About us

Capital Markets & Derivatives Training

Capital Markets & Derivatives Training is a UK based company providing bespoke in-house training and educational services on the capital and derivatives markets. We have been in business for over six years (formerly known as DACME), and in that time have built a loyal customer base of blue-chip clients ranging from exchanges, investment banks to professional services firms.

Our core focus is on providing businesses with an "in-house" training and education function for their staff or clients.

Whilst there are many external training and education companies within the market, we believe the in-house training model offers significant benefit to our clients, not only in terms of time and cost, but also in relevance. We tailor each training course or programme to the specific needs and requirements of our clients.

Whilst we are a completely independent company, we maintain strong relationships with a number of key financial services organisations within the market, from exchanges, leading investment banks and other key players within the market. This means we are well placed to offer education and training services tailored to meet the ever changing landscape of the market.

CISI Accredited training provider

CMDT is a CISI Accredited Premier Training Provider

Capital Markets &Derivatives Training are an accredited premier training provider for the Chartered Institute for Investment & Securities, having passed their rigorous application process which ensures that we have the "capability, expertise and facilities to provide quality training and support" for the CISI courses that we teach.

Our history

Traditionally, many blue chip firms and organisations within the financial markets maintained in-house training and education departments, that were focussed on providing internal staff training as well as external customer training and education (reflecting the rapid growth of new financial markets and instruments). Many of these departments have subsequently been rationalised.

However, the need for the services these departments offered - internal staff training and external client education - is still there, and if anything growing. Capital Markets & Derivatives Training recognised this, and developed their business model to offer businesses all the benefits of having an "in-house" training and education team, but at a fraction of the cost.

We initially started by providing internal training services for the businesses' own staff, however, this soon developed into providing training and educational services for our clients' customers (through seminars and the like) and then to providing structured white labelled education programmes for our clients.

Our people

Paul Kitching is the principal of the business supported closely by Alan Burr. They both have extensive capital markets and derivatives experience together with an educational background.

Paul Kitching

Paul began his career with Ernst & Young, where he became an associate of the Institute of Taxation, and specialised in the taxation of complex financial instruments. He subsequently moved into corporate treasury becoming a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

Following a Quantitative Finance Master’s degree at Imperial College, London, he joined the London International Futures & Options Exchange (now, ICE Europe) in their Education Department, before becoming Head of Interest Rate Product Development at the Exchange.

Alan Burr

Alan Burr has over 40 years’ international experience of financial markets. He specialises in the securities and derivatives industry, with particular expertise in trading, operations, regulation, risk management, corporate governance, clearing and settlement. He has substantial executive experience with clearing houses, exchanges, international markets and in the management of IT. He is recognised as a leading authority in the field of investment operations and risk management.

Alan is an expert on derivatives, commodities, foreign exchange, fixed income and equities and has contributed to and led many projects to introduce new exchanges. Alan regularly provides education on all aspects of investment operations for examination and general educational purposes.

He worked for ICCH (now LCH.Clearnet) as Chief Executive in Hong Kong and Executive Director in London and then for MEFF, the Spanish Financial Futures Exchange.

Alan is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment(CISI). He is a CISI accredited trainer and examiner.

In-house Training

Capital Markets & Derivatives Training specialise in providing cost-effective and tailored in-house training programmes and courses on the capital and derivatives markets.


CISI Training

CISI Accredited training programmes for the CISI Diploma and CISI Advanced Certificate.


Video tutorials

A wide range of video tutorials on key capital market and derivative subject areas.