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Roundtables

Numerous education sessions and coordinated learning tracks filled with knowledge and insights.

Engage & Network

Abundant opportunities to meet, mingle, engage, and network in formal and informal settings.

Platform Deep Dive

Breakout discussions regarding platform best practices, pain points and general compliance challenges.

Keynote Talks

Impactful thought leaders offering unique perspectives on compliance and the direction of the industry.

Don’t Miss Synergy ‘22

These are unprecedented times. With market abuse fines reaching into the billions and greater scrutiny from regulators everywhere, reputational risk and personal liability are at an all-time high. As such, employee compliance has become a strategic priority for firms around the globe.   
 
The spirit behind Synergy ’22 is to gather the brightest minds in our industry to listen, learn and support each other as a community. By connecting compliance, culture, and technology, we can reimagine the evolution of compliance together. 
 

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Meet the Speakers

Garret Schembri at RBC
Garret Schembri
Global Head of Control Room at RBC

As Global Head of Control Room Compliance at RBC based in Toronto (Canada), Garret leads a number of Compliance teams responsible for regulatory compliance oversight of Global Information Barriers and Personal Dealing Policies at RBC. He has a leadership role that applies across various regional teams and is responsible for setting the function’s strategic priorities which includes transforming technology solutions and operations.

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Jaclyn Bowdren
COO at CRC

Jaclyn is an accomplished compliance professional with two decades of regulatory and operational experience. Jaclyn has focused her career on Financial Technology and prior to joining CRC, served as Chief Compliance Officer for Tripleshot, LLC, a Boston based broker-dealer that operated an Alternative Trading System. Accordingly, Jaclyn has extensive knowledge of the regulatory concerns in connection with electronic trading and possesses significant insight involving regulatory reporting and the intersection of technology and compliance. 

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Jay Wayshak
Senior Director Code of Ethics, Global Center of Enterprise at Manulife

Jay runs the day-to-day operations of the Global Code of Ethics Center of Expertise. In addition, he oversees the Information Barrier, Global Gifts and Business Shared Entertainment, Pay to Play, Employee Personal Trading, Outside Business Affiliations, and other conflicts of interest programs. Prior to joining the firm, he was a compliance officer in the corporate ethics group at State Street Bank. Jay’s been with John Hancock since 2013.

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Jo Geraghty
Partner at Culture Consultancy

Formerly head of HR for Goldman Sachs France and Switzerland and with 16 years experience working in change management for various investment banks across the globe, Jo Geraghty is the co-founder of Culture Consultancy and brings a wealth of practitioner experience to culture projects of all shapes and sizes.

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Laurent Sohet
Director, Global Ethics Office & Global Regulatory Reporting, Invesco

Mr. Sohet is Director of the Global Ethics Office & Global Regulatory Reporting as part of Core Compliance at Invesco, and has been with Invesco for 22 years. Mr. Sohet has been Director of the Global Ethics Office for Invesco Ltd. since November 2018, and in this role, he is responsible for the oversight and monitoring of employees’ personal transactions, gifts and entertainment, political contributions and outside business activities.

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Jennifer Sator
Head of Code of Ethics at AllianceBernstein

Jennifer recently returned to AllianceBernstein L.P. to head the company’s Code of Ethics compliance program.  Areas covered by her team encompass employee personal trading, gifts and entertainment, pay-to-play, and lobbyist activities.  With over 15 years of experience as a compliance professional, Jennifer has gained experience in multiple areas of compliance, including regulatory reporting, client guideline monitoring, and trading compliance.  Prior to joining AllianceBernstein, Jennifer held leadership roles at Franklin Templeton, Barclays, Prudential, and UBS.

