Speakers, LSEG CIS & CEE Conference

Muammer Cakir
Head of Derivatives Market, Borsa Istanbul

Muammer Çakir is the Head of Derivatives Market (VIOP) at Borsa Istanbul. Prior to joining Borsa Istanbul, Çakir served as Executive Director of WestLB London. He joined Borsa Istanbul, after serving as the Head of Turkey Desk at the Debt Capital Markets of WestLB London. He is currently responsible for establishing the multi-asset derivatives platform at Borsa Istanbul. His first job was at a convertible arbitrage/stress debt hedge fund in the United States. 

Upon joining Borsa Istanbul, Çakir launched the first listed single stock futures & options market, and later on the first Index & FX Options products at Borsa Istanbul Derivatives Market. He was appointed as the CEO of Turkish Derivatives Exchange (TurkDex) during the acquisition and merger of the two exchanges. 

From 2002-2008, he was the head of derivatives market at the Capital Markets Division at Akbank where he developed the derivatives & precious metals business.

Çakir holds a master’s degree in financial engineering from Princeton University and he is a Fulbright fellow. 

Roman Lokhov
CEO, BCS Financial Group

Mr. Lokhov graduated from Novosibirsk State University and holds degrees of Ph.D. in Economics Carl v. Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA program.

Prior to BCS, Roman was Head of Investment Banking for Otkritie FC. Prior to Otkritie, Roman was Managing Director of GL Moscow, where he had with responsibility for developing the firm’s eastern Europe business.

Roman was a Member of the board OJSC RTS 2009 -2011.

Alexander Justham
CEO, London Stock Exchange PLC

Alexander Justham ("JJ") has been CEO of the London Stock Exchange plc since June 2012.
In this role, JJ oversees information services and capital markets products within LSE plc, including the UK primary markets business. He is also responsible for regulatory strategy, government and public affairs, and UK regulation across the entire London Stock Exchange Group.

Before joining the London Stock Exchange Group, JJ served as Director of Markets at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) between 2008 and 2011. 

During his time at the FSA, he represented the UK on the Board of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), and its predecessor organisation CESR. He co-chaired the G20 IOSCO task force on commodities, and also chaired the OTC Derivatives Regulators’ Forum.  He received an award for Best Personal Contribution at the 2011 Financial News awards.

Prior to joining the FSA, JJ was a Managing Director at JPMorgan. He had worked for JP Morgan since 1989, holding a variety of roles including Co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group at JP Morgan Cazenove and Co-Head of Structured Finance, and Head of Securitisation at JP Morgan. 

JJ holds an MA in Mathematics from Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Robert Barnes
CEO Turquoise

Robert Barnes is Chief Executive of Turquoise, the pan European multilateral trading facility majority owned by London Stock Exchange Group in partnership with the user community. Prior to his joining in August 2013, he worked at UBS from February 1994, gaining experience as yellow jacket on the Liffe derivatives trading floor and most recently as CEO of UBS MTF and Managing Director, Equities. His industry roles include serving as Chairman, 2004-2009, of the Securities Trading Committee of the London Investment Banking Association and participating on key advisory and policy groups within the financial services sector. Robert holds a BA from Harvard, a PhD from Cambridge, and is a Chartered Fellow and Board Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Toby Bayliss
Head of Portfolio and Algorithmic Trading, Europe, Sanford Bernstein

Toby Bayliss is Head of Bernstein's Algorithmic and Portfolio Trading Desk in Europe. Toby began his financial career as a graduate at Nomura London in 1995, and spent 4 years working alongside the Equity Sales force as a Quantitative Analyst. Joining Citigroup in 1999 to be a founding member of the Global Portfolio Trading Strategies Team, Toby worked on all aspects of portfolio construction, risk, execution
analysis and trading strategies. In 2002 Toby moved internally to the Alternative Executions Sales team, responsible for sales and sales trading of Portfolio Trading, Algorithmic Trading, DMA and Trading Strategies. In 2007 Toby became head of Citigroup's Electronic Execution Sales team in Europe before assuming his current role at Bernstein in 2008. Toby received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Mathematics from Bristol University and a Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University.

