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Managing Dividend Exposure Using Derivatives

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Date aired: Thursday, 14 October, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes
Dividend derivatives seem to be finding a bigger audience. They are not only being used to hedge dividend exposure within the structured products industry, but seem to be also attracting interest from investors, that aim to invest in those instruments with the mandate to extract risk premia.

Discussion topics:
  • COVID-19 market disruption wiped €100 bn cash dividend payouts in 2020
  • Financial Institutions dividend ban by regulators: ECB, PRA, FSA
  • Futures pricing recovery in longer dated maturities
  • Europe sees strong dividend recovery, larger short-term growth potential off depressed base
  • Market interest in Dividend Derivatives from outside of Europe (US & APAC)


Natasha Sibley

Fund Manager

Janus Henderson

Natasha Sibley is a Fund Manager in the Multi-Strategy team at Janus Henderson, position she has held since 2013. Natasha focusses on derivatives trading strategies including convertible bond arbitrage, volatility, dispersion and correlation opportunities. Over the past 5 years Natasha has increasingly focused on pricing distortions in the delta one markets, namely dividends and equity repo. Natasha graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics as well as a MMath mathematics degree from the University of Oxford. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the Investment Management Certificate.

Maximilian Leuschner

Executive Director

Morgan Stanley

Maximilian Leuschner is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley responsible for the firm’s Dividend Futures trading in Europe. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Maximilian was an Analyst at UBS AG in London. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Zubin Ramdarshan

Head of Equity and Index Product Design


Zubin Ramdarshan was appointed Head of Equity and Index Product Design in 2016. Zubin has over twenty years’ experience of vanilla and light-exotic derivatives, both OTC and listed exchange products. He joined Eurex from financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald where he was a managing director for the European ETF business. Previously, he spent five years at Jefferies as a managing director and Head of Equity Derivative Trading in London, and prior to that, he held senior level roles at Macquarie Bank and Bear Stearns. Zubin began his career at Deutsche Bank in 1998. Zubin Ramdarshan received a BSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from The London School of Economics.

Michael Maxwell

Research Analyst


Michael has been with Bloomberg since 2019 and is part of a specialist team focusing on dividends forecasts within the EMEA region. He covers a range of industries including Oil & Gas, Mining and Healthcare. Further to research & content generation, the role entails product development and client support on BDVD for both terminal and data license functionalities. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Michael worked within a multi-asset portfolio management team in South Africa.

Andreas Schmidt

Specialist Equity Derivatives

Focam AG

Andreas Schmidt has been with Bloomberg since 2013 and is part of their specialist team focusing on equity derivatives. His role is to support clients with technical details around Bloomberg’s equity derivatives product offering, be this on and off terminal functionality, or specific data. Andreas works alongside product managers in order to help prioritizing product updates or new builds depending on client demand as well as Bloomberg’s client relationship teams. Prior to having joined Bloomberg as an equity derivatives specialist, he spent over 20 years in the equity derivatives markets and has been a flow trader most of his career, but moved into sales covering institutional clients in the German speaking region.

Javier Manso Polo

Research Analyst

Bloomberg L.P.

Javier Manso joined Bloomberg in January 2019 and is part of a specialist team focusing on dividends within the EMEA region. He covers Financials and has specialised on European banks' regulatory framework with a strong focus on capital requirements. Further to research & content generation, the role entails product development and client support on BDVD for both terminal and data license functionalities. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Javier worked for over 4 years at KPMG, initially as auditor and later moving to FIG, gaining extensive knowledge on IAS 39/IFRS 9 standards. He holds a MSc in Industrial engineering and a Master in accounting.

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