QED Conference on the MiFID/MiFIR review: Markets structure & Transparency


Rebecca Christie

Visiting fellow, Bruegel

Rebecca Christie is a Visiting Fellow at Bruegel, the Brussels-based European affairs think tank.

She worked in financial journalism from 1999-2016, reporting for the Financial Times, Dow Jones/the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News. That time included 13 years in Washington, covering the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve and U.S. bank regulators, as well as five years in Brussels as Bloomberg’s senior economics and politics correspondent. Since 2017 she has been an occasional contributor to outlets including the BBC, RTE Irish Broadcasting, the Irish Times and IMF Finance & Development magazine. She also served as expert advisor to the European Economic and Social Committee’s working group on corporate taxation.

She served as the lead author on “Safeguarding the Euro: The Inside Story of the ESM in Times of Crisis,” the official history of the European Stability Mechanism. She is a graduate of Duke University and holds a master’s degree in public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.


Niels Brab

Head of Group Regulatory Strategy, Government Relations & Political Affairs, Chief Regulatory Officer, Deutsche Börse Group

Niels Brab is Head of Group Regulatory Strategy and the Chief Regulatory Officer of Deutsche Börse Group. His area houses teams including Government Relations and Political Affairs, Regulatory Analytics, Regulatory Operations as well as Group Sustainability and ESG Regulation. As part of his mandate, Niels covers key regulatory and political issues across the value chain of Deutsche Börse Group, including on market data and indices, trading, as well as clearing and settlement. Representing DBG in a variety of key fora and associations, such as the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) and the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE), Niels' expertise includes a variety of important financial regulatory dossiers, including MiFID, EMIR, FTT, CMU, CSDR, CRR/ CRD, IFR, SFTR, MAD, PRIIPs, and BMR. Before his appointment as Head of Group Regulatory Strategy and Chief Regulatory Officer, Niels was the Head of Government Relations as well as Head of Representative Office Brussels at Deutsche Börse Group, positions he still holds in parallel. Prior to joining Deutsche Börse Group, Niels worked at a number of consultancies, including FTI Consulting and Fleishman-Hillard, and founded his own consultancy EURObjective. Niels holds an LLM in European Law and an MSc in Public Policy and Human Development from the University of Maastricht.

Markus Ferber

Member of the European Parliament

Biography coming soon.

Simon Gallagher

Head of Markets, Euronext

Simon Gallagher is Head of Cash and Derivatives at Euronext, with overall P&L responsibility for these activities, including the product offer, market model, client strategy and liquidity programmes. He is a member of the Extended Managing Board of Euronext. Prior to this role, he held several positions within Euronext in Corporate Finance and Strategy, and occupied various roles in the oil and gas sector. He is a CFA charter-holder who holds an MBA from the University of Birmingham and a degree in Economics from the University of Surrey.

Matthijs Geneste

Supervisor Capital Markets Infrastructure - Capital Markets International Desk, AFM

Matthijs Geneste joined the AFM in 2019 as a Supervisor in the AFM’s Capital Markets supervision team where he coordinates the Capital Markets International Desk. His primary focus is on a broad range of supervision and policy topics related to EU secondary market structures and transparency. He is currently involved in the AFM work around the review of MiFID and MiFIR and is a participant in various European policy and technical working groups. Previously, Matthijs worked as Global Coordinator Regulatory Affairs at ABN AMRO Clearing Bank N.V. where he supported the Managing Board with regulatory driven changes. Matthijs commenced his career as a strategy consultant with Booz & Company in London. Prior to joining ABN AMRO Clearing, Matthijs worked as consultant on financial regulation for an Amsterdam-based boutique firm with a clear focus on MiFIDII and EMIR. Matthijs read History and Public International Law at Leiden University.

Claudia Gonzalez Cabanillas

Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs, J.P. Morgan

Claudia joined J.P.Morgan’s Office of Regulatory Affairs in August 2013. Claudia specialises in EU Financial Markets Policy initiatives and she is responsible for analyzing and determining the firm's views on regulatory proposals and identifying the appropriate mechanism for advocacy for the firm. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Claudia spent five years working at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the United Kingdom as the EU Policy Liaison in the Markets Monitoring Department. Among her many responsibilities, she represented the FCA on two of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) task forces. Claudia also worked at the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt, Germany in the Directorate General Statistics as well as the European Commission in Brussels in the Directorate General for Development. She holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the Université Libre of Brussels (ULB), an MSc in Development Economics from Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium and an MSc in Economics from University College London (UCL).

Jennifer Keser

Director, Head of Regulation & Market Structure, Tradeweb

Biography coming soon.

Simona Serio

Senior Legal Officer - International Policy Expert, Market Infrastructures Surveillance Office, CONSOB

Experienced Lawyer with a proven history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Securities and Capital Markets Law and Regulatory Affairs, as well as International Relations. Since joining Consob in 2012, she has been involved in international and European policy and technical working groups in the capital markets sector. As part of the Market Infrastructure Surveillance Office at Consob, she has developed in depth experience of market structure and trade transparency matters, supervising Italian market infrastructures and participating to the relevant international policy groups.

Piebe Teeboom

Secretary General, FIA European Principal Traders Association

As Secretary General for the FIA European Principal Traders Association (FIA EPTA), Piebe Teeboom is responsible for directing FIA EPTA’s policy and advocacy work. FIA EPTA’s 29 members are the leading market makers and liquidity providers for end-investors across Europe. Prior to joining FIA EPTA in April 2016, Mr Teeboom was the policy lead for MiFID II related trading issues at the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM).

Mr Teeboom holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Amsterdam.

Marianna Uotinen

Counsellor for Financial Services, Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU

Biography coming soon.

Dr Esther Wandel

Head of Financial Services at the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU

Dr. Esther Wandel is currently heading the financial services unit at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union in Brussels.

Prior to that she was head of division at the German Ministry of Finance in Berlin, where she was responsible for numerous EU files such as sustainable finance, ESA review, securitization and asset management. She has a strong focus on European policy making since she spent seven years working with the European Commission.

From 2013 to 2016 she was a manager at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in London. She started her career at the Banking Supervisory Authority in Berlin. Esther comes from a legal background and holds a doctorate in environmental law.