Client Assets Conference

An essential conference on embedding an effective CASS regime, in association with Workiva

The fundamental purpose of the UK’s CASS rules is to protect client assets in the event of a firm’s failure and subsequent insolvency. However, CASS and insolvency rules are based on legal entities, and this creates serious challenges for financial institutions that often arrange their businesses along product or service lines.

The aim of the BBA’s Client Assets Conference is to discuss some of today’s CASS challenges. Attendees at this event will hear from a variety of speakers across the industry and have the opportunity to raise questions, challenge assumptions and share ideas with peers.

This conference is aimed at those senior managers and technical experts within banking firms who face increasing regulatory pressure as well as competition from FinTech companies and need to satisfy customers’ expectations while ensuring that their firms remain financially viable.

Attendance is free for bank and public sector representatives thanks to our headline partner Workiva. They can register by clicking on the ‘Book now’ button on the right hand side of this page.

The registration fee for non-bank BBA members is £249 +VAT and for those representing all other organisations is £449 +VAT. To register please complete the form available here and send it to Sue Dow at sue.dow@bba.org.uk.

Speakers include:

  • Richard Andrews, CASS Partner, KPMG
  • Dennis Cheng, Director, Banking and Capital Markets Team, Deloitte
  • Alex Duff, EMEA Securities Services Team Director for Client Asset Protection, Citibank NA
  • Constantine Kokolis, Senior Manager of Strategic Customer Initiatives, Workiva
  • Elaine Rogers, Senior Vice President, Head of Client Assets, Northern Trust
  • Piyali Williams, Head of Liabilities, Santander

Topics on the agenda include:

  • How CASS audits have changed
  • Key CASS challenges for firms in 2017
  • Working towards implementation

09:00 Registration
09:25 Opening remarks

Sam Mannion, Policy Advisor, BBA

09:30 Auditor Panel: How CASS audits have changed
  • Impact of FRC requirements
  • Rule and control mapping – CASS breaches versus CASS control gap
  • How auditors keep up to date in relation to client assets

Moderator: Susan Wright, Director, Technical & Training, EMEA Client Asset Oversight Office, Citi
Richard Andrews,
CASS Partner, KPMG
Dennis Cheng
, Director, Banking and Capital Markets Team, Deloitte
Ben Higgin, PWC
Mduduzi Mswabuki, EY

10:15 Industry Panel: Key CASS challenges for firms in 2017
  • How can firms provide evidence of adequate risk controls?
  • Managing oversight of CASS in a global operation, including outsourced or offshore operations
  • Have firms’ risk appetite for CASS changed?

Moderator: Susan Wright, Director, Technical & Training, EMEA Client Asset Oversight Office, Citi
Alex Duff,
EMEA Securities Services Team Director for Client Asset Protection, Citibank NA
Elaine Rogers, Senior Vice President, Head of Client Assets, Northern Trust
Tracey Sampson, Vice President, GS UK Custody Compliance Manager, State Street Bank and Trust Company
Piyali Williams, Head of Liabilities, Santander

11:00 Refreshments break
11:30 Presentation: CASSRP

Constantine Kokolis, Senior Manager of Strategic Customer Initiatives, Workiva

12:00 MiFID II Panel: Working towards implementation
  • Key MiFID changes for client assets
  • Additional reporting requirements
  • Hints and tips

Moderator: Susan Wright, Director, Technical & Training, EMEA Client Asset Oversight Office, Citi
Mike Browning,
CEO, Browning Treasury
Austin Copp,
Global Head of Client Money and Assets Compliance, HSBC
Charlotte Hill
, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Further speakers to be confirmed

12:45 Closing remarks

Sam Mannion, Policy Advisor, BBA

12:50 Close of conference and lunch

Richard Andrews

CASS Partner, KPMG

Mike Browning

CEO, Browning Treasury

 

Mike Browning, the founder of Browning Treasury, provides bespoke consultancy, training and project management, across a wide range of global regulations and operations. Browning Treasury’s objective is to assist with embedding compliance into process and people to support its diverse network of financial services’ clients across banking, asset management, wealth management, fund hosting, platforms, treasury products and life insurance. Mike has been at the forefront of fulfilling this objective by developing compliant systems, controls, organisational structure, risk management, training and culture.

 

Mike has been responsible for client money and client assets for twenty five years, on boards and in consultancy. He developed and presented the client money and client assets’ training course at the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) in 2013 and thereafter tailored and presented the course for the Investment Association (IA) from 2014 onwards with Susan Wright. He has also developed and presented the Systems & Controls training course for the IA with his colleague Andrew McCrindle.

 

Mike was co-opted onto FSA MiFID and FCA client money working groups and is an enthusiastic educationalist, writing and reviewing lots of CPD material for the CISI for its diploma qualifications and professional refresher modules.

