Luxembourg 2013

SealPension funds are asking fund managers to explain their plans under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. Nick Fitzpatrick looks at how they might respond.

Remote controlWilliam Gilson at Aviva Investors contemplates a manco merger, while Heimo Ploessnig at Assenagon Asset Management discusses tighter regulation with Nick Fitzpatrick.

Businessmen runnersCosts associated with building an international distribution strategy out of Europe are on the rise as a result of new regulations. Stefanie Eschenbacher finds that Luxemburg and Dublin may no longer be the first choice of domicile for emerging market asset managers.

LaundryAs competition is stepping up among fund domiciles to attract asset managers, reputation is crucial. Stefanie Eschenbacher reports.

With the regulatory environment for alternative managers about to change significantly under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), depositary banks discuss if the industry is sufficiently prepared. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick.

BridgeNicholas Pratt looks at the set-up some of Luxembourg’s largest funds, including custodians and administrators.

ArabicWhile the number of regulated Islamic funds in Luxembourg has remained steady at around 39 over the past three years, the figure masks a high level of product activity. Stefanie Eschenbacher reports.

Luxembourg aims to turn the initially controversial Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive into a Ucits-like brand. The panel discusses the progress that has been made and looks beyond regulations from Europe. Edited by Stefanie Eschenbacher.

Sponsored Profiles

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Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: Finding managers that can (and do)

Apr 18, 2017

Fabrice Kremer, a fund selector at Banque de Luxembourg Investments, has berated fundamental managers for failing to beat indices, but he remains committed to active funds. He speaks to Nick...

JERSEY INTERVIEW: ‘A steady sort of place’

Mar 21, 2017

The chief executive of Jersey Finance is keen to portray the island as a stable, trustworthy jurisdiction. He talks to George Mitton.

Roundtables

ROUNDTABLE: The issue is perception

Mar 21, 2017

Our panel discuss tax transparency, the elegance of private placement and why Jersey could do more to promote itself. Chaired by Tom Cowsill in Saint Helier.

ASSET SERVICING ROUNDTABLE: Under pressure

Mar 07, 2017

Funds Europe speaks to leading Luxembourg industry figures about the growing regulatory demands on asset servicers and how to remain profitable in spite of major investments in technology.