MICHAEL SIMMONS has spent the majority of his working life within the operational areas of stockbroking and international investment banking firms, most notably with the S.G. Warburg group in London. Having gained a detailed understanding of various back office tasks through many years of hands-on experience, he assumed managerial responsibility for a number of operational areas. In recent years, Michael has worked for Wilco International in London (part of the ADP group of companies, headquartered in the U.S., suppliers of software systems to the global financial community), where he heads up a team of securities industry specialists. Michael's area of expertise includes the analysis of the business needs of companies operating in various capacities within the securities industry and in different geographical locations. In addition, he has created and runs training courses on the workings of the securities industry and associated operational aspects to audiences around the world.