IN-PERSON

27-28 SEPTEMBER 2023

LONDON


SEE THE 2022 AGENDA



DESIGNED FOR BACK OFFICE AND TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS TO SHARE IDEAS AND BEST PRACTICES, FORM NEW PARTNERSHIPS, AND EXPAND THEIR NETWORKS

 


KEY TOPICS INCLUDE:

Virtualisation of the Back Office


Post-trade Automation


Operational Excellence


AI Applications in Energy Trading


Disruptive Technologies

Innovation

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AGENDA 2022

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Welcome from Commodities People

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Impact of recent market turmoil on energy market

Thumbnail Xavier Veillard, Partner, McKinsey

Thumbnail Joscha Schabram, Expert Associate Partner, McKinsey

KEYNOTE
• Wholesale gas price signals key to achieve “physical balance"
- Supply to Europe ramped up rapidly (diverted from other regions)
- Gas prices causing significant demand reduction
• Tight LNG supply driving correlation of gas indices globally
- Additional LNG demand from Europe results in tight market
- Gas price indices globally increasingly ‘converging

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Price volatility in energy markets: Thriving in the new abnormal

Thumbnail Christian Baer, Secretary General, EUROPEX

Thumbnail Mark Copley, CEO, EFET – European Federation of Energy Traders

Thumbnail Richard Pohl, Senior Project Manager for Green and Digital Energy, Horváth & Partners

Thumbnail Cornelia Kawann, Head of Division Market Surveillance, Federal Electricity Commission - ElCom

PANEL DISCUSSION
• A look at the past 12 months price trends: Opportunities and struggles for the front office
• From an operational perspective: What has the tightness of prices revealed? Best practices around collateral management, risk management and settlement
• Technology: What can be done to unburden other departments?
• Price caps and governments intervention: What impact for the markets? How do we restore confidence in trading?

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Security of supply vs fit for 55

Thumbnail Peter Styles, Executive Vice Chair of the Board, EFET

Thumbnail Mark Simons, Head of Gas & Power Trading Origination, TotalEnergies

Thumbnail Davide Rubini, Head of Regulatory Affairs - Gas / Power & Environmental Products EMEA, Vitol

Thumbnail Kathryn Porter, Energy Consultant, Watt-Logic

Thumbnail Mónika Zsigri, Head of Unit of DG Energy - Energy Platform Task Force, European Commission

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Do we see a shift back to fossil due to the price situation?
How can security of supply be maintained in the context of sanctions on Russian gas?
- Does Europe have any alternatives to reliance on Russian gas?
- Is LNG the solution?
- Does gas still have a role to play in the energy transition?
• What might some of the long term implications be for energy markets from current high gas prices?

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Coffee Break

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What are the big challenges and innovations in 2022/2023 for commercial operations and information technology in energy trading?

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Cutting edge digitalisation: What does that mean for post trade operations?

Thumbnail Stuart Beeston, Secretary of the Operation Committee, EFET

Thumbnail Graeme Bannon, IT Business Analyst, RWE Supply & Trading GmbH

Thumbnail Lorenzo Celio, Product Manager, Fidectus

Thumbnail Jörg Reichelt, Head of Settlement Trading, EnBW

PANEL DISCUSSION

Post trade automation: What it is and where it’s going?
1. eSM; Current situation, changes, and road ahead
- What bilateral agreements can you do once your process is a bit more automated?
- Shortening the settlement cycle: Benefits, obstacles, and implementation roadmap
- Who will benefit from this implementation and interoperability?
- How do we move forward?
2. eCM; Current situation, changes, and road ahead
- Further automation & more innovation
- Interoperability and how you benefit from this
- Even wider adoption in the market

Towards full end-to-end post trade automation

Data you get: How actionable it is? What can you predict with it?

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Lunch

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The outsourcing discussion: Different approaches for different results - A benchmark

Thumbnail Gaurav Garg, Managing Partner, capSpire

Thumbnail Stuart Beeston, Secretary of the Operation Committee, EFET

Thumbnail Mikael Kreiner, Head of Back Office, Ørsted

PANEL DISCUSSION
• How do you balance near-shore outsourcing and growing the back office teams?
• Taking the cost dimension out of the discussion
• Flexibility and velocity vs steady in-house expertise development

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Skillset in the back office: What are the new profiles, how to attract them and how do you retain them?

