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2018

April

“How digital puts fund investors at the centre”
Much of the asset management supply chain operates B2B, with end investors often invisible to fund manufacturers. Digitalisation will change this, bringing client needs into full focus. Fintech are opening the way for digitally engaged players (both newcomers and incumbents) to transform customer experience (Paperjam).

Go digital to stay relevant
In the age of digitalisation, Fundsquare's Paolo Brignardello outlines key strategies for asset managers that want to remain relevant to investors (Funds Europe).

 

2017

November

Let the seller beware
New requirements around target markets mean asset managers and fund distributors must be a little more mindful, says Fundsquare’s Paolo Brignardello (Asset Servicing Times, issue 177).

 

October

Practical digital transformation
Investors are demanding lower fund fees. Returns have been relatively buoyant recently, but even so clients are seeking cheaper options. The fund distribution industry has to find a way to cut costs if it is to remain relevant. Asset managers understand the potential of digital transformation, but this is an industry that is traditionally wary of fast, dramatic change. Blockchain and distributed ledger technology offer an opportunity for Luxembourg fund distribution firms to make this transition (AGEFI Luxembourg).

Ideation to actualisation: how Luxembourg is harnessing Blockchain
The potentially disruptive power of blockchain - a distributed ledger to record all transactions in a format that is checked and authenticated by participants - has been the hottest discussion topic in financial services in recent years (LEO)

Industry panel: Servicing a changing market
Funds Global Asia consulted a panel of experts from asset servicing firms and industry groups to understand the impact of fund passporting, A-share inclusion, ETF Connect and other issues (Funds Global Asia)

First blockchain transaction
In a world first, fund shares were sold over a blockchain-based fund distribution system. Olivier Portenseigne, managing director and chief commercial officer, Fundsquare, asks: what is the potential of this Luxembourg-based initiative? (Funds Global Asia)

 

September

How fund distribution is embracing sharing economy
Improve customer experience, reinforce trust and reduce costs have to be reshaped to distribute funds if they are to stay relevant. Mixing these needs with the opportunities offered by the already existing digital technologies, and their accelerating impact, pushes the fund industry further and inevitably into the digital transformation (Paperjam)

Closer to a Blockchain-based fund distribution solution
The FundsDLT platform may have passed a testing milestone, but it’s just one step in the journey towards a blockchain-based funds distribution solution, according to Maxime Aerts of Fundsquare (Asset Servicing Times, issue 173)

Streamline regulation
MiFID II and PRIIPs are looming. Due to come into force from January next year, these regulations will place great demands on the entire fund supply chain. Paolo Brignardello of Fundsquare asks: how can asset managers comply and provide all the necessary documentation efficiently? (Funds Europe)

 

July

A radical new model
Fundsquare’s Head of Product Management Paolo Brignardello explains why its distributed ledger platform could be the Ford Model T of the fund industry (Fintech Finance)

 

June

FundForum preview: Back to Berlin
Ahead of FundForum International on June 12-14, Funds Europe asked Paolo Brignardello of Fundsquare about the issues likely to be discussed (Funds Europe, issue 157)

Bringing blockchain forward
Building an effective ecosystem around blockchain technology will take time, but Luxembourg is the best place to start, says Maxime Aerts of Fundsquare (Asset Servicing Times, issue 166)

 

April

A radical solution to KYC concerns
The 1MDB affair shows that lax know-your-customer and due-diligence procedures are a major risk, says Paolo Brignardello, head of product management and marketing, Fundsquare. New solutions are needed (Funds Global Asia)

Playing catch-up
Asian fintech firms are the forefront of the fund distribution revolution, but Europe isn’t too far behind, says Fundsquare’s Olivier Portenseigne (Asset Servicing Times, issue 162)

 

March

Blockchain: the digital transformation under your nose
You may not be aware of it yet but a digital transformation is underway around the world that could forever change the way we get access to financial services. The disruptive technology driving this change is called blockchain and it has already had a profound impact on how we do business in the fund industry (Paperjam)

