ISITC Europe launches new Post Trade Forum

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ISITC Europe launches new Post Trade Forum co-chaired by leading industry experts from Ascendant Strategy


London, UK – 8 July 2021: The ISITC Europe Post Trade Forum brings together the post trade community across the capital markets to drive collaboration, share best practice and action changes to improve operational efficiency. The Forum represents the full spectrum of post trade users and will be led by post trade experts James Maxfield and Alastair Rutherford, MDs of Ascendant Strategy.

“It can be hard for the post trade community to find time to devote to innovation given the pressures of the day job. Together with ISITC Europe we want to provide a platform for people to access ideas and best practice, in a way that helps to support them address some of their challenges.” said James Maxfield.

ISITC Europe is a not-for-profit industry body with a thirty-year history of setting best practice standards. Today, it continues to bring together the many disparate firms that make up capital markets to share information and knowledge.

The future of post trade is heavily reliant on technology adoption and innovation, but this can be challenging to achieve when organisations work in isolation. The post trade community across the capital markets is now coming together to drive collaboration and share knowledge and ideas.

Gary Wright, Director of ISITC Europe CIC commented “We are delighted to welcome Ascendant Strategy as a new Associate member and know that with their considerable experience and knowledge in Post Trade Operation, Alastair and James will be an energising force for our post trade forum.”

Alastair Rutherford added “Enabling post trade innovation is easy to say but challenging to execute on, to deliver value for capital markets firms. As chairs of the ISITC Europe Post Trade Forum we bring our significant experience and expertise in Post Trade to help drive forward real changes prescribed by ISITC Europe’s cross industry forum members.”

To kick off its activities the inaugural Post Trade Forum roundtable was held in June. A paper outlining the discussions, written by the co-chairs, is available on the ISITC Europe website. To find out more please contact


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 About Ascendant Strategy

Ascendant Strategy is a boutique post trade consultancy that specialises in post trade strategy and transformation within capital markets. Formed in 2017 by experienced executives from IT, Middle and Back Office within investment banks, their practitioner-led consultancy model was designed to be the product they would have bought themselves as clients.

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 About ISITC Europe CIC

ISITC Europe CIC is a non-profit industry body and a catalyst for collaborative innovation within the capital markets. We bring together a diverse community from across the capital markets ecosystem for a joined-up approach, so that we are all better equipped to navigate the rapidly changing financial markets.

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