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Blockchain Trends & Applications

Wednesday, March 8th 2017, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET

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MODERATOR:
Chuck Gallant, Managing Director, Asset Servicing, BNY Mellon

PANELISTS:
Angus Champion de Crespigny, Financial Services Blockchain and Distributed Infrastructure Strategy Leader, Ernst & Young
Justin Chapman, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Market Advocacy & Innovation Research, Northern Trust
Serge Weyland, Head of Financial Institutions, Banque Internationale à Luxembourg, Co-Chair of ALFI Fintech/Digital Forum

OVERVIEW:

Just how closely should financial executives be paying attention? Is the disruption of blockchain technology a distant rumble or an imminent strike? Fintech is shaking the foundation of the traditional financial services industry and blockchain alone could be a game-changer, transforming transactions, custody, accounting, currency exchange, and more.

Navigating the associated business implications and expected timeline is no easy task for financial professionals. This webinar can help NICSA member firms sift through the noise and will identify the most significant blockchain trends and tangible applications. 

The webinar will address questions such as:

  • What are the short- and long-term implications of blockchain technology?
  • How does it apply to financial services?
  • Is the concept of “disintermediation” realistic?
  • What types of financial companies should be paying the most attention?

After Brexit: What Happens Next?

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MODERATOR:
Doug Dannemiller, Research Leader, Investment Management, Deloitte

 

PANELISTS:
Hermann Beythan, Partner, Linklaters LLP
Vincent Reinhart, Chief Economist, Standish

OVERVIEW:
With the recent Brexit developments, there is a sense of uncertainty amongst the investment management industry. This webinar will take a deep dive into the implications of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union while also highlighting the changes and opportunities that will play out in the industry over the coming months. Gain a better understanding of how Brexit will impact you personally and what you need to do to prepare for the future.
 
In the webinar, the speakers will discuss:

  • Trade Scenarios
  • Complications for the Fund Industry
  • Regulatory Convergence
  • Relationships Abroad

CPE INFORMATION:
NICSA is pleased to offer this webinar learning activity to attendees who are seeking CPE credits. 1 CPE unit may be available for attendees of this webinar.

 

Reimaging the Future of the fund Industry Through Emerging Technologies

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

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!

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:
Robert Palatnick, Managing Director, Chief Technology Architect, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, (DTCC)
Simon Ramos, Partner, Advisory & Consulting Investment Management, Deloitte Luxembourg

Swing Pricing 101 | webinar

Get the basics on the tool intended to protect shareholders from account trading and market impact costs.

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PANELISTS:
Geoff Radcliffe
, Managing Director of BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A. and ALFI Board Member
Elisa O'Keefe, Vice President, Fund Administration, State Street Global Services

Swing pricing which has been applied in Luxembourg for the past 15 to 20 years, has proven to be an efficient mechanism to protect existing shareholders from dilution associated with shareholder purchases and redemptions as well as an additional tool to help manage liquidity risks. In the United States, swing pricing is just now gaining traction, especially with new rules finalized and work underway to protect money market investors, the Securities and Exchange Commission has now shifted its focus to safeguards for shareholders of open-end mutual funds and certain exchange traded funds (ETFs). The SEC has proposed new rules and amendments to rules which seek to protect fund investors during periods of large investor withdrawals.

Join the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry and NICSA for this jointly produced and presented webinar. Hear perspectives from European and American experts on swing pricing.

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the state of global pension funds: addressing future needs now

Wednesday, October 21st 2015, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET

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Pension funds around the world are increasingly looking beyond their borders to address their investment needs according to the  recently released global pension fund report produced by PwC Luxembourg and commissioned by the Association of Luxembourg Fund Industry's (ALFI).

The report - which looks at the growth of pension funds globally, the asset allocation of pension funds on a regional basis and the foreign investment of pension funds - found that South America's pension funds showed the highest growth rate globally, with assets soaring from USD 184 billion (bn) in 2008 to USD 528 bn in 2014, a 19.2% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

In terms of investing overseas, foreign investment for the pension funds of the majority of OECD countries (excluding the US) accounted for about 25% on average of their total pension investments in 2008, but jumped to almost 31% in 2014.

The webinar will be presented by Dariush Yazdani, Partner of PwC Luxembourg Market Research Centre.

"...even in the midst of new challenges, pension fund managers are facing a future brimming with opportunities. The unique ability of pension funds to focus on long-term investments allows them to absorb short-term volatility while bearing market and liquidity risk through diversification..." – Dariush Yazdani

 

 

 

 

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The State of Global Pensions Funds: Addressing Future Needs Now from NICSA

europe 101 | securities regulation

Thursday, June 11th 2015, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET

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Join us for the fifth webinar in the series sponsored by ALFI, the Luxembourg fund industry association, reviewing developments in the fund industry outside the United States and their impact on U.S. fund managers.

Trialogues? Comitology? The European Council? The Council of the European Union? Have you heard these terms and wondered, "What exactly do they mean"?

