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2016 September Workshop

AFM Workshop:

Embracing New Technology and Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities for Markets

Budapest, Hungary - September 30, 2016


The Association of Futures Markets invites its member and partner organisations for its thematic workshop organized on September 30, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. The workshop focuses on new technologies and innovations and their possible impact on markets.


The workshop is free of charge for AFM members. Registration fee for non-members is EUR 200. Please download registration form and forward to


The Workshop takes place in Hotel Novotel Centrum Budapest.


Hotel reservation form can be downloaded from here.

Draft Agenda

September 29

19:00               Dinner sponsored by KELER CCP in the New York Café of Hotel Boscolo


September 30

09:00               Welcoming Comments

  • Paul Constantinou, AFM
  • Richárd Végh, CEO, Budapest Stock Exchange
  • György Dudás, CEO, KELER


09:30               Framework Presentation: Using the Blockchain in trading - distributed, disintermediating, disruptive by Dr. Michael Merz, Ponton GmbH, Germany


10:00             Using the Blockchain in trading, implications on markets – Panel Discussion

 Moderator: Paul Constantinou, AFM


  • Dr. Michael Merz, Ponton GmbH, Germany
  • Tamás Blummer, Chief Ledger Architect, Digital Asset, Hungary
  • Dániel Körmöczi, Deputy CEO, Budapest Stock Exchange
  • Chip Dempsey, US
  • Alastair McAlpine, Sales Executive, NASDAQ

11:15               Coffee break


11:45                European Securities and Markets Authority: Discussion paper on Distributed Ledger Technology Applied to Securities                Market -  view of the Federation of European Stock Exchanges by representative of FESE


12:15               Recent Developments and Trends in Using Blockchain in Collateral Management by Hossein Mohammadi, Chief Business Development Officer, Iran Mercantile Exchange


12:45               Lunch


14:15               Clearing: Latest Developments, Implications of Blockchain on Clearing, Can Blockchain Replace Clearing? – Panel Discussion

 Moderator: Hossein Mohammadi, Chief Business Development Officer, Iran Mercantile Exchange


  • Dennis Mullany, CME Clearing Europe
  • Rafael Plata, Secretary General, European Association of CCP Clearing Houses
  • Clive Furness, Contango Markets
  • Peter Boehmwalder, NASDAQ Commodities, Austria

 15:15              Cybersecurity and the Impplications of New technology – Panel Discussion

 Moderator: Patrick Kenny, CQG, US


  • Dale Spoljaric, Managng Director, Compliance Department, National Futures Association
  • Clive Furness, Contango Markets
  • Vladzímir Torchyk, Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange


 16:00              Wrap Up and Concluding Remarks