Speakers for Risk Live 2021

Andrew Morton

Global co-head of markets & securities services


Andrew Morton is Global Co-Head of Markets at Citi. He has been with Citi since 2008, and was previously head of the G10 Rates, Markets Treasury and Finance businesses and was responsible for the Markets Quantitative Analysis (MQA) function.

Prior to joining Citi, he spent fifteen years at Lehman Brothers during which he held several positions including Head of European Fixed Income and Global Head of Fixed Income.

Andrew began his working career as an academic in mathematical finance. He is the co-author of the HJM interest rate model, a widely used framework for the valuation of interest rate derivatives. He earned a B. Math from University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Cornell University.

Dieter Helm

Professor of economic policy

University of Oxford

Sir Dieter Helm is Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford. He was Independent Chair of the Natural Capital Committee, providing advice to the government on the sustainable use of natural capital, until the end of the second term of the Committee in November 2020.  In the New Year 2021 Honours List, Dieter was awarded a knighthood for services to the environment, energy and utilities policy.

He has written many books, most recently Net Zero (September 2020, William Collins) in which he addresses the action we all need to take to tackle the climate emergency.

His other books include: Green & Prosperous Land  (2019, William Collins), Burn Out: The Endgame for Fossil Fuels  (2017), The Carbon Crunch: Revised and Updated (2015) and Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet  (2016), all published by Yale University Press.

Dieter is Chairman of Natural Capital Research, developing natural capital models and assessments for the better use of land, and Honorary Vice President of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.

Thomas Hoenig

Distinguished senior fellow

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Thomas Hoenig is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research focuses on the long-term impact of the politicization of financial services as well as the effects of government granted privileges and market performance.

Prior to joining the Mercatus Center, Mr. Hoenig served as Vice Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 2012 until 2018. In that capacity, he oversaw FDIC operations and policy related to deposit insurance pricing, bank supervision, and financial stability and bank resolution. He served as Chair of the FDIC’s Bank Appeals and Audit Committees, and served as Director of NeighborWorks America, which was established by Congress in 1978 to address housing issues nationwide. He also served as a member of the International Association of Deposit Insurers’ board from 2012 to 2017, and as the President and Chairman from October 2015 to October 2017.

Previously, Mr. Hoenig was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a member of the Federal Reserve System's Federal Open Market Committee from 1991 to 2011. Mr. Hoenig was with the Federal Reserve for 38 years, beginning as an economist and then as a senior officer in banking supervision. As President and Chief Executive Officer, he led the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City during the Great Recession and the banking crisis of 2008 and 2009.

During his time with the Federal Reserve, Mr. Hoenig chaired several key committees including the Conference of Presidents, the Committee on Bank Supervision, Regulation and Legislation, and the Information Technology Oversight Committee. Also, during his tenure, Mr. Hoenig organized and hosted the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Jackson Hole economic symposium for global central bankers.

Mr. Hoenig is from Fort Madison, Iowa and received a doctorate in economics from Iowa State University.

Valérie Fasquelle

Director for infrastructures, innovation and payments

Banque de France

Valérie FASQUELLE is Director of the Infrastructures, Innovation and Payments directorate at Banque de France.

The Infrastructures, Innovation and Payments directorate is firstly in charge of the oversight of the safety of payment instruments and of the smooth operation of market infrastructures operating in France (payment systems, central securities depositories, securities settlement systems, central counterparties). The directorate is also responsible for the production of analyses and surveys on innovation in the field of payments and market infrastructures. Since early 2020, Valérie FASQUELLE is leading the Banque de France programme for experiments on Central Bank Digital Currency.

Through the various positions that she held, Valérie FASQUELLE was deeply involved between 2004 and 2015 in the management of Eurosystem large-scale projects such as Target 2 (European RTGS) and Target2 securities (European platform for securities settlement). She had previously the opportunity to work during 8 years in the field of payment systems and completed her business expertise through the various managerial responsibilities she held especially within the Banque de France IT Department.

Before joining the Banque de France in 1993, Mrs FASQUELLE graduated from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and with a post-graduate degree in Economics from the Dauphine University in Paris.

