Dear Colleague,

Despite the realities of the past 18 months, we as individuals and as an industry have continued to demonstrate resilience and perseverance. This will be celebrated at STA’s 88th Annual Market Structure Conference, which is set for Oct. 6-8 at the JW Marriott in Washington DC.

Staging an in-person event under current conditions is no small undertaking. We recognize that you need information in your decision to attend, and to that end, we have provided a brief Conference Update below.

Please know that STA is working closely with the JW Marriott to ensure we are observing all protocols. We will do our best to keep you apprised of any changes along the way.

We will also remain fully transparent with our members and attendees as we believe that is the best recipe for a safe, engaging conference that highlights key issues facing the securities industry while allowing for ample networking opportunities.

However you choose to attend this year's conference, either in person or virtually, we greatly appreciate your support, and we look forward to continuing to fulfill our mission of advocacy, communication, education and service.

I hope to see you in DC!


Jim Toes
President & CEO
Congressman Bill Huizenga
U.S. House of Representatives
Ranking Member
Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship & Capital Markets Subcommittee
*All Times EDT. Times, Speakers & Events Subject to Change.
Session descriptions will be provided after prep calls have been completed.

Wednesday Morning Session
(9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

8:45 a.m.
Welcome Remarks: Andrew D'Amore, STA 2021 Chairman of the Board

9:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.
Interview: Tal Cohen, Head of North American Markets, Nasdaq
Moderator: TBD

10:00 a.m.
Fireside: Competitive Landscape between Brokers & Exchanges
Joe Mecane, Citadel Securities & Jonathan Kellner, MEMX
Moderator: Kimberly Russell, SSGA

10:45 a.m.
6th Annual STA Women in Finance Symposium
Speaker: Heather Brilliant, CEO & President, Diamond Hill Capital Management
Moderators: Kate McAllister, Global Liquidity Partners &
Julie Andress, KeyBanc Capital Markets

Wednesday Afternoon Session
(1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

1:00 p.m.
Interview: Allison Herren Lee, Commissioner, SEC
Moderator: Mina Nguyen, Jane Street

1:30 p.m.
Panel: Achieving Best Execution in Equities & Options
Joe Wald, BMO, Howard Meyerson, Financial Information Forum & Venu Palaparthi, DASH Financial Technologies
Moderator: TBD

2:15 p.m.
Panel: Listed Options Market Structure
Arianne Criqui, Cboe Global Markets & Paul Jiganti, IMC
Moderator: TBD

3:00 p.m.
Interview: Doug Cifu, CEO, Virtu Financial
Moderator: Rich Repetto, Piper Sandler

3:30 p.m.
Interview: Dan Gallagher, Chief Legal Officer, Robinhood
Moderator: Jamie Selway, Sophron Advisors

4:00 p.m.
Presentation: 2021 STA Dictum Meum Pactum Award
Recipient: TBA

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception on Terrace at JW Marriott
then Free Evening

Thursday Morning Session
(9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

9:00 a.m.
Interview: Rep. Bill Huizenga, U.S. House of Representatives
Moderator: Jim Toes, STA

9:30 a.m.
Interview: Stacey Cunningham, President, NYSE Group
Moderator: Matt Billings, Two Sigma Securities

10:00 a.m.
Fireside: Evolving Relationships Between ATS's & the Buyside
Mehmet Kinak, T. Rowe Price & Bryan Harkins, BIDS Trading
Moderator: Jessica D'Alton, UBS

10:45 a.m.
Panel: ETFs: State of Play
Reggie Browne, GTS, Adam Gould, Tradeweb &
Eric Pollackov, Invesco
Moderator: Deborah Fuhr, ETFGI

Thursday Afternoon Session
(1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

1:00 p.m.

1:45 p.m.
Interview: Stephanie Dumont, Executive Vice President, FINRA
Moderator: Cass Sanford, OTC Markets Group

2:15 p.m.
Fireside: SEC Efforts on Market Data & Shortening the Settlement Process
Manisha Kimmel, MayStreet & Greg Lee, Paxos
Moderator: Doug Clark, Credit Suisse

2:45 p.m.

