ASIFMA Conference 2019: The Future State: Cost Efficiencies, New Technologies, and Operational Challenges


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ASIFMA Conference 2019:
The Future State: Cost Efficiencies, New Technologies, and Operational Challenges

April 2-3 2019, Hong Kong

Overview of the Event

This inaugural Asian conference for technology and operations is designed by the industry for the industry where key stakeholders including sell-side, buy-side, regulators, law firms, consultants and media will come together to meet, identify and discuss tech & ops related shared challenges and bring market participants together to help solve these issues.

CPT/CPD Points: Upon request, ASIFMA will provide a Proof of Attendance Letter for you to apply for relevant training hours (CPT/CPD) according to your own job requirement. Please note delegates are required to sign in and sign out at the reception desk onsite.

Follow the event on Twitter/LinkedIn at #ASIFMATechOps2019.

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Please download the final program here.

Day 1: Tuesday 2 April 2019

Morning - Plenary Session

09:00-09:10 Welcome Remarks
09:10-09:30 Keynote 1
09:30-09:50 Keynote 2
09:50-10:50 Plenary Panel 1: How will Capital Markets be Transformed by Technology by 2025?
10:50-11:30 Morning Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Plenary Panel 2: Harvard Business School (HBS) Customer Value Triangle: Product Leadership vs Customer Intimacy vs Operational Excellence
12:30-13:30 Buffet Networking Lunch
13:00-13:30 Lunch and Learn: The Coming ISO 20022 Revolution: Are You Ready Yet?

Afternoon - Markets Stream

13:30-14:15 Panel M1 – Cybersecurity – Are We On the Right Track?
14:15-15:00 Panel M2 – The Challenges of Client Onboarding
15:00-15:30 Afternoon Coffee Break
15:30-16:15 Panel M3 – Regulatory Implementation: Humans vs. Machines
16:15-17:00 Case Study M4 – Agile Transformation and Digital Factory in UBS

Afternoon - Technologies Stream

13:30-14:15 Panel T1 – Partnering with Fintechs: Lessons Learned
14:15-15:00 Panel T2 – Sandboxes – Are They Really Helping to Promote Innovation and Clarify Regulatory Obligations?
15:00-15:30 Afternoon Coffee Break
15:30-16:15 Panel T3 – AI Governance
16:15-17:00 Case Study T4 – HSBC Journey on Cloud – Strategies and Challenges

Afternoon - Operations Stream

13:30-14:15 Panel O1 – The Future of Industry Communication to Improve Operational Efficiency
14:15-15:00 Panel O2 – China Challenge – Is there an Opportunity to Leapfrog Legacy Equities Markets for Operational Effectiveness
15:00-15:30 Afternoon Coffee Break
15:30-16:15 Panel O3 – Alignment to International Standards in the Post Trade Space
16:15-17:00 Panel O4 – Are We Using the Right KPIs and KRIs?

Day 2: Wednesday 3 April 2019

Morning - Plenary Session

09:00-09:10 Welcome Remarks
09:10-10:10 Plenary Panel 1: Data and Risk: The Intersection of Privacy, Data Localization, Cybersecurity and Third Party Risk Management
10:10-10:55 Morning Coffee Break
10:55-11:15 Fireside Chat: What Does It Take to Create a ‘Digital Industry’ in a ‘Digital City’?
11:15-12:15 Plenary Panel 2: Workforce of Tomorrow
12:15-13:15 Buffet Lunch

Afternoon - Stream A Roundtables

13:15-14:10 Roundtable A1: Open Banking
14:15-15:05 Roundtable A2: DLT: Standards and Interoperability
15:05-16:00 Roundtable A3: Crypto Custody

Afternoon - Stream B Roundtables

13:15-14:10 Roundtable B1: Diversity in Tech – Walking the Talk
14:10-15:05 Roundtable B2: Utilities
15:05-16:00 Roundtable B3: Machine Learning and Machine-Readable Regulations

Afternoon - Stream C Roundtables

13:15-14:10 Roundtable C1: Regional Nuances in the Post-Trade Space
14:10-15:05 Roundtable C2: China Fintech – Disruptors
15:05-16:00 Roundtable C3: Data Handling, the Cloud and Capital Markets

Afternoon - Closed-Door Session (by invitation only)

16:45 Networking Drinks and Snacks


We were honored to have confirmed the following distinguished speakers for the conference.

Supporting Organizations

ASIFMA is now accepting sponsorships. Your support will be much appreciated!

Expecting 200-300 industry experts (senior tech/ ops/ COOs), sell-side and buy-side representatives, high-level regulators, policy makers, initially by invitation and then marketed to a wider audience. To effectively engage this esteemed audience and connect with the global and regional community, various sponsorship packages with speaking slot inclusion and advertising opportunities are open to ASIFMA members and non-members for more brand and marketing exposure as well as increasing lead generation. Please click to view the details of our sponsorship packages here.

Lead Sponsor:

Supporting Partner:

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Media Partners:


Event Factsheet

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For ASIFMA Conference 2019: The Future State: Cost Efficiencies, New Technologies, and Operational Challenges, at JW Marriott Hong Kong on Tue-Wed, 2-3 Apr 2019, the pre-registration system has been closed. All new interested parties will be considered as last-minute walk-in guests and please note the following arrangements for these requests:

1. Change your registration / Share your transferable delegate pass

Go to the conference venue on-site. Tell our receptionist there whom you replace. Present your business card. Our receptionist will manage the change of name on your pass.

2. Add a delegate

Additional admission pass can be bought at the reception desk of the conference venue on-site. Delegate fee will apply. We accept cash payment in HKD only given the last-minute request. An official receipt will be sent to you via email after the event upon request.

On-site Delegate Fee:

  • *Members of ASIFMA, Guests of Conference Sponsors and Endorsers:
    – Non-Transferrable pass – HKD2,730 (equivalent to USD350)
    – Transferrable pass – HKD3,120 (equivalent to USD400)
  • *Non-Members:
    – Non-Transferrable pass – HKD3,510 (equivalent to USD450)
    – Transferrable pass – HKD3,900 (equivalent to USD500)

No more complimentary pass is available except for approved regulator.

3. Cancel a registration

– Send your confirmation of cancellation to and ASIFMA will follow up accordingly.

4. Find out more event details

Please visit the conference website at for more details, including program, speaker biographies, profiles of supporting organizations, more reference documents, etc.

Media Policy:

The event is open to the press (unless specified). For all media inquiry, please contact Corliss Ruggles (

ASIFMA reserves the right to remove, bar, or expel any attendee or guest from the conference for disruptive, disrespectful, or possibly illegal conduct, statements, or actions or for any reason which may tarnish the conference, ASIFMA, or its members, in ASIFMA’s sole discretion.

Venue Location

This conference was held in:

JW Marriott Hong Kong

JW Marriott Ballroom, Level 3,
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

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