Charles Bristow

Managing Director and Global Head of Rates, FI Financing, CPT & Market Resources Optimisation

JP Morgan

Charles Bristow is a Managing Director in the Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB) at JP Morgan based in London. Charles is global head of Rates, Fixed Income Financing and the Credit Portfolio Trading business and has responsibility for the capital and funding strategy across the broader Markets businesses. Charles is a member of the European Management Committee and is co-chair of the EMEA Diversity Council.
Charles joined the firm in 1998 as an intern before returning upon graduation and worked in a number of derivatives trading roles across Swaps and Options. He became head of non-linear rates products and then head of rates trading in the region before taking a global management role in 2015.

Charles has been involved in a number of strategic projects for the fixed income trading businesses including the design and implementation of differential discounting, measures to reduce the GSIB footprint of the business including the formation of a dedicated compression team and derivatives FVA build out. He is a member of the CIB and EMEA capital committees.
Recent projects outside of Rates trading include Libor transition, buildout of the trader mandate framework and the formation of a collateral management and optimization front office function. Additionally, through his role on the diversity council, Charles is driving the advancement of black leadership and our gender diversity projects in the EMEA region.
Charles studied Manufacturing Engineering at Pembroke College, Cambridge where he was a college scholar and achieved a Masters degree. He is married with three children.

Blanka Horvath

Lecturer in financial mathematics

TU Munich

Dr Blanka Horvath is a Lecturer at the Department of Mathematics, King's College London. Blanka’s current research interests evolve around a new generation of option pricing models (Rough Stochastic Volatility models), and their asymptotic and numerical properties. Prior to her current appointment, she was at ETH Zurich, specialising in functional analytic and numerical properties of SABR-type stochastic models. Blanka holds a PhD in Mathematical Finance from ETH Zurich, a Diploma in Mathematics from the University of Bonn and an MSc in Economics from the University of Hong Kong.

Daniel Leon

Global head of trading, treasury management and global solutions

HSBC Global Asset Management

Richard Berner

Clinical professor of finance, co-director, the Volatility and Risk Institute

NYU Stern School of Business

Professor Berner served as the first director of the Office of Financial Research (OFR) from 2013 until 2017. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 established the OFR to support the Financial Stability Oversight Council, the Council’s member organizations and the public. The OFR’s mission is to promote financial stability by delivering high-quality financial data, standards and analysis.

He was counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury from April 2011 to 2013. His principal responsibilities included advising the Secretary on financial and regulatory issues and starting up the Office of Financial Research.

Professor Berner was a managing director, chief US economist at Morgan Stanley from 1999 to 2011 and co-head of Global Economics from 2008 to 2011.

He was executive vice president and chief economist at Mellon Bank, and a member of Mellon's Senior Management Committee (1992-99). Previously, he served as a principal and senior economist for Morgan Stanley, as a director and senior economist for Salomon Brothers (1985-91), as economist for Morgan Guaranty Trust Company (1982-85) and as director of the Washington, DC, office of Wharton Econometrics (1980-82).

Professor Berner served on the research staff of the Federal Reserve in Washington, where he co-directed the Fed’s model-based forecast and was a member of the team that developed the Fed’s first multi-country model used for international policy analysis (1972-80). He has been an adjunct professor of economics at Carnegie-Mellon University and at George Washington University.

He is an advisor to FinRegLab, an innovation center that tests new technologies and data to inform public policy and promote a responsible and inclusive financial marketplace. He is a member of the Milken Fintech initiative, led by former OCC head Tom Curry and former Treasury official Melissa Koide. He is a senior advisor to MacroPolicy Perspectives, an economic consulting firm. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of HData, which helps data companies involved in RegTech and Legal Tech solutions. He is a member of the IMF panel of experts for financial stability.

Professor Berner has been a member of the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a member of the Panel of Economic Advisers of the Congressional Budget Office, a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors of the Penn Institute for Economic Research and a member of the Board of Advisors of Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC. He served as an associate for the Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group II. He is a Past President and Fellow of the National Association for Business Economics and is the past chair of the Economic Advisory Panel of the Bond Market Association. He is the winner of forecasting awards from Market News and the National Association for Business Economics, the 2007 recipient of the William Butler Award for Excellence in Business Economics and has been a member of Time’s Board of Economists.

