Program

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

10:00 AM-4:30 PM Registration Open
10:30-11:00 AM Morning Coffee & Snacks
11:15-11:30 AM Opening Remarks
11:30-12:00 PM IKON Group Keynote Session: Brokers, Market and Myths (Spanish)
12:00-12:45 PM Latin America: The Emerging FX Opportunity (Spanish)
12:45-1:45 PM Lunch
1:50-3:15 PM Invite-Only Speed Networking
3:15-3:45 PM Afternoon Networking Break
4:00-4:45 PM FX Market Strategies for 2015 (Spanish)
4:45-5:15 PM How to Choose the Right Liquidity Partner (English)
5:15-5:30 PM Closing Remarks
6:00-9:00 PM Official After-Party Hosted By Shift Forex

11:15-11:30 AM | OPENING REMARKS

Ian McAfee, Chief Executive Officer, Shift Forex

Ian McAfee is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Shift Forex. Ian brings a deep knowledge of FX markets in industry analytics and metrics, marketing strategy, and business development. At Shift, Ian enables clients to increase market penetration, build global business development strategy, increase conversions at each stage of the marketing-sales cycle, and integrate new products and services. He manages and optimizes large marketing budgets and advises on sales, marketing, and operations. He also established Shift’s Start a Broker program, working with many clients to plan, launch, and grow forex and CFD brokerages. 


11:30 AM-12:00 PM | IKON GROUP KEYNOTE SESSION: Brokers, market and myths (Spanish)

Luis Heras will share a brief history of his journey and formative years as a trader. His beginnings as he ventured through different markets feature a myriad of interesting experiences that have marked his evolution as a trader. The importance of the Forex market and the need for finding a reliable Broker are key aspects in his narrative. He has developed his own system of trading and guidelines covering each of the decisions necessary for success in Trading where he clearly delineates Trading Zones that yield us an advantage. Nowadays, he is a mentor of other traders and a fund manager. He will also tell us of the myths and truths that embody the trading industry.

Luis Heras, Economist, Fund Manager, IKON Group

Luis Heras is a veteran full-time intraday trader. Fund manager specialized in Forex, futures and commodities, operates during the overlap of European and American market. He has experience analyzing various financial markets, creating and adjusting new techniques and monitoring daily trading market opportunities. Manages funds of private clients around the world. Trading A Quemarropa is a proprietary trading system developed since 2008. Luis is a coach for many traders, lecturer and an excellent cook.


12:00-12:45 PM | Latin America: The Emerging FX Opportunity (Spanish)

As the many changes in LATAM unfold we will discuss who is leading the charge in FX and the cultural needs to attract traders. Other topics will include the future of regulation, the emergence of the MXN peso and the demographics of local traders.

Moderator: Jorge E. Gonzalez, Founder & Director, Entendiendo Forex

Jorge is the founder and director of " ENTENDIENDO FOREX: Escuela de Trading " with over 17 years in the FX market in Mexico and 11 years in Institutional Trading. He has been director of sales in FX and derivatives in local banks. He has participated as a lecturer at various universities in Monterrey. He currently teaches" Fundamental and Technical Analysis of the exchange rate " in the Master in Finance at the “Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León”. He collaborates in the magazine " Trading & Risk" and Instructor Module FX of a Graduate program of RiskMathics.

Luis Marino, Managing Partner, IPG Securities

Luis has over 28 years of worldwide experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining IPG, he co-founded and developed two successful asset management firms: Pali Capital’s GPIM Credit Management Group and Forefront Advisory. In 2005 he retired from Merrill Lynch & Co., as a Managing Director after holding a number of leadership positions for twenty years.

Luis Sanchez, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Merchant Financial Ltd.

Luis came to Geneva in 2005 from Lima, Peru. He was hired by Dukascopy Bank at the end of 2006 in order to target and develop the Spanish market within his 12 years of solid background in sales, finance, and business development. When Dukascopy became a Swiss Bank helped to managed solutions for institutional counterparties in Europe and America, increasing the efficiency and productivity of the client’s data base, and became the Head of white label partnerships for Europe and America.

Mario Saudino, Head of Spanish and Latin American Markets, IKON Group

Mario Saudino is backed by years of administrative experience as well as an extensive accounting background that allowed him to foster a career in Forex Trading under the mantle of IKON Group since 2010 at their Beijing office. It was under this tutelage that he developed a special interest in the advancement of client relations and market development through recognition of behavioral trends of the market and trading needs, which in turn has resulted in increased investment.

Manfred Wagner, Executive Director, BelforFX

Manfred Wagner has over 15 years experience in the capital markets having founded Broadmore Financial, a company regulated by the NFA in America. Today is the Executive Director of BelforCapital group and BelforFx a global financial organization that offers a comprehensive range of solutions, products and investment platforms for individual, corporate and institutional clients.


1:50-3:15 PM | INVITE-ONLY SPEED NETWORKING

The Speed Networking session is a way to meet with many Forex professionals all at one time, in one convenient place saving you both cost and time. It’s a structure session with short rounds of introductions in small group formats for 4-5 people. Each mini-meeting is brief—5 minutes long—to help establish initial contact and open the door for future discussions and business.

