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Going private

Traditional asset managers increased their allocations to private market strategies in light of impressive returns and a need to counter the mounting pressures they face. Charles Gubert takes a look at how custodians are adapting their legacy servicing relationships to meet this trend, and how the technology platforms of both clients and providers will adapt.

Reshaping Europe’s funds landscape

Brexit, the pandemic and regulation have had profound impacts on three fund domiciles in particular, making for a story of break-ups, new beginnings and deepening rivalries, adding a dramatic twist to Europe’s fund landscape story, writes Jonathan Watkins.

Redrawing the custody map

Is the growth of regional sub-custody offerings a response to client demand or an inevitable development path dictated by economics?

Brexit: What happens now?

Following the UK’s official exit from the EU single market, regulators on both sides of the Channel appear to be splitting on post-trade regulations. What are the potential consequences for this on the post-trade industry?

The day said to mark the end of greenwashing in Europe

We look at how readiness for Europe’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) has progressed in the build-up to the new rules, and whether this legislation really will lead to the end of so-called ‘greenwashing’.

A custody world seeking a new identity enters the front-to-back era

Mandates are being won and lost on front-to-back capabilities, meaning we are likely to see more partnerships between custodians and front-office providers. What does this shift mean for the future custody landscape and what are the costs and opportunities of these moves?

Market ‘woefully unprepared’ for Europe’s SFDR

Experts voice concerns over industry preparedness, data, extraterritoriality and more, ahead of the investment sustainability regulation hitting fund managers in a month’s time.

Analogue service in a digital world 

In its latest annual survey of the asset management industry, Deloitte drew a rather worrying conclusion for asset servicing providers, warning that when it comes to digitisation, asset servicers are not cutting the mustard. So what are service providers doing in response?

Switching the utility lights back on

With a greater need to reduce costs, custodians may be looking to partnerships and collaboration, possibly under a utility model. But with a poor track record of achieving this due to competition issues, are securities services firms finally ready to band together for the greater good – and what areas of asset servicing could be primed for this move?

Enter the dragon

China is opening up its $4.2 trillion capital market to foreign investors following a recent wave of regulatory relaxation. The race is now on for international custodians to set up shop and service both foreign and domestic fund managers.