Mr. Hirander Misra, Chairman of Forum Trading Solutions, will call for stricter exchange controls in the wake of “flash crash” events at Golden Networking‘s upcoming High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 London.
Mr. Hirander is the Chairman of trading technology provider Forum Trading Solutions and Managing Director of Misra Ventures, a consultancy providing specialist senior level advisory services helping firms deliver change in market structure, trading and regulatory compliance.
Previously he was a Co-Founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Chi-X Europe Ltd, instrumental in taking the company from concept to successful launch. Established in 2007 by Nomura Holdings subsidiary Instinet, Chi-X Europe was eventually owned by a consortium of major global financial institutions including BNP Paribas, Citadel, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Fortis, GETCO Europe Ltd, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Optiver, Société Générale and UBS. When it launched, Chi-X Europe was the first multilateral trading facility that launched in anticipation of the European Union’s November 2007 Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), which paved the way for the introduction of alternative trading venues in Europe. At the time of Mr. Hirander’s departure in February 2010, Chi-X Europe was the second largest equities trading venue in Europe, just behind the LSE Group and was subsequently sold to BATS Global Markets in November 2011 for $365M.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Hirander held a variety of roles in the electronic trading space during his 8 year tenure with Instinet, most notably SVP Head of Product Development and Head of the European Exchange Linkages Group, delivering Instinet, Europe’s direct exchange connectivity product suite, and launching the first European Smart Order Routing system.
Mr. Hirander has continuously urged for stronger exchange-level controls to halt trading in India to avoid a repeat of the crash that occurred on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in October 2012. “Algo trading and High-Frequency Trading isn’t inherently bad. It’s not the volume of orders that’s the problem, it’s about having the right level of monitoring and controls in the core system. Any well-designed modern system with the right checks in place should be able to handle high volumes and unexpected market events.” The India flash crash drew parallels to the 2010 US flash crash that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average to plunge by 9% within five minutes, due to an unconstrained algo trade deployed by a mutual fund, only to recover the majority of losses 20 minutes later.
High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013, “Strategic and Tactical Insights for Investors, Speed Traders, Brokers and Exchanges” will bring insights for investors and speed traders who need to protect and refine their competitive advantage in a world dominated by algorithmic and high-frequency trading. Recognized practitioners, regulators, experts, and strategists will return to High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 to provide attendees with the information they are looking for in an open and unbiased environment, highly conducive to the most efficient and effective networking.
Topics that will be discussed at High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2013 include the movement toward emerging markets, every time more attuned to the use of bots, the regulatory environment, how new technologies are changing the game, including a look at the upcoming regulatory changes that no doubt will be precipitated by Knight Capital’s trading glitch.