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FIX EMEA Trading Conference 2020
Exhibitions and Congresses

The EMEA Trading Conferenceis Europe’s largest one-day electronic trading event. The event will cover the most pressing issues facing the institutional trading community and provide a neutral platform for buy-side, sell-side, exchanges, vendors and regulators to share their ideas on how the community can continue to collaborate. Designed to appeal to all asset classes, the agenda will maintain a great balance of topics across multiple asset classes.

The event will be held virtually. Further information will follow shortly.

11th AM Tech Day
Exhibitions and Congresses

AM TECH DAY is the European market event dedicated to the impact of technological innovation on the asset management industry, gathering asset managers, wealth managers, asset owners, insurers and FinTechs. For its 11th year, the event will be held on 13 October at the Palais Brongniart, Paris.

The health crisis has made it more vital than ever to communicate, talk and work online, effectively boosting the value of all tools that can do this in a fast and secure way. It has also spurred their adoption throughout the asset management industry with the early adopters effectively providing a stress test for the sector.

At the same time, technologies continue to improve, giving professional investors a better handle on the key issues affecting sustainable development and helping them adopt best practice in transparency, equity and security.

Now more than ever, the asset management industry has the means and the opportunity to reinvent itself.

Meet Infront there: Palais Brongniart, 16 Place de la Bourse, at 10:00.

19th COPS Usertreff
Exhibitions and Congresses

As in previous years, COPS invites to their annual COPS user meeting this year from 22 to 23 October 2020 at the Seehotel Rust in Rust on Neusiedlersee.

The customers can expect a versatile and varied program, ranging from innovations in software solutions, successful project reports to practical application examples.

As a strategic partner, COPS gives us the opportunity to present our company and our solutions and show-case the cooperation with COPS.

On site, our colleagues Catherine Hanek, Achim Beisswenger and Sebastian Ullrich will be available for a lively exchange of ideas.

You can find further information here...

SIPUGday 2020
Exhibitions and Congresses

The SIPUGday focuses since the start on market data and related technologies, services and products in the front, back and middle office. Regulations and their impact on data are also a topic for our audience.

Infront and vwd will be represented on site by Ivo Bieri, Managing Director Switzerland. He will be happy to inform you about the advantages for you of the merger of the two companies in the future. We look forward to a lively exchange with you!

October 27, 2020

Marriott Hotel,
Neumühlequai 42
8006 Zurich


DKF 2020, 10. D-A-CH Kongress für Finanzinformationen
Exhibitions and Congresses

We will again be represented at the DKF this year and look forward to your visit to our stand.

Further information will be available here soon or on the official DKF 2020 website.

Quantalys Inside 2020
Exhibitions and Congresses

Further information will be available shortly here or under Quantalys Inside 2020.

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Business Wire

11.10.2019 BUSINESS WIRE: Global Bank Consortium Creates Capital Markets Syndication Platform, DirectBooks™


Industry-led technology solution to improve communications process around primary securities issuance

Richard D. Kerschner named Chief Executive Officer

NEW YORK --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 11.10.2019 --

A group of leading global financial institutions announced today the creation of DirectBooks™, a new technology platform designed to streamline connectivity within the primary market.

The financial institutions partnering to develop this new platform include Bank of America, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo.

Addressing inefficiencies in the marketplace across multiple communication channels, DirectBooks will simplify the primary issuance process through the use of structured data and streamlined communications. The new service will increase the efficiency and accuracy of deal workflow information among market participants by disseminating it through a robust communication platform that can be integrated into underwriter and investor systems to better connect underwriters and their clients. DirectBooks expects to scale globally for primary market offerings.

Richard D. Kerschner has been named as the Chief Executive Officer of Primary Markets LLC, the holding company for DirectBooks. A former NYMEX, CLS and ICAP/NEX Group executive, Rich has over 25 years of strategic and operating experience across technology platforms and capital markets. Rich also has extensive experience as an active FinTech investor and board member. “I am thrilled to have joined DirectBooks at this important stage, and am eager to help drive its evolution for the benefit of the market,” said Rich.

DirectBooks expects to cooperate with OMS providers and members of the buyside technology ecosystem to ensure optimal service for all market participants. BlackRock and the Aladdin platform have already engaged with the company in the development of an enhanced integrated issuance process to bring efficiencies and standardization for buyside participants.

“As an industry-led platform, DirectBooks will offer a centralized hub for communication around primary market transactions and greatly improve the efficiency of the new issue process”, said Andrew Karp, Head of Global Investment Grade Capital Markets at Bank of America (BofA Securities).

“DirectBooks will help drive increased collaboration on a global scale, and has the ability to deliver efficiencies and benefits to all participants in the primary issuance market. While DirectBooks will initially focus on Investment Grade transactions, its functionality should make it a platform of choice for other asset classes in the future,” said Anne Daley, Investment Grade Syndicate at Barclays.

“This initiative represents an important step towards eliminating manual tasks, digitalizing interactions with investors and making the new issue process significantly more efficient,” said Fred Zorzi, Global Head of Primary Markets, BNP Paribas.

“DirectBooks represents a collaborative, non-exclusive effort by the consortium to alleviate the pain points and inefficiencies in the primary market process felt by both underwriters and investors,” said Peter Aherne, Citi Head of North American Investment Grade Capital Markets, Syndicate, and Capital Strategy & Structuring.

“The platform is a great opportunity to systematically and efficiently deliver our capabilities to our clients. We keep governance over the data being generated and the ability to share announcements becomes more transparent resulting in faster communications between market participants. Adding in digitized data makes this the best way to optimize the new issue business,” said Henrik Johnsson, Co-Head of Investment Bank EMEA at Deutsche Bank.

“Communication protocols in the new issue process have remained largely untouched for decades across asset classes. DirectBooks has the capacity to profoundly alter the way in which underwriters and investing clients engage with one another – with substantial benefits on tap for all participants,” said Jonathan Fine, Head of Goldman Sachs’ Investment Grade Syndicate in the Americas.

“We are focused on delivering an efficiency tool that not only offers clients a better execution model than we have today, but is centered on standardization, security, and data protection. We are excited to engage with the broader investor and dealer community on this platform,” said Bob LoBue, Global Head of Fixed Income Syndicate, J.P. Morgan.

“DirectBooks is an example of the underwriter community’s commitment to providing our collective client base a responsive service,” said Paul Spivack, Morgan Stanley Global Head of Fixed Income Syndicate and Co-head of Fixed Income Capital Markets, Americas.

“DirectBooks streamlines the new issuance process by bridging a communications gap between underwriters and investors, allowing for more transparency and improved deal execution,” said John Hines, Global Head of High Grade Debt Syndicate for Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking.

“The creation of DirectBooks is an opportunity to re-engineer the way primary markets function by leveraging technology to improve connectivity, efficiency and accuracy,” said Kamya Somasundaram, Head of Americas Credit Capital Markets at BlackRock. “We are lending our expertise as an investor in the primary market as well as a leading provider of order management systems, investment technology and risk analytics, via the Aladdin platform, to enhance the function of the markets for all investors.”

We look to forward to further communication with industry participants as DirectBooks prepares to launch its services.

About DirectBooks LLC

DirectBooks leverages its technology expertise and the market knowledge of its participants to streamline the primary issuance process. DirectBooks improves efficiency and accuracy for sell-side underwriters and allows the buy-side investor community to focus on the investment process. For additional information on DirectBooks, please visit or contact

Richard D. Kerschner





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