Craig Schiffer, Partner, Sevara Partners, Keynote Speaker at Golden Networking’s Derivatives Leaders Forum 2010

Craig SchifferCraig Schiffer, former Chief Executive Officer of the Americas at Dresdner Kleinwort and Head of U.S. Derivatives at Nomura International, and now with Sevara Partners, will keynote Golden Networking‘s Derivatives Leaders Forum 2010, “Strategies for Increasing Profits under an Evolving Regulatory Framework” (http://www.DerivativesLeadersForum.com), July 22nd, 2010, New York City, sponsored by UltraHighFrequencyTrading.com. Mr. Schiffer will elaborate on “Assessing the Impact of Proposed Regulatory Changes on the Over-The-Counter”.

Over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives are traded and privately negotiated without going through an exchange or other intermediary, with its privacy attracting hedgers and investors seeking higher returns. Now in anticipation of proposed rules to move some the $615 trillion derivatives market to exchange-based trading, brokers and other platforms have been bringing the change themselves. ICAP Energy, a unit of the biggest interdealer energy swaps broker, ICAP PLC, announced last month it would start delivering OTC oil prices on a new electronic trading platform. How these changes in the regulatory environment will reshape the industry? How are traders already easing into the reforms that could potentially crimp their profits? Are banks still taking a wait-and-see approach? Which proactive steps could they take before the new legislation is enacted?

Mr. Schiffer has spent over 30 years in the investment banking business, in Europe, the United States and Asia, consistently building, fixing and restructuring businesses as well as leading them to strategic, structural and financial success. He was most recently Chief Executive Officer of the Americas at Dresdner Kleinwort, based in New York, having joined in London in 2001 as a Managing Director and Executive Committee member in the Global Debt business. Shortly after, he moved to the New York office to be Head of Capital Markets, North America, becoming Chief Executive in early 2003. Under his tenure, he successfully restructured the New York and Latin American businesses from a U.S. $300 million loss in 2002 to a net operating profit of almost U.S. $300 million (on a U.S. $600 million revenue base in 2006). Mr. Schiffer oversaw both the continuing businesses at Dresdner Kleinwort and the Institutional Restructuring Unit, Dresdner’s $9 billion “bad bank” in North America.

Prior to Dresdner Kleinwort, Mr. Schiffer headed Nomura International’s European Fixed Income Division, overseeing all of the capital markets and derivative businesses. At Nomura, he led the business to bottom line profitability for the first time ever in fiscal year 1999-2000. Mr. Schiffer joined Nomura in August 1997 where he was originally responsible for restructuring Nomura’s U.S. derivatives business, implementing robust risk management and achieving operating profitability. He then took on additional responsibility for Nomura’s proprietary businesses in Europe, which grew considerably under his tenure. He was a member of the European Management Board at Nomura International, responsible for strategy and the daily operations of the European businesses.

Prior to Nomura, Mr. Schiffer spent eighteen and a half years at Lehman Brothers. He served in a variety of management roles in both Fixed Income and Equities. As the Global Head of Equity Derivatives at Lehman Brothers, Mr. Schiffer oversaw operations and concentrated on building the business. Before assuming his role as Global Head of Equity Derivatives in October 1994, Mr. Schiffer was the Global Head of Fixed Income Derivatives at Lehman Brothers (1992-1994). In that role, he restructured and took the fixed income derivatives business from a marginal revenue producer and transformed it into one of the most profitable businesses at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Schiffer held a number of other senior management roles in the fixed income business at Lehman including Global Head of Fixed Income Derivative Marketing (1991-1992), Head of High Yield Sales (1990-1991), Co-Head of Fixed Income Trading and Sales in London (1989-1990), Branch Sales Manager for the Money Markets, Governments and Mortgage businesses in San Francisco (1988, the top producing domestic branch office), and Head of the Money Market, Government and Mortgage businesses in London (1985-1987). Mr. Schiffer was Money Market Sales Manager in New York from 1983 to 1984. During this time, he was instrumental in developing and marketing the Money Market Preferred Stock product, a Lehman innovation. He began his career at Lehman in 1978 with the Money Market Sales group. Mr. Schiffer was also an initial member of the Lehman Brothers Finance Committee and Lehman’s representative to the Board of EJV, a street consortium to build an electronic trading system.

Mr. Schiffer served as a Director of the Board, At-Large, of the Bond Market Association and as a member of the Financial Services Industry Roundtable. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of Kent Place School in New Jersey and Chairman of the Board of Saxlingham European Fund. Mr. Schiffer is married with five children and lives in New Jersey. He holds a B.A. with dual honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he serves as a member of the University’s Strategic Advisory Board. He is a member of the New York Stock Exchange, FSA registered and has certification in Series 7, 9, 10, 24 and 63.

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