The Network Forum Annual Meeting

Warsaw, Poland
27-29 June 2017
www.thenetworkforum.net/annual-meeting
The Network Forum is a curated global community for the custody, settlement and post-trade industry.

Its key aim is to provide a structured networking environment for this tight-knit industry group, in which key issues are discussed, developments are communicated and best practice shared. This year’s Annual Meeting will take place in Warsaw in June 28-29.
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March 2017
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March 2017
28-2
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March 2017
8-9
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March 2017
21-22
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Mutual insurer simplifies custody with single provider
23 March 2017 | Paris | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Thélem Assurances awarded the mandate to CACEIS after deciding to simplify its custodian relationships, according to CFO Benoit Jullien
SEC to move US to T+2
23 March 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Drew Nicol
Members of the SEC’s industry steering committee, including DTCC and SIFMA, were quick to praise the commission on the amendment
Amundi clears credit default swaps through CDSClear
23 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The asset manager accessed CDSClear via its clearing broker BNP Paribas, taking the service to 13 active members
MiFID II challenges abound
22 March 2017 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Stephanie Palmer
Data requirements and target market rules under MiFID II could pose challenges for asset managers and distributors, heard attendees of the ALFI European Asset Management Conference
ESG key for millennial investors
22 March 2017 | Luxembourg | Reporter: Stephanie Palmer
Millennial investors find environmental, social and governance factors to be important, but their return expectations are unrealistic
UK pension funds embrace alternatives
22 March 2017 | London | Reporter: Drew Nicol
UK public sector pension funds are jostling to expand their alternatives exposure as a way to diversify their portfolios
Northern Trust retains Australian pension fund custody mandate
22 March 2017 | Melbourne | Reporter: Drew Nicol
Northern Trust has received a renewed endorsement from the Australian government employee and Australian Defence Force pension fund
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The transfer agency space may not have taken such a regulatory battering as much of the industry, but at ITAS 2017, providers heard that they will have to start making changes if they want a fighting chance of survival
As the long-standing Barclays Point risk analytics solution winds down to retirement, investment managers have some tricky decisions to make, according to Confluence’s Katie Kiss
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As they face increasing demands from clients and regulators alike, fund administrators could be best off leaving back-office technology upgrades to the professionals, according to Kelly Ashe of Pacific Fund Systems
In the search for alpha, appointing an investment fund and a management company can bring myriad benefits, says Eduard von Kymmel of VP Bank
Fund distribution is entering the digital age, and so can traditional service providers. Fundsquare’s Paolo Brignardello explains why it’s in their interests
Blockchain may be the talk of the town, but before the industry starts moving ahead, it has to figure out in which direction it will go
Technology is changing the way we live, work and invest. Experts discuss how transfer agency is reacting as the movement gathers pace
The Middle Eastern markets are diverse in many ways, and they’re focusing on themselves before they look to harmonise settlement cycles within the wider region
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The Asian market may be improving on the harmonisation front, but the situation is still far from ideal. Experts discuss what there is still left to do
Brazil is hogging the limelight from its South American neighbours. But, although reforms are in full swing, there is still work to be done
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No nation is an island, and the Polish CSD has post-trade services to cater to all of Central and Eastern Europe, says KDPW’s Iwona Sroka
In a region as geographically, culturally and economically diverse as Asia, funds passports have a tricky road ahead if they’re to redefine the industry
Amid cross-border restrictions and tightened belts, Luxembourg’s kingdom of real estate investment won’t be crumbling any time soon
The Chinese market has taken a knock to its confidence, but despite its size, it is still merely an emerging market, and must take these setbacks in its stride
Rich in sunshine, cork hats and tired clichés, Australia’s funds industry doesn’t buck the trend, boasting record levels of assets under custody
As the Saudi Arabian stock exchange finally opens its doors to foreign investments, the influx from abroad will be in baby steps, not leaps and bounds
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