Luxembourg 2016

BusinessmenLuxembourg is at the heart of the issue of fund governance. If there is a need for more independent directors, how might it be met? And how can conflicts of interest be managed? Nick Fitzpatrick talks to two leading directors.

Businessmen runningLuxembourg’s ambitions to be a cross-border centre for alternative funds are under pressure. Ireland is still a most formidable player and other domiciles are gaining ‘third-country equivalence’. David Stevenson asks if the proposed Raif could be the answer.

The Ucits fund is likely to be the main fund of choice for many years, despite tighter regulation and competition from Asia, according to our panel of experts. Among other issues, it looks at the route to market for alternative funds.

DistributionIf Luxembourg’s funds industry is to bring down costs, wider support for centralised utilities is essential. But as the topic drags on, it’s beginning to sound a bit old-fashioned, finds David Stevenson.

The panel discusses at the impact of Ucits V on the asset servicing industry and the implications of blockchain for fund firms and their providers.

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.