June 2015


MonacoAs the biggest names in the funds industry prepare for the FundForum International conference, we ask them what to expect. Senior executives  from the fund management industry are heading for the FundForum event in Monaco, which as usual takes place at  the Grimaldi Forum. There will be the familiar mix of panel discussions, talks and seminars in which those at the centre of the industry ruminate on the biggest issues facing them. Following a Funds Europe tradition, we have again asked a number of the key figures attending the event to give us their thoughts as to what they expect will be top of the agenda. Regulation has been an important theme in recent years and this year is unlikely to be any different. MiFID II will be high up the agenda for a lot of fund managers, some of whom will have a sense of what to expect in light of similar legislation in the Netherlands, the UK and Switzerland.  Ucits V has been in place for more than a year, and fund professionals tell us what they think the most important aspects of this recently updated directive are. Meanwhile, now that quantitative easing has emerged as one of the most important initiatives in monetary policy in Europe, we ask how it has affected the industry.  Industry figures also give their views on another recent development – the growth in the shadow banking sector and its potential impact on their business. In the following pages, you can read incisive comment on a whole plethora of issues, as well as a guide to the main panels and speeches at the event.  As well as some well-known faces in the funds industry, the conference organisers have again invited speakers from outside. For instance, Professor Olivier Oullier – a renowned expert on the behavioural and brain mechanisms of decision-making – is speaking about the worse errors in push-pull marketing; Dr John Hulsman, a foreign policy expert and professional ‘war games’ expert, will be discussing the geopolitical environment; Professor Trudie Lang of Oxford University will be discussing the links between solving some of the world’s worst diseases and the investment opportunities this may present.  When the serious discussions have drawn to a close, a number of drinks receptions will give participants a chance to grab a cold refreshment and mull over the day’s events in the cool ambiance of this enchanting Mediterranean location. ©2015 funds europe

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