Sifma Gears Up For Market Structure Conference

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association is hosting a market structure conference on Wednesday, bringing together leading industry professionals and regulators to address the changing landscape of U.S. securities markets.

With a number of regulatory proposals coming down from the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as from the exchanges and FINRA, industry participants will have their hands full in coming months.

The conference will address several of these proposals, including circuit breakers, changes in access to the markets, safeguards against clearly erroneous trades and trade reporting requirements.

Panelists will offer regulatory and business views on these and other proposals. Discussions will also focus on the impact of possible exchange mergers and the shifting universe of trading platforms.

The conference is designed for representatives from the broker-dealer, institutional sales, buyside, technology, ECN, ATS, crossing networks, exchange, legal and regulatory communities. It will be held at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

Gregg Berman, senior advisor to the director of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets will deliver the keynote address.

Other speakers will include William Brodsky, chairman and chief executive officer of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and Lawrence Leibowitz, chief operating officer of NYSE Euronext.

Some of the biggest trading firms, including Alliance Bernstein, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, D.E. Shaw & Co., Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Knight Capital Group and Morgan Stanley will be represented on industry panels.