, market infrastructure and market platforms in Australia and Asia.
Mr. Fildes previous roles include Director of Strategic Development for KCG Holding, Inc. and Managing Director and COO, Asia, of Instinet Pacific, where he oversaw regional operations for Instinet in Asia, including Japan. Before joining Instinet in 2006, John Fildes served at Morgan Stanley for 10 years in Hong Kong, where he held positions as the Head of Equity Marketing and Head of Electronic and Program Trading for Asia-Pacific.
Mr. Fildes has been closely involved with the development of the FIX Trading Community in Asia Pacific and has served as Director of FIX Trading Community, and is a former Board Member of the Stockbrokers Association of Australia.
Frank Freitas is the founder and CEO of Pluribus Labs. Frank has worked in the financial services sector for over 25 years, serving most recently as the COO for Instinet, a pioneer of trading technology and market structure innovation. Frank has led product, engineering and research teams that have delivered innovative risk management, trading and analytics solutions. Frank played key product strategy roles at MSCI (then Barra), Nomura Securities International and Moody’s Analytics.
Pluribus Labs is a FinTech company that combines data science and quantitative analysis to deliver predictive analytics to investment professionals worldwide.
Andrew Freyre-Sanders is currently regional head of Equity Execution at CIMB Securities Ltd, based in Hong Kong. He has spent almost 20 years working on execution services, having spent 10 years in Asia and 10 years working in Europe. Andrew started off as a Quantitative research analyst at Dresdner and has since worked within electronic trading and execution services at J.P. Morgan and RBS, where he was global head of electronic trading.
In addition to running the AEJ broker dealer sales team, Mr. Hurewitz is also responsible for designing and delivering Instinet's solutions to broker dealers globally. Before taking on this role, Mr. Hurewitz was the Head of Product Strategy and Electronic Trading at Instinet. With 15 years equities experience in Asia, Mr. Hurewitz has been an active member and supporter of FIX Trading Community since the beginning.
Prior to joining Instinet, Mr. Hurewitz was Head of Sales for BlocSec at CLSA, and Asia-Pacific Head of Electronic Trading Products at HSBC.
Peter is an IT expert with 35 years of experience predominantly in Financial Services, including banking, trading and post trade.
He is a Senior Vice President and heads the Market Technology Systems group, part of NASDAQ’s Global Technology Service division, and has been with this team in various roles since 1996.
Recently relocated to Sydney Australia after 2½ years in the NASDAQ Stockholm office, he now heads the NASDAQ Australia office, and is also responsible for a number of NASDAQ’s world leading software products, including X-stream INET Trading, SMARTS market surveillance, and Sentinel, real time Risk Management solution.
Eric joined HSBC in 1996, and is presently the Global Head of Client Connectivity for HTS Global Banking and Markets Asia, managing the multi-asset class FIX environment and supporting client on-boarding service for Equities, Foreign Exchange, Futures, Fixed Income, Options and Structured Derivatives.
Prior to this Eric had played various key roles within HSBC, including market data technology, infrastructure, software development, and project management. Eric is based in Hong Kong.
Eric formerly held positions as senior developer and system analyst with the Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Ltd, responsible for development of the AMS/2 trading platform.
He is a graduate of Imperial College, London.
Matthew Lempriere is the Global Head of Financial Services Market Segment of Telstra Global, an Australian telco and information services company.
Based in Hong Kong, Lempriere is responsible for identifying and optimising opportunities for the company within the financial services sector across Asia Pacific, EMEA and the US.
With more than 20 years of sales and account management experience in the financial and telco industries, Lempriere has in-depth specialist knowledge in the delivery of electronic trading and information applications to the banking industry. Before joining Telstra Global, he was the Head of BT Radianz for Asia Pacific.
Juli Loh is a Senior Dealer with Eastspring Investments, responsible for fixed income and FX. She also leads the development of an FX transactional cost analysis project for Eastspring funds across Asia. Prior to joining Eastspring in 2009, Ms. Loh was an Equity Dealer at Arisaig Partners.
