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Nordic Trading Briefing 2017



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Event Welcome: FIX Trading Community – Supporting the Nordic Market


Keynote Address – Klas Granlund, Finansinspektionen


What’s Happening in the Nordics? 
This session will explore the conclusions of last year’s panel that outlined the current state of the market and expected future changes. The session will look to review and evaluate if those expected changes happened, whilst also looking towards the year ahead at:

  • Mergers / acquisitions
  • Start-ups
  • Emerging technologies
  • Consolidation in the region
  • New firms
 11:30  MiFID II – Implementation

With January 2018 looming, join this presentation to hear the latest update on MiFID II


Lunch Break and Networking


Market Structure – 2018 and Beyond

This session will look at how more fundamental issues than regulation are reshaping the interactions within capital markets.


Stream 1

Stream 2


Systematic Internalisers (SIs)

With the number of registered SIs expected to soar post-MiFID, it raises several key questions including:

  • Why did I choose to become an SI / MTF / do nothing?
  • Will the buy-side get caught in having to become an SI?
  • When will the sell-side decide to register?
  • How does one qualitatively assess which SI liquidity is necessary for their business / flows?
  • How can bulge brackets facilitate client order flow post MiFID II to give the them a chance to demonstrate value-add?

Changes in OTC Trading – Electronification of the Markets

There are many regulations affecting the market, MiFID II being the most significant for anyone in the trading business. Everyone must adapt the way they conduct their operations to stay in business. One way to stay competitive is to adapt an electronic workflow in lieu of the predominantly voice driven workflow of today.

This session will focus on:

  • How MiFID II is affecting the OTC business and where electronification is taking place.
  • What issues need to be addressed with regards to gaining efficiency in new required workflows?
  • How to automate OTC trading to increase performance and create new growth opportunities


Block Trading

Block trading remains a growth area despite uncertainty around forthcoming regulations. With MiFID’s restrictions on dark trading, will we see a shift towards block trading?

Join this session to understand:

  • Where can we find blocks after MiFID II?
  • Defining block liquidity in the new market space
  • Does the new MiFID II Large In Scale threshold create new opportunities to trade dark?
  • Will we see block aggregators? Is it allowed according to MIFID II?
  • Will the Nordic telephone market for block survive?

Impact of Liquidity & Reporting in Fixed Income

MiFID II reporting obligations are a major burden on the industry and are placing more scrutiny and operational complexity on all market participants. With the continued evolution of the fixed income markets changing the way people trade, this session will review:

  • The distinction between Government & Corporate bonds
  • Transaction reporting / Order record keeping
  • The impact of transparency and when will pre- and post-trade transparency apply?
  • What is deemed liquid and what will happen post go-live date?


Afternoon Break and Networking


Best Execution

This session will explore the role of best execution beyond MiFID II, focusing on what’s on the horizon in 2018 and beyond, and the expected impact on the trading industry. How and will the new requirement to publish a firm’s top counterparties impact firms in 2018? Will greater transparency affect best execution across the different asset classes?


  • MiFID II pre-trade limit checking-are we read
  • How does the new regulation affect CCPs and GCMs?Interoperability
  • Good or bad?
  • Are the clearing fees too low?
  • What is the market doing to manage real-time clearing and real-time margining?


MAR and Beyond: Look at Surveillance Practices

The broad intent of MAR and MiFID II is to strengthen investor protections, maximize market transparency and reduce market abuse. Global misconduct and market manipulation has moved the agenda for surveillance, which has resulted in regulators globally focusing on the strength of trading controls.

This session will look at:

  • Regulatory drivers for surveillance;
  • Why enabling a more proactive approach is preferable to the traditional reactive approach;
  • Migration towards a more comprehensive model based on culture and conduct rather than specific regulations;
  • Leveraging technologies to support surveillance;
  • Future proofing against a wider set of risks over and above MAR.

The Practical Aspects of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques are becoming increasingly widespread in the financial markets industry, across the front, middle and even the back office. Firms are now using AI & ML not only for investment research and trading optimisation, but also in the areas of risk management and regulatory compliance.

But from a practical sense, what are the infrastructure implications and operational considerations when rolling out AI & ML-based programs? Particularly where legacy architectures and organisational structures need to be taken into consideration.This session will explore:

  • How can data best be classified for appropriate curation, normalisation and processing to help streamline AI workflow?
  • What kind of compute resources might be needed for different workloads, and how to balance cloud versus dedicated resources?
  • How can firms adopt frameworks into which they can rapidly drop their AI & ML ideas, designs and algorithms, to accelerate speed-to-market?
  • What is the optimal balance of interaction between humans and technology across the investment life cycle?


