Jervis Smith, Vistra

Jervis Smith

Jervis Smith was appointed Country Managing Director of Vistra Luxembourg in September 2019.Vistra is a leading global corporate service, trust and fund administration provider with over 4,500 professionals in 45 jurisdictions across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

With more than 35 years of experience in the banking and finance industry, Jervis brings extensive local and international experience in leadership and client management to Vistra.

Prior to joining Vistra, Jervis spent 25 years with Citi, most recently as Head of Securities Services, Luxembourg, where he managed the product and business development of investor services catered to banks, pensions, insurances and asset managers across the globe. He has also worked in Hong Kong, London, New York and the Middle East.

Jervis is married to an Italian and speaks both English and French fluently.

09.30 - 10.15

The future of REIFs

Technology, ESG, Brexit, tax, substance… What keeps real estate fund managers awake at night? (part II – following 2018)

10.15 - 10.35

AML – applying regulatory expectation for PE and RE in practice

AML/CTF regulation contains rules that players need to translate into their operational reality. This panel will look at some practical questions of the PE/RE industry, such as applying AML/CTF regulations to the PE/RE assets cycle.

11.20 - 12.05

Structuring a RE fund with the investor's jurisdiction in mind

Wherever you are, a Luxembourg property vehicle will allow you to invest worldwide… but small differences apply. Find out what they are.


Different approaches to risk management

There is no one way: in- or outsource risk management? Early involvement and post-deal stress testing: how to organise the process? Which reporting tools to use?

15.30 - 16.10

RE regulation and tax alert

What are the key considerations for RE fund structuring in an ever-changing regulatory and tax environment? Fund distribution is changing and so are the fund types used (open-ended). How does this influence NAV calculations? Is the expectation shifting towards short-term (re)structuring? What effect does ATAD II have?

16.10 - 16.55

Putting capital to work in infrastructure

  • Specific expectations from investors in infrastructure
  • Key structuring challenges of transactions in infrastructure
  • Are retail investors the future for infrastructure funds?
  • Can private funds invest in all types of infrastructure assets?

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