More Panel Topics & Panelists Announced 

for 89th Annual Market Structure Conference!

We continue to finalize the agenda and speakers for STA's 89th Annual Market Structure Conference. We greatly appreciate all speakers and panelists, and their willingness to share their time and insights.

Returning This Year: Virtual-Only Panels 

Virtual-only panels will be announced next week! 

This year's program will once again include exclusive virtual-only panels that will be available during Thursday's Networking Lunch. Topics that we anticipate covering include: Mid-Term Election Update, Private Markets and ETF's. 

Note that all session days, times and descriptions are subject to change.

In-Person and Virtual Registration is Open!

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Preliminary Program at a Glance*

Tuesday, Oct. 11

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Registration Reception

(For Tuesday arrivals)

Wednesday, Oct. 12

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

STA Advisory Committee Meetings

(Invitation required)

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

7th Annual STA Women in Finance Symposium

Keynote Speaker: Erin Gibbs, CIO, Main Street Asset Management

(Limited seating)

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

General Conference Welcome Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

Kate McAllister, 2022 STA Chair of the Board

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Interview: Hester Peirce, Commissioner, SEC

Moderator: John Ramsay, IEX Exchange

Hester M. Peirce was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and was sworn in on January 11, 2018. Commissioner Peirce is one of the most vocal proponents of crypto at the federal level in the U.S and has worked in a wide range of roles analyzing and making financial regulation prior to joining the SEC. Commissioner Peirce earned her JD from Yale Law School.

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

The Regulatory Agenda

Panelists: Nat Evarts, State Street Global Advisors, Joe Mecane, Citadel Securities and Joe Wald, BMO

Moderator: Allison Gott, Paxos

Since November 2021, SEC Chair Gary Gensler has put forth multiple rule proposals on a wide range of topics that have been material in their design. It can be said that the SEC's regulatory agenda is its most ambitious since being founded in 1934. This fireside discussion will describe the industry's reaction to those proposals that greatly impact the equity markets.

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Interview: Caroline Pham, Commissioner, CFTC

Moderator: Jeanine Hightower-Sellitto, Atomyze

Caroline D. Pham was sworn in as a CFTC Commissioner on April 14, 2022, after being nominated by President Joseph Biden and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Commissioner Pham is a recognized leader in financial services compliance and regulatory strategy and policy, with deep expertise in derivatives and capital markets, as well as emerging issues such as digital innovation. Commissioner Pham has a JD from George Washington University Law School.

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Interview: Michael Blaugrund, COO, NYSE Group

Moderator: Jack Miller, Baird

Michael Blaugrund is Chief Operating Officer at the New York Stock Exchange, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Intercontinental Exchange. Mr. Blaugrund is responsible for overseeing strategy and operations of NYSE Group’s five equities exchanges and two options exchanges. Additionally, he oversees the NYSE/FINRA Trade Reporting Facility and NYSE Bonds fixed income exchange.

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Interview: Douglas Cifu, CEO, Virtu Financial

Moderator: Richard Repetto, Piper Sandler

2022 has seen much public debate about equity market structure, and Douglas Cifu, CEO of Virtu Financial, has been front and center. Piper Sandler’s Richard Repetto will get Mr. Cifu’s assessment on the general state of the equity markets while also asking him to address some of the concerns being expressed by our industry's regulators. 

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception



Thursday, Oct. 13

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Morning Yoga

(Limited seating)

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Interview: Dan Gallagher, Chief Legal Officer, Robinhood and Steve Quirk, Chief Brokerage Officer, Robinhood

Moderator: Jamie Selway, Sophron Advisors

Hear from Dan Gallagher, former SEC Commissioner who now serves as Chief Legal Officer for Robinhood and Steve Quirk as they discuss Robinhood’s vision of further democratizing investing and some of the controversial topics surrounding the firm such as payment for order flow, gamification, cryptocurrency and more. 

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Interview: Robert Cook, President & CEO, FINRA

Moderator: Cass Sanford, OTC Markets Group

Robert W. Cook is President and CEO of FINRA and Chairman of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Cook served as the Director of the Division of Trading and Markets of the SEC. Mr. Cook will speak to FINRA's regulatory agenda and describe areas where FINRA is seeking industry input.

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Digital Assets

Panelists: Dmitri Galinov, 24Exchange, Brian Mulcahy, StoneX Digital and Craig Salm, Grayscale

Moderator: Jeff Bell, Eventus Systems

Senior executives will outline the market structure similarities and differences between digital assets versus equities, options and FX. Panelists will also share their opinions on the current state of the digital asset market and the forces that will influence the evolution of its market structure, regulation and place in the financial ecosystem.

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Listed Options

Panelists: Anthony Denier, WeBull, Stino Milito, DASH Financial Technologies and Erik Swanson, Simplex Trading

The increase of options trading by retail investors has led to a regulatory spotlight on this asset class. Additionally, there are some market participants calling for a review of and possible updates to certain longstanding practices with regards to market structure. This panel will provide a holistic view of listed options market structure and the investor experience. 

