Trading Israel

Sheraton Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel

13 Feb 2019

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Global Investor Group will return to Israel in February 2019 to host for the third time the largest derivatives conference in the region.
The third annual FOW Derivatives Israel conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Tel Aviv on February 13.

The derivatives-focused conference brings together leading experts from the best asset managers, hedge funds, prop trading firms, market-makers, brokers, banks and exchanges in Israel, Europe and further afield to discuss the main issues, opportunities and challenges facing the industry today.

Global Investor Group invites you to join the expert delegation and participate in insightful debates on the biggest themes in our market. The event will also afford the opportunity to forge valuable contacts to help you drive your business.The event is expected to have 250+ delegates, representing a cross-section of the vibrant and growing Tel Aviv-based financial services industry.


We encourage you to register and ensure your ticket today, as the event has sold out early in the past two years.


If you have any questions about the event please contact Yasmin Okolo
To discuss sponsor options email Hanna DeBank .




8.00 - 9.00 Registration


9.00 - 9.05 Welcome Address


9.05-9.20 Keynote 


9.20 - 10.10 International market update:

Exchange M&A activity and evolving regulation such as the introduction of Mifid II in Europe and the rolling back of Dodd-Frank in the US are changing the international market dynamics.
How has the international market changed in the past 12 months?
What are the key regulatory changes affecting Israeli trading firms?
What does the Mifid II rules pertaining to third country trading firms mean for Israeli firms?
What are the key technological developments that have been undertaken by exchanges in the past 12 months?
What likely opportunities will emerge from the CME’s acquisition of NEX (formerly Icap)?
Market data is becoming a contentious point, what can trading firms do to maintain pressure on market data fees?


10.05 - 10.55 The ETN is dead - Long live the ETF:

Israel has an established exchange-traded note market which ranks as one of the top ETN markets globally but regulatory reforms are effectively converting these ETNs to the ETF structure. This is an unprecedented move which presents both opportunities for local and international investors as well as legal and operational challenges.
What opportunities does the ETF conversion present?
What kinds of innovation will emerge?
How will the market respond to the regulatory changes?
What are the legal and operational challenges associated with the conversion?
What issues does the conversion to ETFs present for foreign investors?

10.55 - 11.30 Coffee break

11.30- 12.15 Navigating crypto-currencies:
Israel has emerged as a centre for innovation in the fast-moving world of crypto-currencies but what is the best route forward for Israel?
What are the key opportunities in crypto-funds and how can firms capitalise on these?
How can Israel work with and learn from other international centres at the cutting edge of crypto-innovation and regulation?
What are the main risks associated with crypto and what can firms do to guard against these?
What regulatory or tax changes are required to ensure the emergence of a healthy and secure Israeli crypto market?
What are the pros and cons of an Israeli-state backed crypto-currency?


12.15 - 12.35 TED Talk 


12.35 - 13.45  Lunch


13.45 - 14.35 The Sun rises in the East: Trading Asia

Israel’s geographic location and technological expertise gives it a unique opportunity with regards to trading Asia’s key markets including China.
What Asian markets are most interesting to Israeli-based trading firms, and what are the related legal and technological challenges associated with accessing those markets?
China is a unique case and a unique opportunity. Where are we currently in the slow opening up of China? What are the most interesting Chinese markets? What are the different approaches that non-Chinese firms have adopted to position themselves to trade that market?




 14.35 - 15.25  Future Smart – Artificial Intelligence and futures trading

Technology has changed trading completely in the past 20 years or so but Artificial Intelligence looks set to change again how firms looks to extract value from the markets they trade.
What is the current thinking on how Artificial Intelligence will change how the industry trades in the coming years?
What will the roll-out of Artificial Intelligence across derivatives trading look like? Where will the first deployments take place?
What should firms do now to ensure they are ready for the changes that AI might introduce?
What are some of the risks associated with AI, from a regulatory or technological perspective?


