2019 ISDA Annual North America Conference

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Convene One Liberty Plaza
New York

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Non-Member $475 U.S.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

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8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM Opening Remarks Scott O’Malia

Scott O’Malia, Chief Executive Officer, ISDA

9:00 AM Keynote Interview

9:20 AM Building Momentum in RFRs

A number of public-/private-sector risk-free rate working groups are leading an initiative to move from LIBOR and other interbank offered rates (IBORs) to risk-free rates (RFRs). What stage is the transition at and what is the industry doing to maintain momentum and build liquidity in the new RFRs?

  • Progress in the global benchmark reform agenda
  • Development of forward-looking term rates
  • Interaction between cash and derivatives products
  • Implementation of fallbacks for derivatives / the ISDA protocol

9:40 AM Benchmark Reform: The Impact on End Users

How is the buy side and other end users of derivatives preparing for the shift from LIBOR to risk-free rates? What progress has been made, and what issues need to be addressed? What will drive trading and liquidity, and where will opportunities exist? How can firms ensure hedges for cash instruments remain effective?

10:30 AM Networking Break

10:55 AM Chairman’s Remarks Eric Litvack

Eric Litvack, ISDA Chairman, Managing Director, Head of Regulatory Strategy, Société Générale Global Banking and Investor Solutions

11:10 AM Margin: Countdown to Phase 5

With the phase-five implementation of initial margin requirements for non-cleared derivatives set for September 2020, what steps should participants take to finalize their preparation and what challenges do they face?

  • AANA calculation and disclosure
  • IM threshold monitoring
  • IM calculation
  • IM documentation negotiation

11:55 AM The US Take on Capital

US regulators published their proposed version of SA-CCR for the US market at the end of last year. What impact will the new rules have? How might other changes to capital requirements – the Fundamental Review of the Trading Booking and credit valuation adjustment – affect US markets and derivatives users? How might the rules differ from other jurisdictions?

12:40 PM Keynote Address Dan M. Berkovitz

Dan M. Berkovitz, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

1:00 PM Lunch

2:15 PM Future of Derivatives: Global or Fragmented?

The Group of 20 has highlighted reducing market fragmentation as a key issue, but what can global standard setters and national regulators do to tackle the issue? Where is fragmentation creating the biggest problems for market participants?

3:00 PM Standards, Tech and Docs

New technologies are being developed and implemented. Documentation is being digitized, and digital standards such as ISDA CDM are facilitating and driving greater automation via technology. But how do these trends link together? What does this mean in practice, and what are the costs and potential benefits?

3:45 PM Networking Break

4:00 PM The Path to Post-trade Efficiency

Back-office processes continue be highly manual, sucking up resources and resulting in operational costs. What’s being done to standardize and automate collateral management, reporting and record-keeping processes? How can firms reduce their back-office burden?

4:45 PM Networking Cocktail Round tables

Industry experts lead informal discussions on a selection of topics, accompanied by cocktails.

  • Environmental, Social and Governance: How do Derivatives Fit?
  • The Future for CDS
  • Introduction to the ISDA CDM

5:30 PM Conference Concludes

Agenda is subject to change.

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Dan M. Berkovitz


U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Eric Litvack

ISDA Chairman, Managing Director, Head of Regulatory Strategy

Société Générale Global Banking and Investor Solutions

Scott O’Malia

Chief Executive Officer


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