He received his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard College in 1968, and his PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. He researched his dissertation under the supervision of Professor Lawrence Klein, and was funded by SSRC-Ford Foundation grants at both the University of Louvain, Belgium, and at the University of Bologna, Italy, from 1971-72.

Denis Beau

First deputy governor

Bank of France

Born in 1962, Denis joined Banque de France in 1986 after graduating from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He subsequently received a Master degree in Business Administration from INSEAD. His career path at the Banque de France led him to hold management positions in the Financial Markets, Payments and Market Infrastructures and Economics and International Relations departments. He was seconded to the New York Fed (1997-1998) and served at the Bank for International Settlements as secretary of the G10 Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (2007-2008). He was then appointed Director General of Financial Stability and Operations and a member of the Executive Committee of Banque de France. In this capacity he was a member of European and international committees dealing with monetary policy and financial stability issues and prudential regulation of banks (Euro Retail Payments Board, Committee on the Global Financial System, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision – co-chair of the Macroprudential Supervision Committee).
Denis Beau is a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour.

Kerstin af Jochnick

Member of the supervisory board

European Central Bank

Lasse Pedersen

AQR and Copenhagen Business School

Lee Braine

Managing director, chief technology office


Lee Braine, from the Chief Technology Office at Barclays, has a deep interest in technology innovation. His is responsible for an Innovation and Engineering function, leads the bank’s technology architecture for distributed ledgers, and leads the bank’s engagement in quantum computing. He represents Barclays on several industry consortia and is the author of technology research papers. His background is in investment banking, clearing and settlement, stock exchanges, corporate banking, payments, and wealth management. He has a BSc and PhD in Computer Science from University College London.

Ralph Koijen

AQR Capital Management professor of finance

University of Chicago

Ralph S.J. Koijen is the AQR Capital Management Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research. He is a co-director of the NBER Asset Pricing program. He serves as a co-editor of the Review of Financial Studies. Professor Koijen was awarded the 2019 Fischer Black Prize by the American Finance Association, given biennially to the top financial economics scholar under the age of 40.

Professor Koijen’s research focuses on finance, insurance, and macroeconomics. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial Economics. His research has been covered in popular media, such as the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.

Before joining Chicago Booth in 2018, Professor Koijen was a Professor of Finance at the London Business School and NYU Stern, and an Assistant and Associate Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth. He received his undergraduate degree in Econometrics from Tilburg University and his Ph.D. in Finance from Tilburg University.

Xavier Gabaix

Pershing square professor of economics and finance

Harvard University

Xavier Gabaix is Pershing Square Professor of Economics and Finance at Harvard’s economics department. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and obtained his PhD in economics from Harvard University. His research focuses on finance, macroeconomics, and behavioral economics. He received the Fischer Black prize given every two years to the best financial economist under 40, the Bernacer prize given to the best European economist under 40 working in macroeconomics and finance, and the Lagrange and Allais Prizes. His research has been published in the American Economic ReviewEconometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Finance, and Nature. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and of the Center for Economic Policy Research.

Philippe Van der Beck

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Nick Stansbury

Head of climate solutions

Legal & General Investment Management

Jean-Philippe Bouchaud


Capital Fund Management

Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Chairman, Capital Fund Management (Risk.net's 2017 Quant of the Year & Buy-Side Quant of the Year 2018)

Jean-Philippe is Chairman and Chief Scientist. He supervises our research department with Marc and maintains strong links between our research team and the academic world. He is also a professor at Ecole Polytechnique where he teaches Statistical Mechanics and a course on "Complex Systems". He joined CFM in 1994.

Quant of the Year 2017 - https://www.risk.net/risk-magazine/analysis/2479713/quant-of-the-year-jean-philippe-bouchaud

Buy-Side quant of the Year 2018 - https://www.risk.net/awards/5364591/buy-side-quant-of-the-year-jean-philippe-bouchaud

Mathieu Rosenbaum

Professor of finance

Ecole Polytechnique

Mathieu Rosenbaum obtained is Ph.D from University Paris-Estin 2007. After being Assistant Professor at École Polytechnique, he became Professor at University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6) in 2011. He is now full-time professor at Ecole Polytechnique, where he is the at the head of the chair "Analytics and Models for Regulation". He is also in charge, with Nicole El Karoui, Gilles Pagès and Emmanuel Gobet, of the Master program “Probability and Finance”.