15.25 - 15.40 Presentation


15.40 - 16.10  Coffee Break


16.10 - 17.00  Highs and Lows:  Cannabis investing

Cannabis stocks have had a turbulent time in recent months but what is the current thinking around investing in this emerging industry?
Where are the opportunities today?
What lessons can be learned from trading these stocks so far and how should they be applied in future?
How should the industry evolve to attract more institutional investors?
How far are we from derivatives on cannabis? How can financial innovation help the development of the cannabis industry?


17.00  Drinks Reception





Currently confirmed:

Elah Alkalay, Chair of the board, I.B.I Mutual Funds
Yossi Bornstein, Founder & CEO, Shizim Group
Dror David, Ceo & CO-Founder,  Zoozbit
Claudio Jacob,  Diretor, B3 - Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão
Luke Jeffs,  Managing Editor,  FOW
Chris Lee, Senior VP,  HKEX
Boaz Nagar,  Head of the Association of Exchange Traded Notes
Ian Nissen,  APAC Head of Futures, Clearing and Collateral,  Citi
Oded Ofek,  Partner,  Firon
Uri Peles,  Head of Business development,  Barak Capital
Meni Rosenfeld,  Chairman,  Israeli Bitcoin Association
Vitaly Shechtman,  Founder and Investment Manager , Origami Futures
Rajkaran Singh,  Director, Repo and SLB Department BCS
Colleen Sullivan,  Ceo & CO-Founder,  CMT Digital
John Tornatore,  Global Head of Cryptocurrencies,  CBOE
Haocheng Wen,  Head of International Business,  Huatai Futures
David Woliner,  Head if Financial Regulation,  Nir Porat





Gold Sponsor









 TMX Group is headquartered in Toronto and operates offices across North America (Montréal, Calgary, Vancouver and New York), as well as in key international markets including London, Beijing and Singapore. Its key subsidiaries operate cash and derivative markets and clearinghouses for multiple asset classes including equities and fixed income. 
Montréal Exchange (MX) is Canada’s derivatives exchange, owned and operated by TMX Group, offering retail and institutional investors futures and options products across major asset classes, including interest rates, equities, FX, Canadian stock indices and repos, as well as clearing services. MX serves an important function in the stability and viability of Canada’s financial markets.
MX set a new overall volume record in 2017 with 96.3 million contracts traded, a 5% increase compared with 2016, led by strong growth in interest rate products.
Follow us on Twitter: @TMXGroup and @MtlExchange




Silver Sponsor






B3 is one of the world’s largest financial market infrastructure providers by market value. The services it offers range from exchange trading, clearing,depository, trade repositoryand other post-trade services to registration of over-the-counter (OTC) transactions and of vehicle and real estate loans. We are committed to Brazil, our clients, and constant development of the financial and capital markets.



BCS Global Markets is the Investment Banking division of BCS Financial Group a Russia based financial service sector pioneer with a 23 year track record. It is a London based, FCA regulated entity and a member of The London Stock Exchange, Eurex and CBoE European Equities. A subsidiary, BCS Americas, is SEC/FINRA regulated entity and a member of NYSE & NASDAQ.

BCS has over 140,000 clients that are serviced through a branch network of more than 100 offices and over 4,000employees.

BCS is the broker of choice for trading Russian instruments with an absolute leadership position. For more than 3 years, BCS has maintained its dominant trading position on the Moscow Exchange, capturing more than 25% of market share in Equities, Derivatives and FX.

BCS has now successfully expanded in building a broad and versatile Synthetic Prime business outside Russia and offers opportunities to finance and trade International markets.

BCS Prime Services focusses on products tailored to clients’ specific requirements, offering flexible solutions where client needs are foremost.

