Thomas Seale, Seale Advisory

Thomas Seale
Thomas Seale works as an Independent Director in the investment industry. Before that, he was CEO of European Fund Administration from 1997 until 2017. Thomas served on the Board of the Association for the Luxembourg Fund Industry  from 2001-2019. He was elected Chairman of ALFI in 2003 and served the maximum two terms until 2007, when he became Vice Chairman, serving four years. He was  Chairman of LuxFLAG from 2012-2019. He is a  member of the CSSF GFI (Asset Management) Committee. Thomas holds an MA in Economics and an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is certified both by the INSEAD International Directors Program and by the Luxembourg Directors Institute.  With his wife and three children, he founded a family olive oil business in 2010, which produces Extra Virgin Olive Oil on their farm in Provence.

Agenda

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

11.15 - 11.20

Afternoon workshops announcement


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?