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Interview: Ed Tilly, Chairman/CEO, Cboe Global Markets

Moderator: Julie Bauer, OCC

Ed Tilly is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Cboe Global Markets, Inc., a leading provider of global market infrastructure and tradable products. Under Mr. Tilly's leadership, Cboe has continued defining markets and expanded its role as a market leader, providing cutting-edge trading, clearing and investment solutions to market participants worldwide.

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Interview: Haoxiang Zhu, Director, Division of Trading & Markets, SEC

Moderator: Sapna Patel, Morgan Stanley

Haoxiang Zhu is Director, Division of Trading & Markets at the SEC. Mr. Zhu also serves as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Finance Department Editor at Management Science, and Associate Editor at the Journal of Finance. He earned a BA in mathematics and computer science from the University of Oxford and a PhD in finance from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


Panelists: Ashley Banfield, Fidelity Investments, Bojan Petrovich, J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Tammy Wiggs, T. Rowe Price

Moderator: Geoff Bernard, KeyBanc Capital Markets

A panel of senior executives from some of the largest asset managers in North America will provide insights into the forces driving decisions on accessing liquidity and achieving operational efficiency.

2:15 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Outsourced & Supplementary Trading

Panelists: Matt Krebs, CAPIS, Timothy O'Halloran, Tourmaline and 

Jonathan Slavin, UBS

Recent surveys show that more than one-third of asset managers see outsourcing or supplementary trading relationships as a means to achieve operational efficiencies and a strategy to address the ever changing regulatory and competitive forces. The rise of outsourced trading firms, the evolution of the offering (including the expansion into supplemental trading), the types of firms offering outsourced trading, and the factors driving success (or failure) of an outsourced trading relationship will be discussed.

2:55 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Electronic Trading

Bob Cioffi, ION, Troy Draizen, JonesTrading, Rob Maher, Bank of America Securities and Dave Mechner, Pragma LLC

The growing evolution in technology is creating innovations for electronic trading across all asset classes. The ability to trade 24/7 cross-border requires overcoming not just legacy systems, but also legacy mindsets. Panelists will offer their views and visions on the future of electronic trading and the catalysts that will drive it.

3:35 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Alternative Trading Systems, "ATS's"

Panelists: Stephen Berte, BIDS Trading, Armando Diaz, PureStream and 

Roman Ginis, IntelligentCross

Moderator: Anna Ziotis Kurzok, Jefferies

The mix of consolidation and new entrants regarding ATS's is an indicator of the valuable role they play in our marketplace. This panel will address the considerable innovation and recent regulatory actions around ATS's used in equity markets and how these forces will impact their role in the future. 

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Exchange Differentiation

Panelists: Rizwan Awan, TMX Group, Adrian Griffiths, MEMX, 

Adam Inzirillo, Cboe Global Markets and Clare Saperstein, NYSE

Exchange competition is no longer just about price, speed and liquidity. Exchange representatives will explain how the differentiation between exchange offerings continues to grow with the introduction of new products and services such as order types, retail liquidity programs, multi-asset trading and more.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Dinner & Entertainment

Comedian Pat McGann

Friday, Oct. 14

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Run/Walk around DC National Mall

in recognition of

Catch A Lift Fund

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

General Session

To Be Announced Soon!

Thank You to Our 2022 Sponsors!


BMO | Cboe Global Markets | ION | MEMX | NYSE | Robinhood


24 Exchange | Bank of America Securities | BIDS Trading |

Citadel Securities | Citi | Clear Street | Eventus | Grayscale |

GTS Securities | IntelligentCross | JonesTrading | KeyBanc Capital Markets |

OTC Markets Group | Pragma | PureStream | Refinitiv | State Street Global Advisors | StoneX Group | TMX Group | Tourmaline UBS | Webull



Apex Fintech Solutions | Baird | Blue Ocean Technologies Broadridge Financial Solutions | BXS | Canadian STA | CAPIS | Charles Schwab & Co. | CIBC Capital Markets | Clearpool | CME Group | Credit Suisse | DASH Financial Technologies | DTCC | Exegy Fidelity Capital Markets | Flow Traders | Forefront Communications | Hudson River Trading | Hyannis Port Research IEX Exchange | IMC | Instinet | Invesco | Jane Street | Jefferies | Lime Financial | Liquidnet | Matrix Executions | MCAP | MIAX Exchange Group | Morgan Stanley | Nasdaq Private Markets | OCC | Oppenheimer | Optiver | Paxos | S3 | Simplex Investments | Susquehanna | Two Sigma Securities | Virtu Financial | Wells Fargo Securities



BNY Mellon | Boston STA | BOX Options Exchange | Canaccord Genuity Group | Canadian Securities Exchange | Chicago Trading Company | Coalition Greenwich | Curvature Dallas STA | Davis Wright Tremaine | Denver STA | E*TRADE | Financial Information Forum | FlexTrade | Georgia STA |

Group One Trading | Guzman & Company | InvestX | LeveL ATS |

LiquidityBook | Mid-Atlantic STA | Minnesota STA | Piper Sandler |

Rosenblatt Securities | San Francisco STA | Siebert Williams Shank & Co. |

STA Chicago | STA Connecticut | STA New York | STA Wisconsin |

TD Securities | Walleye Capital | WEX | Williams & Jensen

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