Tony Mackay was appointed the Chief Executive for Chi-X Asia Pacific following its acquisition by JC Flowers in March 2016. Tony was the founding CEO and Chairman for Chi-X Europe and Chi-X Global. Prior to Chi-X, Tony ran Instinet’s Asian and European electronic broking businesses.
Kevin Mak, formally a biomedical engineer, began his finance career as a derivatives trader at a global proprietary trading firm before his most recent post as the senior trader at a billion dollar Asian equities hedge fund.
He is now the director of all business development at Ironfly Technologies blending a uniquely scientific approach to enterprise financial technology - providing to clients a platform engineered to enhance performance, improve transparency, and increase operational efficiency for asset managers and financial service providers.
Ironfly delivers cutting edge technology that aggregates market, risk, and trade data in real-time, visualizing time-sensitive information as it happens, allowing clients to do more, with less, much faster.
Mr. Edward Mangles is the founder and Publisher of GlobalTrading, the official publication of the FIX Trading Community. He has a long history within the financial technology sector and has worked closely with FIX Trading Community for a number of years. He has supported the organisation’s Asia Pacific committee for the past 13 years, playing a key role in promoting FIX adoption across the region. He has also worked for leading financial publishing and marketing firms in both London and Hong Kong. In March 09 Mr. Edward Mangles was appointed FIX Trading Community Asia Pacific Regional Director.
Andy joined HSBC in September of 2015, as Managing Director, Head of Equities Execution Services across Asia Pacific. In this role, Andy is responsible for High-Touch sales-trading and execution, Program Trading, Electronic Trading, and Futures sales-trading & origination; managing client relationships across all businesses incorporating both client agency and facilitation flows.
With over 20 years’ experience in the banking industry in Asia, Andy has held various management roles in Hong Kong and Tokyo in equities sales and trading & business development.
Jessica Morrison is the Head of Asia Pacific Market Structure, Analytics and Commission Management for Deutsche Bank.
Market Structure focuses on the effect that changes in regulation and technology have on trading behaviours, actively working with market participants to improve access and increase efficiency. Analytics reviews micro structure features to consider the impact of change on cost and liquidity for the market and individual algo performance through TCA. Commission Management offers CSAs to local and global fund managers allowing them to unbundle execution and research.
Jessica's recent focus has been working on Shanghai Hong Kong Stock Connect, accompanying the exchanges through North America and mediating discussions between SSE, CSRC and HKEx with long only and hedge fund investors in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
As Co-Chair of FIX Trading Community's Exchanges and Regulatory Subcommittee, Jessica hopes to encourage a broad range of participants to engage with changes in the trading landscape. The group last year released an Implementation Guide for Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect go live jointly with ASIFMA. Similarly, the team co-drafted the broadly accepted SFC Electronic Trading template released in 2013.
Having moved to Hong Kong in 2011, Jessica has worked for Deutsche since 2009, initially in Compliance. She previously worked for Morgan Stanley and holds an MA in Law from the University of Cambridge.
Srinivas Padmasola is responsible for Buy-side Relationships at HKEX. He joined the Client and Marketing Services group of HKEX in Aug, 2015.
Previously Srinivas was employed at SG Securities (HK) Limited (2010-2014) and Bank of America Merrill Lynch (2001-2010) on the Electronic Trading desk.
Srinivas has been a member of the Asia Pacific Regional Committee and was the Co-Chair of the Education and Marketing Subcommittee of the FIX Trading Community.
Lewis joined the Nezu Trading Team in September 2014. Prior to Nezu, Lewis started his career in 2007 in derivative structuring at Deutsche Bank Hong Kong, before moving into delta one index trading where he was a Vice President at Citigroup and Mizuho also based in Hong Kong.
Ben Radclyffe is Head of Autobahn Equity, Asia Pacific, at Deutsche Bank. Ben runs Deutsche Bank’s Autobahn Equity platform in Asia Pacific and is responsible for the algorithmic trading, DMA and low-latency services in the region. He has 15 years’ experience in trading and technology and has worked in London, Sydney and Hong Kong with both Deutsche Bank and UBS.
