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Euroclear unveils keynote speakers for its 14th annual Collateral Conference

Marcia De Wachter and Alexandre d’Aspremont to deliver keynote speeches at the 18-19 May conference in Brussels

Brussels, 22 April 2015 – Euroclear today unveiled the keynote speakers for its upcoming annual Collateral Conference, where approximately 600 industry professionals will assemble to participate in thought-provoking discussions on current and emerging collateral management issues and trends.

Marcia De Wachter, Director and Honorary Vice-Governor of the National Bank of Belgium

After a successful international academic career in Economics, Mrs De Wachter became the first female Vice Governor of the central bank of Belgium and represented Belgium at the Governing Council of the Eurosystem and at the Bank of International Settlements. Former economic advisor to the Belgian Prime Minister, Mrs De Wachter was elected ‘Exceptional Woman of the Year’ by the Belgian government in 2011.

Alexandre d’Aspremont, CNRS Research Director, Computer Science Department, École Normale Supérieure, Paris.

A dynamic and widely published statistician with tenures and doctorate experience from Ecole Polytechnique, Stanford and Princeton University. Mr d’Aspremont will deliver a keynote on original research, focusing on collateral management indicators, as our markets rebound from the 2008 financial crisis.

Additional Collateral Conference speakers for 2015 include Eugene McGrory (BNP Paribas – Head of Repo Trading), Peter Matza (The Association of Corporate Treasurers – Engagement Director), Godfried de Vidts (ICMA – Chairman of the European Repo Council) and Tim Howell (Euroclear - Chief Executive Officer).

Held in Brussels at The Square on 18 and 19 May, 2015 marks the 14th occurrence of the annual industry event. Topical debates will include liquidity and funding challenges, cash management, and mandatory clearing of derivatives stemming from regulatory reforms (Dodd-Frank and EMIR). Industry experts and leading economists will also discuss how corporates are bringing the real economy into the realm of bank funding against a backdrop of growing cash holdings in a negative interest rate environment. Interactive panels will consider the challenges arising from quantitative easing and access to high-quality liquid assets, collateral fragmentation, TARGET2-Securities, monetary policy and the cost of funding; domestically and cross-border.

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About Euroclear

Euroclear is one of the world’s largest providers of domestic and cross-border settlement and related services for bond, equity, ETF and mutual fund transactions with offices in 15 countries across the globe and links to 46 international markets.

Euroclear is a proven, resilient capital market infrastructure committed to delivering risk-mitigation, automation and efficiency at scale for its global client franchise which includes over 100 central banks and supranationals.

The Euroclear group includes Euroclear Bank - which is rated AA+ by Fitch Ratings and AA by Standard & Poor’s - as well as Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear Finland, Euroclear France, Euroclear Nederland, Euroclear Sweden and Euroclear UK & Ireland. The group settles the equivalent of $682 trillion(€634 trillion) in securities transactions annually representing 182 million domestic and cross-border transactions. The group holds $900 billion (€833 billion) in average daily collateral outstandings, and over $28 trillion (€26 trillion) in assets for clients.

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