Nicolas Bertrand
Head of Equity & Derivatives, London Stock Exchange Group

Nicolas Bertrand is Head of Equities and Derivatives for London Stock Exchange Group. Appointed in 2010, Nicolas is responsible for UK and Italian equity markets and the Group's derivatives markets. Nicolas joined Borsa Italiana in November 1999 and has been responsible for IDEM, the Italian Derivatives Market of Borsa Italiana, since January 2004.

In July 2009, Nicolas was appointed head of the newly created 'Equity Markets and IDEM' division within the London Stock Exchange Group, which combined the equity cash and derivatives markets for Italy and the UK. He is also a board member of FTSE and Turquoise.

Prior to joining the Exchange, Nicolas worked for Citibank and developed his expertise trading on various markets and asset classes. Nicolas graduated in econometrics and holds a postgraduate degree in finance (DESS 203) from Universite Paris IX-Dauphine in Paris.

Benoit Anne
Managing Director, Societe Generale

Benoit joined SG in June 2010 to run the global EM strategy team. Previously, he was the head of EMEA and Latam FX and Debt Strategy at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2005, Benoit spent eight years in Washington DC, working at the Institute of International Finance and the International Monetary Fund as an economist. Benoit holds an MA in international macroeconomics from the University of Sussex, a diploma from Science Po Paris and a Maitrise in economics from the University of Paris-Dauphine.

Banu Basar
Co-Head of EEMEA Equity Sales & Head of Turkey Equities

Banu is a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, based in our Istanbul Office. She joined Merrill Lynch in 2010 heading all Turkey operations and is widely considered as the best in the business. She is in charge of developing and growing the cash equities, listed futures, listed options and equity-linked products. Initiates business with international and local institutions across all products classes. Actively manages and assists ECM in all IPO-secondary equity distribution. Mandated to achieve profitable growth in all areas of the franchise and BAML continues to ranks #1 in cash equity business according to BIST, Markit and McLagan statistics for the past 3 years. Banu graduated from Babson College in MA 1994 with a BS with honours in Finance/Investments and International Business. She has been broking Turkey since 1997 and was an investment banker in Salomon Smith Barney New York prior to her Emerging Market experience between 1994-1997.

Michel Danechi
Partner, Armajaro Asset Management

Michel Danechi is the Portfolio Manager of the Strategic Emerging Europe Fund. He has traded emerging markets for over 20 years, having navigated the trading environment in the European emerging markets since 1994. Michel began his career in 1986 trading Japanese warrants and convertibles.

Michel joined Armajaro Asset Management LLP (AAM) in August 2009.

He has established a comprehensive network of relationships throughout the region.

Prior to joining Armajaro, Michel was hired by Lehman Brothers International (Europe) in London to build and head up the Emerging Markets equities team. The team managed the bank’s equity derivatives and cash portfolio, mainly in Russia, Greece, South Africa, Israel, Middle East, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Turkey. Under his leadership, Lehman emerged with a strong presence in emerging markets.

Before joining Lehman Brothers International (Europe), Michel was Head of the London Office and Head of EMEA Equity Trading at CA-IB International Markets Ltd (part of Unicredit), responsible for pricing and structuring EMEA equity derivative products. In addition, Michel successfully managed and traded the firm’s proprietary book. Michel managed the European Emerging Markets Equity Derivatives desk at Citibank before joining CA-IB.

Michel has a tangible track record of positive returns.

He has a Masters in Business Administration from the London Business School and a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jon Edwards
Deputy Head of Primary Markets, Emerging markets for London Stock Exchange Group

As deputy head of primary markets Jon Edwards helps to oversee the work of London Stock Exchange’s Primary Markets team in the CIS and Asia Pacific regions. Jon is personally responsible for developing the London Stock Exchange's business in Asia Pacific, the CIS regions and Mongolia, spending a majority of his time working with companies, advisors and regulators in the region interested in London Stock Exchange markets.  Jon and his teams in London, Hong Kong and Beijing work to promote both Main Market and AIM listings and work with companies to increase their profile among London’s investment community.