Mr. Kevin Rideout joined HKEX in April 2015 as Head of the Client and Marketing Services of Market Development Division. He is principally responsible for the division's client relationship management and marketing services.
Mr. Rideout joined HKEX from Citigroup, where he served as Head of Wholessale Execution Services, Asia and Chief Spokesman on the implementation of Stock Connect in Hong Kong and was based in London of Citi as the Global Head of Market Infrastructures and HFT Clearing Group.
Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Rideout spent 10 years at Thomson Reuters. He held various positions in Thomson Reuters, including Regional Manager Hong Kong, Regional Director Japan and Korea, Managing Director Asia in Singapore and Managing Director - Global Head of Relationship Management and Sales in London for the Omgeo (DTCC) Division. Mr. Rideout holds a Bsc (Hons) Environmental Chemistry from the University of Hertfordshire UK.
Mike joined REDI as COO as part of its July 2013 launch and was named CRO in July 2015. In this role he is responsible for the firm's client-facing organization globally, including Sales, Account Management, Broker Relations and Business Development.
Prior to joining REDI, Mike spent nearly ten years at Goldman Sachs in a number of senior roles within its execution services business, including Head of Electronic Trading, Asia Ex-Japan; Co-Head of Electronic trading, Japan; and various trading product development positions. Before that Mike served as a consultant within the capital markets businesses of both Capco and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He began his career in the compliance group of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business Administration, and holds an MBA in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business.
Paul Schulte has served as a policy analyst, advisor to governments and hedge funds, analyst of global banks, professor, consultant to private equity firms and author of hundreds of articles and three books. He has worked for the US House of Representatives, the White House, International Trade Commission, National Security Council, Indonesian Ministry of Finance, the PRC Government and three of the largest investment banks. Over the past 25 years, he has been an advisor to GIC, CIC, IMF, SAFE, and the US Treasury. He worked in equity research on both the buy and sell sides covering GEMS. He has taught in MBA programs on four continents over the past 17 years. He created the Far East Research for Credit Suisse from scratch in 1992 and created the Asian strategy and banks team for Lehman Brothers in 2005.
Paul has also served as an advisor to the International Organization of Securities Commissioners (IOSCO), the body that creates rules for capital markets, as well as to the IDA in Singapore, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, SEBI and the Malaysian Securities Commission on developments in financial technology. In Institutional Investor’s 2010 investor poll, he received top 3 rankings in All-Asia Banks Team, Asia Equity Strategy Team and Asia Economics Team.
Paul is currently Chairman of Schulte Research, an independent research company which advises private funds, sovereign wealth funds, consulting firms and banks on developments in GEMS banks. His last post was as Head of Global Strategy for CCB Intl. Securities. Recently, Paul has become an advisor to banks, sovereign wealth funds and governments on the new field of financial technology. He even created a course on financial technology for HK University/LBS EMBA. Paul’s 17 years of teaching in MBA programs includes courses in capital markets, financial technology, corporate credit and banking at HKU, UST, Northwestern, FGV (Rio), London Business School, Fudan (Shanghai), Tsinghua (Beijing), NYU and Tufts.
Mr. Schulte graduated summa cum laude from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1985 and then received an M.A. in Political Economy in 1986. He then earned a Master’s in International Finance in 1988 from the Fletcher School, jointly run with Tufts and Harvard. Paul also has a degree in counseling from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He does volunteer work in HK to help those with problems involving drug addiction. He has written two books on the subject.
Paul is a frequent guest on Bloomberg, CCTV, ThomsonReuters, RTHK, and CNBC. He has been quoted in Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg, Institutional Investor, Chicago Tribune, Arab News, Time, Asiamoney, Financial Times, The Australian and Economic Times of India. He has spoken to delegations from IOSCO, ASIC, MSC, Davos Dalian, ADC Hayman Davos, Amcham, SEC, SFC, HKEx, London Metals Exchange, Shanghai Metals Exchange, Trade Tech Asia, Super Return Asia, and Economist conferences.
