Barbara Wall, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

Barbara Wall After graduating with an MA (Hons) in History and Political Science from the University of Dundee, Barbara worked as a financial journalist and columnist with the International Herald Tribune and New York Times where she focused on European funds coverage, emerging markets and personal finance. Barbara spent six years with the IHT in Paris before returning to the UK to continue her employment after the IHT was acquired by the NYT. Barbara has contributed to a number of other publications during the course of her career as a journalist, including Insurance Age, Arguments and Facts International and USA Today. Barbara joined Cerulli Associates (Europe) in 2012 where, as Director of Retail/Wholesale business and subsequently Managing Director, she was responsible for writing reports, conference presentations and overseeing the retail and institutional research process. Barbara joined Broadridge Financial Solutions as Director of EMEA Insights in November 2017.

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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

14.20 - 14.35

The map of hot and cold spots of global fund distribution

An overview of fund flows and market opportunities around the world

  • Barbara Wall

    Barbara Wall Director EMEA Insights Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

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.