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Guernsey Funds Forum 2013 Identifies Future Industry Landscape

Guernsey Funds Forum 2013 Identifies Future Industry Landscape

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7 May 2013
The future landscape of the investment funds industry
will be affected by ‘external factors’ just as much as regulation, according
to an exit poll of the 400-plus delegates attending
last week’
s Guernsey Funds Forum 2013 held in London.The half-day conference and exhibition, 
titled ‘Back to the Future’,
included two panel sessions
one on investor relationshipsand another on the effects of regulation
and a keynote debate featuringindustry experts Nigel Vooght, PwC
s
Global FinancialServices Leader and head of its future-focused initiative
; and Better Capital Founder and Chairman Jon Moulton. The event was moderated for the fourth consecutive year by Senior ITV News Anchor, Alastair Stewart. Using interactive voting for the first time, the Forum opened by asking delegates whether they thought the future of theinvestment funds landscape would be impacted more by investor influence, regulation or external factors, such as newtechnology, demographics, social change, the rise of state-directed capitalism
and mounting pressure on the world’s natural
resources.The greatest proportion of delegates chose regulation, with external factors in second, closely followed by investor influence.However, after several hours of debate, the post-event exit poll revealed that while there had been an increased proportion ofdelegates believing regulation would be the most significant factor impacting the future landscape of the investment fundsindustry, this was now matched by those voting for external factors, with investor influence a distant third.Fiona Le Poidevin, Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance
 
the promotional agency for the Island’s finance industry
, said
: “W
henwe are pre-occupied with the demands of the day job, it is sometimes too easy to lose sight of the big picture. The Forum wasabout encouraging members of the asset management industry to take a critical look at their long-term strategies whilstremembering that these are heavily influenced not just by the immediate impacts of current regulation or changing investordemands but also that they will need to be flexible enough to cope with the changing external landscape. Macro factors such asnew technology, demographics, social change and the war for natural resources will also impact the global funds industry in a
significant way in the years to come and we need to be ready for that.”
 Eric Warner, Partner and Head of Investor Relations at Altius Associates;Darren Winder, Head of Economics and Strategy at Oriel Securities;John Daghlian, Partner at 
;and Adam Turtle, Partner at Rede Partners,made up the first
panel session, ‘Investor relations and influence’
.
The event’s second panel debate, ‘Regulation –
 
the bigger picture’, comprised Tim Hames, Director General at the 
British PrivateEquity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA);Carl Rosumek, Director of Investment Business at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC);Nigel Farr, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills;and Brian Forrester, Partner in the Investment Management and Private Equity Group of 
 London office.

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