Thumbnail Mikael Kreiner, Head of Back Office, Ørsted

Thumbnail Ida Elversson, Head of Trade Control & Settlements, Maersk Oil Trading and Investments AS

Thumbnail Mathilde de Mareuil, Headhunter / Executive Search, Commodity Trading Jobs

Thumbnail Angelica Ibarra Romero, VP Back Office Europe & US, Statkraft

PANEL DISCUSSION
• What is the back office dream candidate? What’s the right balance between IT fondness and business understanding?
• How do you make back office a career of choice as opposed to a stepping stone to other departments? Examples of programmes
• Recruitment challenges in times of hybrid working
• How do you make sure losing people to other departments can benefit you?

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Networking Coffee Break

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The clinic

Thumbnail Guy Barnes, Director, CapSpire

Thumbnail Tomasz Tosik, Lead Back Office Specialist, Ørsted

PANEL DISCUSSION
Based on the registration survey, a selection of 2 process issues will be presented to leading experts. They will have a few minutes to identify the improvement areas, and present what they’d put in place to solve to the audience. Highly interactive.

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Drinks reception and entertainment

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Reflect on liquidity management, clearing processes and transaction cost

Thumbnail Mario Claeys, Head of Exchanges - Clearing and Margining, Uniper Global Commodities SE

Thumbnail John Cunningham, Managing Director Commodities & Global Markets (Futures), Macquarie Group

Thumbnail Sean O’Brien, Head of Sales, OpenGamma

Thumbnail Christina Tarnanidou, Assistant Professor in Commercial & Financial Law, Athens University of Economics and Business - AUEB

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
In this section the audience will reflect on 3 topics. The structure will be the following:
15 minutes introductions
20 minutes of table discussions
25 minutes of feedback and take-aways on stage
The situations presented to the audience will facilitate discussions around key questions:
• Best practices in initial margin calls evaluation
• How can you optimise the amount you’re called for?
• How do you minimise the cash you need to set aside?
• In the context of very high margin calls, how do you guide the trading desk to minimise collateral requirement without compromising opportunities and revenue?
• Cost of trading on exchanges: Where do we see it going?
• Reacting to a sudden change in the markets: Check list for the energy trader
• Has clearing changed in light of the market volatility?

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How corporates are surviving the current environment

Thumbnail Rory Deverell, Commodity Risk Manager, StoneX

PRESPECTIVE
In this session, the presenter will go through the impact the energy crisis is having on companies that are very energy-dependent, covering various angles: material procurement challenges, supply chain issues, etc.

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Coffee Break

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Automation in the back office: The never-ending project

Thumbnail Juan Miguel Retamar Garcia, Head of Back Office Processes, Endesa

PRESENTATION
In this session, the audience will hear about Endesa’s journey to achieve more automation. Better understanding of the processes, communication with IT, and work organisation will be touched on as part of this very practical presentation.

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How can the back office adapt to new revenue streams and support the commercial functions?

Thumbnail Gavin Ferguson, Head of Standardisation Workstream, EFET – European Federation of Energy Traders

Thumbnail Angelica Ibarra Romero, VP Back Office Europe & US, Statkraft

Thumbnail Juan Miguel Retamar Garcia, Head of Back Office Processes, Endesa

Thumbnail Dr. Jens Bartenschlager, CEO, Fidectus

PANEL DISCUSSION
• Back to manual tasks with PPAs: How can we standardise?
• How to adapt to the specificity of asset-based transactions?
• Ramping up LNG activities: Impact on operations

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PROFESSIONALS IN THE INDUSTRY

SPEAKERS 2022

Featuring the industry’s foremost authorities in operations and technology

Partner & Expert in Energy & Commodities Business & Technology Transformation

Andrew Singleton

Baringa

Head of Regulatory Affairs - Gas / Power & Environmental Products EMEA

Davide Rubini

Vitol

Head of Unit of DG Energy - Energy Platform Task Force

Mónika Zsigri

European Commission

Managing Director Commodities & Global Markets (Futures)

John Cunningham

Macquarie Group

Head of Trade Control & Settlements

Ida Elversson

Maersk Oil Trading and Investments AS

Senior Project Manager for Green and Digital Energy

Richard Pohl

Horváth & Partners

Global Head of Quantitative and Analytical Solutions

Cetin Karakus

BP

Head of Exchanges - Clearing and Margining

Mario Claeys

Uniper Global Commodities SE

Head of Division Market Surveillance

Cornelia Kawann

Federal Electricity Commission - ElCom

CEO

Mark Copley

EFET – European Federation of Energy Traders

Head of Gas & Power Trading Origination

Mark Simons

TotalEnergies

Head of Standardisation Workstream

Gavin Ferguson

EFET – European Federation of Energy Traders


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