Societe Generale & Risk Derivatives Conference 2019

This leading industry conference gathers senior investors and decision makers from top-tier asset managers, hedge funds, insurance companies and pension funds from across Europe.

Societe Generale and RISK bring to you combined expertise in derivatives and risk management, at this half day, high impact annual conference.

Providing senior investors and decision makers from leading multi-asset institutions, with behind the scenes economic and political insights, investment strategies and debate from hedge funds, asset managers and insurers, followed by 18 deep-dive derivative solution workshops to choose from.

With QIS strategies under-performing, markets rebounding, volatility remaining low and the business cycle never ending, the need for innovative derivative solutions has never been greater in recent times.


Robert Peston

Political Editor and Journalist

Robert Peston covers everything of note that happens in Westminster and beyond, interviewing the important players on the national and international political scenes. He is the most followed UK journalist in social media and host of a weekly agenda-setting politics television show. Ex FT Financial Editor and author of How Do We Fix This Mess? and WTF? After reporting on the scale of China’s debt and traditional retail’s reaction to online competition, Robert moved to ITV to take on a broad remit. Robert was the first to draw public attention to the fact that Northern Rock was approaching technical insolvency.

Sandy Rattray

Chief Investment Officer

Man Group

Sandy Rattray is Chief Investment Officer of Man Group and a member of the Man Group Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Man Group Responsible Investment Committee. He was previously CEO of Man AHL from 2013 to 2017, and CIO of Man Systematic Strategies from 2010 to 2013.

Before joining Man Group in 2007, Sandy spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Managing Director in charge of the Fundamental Strategy Group. He also ran Equity Derivatives Research at Goldman Sachs in London and New York.

Sandy is a co-inventor of the VIX index and has served on the FTSE UK, FTSE World and Russell index committees. He sits on the MSCI Editorial Advisory Board and the Jesus College Cambridge investment committee. Sandy is a founding patron of the London Cycling Campaign.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences and Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Licence Spéciale from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Peter Fitzgerald

Chief Investment Officer Multi-Assets & Macro

Aviva Investors

Peter Fitzgerald is Chief Investment Officer, Multi-asset & Macro Portfolio Manager at Aviva Investors.

In his role, Peter leads the global Multi-asset & Macro investment team and is responsible for the team’s strategic direction. Additionally, he is a portfolio manager of the AIMS Target Return and Target Income funds.

Peter began his career at Old Mutual in 1995 before joining BNP Wealth Management’s Multi-asset team. He has extensive international experience having worked in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Peter holds a postgraduate diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin and a degree in European studies from the University of Cork. He is also a CFA® charterholder.

Arnaud Sarfati



Prior to founding LFIS, Arnaud spent 15 years with SGCIB where his last position was Co-Head of the Cross Asset Solutions division. During his tenure, Arnaud developed a number of financial innovations that contributed to SGCIB's position as a global leader in equity derivatives.  Arnaud graduated from ESSEC. He also holds a Master’s degree in probability and finance from Paris VI.

Gwilym Satchell

Multi Asset Portfolio Manager


Based in Henley-on-Thames, Gwilym joined the company in March 2013. He served as a Risk Manager for the Multi Asset team, prior to being promoted to the role of Fund Manager. 

Gwilym commenced his career in 2008 at Standard Life Investments, where he was involved in Multi-Asset Investing risk management, in particular the development of scenario analysis techniques. In addition, he was responsible for managing a range of liability-driven investment (LDI) funds.

Gwilym holds the PRM™ designation which is an independent validation of skills and commitment to the highest standard of professionalism, integrity, and best practices within the risk management profession. 

