Cross-border Regulation of Financial Markets


John Rega

Chief Correspondent, Financial Services, MLex

Mr Rega joined MLex in July 2009 to lead its coverage and commentary on financial regulatory matters in Europe, and help launch MLex FS, the first financial-services regulatory news outlet in Brussels. He previously spent 12 years at Bloomberg News, split between Brussels and Washington, covering financial regulatory issues along with other policy and corporate news. Before that, Mr Rega edited and reported for publications on tax policy and litigaion at the Bureau of National Affairs in Washington.

Olivier Guersent

Deputy Director General, DG FISMA, European Commission

Mr Guersent graduated with distinction from the “Institut d’études Politiques de Bordeaux” in 1983. He joined the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in 1984, where he carried out many investigations for the French Competition Authority.
He joined the European Commission in 1992, initially with the "Merger Task Force" in the Directorate General for Competition. In the 22 years since then, he has alternated between the private offices of a number of European Commissioners (Karel Van Miert, Michel Barnier and Neelie Kroes) and DG Competition (successively Deputy Head of Unit in charge of cartels, Head of Unit in charge of policy and coordination of cases, Head of Unit merger control, Acting Director “Transport, postal and other services" and, from 2009, Director responsible for the fight against cartels. From 2010 to 2014 he was the head of the private office of Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services. Since 1 July 2014 he has been Deputy Director General.
Married and a father of three children, Mr Guersent is a member of the board of of the non-profit organisation Aremis that provides medical care in the home, primarily to cancer patients in the Brussels area. He is a regular lecturer to postgraduate university students.

Neena Gill

Member of the European Parliament

Ms Gill is current Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, UK. She is a full member of the Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs, and substitute for the Committee of Foreign Affairs. Ms Gill is also First Vice-President to the Delegation for Relations with India, and a member of the Delegation to the US.
This is her third term as MEP for the area, having previously served from 1999 to 2009. During the previous terms Ms Gill was President of EP Delegation for Relations with India, President (2004–2007) of EP Delegation for Relations with South Asia and SAARC countries, Vice President (2002–2004) of EP Delegation for Relations with South Asia, ASEAN and SAARC countries. She was also Member of The Legal Affairs Committee, and a member of the Budgets Committee, Ex-Officio member of the SAARC Delegation in 2007, and the ITRE Committee - Industry, Research and Energy. Furthermore, during this time she was also part of the Delegation ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and Member of the EU Election Observation Mission to unprecedented democratic elections in Nepal.
During her years out of office Ms Gill worked as the Vice-President for Corporate Affairs in the SAS software company.
Prior to becoming an MEP, she was a CEO of two housing organisations. She also graduated in Social Sciences, has a post-graduate professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Housing, and is an alumna of the London Business School.

Chris Allen

Global Head of Regulatory Policy, Barclays

Mr Allen is Managing Director and Global Group Head of Regulatory Policy.
His responsibilities include heading regulatory policy, on a global basis, for bank structural reform, regulatory capital, resolution and financial market reform across Investment Banking, the Corporate Bank, Wealth Management, Retail and Business Banking and Barclaycard.
Mr Allen is also the Global Group Head of Legal for Bank Structural Reform, leading the legal teams delivering, among others, the ring-fencing of UK retail banking and US IHC requirements.
Mr Allen was previously Head of Legal for Markets in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Central Asia and the bank’s most senior Counsel for Markets globally.
He is Chairman of the British Bankers Association Wholesale Policy Committee and also Chairman of the Bank of England’s FX Joint Standing Committee Legal Group. He is a member of The European Securities Market Authority’s Secondary Markets Standing Committee Consultative Working Group. In the US, he is also a member of the CFTC’s Global Markets Advisory Committee.
Mr Allen has testified in Congress on the Dodd Frank Act (Title VII and Volcker), appeared on numerous SEC, CFTC and Congressional roundtables on financial markets and banking reform.
Mr Allen is a graduate of Oxford University and a Barrister of the Middle Temple.

Judith Hardt

Managing Director, Swiss Finance Council

Ms Hardt is the Managing Director of the Swiss Finance Council which engages in dialogue around policy developments in finance at a European and international level. It represents the interests of internationally active Swiss financial institutions.
Before joining the Council in 2014, Ms Hardt led the Federation of European Stock Exchanges through two successive EU legislatures. She was nominated for the ‘Decade of Excellence Award’ for her work at FESE by Financial News.
For close to 15 years, she headed the European Mortgage Federation (EMF). Whilst at the EMF, she was instrumental in launching the European Covered Bond Council (ECBC).
Ms Hardt is a lecturer at the Sovay Business. She teaches ‘Financial Infrastructures’ for the Advanced Master in Financial Markets.
In 2011, she was elected Vice-Chair of the Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group. She is currently serving her second term.

Simon Puleston Jones

Chief Executive Officer, FIA Europe

Mr Puleston Jones is CEO of FIA Europe, the European industry association for exchange traded and cleared derivatives relating to financial futures, swaps and commodities. FIA Europe provides coverage of the global derivatives markets through its affiliation with its peer associations FIA (in the US) and FIA Asia. Previously, he headed the European legal coverage for Futures and OTC Clearing for Barclays and was one of their lead lawyers dealing with regulatory change. The first fifteen years of his career as a solicitor were spent advising global investment banks on a wide range of structured finance and derivative transactions in OTC and securitised format, both in-house and at the international City law firm Simmons & Simmons.
He regularly speaks at conferences around the globe and writes on various subjects relating to regulatory change.

Helen Stylianou

Assistant Secretary, Services and WTO Trade Policy Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

Ms Stylianou is Assistant Secretary in the Office of Trade Negotiations in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where she has responsibility for managing Australia’s trade policy in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in services trade negotiations. She is Australia’s lead Services negotiator to the WTO and is co-chairing, with the European Union and United States, negotiations on the Trade in Services Agreement in Geneva. Ms. Stylianou served as Counselor in Australia’s Permanent Mission to the WTO in Geneva from 2008 to 2011, and was Chair of the WTO Committee on Trade in Financial Services (2010-11). In addition to her posting to Geneva WTO, she has been posted to Australia’s Embassy and Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna (1999-2003).