​We were delighted to sponsor, present and exhibit at ProShare's 25th Annual Conference in London​, where we were joined by six expert speakers to lead three breakout sessions​.


To find out more about our sessions, simply continue to scroll down the page.​


 Three sessions, six speakers

Blockchain blockchain blockchain - what is it and why is it relevant to you?
Unless you’ve been exceptionally busy, deliberately avoiding it, or hiding under a rock, chances are you’ve heard about blockchain and seen mounting speculation about how this new technology could change the world.

Leave this session confident that you can articulate what blockchain is, with a clear vision of its potential impacts and opportunities for financial markets – including where this touches companies offering employee share plans and their plan participants.

Time:
11.15 - 11.50
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​S​peakers:​
  • Paul Conn
    PRESIDENT, GLOBAL CAPITAL MARKETS, COMPUTERSHARE

    Paul leads Computershare’s Global Capital Markets division which focuses on strategies to initiate, capitalise on or respond to global regulatory and market developments which impact issuers, investors and markets. In particular, Paul focuses on initiatives which impact trading and settlement, transparency of share ownership, proxy voting and corporate actions.

    With career experience of working for both the London Stock Exchange and the Australian Securities Exchange, Paul leads our engagements with market participants such as Central Securities Depositaries, clearing houses and custodian banks as well as a large number of clients with complex, cross-border requirements.

  • Peter Randall
    CEO, SETL

    Peter co-founded Setl in 2015 to launch a multi-asset, multi-currency institutional payment and settlements infrastructure based on blockchain technology, with the aim of transforming post-trade processes, simplifying settlement, custody, registration and transaction reporting.

    A highly respected voice in financial markets and trading systems, Peter is credited with revolutionising the equity exchange market in Europe, having founded Chi-X Europe in 2005 and growing it into one of the top five trading venues in Europe by volume.

Evolving the executive vesting - partnering with Rio Tinto to improve the participant experience
This session is a case study of Rio Tinto’s work to both improve the participant experience and reduce administrative burden around the executive vesting process through introducing a cliff-vesting process and efficiencies in managing participant tax.

Rio Tinto, Computershare and Deloitte have previously put in place best-practice processes and technology around the management of participant tax for the global employee stock purchase plan, myShare. This presentation will highlight how this work was leveraged for the executive plan, and also explain the considerations and benefits of moving to a cliff-vesting process.

Time:
14.20 - 15.15
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​​Speakers:
  • Colin Buchanan
    ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR > CLIENT MANAGEMENT, COMPUTERSHARE

    Colin has 17 years’ experience in the share plan industry, across a variety of senior roles. Currently heading up a team of Senior Client Managers responsible for some of Computershare’s largest and most complex accounts, Colin has a deep understanding of the requirements to manage best in class discretionary and all-employee share plans.

  • Caroline Wong
    PRINCIPAL ADVISOR, SHARE PLANS, RIO TINTO

    Caroline has over 10 years' experience in the share plans industry, which includes the implementation of a number of global plans and technical solutions whilst working for one of the world's largest share plan providers, Computershare, as well as more recent experience working in-house for an issuer. Caroline is currently Principal Advisor, Share Plans for Rio Tinto, one of the world's largest global mining companies with over 45,000 employees across 34 countries and manages all aspects of Rio Tinto's discretionary and all-employee equity arrangements globally.

AGM Season 2017 - what are the trends and what do they tell us about shareholder remuneration expectations?
While contention surrounding executive remuneration is perhaps less rife than it has been historically, it remains a topic of significant importance, both globally and in the UK. Shareholders have expressed a wide array of expectations making it difficult for companies to work out what is best for their shareholders.

This session will focus on the 2017 meeting season and shed some light on solutions to some of the challenges faced by issuers regarding remuneration.

Our analysis compares against previous years and will also cover the key takeaways in relation to:

› Overall vote turn out
› Rejected and contested resolutions
› Significant proxy advisor recommendations

Time:
15.35 - 16.10
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​​Speak​ers:
  • Cas Sydorowitz
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CORPORATE ADVISORY, GEORGESON

    Cas has more than 25 years’ experience in engaging with investors internationally and domestically. Cas has been with Georgeson since 1998 and is responsible for Georgeson’s Northern European Proxy and Corporate Advisory business.

    Cas is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network, is the current chair of the IR Society Events Committee and sits on the board of the UK IR Society. He is a regular speaker in the industry, and has participated in various industry organisations including the Shareholder Voting Working Group in the UK and European Industry working committees on Target 2 Securities, Legal Certainty and the Working Group for Market Standards for General Meetings.

  • Daniele Vitale
    CORPORATE GOVERNANCE MANAGER, CORPORATE ADVISORY, GEORGESON

    Daniele joined Georgeson in 2010 and specialises in corporate governance and executive remuneration analysis. Daniele has over a decade of experience advising institutional investors and corporations on corporate governance, executive remuneration and proxy voting issues. Previously he worked as Senior Researcher at PIRC Ltd, a London-based proxy advisory firm, and at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Deminor in Brussels.

About the ProShare Conference

As one of the largest events in the share plans industry, this year's theme focussed on 'The Future of Share Plans'. The conference is the perfect opportunity for you to network and discuss the latest industry trends through a series of seminars, panel discussions and case studies.
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