Closing speech


Networking Drinks


Keynote - 


Klas Granlund, Director of the Market Analysis department at Finansinspektionen

Klas Granlund is Director of the Market Analysis department at Finansinspektionen. Prior to joining Finansinspektionen, Mr Granlund spent close to 20 years in fixed income trading, most recently as head of fixed income execution at Handelsbanken Capital Markets. In that role he was responsible for the bank’s market making in government- covered- and corporate bonds as well as interest rate derivatives. Mr Granlund holds a Master of Science from Stockholm School of Economics and a diploma in law from Stockholm University.


Sponsorship opportunities are currently available exclusively to FIX Trading Community member firms. All sponsorship enquiries should be directed to

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Sponsorship will open to all firms on 6th February 2017. Sponsorship for this event has previously sold out prior to opening to non-member firms. If your firm is not a member of FIX Trading Community and would like to secure a sponsorship package for the Nordic Trading Briefing, we recommend you consider joining the community to avoid disappointment. Members benefit from discounted sponsorship and pass rates and an allocation of free passes at all events. Contact for further information about membership






Fidessa's solutions are underpinned by efficient end-to-end workflow. Our low-latency DMA platform provides high-performance, scalable and consistent access to 200+ global markets to support brokers in delivering the low-touch, global, multi-asset execution capabilities their clients demand. Optimised trading capabilities include smart order routing, algo trading, sophisticated analytics and powerful risk management.

Fidessa's derivatives trading platform scales from a single regional implementation to a global deployment and connects to all the major derivatives exchanges worldwide. 'Follow the sun' global order management allows an order from any office anywhere in the world to be put through the same workflow technology. The platform supports specialised derivatives algorithms, including benchmark algos and advanced synthetic order types, and powerful order analytics capabilities that meet the increasing demands for transparency of execution.

Fidessa's investment management solutions empower asset managers with mission-critical workflow platforms across business lines, geographies and asset classes. Fidessa's IMS operates seamlessly over the entire investment lifecycle across investment decision, compliance, orders & trading and post-trade.

Fidessa's global connectivity network also offers unique access to the world’s largest and most valuable trading community of more than 6,000 buy-side and sell-side professionals, from global institutions and investment banks to boutique brokers and niche hedge funds.





Buy and sell-side institutions in more than 25 countries rely on Infront for electronic trading solutions and global real-time market data, news and analytics. Infront’s terminal, web platform, mobile apps and versatile electronic trading solutions connect over 12,000 users to their local and international markets – helping financial institutions to reduce costs and increase trading volumes.

Established in 1998, Infront is an independent, privately owned company with offices in Oslo, London, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Paris.  With more than 100 employees and ownership of News Agency Direkt in Sweden and Infinancials in France, Infront has an established presence in the Nordic market, and is a growing international player.

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Investment Technology Group (NYSE: ITG) is a global financial technology company that helps leading brokers and asset managers improve returns for investors around the world. We empower traders to reduce the end-to-end cost of implementing investments via technology-enabled liquidity, execution, analytics and workflow solutions. ITG has offices in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America and offers execution services in more than 50 countries. Visit for more information.


Itiviti is a world-leading technology provider for the capital markets industry. Trading firms, banks, brokers and institutional clients rely on Itiviti technology, solutions and expertise for streamlining daily operations, while gaining a sustainable competitive edge in global markets.

With 13 offices and serving more than 400 customers worldwide, Itiviti was formed by uniting Orc Group, a leader in trading and electronic execution, and CameronTec Group, the global standard in financial messaging infrastructure and connectivity.

Itiviti is committed to continuous innovation to deliver trading infrastructure built for today’s dynamic markets, offering highly adaptable platforms and solutions, enabling clients to stay ahead of competitive and regulatory challenges.

Itiviti is owned by Nordic Capital Fund VII.


Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 89 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to 3,800 total listings with a market value of $11 trillion.

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Telstra is one of the leading telecommunications and technology companies offering a wide range of services globally.  We bring innovative technology, capability and talent from around the world to enable our customers to thrive in a connected world. Telstra’s heritage is proudly Australian, but we have a longstanding international business with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.


