François Passant, Nordea

François Passant

François joined Nordea AM in 2015 as Global Head of Marketing and Business Management. In his current position, François is driving new product and business initiatives. He is involved in supporting the launch of the NAM partnership with Trill Impact AB, a new private equity impact firm from a distribution perspective. Before Nordea, François spent over 20 years in the asset management industry in various senior marketing, distribution and strategy positions. He is also a former Executive Director of the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif) and holds a Business Degree from NEOMA Business School and a Master's degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris.

09.35 - 10.20

Luxembourg as a PE hub: why the trend is accelerating

The PE fund business relies on administration and operations teams that can react fast. As strong growth figures testify, Luxembourg’s reputation as a reliable hub from which to serve the European alternative fund market has gone global. Many local expert practitioners and service providers work together seamlessly to ensure the best outcome for deals in any market. Panellists discuss what is needed to continue and even grow the trend.


10.50 - 11.35

Embrace technology, maximise efficiency

Cloud-based solutions, machine learning, blockchain, etc. – how necessary, difficult, beneficial is it really to embark upon the technology (r)evolution?


11.35 - 11.55

Secondaries: the wind of change?

Interview: Shift from a niche market to a functional and active market place with sophisticated players.


14.10 - 14.50

Private debt – opportunities and challenges

Negative yields force investors to plunge into riskier debt. Technologies are shaking the traditional way of doing business. What is the investment climate for private debt in the key European markets? How will the industry face the next downturn when it finally arrives? EU regulations are still to be tested in a downturn.


14.50 - 15.25

Tax aspects of PE – a lifelong learning experience

ATAD, BEPS Action point 6 (substance) and DAC Mandatory Disclosure Rules- how to deal with the new EU rules in practice. What are the impacts on PE fund structuring?


16.15 - 16.55

PE for the greater Good

Private equity investors aim at creating thriving businesses. They are no strangers to long-term strategies, which makes ESG aspects and active ownership crucial elements of their investments decisions. What about the financial rewards? Are PE and ESG really a match made in heaven?