Hani Shalabi joined Credit Suisse Hong Kong in June 2008. He currently heads the electronic trading team, AES, for Asia Pacific in charge of equity electronic trading. Previously, Hani managed the Electronic Trading team for UBS in Hong Kong, covering non-Japan Asia. Before that, Hani worked for Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong, Japan and New York. Hani holds a degree in Physics from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Computer Science from NYU.
More than 16 years of financial IT experience focus on asset management and with Fidelity for 15 years. Went through the revolution on FIX connectivity and familiar with the toolsets leveraging the protocol and FIX data. Patrick received his BMath from University of Waterloo, CA with a major in Computer Science.
Andrew Sullivan has lived in HK for nearly 20 years, initially as a Property Analyst but for the last 17 years in Sales Trading. For the last 16 months he has been with Haitong International based in HK and has been involved in developing the cash equities institutional sales trading function. That has included modernising their existing systems and building an international sales trading network which continues to develop as the business expands.
Haitong International’s business was established in HK when it bought Taifook Securities which was a well established HK brokerage. It has developed that local business which focused largely on retail, high net worth, and some institutions into a full service institutional brokerage primarily focused on Asian Markets with offices now in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, London and New York. Last year’s acquisition of JI Asia research platform now complements Haitong International’s existing platform and extends its research coverage.
Andrew is a regular contributor to media programmes such as BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, RTHK. He is a Chartered Surveyor and Member of the HK Institute of Surveyors. He holds a First Class (Hons) Degree in Urban Estate Management and started his career as an officer in the Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm) before transferring and flying jets for the Royal Air Force.
Ms. Taikitsadaporn is well respected for her knowledge on issues relating to electronic trading, connectivity and FIX Protocol implementation. She has over 20 years of experience with the FIX Protocol and its use for straight-through processing, covering pre-trade, trade, post-trade and clearing across different asset classes. Since founding Brook Path Partners in 2001, she has helped her clients implement and integrate FIX into their workflows with their counterparties, has written FIX interface specifications, and has advised her clients on using FIX beyond just orders and executions into other functional areas that FIX supports today. More recently she has been consulting on using FIX/FIXML to support clearinghouse activities and regulatory reporting requirements for different reporting regimes including Dodd-Frank, ESMA, and Canadian reporting regimes.
In 2001, Ms. Taikitsadaporn co-authored the FIX Protocol Fixed Income Gap Analysis that is the foundation for supporting cash fixed income products as of FIX version 4.4. Between 2012 and 2015 the Brook Path team was commissioned to work with FIX and the Futures Industry Association (FIA) members to enhance the FIX Protocol to support OTC derivatives, and worked with the FIA to submit enhancement requests for FIX to support various different aspects of Dodd-Frank reporting requirements that affects their clearing members.
Ms. Taikitsadaporn is an active participant in the FIX Protocol community, served as a chair of the Global Fixed Income Technical Subcommittee, and currently serves on the Global Technical Committee's Governance Board. In her capacity of Technical Project Manager for FIX Trading Community, she is responsible for assisting with technical gap analysis proposals submitted by members through the review and approval process, and serves as an editor of the FIX Protocol Specification.
Through her involvement with the FIX Trading Community, Ms. Taikitsadaporn also serves as a subject matter expert in its’ collaboration with the ISO 20022 standard, providing expertise in pre-trade, trade and post-trade/pre-settlement areas of the trade life-cycle. She also represents FIX Trading Community on the Accredited Standards Committee's X9D sub-committee, ISO TC68's ISO20022 Registration Management Group, TC68's Working Group 5 (Semantics Working Group), TC68/SC4's Working Group 6 (Classification of Financial Instruments (CFI) Working Group), and TC68/SC4's Study Group2 (ISIN Allocation Study Group for OTC Derivatives). She is also one of the liaisons representing FIX Trading Community in other standards groups such as the Object Management Group and ISITC.