He graduated from Warwick University in 2005 with a degree in Computer Science, and gained a Masters degree at the University of Edinburgh Business School in 2008

Will Bartlett

CEO and Managing Member

Parallax Volatility Advisers

Will Bartlett is the Chief Executive Officer of Parallax Volatility Advisers. Will has been involved with equity options since 1995 and has been with Parallax since 1996. In his more than 20 years at Parallax, Will has played an active role transforming the firm from a small, floor-based equity options trading operation into a large participant in the global volatility market. Parallax manages a complex portfolio of listed and over the counter volatility positions on global equities, indexes, ETFs, and commodity futures. Prior to joining the Parallax, Will worked on the floor of the Pacific Coast Exchange while earning his Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Will proudly serves on the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco and is a member of The Guardsmen, an organization helping at-risk youth by providing scholarships, support, and outdoor education programs to students in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Aymeric Forest

Global Head Multi Asset Investing

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Aymeric Forest is Global Head of Multi Asset Investing at Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Aymeric joined Aberdeen a few months ago after having spent 7+ years at Schroders as a multi-asset fund manager. He also was a member of the global asset allocation committee, where his focus was on complex segregated mandates. Prior to joining Schroders, Aymeric worked in London at ABN AMRO Asset Management. He holds a DESS and MA in Finance.

Alan Higgins

Chief Investment Officer, UK


Alan has held a variety of roles in his time at Coutts including Head of Investment Strategy, Chief Investment Officer (UK) and Head of Multi Asset Investing. He is responsible and leads the investment team for the management and performance of Coutts discretionary managed portfolios and our multi-asset funds.
Alan has over 25 years of experience in portfolio management. Prior to Coutts, he worked at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management where he specialised in asset allocation, fixed income and alternative investments. His previous experience includes senior roles in fixed income portfolio management and working for a multi-strategy hedge fund. Alan is also a non-executive director of Nestlé's UK and Swiss pension fund management companies.
Alan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Bristol University and is a CFA charter holder.

Peter Tasker

Strategist and Co-Founder

Arcus Research

Peter Tasker co-founded Arcus Investment Limited in 1998. Peter is a noted commentator on Japanese financial affairs, and writes for numerous publications including the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal Asia. Prior to founding Arcus, Peter was a market strategist at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where he ranked top in Institutional Investor for 3 consecutive years and in the Nikkei for 5 consecutive years. Peter is the author of several books on Japan. Peter has lived in Japan since the early 1980s.


Exclusive insights from our panel of experts on:

  • Japanification of Europe

    Enhancing returns in a low yield environment

    Panelists include: Aberdeen Standard Investment, Aviva, Coutts, Invesco and Arcus Research

    LIVE: by real-time hologram from Asia, Japan and European strategist Peter Tasker.

  • Generating alpha in a high “vol of vol” world

    What are the roles of systematic and carry strategies?

    Panelists include: Man Group, Parallax Volatility Advisors, LFIS


18 Derivative Solutions Workshops to choose from

  • Value Factor in FICC
  • ETF Solutions and Strategies
  • EM Solutions: Investing in Africa
  • Chasing Yield in the Money Markets
  • Tail Risk Hedging
  • Rates Trade Ideas as Europe turns Japanese
  • Intraday Trend Following
  • The Rise of 'Risk Transfer' Funds
  • USD Rates: Where Long Vol Means Positive Carry (VRR)
  • Cross Asset Relative Value Opportunities
  • Dispersion Strategies - Risk Off, with Positive Carry
  • Implementing Tailored ESG Investment Strategies
  • The Weak vs Strong Balance Sheet: Using Equities to Short Credit
  • Structured Inflation Hedging
  • Outsourced Exectution
  • Bespoke & Structured Credit Trade Opportunities
  • Commodity Carry
  • Cross Asset Vol Outlook

Robert Peston, Political Journalist and Editor

Joining straight from the Conservative Party Conference, Robert will share the very latest insights on the UK and EU political landscape, at this critical time of change. Well known for his straight talking and ability to synthesise what’s truly important for investors to consider in making their decisions.



Book now to secure your complimentary place at this annual conference and lunch

Friday 4th October, 8am – 2pm


(Places are limited, the event was oversubscribed last year.)

The May Fair Hotel London

Stratton St


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