Michael Drexler, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Michael Drexler

Michael Drexler is a Managing Director and Global Head of Strategy and Business Transformation at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, based in New York. He and his team assist in the formulation and execution of strategic initiatives across the business and its supporting infrastructure. He joined the firm in June 2018 from the World Economic Forum where he was lately Head of Financial and Infrastructure Systems, Member of the Executive Committee. He interfaced with major actors in the finance and investment space, developing research content and systemic interventions in the areas of the financial system, alternative investments, infrastructure, long-term investing and corporate governance. Michael joined the Forum as Head of Investors Industries in 2011 after nine years at Barclays, where he most recently was Managing Director and Global Head of Strategy, Commercial/Investment Banking and Wealth Management. At Barclays, he also held positions in Principal Investments and Finance as well as being Chief of Staff to the group's chairman. He joined Barclays Capital in 2002 from McKinsey & Company. Prior to that, Drexler was an academic researcher at Stanford. He holds a doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, and an MSc in Electronic Engineering from the Technical University at Munich. An alumnus of Magdalen College, Oxford, he actively supports his old college in its activities. He was designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010.


09.35 - 10.00

A walk on the wild side – disruption scenarios in Asset Management

Asset management is a storied industry with attractive profit margins. This should make it a prime target for disruption. Could there be a world without funds? Or without fund managers? What if Alexa became the world’s biggest financial advisor? We will explore the hype and the facts behind scenarios like these, and what it means for our industry over various time frames.

  • Michael Drexler

    Michael Drexler Managing Director, Global Head of Strategy and Business Transformation J.P. Morgan Asset Management

10.00 - 10.45

CEO panel discussion – “Walking the talk”; Moving from “re-imagination” to the “reality” of transforming the asset management industry

How should asset management respond to a world of disruptions by technology and politics? Our panellists have shared a number of talking points in advance of their discussion:

  • Value for money is being questioned as never before
  • Customers’ willingness to buy products through digital channels is increasing
  • Investors are more and more focused on the non-financial returns
  • The asset management industry`s stewardship over investment decisions is continually being challenged
  • In addition, there is significant pressure on fee and margin levels

11.20 - 12.05

Luxembourg: anticipating change, shaping our future and aiming for tomorrow

Luxembourg has a proud history of anticipating the evolving needs of the asset management industry it services. Entering with optimism a new era of “re-imagining” asset management and innovation benefiting investors, can it continue that tradition, and can we define what that future might look like? How is Luxembourg evolving as it welcomes new ideas and entrants, anticipates the future and re-imagines its role as the world’s second largest fund domicile?

12.05 - 12.40

"Disruption scenarios" ... "structural shifts" ... "shaping our future" ... How does this impact the regulator?

As the industry experiences disruption and transformation, how are regulators evolving? Are they experiencing the same disruption? What industry landscape are they planning and preparing for over the next five years?

14.30 - 15.45

Target operating model for your management company

18/698: what’s all the fuss about?
Target operating model: what does “substance” really mean?
How ManCos are evolving to remain efficient and compliant
In-house or 3PMC?
Governance: best practice through board composition?

14.30 - 15.45

Private equity: new tax and structuring developments

in association with

Are we moving to a US structuring environment?
How to succeed with fundraising
How to master AIFMD operational complexity
What’s new in governance strategies?
How will you being doing deals in 2020?

14.30 - 15.45

Real estate: hot investment areas and set-ups

How to manage regulatory substance
Are you prepared for the new fiscal environment?
What are the opportunities and challenges in outsourcing?
How to use the Luxembourg product suite
How to navigate the talent market

14. 30 - 15.45

The Luxembourg sustainable finance toolkit

How to set up a sustainable fund using the Luxembourg toolbox?
Why Luxembourg set up a support programme for climate finance?
Why is impact measurement so important?
Sustainability reporting and disclosures – a brain teaser?
What’s new around fund labels?