Prior to co-founding Brook Path Partners, Inc., Ms. Taikitsadaporn was an integral member of Thomson Financial Services' TradeRoute (an order routing network) product team for seven years. She managed client onboarding and supported TradeRoute's and AutEx's FIX connectivity solution, in addition to providing FIX business analysis support to the internal product development teams for both TradeRoute and AutEx.
Ms. Taikitsadaporn earned her Master of Science in Finance from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University (formerly Bentley College) in Waltham, Massachusetts, and her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Management Information Systems from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Peter Tierney is originally from Ireland and has worked in senior financial technology roles in the U.K, U.S. and Asia. Tierney draws on deep subject matter expertise in both the pre- and post-trade environments, telecoms, trading architecture and data management and has demonstrated specialty in developing platform services that bring together communities within the financial space.
He joined Thomson Financial ESG (now Omgeo) in 1991 as part of the founding team and worked in London, Singapore and the company’s headquarters in Boston. Tierney was part of the executive team that defined and executed the merger with The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) creating Omgeo. After Omgeo, Peter joined financial extranet provider Radianz (now BT Radianz) as head of global business development based in New York. Returning to Asia in 2005, Peter started the regional NYSE Technologies business and was appointed Asia COO in 2011.
In March 2013, Peter joined DTCC as the CEO of the Singapore-based OTC data repository (DDRS) and regional head of DTCC’s OTC trade reporting initiative in Asia.
As Head of Client Coverage for Hong Kong & Taiwan, Rene Veerman is responsible for managing and growing MSCI’s business in the region across both Index and Analytics.
Rene has over 20 years of experience in investment management, equity research, sales and risk management across Europe and Asia.
Before joining MSCI in 2013, Rene was Managing Director at the investment bank Credit Suisse in Hong Kong. At Credit Suisse, Rene worked for over 14 years in various client facing and management roles in both Equity Research and Sales in Hong Kong, London and Amsterdam. Previously, Rene was a Strategist at Achmea Asset Management and started his career at PGGM Investments as a Quantitative Analyst.
Rene graduated from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands with a Masters in Econometrics and is a Chartered European Financial Analyst.
Evan Walters, Vice President, is a member of the Hong Kong Equity Trading Team within BlackRock's Trading and Liquidity Strategies Group. He is primarily responsible for managing the execution of equity and equity derivatives for the firm’s index business and for portfolio transition management.
Mr. Walters' service with the firm began in 2015. Prior to his appointment, he worked on the sell-side for 10 years in Program Trading, Single Stock Sales Trading & Dealing, and also advised clients on Futures & Commodities Markets. He began his career at Bell Potter in Australia before moving to Korea and later Hong Kong to work with Macquarie.
Clare Witts is responsible for the strategy and implementation of ITG's interaction with institutional clients, regulators, exchanges and the media across the Asia Pacific region. She also runs ITG's Commission Management and CSA program in Asia and Australia. Since moving to Asia nine years ago, Clare has also been actively involved in industry groups including the Asia Pacific FIX Committee and ASIFMA, and also manages ITG projects with a number of Asia-based FinTech startup firms.
Keith Woolterton is the J.P. Morgan Asia Pacific Head of Equities Execution Services, based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for delivering innovative electronic trading solutions for clients of the firm and tools for trading desks to manage their service to clients. His experience in electronic trading spans 18 years, including 14 years at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong and London. He previously worked at Credit Suisse and Citibank.
Natasha Xie is a partner in JunHe LLP. As one of the first private law firms in China, JunHe is widely recognized as a leading full-service law firm.
With over 17 years of experience in financial regulation and complex transactions, Natasha collaborates with international investors to develop practical solutions for entering and achieving success in China’s capital and commodity markets, and has been highly appreciated for such value she contributed to her international institutional clients.
She represents banks, brokers, traders, commodity funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, proprietary trading firms and other major participants in China’s financial markets. She specializes in structuring business models for trading, advisory activities, investment services, risk management services, technology licensing and related financial services. She also advises corporate and financial clients on a wide range of regulatory matters and compliance issues, helping them anticipate and leverage changes in China’s shifting legal landscape.