3:15 p.m.
Fireside: Market Structure for Digital Assets
Travis Schwab, Eventus & Greg Tusar, Coinbase
Moderator: TBD

4:00 p.m.
Interview: Honorable J. Chris Giancarlo, Senior Counsel,
Wilke Farr & Gallagher & former CFTC Chairman
Author of #Cryptodad: The Fight for the Future of Money
Moderator: Tom Jessop, Fidelity Digital Assets

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Networking Reception followed by Dinner & Entertainment
Eric Dittelman, Mentalist & Comic

Friday Morning Session
(9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)

Morning of Philanthropy & Recognition

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Annual Run/Walk Around National Mall

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Farewell Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
STA Foundation Awards Presentations

STA 2021 Charity of Choice
Bevon Joseph, Co-Founder, Greenwood Project

STA Affiliate Big Heart for Charity Award Presentation
Recipient: TBA

Individual Big Heart For Charity Award Presentation & Discussion
Recipients: TBA
Moderator: Mark Dowd, Forefront Communications

Registration Information

Registration is based on whether you are attending in-person or virtually.

If you are registering for in-person, take a moment to understand our cancellation policy and Washington DC Mayor's Order 2021-097 on the resumption of mask requirements.

If you are registering virtually, please note the your registration is free if your firm is a sponsor.

Want to know if your firm is sponsoring?

Check out the 2021 Sponsor Directory!
Registration Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received via email by 4:00 p.m. EDT
Friday, September 17, 2021, and may be subject
to a $100 administration fee.

No refunds will be made after September 17, 2021.
Substitutions may be made at any time without penalty.

Mask Requirements

On July 29, 2021, Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2021-097, providing for the resumption of mask requirements indoors as prescribed by DC Health guidance and regulations. See full Order here.
2021 Sponsors

Bank of America Securities | BIDS Trading | BMO Capital Markets |
Cboe Global Markets | Citadel Securities | DASH Financial Technologies | Eventus Systems | GTS Securities | JonesTrading | J.P. Morgan | KeyBanc Capital Markets | MEMX | Nasdaq | NYSE | OTC Markets Group | Robinhood |
State Street Global Advisors | StoneX Group | TMX Group | Tradeweb |
Two Sigma Securities | UBS | Virtu Financial
Baird | BXS | Canadian STA | CAPIS | Clearpool | CME Group | Credit Suisse | DTCC | Fidelity Investments | Exegy | Forefront Communications |
Hudson River Trading | IEX Group | IMC | Instinet | Invesco | Jane Street | Lime Execution | Liquidnet | MayStreet | MCAP | MIAX Exchange Group |
OCC | Oppenheimer | Optiver | Paxos | Piper Sandler | Pragma Trading | S3 | Simplex Trading | Susquehanna | Trillium
24 Exchange | BNY Mellon | Boston STA | BOX Options Exchange |
Canaccord Genuity Group | Canadian Securities Exchange | Chicago Trading Company | Clear Street | Dallas STA | FIF | FlexTrade | Flow Traders | Greenwich Associates | Group One Trading | Guzman & Company | InvestX | LeveL ATS | LiquidityBook | Minnesota STA | Morgan Stanley | Murphy & McGonigle | Rosenblatt Securities | San Francisco STA | Siebert Williams Shank & Co. | STA Chicago | STA Connecticut | STA Georgia |
STA New York | Sterling Trading Tech | TD Securities | Walleye Capital |
Wells Fargo Securities | WEX | Williams & Jensen
2021 Media Partners

Curatia | ETFGI | Fintechna | John Lothian News | The Options Insider | TabbFORUM | Traders Magazine
Conference Update

Program Format
  • The format will be hybrid. Speakers will present on stage at the JW Marriott before a live audience and the content will be livestreamed to a virtual audience.
  • All speakers have expressed an intention to present in person.
  • In the event that Washington DC bans indoor gatherings, we have the capability to go fully virtual. Currently there is no such ban. 

COVID-19 Policy
  • Washington DC is currently under a face mask mandate for indoor activities, aside from eating and drinking. At this time, DC regulations do not require people to wear masks when outdoors.  
  • Mayor Bowser is allowing, but not requiring, businesses to maintain stricter policies such as proof of vaccination.
  • The JW Marriott is adhering to the mask mandate only.
  • See Mayor Bowser's full 2021-097 Order here.

  • We are forecasting an in-person registration of 400 (currently 275) and 1,000 virtually.
  • Virtual registration is free for all employees of sponsoring firms.
  • Cancellations must be received via email by 4:00 p.m. EDT Friday, September 17, 2021, and may be subject to a $100 administration fee.
  • No refunds will be made after September 17, 2021. Substitutions may be made at any time without penalty.
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Sam Belden
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