Tutors who will be giving information at the course

Aviv Handler

Managing Director

ETR Advisory

Aviv Handler, Managing Director, ETR ADVISORY
Aviv is the Managing Director of ETR Advisory, a niche consultancy which provides advice and services to the energy and commodity markets in the understanding, preparation and implementation of European Energy and Commodity Market Regulations. He focuses focus on all streams of regulation including EMIR, REMIT, MiFiD II and CRD IV as well as applicable rules across the globe. He has domain expertise in compliance (REMIT, EMIR, MiFiD, Basel II/III, CAD, CRD IV),credit risk, commodity and energy trading (gas, power, oil), with extensive knowledge of regulation , credit, risk and ETRM systems and well as financial messaging

Marc Merrill

Senior Vice President, Director, International Law & Global Trading


Marc Merrill, Senior Vice President, Director, International Law & Global Trading, UNIPER

Marc Merrill is currently the head of the international team of lawyers responsible all legal issues related to the Uniper Group's global trading activities. Prior to his current role, Marc was Senior Legal Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Uniper Global Commodities North America LLC, where he was responsible for all legal, regulatory and compliance issues related to the establishment and operation of the new North American trading arm of E.ON SE. Marc has extensive experience with issues concerning the marketing, trading and financing of power, natural gas, oil, coal, LNG, weather, and environmental commodities. He has a particular understanding of the issues impacting a company active in the international energy and commodity markets, including US and European regulation and the structuring and financing of cross-border transactions.

Prior to his in-house work with E.ON, Marc was in private practice in Munich, Germany and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas-Austin. He also studied law in Germany and France. He is fluent in German.


Maria Popova

Regulatory and Policy professional


Maria is Regulatory and Policy Consultant with over seven years of experience in the field of European energy market policy and regulation. Currently, she is Manager for Market Supervision with the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET), focusing on legislative frameworks for energy market integrity and transparency. Previously, she has dealt with regulatory issues related to carbon emissions trading and European gas market design.

Nikos Triantafyllidis

Group Financial & Energy Markets Compliance Manager


Nikos Triantafyllidis has been with OMV since 2011. He leads the group-wide compliance program for the commodity trading business of OMV. His principal duty is the coordination and day-to-day management of activities regarding the implementation of REMIT, EMIR, MiFID and other related financial regulations.  

Before joining OMV, Nikos Triantafyllidis spent a number of years working in the Netherlands for various companies in the financial services industry such as International Marketmakers Combination and APX-ENDEX. 

He graduated in Physics and holds a MSc degree in Applied Mathematics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.  

Stilyan Kutsarov

Risk Manager

VERBUND Trading GmbH

Stilyan holds an MA in Economics from UCL (University College London) and during the last decade, has worked on various position at VERBUND Trading GmbH, Vienna. Currently his interest is focused on the risk management implications of the new regulatory framework (MiFID II, MAR, MAD and CRD IV) and the prevention of market manipulation and insider trading. Stilyan is part of a working group, which has been created in cooperation with FERDEC in order to support the development of a state of the art market surveillance tool for the energy markets.