International experts discuss current state of the funds sector and what’s next

Currently underway in Limassol, the 9th International Funds Summit & EXPO includes a series of panel discussions.

The first of the day took place within the framework of the ‘Leaders Stage’ featuring Christia Evagorou, Director, Risk Compliance and Regulation, Funds Services at PwC Cyprus who gave an introduction.

Also part of the ‘Leaders Stage’ were Jasper van Heesch, Private Equity Sector Senior Analyst & Coverage Director, RSM, UK; Agathi Pafili, Vice President, Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Europe, Capital Group, Belgium, Lino Finini, Chief Operating Officer, and Swissquote Bank SA.

Van Heesch gave a presentation entitled ‘Private Equity – Perspectives from 2023 and into 2024,’ which looked at PE activity across Europe and the US, with an insight into capital availability, transaction activity, exits and deal dynamics.

Key points from his presentation can be seen below:

Pafili spoke about ‘Policy landscape for the asset management industry in Europe.’

More specifically, she noted that the policy and regulatory landscape in Europe is currently impacting asset managers’ priorities and operating models in a number of key areas: sustainable finance, digital and operational resilience, cross-border distribution, liquidity risk management, fee policies and relation to clients. She also talked about relevant challenges and opportunities that will be further shaped by the upcoming European elections and the new mandate for the European Commission.

Pafili’s presentation focused on a stocktaking of where we currently stand and what’s next for the industry.

In his address, Finini told the audience more about Swissquote Bank SA and the work it carries out and where it has a presence, including in Cyprus, before moving on to presenting the 'Five Key Trends in Funds Management.'

His presentations can be seen below:

The 9th International Funds Summit & Expo welcomes leading fund managers and fund administration specialists from across the world to discuss the evolving regulatory and increasingly competitive landscape in the global asset management sector.

Taking place on 23-24 October at the Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, in Limassol, the summit has a packed agenda, with key topics including an overview of investment vehicles and asset classes, asset management and financial stability, as well as cross-border distribution.

There will also be an extensive discussion around sustainable investing, which is key when it comes to investing nowadays, as well as FintTech and RegTech in the investment funds industry. The latter will also be discussed in depth, with a special emphasis on managing funds in the AI era and the use of technology to optimise investments.

More than 30 speakers from the international funds industry will be addressing the 9th International Funds Summit & Expo, in the presence of over 500 participants.

PwC Cyprus and Swissquote Bank SA were The Leaders' Stage Gold Sponsors while RSM was the Platinum Sponsor.

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