EquiLend Presents Securities Finance - The Future

Virtual Event


On June 4, 2020, we curated a live-streamed panel of global industry experts representing ICMA, ISLA, RMA and CASLA as they debated the impactful, sudden change that swept across securities finance with COVID-19 and how the industry will navigate the new environment in the future.

With a twofold crisis unfolding in the rapid development of the pandemic, market liquidity and manpower by location were hot topics throughout the event. The discussion broached the shift to remote work and the regulatory implications of protecting staff while adhering to regulation.

The response of the ECB and Fed in order to protect liquidity was questioned as the panelists looked ahead to the coming quarter, querying whether quantitative easing can be sustained at the 2020 level of trillions of dollars.

Watch the one-hour replay below on these topics and more from Godfried De Vidts of the International Capital Market Association (ICMA), Andrew Dyson of the International Securities Lending Association (ISLA), Rob Ferguson of CIBC Mellon and Fran Garritt of The Risk Management Association (RMA), and moderated by EquiLend’s Grant Davies.

Topics Include

  • Will we ever see a complete return “back to the office”?
  • Will “in-sourcing” become the new outsourcing?
  • With virtual trading desks and remote supervision, is regulatory compliance even possible?
  • What are regulators saying about short-selling bans?
  • SFTR, CSDR: Should we expect more delays?

Watch the Replay


Grant Davies

Grant Davies

Head of Sales EMEA

Grant Davies is Head of Sales EMEA for EquiLend, the global technology company for the securities finance, collateral and swaps industries. Grant has more than 25 years of experience in the finance industry, primarily focused on securities finance markets including securities lending, repo and collateral across equities and fixed income. Prior to leading EMEA sales at EquiLend, Grant held sales, relationship management and trading roles at firms including Goldman Sachs, BNY Mellon, HSBC, J.P. Morgan and iShares, as well as consultancy CORE Collateral and trading platform MatchBox. Grant is the founder and board member of the Securities Finance Charity Ball and an active member of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.


Godfried De Vidts

Godfried De Vidts

Senior Advisor

With over 40 years of experience in banking, Godfried has worked to positively influence the deeper development of financial market products and deliver positive advice for prudential, regulatory and central bank policies.

In his capacity as Director of European Affairs for NEX Group/ICAP (2006-2018) and Head of Global Liquidity and Collateral Management at Generale Bank & Fortis (1987-2005), he has advised on European financial and political issues and maintains regular contact with the European Central Banks and Treasuries, the European Commission and European Parliament.

Godfried is currently Senior Advisor to the ICMA European Repo and Collateral Council.

Andy Dyson

Andy Dyson


Andy joined ISLA in 2013 and took over as Chief Executive in mid-2016. As well as leading ISLA’s advocacy efforts with policymakers and regulators, he is also responsible for defining the aims and objectives of the Association and ensuring that it meets the needs and requirements of its member firms across Europe, Middle East & Africa. He regularly participates in panel discussions at conferences and events, representing the interests of the industry and advocating the importance of securities lending to the efficient functioning of the broader capital markets.

Prior to joining ISLA, he held senior product and account management roles across the securities finance industry including Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Prudential M&G and IHS Markit (formerly Data Explorers).

Before joining the world of capital markets, Andy worked in commercial and corporate finance banking including aerospace finance.

Garritt Fran

Director, Securities Lending and Global Markets Risk

Fran Garritt has been with the Risk Management Association (RMA) for twenty years with the last fourteen in Market Risk and Securities Lending and recently Internal Audit. His role includes all aspects of securities lending and regulatory outreach. For market risk, functions revolve around all aspects of funding and traded market risk, counterparty risk, collateral management, model risk and country risk and ensuring that it meets the needs and requirements of its member firms across Europe.

Fran completed the University of Pennsylvania’s RMA/Wharton Advanced Risk Management Program as well as receiving his Master of Business Administration in Finance in addition to International Business from Philadelphia University, and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University.

Rob Ferguson

Rob Ferguson

Chief Capital Markets Officer
CIBC Mellon

Rob Ferguson is Chief Capital Markets Officer at CIBC Mellon.

Rob is responsible for CIBC Mellon’s capital markets functions, including global securities lending, treasury services and foreign exchange processing, and settlement services. He is also responsible for bringing advanced capital markets solutions from BNY Mellon’s Markets Group and CIBC’s Capital Markets group to support Canadian asset servicing clients in navigating today’s complex market environment.

Rob joined CIBC Mellon at the company’s inception in 1996, and his prior roles include: Vice President, Global Securities Lending Product and Client Service; Co-head of Global Securities Lending; Head of Capital Markets, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Product Delivery; and, most recently, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets, Business Development and Relationship Management.

In addition to his 25 years of experience in capital markets and asset servicing, Rob is the past president of the Canadian Securities Lending Association (CASLA).

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