Today, we have over 3,500 employees based in 20 countries outside of Australia providing services to thousands of business and government customers.


Our customers are global, our people are local and our assets are anchored in Asia. Over several decades we have established one of the largest subsea cable networks in Asia-Pacific, with a unique and diverse set of infrastructure that offers access to the most intra-Asia lit capacity and largest subsea cable system in Asia Pacific.


The network plays a crucial role underpinning the digital economy in Asia-Pacific, meeting the needs of wholesale and enterprise customers around the world. We also provide sophisticated network application services and have growing interests in software, video delivery, e-commerce and health.


Growing our business globally is a strategic priority for Telstra, and we are focused on being the leading service provider for our customers across Asia-Pacific. We are also seeking to leverage our capabilities and assets to capture connectivity opportunities in industries where technology is creating competitive disruption.

Ullink is a global provider of trading software and services specializing in high touch, low touch and connectivity solutions for market participants.  For over fourteen years, Ullink’s clients have benefitted from consistent, reliable access to the most current and innovative technology available in the industry. Clients choose Ullink for its modular, scalable front and middle-office solutions, across all asset classes, encompassing low latency, pre-trade risk, algorithmic, high frequency and direct market access (DMA) trading. Ullink’s menu of solutions enables banks and brokers to rapidly achieve compliance with exchanges and regulatory regimes around the globe, with the flexibility of being deployed via the UL NET global routing network, or as a fully-hosted and managed service. Privately held, Ullink services its clients, including top-tier global financial institutions, from offices in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, São Paulo, Cluj, Sydney, Singapore and Manila.

Please contact for more information or visit

SIX Swiss Exchange is one of the most important European stock exchanges It offers outstanding liquidity in trading of Swiss securities and connects companies from around the world with international investors and trading participants. As a self-regulated exchange, it is able to provide particularly market-friendly conditions for listing and trading in Swiss and foreign equities, bonds, ETFs, ETPs, funds, and structured products. SIX Swiss Exchange multiples the locational advantages of the Swiss financial center with first-class services and is an ideal listing location for companies of every origin, size and sector. It operates its own range of indices, which includes the SMI®, Switzerland’s most important equity index. With the most up-to-date and fastest trading technology worldwide and a broad range of connectivity options, SIX Swiss Exchange offers perfect trading conditions. Thanks to its innovative strength, which it regularly puts to the test, it has created an optimum environment for the success of its domestic and foreign customers.

SIX Swiss Exchange is part of SIX, which offers global comprehensive services in the areas of securities trading, clearing and settlement as well as financial information and payment transactions.

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Verne Global owns and operates a highly secure, 44-acre data center campus in Keflavik, Iceland. The data center specialises in supporting a growing ecosystem of financial services organisations from both sides of the Atlantic.

Benefits include:

 •    Environment optimised for innovation - FinTech, RegTech, InsurTech 

•    Specialist applications supported include HPC, Analytics, AI, Grid

•    Located between key European and North American financial centres

•    Multiple global carriers & financial networks

•    100% renewable, green energy plus free cooling

•    Up to 15-year visibility on electricity pricing

•    Flexible, scalable and highly-secure infrastructure 

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As the equity execution services arm of the Nomura Group, Instinet Incorporated’s subsidiaries provide independent, agency-only brokerage services to clients throughout the world. Through its advanced suite of electronic trading tools, experienced high-touch trading group and unparalleled access to insightful content and unique agency-only liquidity, Instinet helps institutions lower overall trading costs and ultimately improve investment performance. Over the course of its 40+ year history, Instinet has introduced a range of now industry-standard trading technologies as well as the world’s first major electronic trading venue, one of the first U.S. ECNs and, most recently, the Chi-X businesses.



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Offical Media Partner  

GlobalTrading Journal
Global. Multi-Asset. Industry driven.

The GlobalTrading Journal is the premier global educational publication for the electronic trading industry and the FIX Trading Community's official journal since 2002. Drawn from the industry, GlobalTrading includes buy-side interviews, regulatory updates, exchange news, technical insight, pension fund analysis and updates on the most important trends and opinions across all asset classes.

With unique online content and downloadable resources, delivers the latest opinions and case studies from the quarterly print edition, in a free eBook and via weekly eNewsletters, as well as offering a comprehensive, searchable, downloadable archive of every GlobalTrading issue.

Our Face2Face Executive Roundtables provide an opportunity to meet with industry experts around the world in a neutral setting for thought-provoking discussion.

