Henrik Pontzen, Union Investment Institutional GmbH

Henrik Pontzen

Dr Henrik Pontzen joined Union Investment’s portfolio management in January 2019 leading its ESG department.
Prior to that, Henrik worked ten years for HSBC in various roles (Head of Business Risk Control Management in Germany and seven other European countries, Head of Custody Sales – Insurances and Asset Managers Germany, Head of Institutional Client Group Germany) and as a consultant for Capco.
Since 2016, he is a board member of DVFA (German Association for Asset Management/Investment Professionals). Henrik studied philosophy, economics and history in Bonn and Copenhagen and has been a lecturer at various German universities (LMU Munich, University of Wuppertal), currently at the University of Cologne, Witten/Herdecke University and the IREBS at the University of Regensburg.

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