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A year ago, ALFI presented its annual report as a flip book and a downloadable PDF version to ensure audiences around the world could access it. For its 2015-2016 report, the association created the dedicated website which should further facilitate access to key information.

Check the brand new annual report website now!

Updated on 14/06/16
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Information, promotion and training are the key focuses of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) as it aims to consolidate Luxembourg’s position as the leading European centre for investment funds.

The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry today released its annual report at its AGM, which summarised activity that it has undertaken to ensure that Luxembourg retains its position as the leading European investment fund centre. 

Commenting on the annual report, Denise Voss, Chairman of ALFI, said: “With roughly 3,500 billion euros of assets under management at the end of 2015, Luxembourg remains by far the number one investment fund centre in Europe. However, the sector’s general environment continues to be difficult, and asset managers remain under pressure to implement a large number of new regulations without impeding their growth and profitability.

She continued: “Indeed, although the new European Commission began its work which aims to regulate 'better rather than more', there have been a number of regulatory initiatives by European institutions.”

The Report highlights how ALFI intends to achieve its aim:

  • The joint ALFI / ABBL representative office in Brussels, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, which aims to be aware of the relevant regulatory initiatives at an early stage, by gathering as much useful information as possible and contributing to the European regulatory process by providing in-depth knowledge from ALFI’s technical committees and working groups. Between June 2015 and June 2016 more than 1,600 participants in a total of 158 technical working groups and committees prepared 18 position papers in response to European and international consultations and published 19 brochures and technical guides.
  • The association has set up the "ALFI FinTech Forum" to identify and analyze the effect of digital and financial technologies on the investment funds industryTbecause of the plethora of start-ups specializing in financial services and rapidly changing consumer preferences for modern communication tools which will challenge many traditional business models in the asset management industry.
  • In parallel, ALFI has maintained its promotional and communication activities at a high level to keep its members and fund industry professionals in Luxembourg and abroad informed about the evolution of their business environment.
  • Events organised in Luxembourg (like the ALFI Spring Conference, the Global Distribution Conference and the European Alternative Investment Funds Conference, to name but the largest) and its Leading Edge conferences and breakfast meetings reserved to its members have gathered together more than 4,700 fund professionals from Luxembourg and around the world.
  • ALFI’s 9 road shows organized in 16 cities in 11 countries in Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America ensured the Luxembourg investment fund industry greater visibility with some 5,400 professionals of the fund sector around the world.
  • On the Asian market, which continues to grow in importan ce for the Luxembourg fund industry with the gradual opening of Mainland China’s capital market and the internationalization of the RMB, efforts are supported by ALFI’s Asia Representative Office established in Hong Kong in 2010.
  • ALFI is increasingly active on social networks in order to inform audiences worldwide about the Luxembourg fund industry and to promote it internationally   Though this, the Luxembourg Fund Industry Group by ALFI on LinkedIn has established itself as a popular platform bringing together over 8,000 industry professionals. Over the past months, ALFI has launched three additional groups that focus on more specific topics: Transfer Agents and Distribution, Real Estate Investment Funds and Asia. The Twitter account @ALFIfunds is now followed by more than 2,500 stakeholders.
  • Finally, as the strength and reputation of the sector are a direct function of the professionalism of its actors, ALFI currently offers, in collaboration with the House of Training and under the responsibility of its Professional Training Committee, more than 65 fund industry related professional training modules that lead to certification for a wide range of careers in the sector.
  • Reference should also be made to ALFI’s website www.understandinginvesting.org launched in spring 2015 with the aim of providing financial novices the basic knowledge they need before investing their money.

Annual report online

A year ago, ALFI presented its annual report as a flip book and a downloadable PDF version to ensure audiences around the world could access it. For its 2015-2016 report, the association created the dedicated website http://www.alfi.lu/annualreport2015-16 which should further facilitate access to key information.

Download the press release in English, French and German.

 

Notes to editors:

ALFI’s position papers in response to European and international consultations:

