Marco Bianchetti joined the Financial and Market Risk Management area of Intesa Sanpaolo in 2008. His work covers pricing and risk management of financial instruments across all asset classes, with a focus on new products development, model validation, model risk, fair value adjustments, interest rate modelling, funding and counterparty risk, Quasi Monte Carlo simulations. Since Nov. 2015 he is the head of the Fair Value Policy Office, in charge of the global fair/prudent valuation and IPV policies of Intesa Sanpaolo group. Previously he worked for 8 years in the front office Financial Engineering area of Banca Caboto (now Banca IMI), developing pricing models and applications for interest rate and inflation trading desks. He is the author of a few research papers, adjunct professor of Interest Rate Models at University of Bologna since 2015, and a frequent speaker at international conferences and trainings in quantitative finance and risk management. He holds a M.Sc. in theoretical nuclear physics and a Ph.D. in theoretical condensed matter physics.

Once upon a time there was a classic financial world where all the interest rates were equal and considered a good proxy of the ideal risk-free rate required as basic building block of no-arbitrage pricing theory. In the present financial world after the credit crunch, multiple yield curves and volatility cubes are required to price financial instruments.  The current global reform of interest rate benchmarks is radically changing the scenario, adding more and more interest rates, with important consequences for pricing and risk management of financial instruments, but could also lead us back to a future financial world based again on a classic single-curve (and few volatilities) framework.  In particular, valuation adjustments (XVAs) play a fundamental role in the picture, allowing, under appropriate hypotheses, to smooth some valuation impacts of the transition.

DUFFIE Darrell

Darrell Duffie is the Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. He is also Professor (by courtesy) in the Department of Economics, Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Institute, and Senior Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Duffie is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was the 2009 president of the American Finance Association. From October 2008 to April 2018, Duffie was a member of the board of directors of Moody’s Corporation. From 2013-2017, he chaired the Financial Stability Board’s Market Participants Group on Reference Rate Reform.

Duffie’s research focuses on the design and regulation of capital markets. His research is published in Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and Journal of Finance, among other journals.  His books include How Big Banks Fail (Princeton University Press, 2010), Measuring Corporate Default Risk (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Dark Markets (Princeton University Press, 2012).

I review some of the key upcoming steps in the transition from LIBOR (and EURIBOR) reference rates to new reference rates.  These challenges include the impact of changes in market value associated with the announcement of the LIBOR cessation date. I show that, within the scope of feasible announcement dates for a given cessation date, earlier announcement reduces the volatility of changes in market value caused by the announcement. I review some of the financial products, especially option-embedded products, that  call for new fallback and pricing approaches. In the absence of deep markets for long-term LIBOR swaps and for long-term new-rate swaps, I present an auction-compression approach for converting legacy LIBOR swaps to new-rate swaps.


Marc Henrard is Managing Partner at muRisQ Advisory and visiting professor at University College London.

Over the last 20 years, Marc has worked in various areas of quantitative finance including risk management, trading, software development, and quantitative research. He is also Head of Quantitative Research at OpenGamma and has previously been Head of Interest Rate Modelling for Dexia Group, Deputy Head of Treasury Risk at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and Head of Quantitative Research and Deputy Head of Interest Rate Trading also at BIS.

Marc's research focuses on interest rate modelling and risk management. More recently he focused his attention on market infrastructure (initial margin, product design, quantitative impacts of regulation).  He authored two books: The multi-curve framework: foundation, evolution, implementation and Algorithmic Differentiation in Finance Explained.

KAINTH Dherminder

Dherminder Kainth is part of SRS at the PRA, working in part on the RFR transition at the Bank of England. He joined the PRA in 2018. Before this he was Head of Model Risk at RBS for 17 years, working on the range of models across the organisation focusing on derivative pricing, traded risk measurement, XVA and latterly stress testing. Dherminder is a physicist by training holding a degree/Phd/Postdoctoral work from Cambridge University.

The talk would discuss:

  • Background – why the transition away from Libor needs to happen
  • An introduction to SONIA – the sterling markets choice of risk free rate
  • Discussion of how UK authorities are supporting the transition and elements of Regulatory Strategy (Dear CEO letter)

LATTER Edwin Schooling

Edwin Schooling Latter is Director of Markets and Wholesale Policy at the Financial Conduct Authority where his responsibilities encompass policy in relation to primary and secondary markets, trading venues, trading conduct, benchmarks, asset management and pensions. From 2011-2014 Edwin was head of the Financial Market Infrastructure Directorate at the Bank of England, responsible for supervision of CCPs, securities settlement systems, and systemically important payment systems, and for the Bank’s input to policy making on central clearing and OTC derivatives reforms. Prior to appointment as head of MID, Edwin worked in the Bank’s Financial Stability area for several years, including as secretary to the Bank’s Financial Stability Committee. Edwin was also previously Managing Director of UK payment system, LINK Interchange Network Ltd.


Jon Neale is a past graduate of Cass Business school, graduating from the Financial Mathematics programme. He works as an actuary, focussing on financial reporting and ALM. He is a member of the IFoA LIBOR reform working party.


While focus has been primarily within the banking community and derivatives space, LIBOR reform is also critical to insurers. In addition to derivatives for hedging, investments in floating rate assets, LIBOR is used across the industry and changes will have widespread impacts for insurers and the actuaries who work in them


Hetal Patel is an Investment Director responsible for investment strategy of the With Profits Fund of a large UK Life Insurer. He has over 15 years’ experience working in finance and investment spanning across banking, pensions and insurance sectors. He is an actuary and the Deputy Chair of the IFoA LIBOR reform working party.


While focus has been primarily within the banking community and derivatives space, LIBOR reform is also critical to insurers. In addition to derivatives for hedging, investments in floating rate assets, LIBOR is used across the industry and changes will have widespread impacts for insurers and the actuaries who work in them

ZHU Haoxiang

Haoxiang Zhu is an Associate Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He currently serves as an associate editor of Journal of Finance and Management Science. His main research interests are broadly in asset pricing, especially market structure and market design. He has published research papers in Review of Economic StudiesJournal of FinanceReview of Financial Studies, and Journal of Financial Economics, among others. Zhu's research has won several awards, including the 2017 Amundi Smith Breeden Prize (First Prize) from the Journal of Finance, the 2016 AQR Insight Award Prize (First Prize), the 2015 Kepos Capital Award for Best Paper on Investments from the Western Finance Association, and the 2013 Review of Financial Studies Young Researcher Prize. In 2016, he was named one of the 40 under 40 Best Business School Professors by Poets and Quants.

Haoxiang Zhu actively involves in policy issues on financial markets and financial regulation. He is an academic expert for the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), as well as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Working Group on Financial Markets.

He holds a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Finance from Stanford University Graduate School of Business