Jervis Smith, Vistra

Jervis Smith

Jervis Smith was appointed Country Managing Director of Vistra Luxembourg in September 2019.Vistra is a leading global corporate service, trust and fund administration provider with over 4,500 professionals in 45 jurisdictions across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

With more than 35 years of experience in the banking and finance industry, Jervis brings extensive local and international experience in leadership and client management to Vistra.

Prior to joining Vistra, Jervis spent 25 years with Citi, most recently as Head of Securities Services, Luxembourg, where he managed the product and business development of investor services catered to banks, pensions, insurances and asset managers across the globe. He has also worked in Hong Kong, London, New York and the Middle East.

Jervis is married to an Italian and speaks both English and French fluently.

09.10 - 10.00

Industry (R)evolution

This session will consist of a presentation of the Industry Revolution Report, Part II, done by Citi Business Advisory Services: “How Today’s Innovation Efforts Could Lead to a Re-architecting of the Investment Management Industry”, followed by a panel discussion of hot topics in the industry.


10.55 - 11.35

The role of asset managers in the provision of pensions

AMs operating in Europe are welcoming the proposed addition to their toolkit in the form of the PEPP. This panel will look at this large-scale, portable and cost-efficient product, designed to encourage long-term investment in a sustainable manner in the real economy while enabling AMs to tailor products to suit their business models.


11.35 - 12.05

The fate of securitisation

Investment funds are feeling the impact of new rules such as ATAD and the EU Securitisation Regulation 2017/2402. You may be asking yourself whether you can still use securitisation as an intermediary company and/or feeder structure for your funds – and if not, if there is an easy way out. Our experts will be looking at these questions as well as into the future – is a revised securitisation law in the making?


13.15 - 13.45

Lunch session: Innovation in Asset Management: 5 fintechs to discover

In the exhibition area


14.10 - 14.55

The fight for talent

The recipe for attracting tomorrow’s leaders is on every employer’s wishlist. The HR experts on this panel will tell you what makes global nomads stay – in a job, in a place (like Luxembourg), and loyal to their employer.


14.55 - 15.20

The impact of technology on the world of work

Are robots really coming for our jobs? What have machines still got to learn, and what can we learn from machines?


15.50 - 16.30

Brexit: impact on people and org charts

In the light of the most recent CSSF substance rules, organisations have to make the right moves – quite literally – as 29 March approaches. Whether it is building your org chart in line with these substance requirements, making sure you have the right people in the right location, or other elements in the Brexit conundrum – this debate promises to be an interesting one.


16.30 - 16.50

Tick tock goes the Brexit clock

Brexit from a political perspective


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