Luxembourg 2015

ChainA number of depositary banks in Luxembourg say it is safe to trade in the Hong Kong-Shanghai Stock Connect programme, despite investor-protection concerns for Ucits funds. Nick Fitzpatrick finds out why.

Bing Li, who heads the asset management division of Chinese bank ICBC, joined our Luxembourg roundtable to discuss how Luxembourg and China’s asset management industries are connecting with each other. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick. 

TaxThe funds industry in Luxembourg pays €1 billion a year in tax – a tenth of the country’s fiscal take. But critics claim the Grand Duchy been colonised by a financial elite. David Stevenson reports on the unfolding tax controversy.

AntennaMore than 400 limited partnerships have been created since Luxembourg introduced a new, Anglo-Saxon-style structure in a bid to attract alternative funds. David Stevenson looks at the Grand Duchy’s place as a service centre for this category of investor.

Luxembourg on mapLuxembourg may be more expensive as a fund domicile, but this has to be looked at from the perspective of cost versus market reach, says Fundsquare’s Olivier Portenseigne.

Singling out delegation of responsibilities as an outstanding issue, Luxembourg asset servicers outline the work completed – and still necessary – for them and their clients to make the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive fully operational.

Tipping pointIn asset management, operational change is not only a necessary response to regulation but an opportunity for firms to become more successful, says  Thomas Pfister of Confluence.

Sponsored Profiles

SPONSORED FEATURE: Alternative thinking

Mar 16, 2017

Portfolio Manager Davide Cataldo discusses the results of the Pioneer Investments’ survey on liquid alternatives and how investors can be encouraged to increase their allocation.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Interest rate risk hedging: Swapping to other options

Mar 16, 2017

Heightened margin requirements for cleared and uncleared OTC derivatives pose a challenge for legitimate hedging activities and are driving financial institutions to explore alternative hedging...

SPONSORED FEATURE: Why blockchain could be the fund industry’s next Ford Model T

Mar 16, 2017

Blockchain aims to radically change the way investors can access funds, says Olivier Portenseigne, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Fundsquare.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Open architecture: In need of protection

Mar 16, 2017

Greater efficiency must be embraced to ensure regulatory changes do not destroy choice for fund buyers, says Bernard Tancré of Clearstream.

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.