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14.05.2014 10:23

Moscow Exchange to Host Global Derivatives Summit

Moscow, 14 May 2014 — Moscow Exchange, Russia's main public markets trading platform, will host the 31st annual World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) — International Options Market Association (IOMA) Derivatives Conference on 26-28 May 2014. The annual conference brings together the leaders of the world's futures and options markets and derivatives clearing houses to discuss market and regulatory issues affecting the world's derivatives landscape.

Participants at the event will include top executives from BM&FBOVESPA, CBOE, CME Group, China Financial Futures Exchange, Eurex, Korea Exchange, MexDer, National Stock Exchange of India, NASDAQ OMX, Singapore Exchange and Taiwan Futures Exchange among others.

As it has every year prior, the WFE-IOMA conference will also partner with the Global Association of Central Counterparties (CCP12) to offer a half-day of combined sessions that focus on the new challenges facing the clearing market.

The heads of worldwide derivatives exchanges will be joined by senior executives from clearing houses, regulatory bodies, and leading investment banks for a series of panel discussions at the conference. This year's sessions will focus on a number of timely topics including the development of Swap Execution Facilities in the new regulatory environment, automated trading systems and latency sensitive strategies, FX derivatives, cross border regulation and the regulation of OTC derivatives.

IOMA is held annually in a different location. Last year the event was held in Busan, Korea, in 2012 in London, and in 2011 in Mumbai. This year Moscow plays host to the event for the first time, with the Ritz Carlton hotel in central Moscow selected as the main venue for the conference.

Alexander Afanasiev, Chief Executive Officer of Moscow Exchange, said: "Moscow Exchange is hosting the elite of the global derivatives market at the annual WFE-IOMA conference. The choice of Moscow as the site for this year's conference is evidence of the global investment community's interest in the Russian market, and recognition of the upgrades to our financial markets infrastructure we have made in recent years. Moscow Exchange is one of the global leaders in terms of derivatives trading volumes, and futures on the US Dollar-Russian Ruble currency pair and on the RTS Index are some of the most liquid derivative instruments globally.

"The technology-driven derivatives market offers a wide variety of opportunities, from hedging risks to creation of complex structured products, and requires close cooperation between exchanges, market participants and regulators. The conference in Moscow will convene senior representatives from the world's largest exchanges and clearing houses to discuss global experience in regulation of derivative financial markets, the increasing role of central counterparties in derivatives trading, and the prospects for the development of algorithmic trading."

Huseyin Erkan, WFE Chief Executive Officer, believes that the impressive lineup of speakers and panelists assembling in Moscow will bring valuable insight to the key issues currently affecting the derivatives space. "Topics such as high frequency trading, the transformation of the OTC derivatives market and cross-border regulation could have major implications on the derivatives industry," Mr. Erkan said. "We are grateful to the Moscow Exchange for hosting this year's IOMA conference so that we may bring together participants from regulated derivatives exchanges and their associated clearinghouses to discuss these important changes."

The World Federation of Exchanges is the trade association for the operators of regulated financial exchanges. With 60 members from around the globe, the WFE develops and promotes standards in markets, supporting reform in the regulation of OTC derivatives markets, international cooperation and coordination among regulators. WFE exchanges are home to more than 45,000 listed companies.

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