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Jennifer Sun
CEO at StarCompliance

As the CEO of StarCompliance, Jennifer Sun oversees all major corporate decisions and is responsible for the direction and growth strategy of the organization. Jennifer joined Star in September of 2018, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in traditional finance and fintech. Jennifer started her career at Goldman Sachs and went onto help launch Epoch Partners, a technology-enabled investment bank that was later purchased by Goldman Sachs. Jennifer has held multiple leadership roles within the financial sector.

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David Rowland
Chief Technology Officer at StarCompliance

As CTO of StarCompliance, David oversees the company’s technology footprint—how Star products and solutions are delivered to market as well as the firm’s internal corporate technology. David joined Star in 2020 after 19 years at Morgan Stanley, where he was Global Head of Technology for some of the bank's largest revenue-generating businesses—including Sales & Distribution, Investment Banking, and Capital Markets—and where he regularly delivered enterprise-ready solutions that scaled to the needs of thousands of users.

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Steve Brown
Head of Business Development at StarCompliance

As Head of Business Development, Steve Brown is responsible for helping drive growth at Star, with a focus on go-to-market planning, data and vendor partnerships, channel sales, new markets, and mergers and acquisitions. Steve joined Star in April 2021, and brings with him 25 years of experience advising financial firms on regulatory compliance.

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Stuart Breslow
Board Member, StarCompliance

Stuart Breslow is an independent board member at StarCompliance. He is a prominent senior executive—with 30+ years of experience in world-class financial services, consulting, and technology organizations—and brings with him unparalleled experience in the compliance industry. Breslow served as the Global Chief Compliance Officer at Morgan Stanley, a Partner in McKinsey’s Risk Practice and a Managing Director leading Google Cloud’s financial-services vertical. Notably, Breslow was also the first Global Head of Compliance for Credit Suisse First Boston (now Credit Suisse), where he created a globally integrated and coordinated compliance program.

 

Conference Schedule

9:00 | Welcoming Remarks with StarCompliance CEO, Jennifer Sun

09:15 | Keynote 

More details coming soon!

10:00 | Embracing The Challenges of The Modern Compliance Department

In today's digital world, firms are scaling quickly, both in size and geography, markets are evolving, and tech and regulations are constantly in motion. Star special guests from thought-leading companies like RBC and AllianceBernstein will offer insight and guidance on a wide range of challenges facing the modern compliance department and what they think might be in store for the future.

11:00 | Getting Started with Star: Ensuring a Successful Implementation

A seamless and successful implementation does not have to be scary, especially when others have already paved the way! Join Federico Cigognini, Associate Director of Professional Services, and special guests to hear first-hand the best practices and lessons they learned to ensure a seamless and successful implementation.

11:00 | Deal Integration for CCR is Here!

Does your firm use a CRM or Deal Management System? Learn how you can integrate with STAR’s CCR application! With Deal Integration, all of your deal data and updates will be pushed directly into CCR in real-time, allowing you to enter and manage your deals solely from your CRM or Deal Management System. Learn how we do all the heavy lifting for you so you don't have to!

11:00 | Unearth the Secrets of the STAR Platform

Don't miss one of the most important sessions at Synergy '22! Join Peter Juhng, our new Director of Product, as he uncovers the benefits of the newest features and functionalities of the STAR Platform. Leverage STAR’s flexibility to provide a concise understanding of your employee’s obligations and to-do’s via home page customizations, custom alerts, views, and more. We'll also provide a sneak peek into the Bulk G&E Beneficiary Management Tool and its Transaction Comparison Rules.

11:00 | Supporting Global Accountability: A Look into New Regimes & the Tech to Support Them

Adapting to new territories is challenging in today's ever-changing regulatory landscape. But it doesn't have to be. Attend this session to see how Star's IAR solution translates to the Accountability Regimes of the UK, Ireland, and Singapore, and how it easily adapts to new regulations as they arise.

12:00 | Paying It Forward: Tips & Tricks From STAR Platform Power Users

One of the best parts about Synergy '22 is the knowledge and best practices shared between peers, and this panel aims to do just that. We've identified STAR power users eager to share how they're leveraging the STAR system to solve business challenges, streamline tasks, and create efficiencies across their organization.