His research mainly focuses on statistical finance problems, such as market microstructure modeling or designing statistical procedures for high frequency data and on regulatory issues, especially in the context of high frequency trading. In particular, he is one of the organizers of the conference "Market Microstructure, Confronting Many Viewpoints", which takes place every two years in Paris.

Mathieu Rosenbaum has collaborations with various financial institutions, notably BNP-Paribas since 2004. He also has several editorial activities. He is one of the editors in chief of the journal "Market Microstructure and Liquidity", together with F. Abergel, J.P. Bouchaud, J. Hasbrouck and C.A. Lehalle. Furthermore, he is managing editor for "Quantitative Finance" and associate editor for "Electronic Journal of Statistics", "Journal of Applied Probability", "Mathematics and Financial Economics", "Statistical Inference for Stochastic Processes", "SIAM Journal in Financial Mathematics","Springer Briefs" and "Statistics and Risk Modeling". 

He received the Europlace Award for Best Young Researcher in Finance in 2014 and the European Research Council Grant in 2015.

Jim Gatheral

Presidential professor of mathematics

Baruch College, CUNY

Jim Gatheral is Presidential Professor of Mathematics at Baruch College, CUNY teaching mostly courses in the Masters of Financial Engineering (MFE) program. Prior to joining the faculty of Baruch College, Jim was involved in all of the major derivative product areas as bookrunner, risk manager, and quantitative analyst in London, Tokyo and New York, in a career in the financial industry that spanned over 27 years. Jim has served as a Managing Editor of the International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance and as Associate Editor of the SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics; he currently serves as Joint Editor-in-Chief of Quantitative Finance with Michael Dempster. His current research focus is on volatility modeling and modeling equity market microstructure for algorithmic trading. Jim is also a frequent speaker at both practitioner and academic conferences around the world. His best-selling book, The Volatility Surface: A Practitioner's Guide (Wiley 2006) is one of the standard references on the subject of volatility modeling. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cambridge University.

Max Boonen



Maxime is the founder of B2C2, an electronic market making firm with a large footprint in the digital currency market. Previously, he worked as a trader in Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities at Goldman Sachs in London. His areas of expertise include funding constraints, balance sheet pricing and multi-currency asset-liability management.

Maxime holds a BSc from the University of Louvain and an MSc from the University of Oxford.

Justin Schmidt

Head of strategy


As Head of Strategy, Justin Schmidt is responsible for developing, executing, and sustaining the firm's strategic initiatives and managing business operations. Mr. Schmidt comes to Talos with a 15-year track record in financial services, most recently serving as Head of Digital Asset Markets at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Schmidt is a graduate of MIT with degrees in computer science, focusing on artificial intelligence and decentralized applications engineering

Piu Banerjee

Head of Model Risk


Piu Banerjee is the Head of Model Risk Management at CLS. Having established CLS’s model risk
management framework, she is responsible for its ongoing oversight, ensuring standards and governance
are applied consistently over the life cycle of models, including model development, implementation and
use, validation, monitoring and reporting.
Before joining CLS, Piu spent over nine years at the Federal Reserve, where she held several leadership
roles, including leading the Risk Analytics and Model Risk Management teams. She also lead and
supported Federal Reserve supervisory initiatives in numerous capacities. These included developing and
implementing supervisory models for stress testing, overseeing model risk management practices and
implementing capital rules (Basel, Stress Testing / CCAR) and loan loss provisioning (CECL) at financial
institutions in the US.
Piu graduated with PhD in Economics Rutgers University, New Brunswick, with a focus on applied
econometrics in banking and finance. She began her career in consulting, where she spent over five years
focusing on market competition analytics to support M&A regulatory due-diligence processes.

