Waters Wavelength Podcast Episode 88: CBOE's Bryan Harkins, SEC Hack, Esma Proposal

Bryan Harkins joins to discuss how the CBOE-Bats integration is going and plans for the exchange operator going forward. Anthony and James talk about the SEC hack and Esma's potential new powers.

Waters Wavelength


Bryan Harkins, head of US equities and global FX at the CBOE, joins the podcast to discuss how the merger with Bats Global Markets is going, some of the projects underway at the exchange, and how people can join the Wall Street Rides FAR bike tour, which will raise money for autism research. Then, James and Anthony discuss the recently announced hack at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the European Commission’s call to give the European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) greater powers, and James’ love of sci-fi.

Bryan Harkins

2:00 Just over six months since the acquisition of Bats by CBOE, Bryan talks about how the integration is going.

4:00 A look at how the exchange is attempting to launch a bitcoin futures contract.

6:00 CBOE has introduced anonymous FX deliverable forwards trading.

8:30 Following the acquisition, what’s the strategic plan for Bats and CBOE moving forward? Are they going to remain a pure markets business, or is there interest in expanding to other areas, like listings?

11:00 Big data and analytics—where’s the investment heading?

15:30 Bryan talks about why he and his wife started Wall Street Rides FAR.

19:45 Information about how people can join the ride.


21:15 SEC chairman Jay Clayton says an intrusion of its Edgar database may have provided the basis for illicit trading.

24:00 Anthony ties the hack to the CFTC’s proposed “source code” provision in Reg AT.

25:45 What this could mean for the SEC going forward.


27:30 Esma has received the greatest share of new capabilities under the proposal from the European Commission.

29:00 Why does the regulatory body need more money?

30:30 The EC also had some bizarre thoughts on fintechs and ESG.

32:45 What’s the timeline for this proposal?


35:15 Finally, James is a sci-fi nerd.


More Info on Wall Street Rides FAR

Official website




Autism Science Foundation


Contact Info

As is the case with everything we do, we'd love to get some feedback from our listeners. Feel free to reach out to Anthony via Twitter or email.

Anthony: @a_malakian; Anthony.Malakian@incisivemedia.com

James: @JimRundle; James.Rundle@incisivemedia.com


Past 10 episodes:

Episode 78: JavaScript Challenges & CFTC Revisits Reporting Regs

Episode 79: IBM's Major Moves & FCA Worries about Mifid II Readiness

Episode 80: All About Digital Currencies (And Some Libor, Politics & Game of Thrones)

Episode 81: Fintechs in the Regulatory Crosshairs & Brexit Fallouts

Episode 82: An Examination of ESG & What's New With Reg SCI

Episode 83: Systematic Internalizers & RegTech

Episode 84: Quantum Computing & IBOR/Blockchain

Episode 85: Cybersecurity & Dos/Don'ts for PRs

Episode 86: Nasdaq’s Use of Machine Learning & T+2 Comes to North America

Episode 87: Disaster Recovery & Initial Margin Rules

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