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Information, promotion and training are key issues for ALFI

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Information, promotion and training are the key focuses of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) as it aims to consolidate Luxembourg’s position as the leading European centre for investment funds.

ALFI released its annual report at its AGM, which summarised activity that it has undertaken to ensure that Luxembourg retains its position as the leading European investment fund centre. 
 
Denise Voss, Chairman of ALFI, says: “With roughly 3,500 billion euros of assets under management at the end of 2015, Luxembourg remains by far the number one investment fund centre in Europe. However, the sector’s general environment continues to be difficult, and asset managers remain under pressure to implement a large number of new regulations without impeding their growth and profitability.
 
She continued: “Indeed, although the new European Commission began its work which aims to regulate 'better rather than more', there have been a number of regulatory initiatives by European institutions.”
 
The joint ALFI/ABBL representative office in Brussels, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, which aims to be aware of the relevant regulatory initiatives at an early stage, by gathering as much useful information as possible and contributing to the European regulatory process by providing in-depth knowledge from ALFI’s technical committees and working groups. Between June 2015 and June 2016 more than 1,600 participants in a total of 158 technical working groups and committees prepared 18 position papers in response to European and international consultations and published 19 brochures and technical guides.
 
The association has set up the "ALFI FinTech Forum" to identify and analyze the effect of digital and financial technologies on the investment funds industryTbecause of the plethora of start-ups specializing in financial services and rapidly changing consumer preferences for modern communication tools which will challenge many traditional business models in the asset management industry.
 
In parallel, ALFI has maintained its promotional and communication activities at a high level to keep its members and fund industry professionals in Luxembourg and abroad informed about the evolution of their business environment.
 
Events organised in Luxembourg (like the ALFI Spring Conference, the Global Distribution Conference and the European Alternative Investment Funds Conference, to name but the largest) and its Leading Edge conferences and breakfast meetings reserved to its members have gathered together more than 4,700 fund professionals from Luxembourg and around the world.
 
ALFI’s 9 road shows organised in 16 cities in 11 countries in Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America ensured the Luxembourg investment fund industry greater visibility with some 5,400 professionals of the fund sector around the world.
 
On the Asian market, which continues to grow in importance for the Luxembourg fund industry with the gradual opening of Mainland China’s capital market and the internationalisation of the RMB, efforts are supported by ALFI’s Asia Representative Office established in Hong Kong in 2010.
 
ALFI is increasingly active on social networks in order to inform audiences worldwide about the Luxembourg fund industry and to promote it internationally. Though this, the Luxembourg Fund Industry Group by ALFI on LinkedIn has established itself as a popular platform bringing together over 8,000 industry professionals. Over the past months, ALFI has launched three additional groups that focus on more specific topics: Transfer Agents and Distribution, Real Estate Investment Funds and Asia. The Twitter account @ALFIfunds is now followed by more than 2,500 stakeholders.
 
Finally, as the strength and reputation of the sector are a direct function of the professionalism of its actors, ALFI currently offers, in collaboration with the House of Training and under the responsibility of its Professional Training Committee, more than 65 fund industry related professional training modules that lead to certification for a wide range of careers in the sector.

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