Alexander Sokol

Executive chairman and head of quant research


Alexander Sokol is the founder, Executive Chairman, and Head of Quant Research at CompatibL, a trading and risk technology company. He is also the co-founder of Numerix, where he served as CTO from 1996 to 2003, and the co-founder of Duality Group, where he served as CTO from 2017 to 2020.

Alexander won the Quant of the Year Award in 2018 together with Leif Andersen and Michael Pykhtin, for their joint work revealing the true scale of the settlement gap risk that remains even in the presence of initial margin. Alexander’s other notable research contributions include systemic wrong-way risk (with Michael Pykhtin, Risk Magazine), joint measure models, and the local price of risk (with John Hull and Alan White, Risk Magazine), and mean reversion skew (Risk Books, 2014).

Alexander earned his BA from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology at the age of 18, and a PhD from the L. D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics at the age of 22. He was the winner of the USSR Academy of Sciences Medal for Best Student Research of the Year in 1988.

Stefan Woerner

IBM Quantum

Quantum applications research & software lead

Dr. Stefan Woerner is the Quantum Applications Research & Software Lead at IBM Quantum and a Principal Research Staff Member in the Quantum Technologies group at IBM Research - Zurich. The focus of his research is the development and analysis of quantum algorithms for optimization, simulation, and machine learning as well as their practical applications, for instance in finance or supply chain management.


Alexei Kondratyev

Quantitative research & development lead


Alexei is Quantitative Research & Development Lead at ADIA.

Formerly a Managing Director and Global Head of Data Analytics at Standard Chartered Bank, Alexei is responsible for providing data analytics services to Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking division of Standard Chartered Bank.

He joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2010 from Barclays Capital where he managed a model development team within Credit Risk Analytics. Prior to joining Barclays Capital in 2004, he was a senior quantitative analyst at Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt.

Alexei holds MSc in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from the University of Kiev and PhD in Mathematical Physics from the Institute for Mathematics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

He was the recipient of the 2019 Quant of the Year award from Risk magazine.

Frédéric Samama

Chief responsible investment officer at CPR AM

Amundi group

Frédéric Samama is Chief Responsible Investment Officer at CPR AM, Amundi group

He is the founder of the SWF Research Initiative, co-edited a book on long-term investing alongside Nobel Prize Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Professor Patrick Bolton, and has published numerous papers on green finance.

Formerly, he oversaw Corporate Equity Derivatives within Crédit Agricole Corporate Investment Banking in New York and Paris. During his tenure, he developed and implemented the first international leveraged employee share purchase programme, a system now widely used among French companies.

In recent years, he has focused on climate change with a mix of financial innovation, research and policymaking recommendations, advising central banks, sovereign wealth funds and policymakers.

Rory McLaren

Technology strategist

Deutsche Börse Group

Rory McLaren is Technology Strategist in the CTO Office at Deutsche Börse Group, based in London and working digitally everywhere. He is responsible for technology innovation including executing lighthouse projects in new technology and leads the Quantum Initiative within Deutsche Börse. Rory has 25+ years of experience in Financial Services Technology ranging from start-ups and accelerators to leading financial infrastructure providers and holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Glasgow, UK.

Jos Gheerardyn



Jos Gheerardyn has built the first FinTech platform that uses AI for real-time model testing and validation on an enterprise-wide scale. As zealous proponent of model risk governance & strategy, Jos is on a mission to empower quants, risk managers and model validators with smarter tools to turn model risk into a business driver. Prior to his current role, he has been active in quantitative finance both as a manager and as an analyst. Over the past 15 years, he has been working with leading international investment banks as well as with award-winning start-up companies. He is the author of multiple patents applying quantitative risk management techniques to imbalance markets. Jos Gheerardyn holds a PhD in superstring theory from the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Christopher J. Savoie

Chief executive officer

Zapata Computing

Christopher Savoie is the CEO of Zapata Computing, a Harvard spinout quantum computing software and algorithm company funded by The Engine, the venture firm founded by MIT to invest in tough tech. Dr. Savoie is a published scholar in medicine, biochemistry and computer science and his research and business interests over the years have focused on the intersection of machine learning, biology, and chemistry. Dr. Savoie is the original inventor of AAOSA, the A.I.-based natural language interface technology that was used to develop Apple’s Siri.

