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Webinar - Securities Services and Fintech: Embracing Disruption

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Standard Chartered is sponsoring a series of Euromoney webinars to tackle the latest challenges and opportunities in the global financial markets. Register below to join our next webinar discussion covering the potential for fintech disruption in securities services.


Date: Thursday 22nd November

Time: 17:45 (HKT/SGT) / 09:45 (GMT)


This discussion will cover the following topics:

Just the beginning: How much room is there for disruption in securities services?

  • Securities services and post-trade settlement should be ripe for disruption, but there are high barriers to entry for fintech start-ups. How much room is there for disruption in the post-trade lifecycle? Where will innovation come from? What are the best examples in securities services? 

More than cryptos: What is the role of blockchain in securities services?

  • Blockchain is a secure and efficient ledger technology – but it is too often identified entirely with the boom and bust of cryptocurrencies. What role can blockchain play in the securities services business? What specific advantages can blockchain offer in the securities services business? Can private blockchains offer the same advantages as public chains to banks and their customers? Are there risks with this approach? 

Embracing change: How can firms pull off the cultural shift?

  • It is now commonplace for banks, funds and other firms to talk about the importance of innovation and disruption, but to what extent does innovation remain a sideshow for the real decision makers? Do many employees still fear disruption? Should they? How can firms pull off the cultural shift needed to ensure that everyone — from the bottom to the top of an organisation — embraces innovation?

Euromoney moderator

Matthew Thomas, Asia Bureau Chief, Euromoney Institutional Investor 
Matthew Thomas is an experienced financial journalist who has written extensively about capital markets, bank strategy, economic policy, and the importance and risks of regulatory oversight. He started his career as a news reporter covering the securitization beat, giving him a front-row seat to the early stages of the financial crisis. He moved to Asia shortly after the crisis, and has since interviewed chief executives, finance ministers, national treasurers, and a variety of senior bankers and executives at the centre of Asia’s fast-changing financial markets.



Margaret Harwood-Jones, Global Head of Securities Services for Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank  

Margaret Harwood-Jones, Global Head of Securities Services, Standard Chartered. Margaret is responsible for the strategic leadership of the securities services business globally, managing all the business unit functions including operations, technology, client management, business development and product management. She also leads the business agenda with financial institution clients on a worldwide basis, across cash management, securities services and trade finance.



Alex Manson, Global Head of Standard Chartered Ventures 

Alex Manson heads scventures at Standard Chartered, a new business unit established in January 2018 to lead digital innovation across the Group, invest in fintechs and other start-up companies, and promote the rapid testing and implementation of new business models.


Gavin Wells, Head of Europe, Digital Asset

Gavin is the Head of Europe at Digital Asset, a New York headquartered financial technology company that builds distributed, encrypted straight through processing tools for wholesale financial service providers using distributed ledger technology. Prior to Digital Asset, Gavin spent eight years at LCH.Clearnet, working with participants from across the market to deliver the first clearing service for Foreign Exchange, known as ForexClear. In that role, he was also part of the Executive Committee of the clearing house. Before that, Gavin worked at Citi for fifteen years in a variety of roles spanning FX trading, e-commerce, algorithmic trading, prime brokerage and management. Gavin’s career started in the British Army where he served for eight years as an officer in the Royal Artillery seeing active service in Cyprus, Iraq and Northern Ireland. Gavin is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the charity Action Breaks Silence, and a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party.  





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