2nd Annual QED Conference on The future of European Financial Infrastructure


Nicholas Lincoln

Group Head of Market Risk, LCH

Nicholas Lincoln is the Group Head of Market & Liquidity Risk at LCH. Before joining LCH in 2011, he was the Chief Risk Officer for EMEA at Newedge Group, part of the Société Générale, for nine years.

Patrick Pearson

Head of Unit - Financial Markets Infrastructure, DG FISMA, European Commission

Patrick Pearson is Head of Unit of Financial Markets Infrastructure in the European Commission’s Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union Directorate General. He previously headed the Resolution and Crisis management teams and was responsible for the Financial Services Action Plan.

Before joining the European Commission in 1987, Patrick Pearson worked for the legal service and the foreign financial market affairs divisions in Dutch Finance Ministry in The Hague.

He has a lawdegree from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Bruce Savage

Head of Euorpe, FIA

Biography coming soon.

Dmitrij Senko

Chief Risk Officer, Eurex Clearing

Biography coming soon.

Michalis Sotiropoulos

Head of Brussels office, DTCC

Michalis Sotiropoulos is Director of Government Relations for Europe and Head of DTCC’s Brussels office.

Michalis plays a key role in shaping, managing and executing DTCC's public policy as well as representing positions to officials of the European Union and its Member States He represents DTCC in dealings with other European bodies, such as market regulators, central banks and industry associations and is responsible for communicating DTCC's European policy agenda and for building upon existing relationships with key individuals and groups in the public policy-making process. In addition, he represents DTCC at relevant fora, advises senior management on pending legislation and policy issues as well as on political risks and provides input to DTCC line business managers about European issues relevant to their products. Michalis joined the DTCC in 2011 and since then has worked on a variety of policy and regulatory topics including capital markets, market infrastructure, securities clearing and settlement, derivatives, collateral management, FinTech (distributed ledger and cloud computing in particular), cybersecurity as well systemic risk and political risk topics.

He joined from APCO Worldwide, a large public affairs advisory firm, where he provided advice to a plethora of corporate and government clients on energy, environment, financial markets and transport issues. He has worked for the European Commission as well as for a few thinks tanks in Greece.

Michalis has a MA on Globalisation and Development from the University of Warwick (Coventry, UK) and a BA in International and European Studies from Panteion University of Humanities and Social Sciences (Athens, Greece). He has also executive trainings on Political Risk from NYU Stern School of Business (NYC, USA) and on Global Risks from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy).

Michalis has a passion for history, philosophy and music; he is an amateur drummer and percussionist.

Kirston Winters

Managing Director, Co-Head of Product Management for MarkitSERV, IHSMarkit

Kirston Winters is managing director at IHS Markit and co-head of product management for MarkitSERV, the largest, global service for processing OTC derivatives trades. He is also responsible for MarkitSERV's cross asset real-time public and regulatory transaction reporting service which launched in 2011 and heads product management for our MiFID II offering.

Prior to joining the firm in 2009, Kirston served as Director of Business Development at the DTCC Deriv/SERV LLC subsidiary of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC). Early in his career, he worked at Barclays Capital where he held various roles in OTC derivatives. Kirston holds a BSc in economics from the University of Manchester.