Chris Beck

Managing director


Chris is a member of Milliman’s Cyber Risk Solutions (CRS) practice group.  The practice delivers a portfolio of risk consulting services, such as enterprise risk design, cyber risk assessment and quantification, test and build projects, operational risk assessments, enterprise risk management (ERM) education and training, and ERM technology evaluation. The CRS practice uses diagnostic consulting strategies to understand an organization’s enterprise risk goals and challenges and then customize solutions to deliver required business results. 


Chris has 15 years of professional experience.  His experience includes work in the banking, insurance, capital markets and card sectors helping clients assess and mitigate risk. 

Prior to joining Milliman, Chris was a Senior Manager in Accenture’s Finance and Risk Management Consulting practice, delivering work for global financial service clients.   Additionally, Chris served as an active duty Naval Officer and has multiple overseas deployments. 

Professional experience and subject matter advisory includes: 

  • Cyber Security metrics and governance
  • Financial Service Regulatory and Compliance initiatives
  • Risk Management 
  • Corporate and Risk Governance
  • Surveillance 
  • Financial Services operating model and cost reduction
  • Regulatory remediation and responses
  • Legal department risk and optimization
  • Leading large cross functional projects and teams


  • BS Political Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • MBA, University of Chicago – Booth School of Business
Michael Grimwade

Managing director, operational risk

ICBC Standard Bank

Michael Grimwade is managing director, operational risk, at ICBC Standard Bank and has previously held senior op risk management roles at MUFG Securities, RBS and Lloyds. Prior to this, he held management consultant positions at PwC and Deloitte Consulting. Grimwade has been a director of the Institute of Operational Risk (IOR) and is currently the chair of the Association of Foreign Banks' Operational Risk Expert Panel. He has authored a number of articles on setting appetite for op risk; scenario analysis techniques; climate change; quantifying emerging risks; and modelling op risk capital. He received an award in 2014 from the IOR for his contribution to the profession. His second book, Ten laws of operational risk, was published in December 2021.

Sophie Vermeille

Partner - restructuring, corporate governance, M&A and shareholder activism

Vermeille & Co

Sophie Vermeille currently practices corporate, securities and restructuring law in Paris and has worked in the past for several international law firms (such as Clifford Chance, Weil Gotshal & Manges, Freshfields and DLA Piper). Ms. Vermeille has an in-depth knowledge of US securities law, Chapter 11 and Delaware corporate law, as well as of English law. This enables her to understand the legal culture of her foreign clients and to explain them how French law differs from their own legal systems.

Ms. Vermeille has worked in the past with the French government and has a thorough understanding as to how it may jeopardize or interfere with private transactions. Ms. Vermeille was, for instance, able to predict the outcome of recent transactions such as the LVMH/Tiffany deal or the Couche Tard/Carrefour deal.

Ms. Vermeille advises investors, shareholder advocacy groups, short selling activists and minority shareholders on matters such as:

  • distressed investment and restructuring procedures, whether her clients run loan-to-own strategies, seek to acquire distressed assets or work out existing positions in leveraged finance and high-yield assets;
  • corporate governance, proxy contests, tender offers, squeeze-outs, PtoP, etc.;
  • strategic aspects and applicable regulations to short selling activism, for which she has a unique experience in France (as she is the main counsel of one of the most famous short seller activists in the world); and
  • strategic aspects andapplicable regulations tolong activism, as she has worked for numerous activist hedge funds in the past (in particular on the Veolia-Suez case for which she has been mandated to build a comprehensive legal strategy for her clients).

Ms. Vermeille has significant expertise in the retail sector, as a result of her involvement in the high-profile Casino case for which she was closely followed by the French and English press.

Ms. Vermeille is a researcher and guest lecturer in Law and Finance at Panthéon-Sorbonne, HEC and Oxford University.

She is also a regular speaker at bankruptcy conferences organized by industry groups (INSOL International, INSOL EUROPE TMA…) or regulators (IMF, World Bank, European Commission, AMF (the French Market Authority), ACPR (the French banking supervisor)).

