Christopher McChesney, Brown Brothers Harriman

Christopher McChesney

Christopher W. McChesney leads the Brown Brother Harriman’s (BBH), Alternative Fund Services Business, which provides banking, administration, and technology services to real estate, private equity, alternative credit and hedge funds. In this role Mr. McChesney is responsible for overall business strategy, technology planning and the global alternatives fund services product management function. Mr. McChesney has more than 17 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Since joining the Firm in 2001 Mr. McChesney has held a variety of senior roles in technology, global markets, and business development.  Early in his career at the Firm he was part of the team that launched BBH Infomediary, a widely successful hosted communications platform for the financial services industry used today by many of the world's largest institutional investors. Mr. McChesney also has had product management responsibility for the Firm’s $1.5 trillion global Foreign Exchange trading operation.  He was involved in sourcing and operating investments for BBH Capital Partners, a private equity investor in middle market growth companies.  

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. McChesney worked in product management roles at Engage, an internet media and enterprise software company and for The Boston Consulting Group where he helped BCG expand its footprint in Europe and Asia. Mr. McChesney started his career at Coopers & Lybrand, where he was accredited as Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. McChesney is a graduate with honors from Middlebury College and has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

15.30 - 16.00

Distribution in Europe and beyond

  • Products
    Globalisation vs specialisation (i.e. the advantages, disadvantages and complementarity of having a global platform for international distribution vs local fund ranges specialised by market)
  • Distribution
    – Where do we see trends in direct retail distribution vs institutional/intermediated distribution, differences by geographies
    – Platform consolidation: with all the consolidation happening in EU platforms, where do we see this going? What is the view on open architecture vs proprietary platforms from Asset Managers?
    – Digitalisation, Innovation: what are the trends influencing the distribution models today and with what target model in mind?
  • Complexity
    KYC/AML focus increase and Distributor Due Diligence: what are the pain points and how does the industry address it?

16.00 - 16.40

Sustainable Finance – Operational impact on the value chain

Explore the end-to-end value chain and see how the emerging sustainable investment regulatory framework could impact your current practices.

  • Investment Management
  • Depositary
  • Audit
  • Governance

17.00 - 17.40

The Added Value of Real Assets through Luxembourg

  • Understand why Luxembourg is a popular jurisdiction for closed-ended illiquid RE PE Infra or debt funds.
  • Hear how to set it up – what are the various options used by a selection of asset managers.
  • Which considerations do you need to factor in to define your operating model
  • Steven Kapiloff

    Steven Kapiloff Head of Legal UBS Asset Management Real Estate and Private Markets


17.40 - 18.00

EU regulatory update: practical aspects and solutions

  • Get Switched On! All you need to know on Luxembourg/EU regulatory evolutions
  • Market trends, regulators’ views and market players’ agenda