Judging Panel

Peter McCready is the editor of International Custody and Fund Administration and will be chairing this year’s judging panel. Peter has worked on a number of financial services titles over the past 10 years, including Bloomberg Money, International Money Marketing and Financial IT.

Dr Werner Fry, a Swiss national, is the chief executive officer of the European Securities Forum (ESF). ESF represents major international banks operating in the European securities markets. Its prime objective is the creation of an efficient pan-European capital market through consolidation and integration of its securities infrastructure. Prior to joining ESF in 2002, he advised financial institutions, particularly securities infrastructure organisations in Europe. Earlier in his career he occupied senior positions in banking, and, from 1988 to 1997, was a member of the executive board of Bank Leu, since 1990 part of the Credit Suisse group.

Dr Chris Sier is an industry authority on the operational management of derivatives by the buy-side. He has advised a range of market participants including investment managers, service providers, brokers and IT vendors, on strategic and operational issues relating to derivatives, as well as other operational issues. He is a regular conference speaker and is widely quoted in the press. Chris is a director of Alpha Financial Markets Consulting, the well known buy-side strategy and benchmarking consultancy. He also spent several years at CSTIM (Morse) and AT Kearney before Alpha. In addition, Chris spent seven years as a police officer in Edinburgh after completing his PhD.

Jeremy Charles is chief operating officer at Thames River Capital. Jeremy joined Thames River in October 2006 as Chief Operating Officer. With extensive experience in the wealth management industry and investment banking, he has responsibility for general management: operations, finance, administration, information technology and trading infrastructure. Jeremy was previously at management consultants CSTIM (advising major financial services businesses on a range of investment management issues such as strategy, product development, platform implementation and outsourcing), prior to which he was COO of both UBS Private Bank and Coutts NatWest Group. He also spent seven years with HSBC Group as Group COO of James Capel. Earlier positions were held with Security Pacific Hoare Govett, Midland Bank Plc and Coopers & Lybrand Chartered Accountants. Jeremy is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England & Wales).

With guest judges including

Alex Beveridge is currently the editor-in-chief of Global Pensions and Professional Pensions and prior to this he was editor of Global Pensions. And as of 1st October he will be editor-in-chief of award winning Investment Week.

Victor Anderson has been editor of Buy-Side Technology for the last eight years covering the latest technological developments for global buy-side firms. His role involves a close working relationship with senior representatives at hedge funds and asset management firms as well as the technology vendors and service providers within the space.

The judging process:

This year ICFA will be leading from the front in the provision of transparency, with a new judging system for the European Awards. Although the categories will remain broadly the same as in previous years, we have decided to make the judging criteria for each award available in the public domain.

Whereas in the past applicants were judged on a generic submission accompanied by client testimonials, this year we will be asking questions that are specific to each award. For example, for securities lender of the year, questions will focus on the ability to secure hard-to-borrow stocks, volume, rates and innovation. Some questions will, however, be standardized across most award categories including:

Significant client wins

As in previous years we welcome submissions accompanied by relevant testimonials

Rather than simply submitting scores for each shortlisted entry, this year the judges will physically meet to debate the winners of each category. In addition, specialist “guest” judges will offer advice in specific categories such as “European Pension Fund Custodian of the Year “.

In addition, companies that sponsor the awards or the awards supplement will be able to receive a more detailed breakdown of their feedback. Which areas did they perform exceedingly well, where did the judges feel they could have improved etc?

We hope you agree that this new process will offer an unprecedented degree of transparency in what has traditionally been a very opaque process.


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