Aerron has over 13 years of experience within Operations covering a multitude of asset classes. Aerron started her career on the sell-side working for HSBC Investment Bank where she transitioned from Back Office to Middle Office and ultimately managed a client focussed team.
For the past 6 years, Aerron was working in the Middle East for one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, gaining experience on the buy-side and developing her product knowledge.
Aerron has recently led the settlement efficiency analysis for a US broker to identify pain points and design recommendation to improve this broker’s settlement efficiency.
One Piece of Advice: ”By asking questions you keep learning and become inspired by those around you.”
Alastair has 4 years of experience across Financial Market Infrastructure, Wealth Management and Retail Banking. He is an experienced Project Manager and PMO with strong operating model design capabilities, having worked on a diverse array of change projects.
Alastair’s most recent experience has seen him focus on strategy and operating model engagements for a leading FMI provider, advising on strategy validation, organisational design and process improvement. Previous roles have included operational risk management, post-merger integration and regulatory transformation.
On a more personal level, Alastair is an avid sportsman and can most likely be found on a cricket pitch in the summer or a hockey pitch in the winter, with an assortment of other racquets and clubs found in his hands in the time in-between.
One Piece of Advice: ”If you don’t know, ask.”
Ally has a background in Finance and Economics with tech influence. She has worked with Tier 1 Investment Banks and leading Data and Tech companies on transformation and change projects, assisting with the implementation and testing of emerging technology platforms
She has experience implementing industry UAT in the OTC credit derivatives space for a cloud-based matching, confirmation and regulatory reporting platform. Her previous roles have also given her PMO experience within the non-financial financial risk management department of Tier I investment banks.
Ally says the two things she is most passionate about in her life are her family and friends. She believes she has been fortunate enough to be raised and surrounded by very strong and motivating individuals, it is one of her passions to ensure she supports and motivates women in business.
One Piece of Advice: ”Embrace change! Create a space and environment that will allow you to easily identify areas of improvement and embrace the change that will allow those potential improvements to see the light.”
Reg Reporting Practice Lead
Post Trade Services
Andrew leads our Regulatory Reporting practice and oversees all our engagements in this space. Recently completed projects include several Control Framework reviews for clients, whilst he is currently leading numerous regulatory implementation projects for the upcoming CFTC Rewrite and other reporting obligations.
Andrew was previously Executive Director and Head of EMEA Derivatives Reporting for Goldman Sachs. He was responsible for the day-to-day management of Goldman’s European regulatory obligations and all change related initiatives, as well as managing the client (“delegated”) reporting function.
Andrew was Goldman Sachs’ representative on the DTCC Steering Committee and in addition represented the firm at ISDA and FIA Working Groups. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he worked as a management consultant on the original CFTC and EMIR implementations, as well as working on MiFID I remediation programmes.
In work he enjoys solving problems and providing tangible output.
One Piece of Advice: ”The same advice I was given as a junior consultant – “it is not enough to be right if you are unable to convince others of that”. Communicating with humility, effectively and clearly is something all of us can continue to work on throughout our careers.”
Ben has over five years of experience in technology and consulting services. He began his career implementing digital transformations of various welfare benefits programmes. He has also held product management and client delivery roles for an emerging regulatory technology firm.
Ben’s regulatory area of focus has been G20 derivatives and securities rules for large investment banks, notably CFTC, EMIR, MiFID/R, and SFTR. He led the re-architecture of existing EU and UK products to align with evolving post-Brexit regulation.
In a work context, Ben is passionate about contributing to firm and people development in addition to my primary role. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling and eating out with his loved ones and close friends. His biggest hobby is golf, everything from playing the game itself to being involved in the community. He even have recently assisted his childhood golf club visualize proposed improvements to their course using open-source simulation tools.
Process Control & Risk
With 14 years experience, Benoit has an extensive background in both financial services and project management within financial regulation and control.
He started his career within a Tier 2 bank working as an analyst in settlements before becoming responsible for risk and control assessments. Benoit then moved to one of the Big 4 leading teams in the regulatory space, where projects included driving implementation of a Brexit Target Operating Model.
Benoit is fluent in both French and English and has multiple project management and business accreditations.
