Share This Conference

Technology & Standards: Unlocking Value in Derivatives Markets

1 CPD Credit Hours Available (England and Wales)

1 CLE Credit Hours Available (New York)
Transitional and Nontransitional

Thursday, November 30, 2017
One Bishops Square - Auditorium


Technology has the potential to revolutionise how derivatives are traded and managed, by offering firms the prospect of automating costly manual processes and creating efficiencies. Distributed ledger, smart contracts, cloud computing and artificial intelligence – barely a day goes by without a new proof of concept or a new media story on the potential of these technologies. However, what is needed for this opportunity to come to fruition? Is it possible to implement fully interoperable technologies when common processing and data standards have not yet been agreed? What does the industry have to do to take advantage of this opportunity to unlock value in the derivatives market?


This conference will draw together the perspectives from different sectors, providing an insight from global regulators, derivatives users and technology professionals. The panels will explore work being led by ISDA to develop standards that will facilitate the deployment of these technologies. Technology thought-leaders will share some of their experiences and expectations, and regulators will outline their priorities and goals. The conference will also focus on the potential for smart contracts and the legal challenges they create.




8:15 AM


Registration and Continental Breakfast




9:00 AM


Welcoming Remarks




9:15 AM


Introduction and Keynote Address




9:45 AM


ISDA’s Common Domain Model (CDM) – Developing the Operating Standard for the Derivatives Industry

The current derivatives processing environment is complex and inefficient. Emerging technologies provide an opportunity to reshape the landscape and deliver value for market participants. However, the industry needs a market wide common standard to describe data and processes to enable these technologies to maximise the opportunity. This is where ISDA CDM comes in. This panel will invite a number of industry professionals to share their thoughts on the current challenges facing the derivatives market, describe the work that ISDA is doing to develop the standard (the ‘ISDA CDM’), consider why now is the right time and the potential benefits and opportunities.  




10:45 AM


Networking Break




11:15 AM


Regulatory Perspective on FinTech / RegTech – Defining the Role of Regulators

A panel of regulatory experts will discuss the interaction between new technologies and regulation, and share the priorities and goals of their respective agencies. The panel will look at how regulators in Europe and the US are engaging with the industry to explore how new technologies like blockchain can transform derivatives markets, as well as how these technologies can enhance regulatory compliance.




12:15 PM






1:30 PM


The State of the Technology – Industry Experts Debate Potential for Industry Transformation

Which emerging technologies are likely to shape the future of derivatives markets? A panel of respected experts will give their views on the current trends and discuss the opportunities for technology to transform the derivatives landscape. The panellists will reflect on how technology has facilitated significant innovation in other industries and share their experiences and expectations for deployment of technology in derivatives.




2:30 PM


Networking Break




3:00 PM


Smart Contracts: Contract or Code - What will the Market Prefer?

Following on from ISDA’s recent whitepaper, a panel of senior experts will discuss smart contracts as an innovation from a legal perspective.

  • What are smart contracts (contract or code)?
  • How will they influence the drafting of legal documents?
  • What are the legal issues caused by smart contracts?




4:00 PM


Conference Concludes

Firms seeking to raise their visibility and brand awareness are invited to participate as sponsors or exhibitors at this event.

Please contact us to discuss the opportunities available:

Joanna Stevens
 +44 203 808 9719

Agenda is subject to change

$ 450 U.S. (member) / $ 550 U.S. (non-member)
*The invoice total must be paid in full - registration fees are net of tax and wire transfer fees are not included.

We suggest registering at least two weeks in advance to ensure your seat.

Please click here for the Conference Registration Form.


Allen & Overy LLP, One Bishops Square, London, E1 6AD. Phone +44 (0) 203 808 9700.
A map to the venue can be found here.
You will be required to provide photo identification in order to enter the venue. Please ensure you present this at the ground floor reception or you may be refused entry.


For more information regarding conferences or exhibition opportunities, please contact the ISDA conference department

at +1 212-901-6000  or e-mail