Opinions

One of the main stated aims of T2S (TARGET2Securities) was to reduce settlement costs across Europe. This is something that has, so far, not been achieved as the volumes simply do not exist on the system to achieve a reduction in the cost of settlement through T2S. The ECB is in full cost recovery mode at the moment, so economies of scale are vital – the more that goes into T2S, the more that will be gained from it.

We spoke to Robert Goldbaum, SVP product & market strategy at Backstop Solutions about how regulation is affecting the environment for asset managers and investors.

We spoke to HSBC's head of product solutions - regulatory change, Paul Ellis, about how the bank managed the implementation of UCITS V and the similarities with getting over the line with AIFMD, how this directive has impacted custody arrangements and what the future holds for the UCITS brand.

The proposed takeover of London Stock Exchange Group by Deutsche Borse is posing a number of questions for regulators and governments in deciding whether or not such a deal is healthy for financial markets. The stock exchanges would merge, but so too, would their central counterparty clearinghouses, LCH.Clearnet and Eurex Clearing.

The issue of BEPS (base erosion and profit shifting) and tax neutrality are key concerns for fund managers and fund administrators. Dominic Hobson spoke to Geoff Cook, CEO of Jersey Finance about the issues.

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