February 2008

"Jersey is recognised for its credible and experienced fund administrators and the quality of its regulation" Richard Thomas (Jersey Funds Association)

RAB Capital has hired Gary Pitts to be its chief compliance officer. Pitts joins from Brevan Howard Asset Management, where he held a similar role. He has also held senior regulatory and compliance-related functions at Threadneedle, Credit Suisse and Henderson Global Investors.

Pioneer Investments has appointed Roger Price-Haworth to the newly-created position of head of institutional and wholesale business, UK.  He will report to Paul Price, head of institutional for Pioneer Investments.

Donald Aiken, the chair of the Institutional Money Market Funds Association (IMMFA), the trade body for triple-A-rated institutional money market funds, has joined Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM). Aiken becomes head of distribution for MSIM’s non-US liquidity business and will mainly oversee business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Fiona Rintoul, editorial director of Funds Europe, recently chaired a panel to try to gauge the effect of MiFID on asset management in the two months since its first phase of implementation

Europe’s cumbersome clearing and settlement process is still some way off the sleek US model, finds Angelique Ruzicka, despite efforts to develop it

"The new market segment is a clear attempt to leverage the relationship between nyse and euronext and position the exchange as truly global" Alain de Foucaud (Taylor Wessing)

The credit crunch has seen the fortunes of asset managers fall, while custodians’ financial results have risen. Rather than be irked by this, Nick Fitzpatrick suggests investors should see the opportunities

British real estate was once the darling of European property portfolios. But investors are exiting fast and are looking towards Eastern Europe and even further to countries like Mexico, finds Angelique Ruzicka

Fear saw emerging markets sold off in January. But the sector’s fundamentals are still strong. Fiona Rintoul reports on what the experts say about emerging market fortunes and hears that concentrating on the Chinese consumer is still a good guide

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