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Countdown begins for world’s leading clearing & derivatives conference

London, 15 March 2018 – The World Federation of Exchanges ("The WFE"), the global industry group for exchanges and CCPs, is pleased to confirm details of its 35th IOMA Clearing & Derivatives Conference, taking place from 11-13 April 2018 in Chicago, USA.

IOMA is an invitation-only annual conference which brings together 150 senior delegates from clearing houses, exchanges, regulators and the buy side from around the world to discuss key market structure and post-trade issues. Market integrity, the global implications of Brexit and MiFID II, cryptocurrencies and FinTech investment are the key focus areas of this year's conference, which will be hosted by Options Clearing Corporation (OCC), the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organisation.

There are two fireside chat sessions during the conference: the first between Eric Chern, CEO of Chicago Trading Company and Edward Tilly, Chairman & CEO, Cboe Global Markets; and the second with Craig S. Phillips, Counselor to the Secretary at the US Department of the Treasury and Craig Donohue, Chairman and CEO of OCC, in conversation with WFE CEO, Nandini Sukumar.

Keynote speakers this year include Klaus Martin Löber, Head of Oversight Division at the European Central Bank. Sandy Frucher, Vice Chairman of Nasdaq, Stephen Fisher, Managing Director, BlackRock, Sunil Cutinho, President of CME Clearing, and Erik Müller, CEO, Eurex Clearing AG are among the panellists this year.

The WFE's Post-Trade Working Group will meet in Chicago ahead of the conference.

In addition, the WFE and Oliver Wyman, the global management consultancy firm, are publishing their joint report concerning market integrity on the first day of conference. The report investigates the importance of market infrastructures in supporting well-functioning and efficient markets, a role more important than ever since the financial crisis.

Nandini Sukumar, CEO, the WFE said: "The WFE is the global advocate for CCPs and exchanges, and IOMA 2018 will be an important opportunity to discuss the latest issues impacting the post-trade industry. Topics such as Brexit, cryptocurrencies, investment in FinTech and market integrity are at the forefront of the two-day agenda for key industry stakeholders, members and affiliates attending in Chicago.

"We are also looking forward to launching our market integrity report at IOMA, with co-authors Oliver Wyman. At a time of global volatility, when the importance of orderly markets is more critical than ever, the report will affirm the WFE's position of supporting and promoting the development of transparent, stable and efficient markets."

Please click here to access the conference website and full agenda. Registration for non-delegate members, including the press, opens on Friday 16 March 2018; click here for more details.

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About the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE):

Established in 1961, the WFE is the global industry association for exchanges and clearing houses. Headquartered in London, it represents over 200 market infrastructure providers, including standalone CCPs that are not part of exchange groups. Of our members, 36.8% are in Asia-Pacific, 42.6% in EMEA and 20.6% in the Americas. WFE exchanges are home to nearly 45,000 listed companies, and the market capitalisation of these entities is over $82.5 trillion; around $81.8 trillion (EOB) in trading annually passes through the infrastructures WFE members safeguard (at end 2017).

The WFE is the definitive source for exchange-traded statistics, and publishes over 350 market data indicators. Its statistics database stretches back more than 40 years, and provides information and insight into developments on global exchanges.

The WFE works with standard-setters, policy makers, regulators and government organisations around the world to support and promote the development of fair, transparent, stable and efficient markets. The WFE shares regulatory authorities' goals of ensuring the safety and soundness of the global financial system, which is critical to enhancing investor and consumer confidence, and promoting economic growth.

For more information, please contact:

Anna Watson

Head of Communications, The World Federation of Exchanges

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: +44 20 7151 4137 / +44 7850 287 685

Twitter: @TheWFE / #WFEIOMA2018

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