Best Execution – where the buyside and sellside meet. Best Execution reviews the issues that impact the achievement of best execution in the global securities markets throughout the trading lifecycle (from pre-trade to trade execution to post-trade). Increasingly driven by regulation we report on the seismic shifts that are occurring in capital markets across asset classes, with a key focus on the cutting-edge technology solutions and services that are needed to meet these changes. is the trusted online global resource for buyers of financial lT technology. Members utilise to access RSS feeds, industry news & financial technology blogs, research/purchase systems for banks, dealing rooms, corporate treasuries and financial institutions and secure insight and solutions to everyday challenges. 

Our information is independent, constantly updated, accurate and trustworthy. 
bobsguide connects financial IT technology vendors, banks and consultants with their relevant buyers across a number of marketing platforms


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diliger, Helping financial institutions find, analyse and compare solutions to make better, more informed partner choices

diliger is a web-based vendor research platform covering financial technology, data and service solutions for investment managers, brokerage and trading, commodities, treasury, wholesale and consumer banking.  At the heart of our research offering is a centralised hub of vendor data covering vendor credentials and product / services features and capabilities.  Information is uploaded by the vendor community in response to online due diligence questionnaires.  Our research platform is equipped with tools to help financial professionals find, research and compare vendors and their propositions.  diliger brings a dynamic approach to vendor research ensuring it is current, accessible, usable and readily available at the time & point of need. Our platform virtually eliminates the need for RFIs. Try it now at is a niche online news service dedicated to providing relevant and timely information to high level executives in pre-trade, trading and post-trade. We cover issues ranging from research, data provision, high speed automated trading, best execution all the way down the chain to clearing and settlement and collateral management.

As the avalanche of new regulations and directives descends on front, middle and back office executives, it has become clear that pre- and post-trade operatives can no longer operate in their separate spheres. Heads of trading and heads of operations now need to work together on issues around the liquidity and movability of collateral and counterparty risk. It has now become essential that front and back office need to communicate and understand each other as never before.

To receive the latest publication/news please click here is a global financial portal and internet brand composed of 28 editions in 21 languages and mobile apps for Android and iOS that provide news, analysis, streaming quotes and charts, technical data and financial tools about the global financial markets. Each edition covers a broad variety of local and global financial vehicles including Stocks, Bonds, Commodities, Currencies, Interest Rates, Futures and Options. Founded in 2007, has a growing readership worldwide and is now a leading global financial portal committed to constantly launching innovative features and sections to ensure an optimal one-stop source for its readers.


Savvy Investor is the world’s leading research platform for investors – curating, distributing and promoting investment white papers to institutional investors. The site is made up of fifty topic sections, with a section containing white papers on Alpha Trading StrategiesInsurance Asset Management research.

When joining, each member specifies the investment topics they are interested in, which gives a very personalised experience. The site has over 16,000 members, who download over 12,000 white papers every month – more than any other platform. There’s also an extensive directory of investment conferences, which can be searched and filtered to your preferences!

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The Realization Group: Is a full-service marketing and public relations agency focused on supporting firms within the global financial markets. We are a team of senior level marketing, public relations and business strategy executives with proven expertise in the delivery of industry specific messaging and associated collateral.

Every one of our clients is unique. Consequently, our approach is highly consultative, leading to the delivery of bespoke marketing and communications solutions based on tailored combinations of our services. 

Our wide ranging subject matter expertise and ecosystem of contacts enables us to provide relevant, highly targeted thought-leading advice for our clients, facilitating introductions to the key media, influencers and decision-makers within our clients’ target markets.

Premier Global Member firms - 3 free passes

All other Member Firms - 1 free pass

To claim one of your firm’s free member passes, please click on the 'Promo Codes' tab above and select your firm from the drop-down list. If your free member firm pass has already been taken, please purchase a member pass ticket from the table below.

Free Buy-Side and Regulator Passes - Representatives from the Buy-Side and regulators are entitled to free attendance at this event.

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Nordic Trading Briefing 2017

26th September 2017



Following the success of the 2016 Nordic Trading Briefing, which brought together 241 senior local market participants, FIX Trading Community will return to Stockholm in 2017. Offering delegates a two-stream agenda focussed on vital issues impacting the Nordic markets, the event will also feature a busy exhibit hall and an post-event networking drinks.

Contact for further information.

Brief description:



This group has a closed membership.