Why blockchain could be the fund industry’s next Ford Model T
Blockchain aims to radically change the way investors can access funds, says Olivier Portenseigne, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Fundsquare (Funds Europe)

The route to lower KYC costs
KYC and due diligence procedures remain one of the most costly regulations faced by Luxembourg’s fund industry and the overall financial sector businesses (AGEFI Luxembourg)

 

February

The times they are a chainin’
Fund distribution is entering the digital age, and so can traditional service providers. Fundsquare’s Paolo Brignardello explains why it’s in their interests (Asset Servicing Times, issue 158)

 

January

Work together and cut KYC costs
Olivier Portenseigne, Managing Director, Fundsquare, anticipates the importance of KYC in the future (FundGlobam)

 

2016

December

FundsDLT : la distribution de fonds avec la blockchain
La nouvelle plateforme FundsDLT, fruit d’une riche collaboration entre KPMG, InTech et Fundsquare, met la technologie blockchain au service d’une distribution des fonds plus efficiente (ITnation, 12 December)

Un écosystème dans la blockchain pour les fonds
KPMG, InTech, Fundsquare et la Bourse ont uni leurs compétences pour lancer une nouvelle plateforme à destination des gestionnaires d’actifs, reposant sur la blockchain (Paperjam, 9 December)

 

November

Here’s looking at you, KID
While PRIIPs could increase costs for fund managers, the real challenge is ensuring the clients are protected, says Paolo Brignardello of Fundsquare (Asset Servicing Times, issue 151)

 

September

Investment funds and PRIIPs regulation - action now?
Investment funds that power unit linked pension and life insurance products will need to be ready for PRIIPs by year-end. What strategy should they adopt? (Funds Europe, September issue)

Know your utility
What would an asset management know-your-customer utility look like? Paolo Brignardello of Fundsquare considers the view (Asset Servicing Times, Sibos issue)

 

August

Do you want PRIIPs with that?
Seamless processes are necessary to ensure accuracy, reliability and consumer confidence when it comes to the Packaged Retail and Insurance Investment Products Directive, says Paolo Brignardello of Fundsquare (Asset Servicing Times, issue 145)

 

July

Asset servicer panel: Form and function
The benefits of mutual fund recognition, the future of Ucits in the region and the prospects for improved fund processing were discussed by our roster of experts from asset servicing firms (Funds Global Asia)

 

June

Better to be bold
Over-zealous know-your-customer rules are a risk to financial services if left unchecked, says Olivier Portenseigne of Fundsquare (Asset Servicing Times, issue 140)

 

May

FundForum International talking points: Volatility, disruption and distribution
This year’s FundForum takes place in Berlin. Ahead of the conference, we ask industry figures about some of the hottest topics (Funds Europe)

 

April

Distribution: The central question
If Luxembourg’s funds industry is to bring down costs, wider support for centralised utilities is essential. But as the topic drags on, it’s beginning to sound a bit old-fashioned (Funds Europe, spring 2016)

Inside View: building a better Asian infrastructure
Asia can create efficient cross-border fund distribution infrastructure at a relatively early stage, using Europe’s growth as an example, says Fundsquare (Funds Global Asia)

 

March

Le représentant légal, une barrière protectionniste ?
Alors qu’on se plaint souvent du manque de réciprocité entre la Suisse et l’UE en matière de distribution, puisque les fonds de droit étranger émis en Europe peuvent être librement vendus sur le marché suisse, il faut peut-être nuancer cette proposition (Le Temps)

La gestion d’actifs en Suisse est peu compétitive
L’ouverture éventuelle du marché européen au fonds de placement de droit suisse ne permettra sans doute pas de combler rapidement le retard pris dans ce secteur d’activité dans notre pays (Le Temps)

Distributed ledger technology (DLT)
A new frontier for the fund distribution model. (Alfi Spring Magazine 2016)

 