12:45 | Lunch

13:00 | Lunch & Learn: Future-Shaping Technologies Are Your Friend

Every day new technologies are entering the marketplace and the sheer volume of options can be overwhelming. But future-shaping technologies are your friend, and the right technologies will help you shape the future of your business. This panel discussion will introduce you to some of the most powerful tech in the marketplace aimed specifically at how businesses--and compliance--interacts with data.

13:40 | How to Develop a Persuasive Business Case to Get Your Technology Projects Funded

Ever wonder how your peers are able to obtain budgets to implement compliance technology solutions (or implement the coolest compliance software on the street)? Join this session to hear best practices from industry veterans on how to navigate pit falls, identify and document key risks, and assemble constituents to develop a persuasive business case.

13:40 | Controlling MNPI on the Buy-side

Whether you are receiving MNPI from a market sounding event or through other means, learn how Star's Compliance Control Room (CCR) solutions can track and monitor for MNPI using Insiders and Involved Parties, Restricted Lists, trading restrictions, document storage, and more!

13:40 | Ride a Shooting Star to Analytics Mastery with Star's Newest Dashboards

Bring your laptop, pull up a seat, and strap in. With a galaxy's worth of data at your fingertips, it's easy for insights to be sucked into a black hole, never to surface again. In this interactive session, we'll navigate through some of your most common challenges with Star's new capabilities and dashboards. If you successfully complete the mission you'll gain your astronaut badge but more importantly, your ability to work with data will be light-years ahead.

13:40 | Breaking Down Silos: How Compliance Can Strengthen Workplace Culture

Join Jo Geraghty, the Former Head of HR for Goldman Sachs France and Switzerland, and discover how you can break down silos and strengthen your corporate culture by weaving compliance and SMCR into the fabric of your organisation. We’ll also be sharing the latest regulatory development on individuals carrying out regulated activities, and how SMCR processes can be streamlined. 

14:30 | Peer-To-Peer: A Roundtable Workshop for Compliance Executives

What keeps you up at night? The best part about Synergy '22 is bringing the brightest minds together, and that includes you! Bring your challenges, project concerns, and potential solutions so we can revolutionize the future of compliance together. You don't have to go it alone!

14:30 | STAR Innovation Games: Next Generation Compliance

If you could design the ideal Outside Business Activities compliance solution for your business, what features would you prioritise, how would you use it, how would it interact with other systems, what parts would you automate? Join us for an interactive session focused on our next generation of products and help design our future alongside industry peers and our product and R&D teams.

16:10 | Increasing Customer Value through Technology Modernization

The Star platform is evolving to bring better products and services that are faster and easier to consume. Learn how our multi-year investment in technology modernization changes the way we build software by improving the end user experience and opening up new ways of integrating and analysing vast amounts of data.

16:10 | One Eye On The Future: Crypto-assets & Compliance

The ever-evolving world of cryptoassets is elusive, to say the least. While regulation is nonexistent today, tomorrow could be different. In this session, we'll prepare you for the future with actionable insights on setting policies for employee crypto trading, differentiating between cryptoasset types, controls and risk management.

16:10 | How Star’s SMCR And Training & Competency Solutions Work Together to Automate And Optimize

Don't miss this session as we dive into (4) real-world use cases for Star’s Individual Accountability Regime (IAR) and Training & Competency (T&C) software solutions—showcasing their game-changing automation and optimization capabilities that can help you meet SMCR and T&C requirements with ease.

17:00 | Compliance Challenge & Networking

9:00 | Welcoming Remarks with StarCompliance CEO, Jennifer Sun

09:15 | Keynote 

More details coming soon!

