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SWF Forum Europe 2011 – Be Part of the Dialogue



Sovereign Wealth Fund Forum Europe 2011

October 23-25, 2011, Montreux, Switzerland

Sovereign wealth funds are $4.7 trillion in assets. Now more than ever it is paramount to be part of the dialogue. S&P has downgraded the United States, Europe is facing sovereign debt issues, and Asia and other emerging economic regions are trying to contain inflation. Attend our exclusive event and receive fresh insight through various leaders and experts in the field. Our interactive forum provides for real discussions, with no product marketing and powerpoints.

The SWF Forum will be held in late October in Switzerland. The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute has created the SWF Forum for Sovereign Wealth Funds, State Investment Corporations, Sovereign Wealth Enterprises, State Owned Enterprises, Central Banks, Government Funds, and Governmental Pension Funds to meet and discuss relevant topics in the Sovereign Wealth Space.

We propose an information-driven, marketing-free forum where attendees share insights, engage in forward-looking discussions and learn relevant, timely market intelligence. This is an exclusive event for institutional investors and C-Level Investment Executives who want to interact and build relationships. Discussions and presentations are purely educational. Significant emphasis is placed on peer to peer interactions, with sufficient networking time built into each engagement.

Participating Panelist Organizations include: European Financial Stability Facility, Queensland Investment Corporation, Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas, Cushman Wakefield (Russia), Deloitte, & Many More

We have sovereign funds, central banks, and other governmental investors appearing from over five continents.

Registration Links

Non-Sovereign Attendee |   Sovereign Attendee

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The SWF Forum is a private event. No press is allowed.

Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
Grand Rue 100

Sovereign attendees are not required to pay a registration fee to attend this event. The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute has full discretion on who qualifies as a sovereign attendee. In general, sovereign attendees must be employed by a sovereign wealth fund, central bank, ministry of finance, state investment corporation, sovereign wealth enterprise, or governmental pension fund.

How ESG Considerations Can Drive Voting at the Board Level



The Council of Institutional Investor’s spring conference for 2018 – held this week in Washington D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel – was packed with member-hosted panels, where nearly 400 of the top investment professional, regulators, and corporate governance experts gathered together to share their insights and engage in forward-looking discussions on how to drive a multi-stakeholder approach to responsible investment over the long-term.

Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) had the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions, including one presented by Maryland-based Institutional Shareholder Services that sought to address one of the most pressing challenges facing institutional investors today: How can environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria help drive voting at the board level? Moderated by Georgina Marshall, Head of Global Research at ISS, panelists provided a diverse array of perspectives on how to harness ESG considerations as an effective decision-making tool.

Player-Coach Model

For Bonnie Saynay, Global Head of Responsible Investments at Invesco, fostering an environment conducive to communication with investment teams using a “player-coach” model is critical. Moreover, Saynay warned investors of thinking too broadly on ESG considerations, and to instead focus in on the criteria that is most important to them as an organization, and to then tailor their stewardship practices to match those priorities: “If everything is important, nothing is important,” she said.

Clare Payne, head of corporate governance for North America at Legal & General Investment Management, highlighted the importance of procuring the latest ranking data from a number of different providers, as well as how to develop one’s own internal system for scoring so as to cut through the clutter and provide a contextualized framework for making investment decisions on your own terms.

Remuneration is the name of the game for Robbie Miles, Vice President and ESG analyst at Allianz Global Investors. Amid the ever broadening scope of influence that responsible investment commands, Miles urged attendees to work with their managers on mandates that link compensation to the long-term performance of the fund, as well as long-term holding periods.

Wrapping up the panel was Stu Dalheim, Vice President of Shareholder Advocacy at Calvert Research Management, advocated for diversity at the board level across a number of different metrics – including ethnicity, gender, and professional backgrounds – in order to reflect the reality of their client base, as well as provide an apparatus for robust debate and adaptation in an ever-changing business environment.

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On March 12, 2018, Macquarie Investment Management, the investment management unit of Macquarie Group, revealed a deal that they acquired Luxembourg-based ValueInvest Asset Management S.A. from Denmark-based Fynske Bank A/S. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Federal Reserve Orders ICBC to Tighten AML Policies



On March 12, 2018, the U.S. Federal Reserve issued an enforcement action that the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC) is not doing enough regarding anti-money laundering (AML) protections and ordered the Chinese bank to toughen its checks on illicit funds. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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