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Phillip Capital’s 6th Trading Asia Symposium Recap


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On October 16th, Phillip Capital hosted the 6th Annual Trading Asia Symposium event at the Union League Club of Chicago. The event featured 7 Asian exchanges (SGX, HKEX, ICE SG, JPX, KRX, TAIFX and DME, an event newcomer) and an IT vendor within the Asian space, BSO. Our exclusive sponsors of the event were Colt Technology, CQG, Eventus System and TOCOM. The full-day event included over 200 industry professionals.

Taking to heart this year’s theme, “Learn Asia, Taste Asia, Trade Asia”; the organizational team at Phillip Capital wanted attendees to fully experience Asia without stepping foot on the continent. To create the full experience, we wanted to evoke all five senses to the maximum, so the challenge was creating an event which could appeal to the attendees’ sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Furthermore, the challenge of the event was to be enjoyable and informative at the same time. This was the audacious goal set by the team.

At the start, Guests were treated to a tote bag with goodies such as the exclusive Coffee Luwak from Indonesia and specialty reverse sequin T-shirts that showed the yin and yang symbol on one side and the Trading Asia symbol on the other.

Next, Lynette surprised the audience with a group exercise to emphasize the things we all have in common, followed by her speech, “That’s Us”. Maureen Downs moderated the first panel and David Klotz moderated the second one. Each panel highlighted the latest exchange updates and economic outlooks. FIA Head of Asia, Bill Herder, also gave an interesting speech about his eye witness view of the growth of Asia.

Click here for Panel Presentation.

Guests were then treated to a sumptuous “authentic” meal from four curated restaurants in Chicago featuring Korean, Malaysia, Thai and Indonesian food.

Unlike previous years, the event was extended following lunch and the afternoon events included Coffee-Cupping (who doesn’t like the aroma of Coffee?) and workshops which were deliberately smaller to make it more interactive in nature. The topics of the workshops were:

Why Singapore can be your base to trade Asia? SGX Presentation and Enterprise Singapore Presentation

It’s all in your mind - Creating performance mindsets by Russ Rausch – Presentation 

Trading in China for foreigners  – Summary

We ended the action-packed day with a lucky draw raffle to conclude.

Attendees commented on how much they enjoyed the event, and many have said they look forward to the event each year. Once again, Phillip Capital is thankful for all the exchanges and co-sponsors for their support.

The day’s action, in picture form:






Followed by Lynette’s annual speech(Link), which tied in the lessons from the activity. Maureen Downs, Advisor at Phillip Capital and David Klotz, Phillip Capital Vice President and Head of Business Development moderated the two panels.


First Panel:

Matthias Rietig, JPX

Chief Representative

Hyungun Ji, KRX

Head of Derivatives Global Sales

Allen Lin, TAIFEX

Senior Executive Vice President

Matthew Lempriere, BSO

Head of Asia Pacific

After the panel, Bill Herder, Head of Asia-Pacific, FIA, gave an interesting speech about his eye witness view of the growth of Asia.


Second Panel:

James Lear, DME

Head of Sales

Christopher Lee, HKEX

Senior Vice President

Christopher Edmonds, ICE SG

Senior Vice President

Rama Pillai, SGX

Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Lunch – A little “Taste of Asia”

Restaurant food catered from Serai, Green Leaf, Rickshaw Republic and So Gong Dong.




Exchanges and IT vendors booths


Lucky Draw

  • One Gold Plated Medallion - Singapore Mint
  • One Gold Plated - US Dollar Note
  • Three Men’s Batik shirts
  • So Gong Dong Gift Cards (25$ worth)
  • Three boxes of TWG Tea - courtesy of ION
  • An overnight stay with breakfast at the Union League League Club of Chicago

The overall feedback from attendees was very positive and Phillip Capital is thankful for all the exchange panelists, sponsors and attendees for helping to make the Trading Asia Symposium bigger and better every year. We look forward to bringing back the event next year.