Dennis Cheng

Director, Banking and Capital Markets Team, Deloitte

 

Dennis is a Director in Deloitte’s Banking and Capital Markets team in London. He has over ten years’ experience advising clients in the banking, capital markets and investment management industry on the UK Financial Conduct Authority CASS rules. In that time, he has provided CASS audit, assurance and advisory services to a wide range of businesses such as custody banks, prime brokers, broker-dealers, wealth and private banking, registrars, third party administrators, corporate trust and depositories, securities financing and listed derivatives houses. Most recently he provided advice on implementing CASS risk and control framework under the FRC’s Client Assets Assurance Standard. Dennis also acts as Deloitte’s CASS technical specialist where he carries out engagement quality review for CASS audit engagements at a number of CASS Large and CASS Medium firms.

Austin Copp

Global Head of Client Money and Assets Compliance, HSBC

 

Austin Copp is Global Head of Client Money and Assets Compliance at HSBC having 20 years’ experience in regulation, both as supervisor and supervised. As Senior Associate at FCA, Austin worked for 3 years in the then newly formed CASS unit before leaving to head up Logistic Compliance at RBS. Prior to this he held senior positions as CF1, 10 and 11 at Close Brothers as well as time JP Morgan Private Bank and James Capel Investment Management. Austin is a chartered member of the CISI and an Industry Specialist for CASS on the examination panel for the Investment Operations Certificate in Client Money and Assets.

Alex Duff

EMEA Securities Services Team Director for Client Asset Protection, Citibank NA

 

Alex Duff works at Citi London, as the EMEA Securities Services team Director for Client Asset Protection reporting into the EMEA Head of Securities Services. Alex has over 20 years of Financial Services experience, over the last six years Alex has focused her career on European based Client Asset regulations including CASS, CAP and IMR. Alex’s strength is her ability to compliment her rules based knowledge with the practical application of these rules into the operational processes. Her abilities cover the first and second line of defence to ensure CASS compliance, CASS risk mitigation through the development of a CASS control framework, while providing first line bespoke CASS Training and direction on Client Asset oversight requirements and governance.

Ben Higgin

PWC

Charlotte Hill

Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

 

Charlotte Hill is a financial services and regulation partner in the London office. She specialises in advising financial institutions on regulatory and commercial matters.

 

Charlotte has had considerable industry experience during her career, having worked in the enforcement division of the regulator and subsequently, was General Counsel at Threadneedle Investments. This industry experience is invaluable in providing clients with truly commercially focused advice. Her clients range from very large, multi-national conglomerates to specialist boutiques.

 

Charlotte is recognised as a Leading Individual by Chambers UK, who note “her in-depth knowledge of the FCA” and “professional, responsive” approach, as well as Legal 500 UK.

 

Charlotte regularly publishes articles on regulatory topics in a range of industry publications and speaks at both external conferences and seminars and in-house client training events.

Constantine Kokolis

Senior Manager of Strategic Customer Initiatives, Workiva

 

Constantine Kokolis is a thought leader and subject matter expert on the power of enterprise documentation process transformation. He’s spent the past three years consulting with some of the largest banks in the world to optimize financial and regulated risk reporting documentation processes, such as CCAR, DFAST, and resolution and recovery planning. He specializes in workflow process improvement, process design and architecture, and creating innovative solutions to complex problems. He also has extensive experience in project management and implementing process improvement strategies using LEAN and Six Sigma methodologies.

Sam Mannion

Policy Advisor, BBA

 

Sam joined the BBA in June 2015 as a Policy Advisor for Capital Markets and Infrastructure. He supports the work of the Policy Directors on issues including capital markets policy, settlement, Capital Markets Union, post-trade policy, MiFID implementation and transaction reporting.

 

Prior to joining the BBA, Sam worked in Parliament as a researcher and advisor to various MPs, focusing particularly on defence policy, public health and sport campaigns, Treasury matters, and changes to pensions and benefits. He also edited and authored various publications – including a paper on suicide prevention policy which was adopted by the Department of Health. Sam holds a BA in History from the University of Sheffield.

Mduduzi Mswabuki

EY

Elaine Rogers

Senior Vice President, Head of Client Assets, Northern Trust

Tracey Sampson

Vice President, GS UK Custody Compliance Manager, State Street Bank and Trust Company

Piyali Williams

Head of Liabilities, Santander

Susan Wright

Director, Technical & Training, EMEA Client Asset Oversight Office, Citi

 

Susan Wright is the Director, responsible for Technical & Training, in the EMEA Client Asset Oversight Office at Citi.  Following a career in the public sector Susan moved to asset management to become Head of Regulatory Management at a leading firm.  This was followed by seven years at the Investment Association as a Regulatory & Compliance Specialist.  Susan is a Chartered Member of the CISI, where she acts as an external specialist; she also engages with the BBA and is currently Chair of the BBA Client Asset Committee.

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