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Pricing Partners co-organize a conference on Valuation and Transparency - Jun 09



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Pricing Partners co-organize a conference on Valuation and Transparency

Paris-London: Pricing Partners, a world leader in mathematical models and analytics for the valuation of derivatives and structured products and the independent valuation expert, announced today that it will co-organize a conference on Valuation and Transparency in financial markets. The conference will take the form of round tables with intervention from market professionals.

The conference will be part of the "Rendez-Vous de la Finance in Paris” co-organized with Lunalogic, a consulting company, and Prime Source, the NYSE Euronext valuation subsidiary. It will take place on Thursday 18 June 2009 18:00 to 20:15 at the NYSE Euronext auditorium in PARIS.

After an introductory speech by Mr Marc Litzler, former head of Calyon, a first round table will tackle the marked to market versus the marked to model valuation. It will gather Mr Laurent Olivier Valigny, Head of Market Risk from HSCB, Mr Olivier Bibiano, Risk Manager from La Banque Postale AM, and Mr Bernard Lapeyre, Professor of Financial Mathematics at Les Ponts Paritech. It will be moderated by Mr Eric Benhamou, Pricing Partners CEO. 

A second roundtable will address the impact and risk management of funding and counterparty risk for the valuation of derivatives. Mr Arnaud Lhoste, Head of Sales for Fixed Income Structured Products in France at Société Générale, Mr Olivier Ferret, Quantitative Analyst at Natixis Asset Mangement, and Mr Stéphane Kourganoff, former head of trading in Fixed income and credit market at Ixis CIB and founder of ESTER will be discussing these issues. This panel will be moderated by Olivier Champagne, Managing Partner at Straper.

Last but not least, Sofiene Haj Taieb, Deputy Head of Equity and Derivatives, Société Générale will conclude the conference.

This conference on Valuation and transparency in financial markets comes at a time when these themes are becoming central to the debate. The abrupt depreciation of banks assets and the sudden awareness of counterparty risk and liquidity issues have led to acrimonious discussions among the banking industry. This conference will provide insights through discussions from market professionals involved on these topics. This conference came from a common will of Lunalogic, Prime Source and Pricing Partners to bring different antagonists to compare viewpoints and provide thoughts on the current situation. Those interested in this conference are invited to contact Lunalogic, global co-ordinator of the conference at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to know all the details.

Founded by former professionals of the trading floor, working in investment banks like Goldman Sachs, Société Générale, Natixis or HSBC, Pricing Partners has become over the last two years a major player. In October 2008, it launched its Internet independent valuation platform, Price-it® Online, which affirms its leading place in the financial modeling as well as independent valuations provider. Designed for all major assets like Interest Rates, Equity, Inflation, Credit, Foreign Exchange, Commodities, and Life Insurance to Hybrid products, Price-it® comes either as a software or an Internet Platform, providing all the tools for the transparent valuation on structured products. Price-it® online uses cutting edge mathematical models together with a new language to describe the complexity of any structured products.  



About Pricing Partners

Set up by former professionals of the trading industry, Pricing Partners offers accurate solutions for derivatives products valuation, pricing tools and risk analytics. Thanks to Price-it online, a SaaS platform, Pricing Partners provides independent valuation from the vanilla to the most exotic financial products on most assets (Interest Rates, Fixed Income, Equity, Inflation, Credit, Foreign Exchange, Commodities, Life Insurance and Hybrid products). Pricing Partners develops and commercializes Price-it Excel, an analytic and independent pricing library using a generic payoff language description which allows the pricing of virtually any financial derivatives. Price-it also supports VaR, CVaR and the most common risk management tools. Pricing Partners is the only company completely mastering the chain of valuation, developing both its own pricing library and a valuation platform giving its clients very accurate and reliable valuation as a result of its intrinsic knowledge of the pricing tools. Pricing Partners solutions can be used by investment banks, buy side firms, hedge funds, financial departments, trading rooms and audit firms.

Pricing Partners has also signed numerous partnerships to distribute its technology with leading institutions like NYSE Euronext (for its independent valuation service via Prime Source), Misys (for its pricing library integrated into Summit), CMA or Lexifi. It is also a Microsoft IDEES partner, an IBM, Sun, Datasynapse partner. It is also a member of the grid research consortium GCPMF regrouping BNP Paribas, Calyon, Ecole Centrale, EDF, ENPC, the Inria, Natixis, Misys, Pars VI University and Supelec and a global coordinator of the Credinext consortium, in collaboration with PrimeSource, Lunalogic, the Ecole Polytechnique, the ENPC, the University of Marne La Vallée and the INRIA.



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