  • ALFI response to FSB / IOSCO consultation on NBNI G-SIFIs
  • ALFI response to EBA consultation on Draft CRD IV Remuneration Guidelines (EBA/CP/2015/03
  • ALFI response to EBA consultation paper on draft EBA guidelines on limits on exposures to shadow banking entities
  • ALFI issues a second Q&A on reporting and withholding in the context of FATCA
  • ALFI responds to the OECD Public Revised Discussion Draft “BEPS Action 6: Preventing Treaty Abuse” dated 22 May 2015
  • ALFI response to the EC consultation on regulation EU No 648/2012 on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories
  • ALFI response to ESA technical discussion paper on PRIIPs
  • ALFI response to IOSCO consultation report on Elements of International Regulatory Standards on Fees and Expenses of Investment Funds
  • ALFI response to ESMA’s consultation on the draft regulatory technical standards under the ELTIF Regulation
  • ALFI response to the ESMA consultation paper on guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the UCITS Directive and AIFMD
  • ALFI / LPEA response to Commission consultation on the review of the EuVECA and EuSEF Regulations
  • ALFI response to ESA consultation on RTS for PRIIPs
  • ALFI response to COM call for evidence on EU regulatory framework for financial services
  • ALFI response to OECD BEPS consultation on Treaty Residence of Pension Funds
  • ALFI response to the OECD BEPS consultation document on the treaty entitlement of non - CIV Funds
  • ALFI response to EU consultation on retail financial services
  • ALFI response to the European Commission consultation on long-term and sustainable investment
  • ALFI response to the ESMA Discussion Paper on UCITS share classes

The position papers can be accessed here.

Updated on 14/06/16
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- ALFI statements

ESMA issued a discussion paper in April 2016 seeking stakeholders’ views on the development of a framework for UCITS share classes throughout the EU. The paper centres on a set of high-level principles regarding share classes, which are further detailed, where necessary, by a set of operational principles. On 6 June 2016 ALFI responded to this Discussion Paper.

The full response is available here.

Updated on 07/06/16
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- Press releases

The annual ALFI & ALRiM European Risk Management Conference, which took place on 26 May 2016, highlighted the fact that risk management is a key component of the governance framework for asset managers. It also emphasised the fact that Luxembourg remains a centre of excellence in risk management.

Speaking to more than 250 participants, Denise Voss (Chairman, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry - ALFI) and Marco Zwick (President, ALRiM) opened the conference by highlighting the strong evolution and the growing importance of risk management in the investment fund industry. They also reinforced the important role of risk managers in this rapidly evolving environment.

Following their introduction, Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance, delivered the opening speech on geopolitical risks, referencing current events such as the EU referendum in the UK, the Greek bailout, and recent debates surrounding the Schengen Treaty. He concluded that the current risks the European Union is facing needs to be tackled by a strong union of member states.

The opening speech of H.E. Gramegna was complemented by a keynote speech from the Chief Economist of GAM, Lawrence Hatheway, who placed geopolitical risks in the context of actual market data using historical Chinese and US real and nominal GDP growth figures, US household income data, and exchange rate barometers focusing on Sterling.

During the conference, a number other of topical issues were addressed by experts, including:

  • Liquidity risks in asset management
  • Global footprint - distribution risk management
  • Implementing a risk framework for a PE funds
  • Cyber threat for funds
  • Funds' risk profile - from key considerations to a practitioner's guide

The expert speakers from across the world addressing these issues included Sacha Reverdiau from Nomura, Michael Derwael from LODH, Joanna Cound from Blackrock London, David Martin from Pictet Geneva, Patrik Karlsson from ICMA London, and Damian Handzy from Investor Analytics from New York.

The conference concluded with a much anticipated panel on risk management developments with representatives from the Luxembourg Regulator, tackling issues on new reporting requirements and focusing on UCITS RM reporting.

 
Check out the photos of the conference!

ALFI European Risk Management Conference 2016

Updated on 03/06/16
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- Webinars

Fintech is more than a buzz word. It is a game changer in the operating model of asset managers, distribution intermediaries, and service providers. The ALFI report published by Deloitte Luxembourg titled 'How can Fintech Facilitate Fund Distribution' highlights how technology can reshape the financial sector on a global scale. With a flourish of new players attracting significant attention from markets, customers and investors…the Fintech revolution is growing fast!

 

Thursday, May 26th 2016, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET

Click here to register for the webinar.

Join the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry and NICSA as they share their perspectives on the growth and driving forces of the global Fintech industry.

Moderator:
Brian M. Melter, Managing Director, E-Business Solutions Division, Boston Financial Data Services
Panelists:

Mary Jane Ajodah, Senior Associate, Client Service Delivery, BNY Mellon
Robert Palatnick, Managing Director, Chief Technology Architect, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, (DTCC)
Simon Ramos, Partner, Advisory & Consulting Investment Management, Deloitte Luxembourg

Updated on 23/05/16
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Speaking today at the London conference of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, Denise Voss, Chairman of ALFI, said: “The asset management industry plays a key role in economic growth, enabling people to save for their long-term financial security, stimulating innovation and ensuring sufficient investments in infrastructure.”

