Webinar - Are you paying too much for Foreign Exchange?

Webinar - Are you paying too much for Foreign Exchange?

Monday, April 20, 2015

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Banks active in the foreign exchange (FX) markets have not only come under intense regulatory scrutiny in the years since the financial crisis, but faced litigation as well. Many clients have negotiated better terms, and a number of banks that execute foreign exchange bargains have adjusted their practices to enhance transparency and deliver better value. But many fund managers continue to neglect active management of their foreign exchange costs. This webinar will explore what fund managers can do to strike a better balance with their foreign exchange providers between price and service.

Topics to be discussed include:
  • Recent issues that have arisen in the FX markets
  • What regulators expect from FX market participants, with a particular focus on the Financial Stability Board (FSB)
  • What end-investors now expect their fund managers to do about FX in their due diligence process
  • How FX costs can be monitored, measured and managed effectively
  • New approaches to obtain better value from the FX markets
  • What counts as best practice at banks executing FX trades
  • Operational support required 
  • Technology needed


The webinar will be moderated by COOConnect founding partner Dominic Hobson, and will include the following panellists:

  Opening and closing remarks by Dominic Hobson, Founder of COOConnect


Nick Bradley is a managing director at Thomas Murray IDS, which advises buy-side institutions on the management of their foreign exchange costs. Prior to joining Thomas Murray IDS, Nick was from 1993 to 2006 a managing director with Standard & Poor’s, where he was European Practice Leader for the Fund Ratings & Research Group and Standard & Poor’s Governance Services. At Thomas Murray IDS, he is responsible for global institutional client relationship management and services delivered to that client base. Prior to Standard & Poor’s, Nick held a number of corporate and investment banking positions with leading international banks including Lloyds Bank, BancBoston, Bank of America and Credit Agricole.
Henry Wilkes is an experienced capital markets professional with a deep understanding of the foreign exchange, money and derivatives markets, gained while working for various international banks in London and New York, with a specific focus on global asset managers. From 2000 to 2013 Henry was global head of FX sales and relationship management at Brown Brothers Harriman, managing teams in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and New York. Previously, he was deputy branch manager and head of trading at Bank Julius Baer in London for 13 years.

Andy Woolmer is Managing Director at NCFX. Andy began his career in FX at Kleinwort Benson in 1994. After periods at Citibank and Prudential he worked at SEB as Portfolio Manager for the SEB Multi-Manager Currency Funds. In 2012, he founded the groundbreaking financial technology company New Change FX, which provides an independent live streaming mid-rate for foreign exchange. He is a leading expert in transaction cost analysis, and he has been a key advisor for various global regulatory bodies over the development of independent foreign exchange benchmarks. NCFX’s clients include some of the world’s largest pension funds, asset managers, and banks.

Noel Singh joined ABNAMRO Clearing Bank NV as FX Product Manager in September 2014. Prior to joining AACB Noel worked for 5 years at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken first as head of eFX Liquidity Sales then 4 years running their FX Prime Brokerage business. Noel started his FX career in 1993 at Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank as a Spot FX Trader leaving in 1999 to join EBS where he spent most of his 5 years as the Nordic Account Manager before leaving to join Dresdner Kleinwort where he was instrumental in building their FX Prime Brokerage offering.



Each panel discussion will be broadcast live online. Attendees will be able submit questions online that can be put to the panellists during the webinar.

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