10:00 | Embracing The Challenges of The Modern Compliance Department

In today's digital world, firms are scaling quickly, both in size and geography, markets are evolving, and tech and regulations are constantly in motion. Star special guests from thought-leading companies like RBC and AllianceBernstein will offer insight and guidance on a wide range of challenges facing the modern compliance department and what they think might be in store for the future.

11:00 | Getting Started with Star: Ensuring a Successful Implementation

A seamless and successful implementation does not have to be scary, especially when others have already paved the way! Join Kelsey Amar, Associate Director of Professional Services, and special guests to hear first-hand the best practices and lessons they learned to ensure a seamless and successful implementation.

11:00 | Deal Integration for CCR is Here!

Does your firm use a CRM or Deal Management System? Learn how you can integrate with STAR’s CCR application! With Deal Integration, all of your deal data and updates will be pushed directly into CCR in real-time, allowing you to enter and manage your deals solely from your CRM or Deal Management System. Learn how we do all the heavy lifting for you so you don't have to!

11:00 | Unearth the Secrets of the STAR Platform

Don't miss one of the most important sessions at Synergy '22! Join Peter Juhng, our new Director of Product, as he uncovers the benefits of the newest features and functionalities of the STAR Platform. Leverage STAR’s flexibility to provide a concise understanding of your employee’s obligations and to-do’s via home page customizations, custom alerts, views, and more. We'll also provide a sneak peek into the Bulk G&E Beneficiary Management Tool and its Transaction Comparison Rules.

11:00 | One Eye On The Future: Crypto-assets & Compliance

The ever-evolving world of cryptoassets is elusive, to say the least. While regulation is nonexistent today, tomorrow could be different. Join Jaclyn Bowdren, COO of Compliance Risk Concepts, as she prepares you for the future with actionable insights on setting policies for employee crypto trading, differentiating between cryptoasset types, controls and risk management.

12:00 | Paying It Forward: Tips & Tricks From STAR Platform Power Users

One of the best parts about Synergy '22 is the knowledge and best practices shared between peers, and this panel aims to do just that. We've identified STAR power users eager to share how they're leveraging the STAR system to solve business challenges, streamline tasks, and create efficiencies across their organization.

12:45 | Lunch

1:40 | How to Develop a Persuasive Business Case to Get Your Technology Projects Funded

Ever wonder how your peers are able to obtain budgets to implement compliance technology solutions (or implement the coolest compliance software on the street)? Join this session to hear best practices from industry veterans on how to navigate pit falls, identify and document key risks, and assemble constituents to develop a persuasive business case.

1:40 | Controlling MNPI on the Buy-side

Whether you are receiving MNPI from a market sounding event or through other means, learn how Star's Compliance Control Room (CCR) solutions can track and monitor for MNPI using Insiders and Involved Parties, Restricted Lists, trading restrictions, document storage, and more!

1:40 | Ride a Shooting Star to Analytics Mastery with Star's Newest Dashboards

Bring your laptop, pull up a seat, and strap in. With a galaxy's worth of data at your fingertips, it's easy for insights to be sucked into a black hole, never to surface again. In this interactive session, we'll navigate through some of your most common challenges with Star's new capabilities and dashboards. If you successfully complete the mission you'll gain your astronaut badge but more importantly, your ability to work with data will be light-years ahead.

1:40 | Are Compliance Assurance Disasters in Your Future?

Dating back to the financial crisis, regulators around the world expect Compliance and Audit teams to “test” their policies and processes to determine if they were followed appropriately and are working as planned. We all know that exam management is critical, but preparation and execution is key. Join industry and Star veterans to hear tricks for preparing and managing exams, audits and testing. You will learn how to leverage Star queries, analytics, and tools.

2:30 | Peer-To-Peer: A Roundtable Workshop for Compliance Executives

What keeps you up at night? The best part about Synergy '22 is bringing the brightest minds together, and that includes you! Bring your challenges, project concerns, and potential solutions so we can revolutionize the future of compliance together. You don't have to go it alone!