February

Streamlining MiFID ll
MiFID II means new complexities, and fund businesses are looking for ways to de-tangle their data streams, says Fundsquare’s Paolo Brignardello (Asset Servicing Times, issue 133)

 

2015

March

Inside View - The bigger picture
Luxembourg may be more expensive as a fund domicile, but this has to be looked at from the perspective of cost versus market reach, says Fundsquare’s Olivier Portenseigne (Funds Europe)  

 

May

Fonds d'investissement - Les affaires reprennent
Quelles sont les menaces pouvant remettre en cause le leadership européen de la Place? (Paperjam, in French)           

           

June

Deloitte Luxembourg and Fundsquare study - Europe’s fund expenses at a crossroads: The benefits of mutualizing the cost of distribution
Europe’s cross-border fund industry could save nearly €1 billion with improvements to the fund distribution supply chain

L'innovation au carré
Le fonctionnement de cette plateforme collaborative de marché (Andy à Luxembourg, issue 18, in French)

Do the math
It’s just another regulatory equation to figure out, but, says Fundsquare’s Paolo Brignardello, the trick to Solvency II is to do your homework (Asset Servicing Times, issue 115)

 

July

The Debate: the age regulatory change
HSBC, DTCC, SimCorp, Torstone Technology, Fundsquare and AxiomSL give their take on accepting the age of regulatory change and how the buy and sell sides can learn from each other (Asset Servicing Times)

Le secteur fonds transfrontalier européen pourrait économiser près d'1 milliard d'euros
S’il améliorait l’efficacité de sa chaîne de distribution, le secteur des fonds transfrontalier européen pourrait réduire ses frais de distribution jusqu’à 70% selon la dernière étude réalisée par Deloitte Luxembourg et Fundsquare, intitulée Europe’s fund expenses at a crossroads: The benefits of mutualizing the cost of distribution (Agefi Luxembourg, in French)

 

September

Counting Pennies
Small change can lead to big savings, but according to Fundsquare’s Olivier 
Portenseigne, in the funds industry, it’s a case of looking after the millions, and the billions will look after themselves (Asset Servicing Times, issue 122)

 

2014

February

Passporting and distributing under the AIFMD
Paolo Brignardello of Fundsquare discusses key considerations around distribution under the directive’s new regime (HFMweek)      

 

April

Squaring the circle: How FSQ puts the focus on users
Olivier Portenseigne, chief commercial officer at Fundsquare, tells ISS about what the company is doing and what’s in store for the future (ISS Magazin Q2 2014)

 

May
Through the looking glass
What are the key impacts and challenges of ‘look through’ in Solvency II, asks Paolo Brignardello of Fundsquare (Asset Servicing Times, issue 90)
 

June

Fund Forum Trade Talk: Europe question time 
How will Ucits V affect the fund industry? Will emerging market assets rebound? And what asset classes have gained the most inflows this year? George Mitton asks the experts (Funds Europe, issue 126)

 

September

Automated fax dealing with Numen and Fundsquare - "an estimated 30% cost savings".  (Paperjam, in French)

Target 2 Securities and T+2 Settlement: Challenges and opportunities for European Fund Distribution. (Deloitte)

 

November

The R-Team
Fundsquare and Silverfinch have teamed up to take on Solvency II reporting and unite two industries. Paolo Brignardello reports (Asset Servicing Times, issue 103)

 

2013

July

Handelsplattform für Fonds
Fundsquare, die neue Tochtergesellschaft der „Bourse de Luxembourg“, ist am 1. Juli gestartet (Luxemburger Wort, in German)

 

August

Trois en un!
La Bourse de Luxembourg lance une nouvelle infrastructure de marché (Le jeudi, in French)

 

September

Fundsquare stärkt den Fondssektor in Europa
Quantensprung für den grenzüberschreitenden Vertrieb von Investmentfonds – Weiteres Standbein der Börse (Börsen-Zeitung, in German)

 

  Blockchain aims to radically change the way investors can access funds, says Olivier Portenseigne, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Fundsquare.

 

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