Paulina Dejmek-Hack, European Commission

Paulina Dejmek-Hack Paulina Dejmek Hack is economic adviser to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. Paulina joined the European Commission in 2004, after having worked in a law firm in Frankfurt am Main and at the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Brussels where she was responsible for financial services, capital movements and company law. After a couple of years in the unit for insurance and pensions in DG MARKT, Paulina joined the Legal Service of the Commission in 2007, providing legal advice on financial services and financial market matters. During the Swedish EU Presidency in 2009, Paulina was seconded to the Swedish Permanent Representation as financial attaché. Paulina joined the private office of Commissioner Michel Barnier, subsequently Vice-President of the European Commission, in 2010. She was the Deputy Head of Cabinet between February and October 2014. Paulina is a Swedish and Czech citizen, she holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Lund, Sweden, and a doctorate degree from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

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Panel discussion


10.55 - 11.40

Looking forward to enhanced cross-border fund distribution

One of the aims of the Capital Markets Union project is to foster growth by reinforcing the role of capital markets, investment funds and asset managers, in the financing of the European economy, too dependent on bank financing. In this context, the European Commission has made proposals to remove the remaining barriers to cross-border distribution of funds. How will these impact the distribution processes?
Will integration help the cross-border investment fund industry to seize the opportunity and contribute more effectively towards economic growth? If so, which are the products and who are the clients?

A debate between the Commission and the industry

  • Paulina Dejmek-Hack

    Paulina Dejmek-Hack Member of the Cabinet of the President, Financial Advisor European Commission

  • Erich Gerth

    Erich Gerth Partner and Chief Executive Officer Bluebay Asset Management

  • Adam Lessing

    Adam Lessing Head of Central & Eastern Europe Fidelity International


11.40 - 12.25

Delegation, "third countries", Brexit... Quo vadis, distribution of EU funds?

Delegation of certain asset management functions to a company’s headquarters, other group companies or specialist third-party asset managers, with the decision-making process and risk oversight remaining in the country from which delegation takes place, is a tried and tested practice in the European and international fund industry.
It is important to third-country asset managers of European funds and it benefits the end investor by providing access to local asset management expertise. Brexit, coupled with the “ESA Review” proposal, have put the delegation model at the core of heated discussions. How are these perceived outside the EU? What is the way forward?

A regulators debate


14.35 - 15.15

Focus on Latin America

Key developments in the region, including recent amendments to pension fund regulations, offer new distribution opportunities for UCITS and alternative fund managers, as well as improved choice for local investors.

A deep dive into local trends and regulatory changes


16.00 - 16.40

Focus on Southeast Asia

The fund and asset management industries in Southeast Asia are growing significantly. The panel presents new opportunities in the region, including in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and the Pacific.


16.40 - 17.05

A discussion with NICSA and HKIFA

ALFI talks to its Conference Partners, NICSA and HKIFA, about important developments in their respective markets, amongst others the progress of Asian passporting schemes or FinTech in the US.