October 12, 2012

Leaders from more than 60 of the world's foremost exchanges gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, this week for the 51st General Assembly and Annual Meeting of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), the association of regulated stock, futures, and options exchanges. WFE develops and promotes high regulatory standards in markets to assure their transparency, fairness, and certainty of execution.

Ronald Arculli, WFE Chairman and Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, said: "Over the course of the past year the WFE and its member exchanges continued to work with regulators and policymakers to facilitate a more rational international approach to market oversight and financial stability. We are pleased to see more exchanges expressing their views on the important issues such as the regulation of OTC markets, and we hope to maintain open dialogue both inside and outside of the industry. I appreciate the support we receive from WFE members as we strive to be a positive force in the reshaping of the financial landscape within a new regulatory framework."

"Today the exchange is the heart of capital markets and a well functioning economy," says Russell Loubser, CEO of the JSE and Director and Treasurer of the WFE. "It is a privilege to host our colleagues from exchanges around the world in South Africa to discuss the issues of our day."

Annual Meeting Agenda

South African Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan will be the keynote speaker. Additional guest speakers include; Prof. Mervyn King SC, Chairman, International Integrated Reporting Committee ; Mr. Joseph Gawronski, President & Chief Operating Officer, Rosenblatt Securities; Mr. Jeremy Grant, Editor FT Trading Room, Financial Times London.

Topics being reviewed by exchange industry leaders at the Annual Meeting include:

  • Regulatory Winds: What is happening with Dodd-Frank and MiFID II?: facilitated by Jeremy Grant, Editor, Financial Times Trading Room; with panelists Ronald Arculli, Chairman, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing; William J Brodsky, Chairman & CEO, Chicago Board Options Exchange; Antonio J. Zoido, Chairman, BME Spanish Exchanges; Philipp Härle, Partner, McKinsey & Co; Dario Luna, Chief of Staff, Finance and Public Credit Under Secretary, Mexican Ministry of Economics; Professor Peter Gomber, University of Frankfurt; Bert Chanetsa, Deputy Executive Officer- Investment Institutions, Financial Services Board.
  • Interest rate products: facilitated by Russell Loubser, Chief Executive Officer, Johannesburg Stock Exchange; with panelists Huseyin Erkan, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Istanbul Stock Exchange; Juan Pablo Cordoba, Chief Executive Officer, Bolsa de Valores de Colombia; Thuto Shomang, Deputy Director General: Asset and Liability Management, South African National Treasury; Tony Weeresinghe, CEO Millennium IT; and Director of Global Development, London Stock Exchange Group
  • Exchange business models: facilitated by Joseph Gawronski, President and Chief Operating Officer, Rosenblatt Securities; with panelists Ester Levanon, Chief Executive Officer, Tel Aviv Stock Exchange; Magnus Böcker, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Exchange; Luis Téllez, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores; Ravi Narain, Managing Director and CEO, National Stock Exchange of India; Mark Makepeace, Chief Executive Officer, FTSE.
  • Fragmentation: facilitated by Christian Katz, Chief Executive Officer, SIX Swiss Exchange; with panelists Atsushi Saito, President & CEO, Tokyo Stock Exchange; Thomas Kloet, Chief Executive Officer, TMX Group; Peter Hiom, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, ASX; Adrian Blundell-Wignall, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for Financial Markets, Deputy Director for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD.
  • Innovation in our businesses: facilitated by Steven Sears, Senior Editor, Barron's; with panelists Tim Wildenberg, Head of Alternative Execution, Citibank; Dominique Cerutti, President & Deputy CEO, NYSE Euronext; Meyer S. Frucher, Vice Chairman, NASDAQ OMX; Sam Coady, Managing Director, Corporate finance, CME Group; Zhang Yujun, President, Shanghai Stock Exchange.

This year's "WFE Award for Excellence" is being presented to the Chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC), Professor Mervyn King, in recognition of his work in chairing national commissions on corporate governance reform and in leading the development of a new form of corporate reporting, enhancing South Africa's business competitiveness.

The 51st Annual WFE General Assembly and Annual Meeting marks the first instance that all panel discussions at the annual meeting will be webcast live, allowing interested parties to view every session remotely. @TheWFE will be live tweeting about many of the key happenings of the Annual Meeting using a dedicated hashtag, opening another avenue of remote participation in the conference. The addition of these new mediums is expected to increase awareness and promote an open, global dialogue with the exchange community.

New WFE Member Exchanges 

The WFE General Assembly approved the accession to membership of GreTai Securities Market, RTS Stock Exchange, and Taiwan Futures Exchange (TAIFEX). With these additions WFE membership now includes 55 regulated exchanges.

WFE Annual Meeting 2012

The next WFE Annual Meeting will be hosted by Taiwan Stock Exchange on 14- 16 October 2012.

WFE Board of Directors 2012


Ronald Arculli, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

Vice Chairman 

Xavier Rolet, London Stock Exchange Group

Chairman of the Working Committee 

Thomas Kloet, TMX


Edemir Pinto, BM&FBOVESPA

Craig Donohue, CME

William J. Brodsky, CBOE

Luiz Tellez, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores


Geng Liang, Shanghai Stock Exchange

Ravi Narain, National Stock Exchange of India

Atsushi Saito, Tokyo Stock Exchange

Kim Bongsoo, Korea Exchange

Europe - Middle East - Africa 

Andreas Preuss, Deutsche Boerse Group

Russell Loubser, JSE Limited

Antonio J. Zoido, BME - Spanish Exchanges

Huseyin Erkan, Istanbul Stock Exchange

At large

Duncan Niederauer, NYSE Euronext

Meyer S. Frucher, NASDAQ OMX

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Cally Billimore
Manager, Communications
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