Ms. Vermeille is a graduate of the University of Panthéon-Assas University, where she received her law degree in business law (Magistère Juriste d'Affaires, Diplôme de juriste conseil d'entreprise), and of King's College London from which she holds an LL.M. in business law.

Julien Jarmoszko

change consultant

Julien Jarmoszko is an asset management consultant helping clients improve portfolio management processes and embrace digitalisation.  

He started his career as a fund manager for Société Générale Asset Management and Credit Suisse then moving to the front office, helping ABG Sundal Collier and Fisher Investments Europe expand on the French market. He subsequently led the EMEA product management unit for S&P Global Market Intelligence before embracing leading technology with Fintech Move Digital AG and as advisor for a Fintech accelerator.

Julien is a graduate from Edhec Business School in France and a CFA charter holder. He currently lives in Zurich with his wife and two children. In his private time, he is a writer and gives back to the community as a volunteer fireman.  

Owen Matthews

Director, financial services

KPMG Switzerland

For the past ten years, Owen has been managing and delivering risk advisory projects, mainly for global banks in Switzerland and the UK. His focus has been on model risk and – more recently – ESG risk topics. He has helped major banks refresh their model governance policies, and has run validation and regulatory alignment projects covering hundreds of models of all shapes and sizes. He also managed the development and roll-out of KPMG Switzerland’s innovative model validation managed service, and is now doing the same with the associated validation automation tool. Before finance, Owen worked for six years performing magneto-hydrodynamical simulations of young stars and planets.

Edd Carlton

Institutional digital asset trader

Flow Traders

Evan Sekeris

Head of non-financial risk - Americas


Evan's background is in the measurement and quantification of credit risk and operational risk.  His primary focus is currently on supporting institutions in building operational risk modeling for stress testing, developing their risk identification process and developing their model risk management frameworks.
Some of his recent client engagements include:
For a foreign global bank, helped them develop a comprehensive operational risk framework for their US based IHC. Ensured both integration of the framework in their international framework as well as US regulatory compliance.
For a large internationally active US bank: supported major change of course in CCAR operational risk stress estimates a few months prior to submission in reaction to regulatory guidance.
For a large regional bank: built their CCAR loss projection model and wrote the documentation for the full CCAR operational risk submission.
For a global bank conducted a validation of their operational risk modeling framework for CCAR
  Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Evan was the Head of Risk Consulting for Financial Institutions for Aon in Columbia, Maryland. He was in charge of building Aon's risk consulting practice for financial institutions and managed multiple teams based in North America and Europe to deliver services to clients worldwide. Previously, Evan was an Assistant Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, where he created the center of excellence for operational risk which served the System needs for operational risk related matters. The team was in charge of the supervision of all AMA and CCAR banks in the US and developed the Fed's CCAR model for operational risk.
Evan earned a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. He received an additional M.A. as well as his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Matthew Earl

Managing partner


Matthew Earl is the Managing Partner of ShadowFall and the Fund Manager of the ShadowFall Fund. Matthew founded ShadowFall in 2017 to capitalise on the opportunity to generate short alpha in European markets. Matthew has over 15 years’ experience working in the financial services sector. He began his career as an economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland Plc before moving into equity research at a number of sell side firms including Investec, Charles Stanley Securities and Matrix. Between 2011-2016, Matthew managed capital for an UHNW with a short focus. During this period he highlighted his short theses on his widely followed investment blog, www.lordshipstrading.com which was frequently quoted by the financial press for its insights into flawed businesses and aggressive corporate accounting. Issuers he highlighted included Avanti, Globo, Tungsten, Rocket Internet, Dialight, Serco, Mitie, and Quindell among others. Matthew is also known for authoring the Zatarra Research reports in 2016, which exposed the fraud and money laundering at Wirecard AG. Since the launch of ShadowFall, Matthew has highlighted short theses on Issuers such as Blue Prism, boohoo, Burford Capital, Eurofins Scientific and IQE.


Matthew has a Master of Mathematics degree (University of St Andrews) and Post Graduate Certificate in Economics (Birkbeck, University of London).