U.S. asset managers are often baffled by securities rulemaking in the European Union. This webinar will provide an introduction to the players and process in Europe -- and how it differs from the U.S. approach. You'll get both the American and European perspectives. Theresa Hamacher, President of NICSA, will translate Eurospeak into American terms. Antoine Kremer, head of the EU representative office in Brussels for Luxembourg fund industry association ALFI, will explain what happens behind the scenes and provide insights on trends.

The webinar will be moderated by Theresa Hamacher, President of NICSA, Boston, speaker: Antoine Kremer, Head of EU Representative Office in Brussels, ALFI.

You can submit a question in advance to info@nicsa.org.

Registration:

The webinar is free of charge. To register, please refer to this link.

We hope you will consider attending our webinar and forward our invitation to colleagues you believe would be interested to participate.

Domiciles of Alternative Investment Funds | Current Trends

Tuesday, April 21st 2015, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET

Join us for the fourth webinar in the series sponsored by ALFI, the Luxembourg fund industry association, reviewing developments in the fund industry outside the United States and their impact on U.S. fund managers.

Since 2010, the number of alternative investment funds in Europe has increased by 10%, with assets under management growing 13%. ALFI recently commissioned a study of the growth trends, with a focus on choice of domicile. In this webinar, one of the authors of that study, performed by Oliver Wyman, will review the results.

The webinar will be moderated by Theresa Hamacher, President of NICSA, Boston, speaker: Kamil Kaczmarski, Engagement Manager at Oliver Wyman, working in the Wealth and Asset Management Domain, Frankfurt and co-author of the 2014 study on Domiciles of Alternative Investment Funds.

You can submit a question in advance to info@nicsa.org.

Registration:

The webinar is free of charge. To register, please refer to this link.

We hope you will consider attending our webinar and forward our invitation to colleagues you believe would be interested to participate.

AIFMD latest developments - What U.S. managers need to know

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET

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The third NICSA webinar in the series sponsored by ALFI, the Luxembourg fund industry association, was reviewing developments in the fund industry outside the United States and their impact on U.S. fund managers.

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive is changing the way that hedge funds gather assets in the European Union. This webinar provides expert advice from Europe on the latest development. Topics to be covered include:

  • Marketing guidelines
  • Structuring a fund to access the passport
  • Remuneration rules
  • How prime brokers fit in the new custody rules

The panel discussion will be moderated by Theresa Hamacher, President of NICSA, Boston.

Panellists are:

  • Claude Niedner, Chair of the ALFI Alternative Investments Committee and Partner at Arendt & Medernach
  • Michael Ferguson, Co-Chair of the ALFI Hedge Funds Sub-Committee and Partner and Asset Management Leader at EY

You can submit a question about UCITS V in advance to info@nicsa.org.

Registration:

The webinar is free of charge. To register, please refer to this link.

The Asian Fund Passport - What U.S. managers need to know

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET

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The second webinar in the series sponsored by ALFI, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, will focus on initiatives to create a UCITS-style cross-border fund sales regime in Asia. The experts will review the status of the three current proposed schemes:

  • Hong Kong/China mutual recognition
  • APEC funds passport
  • ASEAN framework

Finally, they'll review ways that managers can prepare for possible changes.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Theresa Hamacher, President of NICSA, Boston.

The panellists are:

  • Gast Juncker, Chairman of the ALFI Asia Pacific Sub-Committee, Partner, Elvinger, Hoss & Prussen
  • Christopher D. Christian, Partner, Financial Services and Investment Management Dechert, Boston

You can submit a question about Asian Fund Passport in advance to info@nicsa.org.

Registration:

The webinar is free of charge. To register, please refer to this link.

NICSA is pleased to offer this group-internet-based learning activity to attendees who are seeking CPE credits. Up to 1 CPE unit may be available for attendees of this online event. These events require no advanced preparation, no pre-requisite study and are appropriate for all who have a basic understanding of the investment management industry.

What U.S. managers need to know about UCITS V?

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Martin F. Dobbins, Chairman of the ALFI/ABBL Depository Bank Forum, Senior Vice President and Managing Director at State Street Bank Luxembourg S.A. and Stuart E. Fross, Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, Boston, discuss

  • Changes in custodian liability and its effect on global custody networks
  • New rules regarding compensation of investment manager staff, especially with regard to bonuses
  • Why UCITS V is not the end of the regulatory tsunami and what the industry needs to prepare itself for next

This is the first in a series of webinars hosted by NICSA and sponsored by ALFI exploring developments in the European and Asian fund industry and how they affect US fund managers.

Save the date! The next webinar on Asian passports will take place on 5th June at 5pm CET. Additional information will be posted on this webpage.

The webinars are free of charge and the registration is open to all fund industry professionals. Detailed information about each webinar will be posted regularly on the ALFI website and sent to its members by email.

Updated on 13/03/17  
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