After studying law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (“Licence en Droit” with a focus on business law) and spent several months as trainee in 1993 at the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union, Evelyne Christiaens (48) joined FEFSI (now EFAMA) in 1994 as legal assistant.
In 1997, she joined ALFI, the Association of the Luxembourg fund Industry, where she is now Head of the Legal Department and coordinator of various legal and regulatory working groups, focusing among other on UCITS, MiFID and anti-money laundering issues.
Evelyne is a member of various CSSF and consultative regulatory expert groups. She has been chairing the EFAMA Anti-money Laundering Taskforce since November 2016.
|10.35 - 11.20||
Sustainable finance: actions speak louder than words
The European Commission is picking up speed on the implementation of the EU Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth. First concrete regulatory proposals were published in May and have made good progress since. Further items are in the pipeline, with experts appointed to work out the technical details and industry consultations circulating… As sustainable finance is becoming a reality in the EU, asset managers are getting ready to lead the way.
|11.20 - 12.05||
There is so much we can do: case studies of ESG approaches
The spectrum of ‘sustainable’ investment funds is as large, innovative as diversified. From exclusion to positive impact, what are sustainable investment funds really doing? Are they contributing towards a better world? Asset managers tell their – fascinating – stories from the field.
|13.55 - 14.15||
Keynote: Economic outlook
How much time do we have left before the next global recession? This session will examine a number of macroeconomic and financial indicators in order to assess the risks around the current economic outlook.
|14.15 - 14.45||
Active vs passive portfolio management: a battle?
As economies pass from bullish to bearish, how is the approach to portfolio management impacted? In the rivalling active vs passive business models, a downturn might change the equation. Witness advocates of each approach battle it out during this exciting session.
|14.45 - 15.25||
M&A trends in the management company industry
Luxembourg is currently experiencing unprecedented levels of M&A activity, reshaping the management company landscape. What are the drivers behind these transactions? Is increasing regulation an important M&A trigger? Are the transactions fulfilling their promises? What trend do we expect going forward? Our experts will share their views and past experiences to answers those critical questions for the future of the industry.
|15.55 - 16.15||
New AML/CFT obligations and their practical consequences for the AM industry
As a diligent manager, AML and CFT requirements are always very high up on the agenda. But what do the recent international, European and local regulatory developments mean in practice? This session will provide useful information on how to develop an appropriate risk-based approach and what elements of the regulations to focus on in particular.
|16.15 - 16.35||
ESMA's priorities for the asset management community