In his personal life, Benoit enjoys cooking, fine dining, and gardening. At work, he thrives through sharing and working together with a diverse team from different background and cultures.
One Piece of Advice: “Be transparent and open. I think they are two key attributes that make projects and companies successful, and ensure sustainable relationships and results.”
Bianca has worked in Consulting for over 9 years and has extensive project management experience within Financial Services.
As an ex-big 4 consultant, Bianca has worked with Tier 1 Investment Banks, Asset Managers and Market Infrastructure providers on major change programmes and managed delivery teams on initiatives including Strategy Reviews, Client Outreach, Client Migration and Process Improvement.
Bianca is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Aside from being a keen traveller and a bit of a foodie, she is passionate about learning about other people & cultures and is a strong advocate for increasing diversity across the Financial Services industry.
David is an experienced professional with over 15 years of experience of project management within financial services. He has previously worked in securities and operations, holding responsibility for data management whilst also designing and implementing a central clearing capability.
David has since successfully managed large teams and complex regulatory portfolios. He has also been responsible for operational risk and control frameworks as well as rehousing and redesigning an EMIR reporting solution.
He strongly believes success revolves around efficient processes, sound risk and control frameworks and superb client service, but above all teamwork.
Emily has worked in Financial Consulting for the past 6 years, primarily focused on Contract Lifecycle Management and how technologies can be utilised in this area. She has worked with Tier 1 Investment Banks and various Technology vendors in multiple roles across business analysis and project management. Emily has experience working on differing project types such as the delivery of Pilots and POCs, through to building out smart rule drive models.
Currently Emily is working on an Infrastructure migration, which includes the planning of all phases, including but not exhaustive of, mapping out processes, detailing requirements, data conversion and solution design. Additionally, she is implementing an IT Service Management tool company wide which will be utilised for support tickets as well as function requests.
Emily enjoys a challenge, both within work and outside of work, leading her to sign up to a number of sporting events, from the London Marathon to Prudential Ride100. Another passion of her’s is learning from others and researching in her spare time. She is especially intrigued around Artificial Intelligence and how it fits within the Financial industry, but also how it is used in everyday life.
Post Trade Operations
Transaction Reporting Knowledge
Ezaz has over 13 years’ worth of experience working in Financial Services with expertise in credit, fixed income and commodities markets.
After spending five years in the middle office at a Swiss Tier One bank, Ezaz moved to the Intercontinental Exchange Group. Ezaz provided invaluable operations support to ICE’s largest clearinghouse, ICE Clear Europe, before turning his focus to regulatory reporting.
Ezaz most recently served as an Operations Manager for ICE Trade Vault Europe, where he managed the trade repository’s day-to-day operational support provided to clients with regulatory requirements under EMIR and REMIT. He also has extensive knowledge in MIFID, SFTR and Dodd-Frank reporting.
Ezaz has a passion for travelling and trying new cuisines. He is a big fan of Formula One and Cricket. Having a young family takes up most of his spare time, but when time permits he also likes to go for the odd 5k run outside.
Pre and Post Trade Operational Processes
Ivana is a solution driven change manager with over 16 years’ experience working for Tier 1 global investment banks on both the buy and sell side, in the UK and internationally.
She has extensive experience in operational processes and products combined with regulatory change management allowing her to successfully design and deliver cost and risk reduction strategies that contribute to the profitable growth of organisations.
Ivana has recently been involved in a F2B regulatory reporting project delving into all aspects of control, processes, organisation and technology in order to produce detailed recommendations and a roadmap that could be used by the client to reduce their exposure to regulatory risk.
In work, Ivana loves achieving tangible results that make a real difference to an organisation. Outside of work, she loves singing, opera, travel and meeting new people.
Regulatory Change Knowledge
James has worked in the financial services industry for 15 years and 10 years as a Business Analyst across a variety of change projects which includes BCBS239, Transaction Reporting (MiFID I and Dodd-Frank), FATCA, Operational Risk and Interest Rate Derivatives.
James has a consulting background having worked at Sapient and Rule Financial where his projects covered a variety of roles including regulatory interpretation, requirements gathering, Target Operating Models, project/BAU governance, process mapping and gap analysis.