Andrei Pustelnikov

Policy manager

Bank of England

Andrei Pustelnikov is a Policy Manager in the Banking, Payments and Innovation division at the Bank of England. Andrei is responsible for thinking how the Bank of England can drive industry innovation in wholesale settlement and interface with novel types of market infrastructures.

Pierre Schoeffler

Senior global asset allocation & sustainable investing advisor

La Francaise AM


Michael Green

Portfolio manager and chief strategist


Michael has been a student of markets and market structure, for nearly 30 years. His proprietary research into the shift from actively managed portfolios and investment funds to systematic passive investment strategies has been presented to the Federal Reserve, the BIS, the IMF and numerous other industry groups and associations.

Michael joined Simplify in April 2021 after serving as Chief Strategist and Portfolio Manager for Logica Capital Advisers, LLC.  Prior to Logica, Michael managed macro strategies at Thiel Macro, LLC, an investment firm that manages the personal capital of Peter Thiel. Prior to Thiel, Michael founded Ice Farm Capital, a discretionary global macro hedge fund seeded by Soros Fund Management. From 2006-2014, Michael founded and managed the New York office of Canyon Capital Advisors, a $23B multi-strategy hedge fund based in Los Angeles, CA, where he established their global macro strategies, managing in excess of $5B of exposure across equity, credit, FX, commodity and derivative markets.

In addition to his work as a market theorist and portfolio manager, Michael has been noted for his work as a public speaker and financial media participant. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a CFA holder.

Mauro Cesa

Editor, quantitative finance


Mauro Cesa is quantitative finance editor for Risk.net, based in London. He leads the team responsible for the publication of quantitative research across all brands of the division. The section of Risk.net he manages, Cutting Edge, publishes peer-reviewed papers on derivatives, asset and risk management, and commodities.
Mauro holds a degree in economics from the University of Trieste and a masters in quant finance from the University of Brescia.

Helen Bartholomew



Helen Bartholomew is editor-at-Large for Risk.net, based in London. Prior to joining Risk, she was derivatives editor for International Financing Review, part of Thomson Reuters, where she previously reported on debt and equity capital markets. Helen holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Durham, UK.

Lukas Becker

Editor, FX markets


Lukas Becker

Desk editor

Lukas Becker is the derivatives desk editor for Risk.net. His topics of interest include over-the-counter derivatives pricing, collateral management, market infrastructure and legal risk. He is based in London.

He was previously the Europe, Middle East and Africa editor of Risk magazine.

Rob Mannix

Investing editor


Rob Mannix is the desk editor for investment, covering systematic investment strategies from quant funds to factor investing. He was previously responsible for Risk.net’s insurance coverage.

Based in the London office, Rob is interested in developments in the use of new types of data, the application of machine learning in investment, and research into systematic sources of return in markets. 

Rob joined Infopro Digital (then Incisive Media) in 2008, having previously worked at Euromoney Institutional Investor, covering legal and regulatory issues affecting capital markets.

Ben St Clair



Henry Holden


Bank for International Settlements

Henry Holden is an Adviser at the BIS Innovation Hub. He joined the BIS in 2017 and is on secondment from the Bank of England where he worked on payment and clearing systems. His current responsibilities include work on central bank digital currencies, cyber risk and foreign exchange.

Hyder Jaffrey

Head of Principal Investments, UBS Investment Bank

Responsible for Principal Investments and Strategic Ventures at UBS Investment Bank;  Hyder has had a deep involvement in the Digital Assets space for wholesale finance since 2015. 

A founding member of landmark initiatives such as Fnality and R3; Hyder also sits on several FinTech company Boards.
Hyder has 20+ years’ experience in driving change within the financial technology markets and bridges the business and technology domains

Todd Arthur Bridges

Global head of sustainable investing and ESG research


Dr Todd Arthur Bridges joins Arabesque S-Ray GmbH from State Street Global Advisors, where he was Head of ESG Research and Development. Dr Bridges previously worked as Head of ESG Research at Ethic, and held the position of Research Managing Director at Cornell University. He is a member of the Sustainable Finance Advisory Committee of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and holds a PhD in Socioeconomics, Organizational Behaviour and Research Methods from Brown University.