Europe Made Simple for Non-EU Fund Managers
How To Survive The Introduction Of The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation In Europe
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - Online: 3pm GMT / 10am ET
Europe Made Simple For Non-EU Fund Managers is a series of two webinars designed to provide non-EU investment managers with some top-level information they need in order to prepare – or not – to establish a firm and/or fund presence in Europe.
Europe leads the way in sustainable investing, with both asset owners and asset managers doing more than other regions to push the sustainable finance agenda. The EU Commission Action Plan on Sustainable Finance affects hedge fund and private markets fund managers in many ways, and this webinar will look at:
The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation
- What is it and who is affected?
- Where you need to make your disclosures
- The extraterritorial effects of the regulation for non-EU managers marketing in EU
- What to do when there isn't a second-level regulation
The Taxonomy Regulation
- Why do we need a Taxonomy regulation?
- Where do we stand with the regulation?
- How Brexit impacts the Taxonomy Regulation
The revamp of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive
- To whom does it apply?
- Why is the EU revamping the Non-Financial Reporting Directive?
- The challenges for financial market participants and small-medium sized enterprises
Speaker: Jean Louis Catrysse, Founder and Managing Partner, InReg
Jean Louis Catrysse is the founder and managing partner of InReg (www.inreg.eu), a leading provider of competency-based monitoring, advisory and training solutions to the asset management and life insurance sectors. He is a recognised expert in regulatory reporting, fund disclosures and cross-border distribution.
Jean Louis has spent his entire career in the asset management industry, where he has occupied various roles and responsibilities in different Luxembourg fund administration firms before moving to a Luxembourg Fundtech (Kneip), where he spent more than a decade. As Kneip's innovation manager, he significantly contributed to the development of the firm's regulatory products such as UCITS IV cross border notifications tool, UCITS KIID solution, PRIIPs KID and AIFMD Annex IV and advised the company with regulatory intelligence.
Jean Louis co-founded InReg in 2016 to provide advice on product implementation and regulatory intelligence to investment fund managers. In October 2019, he assumed complete ownership of InReg. Jean Louis has a bachelors degree in accounting from Haute Ecole de la Province de Liège in Belgium.
Speaker: Cliodhna Murphy, Executive Director, MUFG Investor Services
Cliodhna Murphy is an Executive Director for Product Development at MUFG Investor Services with responsibility for Hedge Fund and Fund of Hedge fund lines of Business. Cliodhna joined MUFG Investor Services from Man Group where she served under various roles including Business Manager for GLG Credit, Head of Investment Management Services and Head of Investor Services. Prior to Man Group, Cliodhna was Chief Operating Officer for the start-up Asset Manager Decura, she was a VP at Goldman Sachs Administration Services and an Associate at Morgan Stanley Fund Services. She earned a Bachelors degree in International Insurance and European Studies from the University of Limerick.
Speaker: Mark Shaw, Partner, Wildgen
Mark joined Wildgen in 2018. He was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2004 and specialises in the structuring and distribution of regulated and unregulated funds, and has experience across the liquidity spectrum. Before joining Wildgen, Mark worked in-house at a number of fund management businesses, where he worked with internal clients, leading them through the earliest stages of the establishment of funds and management companies, through the legal and regulatory aspects of launches, and ongoing matters relating to the management, governance and global distribution of funds.
Mark is known for his commercial and pragmatic approach to issues around fund management stemming from his background in-house. His breadth of buy-side experience in the funds industry spans structures and jurisdictions and allows him to take a uniquely broad and commercial viewpoint. While Mark specialises in funds, he is also responsible for representing the firm in the UK, assisting clients across the full range of matters of Luxembourg law, including matters relating to Brexit. He also advises on the legal issues raised by the EU’s emerging sustainable finance regulatory regime. Mark is Co-Director of the UK Chapter of the Hedge Fund Association and a lecturer at the Henley Business School (hedge fund structuring). Mark holds a Bachelor of Law (hons) from the University of Birmingham. He has been a member of the Luxembourg Bar since 2018 (List IV of the Luxembourg Bar). Mark is a financial services and funds lawyer, working across regulated and unregulated fund structuring and distribution, and broader FS/corporate/commercial matters. His breadth of buy-side experience in the funds industry spans structures and jurisdictions and allows him to take a uniquely broad and commercial viewpoint.