2:30 | STAR Innovation Games: Next Generation Compliance

If you could design the ideal Outside Business Activities compliance solution for your business, what features would you prioritise, how would you use it, how would it interact with other systems, what parts would you automate? Join us for an interactive session focused on our next generation of products and help design our future alongside industry peers and our product and R&D teams.

4:10 | Future-Shaping Technologies Are Your Friend

Every day new technologies are entering the marketplace and the sheer volume of options can be overwhelming. But future-shaping technologies are your friend, and the right technologies will help you shape the future of your business. This panel discussion will introduce you to some of the most powerful tech in the marketplace aimed specifically at how businesses--and compliance--interacts with data.

5:00 | Compliance Challenge 

6:30 | James Bond Casino Night 

The Name's Bond...James Bond.
 
Don't forget to pack your freshest suit or show-stopping dress for this spectacular James Bond themed event! Enjoy an evening of networking, casino table games, speciality cocktails, and 007 movies from a roof-top view of the National Harbor.
 
(Don't worry, actual money will not be used on the table games. We'll issue you chips to play with upon arrival. The more chips you collect, the better your chances for winning a raffle at the end of the evening!)

8:00 | Breakfast

09:00 | Keynote 

More details coming soon!

10:00 | Increasing Customer Value through Technology Modernization

The Star platform is evolving to bring better products and services that are faster and easier to consume. Learn how our multi-year investment in technology modernization changes the way we build software by improving the end user experience and opening up new ways of integrating and analysing vast amounts of data.

10:00 | The Future of Licensing & Registration is Here!

Don’t operate in the dark. Learn how Star’s L&R software sheds light on and gives needed visibility into the opaque license and registration process by monitoring your registered advisers’ progress from a single place. Get them back to doing what they do best, like advising clients and generating revenue.

10:00 | Unpacking the Complexities of ESG 

More information coming soon!

11:00 | Scaling Compliance To Support A Global Workforce

Compliance is always being asked to do more with less. When your business starts crossing oceans and time zones, the challenge is even greater. How will your lean, mean compliance team keep up? Join veteran compliance officers from Invesco and Manulife as we discuss strategies and solutions for scaling your compliance operations to function as successfully globally as they do locally.

11:50 | Closing Remarks with StarCompliance CEO, Jennifer Sun

12:00 | Lunch & Networking

 
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Conference Extras

Brainiac Bar Team

1:1 Support

Looking for a convenient way to tap Star support staff for advice? Stop by our Brainiac Bar anytime throughout the conference for 1:1 support with client services.

EMEA-Challenge

Compliance Challenge

Full details are always kept strictly under wraps until conference time, but we can reveal that previous challenges have included spaghetti, string, scotch tape, building blocks, and of course, prizes.

Client Appreciation

Client Appreciation Night

What better way to finish off the conference and our way to say "Thank You" than a evening of fun and laughter.

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Our Venues

The Tobacco Dock

Tobacco Dock

Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF

Built in 1812 as a hub for precious cargo arriving from the New World, such as wine and, of course, tobacco, Tobacco Dock originally spanned 70 acres. Now occupying just two-fifths of the original site, this Grade 1 listed building still offers a generous 57 spaces over 16,000 sqm.

Over the years Tobacco Dock has had many different identities, from storage facility to shopping centre. Since its relaunch in 2012, Tobacco Dock has developed a reputation as being the destination venue in London. Let's see what the next two centuries bring!

Gaylord at National Harbor

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201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland 20745 USA

Located on the Potomac River in Maryland, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center offers convenient access to many of Washington, DC's most beloved sights and attractions. But with its 19-story glass atrium, full-service spa, and seven distinct restaurants, the hotel is an attraction unto itself.

A special room rate per night is be available for StarCompliance guests!

If you prefer different accommodations, there are multiple hotel options within National Harbor, which can be found here. The Gaylord is the only hotel with a StarCompliance room block.

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