Erste Securities Polska



Erste Securities Polska S.A. (ESP) is a Polish operating hub of Erste Group Bank AG and the leading investment firm in Poland where we are present since 1995. ESP serves domestic and international institutional clients combining local expertise on the Polish capital market with the regional outreach of Erste Group. ESP is a part of Erste regional equity platform stretching from Warsaw across Central and Eastern Europe down to Turkey. ESP offers wide range of brokerage and advisory services: equity, derivatives trading including index and stock arbitrage, post-trading services as GCM and settlement agent, access to in-depth research coverage as well as widely understood investment banking services from ECM and DCM advisory to access to M&A or infrastructure financing solutions. ESP is a pioneer in electronic trading and market innovations and offers the best market access solutions always tailored to clients’ needs.









Marex Spectron




Marex Spectron is a world leading broker, providing clients with extensive coverage across metals, energy, agricultural, and financial futures and options markets. The group operates leading franchises and offers clients an extensive range of services and intellectual content across all commodity and financial markets.






Vela is a leading independent provider of trading and market access technology for global multi-asset electronic trading. Our software enables clients to rapidly access global liquidity, markets, and data sources for superior execution. We help firms successfully differentiate and innovate in an ever-changing, increasingly-regulated and fiercely-competitive landscape, whilst also reducing total cost of ownership.

Vela’s ticker plant, execution gateways, trading platform, and risk and analytics software deliver a unique, ultra-low latency technology stack to simplify and streamline electronic trading. We leverage the latest innovations in technology to deliver cutting-edge performance, features, and reliability. Our modular stack provides access to a comprehensive set of trading, data and risk APIs and can be delivered as-a-Service from multiple co-location data centres globally.

With access to more than 250 venues, Vela provides global coverage across all major asset classes. Clients are supported by an award-winning team of technical and business experts available 24x7 from our multiple offices in the US, Europe, and Asia. Vela’s clients include traders, market makers, brokers, banks, investment firms, exchanges, and other market participants.

Visit us at . Follow us on Twitter @TradeVela.




Wiener Borse


Vienna Stock Exchange provides investors with a wide variety of products, maximum transparency and the smooth and efficient execution of exchange trades. In addition, it operates the central market datafeed for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and is a well-established index and IT service provider for the region.

The Vienna Stock Exchange has been calculating indices for the Austrian capital market since 1991. Already in the mid-1990s, the Vienna Stock Exchange started offering additional indices for CEE and the CIS region that could be used as underlyings for structured products and standardized derivatives.

Today, it computes over 130 indices developed in numerous cooperative ventures with diverse stock exchanges from the region. The Vienna Stock Exchange’s long years of experience, its profound knowledge of capital markets and its outstanding service quality has made it one of the most prominent index providers for Austria, CEE and CIS.

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Supporting Partners




The IHFA was established informally in the spring of 2013 by a group of Israeli and international investment managers and service providers in the hedge fund industry.
The vision was to support the hedge fund industry in Israel as an integral part of the industry’s worldwide community.Through its expanding activities, the IHFA acts as a
bridge to connect the local Israeli industry and its overseas peers, bringing together professional managers, investors and service providers.

Upon the IHFA’s registration as a non-profit organization in Israel, it will strive to achieve the following objectives: (a) to represent and promote the common interests of the
hedge fund industry with governmental bodies in Israel; (b) to provide recommendations for best practices of the industry in Israel; (c) to provide access to professional
information; and (d) to broaden and deepen market and public knowledge about Israel’s hedge fund industry.Joining the IHFA is open to individuals and entities from Israel
and overseas who specialize in the hedge fund sector, such as hedge fund managers, institutional and private investors, family offices and service providers.










Sivron is a technology company developing integrated solutions and systems that comprise Real-Time trading, Continuous Risk Management and Targeted Investment Management. All of our systems and solutions operate on in-house technologies, which combine advanced hardware and software. This allows us to offer Low latency, high throughput trading and Market Data solutions in a cutting edge software system and APIs. Our team includes skilled software developers specialized in various sophisticated industries, who work hand in hand
with capital market professionals with IT qualification, under the leadership of experienced system-analysts and software architects. Among our clients are leading banks, professional brokers, institutional, fund managers, PTG's and Algo-shops.  





Sheraton Hotel

HaYarkon St 115
Tel Aviv-Yafo
3573, Israel