The Post Trade Forum
The goal of the post trade forum is to make a positive impact on the industry. This will be accomplished by engaging practitioners across the Capital Markets post trade ecosystem to generate ideas that will provide tangible improvements. The support of the ISITC post-trade forum members will give credibility and energy to these ideas and allow ISITC to promote their adoption across the various bodies that can influence the outcome.

To do this, the Post Trade Forum will provide a dedicated platform for post-trade leaders from across the financial markets spectrum to engage and collaborate in order to share best practice and drive operational efficiency. A focus area will be innovation as an enabler of efficiency, bringing thought leadership and practical experiences together to support the industry in increasing automation.

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Post Trade Forum Co-Chairs: James Maxfield & Alastair Rutherford

Speak to Gary Wright about the Forum’s aims and objectives. Outlining member benefits for those who participate.

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Next Post Trade Forum Roundtable

Sept 2021

Post Trade Content

Post Trade Leaders Help ISITC Europe Transform Capital Markets

Industry focus on driving the agenda for post trade efficiency has intensified during recent years, as cost pressure has been felt across the capital markets spectrum. Alongside this, regulatory interest has also increased through the launch of the post trade task force – by the B of E – as well as reflection on the stresses created by the pandemic – incorporated into the latest policy announcements by UK supervisors on operational resilience.

Much of the discussion to date has centred around challenges created by poor data, lack of industry standardisation and the limitations of legacy technology. But are these topics representative of the challenges felt by post trade leaders across capital markets today? Do they oversimplify the challenge? Or are they too high level to drive meaningful change?

Post Trade Forum Roundtable
James Maxfield Post Trade Forum
Alastair Rutherford Post Trade Forum

Meet the Co-Chairs: James Maxfield & Alastair Rutherford

James Maxfield, MD Ascendant Strategy

James is co-founder of Ascendant Strategy Ltd, a boutique post trade consultancy that specialises in strategy and technology-enabled transformation within capital markets.  Prior to launching the business in 2017, James worked for 20 years within large, global sell-side institutions such as UBS, Lehman Brothers and Nomura. In these organisations, he held a variety of senior global leadership roles across Operations, Middle Office, IT and Change Management. Common to all these experiences was the critical role that technology plays in enablement of middle and back office strategy.

James is published author, speaker and respected thought leader within the post trade space, where his leadership track record within large institutions, combined with his consulting experiences, provides a unique perspective on delivering transformational outcomes for clients.

Alastair Rutherford, MD Ascendant Strategy

Alastair has nearly 30 years’ experience leading the design and delivery of post-trade solutions in investment banks, many of these at MD level. He has worked at Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, ABNAmro, Lehman Brothers and Nomura.

In 2017, he co-founded Ascendant Strategy, a post-trade consultancy that brings together IT and Operations alongside other stakeholders to create and deliver solutions that are process-lead, and enabled by robust and innovative technology. As part of this, Ascendant work closely with emerging Fintech organisations to assess where and how new ideas can be applied in the post trade environment.

Post Trade Forum Sessions

  • The Forum invites participation and discussion between individuals across the whole of the Capital Markets ecosystem, who have an interest in Post Trade.
  • A series of online roundtable discussions are planned, participation will be by invitation made to senior executives. Numbers will be limited to enable better social interaction.
  • The rountables will held under the Chatham House Rule, to facilitate a free and frank exchange of views and ideas.
  • A post discussion summary (aligned with the principles of the Chatham House Rule) will be created by the forum leaders, which upon approval by the participants will be made available on the ISITC Europe website.

It is anticipated that when on site meetings are allowed again that forum sessions will be come face to face events.

The forum will aim to deliver education, communication, and information for the advancement of member firms.

If you are interested in getting involved with the group and are already a corporate individual member or associate member of ISITC EUROPE then please click the ‘Join Forum’ link above.

ISITC Europe invites individuals and corporates from across the capital markets ecosystem to enable a joined-up approach, if you are not currently a member of ISITC EUROPE you are welcome to apply for membership.

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