State Street and Charles River to discuss front-to-back offering alongside stellar buy-side line-up at the GC Forum

Custodians, asset managers, hedge funds, tech vendors and crypto experts will take to the stage for the second annual Global Custodian Forum to be held in London on 23 May.

By Jonathan Watkins

State Street and newly-acquired technology provider, Charles River Development, will be discussing their front-to-back offering alongside Standard Life Aberdeen and Northern Trust at the Global Custodian Forum in London on 23 May.

The appearance will mark the first time the two companies will speak on stage together post-acquisition about what securities services providers can bring to the front-office.

Global Custodian readers can register for free for the event here.

The $2.6 billion deal for Charles River was a landmark deal for the custodian and sparked widespread discussion within the securities services industry about State Street’s bolstered front-office capabilities for asset managers.

Joining the firms on the panel will also be Mike Tumilty, global chief operating officer for Standard Life Aberdeen and Gary Paulin, global head of integrated trading solutions at Northern Trust.

A blockchain panel later in the day will see Barnaby Nelson, the former head of securities services Greater China and North Asia at Standard Chartered, moderate a discussion on industry-wide adoption of DLT and how they are changing business models. Panellist include representatives from Broadridge, blockchain fund administrator FNZ and digital asset custody platform, Trustology.

Alex Batlin, chief executive officer of the digital asset key safeguarding platform and former global blockchain lead at BNY Mellon will be speaking on behalf of Trustology, with Demi Derem, General Manager, Investor Communication Solutions International at Broadridge, representing the technology giant.

The first panel of the day will see David Weaire, head of operations at Investec, Phillip Chapple, chief operating officer, Monterone Partners and Mack Gill, chief operating officer at Torstone Technology, discussing what is driving the transformation of operation models, and what options there are for the buy-side to overcome efficiency challenges. 

The other panels during the free-to-attend event will discuss ESG strategies becoming more widely used by pension funds and asset managers and how securities services providers keeping up, along with tokenisation, and whether it is a threat or opportunity for custodians.

The full agenda and speaker line-up can be found here. Registration is free for all Global Custodian readers.