James is passionate about attending sporting events, dining and fun outings. He also enjoys keeping fit, whether that be in the gym or in the pool, as well trips away, and spending time with his friends and family.
Post Trade Services
John has worked in Financial Services Consulting for the last 8 years across numerous roles types including Project Management and Delivery Consultant. Project experience is predominantly in the Regulatory Change and Data Enablement domain.
Most of Johns’ time as a consultant has been with investment banks and agent lenders on IT decommissioning, migration and integration project work in various forms. While much of this work has been regulation-driven, John has experience in the high-volume data management that is often interlinked with regulatory change.
John is a keen reader of philosophy and psychology … along with anything written by Stephen Fry. Encapsulating his passion, he describes it as trying to understand human dynamics and the nature of things.
Post Trade Services
Jon has over 15 years’ experience in Financial Markets, working both in-house and as a consultant
Jon has extensive project management experience within the post-trade services space which ranges from building transformation strategies to enabling large investment banks to plan and implement new legal structures.
Jon also has a strong focus on client outcomes and is always looking to build and nurture more productive and lasting relationships.
From a work perspective, Jon is passionate about bringing together stakeholders to drive an initiative forward. On more complex projects, stakeholders can be from different departments and/or regions. For him, it is about unifying that group through strong facilitation and communication to identify the key actions and to collaboratively resolve problems that will ultimately get the job done.
One Piece of Advice: “Do the basics right – this is something I have done throughout my career. For every meeting, no matter how big or small, make sure the meeting is well prepped for, is well facilitated, and the meeting recap/actions are followed up on. One final thing ensure is that the bigger picture is restated and situate the meeting in the context of the bigger picture.”
JOSE JUAN ECHAIDE
Business Sales Strategy
Jose is a Business Development professional within the Financial Services and Financial Technology Sector with 15 years of experience building partnerships in Europe and the Americas.
He spent almost half of his current professional career in Private Equity, Corporate Finance and Investment Management positions which allowed him to have a deep understanding of the prominent industry participants and their technology/financing/investing requirements.
Jose’s key strengths include creative thinking, strategy building, team development, opportunity spotting, relationship building, networking and sales skills.
Karol began his career in a middle office role at a Tier 2 bank. He then shifted to the regulatory reporting space where he assisted reporting entities demonstrate their compliance with the necessary regulatory provisions. Karol worked in one of the leading technology providers for risk and regulatory reporting, where he was responsible for regulatory interpretation, requirements gathering and solutions design.
Through his previous experience, Karol was engaged in process improvement by increasing available resource efficiency and delivering high-quality outcomes. Karol specialises in regulatory implementation across multiple regimes including transaction reporting for EMIR, MAS, CFTC and SFTR.
Karol enjoys freedom and ability to explore the furthest corners of the world; the idea of the next travel destination sparks excitement in his mind every time. Situations that come along with every journey push him to be more adjustable and learn how to adapt to a new environment swiftly. He feels traveling lets him go beyond what makes him comfortable and explore not only the new cultures, tastes, or natural scenery, but also himself.
One Piece of Advice: ”Smart people make you smarter. Make sure you are surrounded by people that let you flourish.”
Legal & Regulatory Knowledge
Liam has a background in Regulatory Consulting across various Financial Services firms. He has recent experience in CFTC and EMIR Refit from both a remediation and regulatory change perspective, as well as experience in MIFID II market conduct and other non-capital markets regulatory assurance reviews like SMCR.
Liam has undertaken roles in business analysis and project management office, and most recently he managed multiple firms on a migration project across Trade Repositories.
Liam has also been heavily involved in analysis of control frameworks, regulatory reporting structures and risk management of Tier 2 and Private banks.
Liam enjoys watching most sports, and has tried his hand at most as well. However, his passion lies with Gaelic Football, which is why he commits a lot of his time to it outside of work. He thinks sport in general epitomises the value of teamwork through achievements accomplished as a collective, collaborating through difficult periods to achieve a common goal.
One Piece of Advice: ”Back yourself, or nobody else will. This begins with self-awareness of your strengths and weaknesses, then develops into understanding how best to apply yourself in each scenario.”