ALFI’s London conference today was attended by a record 1200 people from the fund and asset management industry.  It is part of ALFI’s annual programme of conferences and seminars held globally in all the major financial centres. Over the past year ALFI has held 28 conferences in 12 cities, and representatives of ALFI have participated at an additional 40 conferences.

Denise Voss, Chairman of ALFI, explained: “London has always been a key market for ALFI and our annual conference here is now the largest we run, a reflection of the size and importance of the relationship between the financial centres of London and Luxembourg.”

She continued: “Now that much of the post-crisis regulation has already or is in the process of being implemented, we are able to focus on how the fund industry can adapt to a completely different environment of new technologies, changing demographics, new distribution methods, as well as focusing on the social and economic benefit that funds drive by creating economic growth.”

The conference featured lively and interesting debates on sustainability, consumer trends, demographics and technology in the context of the asset management industry’s role in financing the economy. The Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF), an upcoming new regime for Luxembourg alternative investment funds, attracted particular attention, as it will allow for reduced time-to-market for authorised alternative fund managers. Indeed, taking into account that this fund vehicle must be managed by authorised alternative investment fund managers and is only accessible for well-informed investors, the RAIF does not need to be specifically approved by the Luxembourg regulator. Supervision will be done via the manager who will have to report on the fund on a regular basis.

Similarly, the increasingly important role played by debt funds was highlighted on the one hand in addressing the imbalance in liquidity supply and on the other hand in helping businesses raise capital to stimulate economic growth. Denise Voss confirmed: “Regulators and policy makers in Europe are becoming aware of the benefits of non-bank intermediation and especially debt funds as they provide an alternative to the banking industry in proposing to the real economy a different source of financing with little maturity transformation and limited leverage. For more than two decades now, Luxembourg has offered an unparalleled breadth of solutions for debt funds including debt origination and direct lending funds. As a result, over 70% of the top 30 debt fund managers worldwide are active in Luxembourg.”

Download the photos of the conference here (©ALFI 2016).

Download the press release in English.

Updated on 04/05/16
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Jacques Elvinger, Partner at Elvinger Hoss Prussen, explains what is the purpose of the "RAIF".

"RAIF" stands for ‘Reserved Alternative Investment Fund’, a new type of Luxembourg investment fund that is currently on its way through the official channels and expected to be in place in coming mounths. A RAIF is a Luxembourg domiciled alternative investment fund managed by an authorised alternative investment fund manager (AIFM) based either in Luxembourg or in another EU member state, which allows the RAIF to be marketed to professional investors in the European Union. The RAIF itself will not be subject to authorisation and supervision by the Luxembourg supervisory authority CSSF, which shortens time to market. The RAIF will be the vehicle of choice for managers and investors looking for an investment vehicle that combines contractual flexibility with an efficient set-up from a time to market perspective in the context of the regulated AIFMD framework while benefiting from the European Passport for marketing to professional investors.

More information can be found here.

 

Updated on 17/06/16
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- ALFI statements

ALFI has responded to the European Commission public consultation on long-term and sustainable investment.

See the full response here.

Updated on 01/04/16
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Simon Ramos, Partner, Advisory & Consulting Investment Management, Deloitte Luxembourg speaks about the key findings of the latest FinTech study.

The key findings are first of all that the investments globally in FinTech have evolved since 2009. We are now at 12.2 billion investments in FinTech. We have also found that there are four macro trends that will impact the fund distribution value chain: big data, the new investors’ behaviours, regulation and a technological innovations. We have also learned during the study that there are real opportunities for Luxembourg asset servicers and management companies to enter into the FinTech opportunities by offering white labelling services for the asset managers for offering robo-advisory technologies or online platforms, but also to create industry initiatives like for example order management improvements and other automations that we create for further efficiencies in the value chain.

Find the full survey here.

- Press releases

Simon Ramos,  Partner, Advisory & Consulting Investment Management, Deloitte Luxembourg speaks about the key findings of the latest FinTech study.

The key findings are first of all that the investments globally in FinTech have evolved since 2009. We are now at 12.2 billion investments in FinTech. We have also found that there are four macro trends that will impact the fund distribution value chain: big data, the new investors’ behaviours, regulation and a technological innovations.
We have also learned during the study that there are real opportunities for Luxembourg asset servicers and management companies to enter into the FinTech opportunities by offering white labelling services for the asset managers for offering robo-advisory technologies or online platforms, but also to create industry initiatives like for example order management improvements and other automations that we create for further efficiencies in the value chain.         

Find the full survey here.

Updated on 30/03/16
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