Kian Navid, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

Kian Navid Kian is a Policy Officer for investment management at ESMA in Paris where he is involved in ESMA’s policy and supervisory convergence work on various asset management-related topics including delegation and Brexit. Before joining ESMA, Kian worked as Legal & Compliance Officer for an asset management group in Luxembourg. Previously, he held legal, advisory and industry positions in the area of asset management in Germany, Luxembourg, UK and Canada. Kian is a German qualified attorney by education, having passed the First State Examination in Hanover, Lower Saxony and the Second State Examination (Bar Exam) at the Higher Regional Court of Koblenz, 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


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

  • Christina Choi

    Christina Choi Executive Director, Investment Products Securities and Futures Commission (SFC)

  • Kian Navid

    Kian Navid Senior Policy Officer – Investment Management European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

  • Nick Miller

    Nick Miller Head of Asset Management, Supervision Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

  • Marco Zwick

    Marco Zwick Director Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF)


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.