Lobna is an experienced project manager, with a strong background in regulatory reporting and operations.
She was part of the regulatory change team in Société Générale, where she led implementation projects for the major reporting regulations, such as EMIR, REMIT, FMIA, Dodd-Frank Act, SFTR, BOI, among others.
Lobna is very client driven and worked closely with customers to enhance the target operating models around delegated reporting services.
Prior to that, she worked in the middle office, supporting the cash and Equity trading desks.
FMI Practice Lead
Post Trade Services
Michael has over 20 years operational experience defining & delivering change at Investment Banks and other Financial Institutions.
His expertise covers multiple Capital Markets products and a variety of functions including Strategy, Project & Programme Management, Process Optimization, Operating Model Design, Strategic Cost Reduction, Market Infrastructure, Client Outreach and Onboarding.
Michael heads up the Financial Market Infrastructure Practice at Quorsus where he has led and overseen multiple projects advising FMIs in recent years. These projects include Strategy Reviews, Operating and Delivery Model designs, cross-industry Outreaches as well as major transformation initiatives and migrations.
Away from the office, Michael enjoys spending time with his family. He enjoys playing squash and golf, coaching junior hockey and watching or following most every other sport. A frustrated wannabe test cricketer, English batting collapses still affect him deeply!
One Piece of Advice: “Always try to understand where other people are coming from. Empathy makes collaborating a lot easier and you are much more likely to solve a problem if you can look at it from every angle.”
Paul has 20 years professional experience; 8 years in middle office and regulatory operations roles at Goldman Sachs and prior to this served for 12 years as an infantry officer in the British Army.
Paul has extensive experience of planning and delivery at the operational level, strong management and relationship building skills, and deep regulatory knowledge across the G20 derivative reporting obligations with emphasis on CFTC, MAS, and EMIR REFIT including delegated client reporting. Paul also has experience managing remediation for the SFTR obligation and running the EMEA Major Shareholder Position reporting and Short Sell reporting obligations.
Paul is currently managing the delivery of a digital regulatory reporting (DRR) initiative utilising the Common Domain Model (CDM) for CFTC- re-write.
One Piece of Advice: “Understand the why, ask questions and don’t make assumptions”
Rory has over 15 years experience in operations roles across several major Investment Banks. He was most recently a part of the regulatory reporting operations team at Bank of America where he led the exception management team responsible for all jurisdictions excluding MiFID, before setting up and leading a global testing team responsible for testing all regulatory
Rory has worked on recent regulatory implementations including SFTR, SEC and Korea, and has a breadth of knowledge of the change process and supporting operational processes.
Prior to that, he worked in structured equity derivatives confirmations, leading multiple teams and supporting the area as a key SME.
Securities Practice Lead
Operations & Tech Knowledge
Simon has more than 30 years’ experience within the Financial Services Industry, the vast majority within Post Trade Securities Services, working for some of the most respected firms within Global Custody and Investment Management.
His experience spans project, sales and operational remits, managing Asset Services teams in London, Kuala Lumpur and Manila as well as managing programmes of work delivering enhanced efficiency, control and automation right across the securities Post Trade operational space.
Outside of work, Simon’s passion is sport – watching mainly, but he is an exceptionally keen golfer, and can often be found on his days off honing his game on the fairway.
One Piece of Advice: “My piece of advice is keeping things simple is always best – the easier a piece of work is to understand, the greater the value that people can provide – the greater value people can provide, the higher chance of a successful outcome.”
Stephanie is an experienced subject matter expert and product development lead. She has spent the last several years collaborating with technology engineers to build innovative regulatory reporting software and solutions.
Stephanie has worked closely with customers to help develop automated processes and has overseen client deliverables. She has a deep level of understanding of the Dodd-Frank Act (CFTC & SEC), ASIC, EMIR, MAS and KRX amongst others.
Stephanie is passionate about travelling for relaxation, adventure or a combination of the two and collect random souvenirs along the way. I also love to cook, visit
restaurants and am into all sorts of fitness. I enjoy working on puzzles, which translates over to work in problem solving and putting together smaller pieces to form the big picture.
One Piece of Advice: “Be open and don’t take yourself too seriously”