Active ETF Conference – Thursday 20th November 2014 – LSE

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ETF Strategy and the London Stock Exchange have teamed up to host an event designed to be a one-stop shop (or “Active ETFs 101” or “boot camp”) for active investment management firms, of all sizes and stripes, to learn about how they can potentially enter the fast-growing ETF space (e.g. by launching new stand-alone active ETF products, by converting existing mutual funds to ETFs, or by introducing ETF share classes of existing funds); and to meet, in one place, a selection of key vendors and service providers who can help get them there.

In essence, the conference assembles a cast of expert partners who can guide prospective new active ETF issuers through the ETF launch process and life-cycle (and over all the hurdles), from conception through to listing, cross-listing and beyond. The event will be composed of a series of presentations, panel sessions and networking breaks.

The event, which will take place at the LSE on the morning of Thursday 20th November 2014, is aimed at executives from both traditional and alternative investment management firms, with particular emphasis on decision-makers in business strategy, product engineering and product development, marketing and distribution, operations and product control, legal and compliance. Delegates will come from firms right across the AUM spectrum, from quality niche boutiques to bulge-bracket global investment houses.

Conference agenda

08:30 Registration & Breakfast

09:00 Welcome introduction
Simon Smith, Founder and Managing Director, ETF Strategy

09:05 Introduction to active ETFs, outlook and projections
Deborah Fuhr, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, ETFGI
– Overview of the current landscape for active ETFs around the world
– Review of product trends
– Areas for future product development

09:25 Active ETFs: The legal and compliance framework
Monica Gogna, Partner, Investment Management and Financial Services Regulation, Ropes & Gray
– The regulatory context and bigger picture
– Recent rule changes to ETFs in Europe
– What does the future hold? Changes brought about by MiFID II and how this may affect the active ETF market

09:45 Building a scalable ETF platform
Shawn McNinch, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Exchange-Traded Fund Services, Brown Brothers Harriman
– Operational infrastructure: Mutual Fund Vs. ETF
– Product development considerations and the capital markets function
– Technology
– Distribution and support

10:05 Panel Session: Active ETF product development within the current legal and compliance regime
Monica Gogna, Partner, Ropes & Gray
Andrew Craswell, Vice President, Brown Brothers Harriman
Brian Kelliher, Partner, Dillon Eustace
Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner, ETFGI

10:45 Coffee and networking

11:20 Listing an Active ETF on London Stock Exchange
Pietro Poletto, Head of Fixed Income, ETFs and Structured Products, London Stock Exchange Group
– Introduction to LSE Active ETF market
– Listing process and regulatory overview (UCITS/passporting/non-UCITS)
– Admission requirements and procedures
– Transparency and disclosure requirements

11:40 Trading and liquidity: The role of authorised participants and market makers
Slawomir Rzeszotko, ETF Sales & Trading, Jane Street
– Trading and liquidity – do they matter when it comes to an ETF?
– Making sense of ETF trading ecosystem: primary and secondary markets and their respective participants
– What makes some ETFs more liquid than others
– The challenge of providing liquidity in active ETFs

12:00 Panel Session: Active ETF listings, market infrastructure and distribution
Pietro Poletto, Head of ETFs, London Stock Exchange Group
Gerry Sugrue, Vice President, Irish Stock Exchange
Chris Foxon, ETF Sales & Trading, Jane Street
Bryon Lake, Head of Invesco PowerShares EMEA
Chris Flood, Journalist, Financial Times

12:45 Lunch and networking (until conference ends at 14:00)

The event is sponsored by:

Brown Brothers Harriman
Ropes & Gray
Dillon Eustace
Irish Stock Exchange
London Stock Exchange
ETFGI
Jane Street

If you would like to attend this event, please register now.