This is an invite-only Speed Networking session. If you received an email invitation, you may participate in the activity at the conference. We have a limited number of spots available, so please confirm your participation as soon as possible prior to the event.

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4:00-4:45 PM | FX Market Strategies for 2015 (Spanish)

Top forex industry leaders will discuss their views on trading forex strategies and trends for the coming year. Topics will include algorithmic trading vs manual, technical and fundamental analysis recommendations and the outlook on the Mexican peso.

Moderator: Fernando Andrade, Regional Director, CFH Clearing Limited

Fernando runs sales and business development for forex brokers, fund managers and technology providers within Latin America and Spain. He Specializes in designing and implementing business development strategies, encompassing advanced execution and liquidity solutions as well as front-end platforms, technology infrastructure.

Miguel Blando, Independent Trader

Miguel Blando is a Trader with over 20 years experience in FX markets and Fix Income. He has worked during this time in national banks and foreign banks in Mexico in recent years has been dedicated to manage Prop funds in the institutions in which he has worked.

Humberto Fernández, CFD's, FX Market & Money Manager Trader, Sistema De Ondas

Humberto is the founder of Sistemadeondas.com with a degree in Business Administration Masters in Financial derivatives. He is currently a full time trader in the Forex and CFD market for almost 10 years now, he also tutors and directs the project called Premium Landmarks in which issues daily trading signals.

Luis Heras, Economist, Fund Manager, IKON Group

Luis Heras is a veteran full-time intraday trader. Fund manager specialized in Forex, futures and commodities, operates during the overlap of European and American market. He has experience analyzing various financial markets, creating and adjusting new techniques and monitoring daily trading market opportunities. Manages funds of private clients around the world. Trading A Quemarropa is a proprietary trading system developed since 2008. Luis is a coach for many traders, lecturer and an excellent cook.

Gilberto Mendez, Chief Investment Officer, Co-Founder of Red Ivy Capital

Gilberto Mendez is Chief Investment Officer of Red Ivy Capital. Red Ivy Capital is a quantitative Investment Registered Advisor that focuses on Global Equities and Foreign Exchange. He oversees all investment strategy, proprietary models and portfolio management. Prior to co-founding Red Ivy Capital, he was Head of Trading and Partner at SMB Capital, a proprietary trading firm in New York that features an elite training program.

Juan Carlos López Piña, Director of Product Exchange, Intercam Bank

Juan Carlos is Director of Foreign Exchange at Intercam Banco. Intercam Banco is part of Intercam Grupo Financiero, Juan Carlos is the Head of  Foreign Exchange products such as electronic platforms, telephone banking currency, dollar prepaid cards and other currencies, additionally he worked as a Director of FX / Swaps. Before joining Bank Intercam worked in Banco Serfin as FX Regional Manager.


4:45-5:15 PM | HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT LIQUIDITY PARTNER (English)

These days everyone is offering liquidity with what they claim is a better model. STP, B-Book, and tracking execution performance are decisions faced by every broker. Find out what's best for your FX business as we dive into the details.

Moderator: Ian McAfee, Chief Executive Officer, Shift Forex

Ian McAfee is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Shift Forex. Ian brings a deep knowledge of FX markets in industry analytics and metrics, marketing strategy, and business development. At Shift, Ian enables clients to increase market penetration, build global business development strategy, increase conversions at each stage of the marketing-sales cycle, and integrate new products and services. He manages and optimizes large marketing budgets and advises on sales, marketing, and operations. He also established Shift’s Start a Broker program, working with many clients to plan, launch, and grow forex and CFD brokerages.

Bernardo Martinez, VP, Support in Latin America, UNITRADER

Bernardo has 5 years of experience as Support Manager of LATAM and over 10 years of experience in the industry, understanding the market with all sorts of trading strategies and platforms. He also has the ability to understand the different requirements for industry participants.

Nick Mortimer, Head of Prime Brokerage and Clearing, CFH Clearing Limited

Nick has over 27 years’ experience in Foreign Exchange working at some of the major institutions including Investment Banks, Institutional and Retail Brokers. In a diverse career he has covered a full spectrum of positions within Foreign Exchange including Trading, Product Management, Business Development, Liquidity Management, E-FX and Prime Brokerage. Nick joined CFH Clearing 3 years ago bringing this unique background to evolve the company from an Institutional Broker into a major Prime of Prime provider.

Mushegh Tovmasyan, Founder & CEO, Divisa Capital

Mushegh Tovmasyan is the founder and CEO of Divisa Capital with over 10 years experience in the online trading industry under his belt. His management experience in FX and CFD space spans regulated companies in USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and New Zealand most recently serving as Chief Commercial Officer with Alpari Group. Mushegh is fluent in English, Spanish, Armenian and Russian.


5:15-5:30 PM | Closing Remarks

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Moderator: Fernando Andrade, Regional Director, CFH Clearing Limited

Fernando runs sales and business development for forex brokers, fund managers and technology providers within Latin America and Spain. He Specializes in designing and implementing business development strategies, encompassing advanced execution and liquidity solutions as well as front-end platforms, technology infrastructure.