Speaker: Attilio Veneziano, Founder, Veneziano & Partners
Attilio Veneziano is the founder of Veneziano & Partners (www.venezianoandpartners.co.uk) and a known expert of European regulation on financial services, with a focus on European cross-border investment funds distribution. He regularly contributes to several well-known industry publications.
Mr. Veneziano is a qualified lawyer in Italy and a Solicitor in England and Wales. He started his career in London in the early 2000s as a practitioner in European extradition law. After that, he held different in-house legal positions at major financial institutions (Nomura, Barclays) focussing on the offshore investment funds industry. With more than 15 years' experience and a unique blend of diversified exposure to cross-border European matters - from European extradition cases through complex pan-European fund distribution projects - he founded Veneziano & Partners in 2013, in the aftermath of the implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. Veneziano & Partners is a leading regulatory boutique specialised in European Fund Distribution and assist fund managers with pan-European distribution endeavours of their investment funds.
Mr. Veneziano is a veteran of the Square Mile in London and today divides his time between the UK and the US to help boutique US investment fund managers of all sizes with their European cross-border distribution strategy.
InReg (www.inreg.eu) is an independent company providing regulatory intelligence, mixing technology and human skills to deliver cutting edge regulatory watch notices on changes occurring in multiple jurisdictions in EU and beyond. Our service is complemented by online assistance (private and public Q&As) and bespoke training. Dedicated to the asset management industry, our focus is on regulatory reporting, fund disclosures and cross-border distribution of UCITS and AIFs. Our services are designed to fit the needs of management companies, asset servicers and fintech/regtech companies.
MUFG Investor Services is an industry leader in administration, asset servicing, banking, and financing, working with some of the largest investment firms in the world.
We are a core business of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, one of world’s leading financial groups with over $2.8 trillion in assets. Our global scale, breadth of services, industry-leading technology, and excellent credit rating allow us to build partnerships with our clients and create distinctive solutions that meet their specific priorities.
MUFG Investor Services serves a diverse client base of alternative investment and asset managers including hedge funds, fund of funds, private debt, registered funds, private equity and real estate funds.
Veneziano & Partners is an international consulting boutique specialised in the European regulation of cross-border fund distribution and global fund registration services under UCITS & AIFMD. In catering to a selected group of investment managers, hedge fund managers and financial institution worldwide, the firm offers a custom-made service that is unique and allows its clients to gain competitive advantage in an ever increasingly regulated environment for cross-border fund distribution of offshore investment funds under UCITS & AIFMD.
Since 1923, Wildgen has been at the heart of legal practice in Luxembourg serving its clients as an independent full-service business law firm. It is today known as one of the best law firms in the country, possessing a strong track record and offering sound technical expertise. Wildgen’s practice groups offer a complete range of legal, regulatory and tax services and a wealth of experience on domestic and cross-border transactions. They provide integrated services and work closely together so the firm can act as a one-stop shop. Wildgen lawyers think strategically and pragmatically for their clients. They offer first-class service and a client-focused approach, speaking fluent English and a number of other key languages.
Wildgen’s Investment Funds Practice Group has developed expertise in all aspects of advice relating to both retail and alternative investment funds, working throughout the fund lifecycle, from preliminary structuring analysis, through to setting-up the fund complex, both sides of the due diligence process and ongoing day-to-day advice. They assist international institutional investors and sponsors, family offices, asset managers, private equity and venture capital funds, HNWIs and service providers, all of whom benefit from the lawyers’ expertise as well as from their commitment to quality.
The Hedge Fund Association, HFA, is an International not for profit industry trade and nonpartisan lobbying organization devoted to advancing transparency, development and trust in alternative investments. HFA’s global presence spans 5 continents and over 14 countries.
Membership in HFA includes hedge fund, private equity, venture capital, real estate and wealth management firms, family offices, private banks, broker-dealers, funds of funds, pension funds, endowments and foundations, high net worth individuals, allocators, and service providers including prime brokers, administrators, custodians, auditors, lawyers, risk managers, technologists and third-party marketers.